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Sky+ HD F1 boxes rev up for Sky Sports F1 HD channel

Sky has given its 1TB Sky+ HD set top box a colourful respray in honour of the F1 2012 season. Or rather, it’s commissioned the artistic talents of three celebrity F1 fanatics to produce these limited edition boxes.

Sir Stirling Moss, British racing legend, TV funnyman Vic Reeves and one-time face of the DVLA Jodie Kidd all lent their easels to Sky to come up with these three designs.

The metallic green design is obviously the work of Sir Stirling Moss, featuring his iconic number 7 as well as his signature. Vic Reeves’ contribution is the colourful cartoon number 3 car and Jodie Kidd’s design features a vintage pin-up-style icon.

Sky+ HD F1 boxes rev up for Sky Sports F1 HD channel

The new Sky+ HD boxes launch ahead of the British Grand Prix in July, for £149 for existing Sky customers or £249 for new customers signing up for Sky TV with the HD pack (an extra £10.25 a month).

The Sky+HD 1TB box lets customers access up to 60 HD channels depending on their subscription, with recording space of up to 240 hours of HD or 740 hours of standard definition programmes and is also 3D-ready; good to know if you were planning on soaking up the historical first broadcast of the Olympic Games in 3D.

A Sky subscription is, of course, what the serious F1 fanatics will need in order to watch the racing action live. As well as soaking up the action on your HD TV, there’s also the Sky Sports F1 for iPad app (iTunes link here) which lets you check lap times and change camera angles.

As well as the perfect companion app for those watching on TV, it’s also a way for non-Sky TV subscribers to catch up with the races for £4.99 a month.