Thanks, guys. OK, from your replies I see a one-word term that pretty much sums up what I've largely ignored about recent technology - 'streaming'.
I'm an ex-IT guy so I understand the origin of the term.
(In fact, my WD Media Player has the capability of picking up streaming data from my PC if I plug a USB wireless connector into it. As it is, I download data to the PC then transfer it to a cased 2.5" hard drive that's connected to the media player via USB)
But I've never bothered to investigate streaming with respect to TV.
So, do I understand that we're talking about data (movies etc) that are coming into the house via broadband modem, rather than satellite, as with Sky?
With that data then being watched and\or handled on one's computer? And\or being watched on TV?
If so, it must bump up the data usage of anyone who doesn't have a no-limit broadband plan.
I have this plan. Sounds like I'm not actually missing anything, then.
We're not a Sky household, but from where I sit there's only two reasons for subscribing to Sky:
1) You're a sports nut, you watch at least a few sports a week and really enjoy it. Currently you can't legitimately get that volume of sports anywhere else for less money. Fanpass is an option if you only watch it occasionally, but not for the dedicated fan.
2) You're not particularly worried about the money, and are willing to pay the premium for the convenience (if not the quality).
We have unlimited broadband on UFB, subscribe to Netflix and Spark gives us free Lightbox, Chromecast puts it on the TV for us. Between that, our Tivo for recording Freeview content, YouTube for all sorts of other bits and pieces, and the occasional "recording from my auntie overseas" my family and I have more content than we can keep up with. We don't watch much sport, the occasional Chiefs game on Prime and some AFL or NBA on Duke if the mood takes us.
So considering that we'd have the broadband anyway (2 teenagers in house), the only extra cost to us is $13 a month for Netflix. Compared to roughly $100 a month for Sky with MySky, HD and SoHo, I'm happy.