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Sky has announced a series of limited-edition Sky+ HD set top boxes launching for Christmas, customised by high profile designers including Matthew Williamson and Agent Provocateur.

The 1TB designer boxes have been produced to celebrate ten years of Sky+, the service that enables users to record programming, as well as pause and rewind live television. More than one billion programmes are now recorded every month by the 8.3m Sky+ users in the UK.

This Christmas, Sky is launching ten special edition Sky+ HD boxes, customised by high profile designers including Williamson, Richard Nicoll, Agent Provocateur, fashion legend Celia Birtwell CBE, jewellery designer Solange Azagury-Partridge and wallpaper brand Farrow & Ball.

Available now for pre-order, the boxes cost £49 each for existing Sky customers upgrading to the HD pack, or £149 for new customers taking the HD service.

Discussing his design, Williamson said: "This is a print I have taken from my new SS12 collection; the collection had a slight Japanese influence, notable here in the cut out areas of the Tokyo skyline visible within the distorted floral motifs.

"I wanted the edges to appear neon and light-phased and have recoloured my original print in electric blue with a synthetic mint green contrast to emphasise this effect of blurred illumination".

Sky's director of product management Hilary Perchard added: "We're really excited about working with such a high-profile selection of designers to celebrate ten years of Sky+. These designs will really stand out in our customers' homes.

"Sky+ has been innovating for the past ten years and we continue to do so, updating and bettering the service in line with consumer trends."

The 1TB Sky+ box enables subscribers to record up to 240 hours of HD, or 740 hours of standard definition programming, as well as watch one channel while simultaneously recording another two

source: digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a351662/sky-celebrates-decade-of-sky-with-designer-boxes.html