TameIti: Wait, only a 12 month contract? That is only $180, rather than $600 upfront. Or is it still continuous after 12 months?
timbosan: If you don't want to stump up the $599 then you have to sign a 12 month contract and pay $15 plus the $10 for the HD channels. Since the contract is only 12 months you could give the box back after that. But why would you? You are effectivley renting it, and Sky are responsible for ensuring it works 100%, so I feel that's a pretty good deal and it one of the reasons I signed up for it.
wazzab: Should they not have split off the $10 HD content fee? I subscibe to Sky Sport and not movies, but I will have to shell out $10 for HD content which is for Movies and Sport. Like the main packages, would have been nice to pay $5 HD content for Sport only. I'm sure many of there customers have only Sport or Movies.
BarTender:timbosan: If you don't want to stump up the $599 then you have to sign a 12 month contract and pay $15 plus the $10 for the HD channels. Since the contract is only 12 months you could give the box back after that. But why would you? You are effectivley renting it, and Sky are responsible for ensuring it works 100%, so I feel that's a pretty good deal and it one of the reasons I signed up for it.
But this is one of the things I never understand with slightly techie people (as many who are on Geekzone are) with this argument. Essentially MySky customers pay $599 to rent a box that they have no control over.
1) You have no digital access the content. The only way to play content is via their on screen display.
2) If the HDD or Box or your Smartcard dies you loose everything, with no chance of backup (ala Copy+ in the UK) since you can't open the box because you rent it not own it.
3) There is no real upgrade path from MySky or HD as it's a box swap, and you loose any recorded content again.
4) For exactly the same box you only pay $200 for the box in Aus. Plus you have more HD (BBC, Nat Geo etc) offerings across the ditch for less monthly fee? Foxtel Pricing.
5) All you can do with it is play the content you have recorded, no other PVR or media centre options are available.
What staggers me the most is people have posted here saying that they have 2 MySkys and 1 regular digital decoder... dang, that's a lot of clams to shell out for something that isn't even 10% of what a fully featured PVR offers you.
I think for $599, you should be able to own and sell the box yourself (as they do in the UK) that way you could upgrade the HDD, and have a little more control over what you can and cannot do, plus in the UK for example you can tune in your own Satellites. If that was the case in NZ, you would be able to tune in the Freeview TP's on your Sky box, and watch them instead of the Sky ones.
But there is no competition in NZ for Satellite TV, so essentially we all need to put up, or shutup.
timbosan: You could (ignoring the obvious warrenty issues) open the box and clone the drive at the byte level using something like Ghost, then you would have a backup, not convienient but then in this world of DRM nothing is!
timbosan: Oh, and I know you can get Sky using a HTPC as previously discussed on geekzone, but how easy is it going to be to get Sky HD on a HTPC?