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Topic # 184119 10-Nov-2015 21:27
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Due to massive frustration with Sky TV and their prices, I have been trying to find LEGIT ways of watching movies and sport. Now that I have found the answer, I thought I'd share it for the benefit of many.

Sky price = $98pm (50 for basic junk package + 20 movies + 28 sport) or $88pm through Vodafone as sport prices gets halved.

Now for the answer: Around $35 = DNS masking service (US$ 4) + Netflix US (US$ 10) + Sling TV sports package (US$10)

Netflix US version will give you LOADS of movies, tv shows, excellent docos and much much more with no ads. Sling TV sports only package will give you international sport including cricket. Very satisfied!

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  Reply # 1424867 10-Nov-2015 23:18
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But what about domestic sport like RUGBY and Cricket on your Sling TV sportsl. Willowtv last I checked didn't show NZ's home cricket series.



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  Reply # 1424880 11-Nov-2015 00:24
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Sky is still the best option for the local sports junkie, I think, but for people like me who only watch the odd test match, Fanpass is a good option to fill in the gaps. I haven't had Sky Sport for years, and my main viewing was lifestyle telly (real estate and renovation shows) so I'm more than covered by a combo of Freeview, Netflix, Hulu and UK Channel 4 (which has the lifestyle shows I used to watch on Sky). Costs me half of what I paid for Sky basic with HD ticket and decoder rental.




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  Reply # 1425999 11-Nov-2015 10:06
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weera2500: Due to massive frustration with Sky TV and their prices, I have been trying to find LEGIT ways of watching movies and sport. Now that I have found the answer, I thought I'd share it for the benefit of many.

Sky price = $98pm (50 for basic junk package + 20 movies + 28 sport) or $88pm through Vodafone as sport prices gets halved.

Now for the answer: Around $35 = DNS masking service (US$ 4) + Netflix US (US$ 10) + Sling TV sports package (US$10)

Netflix US version will give you LOADS of movies, tv shows, excellent docos and much much more with no ads. Sling TV sports only package will give you international sport including cricket. Very satisfied!


Can you purchase the sport package on its own? Otherwise it is $20 for the sling right?

How is the quality of the stream and what connection you're on?

What is the content like? I am after football and tennis would be good for the wifey..

EDIT: Sorry I meant the sport package, not the TV package.

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  Reply # 1426210 11-Nov-2015 13:01
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weera2500: ... Sling TV sports only package will give you international sport including cricket. Very satisfied!

For NZ viewing preferences a Sling TV sports subscription is no way equivalent to a Sky Sport subscription.  At least I don't think so, nor do >500,000 other NZ households.




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  Reply # 1426237 11-Nov-2015 13:55
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weera2500: ... Sling TV sports only package will give you international sport including cricket. Very satisfied!

For NZ viewing preferences a Sling TV sports subscription is no way equivalent to a Sky Sport subscription.  At least I don't think so, nor do >500,000 other NZ households.


and can you record 2 live sport events while watching a third in full hd on a big screen. if you are a big sports addict then Sky is still way cheaper and easier.




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  Reply # 1426276 11-Nov-2015 14:54
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I am in no way saying Sling TV is equivalent to Sky Sport. If you can justify paying $100pm for sport and movies, please go right ahead - there is no substitute for Sky TV just that their prices are over the top! Different individuals have different needs. All I am after is to be able to watch good movies and docos when I want to with no ads and as for sport, I don't care about recording multiple sport programmes and all different types of sport, all I want is live cricket and tennis to watch in a legal way for which I am happy to pay a reasonable cost towards (say upto NZ $ 50). Sling TV and Netflix US offer this to me for less than $40.

@ Lonemak: The beauty of Sling TV or most online streaming channels is that you are not locked in for a year, you can get monthly subscriptions and no need to pay when you dont have a sporting event of choice happening. Yes, Sling TV has a sport-only package for US$10. You can try it for free using their trial subscription. As you have to be on a DNS masking service anyway (eg. Unotelly, Unblock-us, Getflix etc.) to get these services, you may also check on their other sport channels and subscribe to those instead of Sling TV if the latter does not offer the sport of your choice.

The following link shows other sport channels offered by Unblock-US: https://www.unblock-us.com/supported-services#sports

The following link shows Sling TV sports only package (you need to be behind a DNS service to view the page correctly): https://www.sling.com/international-sports

I access Sling TV through a Roku Streaming Stick. You can buy one for $85 here in NZ or get one for free shipped to a Youshop address from Sling TV if you sign up for a 6month Sling TV sports-only package for US$60. As we can not get VDSL or fibre where we live I only have ADSL. Very good image quality and streaming!

I also recently discovered that Roku has a screen mirroring function just like Chromecast! This is super useful because you can simply cast your screen from your laptop to your TV without an HDMI cable!!! Roku casting is different in that it is a direct mirroring of what you have on your computer screen whereas Chromecast pulls the data from the server when you watch streaming (as opposed to from your computer screen) which sometimes can give you network issues or OS compatibility issues.

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  Reply # 1426278 11-Nov-2015 15:08
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I'll definitely try Sling's sport-only subscription next time I have an event I would like to watch. I was disappointed in Willow's own service (horrible stream) but maybe via Sling it will be better (and cheaper, ironically). For me, Sky Sport is a total waste of money, but everyone has different needs. I think it's awesome that now we are not all forced to use the same solution, which is overkill for a lot of us :o)




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  Reply # 1426281 11-Nov-2015 15:18
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littleheaven: I'll definitely try Sling's sport-only subscription next time I have an event I would like to watch.

 

Great. I am sure you know this but I am just saying it for the record; you may have to change the DNS settings at the router level to watch Sling TV.

For me, Sky Sport is a total waste of money, but everyone has different needs. I think it's awesome that now we are not all forced to use the same solution, which is overkill for a lot of us :o)

 

Exactly! If only Sky recognises this and offers sport-only or movies-only packages without having to subscribe to their basic package I am sure MANY more people would subscribe to them!

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  Reply # 1426286 11-Nov-2015 15:26
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weera2500:
littleheaven: I'll definitely try Sling's sport-only subscription next time I have an event I would like to watch.
Great. I am sure you know this but I am just saying it for the record; you may have to change the DNS settings at the router level to watch Sling TV.

For me, Sky Sport is a total waste of money, but everyone has different needs. I think it's awesome that now we are not all forced to use the same solution, which is overkill for a lot of us :o)
Exactly! If only Sky recognises this and offers sport-only or movies-only packages without having to subscribe to their basic package I am sure MANY more people would subscribe to them!


For sport they do.  Its called FanPass.  And if you cant stomach $80/mth for sport then please feel free to work out the cross subsidy between basic and sport and let me know what the cost of sport only is.  



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  Reply # 1426290 11-Nov-2015 15:32
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For sport they do.  Its called FanPass.  And if you cant stomach $80/mth for sport then please feel free to work out the cross subsidy between basic and sport and let me know what the cost of sport only is.  
FanPass $80pm or Basic+Sport $78pm. Both are too high in this day and age and why should anyone stomach $80 if I can get what I want legally at a cheaper price!

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  Reply # 1426292 11-Nov-2015 15:33
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littleheaven: I'll definitely try Sling's sport-only subscription next time I have an event I would like to watch. I was disappointed in Willow's own service (horrible stream) but maybe via Sling it will be better (and cheaper, ironically). For me, Sky Sport is a total waste of money, but everyone has different needs. I think it's awesome that now we are not all forced to use the same solution, which is overkill for a lot of us :o)


ive worked it out, it would cost me about $1500 a year to pay to stream sports and get the espn sport shows i watch , Sky is way cheaper and as a plus i can watch 50 other channels if i get bored




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  Reply # 1426332 11-Nov-2015 15:54
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I'd rather have Sky for $48: Basic + 2 packages + $10 for HD if you want.

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  Reply # 1426335 11-Nov-2015 16:05
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Even with smart dns setup and working I can't see whats on SlingTV sports package.

What are the sports they show?

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  Reply # 1426336 11-Nov-2015 16:08
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Very good thanks for the tip about Sling TV.

Death to SkyTVnz.

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  Reply # 1426338 11-Nov-2015 16:11
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weera2500:Great. I am sure you know this but I am just saying it for the record; you may have to change the DNS settings at the router level to watch Sling TV.


Thanks for the info. I have Unotelly so I will experiment with the free trial.

vexxxboy:ive worked it out, it would cost me about $1500 a year to pay to stream sports and get the espn sport shows i watch , Sky is way cheaper and as a plus i can watch 50 other channels if i get bored


Obviously for an avid sports watcher like yourself Sky is a better option. 

For me, who watches a few cricket matches a year at most, not so much. Before I got rid of Sky I watched mainly The Living Channel and a bit of The Zone. I only had the basic package plus HD ticket and decoder rental, and that was costing me over $70 per month. When I did add sport briefly for the Cricket World Cup, it went up to over $100. I suddenly realised the only shows I recorded were on the free to air channels and I was essentially paying to have Living Channel on in the background as it was all stuff I'd seen before. I can get exactly the same content (and more) for around $35 per month via a mixture of Netflix and Hulu plus Freeview. So for me streaming is the better option. I can just sub to sites like FanPass for the odd week here and there and save myself lots of money. 






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