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Review of Sky Digital TV

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Although Sky TV is just one of several companies offering digital Tv services in the UK, it is easily the most popular and offers the widest choice in terms of both programming and hardware. Offering a wide choice of entertainment through the innovative use of “entertainment packs” (packages of channels designed to appeal to a wide range of different interests). There are a total of 6 unique entertainment Packs from Sky which include the Variety Pack, News and Events Pack, Knowledge Pack, Style & Culture Pack, Children’s Pack and a Music Pack. In addition to the entertainment packs there is also Sky Movies and Sky Sports available as add-ons to your main package.

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Sky TV airs all the most popular sporting events through five exclusive sports channels from all over the world allowing you watch all the most coveted events such as Barclays Premier League, Ryder Cup, the Ashes and the UEFA Champions League. Sporting action featuring main events from sports including Rugby, Boxing, Tennis, Formula One, NFL, UFC, snooker and much more are available through a Sky Sports subscription. For movie buffs there are also 11 exclusive Sky Movies Channels showing movies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In terms of hardware viewers can choose between Sky Plus Box and Sky HD Box. Both of these Sky TV boxes feature a Sky TV guide which you can always refer to and find your favourite TV programmes. You can even select special categories such as favourites which makes viewing even easier. Both TV set top boxes will also allow you to pause and rewind Live TV allowing you to fit your TV viewing around your own schedule. You can also use this feature to rewatch favourite programmes as often as you like. Recording an entire TV series is child’s play and takes just a few seconds – this ensures you will never miss an episode of your favourite SOAP or Drama series!

In addition to all the above features,the Sky HD Box offers a High Definition TV viewing experience with enhanced picture clarity with sharper and more vibrant colours. Digital surround sound is also available courtesy of the included Dolby system. Sky 3D TV is included with the Sky HD TV Box too, although you will obviously need a 3D enabled TV to enjoy the 3D effect.

Advantages: Sky TV receivers always feature the latest hardware and are usually supplied free with digital TV subscription. Huge choice of TV packages to choose from in the form of entertainment packs. Affordable prices enhanced with frequent value offers and discounts. Broadband and phone services are offered as “freebies” on Sky TV packages. Extensive coverage all over UK unlike some cable competitors!

Disadvantages: Although the Sky satellite dishes are small and unobtrusive, there are still some who don’t like the idea of having a dish installed on the outside of their homes. Additionally, for those who do not like direct debit as a payment method, direct debit is the only method accepted for subscription to Sky digital TV services.

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Comparing Digital TV providers

Category : Sound & Vision

Why choose a digital TV provider? Well, in addition to the improved video and sound quality, other digital TV benefits include online TV guides, interactive features, additional TV channels, the ability to record, pause and view multiple screens, and of course receive digital radio too.

Sky is easily the largest digital TV provider in the UK and offers a variety of different packages, other providers like BT Vision and Virgin Media have followed and all main providers offer bundled packages including Digital TV, broadband and home telephone. In the majority of cases “bundling” your TV, phone and internet services will offer considerable savings, along with some great extra TV content. Choosing the digital TV provider and package that suits you, obviously depends on your personal preferences and your budget. The choice of packages and providers can certainly be overwhelming for some. The main digital TV provides are subscription based and these providers offer the most popular content, so lets discuss these main providers, examine the packages on offer, and find the best deals on digital TV.

The main providers of subscription based TV packages in the UK are Virgin Media (formerly NTL and Telewest), Sky Digital and BT Vision.

Sky TV
Of the most well known subscription TV providers Sky is easily the biggest name in the business, with more content (particularly HD and live sport content) than any of the competitors. Sky literally has all the TV you need – from dramas and documentaries to the kids favourites, the latest movie releases and more live sporting action than any other.
Sky TV packages are split into six “Entertainment Packs” – you simply choose the packs to suit your interests, then can add Sky Movies or Sky Sports to complete the package if required. In addition to all the freeview channels, the Entertainment packs feature:

Variety pack – All the main entertainment channels, such as Sky 1, 2 and 3, Dave, Watch, GOLD and Comedy Central.
Knowledge pack – Information and documentary channels, such as award winning content from National Geographic, Discovery and Eden.
Style & Culture pack – Arts and lifestyle channels, like Sky Arts and Discovery Home and Health.
News & Events pack – The biggest news networks like Sky News, Fox, Sky Sports News and CNBC.
Music pack – A wide range of music video channels, including Magic, MTV Dance, Kerrang and VH1 Classic.
Children’s pack – The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, to name a few.

In addition to the extra content, Sky TV has another clear advantage over Virgin Media in that its available throughout the UK (the only rare exceptions being properties which have no clear line of sight to satellite due to obstacles such as large trees etc). Sky TV packs start from £19.50 per month for a single pack (additional packs can be added for just £1 per pack), with Sky Movies for an additional £16 per month and Sky Sports for an extra £20. The basic subscription costs of £19.50 also include Broadband (Everyday Lite up to 20Mb) and Sky Talk (free evening & weekend UK landline phone calls). So although the the cost of the lowest subscription package may seem to be more expensive than competitors, once you factor in the full features of the package, its actually very competitive indeed. No wonder more customers choose Sky for their digital TV than any other provider!

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Virgin Media
Virgin Media supplies digital TV content via underground cable to your TV. They offer different levels of equipment (ranging from a basic digital receiver right up to a digital TV recorder/receiver – the V+ service). They also offer on-demand programming. The TV packages from Virgin Media come in four categories – M, M+, L and XL (All of which have to be bundled with either phone or broadband services).

Virgin’s standard digital TV service, Package “M”, offers around 45 channels and is free when new customers sign contracts for a Virgin phone line. All packages from Virgin offer savings on phone bills and a selection of TV content, with on-demand TV included. On-demand TV allows you pick and choose from a Virgin Media archive including films, music and popular drama and comedy programmes. The last 7 days from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Demand FIVE are provided free with TV package, 28 films every month, PictureBox service (movies on demand with 7 new films being introduced every Friday) costs an additional £5 per month, FilmFlex movies on demand which features the latest blockbusters costs from £0.99 per movie, music video collection is available for £0.20 per video on the M+ and L Tv packages and free of charge on TV XL. The TV XL package also includes TV Choice On Demand – featuring all the best series from Channel 4, BBC, ITV, Warner Bros, MTV, Living and Bravo, past or present, available to watch whenever you like.

The main disadvantage of Virgin Media is that you need to live in an area that already has cable installed. Areas with cable TV available tend to be restricted to densely populated regions and there are no plans currently for further expansion of cable network.
The cost of Virgin Media depends on the packages and hardware you choose. Prices start from as little as £11 per month for the basic “M” package up to £77 a month for the Virgin Media VIP package which includes TV XL, broadband XL and phone XL. However this cheapest package offers little more than freeview channels and free weekend phone calls.

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BT Vision
With BT Vision you can watch live Freeview channels (including Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2 and ESPN) along with a range of on-demand entertainment over your BT Broadband connection (Note:you need to have the BT broadband service, unlike Sky TV, to use BT vision for TV you also have to use their broadband service). The good news is, as long as you are in an area in which BT vision is available, then BT vision is also available. So, like Sky TV, BT Vision is at least an option for most people in the UK. Once BT vision is installed, all the freeview programmes are available free of charge, with the option to purchase additional content and pay-per-view programming as required. Subscription packages can be added on a month to month basis, making the premium content very flexible (although the same can be said of Sky). The lowest priced subscription is just £7.50 per month (for 3 months,£14.99 thereafter, and this is in addition to the cost of BT Broadband), however if you are not already a BT broadband customer, then the lowest subscription costs £17.99 per month (for 3 months,£19.99 thereafter) including basic viewing package plus broadband and free weekend phone calls. The unlimited package from BT for TV, broadband and calls is £39.99 per month plus £9.99 line rental.

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Best Digital TV provider
In terms of subscription TV packages, the cheapest option is the Virgin Media basic subscription – but is it the best? Well if the absolute lowest monthly cost is your main concern and you are not too fussy about the TV programming and content then it could well be. However if you don’t live in an area with cable then its not even an option. However, when packages are compared on a “like for like” basis (as much as practically possible), there is only one clear winner. Sky TV has more channels, more HD, more live sport and more options. All this available for a competitive monthly subscription (as little as £19.50) including Sky Talk phone calls and Broadband. There are obviously good reasons for Sky being the largest provider of subscription TV services in the UK, simply put, they are hard to beat for content, costs and flexibility. With a number of dedicated UK based customer service centres its also easy to get help and support whenever you need it! Getting started with Sky is a simple process; Pick a package, add Sky+ or Sky+HD box, then choose your set up date.

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Sky TV and Phone Packages

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Currently there are a number of companies offering digital TV packages bundled with phone service. Without doubt, the leader in the field is Sky TV. Sky offers an unparalled Tv package with more content and entertainment than any other digital TV provider, then in addition, offer 2 phone packages which at a minimum, match the phone bundles offered by competitors.

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Virgin Media are a Sky Tv competitor, they also offer some good value digital TV and phone packages, which are worth considering for anyone living in a cable TV area (although it has to be said that even though the prices are quite competitive, the TV content offered by Virgin media is not comparable to the Sky Tv offerings). if you live in a cable ready area then there are a number of options with Virgin Media for phone and digital TV packages ranging from £17.49 to £25.44. The main drawback with Virgin is of course the fact that you need to be in an area which already has cable installed – for most of us Virgin Media will not even be an option. In addition, as already stated, when compared to Sky the content available is limited.

The other main competitor to Sky TV in the UK is of course BT (British Telecom). The BT TV package (BT Vision), offers all the Freeview channels, plus all the films, TV shows and sport you want on demand. However, the packages are confusing with no “channels” as such, just a huge list of available viewing which can be watched on demand (like having iPlayer on your TV!). Although many of your favourite shows may be available, some may not. Finding your favourite shows can also be confusing and frustrating without the normal “channel” format we have all become accustomed to.

This leaves Sky Tv as easily the most popular digital TV provider in the UK. The basic Sky package,the Sky TV Variety Pack (£19.50 a month and includes all the popular entertainment channels such as Sky1, Sky Living, FX, SyFy, Comedy Central, Movies 24, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Dave, Gold, MTV and Universal). This pack includes – at no charge – Free evening and weekend UK landline telephone calls, value call rates to UK mobiles and international landlines during peak hours and no need to change your BT line or number. For an extra £5 per month this can be upgraded to FREE evening & weekend UK landline calls!!! Both options include up to 20Mb Broadband Everyday Lite, Sky TV on demand and a Free Sky+ box. In addition, if joining online then all new customers will recieve a £25 M&S voucher. If you choose to add Sky Talk Line Rental, you’ll only recieve one bill.

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Sky Broadband Packages and Deals

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Although better known for their amazing Tv packages, Sky TV customers in Sky’s network area can also between a couple of great value broadband options offering speeds up to 20Mb. The options available are “Broadband Everyday Lite” and “Broadband Unlimited”. The Broadband Everyday Lite package requires a Sky TV subscription whereas the Broadband Unlimited can be ordered as a “standalone” package.

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Broadband Everyday Lite is the broadband deal designed for users who browse the web daily and do some internet shopping. With download speeds of up to 20Mb and a 2GB monthly usage allowance this package is more than sufficient for most users. the deal includes a free Sky Wireless Router, up to 1.3Mb upload speed, Free McAfee Internet Security Suite (3 month trial) and of course is enabled for Sky Anytime+ TV on demand (massive library of Sky TV content with over 500 movies, complete TV series, documentaries etc – all available to watch whenever you are, with no extra monthly cost). The Broadband Everyday Lite package is available to Sky TV subscribers for just £5 per month.

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Broadband Unlimited is the package which is best for those who like to download lots of movies or music, with all the benefits of the Broadband Everyday Lite package but with unlimited monthly usage! Broadband Unlimited is available for Sky TV subscribers for just £12.50 a month (or to
customers who do not subscribe to the Sky TV service for £15 per month). This Broadband Unlimited service is also recommended for those wishing to regularly use the Sky Anytime+ TV on demand service.

In addition you can save £5 per month on the Sky Broadband Unlimited service if you also subscribe to Sky Talk. The latest offer from Sky is for all new broadband/talk customers where you can get the Broadband Unlimited service free for 3 months along with the SkyTalk calls and line rental package (just £7.50 a month after the introductory 3 month period!)

All Sky broadband customers also receive;

  • 10 Free email addresses with 10GB online message storage.
  • Sky Chat – Sky’s own messenger service where you can instantly message your contacts and save your chats.
  • Online file storage called “Store & share” – Access stored files online from any computer and share files with friends and family.
  • Access to Sky Player allowing you to view and download tons of great Sky TV content on your PC or Mac

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