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Topic # 56630 19-Jan-2010 13:58
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Does anyone know if UHF subscribers that elect to move platforms as a result of the UHF switchoff get grandfathered on UHF plans (at UHF prices) for any period of time???


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  Reply # 291179 19-Jan-2010 14:00
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SKY dont appear to have released any information on this issue yet, why not switch to Freeview, you get pretty much the same ones on SKY uhf as you do on freeview??



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  Reply # 291181 19-Jan-2010 14:05
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As people are already beoing migrated (Taupo switchover occurred mid-late last year) I imagine they are either paying more (and getting more channels) or they are being offered the same package at the same price.

I dont think that Freeview offers Sky Sport 1 or Sky Movies so I dont really think Freeview offers "pretty much the same ones on SKY uhf", do you?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 291191 19-Jan-2010 14:27
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I was on SKY UHF for the last 4years - got a letter mid last year advising that SKY UHF will be stopped October 09,so they are offerring a free upgrade and same price for digital for 1 year and you can cancel at anytime the digital service,so i got the free ungrade - thanks

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  Reply # 291192 19-Jan-2010 14:29
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My parents have just been migrated off UHF (Ashburton) and I'm pretty sure they got a special price (it was more than they were paying for UHF). They get that price for 12 months.

Will try to get more specific details and will post them.

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  Reply # 291204 19-Jan-2010 15:07
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sorry to mention: we were on the SKY UHF basic sport package (SKY 1 and Sports 1) - then when we upgraded to Digital ,the basic Sport package includes SKY Sport 1,2,3 and Sport Highlights + Discovery + National Geo + E! + living etc... all for the price of the SKY UHF basic for 12 months

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  Reply # 291369 20-Jan-2010 08:32
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codyc1515: SKY dont appear to have released any information on this issue yet, why not switch to Freeview, you get pretty much the same ones on SKY uhf as you do on freeview??

Sky is contacting cutomers individually in each region where they are switching off UHF transmission and they are offering a special package to those customers affected (as noted in posts above).

Sky's business model is based on subscription to channels that are not availalble free-to-air (hence the ability to charge for this content). If they competed head-to-head with freeview they would be out of business pretty swiftly. It appears that almost 50% of New Zealand households subscribe to Sky indicating that lots of people are willing to pay for exclusive content.

Sky doesn't have 'pretty much the same' as freeview which is one of the reasons they are reasonably successful in NZ.

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  Reply # 292320 22-Jan-2010 21:15
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It will be interesting to see what the channels that pay to be on Sky - Living, Food, Juice, 63 etc do once Freeview has the same number of subscribers as Sky. I understand their business model works on them paying Sky buckets of money and for that Sky broadcasts and promotes them.

It would make sense that when Freeview become more lucrative they would move

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  Reply # 292502 23-Jan-2010 17:05
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Freeview doesn't have subscribers so i suspect that they have no idea how many people watch . All they can go buy are the sales of FV certified TVs and STBs. There are lots of non certified STBs and sat boxes..




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  Reply # 297567 10-Feb-2010 01:26
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Anyone have any idea when each town or city is being switched off? It appears Taupo and Ashburton have been already, what about bigger places?

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  Reply # 297588 10-Feb-2010 09:28
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Richard7666: Anyone have any idea when each town or city is being switched off? It appears Taupo and Ashburton have been already, what about bigger places?


Ashburton gets its signal from Sugarloaf (Christchurch) which is still running.

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  Reply # 297835 11-Feb-2010 00:32
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UHF in Dunedin is still running

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  Reply # 297895 11-Feb-2010 11:16
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old3eyes: Freeview doesn't have subscribers so i suspect that they have no idea how many people watch . All they can go buy are the sales of FV certified TVs and STBs. There are lots of non certified STBs and sat boxes..


Correct Freeview does not have subscribers, but they will have the ability to detect how many people are watching channels by 2012 or so. This was originally one of the reasons Sky did not put Prime on Freeview until the government got involved (or at least that was their excuse). It has also been mentioned as a reason Tivo does not have a Prime EPG as well.




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  Reply # 297897 11-Feb-2010 11:23
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These 'ratings' are based on a panel of approximately 500 homes, divided up into various categories.

You can be the judge as to how accurate they are.

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