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Title: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Leazes1986 on Sunday 16 June 2013, 10:16:38 PM
Just been looking through bills and trying to get some of them down per month. I've currently got Sky tv, broadband which I think I pay £75-76ish per month for. I think it breaks down roughly £55 for Entertainment extra, Sports and Movites, £14 line rental and £7.50 broadband. I don't want to lose any of these as I watch loads of football and movies throughout the year, but im sick of paying so much. Are BT or Virgin any cheaper? Does anyone have any recommendations? I've considered ringing Sky up and telling them I'm leaving to go elsewhere to try and get a better deal. Has anyone had any success with Sky offering discount after threats to leave lately?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Fugazi on Sunday 16 June 2013, 10:17:13 PM
Sky is a pure rip, and muggins here continues to bow down to them.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Sunday 16 June 2013, 10:46:53 PM
I cancelled Sky last year, didn't get any offers

My brother cancelled and got a good offer

It's very hit and miss whether you get given a offer

If you still want all the channels then BT isn't worth it since BT Vision is crap and the Phone/BB is expensive

For the equivalent see what Virgin can do it for and take that price to Sky
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Monday 17 June 2013, 01:03:53 AM
We moved to Virgin 18 months ago and haven't looked back.

Our BT line could only get 1MB at most and with no fibre optics line from them coming anytime soon, also Sky goes out in bad weather and there is nothing they can do about it or give you refunds.

Now we have super fast internet, TV when the weather is bad (when you really need it), better OnDemand, also since we are with them for our phone as well we save a lot of money having our services all with them. I don't think we will ever move back to either BT or Sky.

Also it's worth noting that if you have a Sky box after the first year you are out on your own, it fails you have to buy a new one (£300), signal issued then you have to pay for an engineer to come around (unless you pay their rip off insurance service). With Virgin Media as they own the box they will send someone out to fix it free of charge.

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Toondave on Monday 17 June 2013, 02:33:04 AM
funny I see this thread just after getting the internet back on after it being off for about 30mins. it does this most nights around this time between 5mins to 1hr. had engineers out, at great cost we replaced the box(twice) and he had a look at the wiring but I dont think he did much, if anything. still no joy and they said it was a problem with the line so you have to get BT out. bt engineer comes out and says he doesnt know why he's here, this happens often with sky they get a bt engineer out but dont tell them anything, he looks around and works out its skys fault who just deny it. Will be moving to virgin as soon as the tivo is available for us

BELIEVE IN BETTER - not hard
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Leazes1986 on Monday 17 June 2013, 10:06:22 AM
I'll have a look at what Virgin have to offer. I'm not unhappy with what Sky offer though, the tv and broadband have been mostly reliable, its just the price. I can't see Virgin being any cheaper though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Skirge on Monday 17 June 2013, 11:23:41 AM
VM is the best option, purely for their much superior broadband service
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Crumpy Gunt on Monday 17 June 2013, 11:29:37 AM
Just been looking through bills and trying to get some of them down per month. I've currently got Sky tv, broadband which I think I pay £75-76ish per month for. I think it breaks down roughly £55 for Entertainment extra, Sports and Movites, £14 line rental and £7.50 broadband. I don't want to lose any of these as I watch loads of football and movies throughout the year, but im sick of paying so much. Are BT or Virgin any cheaper? Does anyone have any recommendations? I've considered ringing Sky up and telling them I'm leaving to go elsewhere to try and get a better deal. Has anyone had any success with Sky offering discount after threats to leave lately?
Cancel movies. Not a single movie on SKY can't be acquired by other means with consummate ease.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Northerngimp on Monday 17 June 2013, 12:22:17 PM
Sky are dicks...
We have no movies or sports and we still pay 70 odd quid a month.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Super Duper Branko Strupar on Monday 17 June 2013, 12:28:00 PM
I have had Virgin for years and can't imagine a better broadband service. People say their customer service is poor, but I've never had reason to call. I'm not going to find a better connection than the unlimited fibre optic VM have offered for years.

Their TV options don't seem as good as the competitors, Sky's On demand has Sky channels in addition to those VM's On demand service offers. Not that I'd ever watch much on a Sky channel. And that new Sports channel with BT seems decent.

TiVo looks good with VM, but obviously out of the 3 VM is the only one without their own TV channels. So that's where it'll fall down in comparison to be honest. Not that I care, i can watch any TV channel on my very good VM connection any time I like. Wins it for me. Plus Sky and BT are c***s.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ishmael on Monday 17 June 2013, 01:27:43 PM
EE home phone (free evening and weekend calls), unlimited broadband and mobile phone contract (S3, unlimited text, 2000 minutes): £45pm
Netflix: £5
Everything else, the internet.

Do that.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wilson on Monday 17 June 2013, 01:56:56 PM
I'm on virgin with largest tv package, their 'middle' speed broadband (which is easily fast enough for us anyway) £55 quid.  Literally just took Sky sports off as well as I wont be watching it till the seasons back....was paying £87 with SS.  £32 for SS HD, and only SS1 and 2 are in HD. 

Very much doubt you'll get all channels, sports and movies for less than you're paying now.

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Monday 17 June 2013, 02:18:52 PM
Talk Talk have quite a cheap TV deal at the moment, and they have 'boosts' for things like Sky Sports. I'm looking into how much it is at the moment, I already have their BB.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Chrisjraby on Monday 17 June 2013, 02:23:30 PM
We're on Virgin Media and currently paying £64 for 6 months, then about £88 from then on, for XL TV + Sky Sports, up to 60mb Broadband and M Phone Package.

As said above, I'd be very surprised if you could get a package with Sports and Movies for less than you currently pay.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Monday 17 June 2013, 02:27:16 PM
Update - Talk Talk comes to about £60 if you add Sky Sports. No movies or anything.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: icemanblue on Monday 17 June 2013, 02:31:04 PM
Interesting. HD Sky Sports, or just standard fuzzyvision?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Monday 17 June 2013, 02:35:47 PM
Normal I guess. Still probably the cheapest way.

I have thought of setting myself a limit of, say, £40 a month, and just getting the four best games via Now TV on pay as you go basis. Although I would probably just end up illegally streaming them TBH.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Leazes1986 on Monday 17 June 2013, 07:10:05 PM
Doesn't seem like i'll get a better deal without downgrading then from what im hearing from people. I've half considered losing the films like but I only agreed to get them in the first place as a compromise with her cos i've got the sports in  :lol: Pay £7 a month I think for the films, which i've never really thought of as too bad considering it costs more to see one film at the pictures (yes I know its loads of repeated old films).
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Spider Jerusalem on Monday 17 June 2013, 10:12:33 PM
Had Virgin broadband for the past ten years and Sky until last year for the TV after around a year of promising to bin them.  Gave Rupert Murdoch as the reason for giving it up and didn't get put on to retentions for some reason.  Still get various offers, free sport half price everything else for  6 months, and all that but have no intention to go back.

Seriously thinking of peddling my Virgin TV at the moment (I've just whispered that in case they're listening).  It's gone up exponentially since I got it installed and all I really watch is Dave and the Comedy Channel now.  All I need to do is attach a HDD to my TV and I've got an HD PVR so don't think I'll be missing out.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Tuesday 18 June 2013, 01:00:36 AM
Normal I guess. Still probably the cheapest way.

I have thought of setting myself a limit of, say, £40 a month, and just getting the four best games via Now TV on pay as you go basis. Although I would probably just end up illegally streaming them TBH.

With TalkTalk last I checked you can't record/record etc the boost channels, not sure if that has changed since

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ishmael on Tuesday 18 June 2013, 07:31:46 AM
Normal I guess. Still probably the cheapest way.

I have thought of setting myself a limit of, say, £40 a month, and just getting the four best games via Now TV on pay as you go basis. Although I would probably just end up illegally streaming them TBH.

Why would you willingly pay £10 per game?  That £40 could be part of a large investment that provided you with a much better/larger service.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 18 June 2013, 09:30:21 AM
Normal I guess. Still probably the cheapest way.

I have thought of setting myself a limit of, say, £40 a month, and just getting the four best games via Now TV on pay as you go basis. Although I would probably just end up illegally streaming them TBH.

Why would you willingly pay £10 per game?  That £40 could be part of a large investment that provided you with a much better/larger service.

Because all I watch on TV is free channels and football. And there's no cheap way to get Sky Sports without paying for loads of stuff you don't need/want.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Coco on Tuesday 18 June 2013, 11:28:24 AM
Normal I guess. Still probably the cheapest way.

I have thought of setting myself a limit of, say, £40 a month, and just getting the four best games via Now TV on pay as you go basis. Although I would probably just end up illegally streaming them TBH.

Why would you willingly pay £10 per game?  That £40 could be part of a large investment that provided you with a much better/larger service.

Because all I watch on TV is free channels and football. And there's no cheap way to get Sky Sports without paying for loads of stuff you don't need/want.

:yao:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GuyP on Tuesday 18 June 2013, 11:42:26 AM
Im considering just getting ESPN next year but not sure how it all works with the BT thing? I could just get on freeview no?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 18 June 2013, 11:45:23 AM
Normal I guess. Still probably the cheapest way.

I have thought of setting myself a limit of, say, £40 a month, and just getting the four best games via Now TV on pay as you go basis. Although I would probably just end up illegally streaming them TBH.

Why would you willingly pay £10 per game?  That £40 could be part of a large investment that provided you with a much better/larger service.

Because all I watch on TV is free channels and football. And there's no cheap way to get Sky Sports without paying for loads of stuff you don't need/want.

:yao:

What's that for?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Coco on Tuesday 18 June 2013, 12:22:45 PM
Normal I guess. Still probably the cheapest way.

I have thought of setting myself a limit of, say, £40 a month, and just getting the four best games via Now TV on pay as you go basis. Although I would probably just end up illegally streaming them TBH.

Why would you willingly pay £10 per game?  That £40 could be part of a large investment that provided you with a much better/larger service.

Because all I watch on TV is free channels and football. And there's no cheap way to get Sky Sports without paying for loads of stuff you don't need/want.

:yao:

What's that for?

Well, there are cheap ways of getting exactly what you want, and not necessarily paying for the junk you don't watch.  :whistle:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 18 June 2013, 12:25:42 PM
Normal I guess. Still probably the cheapest way.

I have thought of setting myself a limit of, say, £40 a month, and just getting the four best games via Now TV on pay as you go basis. Although I would probably just end up illegally streaming them TBH.

Why would you willingly pay £10 per game?  That £40 could be part of a large investment that provided you with a much better/larger service.

Because all I watch on TV is free channels and football. And there's no cheap way to get Sky Sports without paying for loads of stuff you don't need/want.

:yao:

What's that for?

Well, there are cheap ways of getting exactly what you want, and not necessarily paying for the junk you don't watch.  :whistle:

Oh aye, that's what I use at the moment. But if you want TV quality I mean. Guess those 'alternative' methods will get better and better anyway.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Tuesday 18 June 2013, 05:28:29 PM
Normal I guess. Still probably the cheapest way.

I have thought of setting myself a limit of, say, £40 a month, and just getting the four best games via Now TV on pay as you go basis. Although I would probably just end up illegally streaming them TBH.

Why would you willingly pay £10 per game?  That £40 could be part of a large investment that provided you with a much better/larger service.

Because all I watch on TV is free channels and football. And there's no cheap way to get Sky Sports without paying for loads of stuff you don't need/want.

:yao:

What's that for?

Well, there are cheap ways of getting exactly what you want, and not necessarily paying for the junk you don't watch.  :whistle:

Oh aye, that's what I use at the moment. But if you want TV quality I mean. Guess those 'alternative' methods will get better and better anyway.

The quality on Now TV is quite average
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Jill on Tuesday 25 June 2013, 03:26:52 PM
Just changed broadband over from Sky to BT. Sky had been s***, kept cutting out all the time. This is loads faster too.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: icemanblue on Tuesday 25 June 2013, 03:33:52 PM
I'm looking at going the whole hog and ditching Sky for BT. I just can't justify paying as much as I do, simply for HD sports. I've got so many channels of s**** that I never watch, so what's the point? I'm banking on there being better quality 'other' means of watching games next season, plus I'd still get 38 games with BT (plus FA Cup). That's for £35 p/m versus ~£80 for Sky.

Will see what Sky have to say tonight. However, I can't really see them offering to massively improve my broadband and slash my bill in half. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 25 June 2013, 03:54:34 PM
I'm looking at going the whole hog and ditching Sky for BT. I just can't justify paying as much as I do, simply for HD sports. I've got so many channels of s**** that I never watch, so what's the point? I'm banking on there being better quality 'other' means of watching games next season, plus I'd still get 38 games with BT (plus FA Cup). That's for £35 p/m versus ~£80 for Sky.

Will see what Sky have to say tonight. However, I can't really see them offering to massively improve my broadband and slash my bill in half. :lol:

:lol: True, I have no idea how anyone pays £80 for BB and TV, BT's prices seem so much more reasonable!
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: icemanblue on Tuesday 25 June 2013, 04:11:17 PM
Sky Sports, mate. HD especially. They've had me, and millions of others, by the balls for too long. I watch quite a few live matches, plus some cricket, golf and NBA. Big difference between just switching it on your massive TV versus scrabbling around trying to find s**** quality streams. But, enough is enough. I'm taking a motherfucking stand (and it has NOTHING to do with my lass being on a 'SAVE ALL THE MONEY' tip at the minute).
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: cp40 on Tuesday 25 June 2013, 05:24:50 PM
had virgin, had sky- neat try will be BT.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Hughesy on Tuesday 25 June 2013, 05:30:43 PM
We had to move to Virgin when we moved a few years back.  I haven't been impressed with Virgin at all.  We regularly have to ring up to report faults with either the tv or internet (or both).  I am not sure if it is the area we live in or what, but I would say it is much worse than Sky for reliability.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Thursday 11 July 2013, 11:14:08 AM
Apparently BT sports and Sky Atlantic are both coming to Virgin Media XL customers in both SD and HD for the beginning of August.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: midstoon on Saturday 13 July 2013, 08:11:38 PM
Just put an order in to swap from sky broadband & phone line to BT infinity 2 & phone line. Had to be done, sick of my sky broadband cutting out all the time. Plus the free BT sports & free HD for a year convinced me to swap. Looking forward to the estimated 59MB speeds aswell :))

Anyone else on infinity 2? Wondering what the DL speeds are like.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Super Duper Branko Strupar on Thursday 22 August 2013, 03:53:52 PM
Just been in touch with Virgin today as they'd sent me an email a while ago about getting Spotify Premium free for 3 months and I elected to take it up... Obviously.

Anyway, I'd cancelled myU nlimited in preparation and forgot all about it. Until today when I started getting Ads and remembered. Got in touch with Virgin who confirmed I should have had an email from Spotify. Got in touch with them, who said it was Virgins fault.

Anyway, long story short, they sent me the email in error as I'm on medium package and I should have been on Large to get the offer, so they've credited my Virgin account with £29.97 for 3 months worth of Spotify Premium.

:lol: Bonus. I'm just going to go back to Unlimited and take the £30. Why would I need Premium when I have 40GB of MP3s.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dokko on Thursday 22 August 2013, 03:58:21 PM
Apparently BT sports and Sky Atlantic are both coming to Virgin Media XL customers in both SD and HD for the beginning of August.

Well that happened,  :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dokko on Thursday 22 August 2013, 04:01:13 PM
They are all s*** but I'm moving to sky in the next week from virgin.

Paying £50pm at virgin for all basic channels, HD, phoneline and 16mb broadband.

For £57pm at sky I'm getting all basic entertainment channels, all sports inc f1 & bts, all movies, all in HD and 3d, phoneline and 40mb broadband.

Great deal until it starts pissing down.  :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Friday 23 August 2013, 12:03:58 PM
Apparently BT sports and Sky Atlantic are both coming to Virgin Media XL customers in both SD and HD for the beginning of August.

Well that happened,  :lol:
No but they did get with BT sports and it is free for people on the larger package.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Friday 23 August 2013, 12:09:20 PM
They are all s*** but I'm moving to sky in the next week from virgin.

Paying £50pm at virgin for all basic channels, HD, phoneline and 16mb broadband.

For £57pm at sky I'm getting all basic entertainment channels, all sports inc f1 & bts, all movies, all in HD and 3d, phoneline and 40mb broadband.

Great deal until it starts pissing down.  :lol:
Exactly, until it rains, snows, or is windy then it's ok being with Sky. I've noticed though that it's on those cold winter nights when you really just want to be at home watching TV, not exactly ideal with Sky.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Corrigan on Friday 23 August 2013, 12:09:50 PM
They are all s*** but I'm moving to sky in the next week from virgin.

Paying £50pm at virgin for all basic channels, HD, phoneline and 16mb broadband.

For £57pm at sky I'm getting all basic entertainment channels, all sports inc f1 & bts, all movies, all in HD and 3d, phoneline and 40mb broadband.

Great deal until it starts pissing down.  :lol:

Or till it snows , have 30 degree heat or a tree pops up in the vicinity of the dish :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Friday 23 August 2013, 12:10:34 PM
Apparently BT sports and Sky Atlantic are both coming to Virgin Media XL customers in both SD and HD for the beginning of August.

Well that happened,  :lol:
No but they did get with BT sports and it is free for people on the larger package.

You've no idea how many stressed out people and late nights that BT Sport deal caused, it was mad.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dokko on Friday 23 August 2013, 12:12:08 PM
Apparently BT sports and Sky Atlantic are both coming to Virgin Media XL customers in both SD and HD for the beginning of August.

Well that happened,  :lol:
No but they did get with BT sports and it is free for people on the larger package.

Bt sports just replaces what's lost on espn. Nowt to crow about.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dokko on Friday 23 August 2013, 12:13:02 PM
They are all s*** but I'm moving to sky in the next week from virgin.

Paying £50pm at virgin for all basic channels, HD, phoneline and 16mb broadband.

For £57pm at sky I'm getting all basic entertainment channels, all sports inc f1 & bts, all movies, all in HD and 3d, phoneline and 40mb broadband.

Great deal until it starts pissing down.  :lol:
Exactly, until it rains, snows, or is windy then it's ok being with Sky. I've noticed though that it's on those cold winter nights when you really just want to be at home watching TV, not exactly ideal with Sky.

Thankfully this is where fibre bb and sky go come in to play.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: wormy on Friday 23 August 2013, 12:59:36 PM
Actually thinking about switching from Sky to Virgin. They've got a deal for people switching from Sky, discount depending on what package you choose. And you get a free HD 500GB Tivo box and V+ box. Will get the highest fibre optic, phone too obviously. All for cheaper than what we pay in total for Sky tv and Talk Talk's phone/absolute bullshit excuse for internet. And Talk Talk's prices are on the rise, too. To 'provide better future upgrades'. :yao: I'll believe that. So we can cancel with no hassle in the next 30 days.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ste on Friday 23 August 2013, 01:29:47 PM
I have never had my Sky go off in all the years I've had it. Survived all kinds of weather.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dokko on Friday 23 August 2013, 01:34:22 PM
Actually thinking about switching from Sky to Virgin. They've got a deal for people switching from Sky, discount depending on what package you choose. And you get a free HD 500GB Tivo box and V+ box. Will get the highest fibre optic, phone too obviously. All for cheaper than what we pay in total for Sky tv and Talk Talk's phone/absolute bullshit excuse for internet. And Talk Talk's prices are on the rise, too. To 'provide better future upgrades'. :yao: I'll believe that. So we can cancel with no hassle in the next 30 days.

Suppose the only way to find out what Virgin are like is to sign up to them for a year. Just don't expect the price you are paying now, you know under a f***ing contract, will be the same by the time you finish the year.  :lol:

I've been on Virgin twice, and Sky 3 times, going back to Sky is something i've wanted to do every since i went back with Virgin, only now has a very good deal presented itself.

I'm sure in about 3 months i'll be starting to realise the reasons i left sky, but with fibre BB it seems like the complete package now while Virgin are left well behind
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: wormy on Friday 23 August 2013, 02:38:47 PM
:thup: Sneaky prices changes were what caused us to leave in the first place. We've not dealt with them for a while though and the internet just keeps tempting me more and more. As soon as we have good internet I won't give a s*** about the tv side of things really. But £45 first 6 months for all tv/phone/internet, £70 after that seems pretty good to me.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Anderson on Friday 23 August 2013, 02:42:12 PM
I have never had my Sky go off in all the years I've had it. Survived all kinds of weather.

Aye, same here, no idea what people are banging on about. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Elric on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 02:05:48 PM
Massive bump of an old thread. Right, I've just completed on my new house, gradually moving in, and I'm weighing up which ISP to go with. The place doesn't have access to Virin Media, which would have been my first port of call. Any reccomendations? I'll be using it pretty heavily for... uh... 'Usenet Binaries', so I can't have any bullshit download cap or low Fair Usage limit. Cheers :)
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 02:27:43 PM
I have

BT TV (w/ BT Sports, record/reply etc)
BT Broadband (16mb, unlimited usage) but they must throttle it absolutely loads
Phone line (don't use it, don't have a phone)

for about £30 a month. Would definitely go for Infinity if it was available in the area, though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 02:28:17 PM
f*** Virgin Media as well, they block any website worth going on now.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Crumpy Gunt on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 03:17:02 PM
plusnet have been ok for me.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 03:46:30 PM
They are just part of BT, really. They all use BT lines other than Virgin I'm sure.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ElDiablo on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 04:02:34 PM
Depends a lot of where you live, had Sky up in Norwich for 2 years and it was lightening fast, come back home with a supposedly better connection and the speed's w***. Can't really fault Sky though, never had a major issue.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 04:28:09 PM
They are just part of BT, really. They all use BT lines other than Virgin I'm sure.

Correct.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 04:31:58 PM
yas
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TheHoob on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 05:14:34 PM
Not related to Elrics post but Sky are giving existing Virgin customers half price tv for a year at the moment.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 05:30:21 PM
f*** Virgin Media as well, they block any website worth going on now.
They block about the same as any other provider. Theirs ways around it though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dr.Spaceman on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 06:04:59 PM
I've had Virgin Media for a 3 and a half years and had no problems with them. Always had the fastest possible internet, which I've absolutely hammered and not been put on any 'naughty line'. I have heard that people have had their issues with them though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 06:15:19 PM
I've had Virgin Media for a 3 and a half years and had no problems with them. Always had the fastest possible internet, which I've absolutely hammered and not been put on any 'naughty line'. I have heard that people have had their issues with them though.
I had a problem with them a year or so ago, they sent out an engineer (always free of charge) and knocked money off our bill. I'm not sure I would have been able to get any problems solved so easily from anyone else.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Leazes1986 on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 06:28:00 PM
I'm with Sky for everything. Pay £61 a month for Original TV bundle, Sports, Movies, Line rental, Broadband Unlimited and phone. Not too bad really. I did have the Variety TV package but downgraded it and that's when they offered my discount on my deal.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LV on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 07:47:37 PM
I have

BT TV (w/ BT Sports, record/reply etc)
BT Broadband (16mb, unlimited usage) but they must throttle it absolutely loads
Phone line (don't use it, don't have a phone)

for about £30 a month. Would definitely go for Infinity if it was available in the area, though.

I've got Infinity unlimited and it's mint. Costs me around 70 sheets a month though like with SkySports, BTTV, phone/ line rental etc
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: SimplyAnth on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 08:23:35 PM
Pay about £85 a month for the full package from Sky, internet is a bit s***. Thinking about just getting Virgin broadband in for an extra £30 but not sure if it's worth it, and don't want to be paying over a £100 a month seems a bit excessive.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: r0cafella on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 08:28:39 PM
Pay about £85 a month for the full package from Sky, internet it a bit s***. Thinking about just getting Virgin broadband in for an extra £30 but not sure if it's worth it, and don't want to be paying over a £100 a month seems a bit excessive.
It's worth it if you don't mind a subpar upload speed.

Downloads speeds are as good as you want and the connection is solid Imo although I'm connected via Ethernet
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dokko on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 08:30:46 PM
They are all f***ing s****.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Super Duper Branko Strupar on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 08:37:22 PM
Pay about £85 a month for the full package from Sky, internet it a bit s***. Thinking about just getting Virgin broadband in for an extra £30 but not sure if it's worth it, and don't want to be paying over a £100 a month seems a bit excessive.
It's worth it if you don't mind a subpar upload speed.

Downloads speeds are as good as you want and the connection is solid Imo although I'm connected via Ethernet

I get 53mb download speed on a 50mb connection. Wireless too from the Virgin hub. Tivo is mint too, if a bit annoying to navigate.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: r0cafella on Wednesday 4 February 2015, 08:40:52 PM
Pay about £85 a month for the full package from Sky, internet it a bit s***. Thinking about just getting Virgin broadband in for an extra £30 but not sure if it's worth it, and don't want to be paying over a £100 a month seems a bit excessive.
It's worth it if you don't mind a subpar upload speed.

Downloads speeds are as good as you want and the connection is solid Imo although I'm connected via Ethernet

I get 53mb download speed on a 50mb connection. Wireless too from the Virgin hub. Tivo is mint too, if a bit annoying to navigate.
Aye download speed is mint.

Get over a 100mb down but the upload speed is always less than a 10th of that.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ian on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 02:17:45 PM
Our area just got superfast fibre broadband...looking at 76Mb/s....any body got this?....is it fast??
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Al Moody on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 02:27:35 PM
Sick of Sky Broadband. s****.

Going to call tonight to get rid.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 02:32:38 PM
I work for BT, have Virgin and had Sky. Sky appears to be the best of all three to be honest, though my Virgin broadband is 158MB. :lol: Sky TV is lightyears ahead though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ian on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 02:38:10 PM
I'm just using it for PC....upload speed now =.3Mb/s    D/L  =5.4     after SFBB  "upto 76Mb/s "..(infinity 2")
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Bowie on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 03:00:40 PM
My flat is only a six month tenancy, if I was to get broadband on a year's contract what happens if I move elsewhere after six months?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Al Moody on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 03:17:29 PM
I was able to take my account with me.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Fugazi on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 03:20:04 PM
My flat is only a six month tenancy, if I was to get broadband on a year's contract what happens if I move elsewhere after six months?

You in yet?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Bowie on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 03:25:48 PM
Aye, moved in last Saturday.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: reefatoon on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 03:28:01 PM
I'm getting rid of both the movie channels and the sports channels tonight as I just don't watch them at all.  Wonder how much that will save me.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ian on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 03:35:14 PM
BT gave me standard TV sports for free....don't know exactly what I get though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Kevo on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 03:58:49 PM
I'm with Sky but only because an old school friend gave me 50% off code. I pay about £76/77 a month for their biggest package, unlimited broadband and line rental.

Will be going down to their smallest, cheapest package once my 12 months is up as I have an Android box with all sports/movies/box sets etc and its amazing.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: reefatoon on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 04:20:03 PM
That's the same as me. I use kodi on my tablet though, instead of an android box.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: brummie on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 04:47:03 PM
Massive bump of an old thread. Right, I've just completed on my new house, gradually moving in, and I'm weighing up which ISP to go with. The place doesn't have access to Virin Media, which would have been my first port of call. Any reccomendations? I'll be using it pretty heavily for... uh... 'Usenet Binaries', so I can't have any bullshit download cap or low Fair Usage limit. Cheers :)

I too spend a lot of time downloading, errr, usenet binaries. They're all linux distros! Honest!

I used to be with Zen, for the best part of 10 years, mostly because, although they were expensive, their service was so good and their support top notch.

Decided last year I couldn't justify the extra expense any more, so went to Plus Net, 76 mbs fibre (which is the same as I was getting under Zen, basically, the same product) except with no usage limits.

I managed to get that, plus phone package, capped at 25 quid total for the first 9 months, and also managed to get a £105 cashback refund by ordering it through Quidco.

So far (six months or so), service pretty much rock solid. No problems at all, speed exactly as it was with Zen (almost the full 76 mbs).
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: brummie on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 04:48:19 PM
Oh and in a further reflection of increasing financial concerns, I realised 71 quid a month for our Sky subs was f***ing insane and binned the sports and movies. Went down to the £21.50 package.

I now use a combination of a dodgy, but excellent, sports feeds supplier and an Amazon Fire TV box for my sports watching.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: biggs on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 05:52:11 PM
BT gave me standard TV sports for free....don't know exactly what I get though.
Virgin have BT sport for free on all the packages atm and 6 months free netflix ,just left Talkshite and Sky and now have 152mb fibre and Tivo plus managed to haggle and got extra HD+ box on multiroom with no fee for eva  O0
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 06:13:56 PM
BT give you BT Sport for free when you order their broadband.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 07:46:36 PM
I've just cancelled my Sky package after about 8 yrs. Was paying £60 for the family pack with HD, Talk Weekends and Unlimited BB.

Rang them to cancel (and see what they'd offer me to stay), and the best offer they could make me was 10 months at £42.50 if I re-contracted for another year.

So I went through with the cancellation and have placed an order for Virgin Media 'Big Kahuna' bundle. That has almost the same channel line-up as the Sky family pack but with free BT Sport, Weekend calls, and Fibre BB (up to 152mb) - 18 month min. term... £49 for first year, then £65 for remaining 6 months.

Been toying with idea of Cable for a while, but the price of my Sky package was always less than VM, but now and with the forthcoming Sky price increase being reported, I made the decision to switch.

At least in 18 months time, I will qualify as a new Sky customer again and be able to get a decent rejoining deal, if i decide to.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 08:59:56 PM
BT give you BT Sport for free when you order their broadband.
That means using BT though.  :anguish:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 09:01:19 PM
For anyone switching to provider for 1st time, Quidco is excellent for cash back as brummie has said.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: biggs on Tuesday 24 March 2015, 11:51:07 PM
BT give you BT Sport for free when you order their broadband.
That means using BT though.  :anguish:
BT gave me standard TV sports for free....don't know exactly what I get though.
Virgin have BT sport for free on all the packages atm and 6 months free netflix ,just left Talkshite and Sky and now have 152mb fibre and Tivo plus managed to haggle and got extra HD+ box on multiroom with no fee for eva  O0
:smug:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dave on Wednesday 25 March 2015, 12:43:17 AM
I am consistently impressed by how utterly s**** the Virgin Media boxes are to use.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Wednesday 25 March 2015, 06:50:32 AM
For anyone switching to provider for 1st time, Quidco is excellent for cash back as brummie has said.

Aye, £220 cashback for the VM 'Big Kahuna' bundle, which also helped make my mind up to switch now.

Virgin have BT sport for free on all the packages atm and 6 months free netflix

6 months free Netflix offer ended 27th February - not included on any bundles now.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: biggs on Wednesday 25 March 2015, 08:18:19 AM
I am consistently impressed by how utterly s**** the Virgin Media boxes are to use.
waited 1 minute for the iplayer to start up last night and the search and discover was not working for a week  :explode:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Bowie on Wednesday 25 March 2015, 10:39:56 AM
What's the best/cheapest deal for just broadband do people reckon? Also, why are phone lines still essential in 2015?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: SEMTEX on Wednesday 25 March 2015, 12:58:18 PM
I am consistently impressed by how utterly s**** the Virgin Media boxes are to use.

I've never experienced the Virgin Media boxes, only Sky in England, but in general all cable/satellite boxes are pieces of s***. As you know, there are shitloads of devices (homemade & commercial) with decent software on, that are intuitive and responsive. Yet pay TV providers are content just to pass out giant boxes that are no doubt filled with decade old components, with zero customisation options for the user. They're clearly all convinced that once you're in their ecosystem, you're going nowhere.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dave on Wednesday 25 March 2015, 07:41:37 PM
I am consistently impressed by how utterly s**** the Virgin Media boxes are to use.

I've never experienced the Virgin Media boxes, only Sky in England, but in general all cable/satellite boxes are pieces of s***. As you know, there are shitloads of devices (homemade & commercial) with decent software on, that are intuitive and responsive. Yet pay TV providers are content just to pass out giant boxes that are no doubt filled with decade old components, with zero customisation options for the user. They're clearly all convinced that once you're in their ecosystem, you're going nowhere.

Sky is like using an iPhone compared to Virgin's Windows Mobile/CE/Pocket PC. It's laughably slow.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 25 March 2015, 07:42:22 PM
The Virgin we have in our house now is faster than the Sky box I had in the last house. Maybe they've been upgraded.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ronaldo on Wednesday 25 March 2015, 07:44:27 PM
Had some awful experiences with Virgin Media when I lived in a student house. Never going near them again.

Sky isn't cheap but I've had no problems with them since setting up in 2010.

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: reefatoon on Thursday 2 April 2015, 03:12:35 PM
Got around to cancelling the sports and movies from my sky package (and my calls), and will be now saving a massive £33 a month.  They phoned us up yesterday saying they can offer us both packages for half price for a year. Didn't bother though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Thursday 2 April 2015, 03:19:37 PM
I pay about £45 for the most basic Sky package and unlimited internet (which ain't great) and phone (which I never use).

Can't help thinking that's a bit high for the most stripped down package on offer.  Also not willing to pay an extra tenner for HD although I do want it, seems a right rip especially if I haven't got Sports or Movies.

Anything I can do to get a better deal?  Say I'm thinking of leaving maybe?  Virgin isn't an option and not sure about BT tbh.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: reefatoon on Thursday 2 April 2015, 03:33:31 PM
Give it a go mate, just say you are looking to leave as the costs are becoming a bit too high, see what they say. If they are not willing to budge, just say you need to discuss it with the missus before leaving. See if they get back in touch, if not, then you haven't really lost anything.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Thursday 2 April 2015, 03:41:37 PM
Aye nice one, thanks.  I used to do that periodically actually and got all sorts of free stuff, then they weren't having it once so I haven't tried since.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: reefatoon on Thursday 2 April 2015, 03:42:49 PM
I must admit, I wasn't expecting them to call back the day after to offer it cheaper. Bit of a p*ss take really.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Thursday 2 April 2015, 03:43:31 PM
I pay about £45 for the most basic Sky package and unlimited internet (which ain't great) and phone (which I never use).

Can't help thinking that's a bit high for the most stripped down package on offer.  Also not willing to pay an extra tenner for HD although I do want it, seems a right rip especially if I haven't got Sports or Movies.

Anything I can do to get a better deal?  Say I'm thinking of leaving maybe?  Virgin isn't an option and not sure about BT tbh.


BT is fine. I have it. 16mb internet (unlimited), BT sport, tons of s**** channels and phone (don't have one though). £30 a month or something close.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Thursday 2 April 2015, 03:52:06 PM
What's the box like?  Reception seemed a bit naff on my mates.  Can you record stuff and watch on-demand?  How much do you pay?  What size feet do you have?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Thursday 2 April 2015, 03:59:31 PM
I have everything off SKY except for the movies and I pay £96 a month, BT rang yesterday and said I can switch my phone and broadband to them for £24 a month (SKY works out about £19 a month) and they will chuck BT sports in for free. I keep my phone number and SKY email and if SKY charge me a leaving fee BT will pay it for me, another benefit is that SKY wifi on my mobile phone when I'm out and about is very limited but BT seems to be everywhere. 
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Thursday 2 April 2015, 06:02:55 PM
I have everything off SKY except for the movies and I pay £96 a month, BT rang yesterday and said I can switch my phone and broadband to them for £24 a month (SKY works out about £19 a month) and they will chuck BT sports in for free. I keep my phone number and SKY email and if SKY charge me a leaving fee BT will pay it for me, another benefit is that SKY wifi on my mobile phone when I'm out and about is very limited but BT seems to be everywhere. 

You can use Wi-Fi hotspots with BT and they are everywhere, you also get an app which allows you to use the hotspots to make calls.  I've been in places where I couldn't get a signal on my mobile but could still ring people as I could get a hotspot.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Friday 3 April 2015, 09:51:14 PM
Anything I can do to get a better deal?  Say I'm thinking of leaving maybe?  Virgin isn't an option and not sure about BT tbh.

Definitely threaten to cancel, and even if they don't make you a decent enough offer, tell them you want to proceed with the cancellation.

It takes another 31 days from then for your services to go off, and you can ring them on day 30 and change your mind.

However, they will be back in touch before then to try and keep you/make another offer.

My service is a fortnight from going off (moving TV, Phone and BB to VM), and I've had an online survey about why I'm leaving, and a phone call this morning, asking if they can make me another offer to stay, but basically my mind is made up, and if they really wanted me to stay on, they could have made a better offer when I phoned to cancel. It shouldn't be this game of bluff to get the best offer from them, after loyally paying subs for about 8 years!

I'm gonna give Virgin Media a go for 18 months, and if I'm not impressed or their prices rise too much, then I'll go back to Sky as a new customer, and probably get a great returning offer with their latest box/kit again.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: sempuki on Friday 3 April 2015, 10:08:24 PM
Called Sky and threatened to cancel after my package hit £70 per month. They backed down straight away and now get it all for £52.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Friday 10 April 2015, 01:10:44 PM
Received another mailing from Sky today, this time offering me 35% off any TV bundle for a year.... so I could get Family bundle+Movies+Sport+HD would be £49.24.... not bad, but then adding on Phone and BB would bring it to over £73/month.

Mind still made up - Virgin 'Big Kahuna' being installed next weekend.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Friday 10 April 2015, 01:25:01 PM
I've ordered VM for a flat I'm moving into in July. The company I'm renting off include the broadband and I have no use for a phone line. I managed to get all the channels for except for Sky sports and movies for £33 a month. Sky is about the same but require you to have a phone line, besides every time I have had them I have had nothing but signal problems.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: reefatoon on Friday 10 April 2015, 02:14:20 PM
Only three months to go until oven use day eh.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Friday 10 April 2015, 02:16:15 PM
What's the box like?  Reception seemed a bit naff on my mates.  Can you record stuff and watch on-demand?  How much do you pay?  What size feet do you have?

Box is class chat. You can record, rewind, pause and all sorts. I pay the number I stated before - £30somethingorother. I have size 10 feet, though one is more like a 9.5 but you try getting different sized shoes.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 10 April 2015, 11:13:40 PM
Virgin media boxes are made of cheese, so unrealiable.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: kingkerouac on Sunday 12 April 2015, 08:52:11 AM
The Tivo boxes are pretty good, like.
I've had a few problems over the years with the cable feed, but never the box.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Crumpy Gunt on Sunday 12 April 2015, 09:07:09 AM
SKYBOX F5s - £120 pa. All channels SKY offer. Just need dish and broadband. (SKY channels are SD not HD)

PLUSNET phone and broadband.

Better way to go than majority of deals mentioned on here.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Sima on Sunday 12 April 2015, 09:49:00 AM
So it isn't all of the channels Sky offer then?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Sunday 12 April 2015, 11:54:43 AM
Received another mailing from Sky today, this time offering me 35% off any TV bundle for a year.... so I could get Family bundle+Movies+Sport+HD would be £49.24.... not bad, but then adding on Phone and BB would bring it to over £73/month.

Mind still made up - Virgin 'Big Kahuna' being installed next weekend.
The price between VM and Sky isn't that much different when you start to add it all up. The difference is with VM you can get faster broadband and imo the TV is better with Sky
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Sunday 12 April 2015, 01:02:25 PM
Received another mailing from Sky today, this time offering me 35% off any TV bundle for a year.... so I could get Family bundle+Movies+Sport+HD would be £49.24.... not bad, but then adding on Phone and BB would bring it to over £73/month.

Mind still made up - Virgin 'Big Kahuna' being installed next weekend.
The price between VM and Sky isn't that much different when you start to add it all up. The difference is with VM you can get faster broadband and imo the TV is better with Sky
It depends on what you want really, the price for the TV isn't far off but with VM you don't need a landline which save you quite a bit.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Sunday 12 April 2015, 01:43:38 PM
Received another mailing from Sky today, this time offering me 35% off any TV bundle for a year.... so I could get Family bundle+Movies+Sport+HD would be £49.24.... not bad, but then adding on Phone and BB would bring it to over £73/month.

Mind still made up - Virgin 'Big Kahuna' being installed next weekend.
The price between VM and Sky isn't that much different when you start to add it all up. The difference is with VM you can get faster broadband and imo the TV is better with Sky
It depends on what you want really, the price for the TV isn't far off but with VM you don't need a landline which save you quite a bit.
I'm talking about the bundle packages like the Big Kahuna, you have to have the landlines with it and the price isn't that much different to Sky

Also Virgin tend to have 12 month offers on 18 month contracts and when you work it out it can cost more

Now that Fibre/Infinity is available in my area I would never consider Virgin Media
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Sunday 12 April 2015, 02:58:06 PM
Received another mailing from Sky today, this time offering me 35% off any TV bundle for a year.... so I could get Family bundle+Movies+Sport+HD would be £49.24.... not bad, but then adding on Phone and BB would bring it to over £73/month.

Mind still made up - Virgin 'Big Kahuna' being installed next weekend.
The price between VM and Sky isn't that much different when you start to add it all up. The difference is with VM you can get faster broadband and imo the TV is better with Sky
It depends on what you want really, the price for the TV isn't far off but with VM you don't need a landline which save you quite a bit.
I'm talking about the bundle packages like the Big Kahuna, you have to have the landlines with it and the price isn't that much different to Sky

Also Virgin tend to have 12 month offers on 18 month contracts and when you work it out it can cost more

Now that Fibre/Infinity is available in my area I would never consider Virgin Media
Thats fair enough. In total though it works out cheaper for my family to have a bundle than it was with Sky and BT. We are saving about £60 a month at least, plus the Sky signal was shocking and the landline was shocking for broadband.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Sunday 12 April 2015, 03:14:29 PM
Received another mailing from Sky today, this time offering me 35% off any TV bundle for a year.... so I could get Family bundle+Movies+Sport+HD would be £49.24.... not bad, but then adding on Phone and BB would bring it to over £73/month.

Mind still made up - Virgin 'Big Kahuna' being installed next weekend.
The price between VM and Sky isn't that much different when you start to add it all up. The difference is with VM you can get faster broadband and imo the TV is better with Sky
It depends on what you want really, the price for the TV isn't far off but with VM you don't need a landline which save you quite a bit.
I'm talking about the bundle packages like the Big Kahuna, you have to have the landlines with it and the price isn't that much different to Sky

Also Virgin tend to have 12 month offers on 18 month contracts and when you work it out it can cost more

Now that Fibre/Infinity is available in my area I would never consider Virgin Media

My current Sky bundle (FamilyHD + Unlimited BB + Talk Weekend) is £56.90 - this will be going up £3/month in June so would be £59.90.

With VM Big Kahuna, I'll be getting Fibre BB + TV XL (almost same channels as FamilyHD) + M Phone (weekends) for £49.99 for 12 months, rising to £64.99 for the last 6 months. With VM I'll also get BT Sport HD included free. The channels I lose from Sky, I dont watch much anyway (e.g. Sky Atlantic)

So for the next year, I'll be saving £120 on the sky bill, then admittedly it goes up £5 more/month... but Sky may raise prices again by then, so it may still be comparable. In my opinion, the VM offer better value with the Fibre BB and almost equivalent TV package.

I've had no issues with my Sky TV/BB service, but it seems they are at risk of losing customers now, by pushing prices up to recoup what they're spending on this latest Footy TV deal.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Sunday 12 April 2015, 03:24:27 PM
Received another mailing from Sky today, this time offering me 35% off any TV bundle for a year.... so I could get Family bundle+Movies+Sport+HD would be £49.24.... not bad, but then adding on Phone and BB would bring it to over £73/month.

Mind still made up - Virgin 'Big Kahuna' being installed next weekend.
The price between VM and Sky isn't that much different when you start to add it all up. The difference is with VM you can get faster broadband and imo the TV is better with Sky
It depends on what you want really, the price for the TV isn't far off but with VM you don't need a landline which save you quite a bit.
I'm talking about the bundle packages like the Big Kahuna, you have to have the landlines with it and the price isn't that much different to Sky

Also Virgin tend to have 12 month offers on 18 month contracts and when you work it out it can cost more

Now that Fibre/Infinity is available in my area I would never consider Virgin Media

My current Sky bundle (FamilyHD + Unlimited BB + Talk Weekend) is £56.90 - this will be going up £3/month in June so would be £59.90.

With VM Big Kahuna, I'll be getting Fibre BB + TV XL (almost same channels as FamilyHD) + M Phone (weekends) for £49.99 for 12 months, rising to £64.99 for the last 6 months. With VM I'll also get BT Sport HD included free. The channels I lose from Sky, I dont watch much anyway (e.g. Sky Atlantic)

So for the next year, I'll be saving £120 on the sky bill, then admittedly it goes up £5 more/month... but Sky may raise prices again by then, so it may still be comparable. In my opinion, the VM offer better value with the Fibre BB and almost equivalent TV package.

I've had no issues with my Sky TV/BB service, but it seems they are at risk of losing customers now, by pushing prices up to recoup what they're spending on this latest Footy TV deal.
It was more to do with the offer you got where you said it would be £73 with Sky, the equivalent would be higher with Virgin Media

Also Virgin Media will most likely raise their prices too within the next 18 months
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Troll on Sunday 12 April 2015, 03:33:42 PM
Virgin just raised their prices a month or two ago.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: tmonkey on Sunday 12 April 2015, 03:41:58 PM
Cancellation and signing up via Quidco or Top Cashback is the best route I can see at the moment (use a new name + email address). You get a new Sky box which is handy as Sky do upgrade their boxes every so often.

E.g. currently via Quidco for all Sky TV packages you get £115 cashback, £50 credit on the first bill, plus 25% off the monthly subscription for 12 months. For the Movies (Original + Movies) bundle that works out as £159 for a year. For Sports (Original + Sports) that's £258 for 1 year. For the Complete bundle that's £532 for a year. Assuming of course you get the full cashback (haven't had any problems in the past, does take a very long time though).

Alternatively, on ebay there's a seller who is selling a link to 1/2 price for 12 months for new customers for £6 (cheeky but can't find a link anywhere and it's not much in the grand scheme of things), and they've confirmed the link still works. The Quidco/TCB methods are cheaper for all bundles other than the Complete bundle which works out at £455 for one year with this 1/2 price offer, but then assuming the link does work it'll be less hassle than cashback.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Sunday 12 April 2015, 03:50:38 PM
I suspect that eBay seller will be a staff member or knows someone that is staff
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Sunday 12 April 2015, 11:10:56 PM
Aye. I know a guy who's always offering any of his facebook friends half price for 12 months.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Tuesday 21 April 2015, 08:11:37 AM
Had Virgin installed over weekend, and so far pleased with it.

The Tivo box seems ok in general use. Some apps take a bit longer to load up, but nothing to worry about. Just gotta get used to the different channel numbers (to the sky EPG), and slight quirks in the Tivo recording system (series links).

One thing I have noticed, is the SD picture seems better on the VM box than the equivalent channels on the Sky box, and I still have sky on (till tomorrow) so have compared them. I wonder if sky are deliberately degrading their SD picture quality to force people to upgrade to the HD pack.

Fibre internet also appears to be a lot faster than the previous Sky BB. Haven't tested yet to see what speed I'm getting, but a couple of film torrent downloads at the weekend were a lot quicker than before.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Magpie on Tuesday 21 April 2015, 01:18:54 PM
Had Virgin installed over weekend, and so far pleased with it.

The Tivo box seems ok in general use. Some apps take a bit longer to load up, but nothing to worry about. Just gotta get used to the different channel numbers (to the sky EPG), and slight quirks in the Tivo recording system (series links).

One thing I have noticed, is the SD picture seems better on the VM box than the equivalent channels on the Sky box, and I still have sky on (till tomorrow) so have compared them. I wonder if sky are deliberately degrading their SD picture quality to force people to upgrade to the HD pack.

Fibre internet also appears to be a lot faster than the previous Sky BB. Haven't tested yet to see what speed I'm getting, but a couple of film torrent downloads at the weekend were a lot quicker than before.

When I had Virgin fibre optic I was regularly getting speeds of 40mb plus, absolutely pisses all over Sky's BB.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Tuesday 21 April 2015, 02:28:49 PM
Yeah Virgin's SD is better than a Sky's, I think it's down to fibre optics being better than sataliette, though I wouldn't put it past Sky to deliberately down grade SD content. Are they still charging for HD?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 21 April 2015, 02:34:31 PM
I love my Virgin BB like, never had a single issue and it's mega. Even the installation guys were good.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: The College Dropout on Tuesday 21 April 2015, 02:36:47 PM
I've got TalkTalk fibre optic broadband. It's poor tbh. 20ish download speed. Worse on the wi-fi
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Roger Kint on Tuesday 21 April 2015, 02:46:12 PM
I love my Virgin BB like, never had a single issue and it's mega. Even the installation guys were good.

:thup: Cant fault mine, £18.50pm for that and the phone although thats not even connected. For the amount of UK time TV i watch paying for channels is utterly pointless, they were charging £47pm for their basic package ffs. Sod that
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Troll on Tuesday 21 April 2015, 03:14:01 PM
The Tivo box is a pile of s*** though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: kingkerouac on Wednesday 22 April 2015, 07:16:45 PM
Really?
In what way?
I have to say I'm happy with mine.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Wednesday 22 April 2015, 07:27:33 PM
Yeah Virgin's SD is better than a Sky's, I think it's down to fibre optics being better than sataliette, though I wouldn't put it past Sky to deliberately down grade SD content. Are they still charging for HD?

Still a tenner a month I think. :lol: I refuse to pay it, especially since I haven't got sports. Cheeky as f*** how you don't get the terrestrial sub-channels on HD on my package though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: FrenchWilliam on Wednesday 22 April 2015, 08:26:09 PM
Really?
In what way?
I have to say I'm happy with mine.

They're clunky as f*** to navigate. Really surprised at how s*** they are.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: kingkerouac on Thursday 23 April 2015, 02:06:08 PM
Really?
In what way?
I have to say I'm happy with mine.

They're clunky as f*** to navigate. Really surprised at how s*** they are.

I've used all 3 the BT Vision, the Sky+ and the Tivo.
None of them are particularly cutting edge, I agree.
Tivo certainly no worse.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Thursday 23 April 2015, 09:23:11 PM
Its a trade off, slightly more clunky ui for much better features on virgin IMO.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: BlueStar on Thursday 21 May 2015, 09:09:48 AM
Virgin have managed to block imgur again, supposedly been working in it but it's been about 42 hours now. Seems like something to do with their s*** reaction to IWF alerts. Had to turn my vpn on most of yesterday just to browse reddit.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Scotty66 on Friday 22 May 2015, 05:43:35 PM
Thinking of getting a now tv pass for this weekend,anyone know what the quality is like? Will be watching through my PS4.

Any "buffering" issues or anything?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Decky on Friday 22 May 2015, 05:45:27 PM
There can be quite a bit of buffering on main sporting events yeah but it depends how many are watching I think. Super Sunday buffers every now and again for me and I'm on fibre. Yet if I'm watching a doc or something on SS4 it works fine. The buffering isn't that bad though, its certainly a million times better than some s**** stream.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Scotty66 on Friday 22 May 2015, 05:48:02 PM
Is the quality good? similar to just like watching normal Sky Sports?

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Decky on Friday 22 May 2015, 05:50:45 PM
It's great quality yeah. I don't think it's quite HD because it only says SS1 not SS1 HD, but if it isn't it's pretty damn close to it.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Scotty66 on Friday 22 May 2015, 05:52:04 PM
I'm sold  O0

Like you say will be far better than watching how I usually do.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: NUFCDoog on Friday 19 June 2015, 07:39:08 PM
I currently work for a company called The  Tenant Shop. We basically work with letting agents and because of this Sky give us discount codes that we can use with their new tenants to save a lot of money. They're not exclusive to new tenants though so if anyone is looking to get set up...

Sky Family HD+Sports and Movies - Unlimited BroadBand and Sky Talk Line rental with free weekend calls I can do you lot for £33.65 for 6 months and 38.65 for the other 6. Its a 12 month contract, no catch or anything like that. Only thing you'll need to do is pay a £10 deposit at the time of booking (you get a fiver back on your first bill).

If anyone is interested let me know via PM, Im in 10-2 in the morning and I would have to call you to set it up.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 19 June 2015, 07:41:34 PM
:lol: That's an insane price.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: NUFCDoog on Friday 19 June 2015, 07:43:47 PM
I know right, worse thing about is that I have that exact package but set the f***er up before I worked there and without knowing who they were....paying close to 90 quid a month! only couple months into the contract as well so can't really cancel, right shitter.

But aye, unbelievable deal that I'll happily set anyone up here with!

The deal ends Wednesday btw.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ian on Friday 19 June 2015, 07:44:17 PM
Got BT Superfast Fib. BB   70+ download  / 17+uploads....not bad.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Sunday 21 June 2015, 01:44:28 PM
I currently work for a company called The  Tenant Shop. We basically work with letting agents and because of this Sky give us discount codes that we can use with their new tenants to save a lot of money. They're not exclusive to new tenants though so if anyone is looking to get set up...

Sky Family HD+Sports and Movies - Unlimited BroadBand and Sky Talk Line rental with free weekend calls I can do you lot for £33.65 for 6 months and 38.65 for the other 6. Its a 12 month contract, no catch or anything like that. Only thing you'll need to do is pay a £10 deposit at the time of booking (you get a fiver back on your first bill).

If anyone is interested let me know via PM, Im in 10-2 in the morning and I would have to call you to set it up.

Will that be on offer in August?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: NUFCDoog on Sunday 21 June 2015, 05:39:13 PM
I currently work for a company called The  Tenant Shop. We basically work with letting agents and because of this Sky give us discount codes that we can use with their new tenants to save a lot of money. They're not exclusive to new tenants though so if anyone is looking to get set up...

Sky Family HD+Sports and Movies - Unlimited BroadBand and Sky Talk Line rental with free weekend calls I can do you lot for £33.65 for 6 months and 38.65 for the other 6. Its a 12 month contract, no catch or anything like that. Only thing you'll need to do is pay a £10 deposit at the time of booking (you get a fiver back on your first bill).

If anyone is interested let me know via PM, Im in 10-2 in the morning and I would have to call you to set it up.

Will that be on offer in August?

That specific price won't be, it ends on Wednesday, but there will be some sort of deal. Sky give us different ones all the time and it changes from month to month like.

That package above last month worked out at about £45 per month, so it'll probably be something similar to that again in August. Could be a similar price to the above though, they don't really tell us the specific discount until they send us the codes like.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: NUFCDoog on Thursday 25 June 2015, 07:51:37 PM
I currently work for a company called The  Tenant Shop. We basically work with letting agents and because of this Sky give us discount codes that we can use with their new tenants to save a lot of money. They're not exclusive to new tenants though so if anyone is looking to get set up...

Sky Family HD+Sports and Movies - Unlimited BroadBand and Sky Talk Line rental with free weekend calls I can do you lot for £33.65 for 6 months and 38.65 for the other 6. Its a 12 month contract, no catch or anything like that. Only thing you'll need to do is pay a £10 deposit at the time of booking (you get a fiver back on your first bill).

If anyone is interested let me know via PM, Im in 10-2 in the morning and I would have to call you to set it up.

This deal has just been extended to the end of this week btw, so ends at 6pm tomorrow night if anyone else is interested!
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ryan on Thursday 25 June 2015, 09:16:03 PM
Thinking about moving across to BT (because of the sport really).

Currently have EE as my phone/broadband provider, contract runs until November 2015. Would there be any chance of BT paying out the rest of the contract for me to join them? EE did this when we joined TalkTalk but we only had 2 months remaining on that contract, I think asking for 5 months of a contract to be paid up a bit cheeky  :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Thursday 25 June 2015, 10:37:21 PM
Thinking about moving across to BT (because of the sport really).

Currently have EE as my phone/broadband provider, contract runs until November 2015. Would there be any chance of BT paying out the rest of the contract for me to join them? EE did this when we joined TalkTalk but we only had 2 months remaining on that contract, I think asking for 5 months of a contract to be paid up a bit cheeky  :lol:
Since BT are in the process of buying EE I doubt there is a chance of that happening.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Thursday 25 June 2015, 10:48:06 PM
Thinking about moving across to BT (because of the sport really).

Currently have EE as my phone/broadband provider, contract runs until November 2015. Would there be any chance of BT paying out the rest of the contract for me to join them? EE did this when we joined TalkTalk but we only had 2 months remaining on that contract, I think asking for 5 months of a contract to be paid up a bit cheeky  :lol:
Since BT are in the process of buying EE I doubt there is a chance of that happening.
That deal is still a long way to completion so shouldn't make a difference

It's best to find out what your early termination charge is and then speak to BT about it
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 26 June 2015, 12:12:29 PM
BT already bought EE. That's what we've been lead to believe anyway at BT.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ryan on Friday 26 June 2015, 12:17:19 PM
Confusing  :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Sunday 5 July 2015, 08:02:38 PM
Sky Box... Should I keep it set at 1080i or reduce to 720p?

Discuss.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Sunday 5 July 2015, 08:11:06 PM
Sky Box... Should I keep it set at 1080i or reduce to 720p?

Discuss.

720p imo.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Sunday 5 July 2015, 11:02:53 PM
It depends. If you have the HD channels then keep it at full HD, if not then there is no point because Sky's SD is awful.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Monday 6 July 2015, 06:51:35 PM
I've always had the full HD package. Just not sure which is the better display option.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09:33:09 AM
1080i is the 'better' option. You have a class set up so it'd be fine. Some TVs would struggle with mega HD.

Neesy is probably alluding to it being progressive scan which is generally better for 'fast-moving' stuff like sport/gaming. However I'm pretty sure every HD TV show and all games are developed/filmed at 1080 and so all you'd be doing is downscaling it. Not totally sure now that I read about it though...
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Tooj on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 04:07:03 PM
Those that have a BT set top box - do I have to have it directly connected to my router via ethernet or can it just work via wifi? Don't want to be robbed by getting an engineer to install an extension cable as my router is in the same room as would be the box.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 04:18:41 PM
You can get broadband extenders which can plug in close to your hub and your tv and then connect it via one of the plugs, but you can't get it wireless. £49 for an engineer to fix the cabling up for you and all he does is staple it above doors/along the skirting, so just do it yourself. You'll be provided with a 10m cable in the box when you get get your BTTV box. It works far better when it's plugged in directly anyway. I think the broadband extenders are £29 or £49 too. Can't remember exactly.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ste on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 04:19:57 PM
£49 for extenders. Just ordered some for ours.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Tooj on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 04:31:05 PM
You can get broadband extenders which can plug in close to your hub and your tv and then connect it via one of the plugs, but you can't get it wireless. £49 for an engineer to fix the cabling up for you and all he does is staple it above doors/along the skirting, so just do it yourself. You'll be provided with a 10m cable in the box when you get get your BTTV box. It works far better when it's plugged in directly anyway. I think the broadband extenders are £29 or £49 too. Can't remember exactly.

10m isn't enough, looks like it's extenders as that's £20 quid cheaper.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 04:52:56 PM
£29 if you order them when you're making the order, £49 any other time. Just checked. :lol: In work now.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 08:11:25 PM
1080i is the 'better' option. You have a class set up so it'd be fine. Some TVs would struggle with mega HD.

Neesy is probably alluding to it being progressive scan which is generally better for 'fast-moving' stuff like sport/gaming. However I'm pretty sure every HD TV show and all games are developed/filmed at 1080 and so all you'd be doing is downscaling it. Not totally sure now that I read about it though...

Sky and Virgin broadcast to a maximum of 1080i only so while its filmed in 1080p it's broadcast in 1080i which is bad for sports.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: midds on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 08:26:59 PM
You can get broadband extenders which can plug in close to your hub and your tv and then connect it via one of the plugs, but you can't get it wireless. £49 for an engineer to fix the cabling up for you and all he does is staple it above doors/along the skirting, so just do it yourself. You'll be provided with a 10m cable in the box when you get get your BTTV box. It works far better when it's plugged in directly anyway. I think the broadband extenders are £29 or £49 too. Can't remember exactly.

10m isn't enough, looks like it's extenders as that's £20 quid cheaper.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BDvXQaeCUAABCwE.jpg)
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 09:20:47 PM
Sky Q is on its way for HD lovers
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 11:12:19 PM
Sky Q is on its way for HD lovers

?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 11:17:04 PM
It's 4k. BT has had it for a while.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 11:19:02 PM
It's 4k. BT has had it for a while.

Just googled it :thup: Bit of a s*** name :lol:

If it upgrades the current broadcast signal to full 1080p I'd be happy (?)
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 27 October 2015, 11:21:23 PM
By the way anyone with BT Sport currently paying the fiver (those not on BTTV), call up and you'll get it half price for 12 months if you ask for it, along with 3 months free HD. Might even get your broadband cheaper too.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Magpie on Wednesday 28 October 2015, 03:09:00 PM
By the way anyone with BT Sport currently paying the fiver (those not on BTTV), call up and you'll get it half price for 12 months if you ask for it, along with 3 months free HD. Might even get your broadband cheaper too.

Just by asking for it? Or threaten to cancel etc?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 28 October 2015, 03:15:15 PM
Depends on who you get. I just whack it on for people. If there's a jobsworth on your phone you'll need to say, "it's too expensive, would only keep it if I got it for cheaper." They can't haggle anyway. It's £5 normally and the only deal is £2.50. You can't get it for free unless you get a BTTV box.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 28 October 2015, 03:32:18 PM
Just had a guy on from Sunderland. Sound lad. Refunded his broadband charges. Felt like congratulating him on the win.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ash on Wednesday 28 October 2015, 06:34:17 PM
Hope you're not as useless as some of the tits who work at Sky, Froggy.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 29 October 2015, 09:53:42 AM
I'm awesome to customers, but that means I'm bad for BT.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 29 October 2015, 09:54:11 AM
When you save customers you've to keep the difference in contracts to an average of £2. Mine is £11.50. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ash on Thursday 29 October 2015, 10:48:22 AM
:lol:

Move to Sky and give me your direct line, please. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 29 October 2015, 10:56:07 AM
How about you move to BT and I'll give you a good deal? :lol: I get a crate of beer for a new customer.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ash on Thursday 29 October 2015, 11:05:10 AM
How about you move to BT and I'll give you a good deal? :lol: I get a crate of beer for a new customer.

Can't have BT installed where I live unfortunately or I'd have already done it.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 29 October 2015, 11:30:40 AM
Sky use BT lines for the phone and broadband like. You sure?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Thursday 29 October 2015, 11:42:33 AM
Frogworthy. I have BT and pay ~£50 a month, it seems to have creeped up without me knowing. Obviously it'd be cheaper to enter another 12 month contract, but I can't guarantee I'll be here for 12 months. What would you recommend? Continue taking the hit to save the risk of leaving contract early, or an alternative? I have Phone (don't use) + unlimited broadband + standard TV + BT sport.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 29 October 2015, 11:54:00 AM
Depends on how long you reckon you'll be there for. It's highly unlikely you'll be able to escape your contract for that reason. I'd cancel you no bother with no held to term charges but I'm moving campaigns shortly and won't have access to the systems to do it when you do move.

Is it broadband or Infinity? £50 is a fortune if it's Broadband and you can probably get everything you have for just over £30 rather than £50. If you think you'll be there 8 months or so it's probably better to get a new contract and just pay the held to term at the end of it. It won't be that bad 'cause you already own your TV box and router. It's much worse for people cancelling within their first 12 months as you get hit bad with equipment charges.

You can PM me the account number if you want and I'll have a look and see what the cheapest is for everything you have at the min or a new 12 month contract. Same goes for everyone like but I actually met Taylor in real life so I understand if people don't trust me. :lol: You have until Monday though, I go into training then for a new campaign.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Thursday 29 October 2015, 12:03:52 PM
Thanks dude, will message you! :thup:

I trust in the Frog.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 29 October 2015, 12:27:46 PM
I know where he lives now.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 29 October 2015, 12:30:07 PM
One of the managers in here doesn't like me too and supports Newcastle. It would be some craic if he ended up being Belfast Boy or some s*** and he found out who I was. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Sho'Time on Thursday 29 October 2015, 03:37:47 PM
You're the reason my shares are going down with your £11.50 difference Froggy you dick. Stop throwing away all those deep save deals, man. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 29 October 2015, 03:39:58 PM
Just knocked £20 off for Taylor. :smugdog:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Thursday 29 October 2015, 03:41:51 PM
I don't know if I like being indebted to Froggy. He's just saved me like £240 over the year. What a guy, in this instance.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 29 October 2015, 03:44:55 PM
:lol: You owe me nothing son. Just square the ball next time k?

Anyone calls up with any sort of attitude or talks down to me at all they're getting dick all like, so don't worry Sho'Time, it's not every caller that gets the good stuff. :thup:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ED209 on Friday 30 October 2015, 11:33:30 AM
I have a BT phone line and infinity, my initial 18 month contract is up in about 6-7 weeks. I pay about £43 a month which i think is bloody expensive given i never actually use my landline phone. 

They have emailed me a couple of times offering a whole £1 a month cheaper if i renew!  Balls to that! surely better can be done?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 30 October 2015, 11:53:27 AM
What Infinity, 1 or 2? It's £17.99 for line rental whether you use it or not. It's a base price of £23 for Infinity 1 and £30 for Infinity 2, so I would expect you can do better than £1 cheaper than £43. Feel free to PM the account number and I'll have a check and see.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ED209 on Friday 30 October 2015, 03:21:50 PM
What Infinity, 1 or 2? It's £17.99 for line rental whether you use it or not. It's a base price of £23 for Infinity 1 and £30 for Infinity 2, so I would expect you can do better than £1 cheaper than £43. Feel free to PM the account number and I'll have a check and see.

i pay £17.99 line rental and £29.56 for infinity 2 unlimited.

so its more than the £43 i estimated.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 30 October 2015, 03:24:37 PM
I reckon you could get the Infinity 2 down to around £21.85, but highly unlikely you'd get it any lower (though it sometimes allows as low as £17.85), it's the best broadband package BT can offer.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ash on Saturday 31 October 2015, 12:15:17 PM
Sky use BT lines for the phone and broadband like. You sure?

Yep, it's either Sky or nothing.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Scotty66 on Wednesday 4 November 2015, 09:50:32 PM
Had Sky fibre optic fitted Monday. I've been getting download speeds of 0.5MB all day  :lol:

I know they need to test the line but ffs surely they can give me better than that.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Friday 27 November 2015, 01:04:43 PM
Probably a TLDR, but anyway.
I got an email earlier in the week saying the bill is going up (2nd time since I took out a contract in July) and saying I could cancel without any penalties. Sky were offering 50% off for all students but I would lose BT Sports and would have to sign a new contract. I rang retentions and they offered me various stuff, mostly ones that would give mean a new contract. I'm moving at the end of June and may have to go back to my mama for a couple of months before I find somewhere else so I didn't want a new contract. I ended up staying on my current contract and they have given me what I lose out in the new price increase off my next bill.
If anyone else is in a similar situation it might be worth ringing them.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 27 November 2015, 01:37:05 PM
Had Sky fibre optic fitted Monday. I've been getting download speeds of 0.5MB all day  :lol:

I know they need to test the line but ffs surely they can give me better than that.

Give it a week, then you have a right to complain.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ash on Friday 27 November 2015, 01:59:21 PM
Finally won my battle with Sky to get the price knocked down. Full package with sports and movies, HD pack and multiroom for £35.92 a month as well as a £50 credit on the account. :aww:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Elliottman on Friday 27 November 2015, 02:03:02 PM
Finally won my battle with Sky to get the price knocked down. Full package with sports and movies, HD pack and multiroom for £35.92 a month as well as a £50 credit on the account. :aww:

Thats mental. How?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 27 November 2015, 02:05:29 PM
Finally won my battle with Sky to get the price knocked down. Full package with sports and movies, HD pack and multiroom for £35.92 a month as well as a £50 credit on the account. :aww:

:lol: Did you sell your soul in the process?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ash on Friday 27 November 2015, 02:14:00 PM
Our discounts were expiring (was paying £48 and going up to about £84). They refused to offer any less than £65 this time round so told them I wanted to cancel. Was due to be cut off tomorrow but went online on their live chat as they'd been trying to ring me to stay. Offered me 50% off the TV channels immediately, told them they could do better and they came back with 60% off everything other than multiroom which was just 50% off as well as the £50 credit.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Friday 27 November 2015, 03:19:27 PM
That's a standard offer that activates on your account as soon as you cancel. You can literally ring them straight back and they'll give you it. I do it every year when the price is due to go up to the "normal" rate.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Magpie on Monday 4 January 2016, 12:29:11 PM
Just cancelled Sky as moving into our new house this month (hopefully) and full expecting the same offer to be made.

Tried to cancel BT and the convincing smooth b****** persuaded me to stay, reducing me payments down from £45 to £26 (£30 after 3 months). The whole reason to cancel was to go with someone else and get a faster connection, get no more than 7mb with BT!!! What a tit.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Deckard 13 on Saturday 12 March 2016, 11:34:03 AM
Thought I'd dig this thread up since it seems a decent place ask since no one I know personally has an answer. How have people found Virgin's fibre optic broadband? I've just moved house and I'm out of contract with Sky as of Feb and looking at the deals between the two they don't even compare. My ultimate aim is try and get Sky to reduce my current package now I'm out of a deal but It'd be great to know that if I walked away that the Virgin service would be just as good.

I've read through the last few pages of this thread and can see people have got unreal deals. The most I've ever achieved was £15 off fibre broadband with them as I've never had need for kids channels or any thing like that when they've tried to add them on. But when I look at the top Virgin package it has movies, BT Sport, phone and 200Mbps broadband for the price I pay now for basic tv, HD (with F1 HD inc) and fibre.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Roger Kint on Saturday 12 March 2016, 11:49:56 AM
VM broadband is brilliant. Only ever had a problem when the dickheads doing the new Tyne Tunnel cut through the wires. Fast and they dont put any limits on you.

Cant speak for the TV side, i know theres very mixed views on that but i only pay £24 a month for the BB and phone
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Deckard 13 on Saturday 12 March 2016, 12:42:26 PM
VM broadband is brilliant. Only ever had a problem when the dickheads doing the new Tyne Tunnel cut through the wires. Fast and they dont put any limits on you.

Cant speak for the TV side, i know theres very mixed views on that but i only pay £24 a month for the BB and phone

That's good to hear. I've been doing a little bit of digging around online and there is a current topic on Hot Deals UK about people getting the full TV package for £25. So everything, HD, movies sports etc. It's for customers who have recently left but if they will offer it to those who have left, I'm hopeful they may do the same if I question why I can't get it. Gonna chance my hand with the retentions team to see if they can offer me that deal or anywhere near. If not I'll cancel and sort out Virgin. Cheers.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: cp40 on Monday 21 March 2016, 04:01:10 PM
Anybody on a full package with BT, any good?

currently having eyes taken out by sky- also pay £1.60 a month for BT.com email accoubt that they have just decided to increase to £5 a month just for email :lol: like f***- so thinking that £5 may as well go towards a full package.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Monday 21 March 2016, 04:07:10 PM
Anybody on a full package with BT, any good?

currently having eyes taken out by sky- also pay £1.60 a month for BT.com email accoubt that they have just decided to increase to £5 a month just for email :lol: like f***- so thinking that £5 may as well go towards a full package.

I couldn't believe when we were told about that price increase. :lol: Disgusting.

I work for BT. It has the best/most consistent internet, probably the worst TV and a phone is a phone. I think it's definitely the cheapest new customer wise though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: cp40 on Monday 21 March 2016, 04:10:22 PM
Anybody on a full package with BT, any good?

currently having eyes taken out by sky- also pay £1.60 a month for BT.com email accoubt that they have just decided to increase to £5 a month just for email :lol: like f***- so thinking that £5 may as well go towards a full package.

I couldn't believe when we were told about that price increase. :lol: Disgusting.

I work for BT. It has the best/most consistent internet, probably the worst TV and a phone is a phone. I think it's definitely the cheapest new customer wise though.


its ridiculous. £1.60 a month is small enough to not be arsed with changing a load of stuff and letting customers know new email address etc. but £5 and it starts to look like a bit of efforts worth it.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Monday 21 March 2016, 04:17:59 PM
It's what BT want like. You'll call up and we'll try and get you signed up for the heap.

You can probably get unlimited Infinity 1, the full TV pack, free BT Sport and a phone line for about £38. You'll get a £100 mastercard voucher too. £49 activation for Infinity though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: cp40 on Monday 21 March 2016, 04:20:55 PM
It's what BT want like. You'll call up and we'll try and get you signed up for the heap.

You can probably get unlimited Infinity 1, the full TV pack, free BT Sport and a phone line for about £38. You'll get a £100 mastercard voucher too. £49 activation for Infinity though.


Is there a line rental to add to that?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Monday 21 March 2016, 04:25:52 PM
That includes the phone line. Line rental always £17.99, Infinity is a tener online for new customers, Entertainment TV pack is about a tener and Sport comes free with it. You can get rid of the £49 activation fee if you take the Infinity 2 but it'll be 2-3 times more expensive.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: cp40 on Monday 21 March 2016, 04:27:11 PM
That includes the phone line. Line rental always £17.99, Infinity is a tener online for new customers, Entertainment TV pack is about a tener and Sport comes free with it. You can get rid of the £49 activation fee if you take the Infinity 2 but it'll be 2-3 times more expensive.




 :thup:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Monday 21 March 2016, 04:29:31 PM
That includes the phone line. Line rental always £17.99, Infinity is a tener online for new customers, Entertainment TV pack is about a tener and Sport comes free with it. You can get rid of the £49 activation fee if you take the Infinity 2 but it'll be 2-3 times more expensive.




 :thup:

Always do it online, and always go through uswitch. :thup: ;)

In a years time I'll keep you on a good deal if I'm still here. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Deckard 13 on Monday 21 March 2016, 06:14:14 PM
Just signed up for BT broadband today. Spoke to a guy at Sky and said I was looking to go over to BT and he said they couldn't match it and he wouldn't blame me. Felt kind of sorry for him because I imagine he'd been getting it in the neck all for a while from customers considering how aggressive BT's pricing seems to be. A little concerned that I went through Cable.co.uk/Uswitch (whichever gives cash back rather than the Next voucher) and I can't see any sign of BT Sport on my account or acknowledgement of the £100 card or the £30 credit. I assume I'll just have to apply for this after once I'm up and running in two weeks? I have to say, the price is unreal. Comes to about £22 a month I think for phone + fibre (with a 35Mb guarantee apparently) with the cash back and card. I was seriously tempted by the BT sim only contracts as well but when I spoke to Vodaphone about leaving they reduced my contract down to £5.60 p/m so I decided just to stay with them.

On the Sky front I went from Original Package + HD for £32.50 + Now TV's Sky Movies pack at a tenner to Sky's full package (Entertainment, Sports, Movies and HD) for £29.50 p/m when including account credit. Ridiculous man. April 2017's bill is gonna be a shocker mind :D It's been a canny week for reducing the house hold bills.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Monday 21 March 2016, 11:15:02 PM
I'm moving from BT to Virginmedia, I am getting a much faster broadband(200mb), much better TV package(230 channels) and as has been said, a phones a phone.  I'm going to be paying £12 less for a package which includes Sky Sports and Sky Movies for the first 6 months and will then cancel the sports and movies when it's due to go up by £25.  At that time I'll still have better broadband and TV for £5 more than I'm currently paying.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 22 March 2016, 09:36:07 AM
Just signed up for BT broadband today. Spoke to a guy at Sky and said I was looking to go over to BT and he said they couldn't match it and he wouldn't blame me. Felt kind of sorry for him because I imagine he'd been getting it in the neck all for a while from customers considering how aggressive BT's pricing seems to be. A little concerned that I went through Cable.co.uk/Uswitch (whichever gives cash back rather than the Next voucher) and I can't see any sign of BT Sport on my account or acknowledgement of the £100 card or the £30 credit. I assume I'll just have to apply for this after once I'm up and running in two weeks? I have to say, the price is unreal. Comes to about £22 a month I think for phone + fibre (with a 35Mb guarantee apparently) with the cash back and card. I was seriously tempted by the BT sim only contracts as well but when I spoke to Vodaphone about leaving they reduced my contract down to £5.60 p/m so I decided just to stay with them.

On the Sky front I went from Original Package + HD for £32.50 + Now TV's Sky Movies pack at a tenner to Sky's full package (Entertainment, Sports, Movies and HD) for £29.50 p/m when including account credit. Ridiculous man. April 2017's bill is gonna be a shocker mind :D It's been a canny week for reducing the house hold bills.

Nice one.

In regards to your voucher: https://www.vouchers.bt.com/claim-my-reward/

Once you're active go there and you can claim. It'll take 30 days from the claim dare. Any problems with it let me know as I have a mate in the vouchers department and can get you sorted pretty quickly.

Also when you're up and running if the BT Sport isn't active let me know. Can get it switched on within the hour for free of course.

Anyone on BT who is thinking of switching and trusts me can PM me their details and I'll sort you out like. I don't get commission. I genuinely do it because I don't want to see people pay a fortune.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Tuesday 22 March 2016, 09:40:21 AM
He is strangely nice like that. I definitely owe the Frogster a few pints, despite him more generally being a terrible guy.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 22 March 2016, 09:43:53 AM
Shove the pints up your hole. :lol:

Right enough though. There's a lot of people who just let it run into month thirteen and get a shock. All discount ends.

A wee tip is that our retention deals unlock within two months of your contract ending so you can get the good s*** in month ten. :thup:

Be right back, going to lob Taylor on the highest package.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: geofire17814 on Wednesday 23 March 2016, 10:29:03 AM
I can get you full sky package all channels for £30 a month for 12months if anyones intrested also free broadband. this is for new customers though!
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: triggs on Wednesday 23 March 2016, 10:31:44 AM
Competition
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 23 March 2016, 12:09:50 PM
I don't give a f***. :lol: I get no commission. 
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Northerngimp on Wednesday 23 March 2016, 12:19:04 PM
We just signed up for Virgin, gets installed tomorrow afternoon.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Deckard 13 on Wednesday 23 March 2016, 08:27:21 PM
Just signed up for BT broadband today. Spoke to a guy at Sky and said I was looking to go over to BT and he said they couldn't match it and he wouldn't blame me. Felt kind of sorry for him because I imagine he'd been getting it in the neck all for a while from customers considering how aggressive BT's pricing seems to be. A little concerned that I went through Cable.co.uk/Uswitch (whichever gives cash back rather than the Next voucher) and I can't see any sign of BT Sport on my account or acknowledgement of the £100 card or the £30 credit. I assume I'll just have to apply for this after once I'm up and running in two weeks? I have to say, the price is unreal. Comes to about £22 a month I think for phone + fibre (with a 35Mb guarantee apparently) with the cash back and card. I was seriously tempted by the BT sim only contracts as well but when I spoke to Vodaphone about leaving they reduced my contract down to £5.60 p/m so I decided just to stay with them.

On the Sky front I went from Original Package + HD for £32.50 + Now TV's Sky Movies pack at a tenner to Sky's full package (Entertainment, Sports, Movies and HD) for £29.50 p/m when including account credit. Ridiculous man. April 2017's bill is gonna be a shocker mind :D It's been a canny week for reducing the house hold bills.

Nice one.

In regards to your voucher: https://www.vouchers.bt.com/claim-my-reward/

Once you're active go there and you can claim. It'll take 30 days from the claim dare. Any problems with it let me know as I have a mate in the vouchers department and can get you sorted pretty quickly.

Also when you're up and running if the BT Sport isn't active let me know. Can get it switched on within the hour for free of course.

Anyone on BT who is thinking of switching and trusts me can PM me their details and I'll sort you out like. I don't get commission. I genuinely do it because I don't want to see people pay a fortune.

Cheers for the advice man. Really appreciate it. I've seen a few people on the BT forums having a cry about not getting their vouchers from various offers for like 4 months. If it gets that far a might just hit you up on that offer.

Am I right in thinking that BT Sport can only be accessed via the app/online without BT TV? There was an option to add BT TV for a tenner but tbh I've got enough boxes under my TV as it is without another one so I decided just to leave it alone.I thought I might have been able to just get it through the Sky box instead but it seems as though that option involves paying for BT Sport, which would probably make sense in terms of competition.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Leazes1986 on Thursday 24 March 2016, 06:20:52 PM
It's what BT want like. You'll call up and we'll try and get you signed up for the heap.

You can probably get unlimited Infinity 1, the full TV pack, free BT Sport and a phone line for about £38. You'll get a £100 mastercard voucher too. £49 activation for Infinity though.

Considering this myself. Only thing is, I wouldn't want to lose Sky Sports, and that's an extra £22 a month. Still would work out around £16 a month less than what my Sky package will be in June with the price increase. I wouldn't have the Movies anymore though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 25 March 2016, 07:11:48 AM
It's what BT want like. You'll call up and we'll try and get you signed up for the heap.

You can probably get unlimited Infinity 1, the full TV pack, free BT Sport and a phone line for about £38. You'll get a £100 mastercard voucher too. £49 activation for Infinity though.

Considering this myself. Only thing is, I wouldn't want to lose Sky Sports, and that's an extra £22 a month. Still would work out around £16 a month less than what my Sky package will be in June with the price increase. I wouldn't have the Movies anymore though.

You can get the movies too but it's all pretty dear. Sky only allow us to sell Sky Sports 1, 2 and 5 as well, so you'd lose 3 and 4 regardless.

I would always say if TV is the most important thing to you, never move from Sky. It's lightyears ahead of BTTV.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ED209 on Friday 25 March 2016, 08:11:00 AM
Anyone any experience of trying to get the best deal from BT? I currently have line rental and the top infinity package with them but my deal is up. I pay about £48 a month. You can get deals a good bit cheaper through switching but after a recent attempt to switch to talk talk that was aborted due to crap service i can't really be arsed with the hassle.

In an ideal world i would stay with BT but get my bill down a good bit. I would have thought this was possible as i don't need a new router or installation etc from them?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Deckard 13 on Friday 25 March 2016, 09:18:46 AM
Froggy will clearly know better than me but as someone who has just switched to BT Infinity I've had to pay for the router and line rental anyway so I'm not sure how you would tackle that. I know certainly with Sky I used the fact that I didn't need an engineer or a dish or a box to drive my TV prices down (and that might have worked for the broadband) but if BT charge anyway you might be in bother. I'm certain they would at the very least honour the £10pm broadband deal that I've just got though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 25 March 2016, 09:25:39 AM
Anyone any experience of trying to get the best deal from BT? I currently have line rental and the top infinity package with them but my deal is up. I pay about £48 a month. You can get deals a good bit cheaper through switching but after a recent attempt to switch to talk talk that was aborted due to crap service i can't really be arsed with the hassle.

In an ideal world i would stay with BT but get my bill down a good bit. I would have thought this was possible as i don't need a new router or installation etc from them?

I can check for you now if you PM me your account number or phone number. You'll always have to pay line rental but you won't need to pay for a router, that much I can guarantee.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Haz on Friday 25 March 2016, 02:43:23 PM
Just received the new Router from Virgin. 300mps and blisteringly fast.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Leazes1986 on Friday 25 March 2016, 03:06:20 PM
It's what BT want like. You'll call up and we'll try and get you signed up for the heap.

You can probably get unlimited Infinity 1, the full TV pack, free BT Sport and a phone line for about £38. You'll get a £100 mastercard voucher too. £49 activation for Infinity though.

Considering this myself. Only thing is, I wouldn't want to lose Sky Sports, and that's an extra £22 a month. Still would work out around £16 a month less than what my Sky package will be in June with the price increase. I wouldn't have the Movies anymore though.

You can get the movies too but it's all pretty dear. Sky only allow us to sell Sky Sports 1, 2 and 5 as well, so you'd lose 3 and 4 regardless.

I would always say if TV is the most important thing to you, never move from Sky. It's lightyears ahead of BTTV.

To be honest, away from the Freeview channels, it's only the sports I'm really bothered about. I generally only watch SSN, SS1 & 2 out of their sports package. Away from them, I only bother with Sky Arts sometimes. I like the documentary channels, but I can take them or leave them. I do watch a hell of a lot of football on Sky Sports though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 25 March 2016, 03:18:18 PM
It's what BT want like. You'll call up and we'll try and get you signed up for the heap.

You can probably get unlimited Infinity 1, the full TV pack, free BT Sport and a phone line for about £38. You'll get a £100 mastercard voucher too. £49 activation for Infinity though.

Considering this myself. Only thing is, I wouldn't want to lose Sky Sports, and that's an extra £22 a month. Still would work out around £16 a month less than what my Sky package will be in June with the price increase. I wouldn't have the Movies anymore though.

You can get the movies too but it's all pretty dear. Sky only allow us to sell Sky Sports 1, 2 and 5 as well, so you'd lose 3 and 4 regardless.

I would always say if TV is the most important thing to you, never move from Sky. It's lightyears ahead of BTTV.

To be honest, away from the Freeview channels, it's only the sports I'm really bothered about. I generally only watch SSN, SS1 & 2 out of their sports package. Away from them, I only bother with Sky Arts sometimes. I like the documentary channels, but I can take them or leave them. I do watch a hell of a lot of football on Sky Sports though.

It's annoying but the £22 is what Sky allow us to sell at it. We can't discount it or the movies at all. For that reason if you have no BT products and want BT Sport on Sky, expect to pay £20+ whereas it's free on BTTV.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Colo's Short and Curlies on Sunday 27 March 2016, 12:00:57 PM
As an existing BT phone and broadband customer, should I be getting better than £25 per month for infinity 1 (plus line rental plus £49 activation charge)?

This is the standard online fee and what was quoted on the phone
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Sunday 27 March 2016, 02:12:51 PM
As an existing BT phone and broadband customer, should I be getting better than £25 per month for infinity 1 (plus line rental plus £49 activation charge)?

This is the standard online fee and what was quoted on the phone

Is your contract nearly up? Unless you're within three months of your contract  ending you can expect to pay quite a bit to upgrade. I'd be very surprised if I couldn't beat £25 for infinity 1 though.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Sunday 27 March 2016, 02:14:49 PM
Can check for you by the way but it will be Tuesday before I'm back to work. PM your account number or phone number if you want me to have a look.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Tuesday 29 March 2016, 08:49:34 PM
I currently pay £90 a month for everything with Sky including mulitroom, however I got my bill today for next month and it has risen to £113 a month, I rang them up and with very little persuasion they put it down to £70 fixed for 6 month.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Bowie on Wednesday 30 March 2016, 12:39:48 PM
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Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 30 March 2016, 01:03:05 PM
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Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Fugazi on Wednesday 30 March 2016, 03:10:46 PM
Just checked and my Sky bill goes from £53.90 to £104 next month :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Tuesday 12 April 2016, 07:02:23 PM
does anyone know the crack with getting out of an 18 month contract with virgin media?  i want to sign up but am only renting for 6 months, if i then move to another place they don't cover what would i be liable for?

knacker on the phone is telling me that it's the remainder of the contract, that can't be right can it?

unable to find t's & c's online like
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: cp40 on Tuesday 12 April 2016, 07:05:18 PM
does anyone know the crack with getting out of an 18 month contract with virgin media?  i want to sign up but am only renting for 6 months, if i then move to another place they don't cover what would i be liable for?

knacker on the phone is telling me that it's the remainder of the contract, that can't be right can it?

unable to find t's & c's online like

whatever virgin say on the phone- the reality will be the worse case scenario and some.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Tuesday 12 April 2016, 07:07:11 PM
does anyone know the crack with getting out of an 18 month contract with virgin media?  i want to sign up but am only renting for 6 months, if i then move to another place they don't cover what would i be liable for?

knacker on the phone is telling me that it's the remainder of the contract, that can't be right can it?

unable to find t's & c's online like

whatever virgin say on the phone- the reality will be the worse case scenario and some.

so a contract with no notice period? the f*** :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Tuesday 12 April 2016, 07:08:29 PM
If it's anything like the mobile networks in the UK (which I suspect it is), that's what it will be, the remainder of the contract.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Tuesday 12 April 2016, 07:42:46 PM
£250 apparently, if it's 3 months from the end of the contract they pro rata it
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 14 April 2016, 06:32:06 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Thursday 14 April 2016, 06:48:17 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

If you were to signup to BT now, would you get the price increase or not?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 14 April 2016, 06:53:59 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

If you were to signup to BT now, would you get the price increase or not?

Yes. Nobody is immune.

For anyone who isn't happy if you call up and state you're leaving specifically because of the price increase, you can exit your contract and you won't be held to term.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: cp40 on Thursday 14 April 2016, 06:56:23 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

how much?, whats a deal for the most basic :lol:  tv, net, and phone, inc line rental? and whats it going up to?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 14 April 2016, 06:59:41 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

how much?, whats a deal for the most basic :lol:  tv, net, and phone, inc line rental? and whats it going up to?


If you check deals via uswitch you'll get the best ones on there. For everything you've mentioned you're probably looking at about £40 with a £49 activation fee. You'll get a prepaid voucher with that too probably. Between £75 and £100.

Not too sure on all of the price changes. Line rental is up another quid to £18.99. Infinity is going up by £2.10. Other than that I'm in the dark. Infinity 1 customers are having their speed increased from 38MB to 52MB though so the £2.10 is worth it to them. Infinity 2 is going up £2.10 but staying at 76MB.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Thursday 14 April 2016, 10:39:16 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

how much?, whats a deal for the most basic :lol:  tv, net, and phone, inc line rental? and whats it going up to?


If you check deals via uswitch you'll get the best ones on there. For everything you've mentioned you're probably looking at about £40 with a £49 activation fee. You'll get a prepaid voucher with that too probably. Between £75 and £100.

Not too sure on all of the price changes. Line rental is up another quid to £18.99. Infinity is going up by £2.10. Other than that I'm in the dark. Infinity 1 customers are having their speed increased from 38MB to 52MB though so the £2.10 is worth it to them. Infinity 2 is going up £2.10 but staying at 76MB.

i just got 100mb from virgin for £13 a month plus £17.99 line rental for 12 months then it goes up to something else, can't remember, £24 quid maybe

fast like, phoned tuesday night, box delivered today and i was all set up and running in no time...granted i'm stuck in the 1980's for many things but i always thought you had to wait about 6 months for some c*** to come out and sort it
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Thursday 14 April 2016, 10:42:17 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

how much?, whats a deal for the most basic :lol:  tv, net, and phone, inc line rental? and whats it going up to?


If you check deals via uswitch you'll get the best ones on there. For everything you've mentioned you're probably looking at about £40 with a £49 activation fee. You'll get a prepaid voucher with that too probably. Between £75 and £100.

Not too sure on all of the price changes. Line rental is up another quid to £18.99. Infinity is going up by £2.10. Other than that I'm in the dark. Infinity 1 customers are having their speed increased from 38MB to 52MB though so the £2.10 is worth it to them. Infinity 2 is going up £2.10 but staying at 76MB.

i just got 100mb from virgin for £13 a month plus £17.99 line rental for 12 months then it goes up to something else, can't remember, £24 quid maybe

fast like, phoned tuesday night, box delivered today and i was all set up and running in no time...granted i'm stuck in the 1980's for many things but i always thought you had to wait about 6 months for some c*** to come out and sort it

The UK is actually the best place in the world in terms of the telecomm's market.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Thursday 14 April 2016, 10:51:35 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

how much?, whats a deal for the most basic tv, net, and phone, inc line rental? and whats it going up to?


If you check deals via uswitch you'll get the best ones on there. For everything you've mentioned you're probably looking at about £40 with a £49 activation fee. You'll get a prepaid voucher with that too probably. Between £75 and £100.

Not too sure on all of the price changes. Line rental is up another quid to £18.99. Infinity is going up by £2.10. Other than that I'm in the dark. Infinity 1 customers are having their speed increased from 38MB to 52MB though so the £2.10 is worth it to them. Infinity 2 is going up £2.10 but staying at 76MB.

i just got 100mb from virgin for £13 a month plus £17.99 line rental for 12 months then it goes up to something else, can't remember, £24 quid maybe

fast like, phoned tuesday night, box delivered today and i was all set up and running in no time...granted i'm stuck in the 1980's for many things but i always thought you had to wait about 6 months for some c*** to come out and sort it

The UK is actually the best place in the world in terms of the telecomm's market.
Having lived in Korea this is simply not true. Forgot to say they gave my folks £50 and me as well for the referral, so wasn't bad all round.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 15 April 2016, 12:22:14 AM
I had 160MB on Virgin and I now have 76MB BT Infinity and the BT one blows it out of the water like. BT's Internet is just far quicker and most consistent than the others in my experience. I'm sure there are exceptions though. I swear by BT internet now after getting it in the new house.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Friday 15 April 2016, 01:06:46 AM
I had 160MB on Virgin and I now have 76MB BT Infinity and the BT one blows it out of the water like. BT's Internet is just far quicker and most consistent than the others in my experience. I'm sure there are exceptions though. I swear by BT internet now after getting it in the new house.
Says the guy who works for BT.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 15 April 2016, 08:18:05 AM
I had 160MB on Virgin and I now have 76MB BT Infinity and the BT one blows it out of the water like. BT's Internet is just far quicker and most consistent than the others in my experience. I'm sure there are exceptions though. I swear by BT internet now after getting it in the new house.
Nope.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ste on Friday 15 April 2016, 08:28:59 AM
Having to reset my home hub at 9pm every night due to orange light. Sometimes during the day but night is most consistent. What's happening here?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 15 April 2016, 09:44:09 AM
I had 160MB on Virgin and I now have 76MB BT Infinity and the BT one blows it out of the water like. BT's Internet is just far quicker and most consistent than the others in my experience. I'm sure there are exceptions though. I swear by BT internet now after getting it in the new house.
Says the guy who works for BT.

I have no loyalty to BT whatsoever and I have had Sky, Virgin and BT internet over the last two years. BT wins hands down.

I had 160MB on Virgin and I now have 76MB BT Infinity and the BT one blows it out of the water like. BT's Internet is just far quicker and most consistent than the others in my experience. I'm sure there are exceptions though. I swear by BT internet now after getting it in the new house.
Nope.

Well done Neesy. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Bowie on Friday 15 April 2016, 02:57:47 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

If you were to signup to BT now, would you get the price increase or not?

Yes. Nobody is immune.

For anyone who isn't happy if you call up and state you're leaving specifically because of the price increase, you can exit your contract and you won't be held to term.

Does this apply to existing customers?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Lush Vlad on Friday 15 April 2016, 03:00:45 PM
I just had a look at BT.  Similar package to what I have with Sky, for about half the price.  Obviously, you have the install costs.  But even then, it would soon pay for itself. 

I'll be giving those greedy w*****s at Sky a call this weekend.  See if I can get a good chunk off.  I'm not looking to change, to be honest and I'd be happy with just a £20-£30 saving.  I just can justify what I am paying now. 
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 15 April 2016, 03:11:43 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

If you were to signup to BT now, would you get the price increase or not?

Yes. Nobody is immune.

For anyone who isn't happy if you call up and state you're leaving specifically because of the price increase, you can exit your contract and you won't be held to term.

Does this apply to existing customers?

Yeah it applies to you. At the same time you're going to get a pretty big boost in speed so it's not all bad.

I just had a look at BT.  Similar package to what I have with Sky, for about half the price.  Obviously, you have the install costs.  But even then, it would soon pay for itself. 

I'll be giving those greedy w*****s at Sky a call this weekend.  See if I can get a good chunk off.  I'm not looking to change, to be honest and I'd be happy with just a £20-£30 saving.  I just can justify what I am paying now. 

Be wary of Sky price increases that come into effect in June. If you do move to BT do it through uswitch and reap the rewards. I can look after ye from there.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Tooj on Friday 15 April 2016, 03:24:04 PM
I had 160MB on Virgin and I now have 76MB BT Infinity and the BT one blows it out of the water like. BT's Internet is just far quicker and most consistent than the others in my experience. I'm sure there are exceptions though. I swear by BT internet now after getting it in the new house.
Goes off quite a bit for me.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Lush Vlad on Friday 15 April 2016, 03:27:21 PM
Yeah.  Already warned me.  £6 hike and they have already upped it in recent years.  Considering what they have lost to BT Sport, they are taking the absolute p*ss.  The main reason I have it, is for Sky Atlantic and Sky Sports.  Their box sets are good, as well.  But I could just get Netflix or something like that and still save an absolute fortune. 

I was always a bit stuck with money off and looking at different options, before.  As you couldn't get BT in my area and you can't get Virgin, either.  Not anymore  O0

Cheers Frogster.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 15 April 2016, 04:10:56 PM
I had 160MB on Virgin and I now have 76MB BT Infinity and the BT one blows it out of the water like. BT's Internet is just far quicker and most consistent than the others in my experience. I'm sure there are exceptions though. I swear by BT internet now after getting it in the new house.
Goes off quite a bit for me.

Do you want an engineer out or what? We'll fix it for free like. Not that you're one of them but people who complain about their s*** not working properly but never call about it annoy the f*** out of me. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Tuesday 19 April 2016, 07:30:38 PM
I see the Sky Q box outputs 1080p.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: KaKa on Wednesday 20 April 2016, 01:33:38 PM
Thinking of moving to BT.

Need to get the two box hookup but cannot add Sky Sports on that two box option, which is quite annoying.

Froggy any idea if that will be made a possibility anytime soon?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: FrenchWilliam on Wednesday 20 April 2016, 09:13:11 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

how much?, whats a deal for the most basic :lol:  tv, net, and phone, inc line rental? and whats it going up to?


If you check deals via uswitch you'll get the best ones on there. For everything you've mentioned you're probably looking at about £40 with a £49 activation fee. You'll get a prepaid voucher with that too probably. Between £75 and £100.

Not too sure on all of the price changes. Line rental is up another quid to £18.99. Infinity is going up by £2.10. Other than that I'm in the dark. Infinity 1 customers are having their speed increased from 38MB to 52MB though so the £2.10 is worth it to them. Infinity 2 is going up £2.10 but staying at 76MB.

i just got 100mb from virgin for £13 a month plus £17.99 line rental for 12 months then it goes up to something else, can't remember, £24 quid maybe

fast like, phoned tuesday night, box delivered today and i was all set up and running in no time...granted i'm stuck in the 1980's for many things but i always thought you had to wait about 6 months for some c*** to come out and sort it

The UK is actually the best place in the world in terms of the telecomm's market.

What are you basing this on???
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: JS on Wednesday 20 April 2016, 09:28:09 PM
Prices going up soon fellas. BT prices going up on the 3rd of July. Customers will be notified on the 29th.

Sky's customers already notified and comes into effect in June.

how much?, whats a deal for the most basic :lol:  tv, net, and phone, inc line rental? and whats it going up to?


If you check deals via uswitch you'll get the best ones on there. For everything you've mentioned you're probably looking at about £40 with a £49 activation fee. You'll get a prepaid voucher with that too probably. Between £75 and £100.

Not too sure on all of the price changes. Line rental is up another quid to £18.99. Infinity is going up by £2.10. Other than that I'm in the dark. Infinity 1 customers are having their speed increased from 38MB to 52MB though so the £2.10 is worth it to them. Infinity 2 is going up £2.10 but staying at 76MB.

i just got 100mb from virgin for £13 a month plus £17.99 line rental for 12 months then it goes up to something else, can't remember, £24 quid maybe

fast like, phoned tuesday night, box delivered today and i was all set up and running in no time...granted i'm stuck in the 1980's for many things but i always thought you had to wait about 6 months for some c*** to come out and sort it

The UK is actually the best place in the world in terms of the telecomm's market.

It's not like :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Deckard 13 on Thursday 21 April 2016, 06:45:45 PM
Got my letter through today saying my Sky package was going up £4.25 a month which is a bit annoying after just negotiating a years worth of TV but there's now I can do now. The one that winds me up the most is paying for extra for HD in 2016.

Froggy, the BT speed increases/charge increases, are they applied whether you like or not or do you have to upgrade to it? I've read sites that suggest the new speeds and prices will only be for new customers from mid-april and current customers will stay on the old speeds.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Thursday 21 April 2016, 07:36:24 PM
Got my letter through today saying my Sky package was going up £4.25 a month which is a bit annoying after just negotiating a years worth of TV but there's now I can do now. The one that winds me up the most is paying for extra for HD in 2016.

Froggy, the BT speed increases/charge increases, are they applied whether you like or not or do you have to upgrade to it? I've read sites that suggest the new speeds and prices will only be for new customers from mid-april and current customers will stay on the old speeds.

All we've been told is that if you're eligible you'll get the upgrade. I would have assumed that meant everyone. There is a small chance you may need to recontract but I'm not sure at the minute. I'm fairly sure though that the price increase is compulsory and the speed upgrade is so you don't lose your s*** and cancel.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Deckard 13 on Thursday 21 April 2016, 10:42:01 PM
Got my letter through today saying my Sky package was going up £4.25 a month which is a bit annoying after just negotiating a years worth of TV but there's now I can do now. The one that winds me up the most is paying for extra for HD in 2016.

Froggy, the BT speed increases/charge increases, are they applied whether you like or not or do you have to upgrade to it? I've read sites that suggest the new speeds and prices will only be for new customers from mid-april and current customers will stay on the old speeds.

All we've been told is that if you're eligible you'll get the upgrade. I would have assumed that meant everyone. There is a small chance you may need to recontract but I'm not sure at the minute. I'm fairly sure though that the price increase is compulsory and the speed upgrade is so you don't lose your s*** and cancel.

Nah, I'm not fussed either way. I'm not desperate to call up to pay more money but if it goes up and I get faster broadband I won't complain, I was just wondering if it was compulsory really.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Troll on Tuesday 10 May 2016, 04:16:26 PM
So annoyed with myself, I thought I was on a 24 month contract with Virgin that ends next month.  Just found out it was actually a 12 month contract so I've been overcharged for a year.  :lol:  Cancelled now, so trying to find something cheaper.  Think I might sack the off TV altogether, all I watch is BBC and Netflix.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 10 May 2016, 04:21:29 PM
So annoyed with myself, I thought I was on a 24 month contract with Virgin that ends next month.  Just found out it was actually a 12 month contract so I've been overcharged for a year.  :lol:  Cancelled now, so trying to find something cheaper.  Think I might sack the off TV altogether, all I watch is BBC and Netflix.

Line rental, unlimited weekend calls, unlimited broadband and a TV pack with all the freeview channels (in HD) plus free BT Sport (all channels) = £25.49 a month with BT atm. You also get a free £75 reward card. :thup:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Troll on Tuesday 10 May 2016, 04:30:28 PM
So annoyed with myself, I thought I was on a 24 month contract with Virgin that ends next month.  Just found out it was actually a 12 month contract so I've been overcharged for a year.  :lol:  Cancelled now, so trying to find something cheaper.  Think I might sack the off TV altogether, all I watch is BBC and Netflix.

Line rental, unlimited weekend calls, unlimited broadband and a TV pack with all the freeview channels (in HD) plus free BT Sport (all channels) = £25.49 a month with BT atm. You also get a free £75 reward card. :thup:

That's what I was looking at - plus £155 if I sign up through Quidco.  Seems to good to be true.

I really took offence to paying line rental to Virgin for fibre broadband.  And their retentions department were awful.  :lol:  Told them that BT offer and they came back with £27 for internet and nowt else.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 10 May 2016, 04:33:53 PM
So annoyed with myself, I thought I was on a 24 month contract with Virgin that ends next month.  Just found out it was actually a 12 month contract so I've been overcharged for a year.  :lol:  Cancelled now, so trying to find something cheaper.  Think I might sack the off TV altogether, all I watch is BBC and Netflix.

Line rental, unlimited weekend calls, unlimited broadband and a TV pack with all the freeview channels (in HD) plus free BT Sport (all channels) = £25.49 a month with BT atm. You also get a free £75 reward card. :thup:

That's what I was looking at - plus £155 if I sign up through Quidco.  Seems to good to be true.

I really took offence to paying line rental to Virgin for fibre broadband.  And their retentions department were awful.  :lol:  Told them that BT offer and they came back with £27 for internet and nowt else.

Keep in mind you'll have a £49 activation fee, and it's only standard broadband. If you didn't want an activation fee you're looking at Infinity 2 and it is dear. Infinity 1 is cheaper but will still include the activation fee.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Tuesday 10 May 2016, 07:49:16 PM
So annoyed with myself, I thought I was on a 24 month contract with Virgin that ends next month.  Just found out it was actually a 12 month contract so I've been overcharged for a year.  :lol:  Cancelled now, so trying to find something cheaper.  Think I might sack the off TV altogether, all I watch is BBC and Netflix.

Line rental, unlimited weekend calls, unlimited broadband and a TV pack with all the freeview channels (in HD) plus free BT Sport (all channels) = £25.49 a month with BT atm. You also get a free £75 reward card. :thup:

How much on top of that to include Sky Sports in HD Froggy?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 10 May 2016, 08:06:06 PM
So annoyed with myself, I thought I was on a 24 month contract with Virgin that ends next month.  Just found out it was actually a 12 month contract so I've been overcharged for a year.  :lol:  Cancelled now, so trying to find something cheaper.  Think I might sack the off TV altogether, all I watch is BBC and Netflix.

Line rental, unlimited weekend calls, unlimited broadband and a TV pack with all the freeview channels (in HD) plus free BT Sport (all channels) = £25.49 a month with BT atm. You also get a free £75 reward card. :thup:

How much on top of that to include Sky Sports in HD Froggy?

You can't get Sky Sports or HD on standard broadband.

If you were to get Infinity and then Sky Sports (1, 2 and 5) plus HD on top of that package you're looking at about £35 more.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ste on Tuesday 10 May 2016, 08:10:51 PM
Problem I had with the internet has sorted itself and it's been a really solid, reliable connection. Never dips in speed. Highly recommend. :thup:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Tuesday 10 May 2016, 08:16:57 PM
So annoyed with myself, I thought I was on a 24 month contract with Virgin that ends next month.  Just found out it was actually a 12 month contract so I've been overcharged for a year.  :lol:  Cancelled now, so trying to find something cheaper.  Think I might sack the off TV altogether, all I watch is BBC and Netflix.

Line rental, unlimited weekend calls, unlimited broadband and a TV pack with all the freeview channels (in HD) plus free BT Sport (all channels) = £25.49 a month with BT atm. You also get a free £75 reward card. :thup:

How much on top of that to include Sky Sports in HD Froggy?

You can't get Sky Sports or HD on standard broadband.

If you were to get Infinity and then Sky Sports (1, 2 and 5) plus HD on top of that package you're looking at about £35 more.

Thank you for replying... So to be clear:

BT SPORT and SKY SPORTS 1,2,5 + Broadband (Infinity) + Freeview HD = £60 approx?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 10 May 2016, 08:20:18 PM
So annoyed with myself, I thought I was on a 24 month contract with Virgin that ends next month.  Just found out it was actually a 12 month contract so I've been overcharged for a year.  :lol:  Cancelled now, so trying to find something cheaper.  Think I might sack the off TV altogether, all I watch is BBC and Netflix.

Line rental, unlimited weekend calls, unlimited broadband and a TV pack with all the freeview channels (in HD) plus free BT Sport (all channels) = £25.49 a month with BT atm. You also get a free £75 reward card. :thup:

How much on top of that to include Sky Sports in HD Froggy?

You can't get Sky Sports or HD on standard broadband.

If you were to get Infinity and then Sky Sports (1, 2 and 5) plus HD on top of that package you're looking at about £35 more.

Thank you for replying... So to be clear:

BT SPORT and SKY SPORTS 1,2,5 + Broadband (Infinity) + Freeview HD = £60 approx?

Roughly aye. £49 activation too, otherwise add about a tener to the monthly price and get Infinity 2.

It all depends on when you order. You'll receive at least a £75 voucher for doing it online too. If you're ordering all that then probably £125 and probably a good bit of cashback too.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Wednesday 11 May 2016, 01:37:03 PM
does anyone have a mobile with virgin?  their tariffs are comparable to 3 more or less and as i've got home phone and internet with them i was thinking of switching over to a contract

wondering how good their coverage is etc.?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 11 May 2016, 01:38:46 PM
does anyone have a mobile with virgin?  their tariffs are comparable to 3 more or less and as i've got home phone and internet with them i was thinking of switching over to a contract

wondering how good their coverage is etc.?

They use the EE network, but I'm fairly sure they restrict their fastest mobile internet to business customers. EE over here is really good. BT have bought EE now so not sure how it's all going to pan out.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Wednesday 11 May 2016, 02:05:43 PM
does anyone have a mobile with virgin?  their tariffs are comparable to 3 more or less and as i've got home phone and internet with them i was thinking of switching over to a contract

wondering how good their coverage is etc.?

They use the EE network, but I'm fairly sure they restrict their fastest mobile internet to business customers. EE over here is really good. BT have bought EE now so not sure how it's all going to pan out.

2 companies with the worst customer service I've used.  (Not having a go at you froggy, just from experience).  Can only go well....
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 11 May 2016, 02:07:12 PM
does anyone have a mobile with virgin?  their tariffs are comparable to 3 more or less and as i've got home phone and internet with them i was thinking of switching over to a contract

wondering how good their coverage is etc.?

They use the EE network, but I'm fairly sure they restrict their fastest mobile internet to business customers. EE over here is really good. BT have bought EE now so not sure how it's all going to pan out.

2 companies with the worst customer service I've used.  (Not having a go at you froggy, just from experience).  Can only go well....

:lol: As if I care man. I don't deal with mobile. I think all the mobile call centres are abroad.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Wednesday 11 May 2016, 02:12:06 PM
does anyone have a mobile with virgin?  their tariffs are comparable to 3 more or less and as i've got home phone and internet with them i was thinking of switching over to a contract

wondering how good their coverage is etc.?

They use the EE network, but I'm fairly sure they restrict their fastest mobile internet to business customers. EE over here is really good. BT have bought EE now so not sure how it's all going to pan out.

2 companies with the worst customer service I've used.  (Not having a go at you froggy, just from experience).  Can only go well....
So customer service aside, which I'm not interested in, anyone know about the coverage?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 11 May 2016, 02:15:52 PM
does anyone have a mobile with virgin?  their tariffs are comparable to 3 more or less and as i've got home phone and internet with them i was thinking of switching over to a contract

wondering how good their coverage is etc.?

They use the EE network, but I'm fairly sure they restrict their fastest mobile internet to business customers. EE over here is really good. BT have bought EE now so not sure how it's all going to pan out.

2 companies with the worst customer service I've used.  (Not having a go at you froggy, just from experience).  Can only go well....
So customer service aside, which I'm not interested in, anyone know about the coverage?

It's EE. It's the best network in the UK for coverage.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 11 May 2016, 02:16:35 PM
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Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Wednesday 11 May 2016, 02:22:25 PM
Cool, nice work Frog. Might give Virgin a go then.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Saturday 14 May 2016, 10:50:49 AM
BT Customer Services are morons, I cancelled everything I had with them in March and they have taken 2 payments since I have had no service in late March.  I was on the phone to them for 92 minutes last night and was passed to 6 different people before I got somewhere. One of the people I talked to was probably an Indian and I couldn't understand a single word that he said.

I've never experienced this with any other company, they are s**** and I would advise others to stay away from them.  I would pay more money to another company to not have to deal with BT.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Saturday 14 May 2016, 02:56:43 PM
BT Customer Services are morons, I cancelled everything I had with them in March and they have taken 2 payments since I have had no service in late March.  I was on the phone to them for 92 minutes last night and was passed to 6 different people before I got somewhere. One of the people I talked to was probably an Indian and I couldn't understand a single word that he said.

I've never experienced this with any other company, they are s**** and I would advise others to stay away from them.  I would pay more money to another company to not have to deal with BT.

Not sure why you'd go through all that trouble if you're aware I work there. :lol: I can deal with billing and if it was a mistake on our end I could have the whole thing sorted and credited back to you in five mins.

Never heard of a simple issue like that one taking any longer than 10 mins unless the customer has made an error like but not saying that is the case now. If an account is cancelled then the billing automatically terminates after the final bill. It's all computerised so it's not human error either.

Again though, if anyone has any issues like this I'm more than happy to help. Been on here 6 years now so I think I'm safe to trust. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Saturday 14 May 2016, 03:06:40 PM
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EE keeps coming out on top of all these ratings, but when I was with them and others I know who have/are with them all agree that they are s***. There are numorous places in North Tyneside where they don't get a signal (Holystone is one). When I with them a lot of the times when I was inside buildings I never get a signal (shopping metre in Whitley Bay, and Eldon Square).

Their customer service is also notoriously bad.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ste on Saturday 14 May 2016, 03:42:34 PM
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EE keeps coming out on top of all these ratings, but when I was with them and others I know who have/are with them all agree that they are s***. There are numorous places in North Tyneside where they don't get a signal (Holystone is one). When I with them a lot of the times when I was inside buildings I never get a signal (shopping metre in Whitley Bay, and Eldon Square).

Their customer service is also notoriously bad.
Amys always got coverage on EE. Even used to be able to stream Netflix at mine and I can't get any data signal on O2. Trips upto Holy Island hers has been class while mine has dropped a s*** load.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Saturday 14 May 2016, 03:52:11 PM
Aye when I was on BT using EE signal mine was unreal for speed. It comes out on top of the ratings for a reason like. 89/100 people will have great reception, you're one of the 11 unfortunately.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Saturday 14 May 2016, 04:09:36 PM

Not sure why you'd go through all that trouble if you're aware I work there. :lol: I can deal with billing and if it was a mistake on our end I could have the whole thing sorted and credited back to you in five mins.

Never heard of a simple issue like that one taking any longer than 10 mins unless the customer has made an error like but not saying that is the case now. If an account is cancelled then the billing automatically terminates after the final bill. It's all computerised so it's not human error either.

Again though, if anyone has any issues like this I'm more than happy to help. Been on here 6 years now so I think I'm safe to trust. :lol:

They have a record that I informed them of my wish to cancel and a record of my new service provider telling them that they were taking over my number and they couldn't understand what happened.  They said I was still receiving services even though I was actually watching BT TV the day that it went off and I was on here when the broadband was switched off a few minutes later.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Saturday 14 May 2016, 05:07:59 PM
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EE keeps coming out on top of all these ratings, but when I was with them and others I know who have/are with them all agree that they are s***. There are numorous places in North Tyneside where they don't get a signal (Holystone is one). When I with them a lot of the times when I was inside buildings I never get a signal (shopping metre in Whitley Bay, and Eldon Square).

Their customer service is also notoriously bad.
Amys always got coverage on EE. Even used to be able to stream Netflix at mine and I can't get any data signal on O2. Trips upto Holy Island hers has been class while mine has dropped a s*** load.
When we went to London you were on 02 and had 4g on the train and across London, I had 3G in patches and it was unreliable. When I went to Doncaster to visit my dad I used to get no signal at times. I've been to North Yorkshire a couple of times in the middle of nowhere and 02 has given me a basic signal if not at least a 3G signal, EE never gave me any signal.

Also Ste, I'm pretty sure your gf is with 3, not EE.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Saturday 14 May 2016, 05:09:24 PM
Aye when I was on BT using EE signal mine was unreal for speed. It comes out on top of the ratings for a reason like. 89/100 people will have great reception, you're one of the 11 unfortunately.
Aye, fair enough, but I think in the north, especially round Newcastle/North Tyneside the signal is poor. Across the country it's probably more reliable, but from mine and others experience it's not.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ste on Saturday 14 May 2016, 05:11:13 PM
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EE keeps coming out on top of all these ratings, but when I was with them and others I know who have/are with them all agree that they are s***. There are numorous places in North Tyneside where they don't get a signal (Holystone is one). When I with them a lot of the times when I was inside buildings I never get a signal (shopping metre in Whitley Bay, and Eldon Square).

Their customer service is also notoriously bad.
Amys always got coverage on EE. Even used to be able to stream Netflix at mine and I can't get any data signal on O2. Trips upto Holy Island hers has been class while mine has dropped a s*** load.
When we went to London you were on 02 and had 4g on the train and across London, I had 3G in patches and it was unreliable. When I went to Doncaster to visit my dad I used to get no signal at times. I've been to North Yorkshire a couple of times in the middle of nowhere and 02 has given me a basic signal if not at least a 3G signal, EE never gave me any signal.

Also Ste, I'm pretty sure your gf is with 3, not EE.
Aye it's 3.

My signal was crap on that trip, man.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Saturday 14 May 2016, 05:14:47 PM
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EE keeps coming out on top of all these ratings, but when I was with them and others I know who have/are with them all agree that they are s***. There are numorous places in North Tyneside where they don't get a signal (Holystone is one). When I with them a lot of the times when I was inside buildings I never get a signal (shopping metre in Whitley Bay, and Eldon Square).

Their customer service is also notoriously bad.
Amys always got coverage on EE. Even used to be able to stream Netflix at mine and I can't get any data signal on O2. Trips upto Holy Island hers has been class while mine has dropped a s*** load.
When we went to London you were on 02 and had 4g on the train and across London, I had 3G in patches and it was unreliable. When I went to Doncaster to visit my dad I used to get no signal at times. I've been to North Yorkshire a couple of times in the middle of nowhere and 02 has given me a basic signal if not at least a 3G signal, EE never gave me any signal.

Also Ste, I'm pretty sure your gf is with 3, not EE.
Aye it's 3.

My signal was crap on that trip, man.
Your signal was mint. You were getting texts through and everything.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Saturday 14 May 2016, 05:17:19 PM
I was on 3 years and years ago and despite having shocking customer service the reception and internet speed was incredible. I had an issue with the bill with them though and it was the worst experience I've ever had with a company to date.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Friday 20 May 2016, 04:06:06 PM
All the good retention deals with BT are going to be 24 month contracts from now on. Bold strategy. I hate it. Everyone go to Sky when your contract ends unless you're happy with a 24 month contract.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: BlueStar on Saturday 21 May 2016, 11:47:10 AM
Virgin have blocked imgur again  :angry:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Saturday 21 May 2016, 03:04:40 PM
Virgin have blocked imgur again  :angry:

Why?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Saturday 21 May 2016, 03:51:41 PM
Virgin have blocked imgur again  :angry:
p*ss the s*** off.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Saturday 21 May 2016, 03:59:54 PM
Virgin have blocked imgur again  :angry:
p*ss the s*** off.

Just use the toilet brush man, Neesy.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Sunday 26 June 2016, 07:09:06 PM

Not sure why you'd go through all that trouble if you're aware I work there. :lol: I can deal with billing and if it was a mistake on our end I could have the whole thing sorted and credited back to you in five mins.

Never heard of a simple issue like that one taking any longer than 10 mins unless the customer has made an error like but not saying that is the case now. If an account is cancelled then the billing automatically terminates after the final bill. It's all computerised so it's not human error either.

Again though, if anyone has any issues like this I'm more than happy to help. Been on here 6 years now so I think I'm safe to trust. :lol:

They have a record that I informed them of my wish to cancel and a record of my new service provider telling them that they were taking over my number and they couldn't understand what happened.  They said I was still receiving services even though I was actually watching BT TV the day that it went off and I was on here when the broadband was switched off a few minutes later.

I know you shouldn't quote yourself but here goes:

This s*** is still going on so I contacted Customer Services again and received the same shitty promises that I received last time.  I was told that I would receive a cheque for the money they owe me within 14 days which is useless as I never get time to go to my bank so I filpped.

I've researched the BT directors and found a few e-mail addresses and have contacted all of them up to the CEO and within minutes I have had assurances from the Managing Director that this will all be sorted out tomorrow, hopefully a result.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: sempuki on Sunday 26 June 2016, 07:12:05 PM
Stopped BT Sport as they don't do the Championship.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Sunday 26 June 2016, 11:49:55 PM

Not sure why you'd go through all that trouble if you're aware I work there. :lol: I can deal with billing and if it was a mistake on our end I could have the whole thing sorted and credited back to you in five mins.

Never heard of a simple issue like that one taking any longer than 10 mins unless the customer has made an error like but not saying that is the case now. If an account is cancelled then the billing automatically terminates after the final bill. It's all computerised so it's not human error either.

Again though, if anyone has any issues like this I'm more than happy to help. Been on here 6 years now so I think I'm safe to trust. :lol:

They have a record that I informed them of my wish to cancel and a record of my new service provider telling them that they were taking over my number and they couldn't understand what happened.  They said I was still receiving services even though I was actually watching BT TV the day that it went off and I was on here when the broadband was switched off a few minutes later.

I know you shouldn't quote yourself but here goes:

This s*** is still going on so I contacted Customer Services again and received the same shitty promises that I received last time.  I was told that I would receive a cheque for the money they owe me within 14 days which is useless as I never get time to go to my bank so I filpped.

I've researched the BT directors and found a few e-mail addresses and have contacted all of them up to the CEO and within minutes I have had assurances from the Managing Director that this will all be sorted out tomorrow, hopefully a result.

Yeah they're not managing directors they're just regular complaints agents. ELC department, which I've worked in. :lol: you'd be surprised though how quick people listen when you tell them you're higher than you actually are mind.

Again, had you trusted me I would have had this sorted within 24 hours same way I sorted everyone else on here who messaged. :lol:

Leaving BT shortly as got offered a better job closer to home. No travelling involved. If anyone needs s*** done they have about 2 days to let me know.

Also, don't be tempted by the Smart Hub. It's no better than the home hub 5. BT are using it as a selling point to upgrade to full price infinity 2.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Monday 27 June 2016, 12:15:58 AM


Yeah they're not managing directors they're just regular complaints agents. ELC department, which I've worked in. :lol: you'd be surprised though how quick people listen when you tell them you're higher than you actually are mind.

Again, had you trusted me I would have had this sorted within 24 hours same way I sorted everyone else on here who messaged. :lol:

Leaving BT shortly as got offered a better job closer to home. No travelling involved. If anyone needs s*** done they have about 2 days to let me know.

Also, don't be tempted by the Smart Hub. It's no better than the home hub 5. BT are using it as a selling point to upgrade to full price infinity 2.

Libby Barr claims to be a Managing Director and Gavin Patterson is supposed to be the Chief Executive according to their e-mail signatures .  I guess that I shouldn't be surprised if they are lying.  :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Monday 27 June 2016, 12:37:43 AM


Yeah they're not managing directors they're just regular complaints agents. ELC department, which I've worked in. :lol: you'd be surprised though how quick people listen when you tell them you're higher than you actually are mind.

Again, had you trusted me I would have had this sorted within 24 hours same way I sorted everyone else on here who messaged. :lol:

Leaving BT shortly as got offered a better job closer to home. No travelling involved. If anyone needs s*** done they have about 2 days to let me know.

Also, don't be tempted by the Smart Hub. It's no better than the home hub 5. BT are using it as a selling point to upgrade to full price infinity 2.

Libby Barr claims to be a Managing Director and Gavin Patterson is supposed to be the Chief Executive according to their e-mail signatures .  I guess that I shouldn't be surprised if they are lying.  :lol:


Look at most if not all emails sent out by BT. They're signed Libby Barr. ELC will deal with it like. So no worries anyway.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: BlufPurdi on Monday 27 June 2016, 12:57:24 AM
Virgin have blocked imgur again  :angry:
p*ss the s*** off.

Just use the toilet brush man, Neesy.

:lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Monday 27 June 2016, 01:04:47 AM

Look at most if not all emails sent out by BT. They're signed Libby Barr. ELC will deal with it like. So no worries anyway.

They weren't the standard BT e-mails, they looked nothing like them. They had none of the corporate s**** and we're just normal e-mails and were not automated replies as they had answers to my specific comments.

They weren't from the Executive Level Complaints, they came later and were from somebody else who mentioned why they were now contacting me and who had put  them on to me, not that it matters because it will be sorted tomorrow.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Monday 27 June 2016, 01:28:01 AM

Look at most if not all emails sent out by BT. They're signed Libby Barr. ELC will deal with it like. So no worries anyway.

They weren't the standard BT e-mails, they looked nothing like them. They had none of the corporate s**** and we're just normal e-mails and were not automated replies as they had answers to my specific comments.

They weren't from the Executive Level Complaints, they came later and were from somebody else who mentioned why they were now contacting me and who had put  them on to me, not that it matters because it will be sorted tomorrow.

I'm not saying they were standard BT emails I was just using the example as they sign them all from Libby Barr even though they're automated. :lol:

I know the system like. You're talking with someone in ELC or in regular complaints but when someone tries to email the higher ups they're passed to ELC rather than the normal complaints team. :lol: It's Ombudsman after an ELC deadlock letter. It doesn't go higher. But yes, it will be sorted tomorrow hopefully. ELC agents normally close about 10-15 a day.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Minhosa on Tuesday 28 June 2016, 04:30:30 PM
Has anyone tried Sky Q as yet or heard any first hand reviews of it?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: BlufPurdi on Tuesday 28 June 2016, 04:34:09 PM

Look at most if not all emails sent out by BT. They're signed Libby Barr. ELC will deal with it like. So no worries anyway.

They weren't the standard BT e-mails, they looked nothing like them. They had none of the corporate s**** and we're just normal e-mails and were not automated replies as they had answers to my specific comments.

They weren't from the Executive Level Complaints, they came later and were from somebody else who mentioned why they were now contacting me and who had put  them on to me, not that it matters because it will be sorted tomorrow.

I'm not saying they were standard BT emails I was just using the example as they sign them all from Libby Barr even though they're automated. :lol:

I know the system like. You're talking with someone in ELC or in regular complaints but when someone tries to email the higher ups they're passed to ELC rather than the normal complaints team. :lol: It's Ombudsman after an ELC deadlock letter. It doesn't go higher. But yes, it will be sorted tomorrow hopefully. ELC agents normally close about 10-15 a day.

If I know Mick, as I do, believe me, he emailed the CEO. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 28 June 2016, 05:59:11 PM

Look at most if not all emails sent out by BT. They're signed Libby Barr. ELC will deal with it like. So no worries anyway.

They weren't the standard BT e-mails, they looked nothing like them. They had none of the corporate s**** and we're just normal e-mails and were not automated replies as they had answers to my specific comments.

They weren't from the Executive Level Complaints, they came later and were from somebody else who mentioned why they were now contacting me and who had put  them on to me, not that it matters because it will be sorted tomorrow.

I'm not saying they were standard BT emails I was just using the example as they sign them all from Libby Barr even though they're automated. :lol:

I know the system like. You're talking with someone in ELC or in regular complaints but when someone tries to email the higher ups they're passed to ELC rather than the normal complaints team. :lol: It's Ombudsman after an ELC deadlock letter. It doesn't go higher. But yes, it will be sorted tomorrow hopefully. ELC agents normally close about 10-15 a day.

If I know Mick, as I do, believe me, he emailed the CEO. :lol:

:lol: I'm not doubting that, I'm just saying you can't actually talk to them. It's filtered to people like me. If you try and email Libby or Gavin it's passed to ELC.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Tuesday 28 June 2016, 08:06:57 PM

If I know Mick, as I do, believe me, he emailed the CEO. :lol:

I have and it's sorted, the money was back in my account yesterday.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Tuesday 28 June 2016, 10:07:06 PM
I'm with Virgin, so if anyone's thinking about going with them let me know via PM and I'll refer you and get £50 off both of our bills.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 28 June 2016, 11:00:18 PM

If I know Mick, as I do, believe me, he emailed the CEO. :lol:

I have and it's sorted, the money was back in my account yesterday.

Told you ELC are good.  :whistle:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 12:39:25 AM

Told you ELC are good.  :whistle:

I know, you said it would take 10 to 15 days to close, it was done the next day,
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 12:51:33 AM

Told you ELC are good.  :whistle:

I know, you said it would take 10 to 15 days to close, it was done the next day,

No. I said they close 10-15 cases per day. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 12:53:35 AM

Look at most if not all emails sent out by BT. They're signed Libby Barr. ELC will deal with it like. So no worries anyway.

They weren't the standard BT e-mails, they looked nothing like them. They had none of the corporate s**** and we're just normal e-mails and were not automated replies as they had answers to my specific comments.

They weren't from the Executive Level Complaints, they came later and were from somebody else who mentioned why they were now contacting me and who had put  them on to me, not that it matters because it will be sorted tomorrow.

I'm not saying they were standard BT emails I was just using the example as they sign them all from Libby Barr even though they're automated. :lol:

I know the system like. You're talking with someone in ELC or in regular complaints but when someone tries to email the higher ups they're passed to ELC rather than the normal complaints team. :lol: It's Ombudsman after an ELC deadlock letter. It doesn't go higher. But yes, it will be sorted tomorrow hopefully. ELC agents normally close about 10-15 a day.

 :whistle: :whistle:

I know my job. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 12:59:14 AM


No. I said they close 10-15 cases per day. :lol:

Ah OK.  :thup:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 01:04:46 AM
Glad you sorted anyway. For a refund issue it should never have been as long as it was.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Mick on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 01:19:43 AM
Glad you sorted anyway. For a refund issue it should never have been as long as it was.

It wasn't just the refund, I kept getting e-mails telling me how they were going to be improving my service.  Even the bloke at the call centre said that so I told him to take that up with Virgin Media as BT shouldn't have been making promises on their behalf and the penny still didn't drop.  :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Crumpy Gunt on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 01:30:39 PM
Anyone using Post Office for broadband?

Any good?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 01:37:52 PM
Anyone using Post Office for broadband?

Any good?
I don't trust the f***ers to send my letter, let alone provide me with broadband.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Sho'Time on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 02:23:05 PM
Anyone using Post Office for broadband?

Any good?

No.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Crumpy Gunt on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 06:23:59 PM
Anyone using Post Office for broadband?

Any good?

No.

you use it? And its s****?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Thursday 30 June 2016, 12:39:20 AM
When we went to London you were on 02 and had 4g on the train and across London, I had 3G in patches and it was unreliable.

Sounds like a class trip.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TaylorJ_01 on Thursday 30 June 2016, 12:40:06 AM
Anyone using Post Office for broadband?

Any good?

No.

you use it? And its s****?

Post Office do broadband? Presumably it's just rented BT lines? Post Office broadband :lol: sounds like one of those "yer da sells avon" slaggings. "you huv post office broadband".
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: BlufPurdi on Thursday 30 June 2016, 01:17:33 AM
:lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Thursday 30 June 2016, 01:45:55 AM
:lol: Aye, I f***ing love those. Remember 'the council does your hair'? :lol: Totally forgot about that one.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Sima on Thursday 30 June 2016, 06:47:50 AM
NHS glasses.


Pua nashas them like.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Sunday 24 July 2016, 08:37:13 AM
I was talking to the Sky bloke in Eldon square on Friday and after a lot of hot air and bluster he offered me sky q silver for £60 installation and £8 a month extra on my bill all I need now is a new £700 telly and I'm set, does anyone have sky q that could give me advice on whether it's worth it
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Sunday 24 July 2016, 09:17:16 AM
I was talking to the Sky bloke in Eldon square on Friday and after a lot of hot air and bluster he offered me sky q silver for £60 installation and £8 a month extra on my bill all I need now is a new £700 telly and I'm set, does anyone have sky q that could give me advice on whether it's worth it
I've not heard this direct but apparently it is slow to operate, I.E worse than Virgin's TiVo before the update. Apparently until it's fixed Sky arn't trying to push it as much as they normally would.

I find it shocking Sky are charging £8 more month for a box that basically has 4 tuners on it. Sky haven't even launched 4K content yet for it to even be worthwhile getting.

Just an unrelated question, are Sky still charging more for HD?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Sunday 24 July 2016, 09:58:01 AM
I was talking to the Sky bloke in Eldon square on Friday and after a lot of hot air and bluster he offered me sky q silver for £60 installation and £8 a month extra on my bill all I need now is a new £700 telly and I'm set, does anyone have sky q that could give me advice on whether it's worth it
I've not heard this direct but apparently it is slow to operate, I.E worse than Virgin's TiVo before the update. Apparently until it's fixed Sky arn't trying to push it as much as they normally would.

I find it shocking Sky are charging £8 more month for a box that basically has 4 tuners on it. Sky haven't even launched 4K content yet for it to even be worthwhile getting.

Just an unrelated question, are Sky still charging more for HD?

Yes they are still charging for HD which is only 1080i though (again from Sky bloke in Eldon Square) i did manage to find out that the Sky Q box offers 1080p also. The only problem is I can't buy a Sky Q box as they are using the Virgin model of hiring the box out now and with it they maintain it if it breaks as part of the deal.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Sunday 24 July 2016, 10:45:26 AM
I was talking to the Sky bloke in Eldon square on Friday and after a lot of hot air and bluster he offered me sky q silver for £60 installation and £8 a month extra on my bill all I need now is a new £700 telly and I'm set, does anyone have sky q that could give me advice on whether it's worth it
I've not heard this direct but apparently it is slow to operate, I.E worse than Virgin's TiVo before the update. Apparently until it's fixed Sky arn't trying to push it as much as they normally would.

I find it shocking Sky are charging £8 more month for a box that basically has 4 tuners on it. Sky haven't even launched 4K content yet for it to even be worthwhile getting.

Just an unrelated question, are Sky still charging more for HD?

Yes they are still charging for HD which is only 1080i though (again from Sky bloke in Eldon Square) i did manage to find out that the Sky Q box offers 1080p also. The only problem is I can't buy a Sky Q box as they are using the Virgin model of hiring the box out now and with it they maintain it if it breaks as part of the deal.
If you had a Sky+ box and stopped your subscription to Sky then they would disable the + features of the box unless you paid a + only subscription fee. Hiring a box is better, the amount of times Sky sent out updates that f***ed their boxes once it was 'yours' was beyond belief, they did the same for the internet modem. One of the reasons why we left Sky was that as soon as the box was ours or we decided to cancel the box insurance policy it would start to have problems and they would try to bill is for sending someone out, it happens to our modem once as well. As a result we pulled the phone line cord out of the box then they started billing us for that. Sky is f***ing con.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Sunday 24 July 2016, 11:13:54 AM
I was talking to the Sky bloke in Eldon square on Friday and after a lot of hot air and bluster he offered me sky q silver for £60 installation and £8 a month extra on my bill all I need now is a new £700 telly and I'm set, does anyone have sky q that could give me advice on whether it's worth it
I've not heard this direct but apparently it is slow to operate, I.E worse than Virgin's TiVo before the update. Apparently until it's fixed Sky arn't trying to push it as much as they normally would.

I find it shocking Sky are charging £8 more month for a box that basically has 4 tuners on it. Sky haven't even launched 4K content yet for it to even be worthwhile getting.

Just an unrelated question, are Sky still charging more for HD?

I've used it, it's certainly not slow, very responsive as you would expect from Sky

It's more than just 4 tuners, whether you see value in it is a different matter BUT it does more than Sky+

Also you might have missed the news BUT 4K (or rather UHD) launches shortly, every premier league game will be broadcast in UHD, a number of movies will also be UHD (available On Demand too) and documentaries. From next season every F1 race will be UHD too so there is going to be plenty of content

As for HD, they charge extra for Sports HD, the Movies (now Sky Cinema) have HD included at no extra cost
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Sunday 24 July 2016, 11:16:25 AM
I was talking to the Sky bloke in Eldon square on Friday and after a lot of hot air and bluster he offered me sky q silver for £60 installation and £8 a month extra on my bill all I need now is a new £700 telly and I'm set, does anyone have sky q that could give me advice on whether it's worth it
What's your current set up? Do you have more than one box?



Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Sunday 24 July 2016, 11:40:36 AM
Aye I have 1 extra box on multi room with all the sports and movies along with broadband and phone I pay £71 a month
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Sunday 24 July 2016, 12:31:17 PM
Aye I have 1 extra box on multi room with all the sports and movies along with broadband and phone I pay £71 a month
So the benefits (whether you see it as a benefit is a different matter) are

1) Being able to record 4 channels and watch a 5th, handy if you currently have recording clashes

2) UHD, which as I previously mentioned launches with the new season and it will broadcast every premier league game along with a number of movies

3) Shared planner, some see this as a negative BUT I personally like the idea, I series link stuff on my main box currently BUT not always on the second box, so it's annoying if I ever wanted to watch motd or other things on the second box. However you might not like the idea of both boxes sharing a planner, which for people in house shares is a big no, no

4) Take your recordings with you, although Sky Go is good, sometimes you have recorded something that is not available on demand that you want to take out and about with you

5) Mini Box is flexible, it's connected to the main box by wifi and not through cables so you can easily move it about, both of my boxes are currently downstairs, however occasionally I would like to be able to watch Sky upstairs, with the Sky Q setup I would be able to do that without too much fuss

My Sky Q gets installed a week on Sunday, I'm looking forward to it as the above features will be of benefit to me

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Elliottman on Saturday 6 August 2016, 08:06:45 PM
Has anyone noticed the picture quality on ssn HD seems to have dropped considerably? Looks standard definition at times
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Saturday 6 August 2016, 08:54:18 PM
Has anyone noticed the picture quality on ssn HD seems to have dropped considerably? Looks standard definition at times
On Sky or Virgin?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Elliottman on Saturday 6 August 2016, 09:24:10 PM
Virgin
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Saturday 6 August 2016, 10:16:15 PM
Virgin
Nah, sometimes the yellow ticker stutters. They have changed channels recently, you sure you're on HD?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Elliottman on Sunday 7 August 2016, 05:09:58 PM
Yes mate,  I'm absolutely certain. 
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Sunday 7 August 2016, 06:48:26 PM
Aye I have 1 extra box on multi room with all the sports and movies along with broadband and phone I pay £71 a month
So the benefits (whether you see it as a benefit is a different matter) are

1) Being able to record 4 channels and watch a 5th, handy if you currently have recording clashes

2) UHD, which as I previously mentioned launches with the new season and it will broadcast every premier league game along with a number of movies

3) Shared planner, some see this as a negative BUT I personally like the idea, I series link stuff on my main box currently BUT not always on the second box, so it's annoying if I ever wanted to watch motd or other things on the second box. However you might not like the idea of both boxes sharing a planner, which for people in house shares is a big no, no

4) Take your recordings with you, although Sky Go is good, sometimes you have recorded something that is not available on demand that you want to take out and about with you

5) Mini Box is flexible, it's connected to the main box by wifi and not through cables so you can easily move it about, both of my boxes are currently downstairs, however occasionally I would like to be able to watch Sky upstairs, with the Sky Q setup I would be able to do that without too much fuss

My Sky Q gets installed a week on Sunday, I'm looking forward to it as the above features will be of benefit to me

Did you get Sky Q installed ? if so is it any good?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Sunday 7 August 2016, 07:06:33 PM
Aye I have 1 extra box on multi room with all the sports and movies along with broadband and phone I pay £71 a month
So the benefits (whether you see it as a benefit is a different matter) are

1) Being able to record 4 channels and watch a 5th, handy if you currently have recording clashes

2) UHD, which as I previously mentioned launches with the new season and it will broadcast every premier league game along with a number of movies

3) Shared planner, some see this as a negative BUT I personally like the idea, I series link stuff on my main box currently BUT not always on the second box, so it's annoying if I ever wanted to watch motd or other things on the second box. However you might not like the idea of both boxes sharing a planner, which for people in house shares is a big no, no

4) Take your recordings with you, although Sky Go is good, sometimes you have recorded something that is not available on demand that you want to take out and about with you

5) Mini Box is flexible, it's connected to the main box by wifi and not through cables so you can easily move it about, both of my boxes are currently downstairs, however occasionally I would like to be able to watch Sky upstairs, with the Sky Q setup I would be able to do that without too much fuss

My Sky Q gets installed a week on Sunday, I'm looking forward to it as the above features will be of benefit to me

Did you get Sky Q installed ? if so is it any good?

Aye, got it last week, I'm really liking it

On the face of it the changes are subtle BUT in a good way

Of the things I listed it is the UHD and shared planner that I have used

The UHD just had trial content BUT it's class, there was a documentary about Cats and also the Liverpool-Barca match, the film they have is Forest Gump, can't say I massively noticed a huge difference with that BUT expect the newer films to benefit from it

Still haven't had a chance to use the app or move the mini box around

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Sunday 7 August 2016, 07:12:36 PM
Can I still use the Sky go at my Dads house with it ? and does it still work on the X Box ?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Sunday 7 August 2016, 08:30:00 PM
Can I still use the Sky go at my Dads house with it ? and does it still work on the X Box ?

Yeah, you need Sky Go Extra to work on the Xbox and the Sky Q Silver comes with Sky Go Extra, the Sky Go Extra App is the same

The Sky Q app is the difference as that allows you to take recordings with you
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Sunday 7 August 2016, 08:32:11 PM
Can I still use the Sky go at my Dads house with it ? and does it still work on the X Box ?

Yeah, you need Sky Go Extra to work on the Xbox and the Sky Q Silver comes with Sky Go Extra, the Sky Go Extra App is the same

The Sky Q app is the difference as that allows you to take recordings with you

Cheers
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Tuesday 9 August 2016, 04:38:49 PM
"Moved house a month ago and Sky set me up with their Sky Q instead of the Sky+ HD I had before. In theory it’s great, better menu, pause in one room and continue watching back in another or on the iPad etc., 4K (8bit and 10bit) output with 4K content on demand now and 4K channels in a month or so and built in AirPlay.
However, it has issues… You can read about the common ones by googling it yourself, unlike the Pokémon I’ve got ‘em all, but there is one that is particularly relevant to gamers, more specifically Wii U owners, and there is nothing about it online anywhere.
Whenever anything is streaming content off of the main Sky box, which is how the system functions if you want to watch anything on any other TV/device, it interferes with the Wii U GamePad, causing it to drop frames every second or so, freezing its display for anything up to a second. This obviously makes any action game unplayable on the GamePad, my default way to play!
Those that play Mario Kart with me know full well this has driven me mad recently, last week in the GameCentral Sunday cup it was the cause of my first ever rage quit after my daughters had put their TV on 15 minutes in. Nothing to do with Mario Kart at all, but I threw my poor GamePad with some force. It survived though, Nintendo made it.
Had the Sky engineer out today to investigate. The only way to solve it was to disable the Wi-Fi on each Sky box and then cable up with Cat 6a (recommended) at your own expense. So I’ve now got to buy a Gigabit Switch and three cables varying from 15m to 30m if I want to keep gaming whilst anyone watches TV!
Best part about it, the Sky engineers have been told that the Ethernet should not be activated nor the Wi-Fi deactivated via the hidden menu, although he was not given and could not give me an explanation why.
Anyhow, rant over. Now you’ve all been warned, you only have yourselves to blame if you decide to ignore my warning."
Antony white


Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Tuesday 9 August 2016, 07:07:14 PM
Just a reminder that anyone looking to go with Virgin should PM me and we'll get £50 each off our bills.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: XDShola on Thursday 8 September 2016, 10:29:05 AM
Any alternatives to Sky TV worth trying? My contracts up in the next 2 month and looking at the price going up to 80ish quid ( on a £25 friends and family deal at the moment ) Basically wanting the usual Entertainment package for Wor lass and Sports for myself, looked at the likes of Virgin but because im a Customer who has just the Broadband im not classed as a ' New Customer ' for TV Deals and BT TV requires having BT's internet which im not interested in as i don't really fancy going from hitting 212mpbs to around 70mbps download.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Gorilla on Thursday 8 September 2016, 10:56:39 AM
Any alternatives to Sky TV worth trying? My contracts up in the next 2 month and looking at the price going up to 80ish quid ( on a £25 friends and family deal at the moment ) Basically wanting the usual Entertainment package for Wor lass and Sports for myself, looked at the likes of Virgin but because im a Customer who has just the Broadband im not classed as a ' New Customer ' for TV Deals and BT TV requires having BT's internet which im not interested in as i don't really fancy going from hitting 212mpbs to around 70mbps download.
Unless you download terabytes of 4K midget porn each day you wont notice the difference.  I went from Virgin to BT and I haven't noticed anything.  It said I could get up to 300MBPS which I didnt even know existed with BT where I moved as its a brand new house but it was f***ing expensive so just took infinity 2 which is 76 MBPS and its more than fast enough and I watch most s*** over IP.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Thursday 8 September 2016, 10:56:46 AM
You'll be able to slash that £80 easily. I do it every year - just before your contract is up, tell them you're leaving and give your 30 days notice. Don't accept any offers they try and give you. Once you're officially leaving, it automatically generates an offer of at least 50% off on your account. You can literally call them straight back and accept it, or wait and hope it goes up to 60%. Using the Live Chat on the website is easier than calling.

Check this thread: http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/75-off-sky-tv-for-existing-customers-only-works-when-call-specific-number-3-weeks-1741671

It's quite old so the most recent comments are what you want to check out for tips.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: XDShola on Thursday 8 September 2016, 10:59:18 AM
You'll be able to slash that £80 easily. I do it every year - just before your contract is up, tell them you're leaving and give your 30 days notice. Don't accept any offers they try and give you. Once you're officially leaving, it automatically generates an offer of at least 50% off on your account. You can literally call them straight back and accept it, or wait and hope it goes up to 60%. Using the Live Chat on the website is easier than calling.

Check this thread: http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/75-off-sky-tv-for-existing-customers-only-works-when-call-specific-number-3-weeks-1741671

It's quite old so the most recent comments are what you want to check out for tips.

Cheers mate i'll try that, ive been on Livechat waiting for the past hour to speak to someone but ive just gave up for this morning
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Thursday 8 September 2016, 11:03:16 AM
I find getting on the Live Chat much easier on my phone for some reason. Failing that, try late at night, it's open until 11.

If I were you, I would wait until you're in a position to cancel. Once you've given the 30 days notice (your TV won't go off until the time is up so no worries on that score) they'll throw offers at you. From the most recent comments in that thread, it looks like they're offering 60% again, which they weren't over summer, so you're in a good position.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Thursday 8 September 2016, 11:04:21 AM
The Sky live chat is f***ed, I've tried it on and off for weeks and it's always busy.

Going to do similar, put my notice in.  Pay 45 quid a month and get bog standard everything, haven't bothered sorting it for ages as I've had a lot on.  Suppose I'll have to ring them.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Hanshithispantz on Thursday 8 September 2016, 11:07:31 AM
Were you trying to connect to Live Chat through a Sky connection, Shola? Because they're having problems in the NE at the minute.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: XDShola on Thursday 8 September 2016, 11:09:22 AM
Were you trying to connect to Live Chat through a Sky connection, Shola? Because they're having problems in the NE at the minute.

Nah mate im through VM internet, I did see the problems they were having.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: XDShola on Thursday 8 September 2016, 11:10:53 AM
I find getting on the Live Chat much easier on my phone for some reason. Failing that, try late at night, it's open until 11.

If I were you, I would wait until you're in a position to cancel. Once you've given the 30 days notice (your TV won't go off until the time is up so no worries on that score) they'll throw offers at you. From the most recent comments in that thread, it looks like they're offering 60% again, which they weren't over summer, so you're in a good position.


Aye I had a flick through and noticed, i'll just hold on til then. Reckon its worthwhile trying to haggle for the SkyQ or not? Noticed a lot of complaints about the service recently like.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 09:54:17 AM
I cancelled Sky on 10th September, so it's getting cut off 12th October.  2 issues here:

1) I've had NO offers so far by email, is this normal?  Only 2 weeks left now til it gets cut off.

2) I was on a rolling contract but I'm assuming any new deal I do sign with them I'll need to commit for 12 months or whatever? 

Because sod's law dictates that since I cancelled I've started to think about whether I still want to live in London.  So flexibility is better for me right now, while I work that out.  Would be annoying if I got to February next year or whenever and wanted to move.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Troll on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 09:57:56 AM
Speaking for Virgin here (but I assume Sky are the same) they'll try and phone you with offers rather than email, and they'll be part of a new contract.  you could try haggling with them about length but I'm not sure how flexible they'll be.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 10:05:20 AM
Hmm I've had no phonecalls and not likely to answer the phone if I do.  Lass is gonna kill me if I actually cancel it :lol:

I'll give it another week before I panic and go back to them asking for the same deal I was on :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Troll on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 10:08:25 AM
:lol:  Just call their retentions team, make it clear you're shopping about for a better deal, and see what they offer you.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Kevo on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 10:56:18 AM
Sky seem fine for me whenever I complain or want a new package. Try giving them a ring instead of waiting for them to get in touch with you? I'm paying £68 at the minute for their Family Bundle with Sky + Movies with unlimited broadband after a phone call when they wanted £80+.

It has gone up as I was previously paying £50, but only got to last until May when I move house so going to get my lass to sign up as a new customer. They shouldn't be suspicious since it's a different address (I hope).
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 11:03:14 AM
I cancelled Sky on 10th September, so it's getting cut off 12th October.  2 issues here:

1) I've had NO offers so far by email, is this normal?  Only 2 weeks left now til it gets cut off.

2) I was on a rolling contract but I'm assuming any new deal I do sign with them I'll need to commit for 12 months or whatever? 

Because sod's law dictates that since I cancelled I've started to think about whether I still want to live in London.  So flexibility is better for me right now, while I work that out.  Would be annoying if I got to February next year or whenever and wanted to move.

Would you not be better off just letting it cancel and getting yourself a temporary solution like Now TV which has fewer contractual ties? Been weighing that one up for myself lately, but not sure whether to do it. I've just been given a 3 month NOW TV pass as well...but not sure if I shoudl go get the box and cancel my bog standard Sky...
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Nexumaster on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 11:08:19 AM
I cancelled Sky on 10th September, so it's getting cut off 12th October.  2 issues here:

1) I've had NO offers so far by email, is this normal?  Only 2 weeks left now til it gets cut off.

2) I was on a rolling contract but I'm assuming any new deal I do sign with them I'll need to commit for 12 months or whatever? 

Because sod's law dictates that since I cancelled I've started to think about whether I still want to live in London.  So flexibility is better for me right now, while I work that out.  Would be annoying if I got to February next year or whenever and wanted to move.

Would you not be better off just letting it cancel and getting yourself a temporary solution like Now TV which has fewer contractual ties? Been weighing that one up for myself lately, but not sure whether to do it. I've just been given a 3 month NOW TV pass as well...but not sure if I shoudl go get the box and cancel my bog standard Sky...

Almost did this the other day, but found out NowTV boxes can't record, which was a deal breaker for me as I like to watch things at my leisure rather than sitting down at a specific time. Sticking with Sky a bit longer it seems.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 11:10:21 AM
Tbh I'd rather just go back on a rolling contract with Sky as it means I just have to give a month's notice when I do want to cancel and not get a load of grief off me girlfriend for all of the Sky+ content getting deleted etc.  Until a week or 2 ago I had no plans to leave London but I've decided to think about it now as I'm getting a bit fed up with it.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 11:18:31 AM
IP there are people getting rolling contracts with Sky at the minute so you're in a good position. You're at the stage now where you can keep going back and forward to the Live Chat until you get what you want. The HUKD thread is absolutely the best place for advice on getting the best deal, just reading the most recent posts gives you a good overview of how to play it: http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/75-off-sky-tv-for-existing-customers-only-works-when-call-specific-number-3-weeks-1741671

There's a post from dataload made yesterday that is a very basic guide for exactly what you need.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 11:49:10 AM
Nice one, cheers Wullie.  Going to try to get this sorted in the next week or so hopefully :thup:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Thursday 29 September 2016, 06:33:22 PM
Nice one, cheers Wullie.  Going to try to get this sorted in the next week or so hopefully :thup:

I cancelled Sky for the summer after season finished and best offer I've received is 60% discount for 12 month + £75 cash back.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Thursday 29 September 2016, 07:14:42 PM
Got a letter in the post today from Virgin Media. The envelope said "Your monthly bill is changing"

Motherfuckers.

Up by £3.49. This, after a letter in February with a £3.99 increase. The service had got shitter and all. Probably up to around £60+ odd a week, and all we use is the internet. Was considering leaving based on the poorer internet speed alone, this clinches it.

Does anyone have any suggestions for providers that do just immense internet and a landline for a decent price? We use our mobiles for phone calls and only one person has our landline number. It's a purely emergency use number basically.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Thursday 29 September 2016, 07:28:05 PM
The TV companies are playing a risky game putting bills up like, more and more people looking at Netflix, Freeview etc and thinking that'll do.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Thursday 29 September 2016, 07:32:39 PM
Probably up to around £60+ odd a week, and all we use is the internet.


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Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Friday 30 September 2016, 12:49:54 AM
My Virgin broadband is going up by £3 as well. IIRC correctly it's gone up about £10 in the last couple of years. To be fair they did give me a speed boost from 30 to 70Mbps.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 30 September 2016, 07:50:35 AM
Got on the phone to them and got it down to £44. I can live with that.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 09:41:54 AM
Got on the phone to them and got it down to £44. I can live with that.

A week or per month?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 30 September 2016, 09:45:12 AM
:lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 09:46:42 AM
Why are you laughing? I'm being serious.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Friday 30 September 2016, 09:47:31 AM
It's a valid question like. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 30 September 2016, 09:50:13 AM
Oh right a month. Thought you were taking the p*ss.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 30 September 2016, 09:50:53 AM
Just scrolled up. My earlier post was a frainbart - meant "a month" in my original post.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 10:14:47 AM
Fair enough, it still seems way high but I'm currently coughing £60 a month for basic Sky+, Broadband and Landline package. Speeds aren't wonderful either and I'm trying to run a business from home these days so it needs to be good, fast, reliable broadband. It's not even fibre - just normal old broadband. Was contemplating getting myself a mobile broadband solution for work purposes but I've no idea what to get.

Currently have two mobiles, one for work calls, one for personal, both on giffgaff. Using them for mobile broadband (tethering) can only really go so far.

Don't really need Sky TV.

Why does everything have to be so fricking complicated?

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 30 September 2016, 10:20:10 AM
It's still as high as it is because the missus wants to keep the "E! News" channel. :lol: :anguish:

It's not the easiest stuff to navigate.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Friday 30 September 2016, 10:21:24 AM
That's way too high GM. I pay £43 a month for the best TV package that doesn't have sport or movies, landline and unlimited fibre. If you're out of contract, knock them down.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 10:22:35 AM
That's way too high GM. I pay £43 a month for the best TV package that doesn't have sport or movies, landline and unlimited fibre. If you're out of contract, knock them down.

My only fear about doing that is I'm dependent on them for broadband and landline, so if they call my bluff I'd be putting my business at risk.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 30 September 2016, 10:24:15 AM
That's way too high GM. I pay £43 a month for the best TV package that doesn't have sport or movies, landline and unlimited fibre. If you're out of contract, knock them down.

My only fear about doing that is I'm dependent on them for broadband and landline, so if they call my bluff I'd be putting my business at risk.

Nah, you'll be fine. They'll buckle as soon as you say you're "thinking about leaving because you've seen what you can get from X,Y,Z for cheaper". It won't even get to the stage where bluffing becomes an issue.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 11:06:36 AM
Can any one of your more knowledgeable-about-these-things youngsters confirm or deny the rumour that if you have a SMART Tv you can ditch Sky and just plug the old Sky satellite cable into the back to get FreeSat instead? Really don't see the need to have Sky TV anymore - only channel I think I might even vaguely miss would be Sky Atlantic, but in this era of Amazon Prime/Netflix etc I don't see why anyone would want to keep it? Other than TV sport but you can just go to the pub to watch it there instead or find some other way of watching online.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 11:07:47 AM
That's way too high GM. I pay £43 a month for the best TV package that doesn't have sport or movies, landline and unlimited fibre. If you're out of contract, knock them down.

My only fear about doing that is I'm dependent on them for broadband and landline, so if they call my bluff I'd be putting my business at risk.

Nah, you'll be fine. They'll buckle as soon as you say you're "thinking about leaving because you've seen what you can get from X,Y,Z for cheaper". It won't even get to the stage where bluffing becomes an issue.

OK, cheers Beren. And Wullbert. I'll summon up the courage to do this once I get some work-related s*** sorted out. Prioritisation is not a key strength of mine sometimes. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:24:11 PM
Waiting on Sky Customer service chat to get to me - I'm 15th in the queue now, having waited 12 minutes already.

How does this sound as my opening gambit?

"Hi there. I've been doing some research online on price comparitor websites and it's clear to me I'm paying way too much for my phone, broadband and TV package deal.  So I want to give notice and cancel my Sky package and take my business elsewhere where I'm not taken for granted. "
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:30:11 PM
I'd go less nuclear. "I'm thinking of leaving as too expensive. I've seen other providers etc etc... Can you do anything for me?"
Don't accept their first offer and ask if there is anything else they can do as you like them as a company (lol) and you really don't want to leave, but cash is tight atm.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:35:24 PM
100% cancel the TV package. Don't let them sweet talk you with anything, just bin it. Give your 30 days notice, the TV won't go off or anything. As soon as you've done that, it'll activate an offer on your account of at least 50% off, possibly 60%. Leave the broadband etc for now, you don't want to have to cancel that as it's a different process to the TV.

Once you've cancelled the TV, just get back in touch with them (immediately, if you want) and say you've reconsidered, and they'll offer you a much better price than you'll get right now. Then when you've done that, negotiate separately on the broadband and phone line. You should be looking for half price line rental and free normal broadband if possible.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:37:22 PM
Ok ignore me. Wullie knows the routine for this s*** apparently :lol: he's got a goddam script with stage directions
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:38:01 PM
:lol: Damn right, every year I go through this charade.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:42:04 PM
s***. I've started and I'm half way down the path of indignation already... :blush:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:42:50 PM
I've given her details of my current package and said I want to cancel the whole lot.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:43:36 PM
Truth is, I just want Wullie to do this for me... :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:52:21 PM
:lol: he probably would
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:54:04 PM
I'm entertaining disgusting fantasies about the 'lass' at the other end of this Sky Customer chatroom conversation...

She's "accessing my account now"...

Sexy bitch.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:55:16 PM
:lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:57:18 PM
You're probably alright if you cancelled everything then "reconsidered" straight away but you don't want to leave it long as far as the phone/internet is concerned because at some point OpenReach get involved in preparation for cutting the cord. TV is different, Sky can flip a switch at their end and turn it on and off whenever they like so that's fine, and that's also the main bulk of the cost.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Friday 30 September 2016, 04:59:23 PM
Erm I cancelled Internet as well

Gonna have to sort this out the next few days, not everyone can live their lives on the edge like this.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 05:02:10 PM
What a let down:

Thanks for you patience. Today I can apply a offer of 50% off broadband and £7.40 off TV for 10 months
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Friday 30 September 2016, 05:03:14 PM
Nee chance. f*** it off.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 05:06:36 PM
Told her to f*** off.

She's called the police.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 30 September 2016, 06:10:24 PM
Nah, she was only willing to shave £8 off a £56pcm bill. Told her to cancel the TV package with immediate effect, so that's going bye byes on 31 October. I also told her I'd keep the overly expensive broadband and phone deal for the time being (I need it for work as much as anything else!). I fully intend to f*** them off completely though now, get myself a new broadband and landline provider and buy myself a SMART Tv with the money I will be saving from no longer using SKY. We've got Amazon Prime already and as for Sky+ there must surely be alternative ways of recording a TV series etc?

I'm actually a little bit angry at myself that I've been payingover the odds for a 8MBps broadband service at £7.50per month with line rental of £17.40 and Talk Anytime at £8.00. Hah - like a douche I've even been paying for 1571 - Voicemail £1.25 a month without realising it. Never f***ing used it.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ilikenewcastle on Sunday 2 October 2016, 02:36:39 PM
Has anyone got a BT youview box? Does it all work via the internet rather than a dish? If so, do you have any problems with lag, and do you find that live shows are a minute or two behind?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Monday 3 October 2016, 05:23:01 PM
Wullie - I think my terrible poker face has done for me again. They've only sent me an email saying "TTFN, see ya wouldn't wanna be ya, loser!". I was expecting more effort to be made to retain my custom. Seems they wanted out of this relationship more than I did in the first place. This feels like sixth year all over again. :dontknow:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Monday 3 October 2016, 05:35:11 PM
I was 9 days away from it all being switched off so I sorted it out today, 50% off TV for the next 10 months while remaining on a rolling contract.  They originally said 30% then 40 then 50.  No change in internet or line rental cost.  All in all it's a saving of ~£11 a month, not bad and I could add sports or movies later and have them for half price apparently.

GM - they did the same thing with me, you just need to leave it for a while then follow the instructions in the Hot UK Deals link.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Monday 3 October 2016, 06:03:51 PM
OK. Cheers mate. I'll make a note in my diary then. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Sunday 16 October 2016, 09:35:08 PM
OK, so I may have done a silly thing.

I got a call out the blue last Saturday morning from Sky asking about why I'd cancelled my Sky TV and kept my broadband/phone on as it was. I explained it was because I was just checking out the broadband market but the likelihood was that I may well be looking to shift my broadband/phone contract to a new provider too sometime soon.

After a lot of talking and being put on hold, followed by more talking and being put on hold, the young lady from Sky offered me free broadband for a year, reduced line rental and told me my Sky+ box would stay operational so I could still record, rewind etc (but on the basis of it effectively being Freesat). Seemed a good deal to me so I took it as I don't really want/need the hassle of switching broadband/phone providers right now. 

Now I've just had an email from them offering 50% off the Sky TV deal - £11.35 a month so I can watch Sky Atlantic/Sky One/maybe even Sky Sports News (not sure). I dunno if that's all that good a deal or whether I'd even use it. Wullie/IP et al - what's your advice please?

Cheers.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Sunday 16 October 2016, 09:38:03 PM
Wullie knows more than me but I just ended up getting 50 per cent off TV, no joy on the Internet front at all so you've done well there by the sound of it.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Sunday 16 October 2016, 09:52:31 PM
OK, cheers fella :thup:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: geofire17814 on Sunday 13 November 2016, 11:30:55 AM
If anyone is interested I can get SkyQ and sky tv half price for 12 months new customers just message me.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Haz on Sunday 13 November 2016, 12:03:59 PM
What can you do for existing customers wanting SKY Q?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: geofire17814 on Sunday 13 November 2016, 01:26:32 PM
Only Half price package upgrades for existing customers if I get owt for sky q I'll let you know:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Wednesday 30 November 2016, 04:48:33 PM
I've just given my 31 day notice to cancel my Sky TV / Phone & Broadband.

I rejoined Sky in January this year from Virgin Media, and on returning got 50% off Boxsets and Movies, Free BB for 12 months, paying full price line rental. Roughly £45/month. From January 2017, my bill would be going up circa £30/month when those offers expire, so I would have been making the call anyway before then.

However, saw a black friday offer from VM for their 'Superfibre 50' for 12 months with no phone line for £18/month. We hardly ever use the home phone, so this was tempting.

Got in touch with Sky, and after telling them I was considering my options due to an imminent increase, and about the VM Fibre offer (as I wanted to switch to fibre BB again), I was offered 20% off the TV Bundle for 10months, if I re-contract for 12m then paying for the BB when that expires and Line rental, which I declined.

Then I was told their final offer was 40% off the TV bundle for 10 of 12 months, line rental reduced to £14.99/month, and free BB again. No offers to upgrade to Sky Fibre were made. So, I told them to proceed wit my cancellation notice.

I have placed the order with VM, and my Sky services go off on 29/12.

However, I have read that recently, once you are in the notice period, the first offer to stay is 50% off the TV bundles, which increases to 60% off as you near the switch off. But some have recently been getting 75% off TV Bundles to go back, once the service has gone off.

So, whilst I wont be taking BB/Phone with Sky, I am keeping an eye on my account for any 'please stay' offers, but may hold out and let it go off, and see if they dangle a 75% 'please come back' offer instead!

At the end of the day, its all a game with these companies... you just gotta be prepared to play it!
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mattypnufc on Wednesday 7 December 2016, 01:03:58 PM
I've just given my 31 day notice to cancel my Sky TV / Phone & Broadband.

I rejoined Sky in January this year from Virgin Media, and on returning got 50% off Boxsets and Movies, Free BB for 12 months, paying full price line rental. Roughly £45/month. From January 2017, my bill would be going up circa £30/month when those offers expire, so I would have been making the call anyway before then.

However, saw a black friday offer from VM for their 'Superfibre 50' for 12 months with no phone line for £18/month. We hardly ever use the home phone, so this was tempting.

Got in touch with Sky, and after telling them I was considering my options due to an imminent increase, and about the VM Fibre offer (as I wanted to switch to fibre BB again), I was offered 20% off the TV Bundle for 10months, if I re-contract for 12m then paying for the BB when that expires and Line rental, which I declined.

Then I was told their final offer was 40% off the TV bundle for 10 of 12 months, line rental reduced to £14.99/month, and free BB again. No offers to upgrade to Sky Fibre were made. So, I told them to proceed wit my cancellation notice.

I have placed the order with VM, and my Sky services go off on 29/12.

However, I have read that recently, once you are in the notice period, the first offer to stay is 50% off the TV bundles, which increases to 60% off as you near the switch off. But some have recently been getting 75% off TV Bundles to go back, once the service has gone off.

So, whilst I wont be taking BB/Phone with Sky, I am keeping an eye on my account for any 'please stay' offers, but may hold out and let it go off, and see if they dangle a 75% 'please come back' offer instead!

At the end of the day, its all a game with these companies... you just gotta be prepared to play it!

VM hold the fibre monopoly in my area.

They were offering £75pm for every sports channel available, 200mb fibre, evening and weekends calls and line rental on a 12 month deal. 

Suffice to say Sky have been begging me to stay every week since...got offered the TV for £14pm yesterday.

Still resisting though as the VM offer is too good really.

Sky's standard BB in my area is terrible.  3mbps download, 0.5mbps upload and ping of over 100ms. My 3G connection on my phone is better.

Anyway, VM installed tomorrow.  Can't wait for fast BB again.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Wednesday 7 December 2016, 01:24:58 PM
VM hold the fibre monopoly in my area.

They were offering £75pm for every sports channel available, 200mb fibre, evening and weekends calls and line rental on a 12 month deal. 

same, i just got 3 months free trial for this from moving into a new place although i don't think i get sky sports...not sure, will find out when i get home

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Wednesday 7 December 2016, 01:36:30 PM
I've just agreed to stay with Sky for my TV Bundle (Boxsets + Cinema), with 60% off for 12 months, rolling contract, and £50 account credit. So that'll be £22.40/month.

The Virgin fibre (50mb) is up and running already, and the Sky BB/Phone still goes off at the end of the month.

Haven't had too many issues with Sky's standard BB, but with son caning it with youtube and online gaming, it was starting to get a bit slow, hence wanting Fibre - but Sky weren't offering me anything on their fibre.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 20 January 2017, 03:00:27 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38694013
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Thursday 26 January 2017, 08:40:39 PM
Can't believe Sky is getting rid of the Discovery channels that's probably 50% of what I watch.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Thursday 26 January 2017, 08:47:42 PM
Can't believe Sky is getting rid of the Discovery channels that's probably 50% of what I watch.

They are cost cutting everywhere to ensure their profits don't go down too much with the new TV contract.

Eurosport is part of discovery as well.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dave on Thursday 26 January 2017, 09:15:41 PM
It's okay, there will be a price reduction. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Turnbull2000 on Friday 27 January 2017, 07:51:24 AM
Couldn't give two sh*ts about Discovery, but losing Eurosport and all the cycling on other hand :dave:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: South-Cheshire-Toon on Friday 27 January 2017, 08:36:21 AM
Have been on BT for 20+ years, but fed up with their 'new customers only' deal.

So talked to TalkTalk, got a fixed price for 24 months, @ £44, calls, unlimited fibre, with the Ent. package.
Switch over went ok no issues, getting slightly slower fibre @ 35mb, from the 41mb i was getting with BT.

Then the following day BT announce price hike,
Note - I did have BT sports - but got a Firestick and got something added - and am well happy with it.

There may be fun and games when i come to renew in 2 years time - but i'm glad to be rid of BT, money grabbing tw*ts.

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 27 January 2017, 09:05:33 AM
Couldn't give two sh*ts about Discovery, but losing Eurosport and all the cycling on other hand :dave:

You can get Eurosport Player for £20 a year at the moment.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Turnbull2000 on Friday 27 January 2017, 01:23:53 PM
Couldn't give two sh*ts about Discovery, but losing Eurosport and all the cycling on other hand :dave:

You can get Eurosport Player for £20 a year at the moment.

Wouldn't that would mean watching it on my small laptop, and through my rubbish 5mb internet connection?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Friday 27 January 2017, 05:37:32 PM
Apparently if anyone is tied to a contract with Sky, this, along with the future March price increase is a breach of contract and you can leave without any penalty.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ED209 on Friday 27 January 2017, 08:25:45 PM
Have been on BT for 20+ years, but fed up with their 'new customers only' deal.

So talked to TalkTalk, got a fixed price for 24 months, @ £44, calls, unlimited fibre, with the Ent. package.
Switch over went ok no issues, getting slightly slower fibre @ 35mb, from the 41mb i was getting with BT.

Then the following day BT announce price hike,
Note - I did have BT sports - but got a Firestick and got kodi added - and am well happy with it.

There may be fun and games when i come to renew in 2 years time - but i'm glad to be rid of BT, money grabbing tw*ts.




Are talk talk and BT not ultimately the same company?

I set up a move to talk talk last year. Their service was so utterly crap I cancelled before they even installed it.

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 27 January 2017, 09:23:52 PM
Have been on BT for 20+ years, but fed up with their 'new customers only' deal.

So talked to TalkTalk, got a fixed price for 24 months, @ £44, calls, unlimited fibre, with the Ent. package.
Switch over went ok no issues, getting slightly slower fibre @ 35mb, from the 41mb i was getting with BT.

Then the following day BT announce price hike,
Note - I did have BT sports - but got a Firestick and got kodi added - and am well happy with it.

There may be fun and games when i come to renew in 2 years time - but i'm glad to be rid of BT, money grabbing tw*ts.




Are talk talk and BT not ultimately the same company?

I set up a move to talk talk last year. Their service was so utterly crap I cancelled before they even installed it.



No.

BT OpenReach which is a separate arm to BT provide the infrastructure which allows BT, TalkTalk, Vodafone, EE etc to provide Broadband, IPTV and Telephone services.

BT OpenReach are utterly clueless.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Coco on Saturday 28 January 2017, 04:28:34 AM
I'm finally in a position to upgrade my shitty broadband connection. We've been getting flyers for the last two years, advertising gigabit fibre. Suffice to say it has been available until now. As much time as I spend online, I think 1000mb download speeds are probably a bit unnecessary . I'll make do with the 350mb for €50 a month.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Adam^ on Saturday 28 January 2017, 10:13:02 AM
Can't believe Sky is getting rid of the Discovery channels that's probably 50% of what I watch.

If they go, I'll finally bin sky. The biggest problem now is that if you want to watch sport you're paying a disgusting amount for it, and even then you only get Sky or BT. I thought the whole point of BT sport being in the market was to drive competition and make it cheaper for consumers, not for them to out compete each other in overpaying for football rights. Can't wait till you can just stream everything, paying £25 a month for 70MB fibre with plusnet is how things should be, if only we could get rid of the stupid line rental charges...
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: loki679 on Saturday 28 January 2017, 10:16:10 AM
It's a bit silly, like.  We get every premiership game in HD over here for about 4 quid a month
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Si on Saturday 28 January 2017, 11:23:05 AM
Now TV is dirt cheap. Don't know why more people do that if it's just the entertainment channels you want.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Saturday 28 January 2017, 08:46:33 PM
You know how I fixed my Sky TV and broadband deal recenty, folks? I was dead chuffed. I got Sky broadband free for a year, half price line rental for the phone and they halved the basic TV package price for a year. Nice one I thought...

Until I got an email the other day from the two-faced t***s advising me that they're increasing the cost of the line rental, and the monthly broadband charge is going up as well. What happened to the deal, I wonder? :rant:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Saturday 28 January 2017, 08:57:08 PM
You know how I fixed my Sky TV and broadband deal recenty, folks? I was dead chuffed. I got Sky broadband free for a year, half price line rental for the phone and they halved the basic TV package price for a year. Nice one I thought...

Until I got an email the other day from the two-faced t***s advising me that they're increasing the cost of the line rental, and the monthly broadband charge is going up as well. What happened to the deal, I wonder? :rant:
If your broadband offer was free that should stay regardless of any price increases

Line rental went up by £1.59 so your price increase should be £0.79 per month
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Karjala on Sunday 29 January 2017, 11:24:55 PM
Couldn't give two sh*ts about Discovery, but losing Eurosport and all the cycling on other hand :dave:

You can get Eurosport Player for £20 a year at the moment.

Wouldn't that would mean watching it on my small laptop, and through my rubbish 5mb internet connection?
Just paid the £20 for the year too, even though ive got about 5 versions of eurosport from around Europe via my satellite dish, it was an excellent deal.

Eurosport Player app is available on most Smart TVs and also Firestick etc. You can get a Firestick for no more than £35 and have Eurosport Player on there, plugged into your TV.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 30 January 2017, 09:46:07 AM
Couldn't give two sh*ts about Discovery, but losing Eurosport and all the cycling on other hand :dave:

You can get Eurosport Player for £20 a year at the moment.

Wouldn't that would mean watching it on my small laptop, and through my rubbish 5mb internet connection?
Just paid the £20 for the year too, even though ive got about 5 versions of eurosport from around Europe via my satellite dish, it was an excellent deal.

Eurosport Player app is available on most Smart TVs and also Firestick etc. You can get a Firestick for no more than £35 and have Eurosport Player on there, plugged into your TV.

Do it via Chromecast as well.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Adam^ on Monday 30 January 2017, 11:14:39 AM
Whats the best way to still have all the documentary channels? I like sky sports but right now I only really use it for the cricket and NFL (which I can find elsewhere if needed....) I've looked at BT for TV but I'd have to move to their broadband, and I currently have a great deal with plusnet.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 07:41:22 PM
Discovery and Sky have come to an agreement, the channels will remain.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Incognito on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 07:46:41 PM
Discovery and Sky have come to an agreement, the channels will remain.
Link?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Chike on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 08:00:58 PM
It's on Eurosports twitter
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Elliottman on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 08:02:20 PM
I've been with virgin for four years and the box is now old and s***. Am.i entitled to a new one?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 08:03:05 PM
I've been with virgin for four years and the box is now old and s***. Am.i entitled to a new one?

I think it depends on the package you are on.  They've just brought out the new 4K box for the highest package.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Adam^ on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 08:34:18 PM
Discovery and Sky have come to an agreement, the channels will remain.
Link?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3hZr29WEAEdEkZ.jpg)

https://twitter.com/DiscoveryUK?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Incognito on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 08:35:42 PM
:thup:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Elliottman on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 01:19:32 PM
I've been with virgin for four years and the box is now old and s***. Am.i entitled to a new one?

I think it depends on the package you are on.  They've just brought out the new 4K box for the highest package.

 :thup:

Managed to get one for 40quid.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 01:58:56 PM
I've been with virgin for four years and the box is now old and s***. Am.i entitled to a new one?

I think it depends on the package you are on.  They've just brought out the new 4K box for the highest package.

 :thup:

Managed to get one for 40quid.

The 4k box?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 02:08:13 PM
Looking to improve on my current £22.32 per month for unlimited Sky broadband (that includes line rental).

Not interested in TV package as it stands.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 02:11:41 PM
Looking to improve on my current £22.32 per month for unlimited Sky broadband (that includes line rental).

Not interested in TV package as it stands.

Any suggestions?

That's a good deal tbh.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 02:26:15 PM
Looking to improve on my current £22.32 per month for unlimited Sky broadband (that includes line rental).

Not interested in TV package as it stands.

Any suggestions?
Is that with a call package?

Go onto broadbandchoices and see what deals are available, might even be worth checking what offers quidco has
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 03:05:50 PM
Looking to improve on my current £22.32 per month for unlimited Sky broadband (that includes line rental).

Not interested in TV package as it stands.

Any suggestions?
Is that with a call package?

Go onto broadbandchoices and see what deals are available, might even be worth checking what offers quidco has

I don't use the landline other than to haggle with Sky so I believe a lot of the options are removed to keep price as low as possible.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 03:07:28 PM
Then you could probably get cheaper, free broadband deals are not uncommon so could get away with paying just the line rental which is typically £18-19

But for the sake of a few quid sometimes it's not worth switching if the broadband has been reliable and works for you
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 03:26:31 PM
Then you could probably get cheaper, free broadband deals are not uncommon so could get away with paying just the line rental which is typically £18-19

But for the sake of a few quid sometimes it's not worth switching if the broadband has been reliable and works for you

Yes that is the dilemma I dare say. Mines not spectacular at around 8+ and I do wonder if they choke it at times but it's usually enough to stream video content.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 03:29:33 PM
Then you could probably get cheaper, free broadband deals are not uncommon so could get away with paying just the line rental which is typically £18-19

But for the sake of a few quid sometimes it's not worth switching if the broadband has been reliable and works for you

Yes that is the dilemma I dare say. Mines not spectacular at around 8+ and I do wonder if they choke it at times but it's usually enough to stream video content.
The speeds will largely be the same if you go to another BT based supplier BUT the service with some of them is shocking, only way to get faster speeds is upgrade to fibre if available or if Virgin Media is in your area
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 03:37:00 PM
Then you could probably get cheaper, free broadband deals are not uncommon so could get away with paying just the line rental which is typically £18-19

But for the sake of a few quid sometimes it's not worth switching if the broadband has been reliable and works for you

Yes that is the dilemma I dare say. Mines not spectacular at around 8+ and I do wonder if they choke it at times but it's usually enough to stream video content.
The speeds will largely be the same if you go to another BT based supplier BUT the service with some of them is shocking, only way to get faster speeds is upgrade to fibre if available or if Virgin Media is in your area

Yes I'd imagine. Virgin etc available but can't see why I need the extra speed for the extra cost it entails. I can imagine it being useful in a family environment but there's only me most of the time.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 04:14:01 PM
Discovery and Sky have come to an agreement, the channels will remain.

Amazing that a deal was reached less than 24 hours before they may have gone off.

Smacks of a big publicity stunt from both sides, TBH.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 04:15:23 PM
Discovery and Sky have come to an agreement, the channels will remain.

Amazing that a deal was reached less than 24 hours before they may have gone off.

Smacks of a big publicity stunt from both sides, TBH.  :rolleyes:
Possibly, especially for Discovery, up until this last week didn't realise how passionate people were about it
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Elliottman on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 10:49:01 PM
I've been with virgin for four years and the box is now old and s***. Am.i entitled to a new one?

I think it depends on the package you are on.  They've just brought out the new 4K box for the highest package.

 :thup:

Managed to get one for 40quid.

The 4k box?

Yeah.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Thursday 2 February 2017, 12:27:04 AM
I've been with virgin for four years and the box is now old and s***. Am.i entitled to a new one?

I think it depends on the package you are on.  They've just brought out the new 4K box for the highest package.

 :thup:

Managed to get one for 40quid.

The 4k box?

Yeah.

Good price.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Thursday 2 February 2017, 11:40:33 AM
Anyone used First Utility for broadband? As I get my utilities through them they are offering £18.99 including line rental.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Saturday 4 February 2017, 08:25:21 PM
You know how I fixed my Sky TV and broadband deal recenty, folks? I was dead chuffed. I got Sky broadband free for a year, half price line rental for the phone and they halved the basic TV package price for a year. Nice one I thought...

Until I got an email the other day from the two-faced t***s advising me that they're increasing the cost of the line rental, and the monthly broadband charge is going up as well. What happened to the deal, I wonder? :rant:
If your broadband offer was free that should stay regardless of any price increases

Line rental went up by £1.59 so your price increase should be £0.79 per month

OK, cheers mate. WIll keep an eye on the bill when it comes through. :thup:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Saturday 4 February 2017, 08:28:04 PM
Anyone got any ideas why I can't get More4 on my basic Sky TV package? I thought it was a Freeview channel anyway? Seems odd Sky would block it?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Saturday 4 February 2017, 08:40:47 PM
Working fine for me. Does it say the channel is blocked or is it just not working?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Tuesday 7 February 2017, 09:42:33 PM
Working fine for me. Does it say the channel is blocked or is it just not working?

Looks like I'll need to contact customer service
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Tuesday 7 February 2017, 10:01:00 PM
What does it say when you're on the channel?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Nexumaster on Wednesday 8 February 2017, 09:57:01 AM
Wanted to get a better deal for TV and Broadband as I'm now paying £40+ for my deal as I've been with Sky so long I no longer qualify for much of a deal - however, they other options out there don't seem any better. Need good broadband for netflix and like having sky atlantic/FX/Sky sports news/cartoon network.

It's a shame they don't let you build your own specific channel package. Hoping Netflix goes from strength to strength buying up shows so I don't have to faff with this much longer.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: GeordieMessiah on Friday 10 February 2017, 12:08:43 PM
What does it say when you're on the channel?

Turns out I was talking about the worng channel - it was E4 causing the problem initially rather than More4 (excuse my senility). And it must have been E4 HD rather than plain old E4 as I'd only found out because it recorded something on E4 as a blue screen saying I had to add the channel to my package. So, blushes all round on my behalf, but thanks for asking! :blush:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: HawK on Friday 10 February 2017, 02:42:37 PM
Got an e-mail from BT a few days ago about a price increase, my contract runs until Dec 2017. Because the increase was more than X% of the base contract amount, I'm allowed to cancel with no early termination fees if I contact them within 30 days of the price increase e-mail.

So I phoned up Sky the next day and got a much better deal. Speaking to the lad on the phone, apparently loads of people have been moving across from BT this week.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: XDShola on Tuesday 21 March 2017, 07:13:47 AM
Looking to leave Virgin and look elsewhere for Broadband, got over 200meg but the wifi is shocking and im paying 50 quid a month just for Net + Phone which hasn't been used in the 2 years ive been with them. Heard mixed things about the likes of BT and Sky so any recommendations would be appreciated. Looked on the likes of Uswitch and all thats looking tempting in terms of Speed and price are BT Virgin and Sky.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Tuesday 21 March 2017, 09:13:14 AM
Looking to leave Virgin and look elsewhere for Broadband, got over 200meg but the wifi is shocking and im paying 50 quid a month just for Net + Phone which hasn't been used in the 2 years ive been with them. Heard mixed things about the likes of BT and Sky so any recommendations would be appreciated. Looked on the likes of Uswitch and all thats looking tempting in terms of Speed and price are BT Virgin and Sky.

The wifi will practically be the same on others.  They all use basically the same cheapish hardware.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: NJS on Tuesday 21 March 2017, 09:14:30 AM
Looking to leave Virgin and look elsewhere for Broadband, got over 200meg but the wifi is shocking and im paying 50 quid a month just for Net + Phone which hasn't been used in the 2 years ive been with them. Heard mixed things about the likes of BT and Sky so any recommendations would be appreciated. Looked on the likes of Uswitch and all thats looking tempting in terms of Speed and price are BT Virgin and Sky.
Put your "router" in modem mode and buy a proper WiFi router.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Thursday 20 April 2017, 09:06:21 PM
I'm not sure how true this is and someone on here will probably know a lot more than me but I heard today that Sky are going to offer all existing customers a deal on a new Q box.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: sempuki on Sunday 23 April 2017, 11:57:31 PM
Anyone heard about Sky breaking up their coverage?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/golf/article-4377230/Sky-s-golf-coverage-driving-rugby-rough.html
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ketsbaia on Friday 26 May 2017, 12:36:24 PM
Just getting my head around the different speeds and numbers of getting broadband. Should 17 Mbps cover a two-person flat, with regular Netflix usage and other streaming?

Apparently Zen are good but I'm always nervous about smaller providers.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 26 May 2017, 01:05:05 PM
Just getting my head around the different speeds and numbers of getting broadband. Should 17 Mbps cover a two-person flat, with regular Netflix usage and other streaming?

Apparently Zen are good but I'm always nervous about smaller providers.
Yes but 17mbps is what if call snail pace our days.  I'm getting close to 100mbps on virgin and on their smallest package.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Friday 26 May 2017, 01:12:11 PM
Just getting my head around the different speeds and numbers of getting broadband. Should 17 Mbps cover a two-person flat, with regular Netflix usage and other streaming?

Apparently Zen are good but I'm always nervous about smaller providers.
Could put you in touch with with my cousins company, think he does VPN's and such as well.
https://www.call27.net
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dr.Spaceman on Friday 26 May 2017, 01:15:49 PM
Just getting my head around the different speeds and numbers of getting broadband. Should 17 Mbps cover a two-person flat, with regular Netflix usage and other streaming?

Apparently Zen are good but I'm always nervous about smaller providers.
Yes but 17mbps is what if call snail pace our days.  I'm getting close to 100mbps on virgin and on their smallest package.

17mbps will be fine for Netflix.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 26 May 2017, 06:07:04 PM
Just getting my head around the different speeds and numbers of getting broadband. Should 17 Mbps cover a two-person flat, with regular Netflix usage and other streaming?

Apparently Zen are good but I'm always nervous about smaller providers.
Yes but 17mbps is what if call snail pace our days.  I'm getting close to 100mbps on virgin and on their smallest package.

17mbps will be fine for Netflix.
I said that.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Thursday 1 June 2017, 05:56:08 PM
Looks like leaving Sky, I've been with them since 1991 (in one form or another) and my bill goes up to £120 a month next month for everything apart from movies and bt sport, I've just been offered virgin media VIP with movies and bt sport for £80 a month with no installation fee or activation fee and £50 off my first bill , I rang sky to tell them and they didn't even offer me a deal they just said OK no problem
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Lush Vlad on Thursday 1 June 2017, 10:41:37 PM
I did similar, Chopey. Left it for a bit and they offered something measely straight after hanging up the phone. Then eventually not long before quitting time. They did it for half price.

Got a similar full cost on my package and had it down to £50 odd a month last year and just over £60 now.

I read if you wait longer or let it cancel and sign back up. You can get even better deals. But I couldn't be arsed with the hassle. I think I'll eventually end up getting BT, mind. As I doubt it will go on forever.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Crumpy Gunt on Thursday 1 June 2017, 10:46:07 PM
Now this card sharing malarkey has ended will SKY do any intro offers? Just want sports - no net or phone.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Belfast Boy on Thursday 22 June 2017, 09:22:52 AM
We had our house up for sale as we are having to downsize. Got an offer on Monday and everything is being rushed through as the offer is conditional on them moving in at the end of the month. Long story short, we are staying with in laws for a couple of months until we have a new place sorted. Currently have a BT contract till Feb 18 and they are saying only two choices. Transfer a line into temporary address (ie relatives house will have a second line fitted) or pay £491 to cancel the contract. That's more than the 8 months of £51 left on the contract. Bloody madness!!
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ToonTastic on Thursday 22 June 2017, 03:11:21 PM
Now this card sharing malarkey has ended will SKY do any intro offers? Just want sports - no net or phone.

Not just worth getting Now TV for that ?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Thursday 22 June 2017, 06:15:24 PM
We had our house up for sale as we are having to downsize. Got an offer on Monday and everything is being rushed through as the offer is conditional on them moving in at the end of the month. Long story short, we are staying with in laws for a couple of months until we have a new place sorted. Currently have a BT contract till Feb 18 and they are saying only two choices. Transfer a line into temporary address (ie relatives house will have a second line fitted) or pay £491 to cancel the contract. That's more than the 8 months of £51 left on the contract. Bloody madness!!
You are allowed to buy out the remainder of your contract for it's original price. It's law.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Tuesday 27 June 2017, 03:01:04 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jun/27/sky-sports-channels-prices-football-golf-cricket

About time.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 27 June 2017, 03:21:04 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jun/27/sky-sports-channels-prices-football-golf-cricket

About time.

Definitely interested if I can buy just football, especially through Now TV or another online channel.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: sempuki on Tuesday 27 June 2017, 04:53:23 PM
I bet they don't put SSN on the new Sky Football channel or whatever it's called.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Tuesday 27 June 2017, 05:27:13 PM
I bet they don't put SSN on the new Sky Football channel or whatever it's called.

You don't even need Sky Sports for SSN at the moment, can't see that changing.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: sempuki on Monday 10 July 2017, 08:59:44 PM
https://corporate.sky.com/media-centre/news-page/2017/new-sky-sports-line-up-gives-customers-more-choice-and-channels-at-the-same-price-and-individual-channel-packs-for-the-first-time
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: STM on Monday 31 July 2017, 03:11:43 PM
Rang sky up and they offered me a sky Q box for 20 quid, with no monthly charge. So i went for it. What's the catch here?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: OCK on Monday 31 July 2017, 08:55:51 PM
The box is utter gash, or at least that's what I've heard. It suffers from the same horrible slow UI experience as the Virgin Tivo.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: samptime29 on Monday 31 July 2017, 09:31:19 PM
Don't have Sky at the min. Got a password for BT Sport off pal, so watch that on laptop. I have Talk Talk internet, paying £25.00 a month, ordered a Talk Talk TV box, and it costs £8.50 a month for all the Sky Sports channels. Paying £33.50 all in for 18 months.

Canny deal. Pretty happy with it. Delivered Thursday, so perfect timing for new season.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: henke on Monday 31 July 2017, 10:42:12 PM
Rang sky up and they offered me a sky Q box for 20 quid, with no monthly charge. So i went for it. What's the catch here?

We got offered an upgrade to fibre broadband if we to had a Q box installed, same monthly fee. My reaction was the same, what's the catch.

As always sky f***ed up and we were without internet for a week, when they did the wiring mod they connected the wrong house!

Once you get used to the new box it's fine, we've had no problems. Only issue is the router is garbage.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Crumpy Gunt on Tuesday 1 August 2017, 03:12:57 PM
Well, after the cardsharing finished  I've went over to IPTV. Paid £50 for a year subscription. It's been decent so far tbf. Had a little bit down time as they upgrade etc. But the biggest test will be when the premier league kicks off and everyone piles into the 3pm KO. Loads of Vod as well.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Jaqen on Wednesday 2 August 2017, 03:32:36 AM
I've got Virgin a 200mb connection with the superhub running in modem mode directly linked to my PS4 and I'm getting speeds that vary drastically and it's totally unplayable. 0.5mb download at times ffs :lol:

This has been going on for like 6 months now and they are absolutely awful to deal with. Really want to switch providers but Sky and BT have quoted speeds of 8-18mb if I go with them :anguish:






Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Decky on Wednesday 2 August 2017, 03:42:33 AM
Switched from Talk Talk to BT Infinity last week and the difference is ridiculous. £15 cheaper a month, a far superior router and my speeds have more than doubled. Plus I have the whole BT Wifi thing to use wifi out and about for no extra charge. Talk Talk really are the absolute worst, I wouldn't recommend them to anyone. Constant price hikes and dreadful internet.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Thursday 3 August 2017, 08:12:20 PM
Has anyone joined sky VIP they put me in platinum but I reckon I'm black
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ToonTastic on Tuesday 8 August 2017, 01:37:16 PM
Has anyone joined sky VIP they put me in platinum but I reckon I'm black

Yes, only gold apparently, but I got free sky extra plus and a free buy to keep movie. Currently trying to negotiate my sky package down though. 
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: reefatoon on Tuesday 8 August 2017, 01:49:45 PM
I am platinum yes, and they still expect me to pay an extra £6 on top of the £18pm to just get the premier league channel in HD, the absolute total bunch of useless, money grabbing, twatting, arsehole c***s that they are.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ToonTastic on Tuesday 8 August 2017, 04:00:38 PM
I am platinum yes, and they still expect me to pay an extra £6 on top of the £18pm to just get the premier league channel in HD, the absolute total bunch of useless, money grabbing, twatting, arsehole c***s that they are.

Yeah they want me to pay £10 for an "admin fee" to entitle me to keep offers for 18 months. This despite then wanting to lock me into a new 18 month contract and the fact the offer is more than the price of a new customer  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Northerngimp on Tuesday 8 August 2017, 04:05:06 PM
Don't sign up.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: ToonTastic on Tuesday 8 August 2017, 05:36:59 PM
To that "deal" or to VIP?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Thursday 10 August 2017, 11:21:05 AM
Loving this new Sky Sports format, Sky Sports News is currently on 3 of the 8 Sky Sports channels........!!!
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Thursday 10 August 2017, 10:23:27 PM
Has anyone joined sky VIP they put me in platinum but I reckon I'm black
Black is for customers that have been with Sky 15 years plus.

If there was a break in service at any point that would have broken the tenure.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Thursday 10 August 2017, 10:31:29 PM
Has anyone joined sky VIP they put me in platinum but I reckon I'm black
Black is for customers that have been with Sky 15 years plus.

If there was a break in service at any point that would have broken the tenure.

Yip I moved house and I got told at the time to cancel for a month and then start back up at a new address for a better new customer deal I explained this to them and they said no, so I'm back to 11 years.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Interpolic on Friday 11 August 2017, 10:03:56 AM
I'm gold on this Sky VIP thing, seems you get the square root of f*** all.  Cheers Sky, knew you loved me.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Sunday 13 August 2017, 09:28:34 AM
Another f***ing Virgin Media price rise. I think that's 3 inside 12 months.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Sunday 13 August 2017, 09:33:27 AM
Virgin are massively f***ing up like. Considering the deals that Sky and BT have, I'll be leaving.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Sunday 13 August 2017, 09:36:22 AM
Virgin are massively f***ing up like. Considering the deals that Sky and BT have, I'll be leaving.

Yeah? Generally only really use the internet out of the three primary services so tend to get the cut down versions of the other two (phone and TV). Still worth switching you reckon?

Not sure I could morally give money to Sky, mind :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Sunday 13 August 2017, 09:40:19 AM
when virgin have tried to increase the price i call them and kick off then they just apply some bullshit offer to the account and it stays where it was
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Sunday 13 August 2017, 10:04:09 AM
Virgin are massively f***ing up like. Considering the deals that Sky and BT have, I'll be leaving.

Yeah? Generally only really use the internet out of the three primary services so tend to get the cut down versions of the other two (phone and TV). Still worth switching you reckon?

Not sure I could morally give money to Sky, mind
The package I have is basic TV, 50meg broadband and a phone line I don't use. That's about £45 a month.

Sky are offering basic TV with full sports and movies add ons, fibre optic broadband and phone line for around £40.

It's not the standard deal and apparently you have to try a few times, but eventually they'll do it for you.

Agree about the moral justification for it, like. I'd really rather not.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170813/0fb91d07b2bcb5bae26c265c7c8136cd.jpg)
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Sunday 13 August 2017, 10:07:30 AM
It's all about getting the right person. Sky and BT have this measurement called RPAU which is essentially the amount you save or lose against a customer's current package. If you get someone who's looking to hit all their targets they'll not give you the very best package. If you call through and find someone who sounds like they hate life then you're in business.

Source: worked in BT and ended up hating life. Gave all customers the very best they had to offer.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Sunday 13 August 2017, 10:07:45 AM
I'd check what speed you would get.  My mate gets 5mb download speed with Sky Broadband which is a absolute disgrace in 2017.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Sunday 13 August 2017, 10:12:42 AM
:thup: Cheers all.

Got a mate who works for Sky (not sales or customer services though) who always says she can get me a deal. Maybe she can put me through to a sound RPAU person.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Sunday 13 August 2017, 10:13:18 AM
BT broadband blows Sky's out of the water. If it's Internet you care about never leave BT for Sky.

It's the opposite for TV packages. BTTV needs an aerial for the free view channels and then needs an ethernet cable or broadband extenders for the rest. Even then it's still nowhere near as good as Sky.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Sunday 13 August 2017, 10:17:12 AM
I dunno if things have changed but there used to be no reason why broadband through a BT line should be any different through any other ISP using the line. BT Wholesale were the provider for all ISPs, including BT Retail. I left BT in 2005 like , things have probably changed a canny bit since then.

Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Sunday 13 August 2017, 10:21:39 AM
BT's the worst company I've dealt with so would rather give Murdoch my money than them or EE.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Sunday 13 August 2017, 10:22:58 AM
I dunno if things have changed but there used to be no reason why broadband through a BT line should be any different through any other ISP using the line. BT Wholesale were the provider for all ISPs, including BT Retail. I left BT in 2005 like , things have probably changed a canny bit since then.



Well, this is why Openreach is being broken from BT as Sky etc found out that BT still got preferential treatment.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Menace on Sunday 13 August 2017, 10:57:25 AM
TalkTalk been fine for me. Moved house, they done the installation for free and gave me a new router too.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Thursday 17 August 2017, 05:36:32 PM
Virgin rang me up to try and save me from going and came up with the goods.

Doubled my broadband speed from 50 meg to 100 meg
All Sky Sports in HD
All BT Sports in HD
£47 a month, which is what I was already paying.

Well worth cancelling with them to get the deal you want.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Sunday 27 August 2017, 12:37:19 PM
Just put my 30 day notice in with Virgin Media, after receiving the price rise letter, giving me the option to bail out early without any early leaving charges.

Have been on an offer since last November for their Superfibre 50 at £18/month without a phone service (didn't need it last year, but need one again now). Got the price rise letter, which says they'd honour the discount until the end of November, but then my bill would go up £1.99/month on top of the adjustment for the end of my offer - so I'd be paying almost £35/month from December.

Have signed up for Vodafones home broadband, up to 76mb for £30/month incl phone line. They also have an offer on for a free joining gift worth up to £199 at the moment (choice of Sonos speaker, £75 gift card, etc).

Virgin did offer to add the phone service to my current offer, but that still came in at £37/month before any price rises/deal ends. They didn't offer to increase my fibre speed or anything, though.

I have Sky TV, and looked at their fibre deals, but they were still more expensive than Vodafone for the equivalent services.

Just hope the Vodafone service ok (for me). Have read some differing reviews.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: samptime29 on Sunday 27 August 2017, 01:40:41 PM
Really happy with my £33 internet and Sky Sports deal with Talk Talk. No problems so far and feels like a solid deal.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Monday 28 August 2017, 10:36:32 AM
Virgin rang me up to try and save me from going and came up with the goods.

Doubled my broadband speed from 50 meg to 100 meg
All Sky Sports in HD
All BT Sports in HD
£47 a month, which is what I was already paying.

Well worth cancelling with them to get the deal you want.

did you just cancel with them then they rang you back or did you ring up and give them a price that you're getting elsewhere and they matched it?

hate doing this sort of thing but i got the £3 increase letter and am paying £44 or something now (not sure) for 100 meg and a phone line only

can't be f***ed with that anymore tbh
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Monday 28 August 2017, 10:41:32 AM
Virgin rang me up to try and save me from going and came up with the goods.

Doubled my broadband speed from 50 meg to 100 meg
All Sky Sports in HD
All BT Sports in HD
£47 a month, which is what I was already paying.

Well worth cancelling with them to get the deal you want.

did you just cancel with them then they rang you back or did you ring up and give them a price that you're getting elsewhere and they matched it?

hate doing this sort of thing but i got the £3 increase letter and am paying £44 or something now (not sure) for 100 meg and a phone line only

can't be f***ed with that anymore tbh
Aye, I quoted the £44 ish price that I found someone had been offered with Sky, told them they'd offered me that and they said they couldn't do it. So I cancelled and got a call a few days later where they offered me that deal above on a 12 month contract.


This is the deal I told them I was getting with Sky.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170828/7614b365cd4fa1b87f96e87281d32e20.jpg)
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Monday 28 August 2017, 11:00:01 AM
Nice one. Despise this kind of thing but f*** em.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: MW on Monday 28 August 2017, 04:37:18 PM
The Virgin box is painfully un-user friendly. So slow and unresponsive. Sky s***s all over it for that reason.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Monday 28 August 2017, 07:38:23 PM
The TiVo box? I got the best one with the original deal I got, but it could definitely do with improvement like.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Geordie Ahmed on Monday 28 August 2017, 08:26:18 PM
BT broadband blows Sky's out of the water. If it's Internet you care about never leave BT for Sky.

It's the opposite for TV packages. BTTV needs an aerial for the free view channels and then needs an ethernet cable or broadband extenders for the rest. Even then it's still nowhere near as good as Sky.
This is simply not true

The primary factor when it comes to broadband is based on your line, so companies are somewhat limited as to the speed

However BT are the most complained about Broadband provider whilst Sky is the least so you're wrong
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: MW on Monday 28 August 2017, 08:29:50 PM
The TiVo box? I got the best one with the original deal I got, but it could definitely do with improvement like.

Yeh.

Even something like deleting something recorded is painful. And it keeps recording random shows, any idea why?!
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Twinport53 on Monday 28 August 2017, 08:40:30 PM
BT broadband blows Sky's out of the water. If it's Internet you care about never leave BT for Sky.

It's the opposite for TV packages. BTTV needs an aerial for the free view channels and then needs an ethernet cable or broadband extenders for the rest. Even then it's still nowhere near as good as Sky.
This is simply not true

The primary factor when it comes to broadband is based on your line, so companies are somewhat limited as to the speed

However BT are the most complained about Broadband provider whilst Sky is the least so you're wrong

BT and Virgin are the only owners of landlines in the country. BT loan the lines and cap their capacity so sub lenders like Sky and talk talk can never offer higher speeds. So BT should rightly have higher speeds.

Virgins fibre should blow everything out of the water since there is far less customer usage on the lines, yet even their 400mb business fibre still struggles. Their project lightening was set up to expand and improve existing lines, yet nowt seems to make it better. My last 2 houses i've had Virgin, with the advertised 200mb package. Sometimes the down speed is as low as 18mb. It's pathetic :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Bimpy474 on Monday 28 August 2017, 08:45:30 PM
BT broadband blows Sky's out of the water. If it's Internet you care about never leave BT for Sky.

It's the opposite for TV packages. BTTV needs an aerial for the free view channels and then needs an ethernet cable or broadband extenders for the rest. Even then it's still nowhere near as good as Sky.
This is simply not true

The primary factor when it comes to broadband is based on your line, so companies are somewhat limited as to the speed

However BT are the most complained about Broadband provider whilst Sky is the least so you're wrong

I've just switched from Sky Broadband to BT Broadband and while BT's is quicker and very good when it's working. I have daily drop outs with BT usually around 6pm, something i'm complaining about right now. That never happened at all with Sky.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Wednesday 30 August 2017, 04:33:49 PM
Does the maximum advertised internet speed really matter?

I have 200mbps via Virgin Media. Speedtest.net puts me at 174mbps, but whenever I do any completely legal peer-to-peer file sharing, I'd be delighted if it tops out at 3mbps :lol:

So what am I actually losing if I switch to BT's 52mbps?

[/might belong in Daft Questions]
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: loki679 on Wednesday 30 August 2017, 05:23:05 PM
Does the maximum advertised internet speed really matter?

I have 200mbps via Virgin Media. Speedtest.net puts me at 174mbps, but whenever I do any completely legal peer-to-peer file sharing, I'd be delighted if it tops out at 3mbps :lol:

So what am I actually losing if I switch to BT's 52mbps?

[/might belong in Daft Questions]

P2P will depend on the other persons upload speed rather than your download speed.  The 174 is bits not bytes too so that's a theoretical maximum of about 21MB/s.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Wednesday 30 August 2017, 05:32:30 PM
The TiVo box? I got the best one with the original deal I got, but it could definitely do with improvement like.

Yeh.

Even something like deleting something recorded is painful. And it keeps recording random shows, any idea why?!
They're suggestions based on what you watch I think. I don't mind that too much, it's quite often right and it only ever keeps a few as well.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Wednesday 30 August 2017, 05:33:52 PM
BT broadband blows Sky's out of the water. If it's Internet you care about never leave BT for Sky.

It's the opposite for TV packages. BTTV needs an aerial for the free view channels and then needs an ethernet cable or broadband extenders for the rest. Even then it's still nowhere near as good as Sky.
This is simply not true

The primary factor when it comes to broadband is based on your line, so companies are somewhat limited as to the speed

However BT are the most complained about Broadband provider whilst Sky is the least so you're wrong

BT and Virgin are the only owners of landlines in the country. BT loan the lines and cap their capacity so sub lenders like Sky and talk talk can never offer higher speeds. So BT should rightly have higher speeds.

Virgins fibre should blow everything out of the water since there is far less customer usage on the lines, yet even their 400mb business fibre still struggles. Their project lightening was set up to expand and improve existing lines, yet nowt seems to make it better. My last 2 houses i've had Virgin, with the advertised 200mb package. Sometimes the down speed is as low as 18mb. It's pathetic
And Kingston Communications. Just to be an ex BT employee pedant.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 06:34:14 AM
I think there's a glitch on my BT. I logged in to have a look at my bill and I always check my package to see if it would give me it cheaper. It was offering me loads and loads of retention deals. Was able to reduce my monthly price while upgrading fibre and adding the max TV package. Fairly sure it's glitched but I've received the confirmation emails.

Worth a shot.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: hakka on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 06:48:44 AM
My few pence worth. Virgin promise huge speeds but rarely deliver them. It's all about your local exchange and how utilised it is. If you live in a populated area then peak times will have up to 100mb or 200mb service crawling as low as 1% of speed that value. It's infuriating. You will find at 2am you get blistering speeds when next nobody in your area is online.

BT will advertise slower speeds and be honest if they can't deliver the full speed in your area, but you will just get what they've promised. The area I moved to 2 years ago is slightly more rural and they just got fibre when I got there. Advertised 76mb service was advised to me it will likely peak in my area at around 40mb as it's still being developed, but it's smooth and consistent at that speed. Never felt it was slowing down by noticeable amounts.

On Virgin the swings of performance was so huge I was forever checking my speeds. Was never happy as even if I was getting 50mb to 70mb, it always felt like I was getting a fraction of what I was paying for. Until Virgin start loving up to their promises I will keep to BT. My dad is still with Virgin and gets similar issues.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: hakka on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 06:49:22 AM
I think there's a glitch on my BT. I logged in to have a look at my bill and I always check my package to see if it would give me it cheaper. It was offering me loads and loads of retention deals. Was able to reduce my monthly price while upgrading fibre and adding the max TV package. Fairly sure it's glitched but I've received the confirmation emails.

Worth a shot.

Good shout, will have a look if mine is glitching!
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: SuperFlat on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 09:56:47 AM
Nice one, currently upgrading my broadband, for nearly a tenner less than I currently pay. Cheers!
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 12:49:11 PM
The TiVo box? I got the best one with the original deal I got, but it could definitely do with improvement like.

Yeh.

Even something like deleting something recorded is painful. And it keeps recording random shows, any idea why?!
They're suggestions based on what you watch I think. I don't mind that too much, it's quite often right and it only ever keeps a few as well.
Aye, you can turn it off as well.
Apparently the new TiVo box (TiVo V6) is much better.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 12:52:54 PM
Having to move back in with my mam and stepdad until a better job comes along. They can only get Sky where they live and have Sky Q with a multiroom. Rang Sky to ask them if they could install a 2nd multiroom. They said because the main box was only 1TB you could only have 1 multiroom on it and they would have to upgrade to a 2TB main box. The price of that and the additional multiroom box was going to be £160 for a one off fee, plus the £12 a month. I told them to f*** off, £160 man, get real.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: loki679 on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 12:54:18 PM
Can you not just stick another HD in it?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 01:00:48 PM
Can you not just stick another HD in it?
My stepdad just said I can take the multiroom box from his room (no cables or anything on them). I'm going to see if he has a device that he has that can get the app on it so he can watch TV anywhere on and if it can be related to his TV. Think the app has limited channel ability, but he only really watches sport in anyway.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: loki679 on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 01:11:48 PM
Maybe a cheap android tablet with the ability to project to a tv through wifi if he hasn't.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 01:17:43 PM
Are people that bothered about sky like? Find it surprising. Moving abroad sorted me right out in that way, just watch what I want when I want. No interest at all in TV channels.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 01:35:38 PM
Maybe a cheap android tablet with the ability to project to a tv through wifi if he hasn't.
He's got a Playstation 4 which apparently has the Sky go app, so I'll set that up for him.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Stifleaay on Wednesday 6 September 2017, 01:38:51 PM
Are people that bothered about sky like? Find it surprising. Moving abroad sorted me right out in that way, just watch what I want when I want. No interest at all in TV channels.
With Netflix I am watching less and less live TV, however I finish work late so often end up watching TV late at night. Most of what live TV I watch is football, and engineering, war and some times forensics documentaries.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Magpie on Thursday 25 January 2018, 02:10:42 PM
So I'm thinking of switching to Virgin V6 box with Vivid 300 broadband.

Anyone got it and can give me an honest review?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Papavasiliou on Thursday 25 January 2018, 02:42:51 PM
So I'm thinking of switching to Virgin V6 box with Vivid 300 broadband.

Anyone got it and can give me an honest review?

I find it very much depends on your area for Virgin.

Had 0 problems, dropouts or speed issues in the entire time I was in Heaton but my mates in Gosforth had constant dropouts while they lived there.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: firetotheworks on Thursday 25 January 2018, 02:50:50 PM
It's generally reliable (never had any problems in Heaton, Palmersville, Town, Gosforth and have had one drop out in Whitley Bay) and they'll give you decent deals if you quote Sky offers towards the end of your contract.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Jaqen on Thursday 25 January 2018, 04:48:05 PM
I could never advise anyone to join Virgin. Legitimately the worst company and service I’ve ever had to deal with. My hatred is Pardew/Ashley levels for them :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Monday 5 February 2018, 10:36:27 AM
here's a question - if i pay for 100mbps at home and get 30mbps most of the time (as an example), if i downgraded the package to pay for 50mpbs package would i still be up at 30mbps or thereabouts or would that package more than likely get worse?

not sure if that makes sense or not :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 5 February 2018, 10:41:53 AM
here's a question - if i pay for 100mbps at home and get 30mbps most of the time (as an example), if i downgraded the package to pay for 50mpbs package would i still be up at 30mbps or thereabouts or would that package more than likely get worse?

not sure if that makes sense or not :lol:

Should be fine, they very soon have to give an exact speed to what it should to your premises.  Do you speed test over Wifi?  If yes, then try it via Ethernet as might be wifi interference.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Monday 5 February 2018, 10:44:23 AM
here's a question - if i pay for 100mbps at home and get 30mbps most of the time (as an example), if i downgraded the package to pay for 50mpbs package would i still be up at 30mbps or thereabouts or would that package more than likely get worse?

not sure if that makes sense or not :lol:

Should be fine, they very soon have to give an exact speed to what it should to your premises.  Do you speed test over Wifi?  If yes, then try it via Ethernet as might be wifi interference.

i mean i'm ok with the speeds we get, i'm just thinking of changing the package to get some TV but don't want to increase the price so could drop it down to a 50mbps deal or something...don't want a noticeable drop in speeds mind
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 5 February 2018, 10:52:45 AM
here's a question - if i pay for 100mbps at home and get 30mbps most of the time (as an example), if i downgraded the package to pay for 50mpbs package would i still be up at 30mbps or thereabouts or would that package more than likely get worse?

not sure if that makes sense or not :lol:

Should be fine, they very soon have to give an exact speed to what it should to your premises.  Do you speed test over Wifi?  If yes, then try it via Ethernet as might be wifi interference.

i mean i'm ok with the speeds we get, i'm just thinking of changing the package to get some TV but don't want to increase the price so could drop it down to a 50mbps deal or something...don't want a noticeable drop in speeds mind

Think you'll be fine mate.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Monday 5 February 2018, 10:54:03 AM
here's a question - if i pay for 100mbps at home and get 30mbps most of the time (as an example), if i downgraded the package to pay for 50mpbs package would i still be up at 30mbps or thereabouts or would that package more than likely get worse?

not sure if that makes sense or not :lol:

Should be fine, they very soon have to give an exact speed to what it should to your premises.  Do you speed test over Wifi?  If yes, then try it via Ethernet as might be wifi interference.

i mean i'm ok with the speeds we get, i'm just thinking of changing the package to get some TV but don't want to increase the price so could drop it down to a 50mbps deal or something...don't want a noticeable drop in speeds mind

Think you'll be fine mate.

:thup:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: sempuki on Sunday 11 February 2018, 08:41:13 PM
Anyone know owt about this?

https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/5550333/sky-sports-deal-existing-customers/
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Thursday 21 June 2018, 07:51:56 AM
virgin offered me the same deal as i'm currently on but plus TV with BT sports in HD for another fiver a month yesterday, went for it as i'm sick of trying to stream matches
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Thursday 21 June 2018, 08:06:25 AM
Is BT still £20 a month through sky ?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Friday 22 June 2018, 12:36:47 PM
Finally bit the bullet and had Sky Q installed yesterday. There was an offer on for 2TB box for £65 install fee + free minibox (saving £50) + £12/month multiroom sub.

All installed yesterday, and with a shiny new dish as mine was too old, apparently.

Had a play around with it last night, and its pretty good. Don't mind the new interface too much, and good that you can have up to 99 favourites now, and re-order the list. The minibox also works well on the bedroom TV, accessing the main box for recordings over wifi. Also, didn't realise the Sky Go extra is now included in the multiscreen sub, so our so can use that to watch it on his Xbox One in his room. I had been contemplating an extra minibox for his room, too.

Pity the boxes are no longer ours, but at least Sky will cover any repairs, instead of needing the extra cover.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Friday 22 June 2018, 05:18:59 PM
Mines a bit noisy and I don't like the way you turn it on and it goes straight to the home screen instead of a channel, also if you turn the TV guide on it always starts from 101 and not your current station
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: pedro111 on Sunday 24 June 2018, 07:28:22 PM
I've never had Sky before but want to get it in for the new season. I want all the Sports channels, BT aswell. Seems like the cheapest way for me to do this as we can't get virgin is to take out bt fibre with BT sports. Then take out Sky with Sky Sports. All in will be about £85 yikes.

Multiroom seems such a rip off is there anyway round this? Like the sky go app on a laptop plugged into TV? Can you do this?

Any help would be great thanks.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Sunday 24 June 2018, 07:43:24 PM
Best 1 month Sim Only provider?  Ditched Vodafone because performance in Newcastle City Centre is shambolic.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Sifu on Sunday 24 June 2018, 07:52:14 PM
Best 1 month Sim Only provider?  Ditched Vodafone because performance in Newcastle City Centre is shambolic.

iD Mobile could be a shout - uses 3's network and pretty cheap.

https://www.idmobile.co.uk/shop/plans/sim-only-deals
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Dave on Sunday 24 June 2018, 08:49:18 PM
Best 1 month Sim Only provider?  Ditched Vodafone because performance in Newcastle City Centre is shambolic.

You need to consult the hottest deal of all time :lol:

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/the-hotukdeals-sim-only-deals-thread-all-of-the-cheapest-sim-only-deals-and-free-sim-offers-2481975
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 29 June 2018, 05:23:02 PM
Decided to switch away from Virgin Media for TV, Phone and Broadband as they've gone from the best in my area to utter dross in the space of four years. With poor customer service to boot.

Any ideas on the best (read: cheapest) way to switch to Sky or BT?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 29 June 2018, 05:56:24 PM
Decided to switch away from Virgin Media for TV, Phone and Broadband as they've gone from the best in my area to utter dross in the space of four years. With poor customer service to boot.

Any ideas on the best (read: cheapest) way to switch to Sky or BT?

Do you have a BT landline installed or not?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 29 June 2018, 05:58:26 PM
We are having similar issues with virgin.  Speed of broadband is great, but router and service are becoming totally unreliable.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Friday 29 June 2018, 06:06:57 PM
Decided to switch away from Virgin Media for TV, Phone and Broadband as they've gone from the best in my area to utter dross in the space of four years. With poor customer service to boot.

Any ideas on the best (read: cheapest) way to switch to Sky or BT?

Do you have a BT landline installed or not?

Yeah
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Friday 29 June 2018, 07:55:45 PM
Decided to switch away from Virgin Media for TV, Phone and Broadband as they've gone from the best in my area to utter dross in the space of four years. With poor customer service to boot.

Any ideas on the best (read: cheapest) way to switch to Sky or BT?

Do you have a BT landline installed or not?

Yeah

Should be straight forward.  Because virgin is done over cable, then you'll just need to get that cancelled and then tell new ADSL provider when you want it installed, they may need to send out an engineer to test the line etc.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Super Duper Branko Strupar on Monday 9 July 2018, 09:50:48 PM
Been without internet for 6 days because Virgin had cut me off at the box (100m away from my house) because of noise on the line. About a month ago they upgraded my box and router and whilst he was here I asked the lad to properly splice the cable the last engineer had just wrapped electricians tape round after they had to fix it because the stupid builders cut it. Which he did. Turns out he'd done a s*** job and due to the noise travelling back along the line, slowing everyone down, they blocked my connection.

Fair enough, the line's f***ed, it's causing issue and it needs fixing. But surely they f***ing knew when they blocked a single port which house that would be. And surely they could have had the courtesy to get in touch and say 'Your line needs fixing, we've had to block you, we'll be round asap to fix it. Our bad". But no call, text, email, alert on my account... Just wait till I get in touch, spending ages holding and ages going through the nonsense, to say I have a problem. Then the first time I called they could do f*** all as their systems were down. Second time I even told the c***s that the router status when i logged in to it said next to Internet "Access denied". I told the c***s. But nah, we have to book and engineer. Next slot is Monday. This was on Wednesday.

f***ing furious. Tethering like a bitch for 6 days, man.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TK-421 on Friday 20 July 2018, 12:58:19 PM
All of the UKTV channels are being removed from Virgin Media line-up from Sunday...

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/News/UKTV-Channels/ba-p/3775282

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From Sunday all UKTV channels and programming will be replaced on Virgin TV
Channels affected are:
Drama, Really, Yesterday, Home, Gold, W, Alibi, Dave, Eden and Good Food. This includes +1 and HD channels, as well as On Demand and TV Go content.

We are still in discussions with UKTV, but we have already invested in an extensive collection of much-loved programming which will be made available to you (depending on your bundle*).

This includes:

Paramount Network with shows like Suits and Designated Survivor;
YourTV, a new channel which is home to Castle, Bones and Body of Proof;
Love Nature which is exclusive to Virgin TV and has some stunning nature programmes such as Africa’s Wildest Horizons and Great Wild Blue;
IQTV, which contains some of best quiz shows like Mastermind and The Weakest Link;
Numerous new box sets such as Shades of Blue, Supergirl and Madam Secretary.
We will also be making the Premier Sports HD channel available to all TV customers initially for two months with no additional subscription required.  This will mean you can enjoy all of the football matches from the International Champions Cup, which features the best six teams in the English Premier League and many of the top European teams. This weekend both Manchester City and Liverpool will face Dortmund and Bayern Munich will take on Paris Saint-Germain.  Alongside the football many other gripping sporting events are available on Premier Sports – from every Pro 14 Rugby game to NHL ice hockey matches.

That’s not all! Some of our existing channels, such as Lifetime and True Entertainment which hosts programmes such as Murder, She Wrote, The Persuaders and The New Avengers will also made available to more of our TV customers at no extra cost.

You can read more about our new channels here https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/News/New-Channels/ba-p/3775403

On top of this we continue to expand our range of on-demand and 4K Ultra HD programming, with plans to launch more this year.
Virgin Media has had a long relationship with UKTV, but viewing behaviours among our customers are changing and we are committed to investing in the kind of programming you want to watch, whenever and however you want to watch it.

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions put on UKTV by the BBC, UKTV is not able to provide the significant on-demand programming that we know our customers want.

For a full list of affected channels, and how to continue watching them click here

*For those unsure which TV package they have this can be viewed online by logging into My Virgin Media.

I know most of them are available on Freeview, but seems odd to remove them from their TV package just because of an issue with UKTV's on-demand content (seemingly).
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: kingkerouac on Friday 20 July 2018, 01:54:36 PM
We are having similar issues with virgin.  Speed of broadband is great, but router and service are becoming totally unreliable.

Same here. Been with the f***ers for 10 years, but the last few years (since it was bought by those American Vulture capitalists), the service has been s***. CS, which has always been glacial, is now worse.
I lost my broadband right in the middle of the 1st half of the WC Final, but I don't remember the last time we were able to watch a film all the way through without it buffering or stopping.
Unfortunately BT only offer a very slow speed service and I can't have Sky because my landlady hates Murdoch, and doesn't want any of his dishes on her house.
A mate at work said that One Plus is pretty good, but it came second in the table of customer complaints recently.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Tuesday 8 January 2019, 11:40:53 AM
Cheapest broadband deal? Been with Virgin for last 12 month and after an iffy start they’ve been fine but I simply don’t need the high speed of the basic package or the phone line and it’s about to jump from £31 which I see as high to to £40+

Thinking of going with First Utility as I get my Gas & Electric through them so cost for the broadband is £18.99 and don’t need line rental.

Any advice greatly appreciated thanks ...
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Tuesday 8 January 2019, 11:54:42 AM
I don't think you can get broadband other than Virgin without line rental but that might be factored into that price.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: BlufPurdi on Tuesday 8 January 2019, 11:57:22 AM
Can you do it with f***ing Virgin?  I've been trying for years, but they keep telling me it'll "cost the same without it", so I just f***ing put up with this stupid little landline that never gets f***ing used.  £19 a month, and it's NEVER been used. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Tuesday 8 January 2019, 12:00:56 PM
Yeah Virgin is cable so no line rental but I don't think it works out much cheaper as they just charge more.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: BlufPurdi on Tuesday 8 January 2019, 12:05:03 PM
f***ing pricks. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Tuesday 8 January 2019, 12:07:53 PM
https://www.uswitch.com/broadband/packages/?filters%5Bdownload_speeds%5D%5B%5D=medium&filters%5Bmonthly_costs%5D%5B%5D=low&filters%5Bpackages%5D%5B%5D=broadband&postcode=NE96LX&visible_products=5

Any feedback ref TalkTalk? £17 all in seems canny.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: samptime29 on Tuesday 8 January 2019, 12:31:56 PM
https://www.uswitch.com/broadband/packages/?filters%5Bdownload_speeds%5D%5B%5D=medium&filters%5Bmonthly_costs%5D%5B%5D=low&filters%5Bpackages%5D%5B%5D=broadband&postcode=NE96LX&visible_products=5

Any feedback ref TalkTalk? £17 all in seems canny.

No problems from me. I pay £33 a month for SKY Sports channels with Internet. Can order Boxing PPV through remote, internet signal is decent, good enough for gaming.

I've paid that for £33 on a special deal for nearly 18 months, I think it's going up soon, so I'll contact them.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LFEE on Wednesday 9 January 2019, 11:43:39 AM
Left Virgin and 48hrs later I’m back with them minus TV and down to 50m for £17. :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: samptime29 on Wednesday 9 January 2019, 11:49:47 AM
Left Virgin and 48hrs later I’m back with them minus TV and down to 50m for £17. :lol:

 :lol:
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: BlueStar on Monday 25 March 2019, 11:02:38 AM
If you're on Virgin watch out for phishing emails disguised as copyright strikes.  It's basically copied entirely from a real one, accuses you of sharing Game of Thrones and adds a threat that if you don't respond by logging into your account it'll be terminated.  Obviously the links are to a fake log-on site and are trying to get your Virgin password so they can access your email and from there reset passwords for PayPal or whatever.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TBG on Monday 1 April 2019, 09:52:56 AM
Anyone ever had a router die on them?

At some point on Friday my broadband went down. Didn’t think too much and just assumed it would sort itself out. Nope. Still down on Saturday. Tried several times to speak to someone on the phone at NOW TV but all of their lines were busy. Managed to speak to several people (because they’re useless) on the live chat and they all pretty much said the line is okay, try resetting the router and lastly replace the micro filter. Did all that but of course it didn’t work. Got back on to them and basically told them to cut the bullshit. The advisor said it sounds like a broken router and they’ll send out a new one.

In all the years using routers, I’ve never had one die on me, and tbh I don’t think this one has either. It’s still powered and every device and can pick it up but in the router settings it says ‘Broadband disconnected’ and the WAN and LAN status are down. To me that says it’s on NOW TV’s side and they’re fobbing me off with a new router rather than sending out an engineer.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Monday 29 July 2019, 07:11:44 PM
Anyone use iptv on a smart TV? If so which is the best to use and how do you add channels or play lists.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Monday 29 July 2019, 07:42:14 PM
Anyone use iptv on a smart TV? If so which is the best to use and how do you add channels or play lists.

yeah i use it on my sony android telly, works fine

i just use the app they tell me to and everything is there, or do you mean kodi?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Monday 29 July 2019, 07:49:54 PM
Anyone use iptv on a smart TV? If so which is the best to use and how do you add channels or play lists.

yeah i use it on my sony android telly, works fine

i just use the app they tell me to and everything is there, or do you mean kodi?

Not Kodi just the smart IPTV app but it doesnt come loaded with channels, do you have to pay for it ?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: mrmojorisin75 on Monday 29 July 2019, 10:44:24 PM
Anyone use iptv on a smart TV? If so which is the best to use and how do you add channels or play lists.

yeah i use it on my sony android telly, works fine

i just use the app they tell me to and everything is there, or do you mean kodi?

Not Kodi just the smart IPTV app but it doesnt come loaded with channels, do you have to pay for it ?

ah yeah pay for a subscription to get the channels yeah, don't think you can just add them like
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Bowie on Thursday 1 August 2019, 12:35:43 PM
I'm pretty clueless about anything like this so is anyone aware of any decent deals at the minute? Our Virgin contract is coming to an end and we need to find something else. Everyone seems to be paying different prices which is annoying, I'd rather not have to ring up anywhere and plead for their best deal tbh.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Thursday 1 August 2019, 12:40:34 PM
I've just moved to Virgin after ten years with Sky, I've moved house and I'm not in a Sky fibre area any more so it was more sensible to go all out Virgin rather than split the TV off. Depends how much you're after paying but I'm pretty happy with the deal I got, £49 a month for 100Mbps internet and TV including BT Sport. Was paying £53 with Sky with no sports at all.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Thursday 1 August 2019, 02:14:19 PM
My Virgin fibre is going up by another £5 a month, getting silly now. Seems to happen every couple of months.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Thursday 1 August 2019, 02:37:04 PM
My Virgin fibre is going up by another £5 a month, getting silly now. Seems to happen every couple of months.

Old hat: call up, threaten to leave, they give you a discount.

You're right, they do take the p*ss with the regularity of their super-inflation price increases.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Ian W on Thursday 1 August 2019, 02:37:51 PM
My Virgin fibre is going up by another £5 a month, getting silly now. Seems to happen every couple of months.

Old hat: call up, threaten to leave, they give you a discount.

Always like to be able to genuinely leave though, not sure there are any alternatives for fibre without a phoneline.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Beren on Thursday 1 August 2019, 02:44:05 PM
My Virgin fibre is going up by another £5 a month, getting silly now. Seems to happen every couple of months.

Old hat: call up, threaten to leave, they give you a discount.

Always like to be able to genuinely leave though, not sure there are any alternatives for fibre without a phoneline.

It's only a threat though :lol: If the threat fails you stay, they're hardly prideful about it. You're only trying to achieve a discount, not produce competition :laugh:

Good to have some fake quotes to hand though (they can also be fabricated, within reason).
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: WarrenBartonCentrePartin on Thursday 1 August 2019, 07:23:23 PM
Anyone use iptv on a smart TV? If so which is the best to use and how do you add channels or play lists.

Yeah. SmartIPTV can be installed on LGs and Samsungs. Works free for a few weeks then it's about a fiver for life through the TV's app store. You have to pay to subscribe to channels, which are easy enough to load on.

However last season, ISPs began blocking a lot of services for 3pm Saturday games. Easy way round it though - use a Fire Stick. You can install VPN apps on there too (I subscribe to Nord VPN). Open that, set your location to somewhere like Slovakia and you're in.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: kingkerouac on Saturday 3 August 2019, 03:27:59 PM
Can you do it with f***ing Virgin?  I've been trying for years, but they keep telling me it'll "cost the same without it", so I just f***ing put up with this stupid little landline that never gets f***ing used.  £19 a month, and it's NEVER been used. :lol:

I cancelled both my tlephone line and my TV service through VM.
Now just have broadband and watch my TV through a streaming box.
It went from over £70 a month down to £32 with no loss of anything - apart from ITV.
Do it, man.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Wullie on Tuesday 6 August 2019, 10:24:40 AM
Can't believe how awkward and dated the Virgin TV interface is compared to Sky's.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: kingkerouac on Friday 9 August 2019, 08:25:49 AM
Can you do it with f***ing Virgin?  I've been trying for years, but they keep telling me it'll "cost the same without it", so I just f***ing put up with this stupid little landline that never gets f***ing used.  £19 a month, and it's NEVER been used. :lol:

I cancelled both my tlephone line and my TV service through VM.
Now just have broadband and watch my TV through a streaming box.
It went from over £70 a month down to £32 with no loss of anything - apart from ITV.
Do it, man.

That was a year and a bit ago. It's already gone up by £9 a month.
I f***ing hate Virgin... Trains, Media, Medical. In fact, everything to do with that bearded, tax-dodging, hippy c***.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TBG on Wednesday 21 August 2019, 03:52:22 PM
How do I go about switching broadband providers then?

Coming to the end of my current contract (two weeks left), is it just a case of signing up with someone else and they take care of the rest?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LoveItIfWeBeatU on Wednesday 21 August 2019, 04:27:56 PM
How do I go about switching broadband providers then?

Coming to the end of my current contract (two weeks left), is it just a case of signing up with someone else and they take care of the rest?

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/cheap-broadband/

https://broadband.moneysavingexpert.com/?_ga=2.85529553.931054435.1566401185-19101426.1521816229
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TBG on Wednesday 21 August 2019, 04:38:54 PM
Just changed there :thup:

NOWTV were about to bump my contract (it was a special offer) up from £20 to £35, seemingly without informing me. Surely they need to give customers notice that they're contract is about to end and what happens next.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Fatwax on Wednesday 21 August 2019, 06:37:31 PM
My Virgin fibre is going up by another £5 a month, getting silly now. Seems to happen every couple of months.

Old hat: call up, threaten to leave, they give you a discount.

Always like to be able to genuinely leave though, not sure there are any alternatives for fibre without a phoneline.

It's only a threat though :lol: If the threat fails you stay, they're hardly prideful about it. You're only trying to achieve a discount, not produce competition :laugh:

Good to have some fake quotes to hand though (they can also be fabricated, within reason).

I tried to do this today... I ended up leaving :lol:

Ridiculous. She kept saying there was nothing else she could do. I’ve since found out that other people on my estate are on much less than us. Going to ring up tomorrow to have a pop just out of principle now.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: TBG on Wednesday 21 August 2019, 06:55:15 PM
I received an email from NOWTV within 10 mins of switching, saying to get in touch because seeing as I'm such a loyal customer (been with them with a year) they could offer me a better deal.

Funny how they can't offer it until you decide to leave though. It was the same with EE. As soon as I switched they were ringing me saying they could offer me a better deal. So why were they increasing my contract every year...
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: neesy111 on Wednesday 21 August 2019, 07:02:46 PM
Because the vast amount of people just continue with their contracts etc.  Their are new rules around mobile phone contracts regarding when they finish and needing to contact the customer.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: BlueStar on Tuesday 22 October 2019, 05:19:34 PM
Just phoned up and moaned about how much I was paying for my Virgin package and they immediately knocked 20 quid a month off. Should have done that ages ago!
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: madras on Tuesday 22 October 2019, 11:05:18 PM
Just phoned up and moaned about how much I was paying for my Virgin package and they immediately knocked 20 quid a month off. Should have done that ages ago!
How do you moan about it ? Did you say youd leave ?. I'm with Virgin and could do with chopping my bill down a bit.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: BlueStar on Wednesday 23 October 2019, 10:42:22 AM
Yeah, one of the options is "If you're thinking of leaving us".
Went and looked how much it would be if I signed up to the same package on Virgin today, also went and looked at how much similar would be on Sky and Plusnet. Said I thought I was paying too much, that I'm only on basic TV channels, I don't use the phone line, happy with the broadband but seems like I could grt a better deal by switching. He said he'd change my land-line to the most no-frills one they had (f*** knows what I was on before then, cos its only used for receiving cold calls from people from "Microsoft Windows") and knocked 20 quid off. Seemed to know what the deal was immediately when I started quoting other prices like "Yes, I understand you want to renegotiate your deal." Sounded like it was a pretty routine call for them. A mate said if you really want to go for it, actually call Sky and get a install date so they know you're serious but I didn't have to really kick off or anything at all, just said I thought I was paying too much. Makes me wonder why they kept telling me they had to raise my bill by three quid every 6 months or so just to wipe all that increase off with one phonecall. Was paying 70 a month, now at 50.
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: LoveItIfWeBeatU on Wednesday 23 October 2019, 03:59:58 PM
Virgin Media are renowned for getting people in on a good deal and then frequently hiking the price. I suppose people are less inclined to leave Virgin as it's cable and Virgin will be very aware of that.

MoneySavingExpert guide on haggling with Virgin Media: -
https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/haggle-with-virgin-existing-customer-tips/

MoneySavingExpert guide on haggling with Sky: -
https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/haggle-with-sky-existing-customer-tips/

MoneySavingExpert guide on haggling with broadband providers: -
https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/haggle-your-broadband-existing-customer-tips/
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: chopey on Monday 28 October 2019, 04:13:18 PM
Can I get Netflix for free with my Sky subscription ?
Title: Re: Sky, Virgin or BT?
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 6 November 2019, 09:34:30 AM
Can I get Netflix for free with my Sky subscription ?

I've just signed up for Sky and it's included.

I was with EE paying £38 a month for line rental, fibre 2 and the TV. Still 6 months left on the contract but the TV was pretty s***. Convinced myself at the beginning I didn't really want or need TV but when I did use it the service was poor enough.

Sky offered a deal of £45 a month for line rental, the same level of fibre and the whole entertainment package on Sky Q including Netflix. They also offered to pay me out of my EE contract as well which had cessation charges of about £95.

Since we pay £9 a month on Netflix anyway we'll be saving £2 a month while keeping the same internet but getting a vastly superior TV experience. No brainer.

Sky Sports is £23 to add. Seriously considering it too. :lol: