I've had enough of Sky

whistlingDogg

Standard Member
That's it, after 4 years of sky digital, I've had enough. I'm not prepared to pay £38 a month for the crap that sky churn out. I can't remember the last time I watched a sky movies film and I've never heard of the straight-to-tv movies on movies max. Hundreds of shopping channels, no widescreen, too many adverts etc. I'm goign to cancel and just receive the fta/ftv channels and possibly pay for film4...
 
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Azrikam

Guest
If you're going to cancel, do us subscribers a favor and say it was because of:
A) Not enough widescreen broadcasts
B) Too much onscreen graphics
:D 'Preciate it.

I agree that the movie channels are a huge waste. I downgraded a while back and still haven't seen a single movie that I wished I could watch on Sky movies. I had originally intended on scrapping my sub entirely, but I think it's still worth £16 a month for E4, BBC Choice, and a few others.
 

andyk

Active Member
BBC Choice is free.

I have the FTA card in my Sky box and find that is enough for me. I used to pay the £16 sub but found that all that we were actually watching were the free channels and Nick Jr. Since CBeebies and Boomerang have arrived though Nick Jr isn't missed at all.
 
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Azrikam

Guest
BBC Choice is free.
Oops. Well, there's got to be something worthwhile in this package. Oh, the History/Discovery channels are very good, as well as CNX/Cartoon Network.

Honestly, there is very little in the family pack that isn't FTA. But, for me, it's enough to warrant a subscription.
 

Nobber22

Novice Member
Aren't you guys interested in sport? (and I don't just mean football:rolleyes: ). How about Discovery Channel and National Geographic, etc too? - Azikram excluded.

Surely you see there is more to SKY than crappy movies?
 

PFM

Active Member
Cancelled my sky package last October, and never looked back since:D


Kept my Panny box and I'm happy with the free to view channels. I do miss the documentary chanels but I dont miss the advert break 4 mins into the program:mad:

But must insist that when you resign your subscription and do for a just cause such as:

Screen graphics
advertisment break lengths
Non widescreen formats....

(oh yes and a I forgot to mention, I bet they'll offer you a lower rate to keep your custom;) )
 

michaelm

Banned
They are putting their prices up by £2.50 per package from Jan 1st - so your £16.00 package will now cost £18.50. A massive 16% increase.

Sky explain this by saying their costs have risen and they are trying to keep this down to a minimum cost to subscribers.
More than likely it's to do with their crappy pay interactive services that few people actually use and their overpriced pay-per-view services that few people actually use. If they dumped all this sh*te their service would be more cost effective but I bet they'd still hike their prices up.

The thing is, they're allowed to get away with it. They have a monopoly on pay tv services and the DTI have given them carte blanche for years to charge what they want.
 
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galaxycinema

Guest
The thing that REALLY wound me up was the voice announcers talking over the end credits! Film Four do that too. Very annoying!!!
 
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juboy

Guest
Originally posted by michaelm
A massive 16% increase. Sky explain this by saying their costs have risen and they are trying to keep this down to a minimum cost to subscribers.
The truth is that they know the launch of Freeview will see a percentage of their lower-rate package subscribers cancel their subscriptions and switch provider.

The increase equates to the losses Sky guesstimate that they'll lose in this manner.

Put simply, the Sky customers that stay loyal will cover the losses of the ones that don't.
 
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Azrikam

Guest
Yeah, once again Sky heaps the biggest piles onto their loyal subscribers.

New subscriber? Here's a bunch of free stuff. Loyal subscriber for years? Shut up and make sure your box is connected to a phone line, cash cow. :devil:

Right now, the fee is warranted because a good portion of what I watch wouldn't be available on the free channels. But, as the price goes up and the competition gets better, it's only a matter of time before I cancel my sub.
 

Garrett

Moderator
And what is the rate of inflation??? About 3 at most and if this is a raise over 2 years 6% that 2.5 times above inflation.
 
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sifowler

Guest
I'm thinking of cancelling my Sky subscription. Does anyone know where I can get hold of a list of channels that I can still receive ?

Also, when I cancel my subscription, do I still need my Viewing Card ? - I tried taking it out last night and everything went off !!
 

andyk

Active Member
You need to get a new viewing card. There is a phone number that you can ring. Look on the bbc.co.uk under their digital viewing section.

There is probably a list of channels there too. In summary though it is
BBC 1
BBC2
BBC Choice
CBBC
CBeebies
BBC4
BBC News 24
ITV (not ITV 2 or Sport)
CH4 (not E4)
CH5
Sky News
various other news channels (Bloomberg etc.)
All the shopping channels
Boomerang (but none of the other cartoon channels)
various God channnels
various Radio stations
Porn freeviews (and you can still subscribe if you wish)
a couple of other bits and pieces here and there
 
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sifowler

Guest
Thanks for that.

Just wondering though. Looking at the freeview website (www.freeview.co.uk) it lists ITV2 and Sky Sports News as channels you can receive. Is that via a different STB ?
 

Stuart Wright

AVForums Founder
Staff member
I think I'm going to cancel the movies. Some are ok to watch again, but those I haven't seen, yet, I want to watch for the first time on my big screen in Dolby Digital bloody loud.
Not interested in Sport. The discovery and history channels are of big interest to me, though. I like most things to do with WWII like battlefield and the biographies are good.
 

kevenh

Standard Member
Woah! That FTA channel list is a little out of date!

What You Get For Free


The movie stuff is not part of the current list. 'They' couldn't agree on £££'s. They are at least talking again.

The same STB does all the channels.
 
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sifowler

Guest
kevenh,

So this list of channels. Can I receive these if I cancel my Sky subscription and then get one of these Free to View cards from the BBC (for instance). Or do I need to get a Freeview box and receive via aerial ??

Cheers,
Simon.
 

whistlingDogg

Standard Member
Originally posted by sifowler
kevenh,

So this list of channels. Can I receive these if I cancel my Sky subscription and then get one of these Free to View cards from the BBC (for instance). Or do I need to get a Freeview box and receive via aerial ??

Cheers,
Simon.
i might be wrong but if you cancel your sky subscription you keep the card and it allows you to receive the ftv/fta channels
 

kevenh

Standard Member
Blimey, I should've started at the begining.
Sorry, there are at least two FTA lists.

My "What You Get For Free" link earlier is just for Freeview DTT

(Sorry AndyK - this looks like your list! :blush: ) For Sky Digital the list is: -

Non-subscription channels

BBC1
BBC2
BBC Choice
BBC News 24
BBC Parliament
BBC Four
CBBC
Cbeebies
ITV1
CNN
Channel 4 plus S4C and S4C2
Channel 5
BBC (Radio 1-3, 4FM and LW, 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra, World Service, Radio Scotland, Radio Wales, Radio Ulster, Asian Network
Classic FM
Classic Gold
The Mix
Planet Rock
Core
Virgin Radio
Capital Gold
Xfm
Youthfm.com
Heart FM
WRN Euro Max


Sky News and QVC are available without a viewing card
 
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juboy

Guest
Originally posted by Spectre
I think I'm going to cancel the movies
I cancelled all the movie channels about 6 months ago. All the films I want to see I either see at the cinema or buy on DVD, for the reasons Spectre touched on.

Any of the occasional 'of interest' type things that sometimes came on Moviemax or FilmFour I now just rent on DVD.

I realised I was paying £16 a month to be able to look at the EPG and say 'Oh, that's on tonight is it' but never actually watched any of them.
 
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Azrikam

Guest
I know. I was constantly looking through the movies saying, "that's a good flick", and "I wouldn't mind seeing that one again." But, truth be told, I never watched any of them.

Actually, I say constantly, but there were never any more than 2-3 movies per week that were fit to watch on the Sky Movies. And those I usually had on video. Throw conflicts with other shows in, and it meant a lot of £££ going to waste. (I'm still a little bitter that I waited as long as I did to downgrade :) )

One of the biggest problems with Sky Movies is that they have to adhere to the watershed which means they only play childrens movies during the day. (and crap ones at that) That seriously reduces the amount of watchable movies.
 
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sifowler

Guest
So, it appears on the face of it that if you cancel your sky subscription you are almost better off ripping your dish down and getting one of these freeview boxes - you get more channels.

I suppose it then depends on picture quality via your aerial.
 

whistlingDogg

Standard Member
Originally posted by sifowler
So, it appears on the face of it that if you cancel your sky subscription you are almost better off ripping your dish down and getting one of these freeview boxes - you get more channels.

I suppose it then depends on picture quality via your aerial.
but don't you get the same channels through sky without subscription as you would do with the freeview boxes?
 

cessquill

Active Member
Originally posted by whistlingDogg
but don't you get the same channels through sky without subscription as you would do with the freeview boxes?
I thought you got ITV2 on Freeview, but not with Sky...?

Reasons for leaving? dodgy software downloads (that leave me resetting my box every day), poor quality boxes, slow epg, interactive features that might be worth a peek if they weren't s o v e r y s l o w, unjustified price hike, excessive adverts (that still don't cover the price hike), and their attitude.

I wish I was strong enough to leave, rather than just moan... :rolleyes:
 
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backtothefuture

Guest
Originally posted by Azrikam
If you're going to cancel, do us subscribers a favor and say it was because of:
A) Not enough widescreen broadcasts
B) Too much onscreen graphics
:D 'Preciate it.

I agree that the movie channels are a huge waste. I downgraded a while back and still haven't seen a single movie that I wished I could watch on Sky movies. I had originally intended on scrapping my sub entirely, but I think it's still worth £16 a month for E4, BBC Choice, and a few others.
i agree with that ...just got sky installed last month and was on the full (ie sky world ) package ... didn't get to watch a single decent movie on the movie channels ..except for CASTAWAY which they show almost everyday and which I am sure many people have seen previously as well... rest of the semi-decent movies start at 10pm or so and who has time to stay awake for those ....(ie those of us who got to get up early in the morning!) ...

80% of the channels is B.S.that I don't watch... hence I recently downgraded to the entertainment pack (ie at £16soon to be £18 a month) .....
 

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