Sky has released the first images of its new HD set top box, which promises high definition images when it launches next year.

Sky is planning to offer a range of HD channels next year starting with live premership football matches. The company also hopes to offer other sports, movies, entertainment and factual programs to customers who own a HD ready television.

Sky also confirmed that it will broadcast in 2 HD formats 720p/50 and 1080i/25 so broadcasters could choose which format was best for them.

No pricing has been confirmed as yet, however Sky has said that it will be offering a Sky+ offering that will allow customers to record HD or SD provided the customer has the appropriate subscription.