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Topic # 201712 31-Aug-2016 07:57
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I would like it if Sky had a prepay service, kind of like mobile phone Sims.

 

eg, I could buy a smartcard from sky, top it up and subscribe for a month if I like. It would be automated and online, so you'd rarely need to contact sky for provisioning/billing. 

 

There are plenty of 3rd party receivers, so you are not tied to sky hardware . 

 

I'd possibly look at getting back into sky if they offered like this.

 

I suppose they would have looked at this model though, maybe it does not stack up. 


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  Reply # 1620052 31-Aug-2016 08:24
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 The hassle of supporting third party hardware is a big consideration. Most people won't be in a position to arrange their own dish, decoder etc, and the support problems associated with it.





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  Reply # 1620053 31-Aug-2016 08:24
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It may well cause a large drop in revenue for them. It's a great idea but given that there seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction with they way they currently run things, there could be a sizeable exodus of existing customers moving to your scheme. Their revenue could drop unless the pre-paid costs a lot more per month than current offerings.

 

Maybe it would pull in current non-customers like you - but that may not be enough to offset any revenue decrease from existing customers.

 

It would be interesting to know whether there are any providers using this business model elsewhere in the world. 


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  Reply # 1620054 31-Aug-2016 08:29
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You mean something like FanPass?  

 

 


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They pretty much did this with Igloo, although you needed to buy their box. 

 

Igloo is now shutting down, so goes to show how well it worked out for them.




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  Reply # 1620062 31-Aug-2016 08:44
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nickb800:

 

They pretty much did this with Igloo, although you needed to buy their box. 

 

Igloo is now shutting down, so goes to show how well it worked out for them.

 

 

Igloo had a small subset of channels. 

 

But i get the reasons why this might not be good for sky. 

 

Be good for me though :)

 

 


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  Reply # 1620110 31-Aug-2016 10:47
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As others have said - Igloo did this, but with a small number of channels

 

Would love if something like Fetch TV in Australia launched here -http://www.fetchtv.com.au/

 

The box itself not only allows free-view, but has On Demand, Netflix, Apps and built in USB for playing your own media. 

 

The pricing is also fairly reasonable $15-20 for entertainment channels/$15 for sports. Pay as you go. 

 

One would wonder if it works via a VPN...





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  Reply # 1620112 31-Aug-2016 10:50
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evnafets:

 

You mean something like FanPass?  

 

 

 

 

Nope, fanpass is online.

 

 


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  Reply # 1620116 31-Aug-2016 11:05
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taneb1:

 

As others have said - Igloo did this, but with a small number of channels

 

Would love if something like Fetch TV in Australia launched here -http://www.fetchtv.com.au/

 

The box itself not only allows free-view, but has On Demand, Netflix, Apps and built in USB for playing your own media. 

 

The pricing is also fairly reasonable $15-20 for entertainment channels/$15 for sports. Pay as you go. 

 

One would wonder if it works via a VPN...

 

 

Interesting looking box.. 





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  Reply # 1620134 31-Aug-2016 11:56
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Agreed fanpass is online. 

 

But in many other respects it is what you had in mind

 

- Pay when you want to use, don't pay when you don't

 

- All online management, not needing to contact sky for provisioning/billing. 

 

 

 

Given that Fanpass exists, I think that makes it even less likely that they would provide the same service for a satellite type setup. 

 

 


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When they perhaps forego satellite and move online, its a real possibility. They may seperate the sports subsidy, perhaps increase sport to $75 from $60 and drop prices elsewhere to get traction. I can see many changes happening, when the competition starts to get more traction, and it isn't really doing that yet. 




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  Reply # 1620202 31-Aug-2016 13:29
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evnafets: 

 

Given that Fanpass exists, I think that makes it even less likely that they would provide the same service for a satellite type setup. 

 

 

I tend to think the opposite from you -- given they already have a 'similar' model with fanpass, it wouldn't take much to extend this to another platform -- ie, prepaid service via satellite, as opposed to prepaid service via internet.

 

Personally I prefer to use a receiver as the best and most reliable way to send high quality tv content to everyone at the same time -- fanpass and skygo often fail during big events. And it suits situations where internet is nonexistent or metered.

 

This would leverage skys competitive advantage of satellite distribution and allow them to provide content delivery channels unavailable to netflix but with similar billing mechanisms. 

 

 

 

Probably this will never happen though the more i think about it, demand would be too weak, only so many caravan owners out there :)


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  Reply # 1620298 31-Aug-2016 15:29
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I guess the question would be why would they bother?

 

Want SKY content? Pay us $100 a month.

 

Want some of our content? Tough. Pay us $100 a month.

 

Want it for one month? Tough. Pay us $100 a month.

 

Only want sport (on your TV)? Tough. Pay us $100 a month.

 

 

 

This model appears to be working right now. There are a ton of models that would make a lot more sense for consumers, but would not necessarily be as profitable for SKY.

 

 


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  Reply # 1620347 31-Aug-2016 17:35
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wasabi2k:

 

I guess the question would be why would they bother?

 

Want SKY content? Pay us $100 a month.

 

Want some of our content? Tough. Pay us $100 a month.     Subscribe to some, pay less. Basic, and/or Neon. Neon and Fanpass, etc.

 

Want it for one month? Tough. Pay us $100 a month. It works for Fanpass. Who would want Basic, or Neon, or Soho just for a month?

 

Only want sport (on your TV)? Tough. Pay us $100 a month. Fan pass is $58. Its on my TV via an ATV4 and other connected devices

 

 

 

This model appears to be working right now. There are a ton of models that would make a lot more sense for consumers, but would not necessarily be as profitable for SKY.

 

 

 

 

Im sure when they ditch satellite, if they do, then there will be many options, discounts the more you bundle etc. Discounts for x months in a row, etc. 


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