tdgeek: I like Basic. If I wasnt into sport and Basic was $25 I'd get it, just to have the docos and some other bits handy if wanted.
There's some assumptions going on here. I'm assuming you're talking about History, NatGeo etc. You're assuming these channels will be available on a new basic package. You've stated above you give credence to the source, so it would pay to remember:
The source said that the new basic package would offer a stripped back version of the channel portfolio currently offered under the basic tier.
I've no doubt Sky have viewing habit metrics fed back to them via their STB's so they know where the value lies. I would imagine a 'stripped back version' would contain a lot of the less popular channels. On the upside, the mass of adverts would still be there though :-)
Im aware of point 1, it was just a comment re Basic. I also mentioned if they reduced the price and content thats not a real saving. Its more an enticement for sports followers to get Sky. Its also likely they would drop the Sky Deals, so the $50 with HD we get them becomes $75, with less Basic content. There would be winners and losers. If they reduced Basic too much I would look at what they have to offer with sport SVOD. Fanpass. I didnt like Fanpass when I had it, video quality wise. And I need to record or get what I wanted OD