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Old 26-07-2010, 11:52   #1
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Sky Sports channels on Freeview

Hi this sounds like great new for those who don't want to pay for the rip off prices that Sky charge.

Anyone know when this is happening?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-10711711
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Old 26-07-2010, 12:00   #2
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Sky and Top Up TV have agreed a deal that will allow Freeview customers to watch Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2.

The service will cost £22.99 a month for one channel, or £31.99 for both.

A bargain there.
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Old 26-07-2010, 12:07   #3
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I'm going to be getting mine via my BT Broadband/Vision thing. Costs me about an extra £11 pcm for both channels.
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Old 26-07-2010, 12:13   #4
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Hi this sounds like great new for those who don't want to pay for the rip off prices that Sky charge.
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The service will cost £22.99 a month for one channel, or £31.99 for both.
Isn't that more expensive than what Sky charge their own customers
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Old 26-07-2010, 12:32   #5
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Sky will just stick the footy on Sky One if this goes too far and then offer it free to all their own Sky Sports subscribers. They won't lose out to any of this stuff.

And £32 for two channels = LOL. Bargain!
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Old 26-07-2010, 12:40   #6
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Going the BT Vision route too which is a very decent deal.
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Old 26-07-2010, 12:44   #7
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Isn't that more expensive than what Sky charge their own customers
I think the point with that pricing is that while the cost is more than Sky themselves charge for those same channels, there is no need to take a minimum sub first, like with Sky - so Sky Sports with Sky will always cost at least £18/month first for the minimum mix viewing pack, before you add the cost of Sky Sports.

BT Vision are charging the least, but new customers need to move to BT Broadband (and maybe Phoneline), and contract to the phone/BB for 2 years to get the lowest cost (£11.99/month) for the Sports.

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Old 26-07-2010, 18:04   #8
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Sky will just stick the footy on Sky One if this goes too far and then offer it free to all their own Sky Sports subscribers. They won't lose out to any of this stuff.
They are not allowed to do that though.

Live games announced so far and the channels they are on:

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12942,00.html
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Old 26-07-2010, 18:09   #9
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@ the topuptv price.
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Old 26-07-2010, 18:15   #10
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£31.99 is taking the mick seeing as you only get the two channels and they are not in even in HD.
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Old 26-07-2010, 22:33   #11
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£31.99 is taking the mick seeing as you only get the two channels and they are not in even in HD.
Still cheaper than Sky if you only want Sky Sports. It's a victory for footie fans.
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Old 26-07-2010, 23:26   #12
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Blimey. That's a heck of a chunk of dough for a measly two channels.
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Old 26-07-2010, 23:59   #13
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Still cheaper than Sky if you only want Sky Sports. It's a victory for footie fans.
Albeit a hollow one, given the amount of other matches shown on Sky Sports 3 and 4. Perhaps a victory for Premier League fans is more accurate.
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All matches are SS1 or 2. Even then I'd say no more than 10% are SS2. There are some CL games on the other channels but usually not premiership teams.
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The picture will be crap too.
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Old 27-07-2010, 05:19   #16
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There are some CL games on the other channels but usually not premiership teams.
I think you will find some of the Premier League teams end up on SS4. And I stand by what I said in that £31.99 is a rip off price for just two channels.
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All matches are SS1 or 2. Even then I'd say no more than 10% are SS2. There are some CL games on the other channels but usually not premiership teams.
Almost all of the Spanish football, and some of the Championship football ends up on SS3/SS4, as well as some internationals (bit of a pain in the arse if you subscribe in Wales/N Ireland, and your country's match ends up there.

Hence my comment about it being a victory if you're a Premier League fan, rather than a football fan.
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Still cheaper than Sky if you only want Sky Sports. It's a victory for footie fans.
Barely cheaper, the cheapest package for all 4 Sky Sports channels is something like £38. So for £6 more it also includes 2 of the basic Sky entertainment packs and would get you a Sky+ box. The PQ would be awful and you would miss quite a lot of games from Sky Sports 3 & 4.

The only advantage would be the lack of a 12 month subscription for new customers, but regardless this is an awful deal IMO.
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Yep Sky have even stated somewhere that Premier League will be on 1 & 2 but Football League will be on 3 & 4 at times. Call me synical but surely it's nothing to do with only letting the HD versions of Sky Sports 1 & 2 appear on Virgin and not 3 & 4.
Along with Freeview and BT only get 1 & 2 in SD.
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but regardless this is an awful deal IMO.
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