My termination date has now been and gone. Got some pretty poor offers to stay, but having spent a few weeks without it literally the only thing I miss is the F1 (and Channel 4 HD as I am now using Freesat). With all the streaming options now (Netflix, Prime and Disney Plus) and a very good price on Now TV for a couple of months life without Sky is not what it would have been, say 10 years ago. Having lived without it, has no motivation to try and get a new deal and sign up for another 18 months. Life without it really isn't too bad!Kissed goodbye to CATV in early 2018. Never looked back. Except Live F1, I don't miss it a bit. Now that money is being spent on other services that we use better and are of better quality than CATV.
Completely agree with all your points I've got around 3-4 months of my contract left and I will be leaving Sky it would have to be a really good offer to change my mind as I really don't consider it good value for money these days and as you say technology wise its like they've thrown the towel in.
Not sure where Sky can go with the unstoppable rise of high quality streaming. Their Q box isn’t as good as either Apple TV or Amazon for apps, and I can’t see their own content replacing so much content disappearing behind other providers paywalls. We’re still subscribing as I find multi room convenient and we love watching cricket but it’s becoming an increasingly expensive offering for what you get.Cancelled Sky TV today after 22 years.
Did not decide liightly and I don’t have an overall big axe to grind, but overall TV market has changed.
I’ve always considered Sky overall a good package and a high standard of content. I’ve nearly always taken the full package, and justified as £1 a day is good value, then it was £2 a day is good value, but lately I’d been asking - is £3 a day good value?
Over the years Sky has been the pioneer of technical achievement as a TV platform. From digital to HD to Sky+ to 3D and whilst a little late with SkyQ the promise of UHD.
The biggest letdown ultimately has been SkyQ versus the availability of content on other platforms.
1. SkyQ after 5 years hasn’t really delivered the promise of UHD broadcast TV, caveat we are still starved of a breadth of content.
2. For most of the time their definition of UHD was 4k resolution only, no WCG or HDR and no HD audio
3. With compression the UHD never looked amazingly sharp
4. Most content other than Sport is still on-demand. You can’t even schedule to record the UHD option which is available for some shows on-demand shortly after broadcast begins
5. Non-UHD content is still limited to 1080i and the Sky Q box is not the best deinterlacer or upscaler
6. No option for native resolution, if you have a superior TV scaler or video processor
7. Everything locked to 50Hz no native frame-rate switching on content.
8. Really slow addition of 3rd-party apps, Amazon Prime took far too long
9. Multiroom limited to 1080i mini boxes only, no sign of UHD option 5 years later
10. Overall role of of any significantly useful features is non-existent, underwhelming, or painflully late in comparison.
I paid from memory over £300 on launch week for SkyQ Silver and 2 minis.This is equipment I don’t own that is virtually free in 2020/21 to new customers, yet I can’t get HDR because my box is not compatible, and Sky thinks it’s fair to charge me £50 to get a new box. This was a bit of a straw/camel/back scenario.
After experimenting and research I can get most of the drama via US apps and a VPN, and iTunes US subs on AppleTV, for circa 25% of my current sub, and mostly better quality. The only thing I can’t replace is the Premier League footy, but I can get 1080p via NowTV after deals,for average £20pm moving forwards. I’ve also picked up a Zgemma H7s sat/aerial recordable receiver which is good enough to replace FTA freesat/freeview for the rare times I might need them.
Sad day really, but the industry of broadcast TV is significantly changing, and Sky have become stale, and no longer a technical pioneer in this space.
Highly unlikely. Boxes aren't usually checked that thoroughly when received, they're just thrown onto the conveyor belt for refurbishing and then sent back out. With yours they'll just wipe the hard-drive, re-flash the firmware and stick on a new outer plastic shell to make it look like new again.Agree too and why I will be cancelling when my deal is up. Fox moving off the platform is another reason too. The trouble is I spilt something on my Q Box (cosmetic, it works fine), do you think they will charge me a box cost when I return it?
Buy a couple of 4K Firesticks during Prime weekend (starting tomorrow) when they will be £26 each. These will give you all the apps you could possibly need - Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Apple TV, iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and of course Now TV. A monthly entertainment and movies pass from Now will cost less than a Sky subscription and you won't be tied into a long term contract. If you also take the Boost pass then you can get HD, 5.1 sound & access the service on more than one device at the same time. All this is dependent of course on having good broadband but the FireTV interface is very straightforward once set up.What are the best options going forward for my elderly parents to view mainly movies & live terrestrial TV in the living room & bedroom?
I was surprised at the quality of the Now stream app on my non-OLED LG TV. Maybe the TV upscale, haven't tried the boost yet to compare.I'm checking Now tv for exactly the same reasons as you.
There’s a major flaw with the Firestick, or at least for me there is.
It doesn’t match frame rates for anything except Prime video. This results in Now skipping a frame on a very regular basis which is really distracting. You or they might not notice it of course.
So far I’ve got as far as discounting the Firestick, discounting the Apple TV because Now doesn’t support 5.1 on it and I’m left with only the app on my LG CX which seems to work properly…touch wood.
I am using boost btw.