PzR Slim wrote:
To be fair, the Sky coverage is excellent and is clearly aimed at the hardcore fan in a way that I assumed it wouldn't be. It's miles ahead of anything the BBC have ever done, even when they had all the races to themselves.
But I wish they could offer an "F1 channel only" subscription for a tenner instead of a £35 minimum monthly charge for channels I never watch.
It comes with the HD package which is only a tenner I believe.
I think he was referring to the fact that one can't get F1 on SKY without having to pay for a normal SKY subscription, when he would prefer to just pay a tenner for the F1 channel on it's own, without any other channels
You can get it on Virgin Media as well - it's also a fair bit cheaper with them if you get a bundle.
We moved our Broadband, Phone and TV over to them and it worked out at just under £100 for everything - that may sound like a lot, but it included 2 tivo boxes and 1 standard box, 120mbps internet, unlimited calls (inc mobiles), etc. Before that, individually we were paying about £120 for Sky (non-hd, not even Sky+) in 1 room, 10mbps Virgin broadband and BT phone.
I'm surprised about the figures you're quoting. Are you sure you haven't been mugged?
I pay around £48 per month for my SKY, including the entertainment pack, HD and Multi-room and I think that's a small fortune. It's basically because I live where elephants go to die and struggle to even get Freeview - it's either SKY or play charades every night
Location is the same reason I pay around £25 per month for my BB, which is 8mbps unlimited and includes line rental and unlimited daytime landline calls. If I lived near civilisation and had e.g. cable as a choice then the whole lot would drop to under £50, including all of the above plus faster BB and unlimited mobile calls too. You're paying double that - are you sure you're not paying your neighbour's bills too?
It does sound dear, but its not.
We moved from 1 sky box with 'everything' except HD, to virgin with everything on 2 tivo boxes and a virgin VHD box, all in HD and with on-demand content.
We were also paying about £48 for Sky, our phone bill was about £45 a month, then broadband was £25 a month. Total was £128 a month (or there abouts).
Now we've got the Virgin 'VIP' bundle with a few extra bits added on for being long time customers (Been on Cable broadband since the days of Cable & Wireless!) and it's a little under £100 and we're getting a huge amount more.
To give you an idea on the Sky costs. If we wanted to move from our Sky SD (non-recording) box to 2x Sky+ HD and then have the standard Sky HD box in another room, we'd have been looking at:
- £55.50 base monthly cost
+ £10.25 for HD
+ £20.50 for 2x Multiroom subscriptions
MONTHLY TOTAL: £86.25 (no telephone or broadband included here!)
+ £199 one-off for the extra 2x Sky+ HD boxes
Then to top that off, you cant get access to the on-demand content without Sky Broadband!
Another thing as well, the Sky on-demand content selection is pretty small when compared to Virgin's - they have all the Sky anytime content (free) plus their own stuff, and stuff added by other TV channels. This is all in addition to iPlayer/ITV Player/4OD/5/etc as well.
Each Virgin box also has its own dedicated 10mbps internet connection, and doesnt piggy back off your own internet, so wont slow down streaming, even in HD. We've had all three boxes streaming HD content, and it's worked perfectly fine as the cable connection into your house is theoretically capable of upto 10GBPS in connectivity.
The package we're on also includes 120mbps internet (not-capped either), unlimited calls, free calls to virgin mobiles, access to stream virgin on demand content online (a bit like Sky go).
So VM was really a no brainer for us. Obviously it wont make sense (financially) for those with smaller TV and broadband packages or in non-VM cabled areas.