Convince me to stay with Sky....

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  1. rousetafarian

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    Probably get a more rounded group of responses in GC than elsewhere, so this is the deal....

    Sky TV, Broadband (which is flakey to say the least), all calls including international calls (important) plus my BT line rental comes to £66.00/month give or take a couple of quid.

    That doesn't include any Sports or Movie packages, and considering we watch hardly any live TV, mainly from the planner I thought about switching to BT with a view of getting Infinity when it arrives next year.

    BT have costed a comparable package, including BT Sports (if I keep my old Sky box) @ £15.45 (i.e. just the line rental) for the 1st x 6 months + £5.50 for international calls and then £31.45 from month 7 plus £5.50 for overseas calls.


    Even from month 7 its going to under £37.00/month which combined with the fact we stream a lot from Hulu, Netflix etc seems like a true bargain.

    Oh and a £25.00 Sainsbury's voucher, apparently.

    Where's the catch and what I have missed?

    The other option is to just pay the BT line rental every month and stick to Freesat.

    Thoughts gents?
     
  2. Chox1988

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    i cant convince you to keep sky, we got rid of it and it was a great money saver. BT infinity, plus netflix and/or downloading the other stuff we watch, so much better, no ads, watch anything near instantly, sky is such an extreme waste of money.

    Unless youre a die hard sports fan in which case i take less of a grievance with it.
     
  3. Mr Noble

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    leaving sky was the next best thing I ever did.

    wherever you go though make sure to go via topcashback or quidco
     
  4. Steven

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    Go to the pub to watch only the matches you care about and it should work out cheaper?
     
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    As I am not interested in the sports and movie channels I am thinking about only keeping Sky phone and broadband (and only because I can't have broadband on it's own) as I have always had good service and no-one else is cheaper in the end.
    Too many repeats on too many channels.
     
  6. aVdub

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    I used to work for them. That's why I've never had it to start with.


    We are happy with Freesat & Freeview (only for Dave) and renting to odd film here and there from Google or Sony online.

    Internet is unlimited downloads, all calls free (apart from premium lines) & line rental at £21.90 a month. It's just gone up 45p a month Grrrrrrrrr

    Neighbours just dumped Sky for the BT package and is well happy with it.
     
  7. zed4

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    I'm considering the same. The only reason I keep Sky is for Sky Atlantic, Sky F1 HD and Sky 1. Are they (all) available from anywhere else? They're pretty much the only channels I watch!
     
  8. eob

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    You can check out any time you like but you can never leave!
    :D
     
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    I find any time I go to the pub to watch a game I rarely spend less than £20.
    Watching at home in Sky is much cheaper, and healthier!
    I'm close to £100 a month for Sky TV only (BB is through BT) but no alternative for me.
    And I do think its a marvellous product/service.
     
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    With just having phone and broadband with Sky and no tv package you get charged a fee of £2.50.
    I called sky to question this and they said it was correct. It's in there T&C.

    I'm now with EE and save about £5 per month as I have a Orange mobile contract.
    Did the EE sign up process via topcashback which netted me £150. :)
     
  11. nheather

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    Are you comparing apples with apples though.

    With Sky ...

    Talk international nlimited = £24.50 including rental
    Broadband Unlimited = £7.50
    Sky Entertainment Extra = £27

    That adds up to £59, not the £66 you are paying so you must have something more in there.

    You are then comparing it with a BT talk and Broadband package which is hardly the same.

    To make it fairer you need to drop the Sky Entertainment package and Sky+ recording and just use the box for FreeSat.

    Then the Sky cost is £32

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  12. rousetafarian

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    Posting this from my phone so I will keep it short, my line rental is with BT not Sky and Sky charge me £5:00 for international calling (an old plan I guess)
     
  13. nheather

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    The difference in what you are paying and what you could be paying is a minor point.

    What I was trying to say is comparing Sky at £66 with BT at £37 is not entirely fair.

    I'm assuming that the BT package does not have an entertainment package so you would be down to freeview (other than the BT Sports).

    So to be fair you need to remove the entertainment bits from the Sky package.

    So if the idea was to drop down to freeview then you could get your Sky price down to similat to BT.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  14. rousetafarian

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    The viewing habits are changing in the home too, so a lesser channel selection isn't necessarily a bad thing as we rarely watch 'live' tv these days. Plus the sport is a bonus
     
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    These days I just need one channel at home - Cbeebies. Sadly they don't offer one-channel boxes, so we got ourselves Freesat and saving around £50 per month (for not having Sky or BT).
     
  16. nheather

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    I'm not saying get rid of entertainment pack, just pointing out that when saying BT is much cheaper you aren't really comparing apples with apples.

    Basically you are saying broadband, phone and tv package is dearer than broadband and phone.

    So what I was saying is drop the entertainment pack on Sky to get a true comparison.

    The sports channel on BT is nice though.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  17. rousetafarian

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    Nigel I'm on my iPhone currently so i will re-read your posts later. Usually you make common sense so apologies if I misunderstood what you wrote.
     
  18. nheather

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    Apologies for the first line - I read it and thought it was uncalled for and removed it asap.

    Essentially I was just explaining that the op is paying £66 for Sky and is saying that BT is much cheaper at £37.

    Makes BT sound much cheaper but if you reduce Sky to the same spec then Sky is cheaper at £32 (although BT has the sports channel).

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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  19. mr.magners

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    i have Sky for BB,Line Rental and TV all channels but no Movies or sport last month price went up to £44.
    So rang Sky to cancel tv as I thought Freeview would be cheaper as i rarely watch any channels I cannot get on freeview they reduced the price for a year to £30 so happy to stay.
    I also think the Sky tv receiver is excellent for recording stuff.
     
  20. rousetafarian

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    Whilst I cannot deny the Sky box is a great piece of technology the sums just don't add up, and even then its not necessarily a financial reason that I'm considering a change.

    We simply don't watch live TV anymore, the vast majority is off the planner, followed by Netflix, followed by streaming to an ipad or phone. I have been with Sky for nearly a decade, so can commit to a good service

    The length and breadth of the Sky channel list is impressive but if we aren't watching them surely it makes sense to pare the list down to core channels and stream the rest.

    After checking out Freesat tonight it's a non-starter so I can scratch that.

    Even when I factor in £5.00/month for Netflix and another £5.00 for WiTopia VPN Gateway the £36.00 maximum BT price still seems reasonable (plus I get BT Sport 1&2 through my old Sky receiver)
     
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    To me it's simple really. If you enjoy watching the big US series such as Ray Donovan, Game Of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire etc, have massive selection of channels plus F1 then Sky is what you need and nothing from BT/ freeview will do.

    If you'll be happy with the free channels and BT sport then switch and save some money, bearing in mind as Nigel said you could simply cancel Sky entertainment, still have the Freeview channels anyway and bring the cost down to roughly the same as BT.
     
  22. RuddyRoad

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    Best of luck trying to cancel Sky...
     
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    I don't follow the bit about the planner? I rarely watch live TV either but you still need the channels to record onto the planner in the first place.

    Genuine question btw cos I don't know the answer, what's the score legally with streaming stuff such as new Sky Atlantic series?
     
  24. rousetafarian

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    Rob, I take your point about the planner. What I mean to convey is that we normally series-link whatever we want and then watch it back, so you are right in that you need the channels in the 1st place ;)

    We may miss out on a couple of channels for SWMBO, but if that means no more 'Here comes Honey Boo-Boo' then so be it......(kidding)

    I cannot answer your question about channels such as Sky Atlantic tbh
     
  25. rousetafarian

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    Why the drama? I own the box, have exceeded the minimum contract and will give notice on the arrangement.

    They can put me through to their Retention team's highest retainer, if I want to cancel they ain't going to stop me. Worst case is I cancel the Direct Debit and pay any balance over the phone.

    No issue.
     
  26. RuddyRoad

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    If you say so...
     
  27. FZR400RRSP

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    Sky will try and keep you, but of course you can cancel.
    You can also, if you want, pay Sky something like £20 (one off fee) to get a viewing card that converts the box into a freeview/freesat box.
    My mother has this.
    But IIRC correctly you will lose the recording function (she doesn't have a Sky+ box for me to confirm this)
    AFAIK Sky still charge £10 per month for that option if you don't have any monthly package with them.

    I stand to be corrected on the above, things change.
     
  28. stephenc

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    Explain? Other half just cancelled hers, one phone call no issues.
     
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    its easy to cancel
    but in cancelling they will try sorting something out
    but otherwise quick and painless
     
  30. hopeless

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    You're in a great position. If you don't want or need Sky then give them a call and tell them how it is. They should at the very least match BT's offer.

    If you still decide to cancel, providing you haven't been taken off their mailing list, you should get loads of offers flooding through your letterbox.

    It's win win. Either way, you'll save money.
     

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