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link2007

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#21513 29-Apr-2008 15:00
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Just received a letter from sky saying the prices are going up again. My question is, why can't they make their startup plan more flexible and let the customers choose what channels they want to watch?

Not everyone's into disney, juicetv j2, etc.......



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  #127077 29-Apr-2008 15:27
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link2007: Just received a letter from sky saying the prices are going up again. My question is, why can't they make their startup plan more flexible and let the customers choose what channels they want to watch?

Not everyone's into disney, juicetv j2, etc.......


Because what you are doing is trying to lower your bill.
What they are doing is trying to increase your bill.

Thats why :-)







 
 
 

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  #127147 29-Apr-2008 19:49
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 Just received a letter from sky saying the prices are going up again. My question is, why can't they make their startup plan more flexible and let the customers choose what channels they want to watch?

Not everyone's into disney, juicetv j2, etc.......




Probably because the cost of the basic channels is very low - so much so that if you cancelled half of them the price would go down very little.  Apart from TV3 news all I watch is Sports.  The perfect world for me would be Freeview and Sky Sports.........

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  #127150 29-Apr-2008 20:08
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Its about time Sky introduce the option to pick the channels you want, and only pay for those

income per subscription will decrease, but more people will sign up.


Eg myPerfectSky would be the sports channels 1,2,3 ESPN (Not rugby channel), prime and maybe Discovery channel

E! and food tv the the g/f.

I would happily pay $15-20 a month for that.

So if this model doubles the number of subscribers they are making money.

plus they will then see which channels noone wants and stop paying to purchase that content.

Everyone is happy.

People want customisation not a big pile of crap with like 4 channels taht are worth watching




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  #127161 29-Apr-2008 20:48
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I'm the other way.. At the moment they don't have a single channel I want, but if I could cherry pick a line up
  • Sci-Fi - in HD US Version
  • BBC's HD services
  • HBO - in HD US Version
  • freeview|HD





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  #127164 29-Apr-2008 21:07
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mentalinc:
So if this model doubles the number of subscribers they are making money.


...and there's the problem.  More than 40% of households currently have SkyTV.  It is practically impossible for the number of subscribers to double as a result of the average price paid being halved.  Therefore, SkyTV won't do it.

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  #127266 30-Apr-2008 11:25
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link2007: Just received a letter from sky saying the prices are going up again. My question is, why can't they make their startup plan more flexible and let the customers choose what channels they want to watch?

Not everyone's into disney, juicetv j2, etc.......




how much is it going up by?

one thing that I fear with MySkyHD is that they are going to make you take the whole shebang.  I personally would only want the sports channels, don't want to waste money on movies.  May end up being the deciding factor

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  #127326 30-Apr-2008 16:08
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Only thing that make Sky change is if people start quitting their subscriptions. i.e. no pay TV. For sports fans Sky's smiling all the way to the bank, as they control most of the sport. Paid for and more by the subscribers.

The Rugby channel is a classic example of an abuse of power.



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  #127348 30-Apr-2008 17:59
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The ONLY way sky will reduce its cost or options is competition, there is no real competition and until such time we can expect constant price increases for an average service

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  #127483 1-May-2008 10:09
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I'm going to introduce a mildly dodgy analogy here to try and cut through this discussion:

Sky is the hottie at school - with assets no-one else can match and well aware that they have "market power" that is ripe for abuse. You can go for gold and try to hook up, but be aware that it's going to cost you, and you have to sign up to the full package - cherry picking is not an option. Alternatively you can stick to the free to air talent.

For those lacking a competitive combination of assets, the best you can hope for is greater competition. The gossip in the playground is that Freeview Plus is moving into the neighbourhood?

(Regulation is another factor but I found I couldn't work it into the analogy without things getting downright disturbing)





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  #127503 1-May-2008 10:58
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Hmmm, did they pull the old "we've added X number of new channels" bit?

Who in their right mind watches Fashion TV? Or watches TV1/2/3 reruns on The Vibe?

Aparts from E for the Wife and Cartoons for the kids we only watch TV2/3. What Im paying to Sky for this is already a hot topic in our household. The wife however says we dont need broadband if we dont need Sky.

On another note, I see the new Transformers:Animated series is already on TV3 (Sat morning) while Cartoon Network are only starting it this month! Go figure!

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  #127512 1-May-2008 11:19
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What is annoying too is that you pay for movies but they show two year old movies on channel 20 and they have a dedicated channel to play the same movie sequence just 1 hour later. Thety also play the same movies a few days in a row.

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  #127515 1-May-2008 11:26
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compost:


 The gossip in the playground is that Freeview Plus is moving into the neighbourhood?



Yikes! Another STB? I did see an article ala Herald online and I have to admit that my first thought was how would they do it? Do the current STBs have software that identifies the user?

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  #127677 1-May-2008 19:05
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As soon as I recived the letter that it was going up I rang sky and canceled sky watch and sports, so they lost $18 a month from me, also I complained to them about there proposed HD service just being HD Sports & Movies asking why they wasnt going to have HD on there other channels, they didnt give me a answer. Anyway i told them as soon as my Freeview UHF arial was up id be canceling the whole thing as my wife only watches the Box channel and $46 was a lot for 1 channel.

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  #127703 1-May-2008 20:30
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I'm supprised that the introduction of Freeview hasn't resulted in sky dropping their prices. I heard somewhere the highest rating channels on Sky are the FTA ones so I guess the reason people keep it is to have a bit more choice when channel surfing, but I believe when it comes to things like HD Sky do need to lift their game a bit and introduce channels like Sci Fi, etc.

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