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Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by John G, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. John G

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    £299 for Sky HD box plus £60 installation and £10 per month extra. Just spoke to my local dealer who went to a meeting with Sky yesterday. They asked for my viewing card number to register interest as there is apparently going to be a shortage at first.
    Cheers, John
     
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    well if thats correct me thinks i better ring telewest and order my hd tv drive box for free!!!
     
  3. John G

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    Forgot to add that they will be available in 3-4 weeks
     
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    me thinks they are unlikely to get away with the installation cost - no way sireee:nono:
     
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    Thats standard for Sky+ - even if you upgrade and all the guy does it turn up n offer to tke it out of the box and plug it in.

    Roger
     
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    What a difference 24 minutes make. At 1106am someone started a thread saying that the price was £400-£500.

    I wonder what the price will be in the next 24 minutes...
     
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    Best just to wait if you can - I recall when pricing for the original Sky Digital was high, but prices started to fall and more people signed up for it like me - free installation, viewing box etc.

    Though if the pricing is accurate its not as bad as first mentioned on these forums
     
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    I'm a bit torn here... Better off waiting until the prices drop BUT, apparently the world cup will be in HD. That really would be unmissable, unless we go out in the first round :(
     
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    i never paid for installation with my sky+ :clap:
     
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    I suspect that Sky itself hasn't made up it's mind on how exactly they will price HD and won't until the last minute, just prior to launch. I suspect that they are modelling different price strategies to see how they affect uptake and their income stream. They could well be trying to gauge reactions by floating different pricing strategies with the trade and it wouldn't be suprising if they were reading the forums to see the different reactions that are given to different prices. They could well find all the speculation on here by 'people in the know' both useful and amusing.

    If you look at the past behaviour of Sky and take into account what they want the reaction to HD to be, it seems probable that they will make getting HD as easy as possible and recoup their income by a relatively affordable but regular monthly charge. One thing of which I would be confident is that they are giving a lot of thought and consideration on how price will drive uptake.
     
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    There's rumours that the world cup might be in HD.

    I'm just warning you because people here seem to be making major purchasing decisions based upon rumours and then moaning when then turn out to be misleading.

    I suspect that it would be in the interests of both Sky and the BBC to show world cup matches in HD. Whether it will actually happen is anyones guess.
     
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    It's no longer a rumour, the BBC have confirmed this on their own website. Have a look at the world cup thread.
     
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    Care to provide a link?
     
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    Notice the company showing the World cup in HD in the UKis part owned by Telewest! Does this mean Sky HD owners will not get to see it?
     
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    You are reading the article incorrectly. It is in two parts - the first part talks about BBC broadcastring matches in HD. The second part talks about a sub-licensing deal to show the mctahes with different commentary in SD.
     
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    :oops: Did not read it fully!!
     
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    The first part of that article is paraphrased from a Rueters report I posted in the World Cup 2006 thread, so I wouldn't spend any money based on it's content....
     
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    I trust BBC's own comments about the BBC's plans over any that Reuters make though !
     
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    Thats just it though - the BBC report is apparently based on the Reuters one.

    Odd, don't you think?

    If the BBC did indeed have concrete plans in place, you'd have thought they'd like to announce it themselves, rather than "slip it in" a Reuters report, eh?
     
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    Your problem is that just because the beeb are producing HD does not mean they have agreed with sky to show it. No agreement is signed AFAIK, or it would be big news. I'd love to be corrected here.
     
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    Got my MPEG4 box ready and connected - so if BBC go with Sky on the EPG or not it's WC HD in this house.....

    H
     
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    If the BBC are so up for Freesat then announcing firm plans for Dsat HD would be a good place to start, ignore SKY and force them to play catchup:)
     
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    Nice, cant wait hopefully by the end of next month
     
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    Spot on. someone talking sense at last. Wouldnt you as sky test reaction to prices etc on the biggest av forum in the uk? For absolutely sure some figures that have been touted have come straight from the sky marketing dept, judging interest and feedback. From what most of the deep pocketed people on here have replied with it pretty certain to be £299 for the box with £10 p/m subs. This might have been cheaper (like telewest) if people on here and other places hadnt responded so well to these figures. Thanks loaded people, now i will have to wait 6 months for it to half in price.
     
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    Not saying this is what Sky are doing but if I was launching some bleeding edge technology this is how I would do it - make it expensive to start of with.

    I would do it because I would want to restrict the numbers because

    (i) I know there are going to be teething problems in the service and the equipment. I don't want to produce a huge batch of equipment that has to be returned for upgrade or scrapped.

    (ii) I want the numbers of potentially disappointed customers to be small so that I can afford to address their problems and there aren't enough of them to get onto BBC's Watchdog.

    (iii) The expensive product means that I can still recoup my costs even though I have a small batch of guinea pigs testing my equipment.

    (iv) The expensive product will seem exclusive to the loaded guys and desirable to the less so. Once I have managed to get the product pretty stable I can reduce the price so that the people who have built up such a desire for the must-have toy can buy en masse.

    It's a shame because it means that I will have to wait for Sky HD (like I had to wait for Sky+) but I beleive it would be commercial suicide to roll out new technology too quickly.

    Cheers,

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    I had to pay the relocation fee to have my sky+ installed even though i wanted the SkY + box in my room with the standard box remaining downstairs, apparantly the systems dont accept the orders unless you pay these fees, so say sky CS anyway:rolleyes:

    I'd be happy to pay £360 ish all in personally for kit that should see me through the next 5ish years.

    Hopefully those on top packages wont need to pay the extra £10 pm, but i'd pay that too.
     
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    No offence meant, but I have to say that's utter tosh :thumbsdow

    How many different people have posted about SkyHD, in terms of prices etc, would you say? 100? 200? Maybe even 300?

    Do you really believe that a multi-billion pound organisation is going to base it's whole pricing structure around the random postings of a couple of hundred people - most of which are "all talk and no trousers", so to speak, and have no real intention of buying the blooming thing??

    Or do you think it's more likely that they'll base it on unit production costs, advertising costs, content aquisition costs and broadcasting costs? And do you think that they've slipped up and spent many thousands of pounds on marketeers, stragegists and analists when all they needed to do was post on AVForums "Here lads, how much do you want this new box to be? Love, Sky" - I'm sure their shareholders would LOVE that one!!

    Sorry if this post sounds a little rude, its not intended to be, but I just wanted to illustrate how silly what you are suggesting sounds to me.
     
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    daKlone, you are mistaken in almost every regard.

    regards

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