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Topic # 150824 4-Aug-2014 18:18
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I don't get my money's worth out of the Sky basic package and am seriously considering Igloo for its channels.
Currently the box is free on a 12 month contract.
For those who have Igloo, do you think it gives a good picture and a reliable box?

The major disadvantage will be not getting the Sky magazine and will need to spend more time looking online.
Saying that, I sometimes wonder whether Sky bother even looking at their own magazine.




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  Reply # 1101944 4-Aug-2014 18:20
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"The major disadvantage will be not getting the Sky magazine"

are you serious? Genuine question.

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  Reply # 1101945 4-Aug-2014 18:23
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From my experience the interface of the box sucks. Navigating the menus took forever!

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  Reply # 1101982 4-Aug-2014 19:01
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Igloo box is sloooooooooooow. Have had since day 0, I was a beta tester.

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  Reply # 1101984 4-Aug-2014 19:12
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We dropped Sky for Igloo, no regrets at all.




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  Reply # 1101987 4-Aug-2014 19:15
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Last time i used my SKY Mag was over a year ago. But still i get it in the mail and it goes straight to the bin "sigh".




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  Reply # 1101998 4-Aug-2014 19:31
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Finch: Igloo box is sloooooooooooow. Have had since day 0, I was a beta tester.


Navigating some aspects is slow but the important bit, picture quality is excellent with the bonus of no rain fade




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  Reply # 1102001 4-Aug-2014 19:36
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We convinced my parents to stop getting Sky basic about a year ago and swap to Igloo.  The picture quality improved majorly, they no longer lost a bit off each side of their picture (Sky UHF decoder cut off both sides of the picture and no amount of fiddling on decoder or tv settings helped).  I didn't have a problem with the menus and overall it was good.  They didn't subscribe to the channel package....

However they recently did have to change back to Sky as they removed the racing channel and made it on Sky only and this is a must have for my dad.  The new Sky box actually works well with no picture issues.

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  Reply # 1102026 4-Aug-2014 20:02
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Igloos monthly is about the same as a multiroom box.




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  Reply # 1102073 4-Aug-2014 20:51
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What do you mostly watch?

If it's sport, Igloo will disappoint by comparison and you should probably keep Sky. If it's films and TV, then I would say neither - as Netflix and Hulu+ will probably deliver better value than Igloo (at a comparable price point), and much better value than the Sky movie/Rialto//SOHO package.

I'm contemplating a switch myself. Just purchasing/installing/testing the necessary media players first (which are cheap), as I like to watch on the TV with a remote, not on the computer, and I want to be able to seamlessly pipe to all rooms.



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  Reply # 1102109 4-Aug-2014 21:04
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JimmyH: What do you mostly watch?

If it's sport, Igloo will disappoint by comparison and you should probably keep Sky. If it's films and TV, then I would say neither - as Netflix and Hulu+ will probably deliver better value than Igloo (at a comparable price point), and much better value than the Sky movie/Rialto//SOHO package.

I'm contemplating a switch myself. Just purchasing/installing/testing the necessary media players first (which are cheap), as I like to watch on the TV with a remote, not on the computer, and I want to be able to seamlessly pipe to all rooms.


What we have on a lot is the BBC and that will be the primary reason for Igloo.
I don't watch sports and movies come from Netflix.
We do (sometimes) record from UKTV, Discovery and BBC Knowledge.
I have a TiVo box so free to air channels are incidental.




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  Reply # 1102110 4-Aug-2014 21:06
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NonprayingMantis: "The major disadvantage will be not getting the Sky magazine"

are you serious? Genuine question.


Genuine reply is that I tend to spend some time at the beginning of the month, marking the programs I want to record.





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  Reply # 1102131 4-Aug-2014 21:19
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NonprayingMantis: "The major disadvantage will be not getting the Sky magazine"

are you serious? Genuine question.


Genuine reply is that I tend to spend some time at the beginning of the month, marking the programs I want to record.



Get Netflix/Lightbox and you'll never need to record anything ever again because everything will be available to you on demand.



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  Reply # 1102393 5-Aug-2014 10:01
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Best thing I did was to drop Sky totally!!!

Lots of alternatives....

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  Reply # 1102401 5-Aug-2014 10:07
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From memory, the Igloo channels are all in SD, not HD

So if HD is important to you, then dont go Igloo. Look at Freeview as a viable replacement.


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  Reply # 1102411 5-Aug-2014 10:27
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The channel pack (11 channels) are SD, TV One, Two and 3 are HD.  Now this maybe placebo effect but the SD channel pack channels do seem to be better on our TV than they were with Sky. Channels like Sommett, APNA etc are still terrible quality as they are on any device.




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