Check out the possibility of getting a Sky+ box (i.e. one with a built-in Hardrive) as far as I know sky are currently throwing them at people for very little and, as long as you subscribe to more than the basic package, there is no extra sky+ subscription.
You can then use your exsisting sky digibox in another room. An extra subscription costs a few quid a month, but it beats having to watch the same channel in both rooms.
Also, if you've access to digital cable / MMDS see what the local cable company has on offer. Often they'll push multiroom viewing as their major selling point that distinguishes them from Sky Digital.
E.g. our local cable co. will do various deals giving you extra set top boxes and mirror subscriptions at no extra cost.
The Dublin cable network's excellent for multiroom viewing. They've a hybrid analogue-digital system with about 20 analogue channels transmitted over the system without any form of encryption (RTE1,RTE2,BBC1,BBC2,TV3, BBC3/4, Channel 4, UTV, Sky One, Sky News, Discovery, MTV etc etc)
If you hook up a digital set top box, you get hundreds of digital channels but... if you just connect the coax directly to your TV (provided it's got a hyper-band cable ready tuner) you can watch the 20 core channels with no decoder at all.
If you don't pay for the basic service they will physically come along and disconnect the cable tap at the roof / on the street! Where as in Cork, everything's always been encrypted and they'll just deactivate your decoder and cut you down to a single channel advertising their services
[This message has been edited by djk (edited 01-02-2005).]