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# 181359 12-Oct-2015 14:51
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Hey guys,

Looking for some advice on which streaming services to use.

I currently have Sky TV with Basic and Soho for Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead The Block, Ink Masters, Tattoo Nightmares, Penny Dreadful and Coronation Street.

I also use Netflix for pretty much everything else such as Orange is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy, Homeland.

I was thinking of ditching Sky saving $65 and getting Neon at $20. Then maybe get a freeview box.

I'm hoping Netflix with Sky Neon with TV3 and TVOne on demand will cover everything.

Or should I get Lightbox? What do people recommend?

**Also to add I watch English Super League (Rugby League in UK), which shows on Sky Sports. I am worried if I get rid of basic there is no other way to watch it?

Thanks guys.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 1404440 12-Oct-2015 15:09
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Are you in a terrestrial or a satellite Freeview area?

Is igloo an option for you?

It is a Freeview box, but you have the option of paying for sporting events.

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  # 1404448 12-Oct-2015 15:19
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**Also to add I watch English Super League (Rugby League in UK), which shows on Sky Sports. I am worried if I get rid of basic there is no other way to watch it?

Sky Fanpass gives access to all 4 Sky Sport channels for $20 per week.  If it's only occasional matches you are watching, FanPass is a cheaper option than Sky Sport, and it's available to everybody, not only Sky subscribers.

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  # 1404499 12-Oct-2015 16:34
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If you're a Spark broadband customer you can get 6 months worth of Lightbox for free, to try it out. My sister really likes it and uses it a lot, but I find I've hardly used mine so will let it lapse when the free period ends.

If you're interested in geo-unblocking then you could access a whole lot of other content as well. I have Netflix US and Hulu Plus. I combine that with Freeview, TVNZ/TV3 on Demand, and being able to watch some of the UK free-to-air channels via my old PS3 to cover my viewing. If there's something sporting on I really want to watch (like when the cricket comes on) then Sky Fanpass is a good option. I might look at Willow TV for the NZ tour of Australia.

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  # 1404506 12-Oct-2015 16:49
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I actually don't think I watch any of the freeview channels anyway, I just watch them on demand.

Might just get rid of Sky and get Neon and then use Fanpass.

I don't need a freeview box for anything else I guess? Apart from recording.

Thanks guys.

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  # 1404515 12-Oct-2015 17:01
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If your TV doesn't have a built-in Freeview receiver, you'll need a Freeview box to receive the free to air channels. Freeview boxes come in two kinds - those that just receive and those that record. The recording variety costs more, so you'd need to weigh up your need to record the TV broadcast against the additional spend. It will certainly be better quality (you can record in HD) than the questionable resolution of the on demand streaming. I believe Dish make one that does Freeview Plus, so it incorporates the On Demand functions.

I got rid of Sky as soon as the Cricket World Cup finished earlier this year and I don't miss it at all. 

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