Sky price rises to affect millions of TV subscribers

Sky customer service could be about to get very busy!

by Andy Bassett
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Sky price rises to affect millions of TV subscribers

Sky customers could be facing a £72 per year price increase depending on the package of services they are signed up to.

Although definitely not welcome, there can be few would claim it’s a surprise, as price hikes due to come into effect on 1st April 2021 are now on the cards for most Sky subscribers. 

In keeping with the schedule of notifications of fee changes issued around February over the last few years, Sky customers should expect to see letters arriving shortly documenting how the increased charges will affect their particular bundle of services.

While existing customers still have a few weeks before 1st April to consider their response to the price rises, Sky are keen to point out that the maximum £72 per year jump will only affect around 8 percent of customers while the average increase will more around half that at £36 annually.

The prices rises will fall under the following categories:

Sky TV

The entry level Sky Signature TV package will go up by £1 from £25 to £26 per month if in contract (£31 per month if out of contract).

The Multiscreen add-on which allows viewing in multiple rooms will go up by £1 from £14 to £15 per month.

The HD add-on, which bundles in HD and UHD streaming, goes up by £1 from £6 to £7 per month.

Sky Ultimate bundle, which includes a subscription to Netflix and on-demand Sky Boxsets, rises by £1 from £4 to £5 per month. 

The BT Sport package add-on, delivering a variety of sporting content, will increase by £2 from £25 to £27 per month. 

Sky Sports will go up by £2 from £30 to £32 per month - but only for those out-of-contract. 

Sky Cinema, Sky Kids remain unaffected

Sky Broadband

Sky Broadband Essential (speeds of 11Mbps) increases by £3 from £22 to £25 per month.

Sky Broadband Superfast (speeds of 59Mbps) increases by £1 from £27 to £28 per month

Sky Home Phone

Sky Talk Anytime Extra rises by £2 from £10 to £12 per month.

Sky Talk International Extra rises by £2 from £12 to £14 per month.

Sky Mobile remains unaffected

Sky recently announced its biggest ever portfolio of TV shows and movies, all due for release during 2021, along with additional functionality for Sky Q customers including increased access to HDR content and improved search and discover functions, along with confirmation of partnerships with Entertainment One and Studiocanal as well as adding the Amazon Prime Video app.

As the recent, repeated and ongoing lockdowns during the pandemic have shown, in the absence of any kind of external social life, sitting in front of the box to watch a favourite TV show, movie, reality series or box set has largely become the only way it’s possible to relax and find some escapism during lockdown. Just as importantly, access to online services has allowed much needed contact and communication with loved ones, along with access to crucial educational and fitness programmes and apps. So there will be few who doubt the value of their chosen entertainment / information / communication platform. 

However, if you have a number of platforms (as most of us do), when they’re all creeping up in price - as Disney+ and Netflix both are - there may come a point when some decisions have to be made.

Let us know what you think about Sky’s latest announcement in the comments section. Is it still worth a few extra pounds a month or are Sky just taking the mick?

Source: MoneySavingExpert

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