If you had re-negotiated a new deal instead of leaving and your Dad signing up as a new customer, then you owuld have been retain your existing V6 boxes and had them upgraded to the 360 firmware via a dowload update. This would have meant you kept the hard drive for recording features on each V6 box.
The dowwside to that is that although you would have probably received a good deal you wouldn't have obtained the new customer pricing
All new customers receive one main 360 with a hard drive, any additional boxes are mini's which don't contain hard drives as they are slaves to the main box.
The 360 which uses the Horizon interface is based on the boxes VM sell in other territories, for example Holland, where they only receive mini boxes because they have cloud recording. The UK companies won't allow cloud recording so VM are in between a rock and a hard place.
A lot of people have been under the impression that the mini boxes don't require a coaxial connection, unfortunately they do, however you can use a wifi connection on the mini for ewverything apart from live channels. At least the mini boxes are UHD capable, unlike Sky Q's additional boxes.
VM have just brought out a new box, Stream, which doesn't need the coaxial cable as it's all internet based, however there isn't a hard drive on these mini boxes and no cloud storage. Further to that you can't have as an additional box, it's for broadband only, and broadband and landline only customers, and is restricted to one box per property.
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