Sky HD prices confirmed

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by Stuart Wright, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. Stuart Wright

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    Those people who registered an interest in Sky HD received a mailshot today with pricing details and an invitation to order.
    Installations (planned to start in May) are free until May 31st and will be arranged on a first come, first served basis once you've paid your £30 deposit either online or in Comet, Dixons or John Lewis.
    The box itself is £299. Pitched just about right, I think.
    Normal channel packages appear to be unchanged, while HD subscription is an additional tenner. The HD channels you receive depend on your chosen package. Sky One HD, Artsworld HD, National Geographic HD, Discovery HD and Sky Box Office HD will be available to all Sky HD subscribers. To get Sky Sports HD you will need Sky Sports 1 & 2 in your package. To get Sky Movies 9 HD you will also need Sky Movies 1 in your package and for Sky Movies 10 HD you'll need Sky Movies 2.
     
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    Another £420 to sky then, ontop of subscription.
     
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    is it an email or postal?
    i registered but haven't recieved anything:confused:
     
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    Perfectly priced for me...

    I had pre-registered but haven't got the email yet, but still went on the site and preordered. Saves me a trip down to comet (which is always good)...
     
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    Seems alot of money for not alot in return.

    Artsworld??

    Surrealism to Salsa not my cuppa tea.
     
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    Mine turned up as an email.

    I've just pre-regged and it says that the £30 deposit will be refunded later and the full price for the kit etc charged seperately. Seems a bit strange really, would have been better to knock the £30 off the price of the box.

    oh well, lets see if they get upset with my building. It's five stories high :p
     
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    If I want the whole of the package sky are offering its going to cost £52.50 a month.

    Thats £630 a year :eek:
     
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    Not happy.

    Most of Sky's programming is Dire, and an extra £10 for a few extra channels, plus the extra £299.

    I don't watch many films or sport, as I am busy at work, but living in Milton Keynes in an analogue cable only area, and no TV aerial signals, Sky is my only option.

    I really like Sky plus, but even with the lowest package, plus the extra £20 for Plus 7 HD, that's still £40, so then it seems stupid not to pay the extra 12.50 and get the sports & films.

    I would like to see the HD in action, as I have had a HD telly waiting for a good signal for over 12 months.

    May wait to see if they offer new customers a deal, and then cancel the subscription, then get the missus to subscribe.

    When Telewest can offer a free box, and HD subscription at a lower price, I'm suprised Sky have priced like this.

    I would happily loose all the channels of dross (quiz, shopping, porn) and the ones I have no interest in (religious & foreign) and pay the full subscription price (£42.50) including the Plus & HD costs.

    It's a bit rich that they only have a HD box with Plus, so you really have no option about the plus subscription. My missus would kill me if I paid £299 for a box, and didn't use the major function of it. It would be like buying a car, and using every toy on it, apart from the engine.

    Come on Sky, get rid of the dross, & offer more tailor made packages.:lease:

    I can think of better things (and better people) to give over £900 this year.:thumbsdow :thumbsdow :thumbsdow
     
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    I got the email this morning too.. Signed up straight away :)

    £299 is about right for me. I use 2 Grundig digiboxes with my HTPC with MCE2005 for Sky viewing. So I'll be having Sky HD and 2 multiroom cards to keep these boxes doing their job (I hate the Sky+ menu TV guide and I use MCE for all my music, movies and DVD playing).

    I know a lot of people are negative about Sky but if you like sport or any of the good new TV programmes from the US (24 etc) then there is no other alternative, plus the Freeview picture looks godawful compared to the Sky picture through a decent PC, using decent codecs.

    I've been watching HD movies on my HTPC for a while now.. It'll be nice to see what Sky offer and what sort of service comes with it (bitrate-wise)
     
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    Well it seems to have been priced within what a lot of people expected. I don't think I'll be going for this right now as it's a lot of money for what I feel will be only an incremental upgrade to my current Sky experience (although HD World Cup is making me think twice!)
     
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    thats comet not currys stuart ;)

    woohoo i pre ordered! didnt bother going to comet to pre-order AGAIN as i know they will screw it up :p

    do you think i got an email because im a new customer?
     
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    Seems alot of cost for little extra. I haven't got a HD tv yet, so the cost is even greater. Think I will wait, although I really do want HD!
     
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    What other channels do we get in HD other than the Sky ones mentioned? Not really going to pay £299 and £10 a month just for 2 channels that I actually watch. Will BBC be in HD through Sky too?

    I think I may wait and see rather than pre order.
     
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    The more people that leap on the bamdwagon now the worse it will be.
    Hold your fire and wait and see.

    If Sky get disappointing early takeup then two things will happen.

    They will offer deals on the box
    They will scrap the additional £10 sub, as they did with Sky +

    I will not pay a premium for what is going to be the new standard.

    Cliff
     
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    Milton Keynes in which country?

    I live in MK, UK and have been happily watching Freeview for the past couple of years.

    The old local law about not putting up TV aerials was scrapped years ago mate!
     
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    I think the BBC have a HD channel on SkyHD, and this is where the world cup will be shown in HD. It's one of the standard HD channels too (no premium channel package required).

    Still a little expensive for what it is, I don't think I watch enough TV to justify it. :cool:
     
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    normally i would agree whole heartedly with you....but i reckon sky have invested a lot in HD therefore will be reluctent to budge for a good while..ie no offers not even before xmas 2006...lets hope not as im not sure if i want to be an early adopter.....cant wait to see feedback on performance on the forums.....:devil:
     
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    Good point. However, people may be willing to pay the extra for the opportunity to watch the technology before it becomes 'standard'.

    I myself perhaps will wait to see what kinds of problems there may be with the 1st generation of boxes: they may be not too bad, look at Sky+ and the later boxes like the Amstrads were clangers.

    I think the £10 extra is just stopping me for going for it. I currently use the Sports package, but would be willing to go for the whole package for HD. In fact, to get films I would have to. That would mean the extra £8 odd to get the films, then £10 on top of that. So, an extra £18 a month would not be good for me, or my wallet ;)
     
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    sky are a business, they offer a service that you really dont need to take on unless you are an ardent premier league supporter.......so if you take it on then thats your own decision, dont slate them for what they charge, thats up to them......slate them if the service you get is bad fair enough, but not for offering a product.....

    for people who have high quality high definition sets and are likely to make a lot of use of them, then an extra tenner a month isnt that much tbh....however for someone with a 30in HD LCD who mebbe watches an hour or so of TV a day then yes its expensive, but then why did they bother getting a HD TV so early?

    sadly i cant quite afford the box itself yet, but because i have a 86in screen being fed by a HD projector, i'll be quite happy to pick up one in the next few months.....mostly for the films, but also for watching WWE in HD :)
     
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    Yup £299 seems fair.
     
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    I think the £10 extra pm was expected and accepted but £299 for a box i think thats taking the biscuit as the sky plus box we know is now only £49 on the sky web site... so is every one really happy about paying £250 for the HD technology inside the new box.. :suicide: its a joke..

    The box im sure will come down in price and to be honest i will hang on till it does else go to another supplier if they offer a better deal in the mean time..

    Also its a bit of a joke saying they will install it at least a month after you place your order!!! i bet most installs wont happen till June anyway..

    Overall now very dissapointed in sky content to be honest is nto great and now starting to get stupid on subcription fees... :mad:
     
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    I thought this was a trial and only available to a selected group of viewers?
     
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    Don't forget to factor in the cost of a decent HDMI cable as i'm sure the one Sky will give you (if any) will be pants.
     
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    I think it would be worth AVF doing a poll vote for Value for money
    So if sky do read these forums they could actually see what the customers really want?

    Also gives the users of this forum an idea of if its value for money..

    People im sure will argue if you can afford a HD tv then you can afford the rest of the hardware so I should shut up moaning but theres affording the hardware and being taken for a ride and im sorry to say this but i think sky are taking us all for a ride on this latest addition..:thumbsdow
     
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    Soon as they waive the ten quid a month for top subscribers then I'll order one. Simple as that.

    Regards

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    Got to agree, if they dropped the tenner extra a month i would jump on the band wagon straight away, but paying well over £50 a month is getting a little bit too steep, especially when it goes up again. :(
     
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    $ky are a disgrace.

    Please stop giving your money away to them.
     
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    I cant wait for skyHD, but i already pay near full whack for subscription (i have everything but the movies), and an extra £10 each month for multi room. I will order as soon as they drop the extra £10 on top of what i already pay, no doubt about it. I think the price for the box is good, and i sincerly hope they drop the extra £10 a month charge before the world cup!

    as for WWE in HD as someone mentoned earlier, i'm told WWE dont record in high def as yet :-(
     

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