Forum Topic: Should Sky still charge extra for Sports in HD?

Time to end the high definition tax?

by hodg100 Aug 17, 2017 at 12:10 PM


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    Forum Topic: Should Sky still charge extra for Sports in HD?
    Sky has recently shuffled its sports offer around, somewhat, recently and in an effort to attract more subscribers now provides a bit more flexibility for the customer to pay only for the action they want to see.
    There’s a little more to it than that and it’s very much arguable that it’s actually just a spot of window dressing, by Sky, but we’ll leave that discussion for another time. What really grinds the gears of AVForums Member Roohster – and others besides - is that the broadcasting giant still charges a £6 monthly premium to customers who wish to view their sports in High Definition. So, for instance, those who want to pay only for Sky Sports Premier League, but in HD, would need to shell out £18 plus £6 on top of their other monthly charges.

    Sky has been broadcasting in HD since 2006 and many feel that it should now be as standard for sports as it is on the other packages, including movies and boxsets. It is appreciated by most that Sky has shelled out several kings’ ransoms for the rights to broadcast the Premier League (and other sports) but should they still be charging an HD tax and, in the face of falling viewing figures do they need to realign their packages further in an attempt to win subscribers back?

    Over to you, folks…

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