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Sky Subscriptions up again!!!

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by mjcairney, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. mjcairney

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    Received my Sky magazine the other day and found out the subscription is going up from £41 to £42.50 per month - seems to me that Sky just keep piling on the increases as and when it suits them - may be wrong, but it doesn't seem a long time since the last increase.

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    My SKY Sports World package didn't go up during the last round of increases but goes up nearly 10% this time around. SKYworld did go up last time and that probably explains why your percentage increase is much smaller although over the last two years it probably works out the same.
    SKY have moved the dates they alter pricing back to the original September and at least some subscribers actually saw two increases in the same calendar year.

    The question you have to ask is if the service is worth the money to you and if the few additions to the channel lineup along with the questionable download service makes any difference.
     
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    I think I must have been one of the subscribers who saw two in the same calendar year and yes, you are right, we need to ask ourselves if it's worth the extra dosh and, so far, I haven't given myself an answer.

    Cheers,

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    If you decide it isn't worth the money or are at least waivering then ring up and cancel. There is some money in the marketing department to cover certain deals/incentives for short term price reductions to retain existing customers who I suspect the CS rep feels are genuine cancellations.

    If they only offer you half price SKyworld for 3 months that covers the price increase for the next year and if they don't then take it as the straw the broke the camels back. You can always re-subscribe at a later date if the urge grabs ya:)
     
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    Actually, it was a year ago. £1.50 on a £41 subscription is only about the same as inflation. Amazing how people pay more and more for their petrol without a murmur, but stick £1.50 on Sky, and it's a rip off :rolleyes:
     
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    I have almost completed my first month of Sky free viewing, (well I still have freesat obviously).
    I used to have the the family pack, one minute it was £13 then it was £20!
    All I have missed so far are some of the music channels and E4, (which I could get with a freeview box).
    Unless you deperately need the sport channels which you are going to pay an arm and a leg for I can think of better things to spend £40 a month on or whatever it costs.
     
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    Less than the price of 1 pint of beer a day :cool:
     
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    sky is a rip off, you can get decent chanels on freeview for only 8.00pound a month. now sky basic is that around 18 to 20 a month. times that by is it 5 or 6 million subscribers, your talking big money. and for what to pay to the football legue for exclusive coverage of top clubs. it great if your a footie fan, but other subscribers are paying for this.
     
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    If you're talking about TopUp TV, forget it ! :thumbsdow
     
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    :rolleyes:
     
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    I pay £51 a month for sky,no one makes us pay it.If your not happy find something else to replace it. :)
     
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    You could cut the price by £1.50, or more and it would still be a rip off ;) Their pricing structure forces you to pay for channels that you don't necessarily want but you need to subscribe to just to receive premium channels.
     
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    Absolutely, I rang up to cancel my Family subscription, simply had enough of prices rises and can think of better things to spend £20/month on. After some discussions of why I am cancelling having been such a long-term customer (since the good old analogue days), they offered my half price subs for 3 months. Alternatively I could upgrade to the Movie package and have that at half price for 3 months, which is still cheaper than my family subs, he really was a good salesman!! I opted to stay with the Family subs for £9.50/month for 3 months, after which time I will cancel it anyway. I can then keep the kit and watch FTV programs with the current Sky card. There is life outside of sky :)

    For info, the Sky salesguy mentioned they will be changing their pricing structure shortly to allow you to be able to pick and choose the channels you want, which apparently will help me reduce my subs further... we shall see!

    cheers
     
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    There is life after sky and its better,for around £450 and upwards for a better system you can get pay per veiw movies premiership football(choice of 4 matches on sat afternoon)and hardcore porn.and all for free,MMMMMMMM sky i dont think so.
     
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    For some reason people feel sky has a duty to bring us cheap TV. I don't know, maybe it's just because it comes into our homes and (traditionally) we're not used to paying for TV.

    Sky is a business, fine the cost increases but as pointed out earlier its not that far from just keeping up with inflation this year. I for one find the production of sky programmes to be much better than they used to be (just watch some of the old football years documentaries they run!), there are more football matches shown, which is my main/only reason for getting sky and it costs a bit more than it did a few years ago, so what? don't like it don't buy it. Now there's plenty of debate about whether what sky has done for football is healthy but as a TV company I don't really have any complaints.

    At the end of the day its like saying that ferrari have a cheek charging what they do for their cars, I'd love one but I can't afford it so I won't buy one. they don't owe me anything and sky don't owe me anything.
     
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    ...After you've paid hundreds of pounds for a pirate card in the first place...

    £1.50 a month extra...let me think. I'd say the new series of Deadwood starting in July is gonna be worth an extra £1.50 a month. I'm also sitting watching the British & irish lions live in New Zealand as I type - not available anywhere else. I could go on and on about the sport and movies not available elsewhere, but I won't.

    I've had Sky since it started back in 1987. As long as they keep improving the programming (which, in my eyes, they are), I'll keep paying. Seems there's a lot more people like me out there these days...
     
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    Sky are an unrivalled service in the UK. Others have tried to compete but they cant.

    Also, i dont see why people are getting excited about freeview, all its got is a few extra channels...It doesn't have decent ones like Sky 1 etc!
     
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    The entire pricing structure is changing in September - it will be a lot more flexible.
     
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    interesting, any more details?
     
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    Got this from someone inside Sky....

    There will be six new channel mixes : Variety; Kids; Knowledge; Style and Culture; Music; and News and Events. Customers will pay £15.00 per month for a "2 Mix" pack, £18.00 for a "4 Mix" pack or £21.00 for all six. Customers will also be able to add premium channels onto this.
     
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    Nice! Thats a mix pack for me and Sky Sports, hope it gets a lot cheaper!

    Can you get more info, whats in variety, style, and events please if you can thanks!
     
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    any ideas on the price of sports? what about if I don't want any "mix packs"?
     
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    I may look into this when the time comes, I don't mind paying for stuff I want, ie music but I do not like paying what I consider a lot of money for stuff I will never watch.
     
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    It's a minor rearranging of the package options and considering the September price rises there isn't a great deal of savings unless you don't have premium content.
    Family pack subscribers can save themselves a few quid by cutting out a few packs which they don't watch enough of the content but premium viewers still have to take at least two packs.

    There is no word on standalone movies or sports packages which after all are heavily subsidised by other smaller packages and their standalone price would probably have to be within a few quid of the existing combined packages.

    DS have a couple pf pages with the new packs here and here.
     
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    Sorry, that's all the information I have - I'm sure all will be revealed very soon :)
     
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    How's that then?
     
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    Presumably for the top programme package + multi-room.
     
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    i think people get annoyed with the price increases becase they go up but you dont get anything better in return. the new chanels that appear are always total rubbish i cant rember the last time a new channel apeared and i thought i would watch it.

    we all seam to pay for a lot of features and channels of sky that we dont use and rarther than sky investing money in them and making us pay for them they needent have bothered.
     
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    Costs go up regardless of the addition of new channels that could be included into subscription packages. Taxes on land and infrastructure, wages, higher fees to content providors and increases in costs for third party suppliers of services such as uplinking, OB units, satellite contracts etc etc.

    I don't know how these directly relate to subscription rises but they do play their part but at the end of the day SKY are a commercial business who due to their PLC nature have to show a stable and profitable face for the City.

    FX was probably the last subscription channel to launch that really stuck out and has improved over time which is a bonus.

    The majority of channels on SKY are not owned by SKY and while £360million(ish) isn't huge in terms of broadcasting it is a healthy chunk of subscription revenue to pay out to third party broadcasters.
     

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