To not understand why people pay for sky?

(255 Posts)
CanAnybodyMakeSenseofThis Fri 26-Apr-13 22:20:57

Due to technical issues, I'm running my tv through an old sky box I found in the loft. I don't have a subscription so can't watch any of the sky channels. However, I can see the listings.

It's so much poo it's unbelievable. Why do people pay for this?? Are they mad?

juneybean Fri 26-Apr-13 22:21:34

Yes... my parents pay for sky+ HD and I just don't understand it, waste of money IMO

hopipolla Fri 26-Apr-13 22:26:20

Depends what you want to watch though. For example if you're a sport fans then most of the major sports are shown on Sky Sports and so if you don't have it you will be missing out.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 26-Apr-13 22:26:23

Game of Thrones.

AgentZigzag Fri 26-Apr-13 22:27:13

Because the shit you get on sky is superior shit to the shit you get on freeview.

You have a wider spread of shit to choose from.

Plus we've got sky movies so we can watch shit films as a bonus.

AgentZigzag Fri 26-Apr-13 22:27:58

Although saying that we're watching Extras at the min, which isn't shit.

SkinnybitchWannabe Fri 26-Apr-13 22:29:01

I love my Sky+ box more than I love my husband

alienbanana Fri 26-Apr-13 22:29:02

Yes, its for things like Game of Thrones and True Blood and any other successful series that Sky get their grubby mitts on. Grr.

Not that I'll ever pay for sky..

Floralnomad Fri 26-Apr-13 22:29:27

I have the full sky hd package and its worth it just for the sport .

CanAnybodyMakeSenseofThis Fri 26-Apr-13 22:29:33

bought the DVD of GOT. Sky poo free.


HollyBerryBush Fri 26-Apr-13 22:31:09

Beacuse I can watch 33 year old episodes of Dallas, Dh can watch 300 year old Milk Cup replays.

CanAnybodyMakeSenseofThis Fri 26-Apr-13 22:31:13

So, it's basically sport. Ah ok, I get. If you don't watch sport, it's basically pointless.

Schlock Fri 26-Apr-13 22:32:28

Mad Men.

LtEveDallas Fri 26-Apr-13 22:33:16

For me:

Criminal Minds
Hawaii FIVE-0
The Walking Dead
Rizzoli and Isles

For DH:
Oh and Sport

For DD:
The Middle
Marvin fucking Marvin

All shit, but shit we like.

Butkin Fri 26-Apr-13 22:33:16

Sky+ box brings us more pleasure than anything we own. Allows us to watch what we want to watch when we want to watch it.

Fantastic range of channels with brilliant sport (of course at premium price) but At the Races thrown into basic package.

The ease of recording/watching back and searching through menus is amazing. We have Freeview in our bedroom but Sky is superior.

Schlock Fri 26-Apr-13 22:35:02

I forgot Modern Family!

BlackDahlia11 Fri 26-Apr-13 22:35:49

YABU. Sky is awesome grin

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 26-Apr-13 22:36:16

I moved up here to the Highlands 18 years ago, we had extremely limited tv reception through a normal ariel.
We got Sky and we now have telly,as does everybody else in the village, a whole row of satellite dishes.
Free Sat would work but not Freeview as far as I know, since the digital switchover.
I'll stick with Sky ta very much, and I always find some crap to watch.

I agree with you we used to have the full sky package. We dont miss it at all other than Dh gets sky sports through his mobile now for around 5.00-10.00 a month charged as an app through itunes.

That's all that we wanted it for. I do miss FourWeddings on living though pure crap tv.

HeathRobinson Fri 26-Apr-13 22:36:28

Criminal Minds.

MsVestibule Fri 26-Apr-13 22:36:48

We had a fairly basic package - some Kids, Comedy Central, Sky One etc, but no sports or movies. It cost us about £18pm, but when we realised we were paying over £200 per year so I could watch Everybody Loves Raymond and Two And A Half Men and DH could watch Aircraft Investigation, we decided it probably wasn't worth it.


fengirl1 Fri 26-Apr-13 22:36:49

Am I allowed to say that most receivers have four outputs so you can get your own cables and attach the spare two to any old box you get hold of and watch the unscrambled channels as an alternative to freeview? smile

SuffolkNWhat Fri 26-Apr-13 22:37:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sky Sports and Sky Atlantic. Had thought about changing/freeviewing but Sky Atlantic v good.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 26-Apr-13 22:38:35

Oh yes Heath, I love NCIS.
For that alone it's worth the money smile

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 26-Apr-13 22:39:19

I agree my DM and DstepD pay £90 a month for sky in 3 rooms and all 3 are hd sky plus boxes multi room blablabla thingys. Utter madness but then I'm not really a tv person.

AgentZigzag Fri 26-Apr-13 22:39:27

We've had our sky box for 11 years, and DH reckons if we tell them we've got a bit of a shit picture (which it has, it's gone a bit pixilated) that they'll give us a new all singing all dancing new box at no cost to us.

Does anyone know whether they'll laugh us off the phone what they'd give us if this one's fucked and how much it'd cost?

cocolepew Fri 26-Apr-13 22:40:03

Pausing tv.
Modern Family
The Middle
The Following
Moto gp

FadBook Fri 26-Apr-13 22:40:55

Because the shit you get on sky is superior shit to the shit you get on freeview.

You have a wider spread of shit to choose from.

^^ this.

We've moved house recently and had a choice of Sky or Freeview. We came from Virgin Media so feel miffed we couldn't have Virgin again (no cable in the new house!) DP wanted HD channels as we have a HD TV and the freeview choice was naff.

It does still pain me how much I pay for Sky each month and I watch Ugly Betty on E4 and re-runs of ER on Sky Atlantic! grin

LessMissAbs Fri 26-Apr-13 22:41:05

Two words. The cycling.

theskyonasnowynight Fri 26-Apr-13 22:43:53

Sky plus costs me about 30 quid a month (cheapest package and internet), I get to use the internet as much as I want, get to record the sole four programmes I watch and movies are free or very cheap to rent. Works out much better than separate internet, boxsets and buying dvds.

sweetestcup Fri 26-Apr-13 22:44:16

Why do people pay for this?? Are they mad?

No, Im not mad, I just like the programmes on Sky we dont get greta reception being ina valley and would have to have a roof top ariel to get normal TV, no freeview here.

Currently top is definitely The Following, closely followed by Criminal Minds. Plus I love all the music channels. The on demand is excellent for watching movies of all sorts to.

sweetestcup Fri 26-Apr-13 22:45:38

great reception obviously grin

usualsuspect Fri 26-Apr-13 22:45:45

Sky Sports <looks at DP and DS>

If you want the sports channels then by the time you've got a package that includes Sky Sports 1, 2 and 3 you have most of the other channels anyway. And Sky keeps buying up exclusive rights to sporting events.

Dogsmom Fri 26-Apr-13 22:49:23

Glee and Supernatural.

Now if we could opt out of having to pay for a Tv licence then I'd be front of the queue to drop the Bbc channels.

Myliferocks Fri 26-Apr-13 22:50:06

Can't get Virgin and the reception for free view is terrible.
I like the sport on sky, DP likes to watch documentaries, DC2-5 like the children's channel and DC1 likes all the American programmes like csi.

dexter73 Fri 26-Apr-13 22:53:17

The cycling and the rugby. OMG would die without the rugby.

sweetestcup Fri 26-Apr-13 22:54:41

Oh and Law and Order Special Victims, forgot about that. We do spend a lot but it includes Sky plus, HD and various multirooms, telephone and internet.

CloudsAndTrees Fri 26-Apr-13 22:54:48

We have a package so have sky TV, broadband and phone landline.

DH pays extra into the joint bills account to cover all of that just because he wants the F1. There is nothing about sky that I would choose, I only ever watch channels available on free view, but I figure I'm on to good thing so I don't complain.

We've had Sky+ since the days when it was the only recording option apart from VCRs, we can't get Virgin and until last year couldn't get Freeview so it was Sky or terrestrial only.

We can get Freeview now, but it seems very limited, we'd have to buy new boxes if we wanted to record, we watch Sky Sports a lot, so we're happy with it.

Clayhead Fri 26-Apr-13 22:55:12


Sky Atlantic too

NotInMyDay Fri 26-Apr-13 22:55:45

Agent Zigzag phone Sky to enquire about how to terminate. Say there is no point you still paying as box is faulty now. You'll have a new box before you know it. wink wink

AgentZigzag Fri 26-Apr-13 22:55:56

The crime and investigation channels can be pretty interesting at times too.

Agree about beeb 1 and 2, confronted with having to compete with the satellite channels, they seem to have given up. Although beeb four can have some good shit on.

Is watching BBC4 the same as listening to Radio 4?

In other words, does enjoying the programs mean I'm old? grin

AgentZigzag Fri 26-Apr-13 22:57:07

The bbc bit of my last post was about Dogs post.

Floralnomad Fri 26-Apr-13 22:58:13

I hope not as I really like a lot on BBC4 !

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Fri 26-Apr-13 22:59:00

But why pay to watch tv?

I'd have to sit on my arse in front of a tv for the rest of my life to justify paying for the bloody thing.

There's lots of free shit to watch. Actually I'm sitting here watching The Green Mile on ITV4. Fantastic film.

IneedAyoniNickname Fri 26-Apr-13 22:59:38

The following
Sky arts
Da Vinci's demons
Sky Atlantic

Because I like shit tv grin

Shakey1500 Fri 26-Apr-13 23:00:48

Sky Arts grin is bloody fantastic. 99% of the TV I watch is on Sky Arts. I mean did you see Hugh Jackman earlier?? Liam Neeson night before?

Plus, DS gets to record a gazillion episodes of Care Bears. Such fun.

AgentZigzag Fri 26-Apr-13 23:00:54

Hehe NotIn grin

I've done a similar thing with cancelling the movies, they offer it at £1 a month for three months and when I ring up to cancel they offer another good deal. If they don't, I cancel it and after a few more months they offer the £1 deal again grin

It only lasts for so long though and we've got it all the time now, which of course means their marketing ploy worked hmm

DH reckons I'm going to make the call though because 'I'm better at it', not sure whether to take that as a compliment or not.

I take the opposite view Ilove, I don't watch much TV at all so when I do watch I want maximum choice and flexibility out of my package.

Startail Fri 26-Apr-13 23:04:28

I must always have been old, radio4 was my favourite radio station aged 12.

We only have free view, parents have sky and I think they now have freesat too. Rural Wales and limited terrestrial free view.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 26-Apr-13 23:08:08

Definitely do it Zigzag.
My box was going too, after many years and I got a new HD box free.
You need to say you'll cancel though wink

Altinkum Fri 26-Apr-13 23:09:41

I hate uk TV, however love American.

Currently on my virgin plus

Greys anatomy
Criminal minds

Its so worth the penny's better than predictable eastenders, corrie etc...

sweetestcup Fri 26-Apr-13 23:11:39

Agent Zigzag thats what DH has done every time Ive threatened to cut the whole lot up and say we want to cancel, he can hold his nerve..usually gets some half price deal for 3 months or something grin

Ponyo73 Fri 26-Apr-13 23:13:10

I love my full on sky, package. Boastin' new movies, catch up on series past! Lordy it don't get better than this. Girl u is being unreasonable!

Ledkr Fri 26-Apr-13 23:14:47

Oh I love sky.
Walking dead
The following
Fashion police
And all the random ghost programmes
Don't even get me started on sky plus. I have an early waking dd and it eases the pain to watch the soaps at 6am.

sweetestcup Fri 26-Apr-13 23:16:40

altinkum if you get Sky Atlantic really recommend The Following, dont know if its on catch up or anything like that though. Kevin Bacon is fantastic in it.

trixymalixy Fri 26-Apr-13 23:17:32

Game of Thrones

CarpeVinum Fri 26-Apr-13 23:20:19

I love Sky.

It makes my telly speak English.

AgentZigzag Fri 26-Apr-13 23:20:37

It's just haggling isn't it? grin

I'll get some details about freeview before I ring and say we're a bit skint (make noises about 'how things are' re the economy <undeniable>), say my bit and then stay silent grin see what they come up with.

Be a bit miffed if they start the process of cancelling it grin

LifeofPo Fri 26-Apr-13 23:20:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AgentZigzag Fri 26-Apr-13 23:21:36

From what I've heard about it, I wish I was into Game of Thrones.

trixymalixy Fri 26-Apr-13 23:23:15

Zigzag, our box wasn't working and they were going to charge us £60 for an engineers visit. The subscription was in DH's name so he was in the phone to them. I said to him to cancel it as I wasn't paying for an engineer visit. We went through to retentions and DH was going to relent, but I was saying "just cancel it" beside him and ended up with a free engineer visit and a ludicrously low package price and the guy said at the end to DH " and do you want to transfer the account to your wife's name " grin

KatyDid02 Fri 26-Apr-13 23:23:46

We have Sky because we can't get freeview without an aerial booster. We had it where we used to live as well, mainly because we were not allowed tv aerials due to a covenant on the whole area but we could have a satellite dish confused
Yes, it's a waste of money but it's Sky or nothing sad

sweetestcup Fri 26-Apr-13 23:24:35

Such a waste of time, I spend my evening crocheting and brushing up on my ancient Aramaic while the children play their own compositions on the harpsichord grin

We upgraded to multiroom a couple of years ago, DH bought a box from Ebay and we just paid Sky for the installation and the increased subscription (got the installation cheap by hinting about leaving).

The new box packed up after 6 months, but we thought it might be the cabling (it was on our original socket in the front room). Called Sky, and because we were under warranty from the multiroom install they came out replaced the dish, the original set of cabling, the box and the viewing card (even though we'd got the box off Ebay) all for free, it has worked perfectly eveer since, so we're pretty happy with the customer service too.

StuntGirl Sat 27-Apr-13 00:56:05

I would subscribe to Sky JUST to get Kerrang TV. Unfortunately that means having to subscribe to one of the more ridiculously expensive packages.

Would do it in a heartbeat if I could afford it. Fuck the rest of the channels.

mum11970 Sat 27-Apr-13 01:03:51

Couldn't live without my discovery channels. Great animal profs and my fave criminal channels. Maybe I'm a would be serial killer, lol.

AgentZigzag Sat 27-Apr-13 01:06:10

grin at trixy. Going to get DH going on at me in the background at the appropriate time grin

I have Kerrang on the radio in the kitchen Stunt, we've got it by chance on the sky package, but I've never seen Johnny Doom on it (just checked how to spell his name right on google, and how he looks is nowt like what I had in my head grin (pahaha at that 'beardy' thing))

MardyBra Sat 27-Apr-13 01:08:44

I don't watch sport.

I don't even know what game of thrones is.

I'll stick with Freeview, thank you, and buy anything I want to watch, like Mad Men, on DVD.

How much does Sky cost these days?

olgaga Sat 27-Apr-13 01:09:07

You can't watch any decent sport, especially football and Test Match Cricket if you don't have Sky. The movie channels are handy too.

DD would have a nervous breakdown if she didn't get to see iCarly and Victorious.

olgaga Sat 27-Apr-13 01:10:15

How much does it cost

I think our package is about £60pm, but put it in perspective - that's the price of a ticket to a premier league game.

Crocodilio Sat 27-Apr-13 01:17:55

What's the difference between Freeview and Freesat?

AgentZigzag Sat 27-Apr-13 01:24:52

Think freeview is terrestrial, but you'd need a satellite with freesat, and they have different channels <thanks to Mr Google I can pretend I know these things>

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 27-Apr-13 01:27:04

I couldn't live without my American criminal channels.
NCIS ( I'm in love with Gibbs)
Criminal Minds
CSI wherever
Without a Trace
Law and Order SVU
And there's always a repeat of Father Ted, or The Big Bang Theory or even Friends. And Miss Marple and Poirot too grin
There is always something you can find and as the main terrestrial channels seem to consist of soaps, soaps and more soaps, especially early evening when I settle down to watch, which are so utterly miserable ,and I hate, I'm just glad I have such a huge choice.

ravenAK Sat 27-Apr-13 01:36:06

I think I would prefer Murdoch to do without my money.

Also, I have mate who passes anything on anything I really want to see (Game of Thrones).

YouTheCat Sat 27-Apr-13 01:38:55

My brother pays a small fortune for the very best premium sky (whichever package that is). But all I would watch on Sky is Game of Thrones and I can wait until it comes out on dvd anyway plus the books are better.

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 27-Apr-13 02:00:15

Yea, it's a bugger it's Murdoch.
But as I said upthread it's Sky or nothing up here, and I need my telly.
What can you do?
Thinks about crochet...
Nah, give me Gibbs anyday,

WafflyVersatile Sat 27-Apr-13 02:04:20

Because the (usually) man of the house watches the football and that is an essential unlike things the woman wants to spend household income on which are just frivolities.


AgentZigzag Sat 27-Apr-13 02:09:52

FFS Waffly, I'm stuck singing that fucking advert until I drift off to sleep now!

People really should give more thought to the offense their MN names might give hmm

(waffles and beans with lashings of cheese/ketchup <slaver>)

ThatVikRinA22 Sat 27-Apr-13 02:14:42

i love sky atlantic....

i watched the whole of ER on that
i am a Game of Thrones addict
i love The Following
Modern family
The middle

we watch lots of bbc 4 and sky 1, sky atlantic and sky arts. we have basic movies (tonight i watched The Butterfly Effect for the first time)

i also have my phone and broadband with them so its cheaper.

Panzee Sat 27-Apr-13 02:24:57

Football. Cricket. Sky Atlantic. Nick Jr. All completely worth it.

livingdownunder Sat 27-Apr-13 05:10:26

considering all the programmes are on the internet I don't see the point.
When I looked into sky, the cheapest package for things dp at the time wanted was about £60-£80pcm. Unless you're sitting watching tv all day every day, then it's not worth £700 a year, I can think of better things to spend that amount a month on.

pinkr Sat 27-Apr-13 05:27:59

We spend about fifty a month. We live where there is poor reception. We get the TV in hd, broadband, phone rental, unlimited calls (day and night on landline) we can download boxsets on anytime and get catch up. The broadband is fast and unlimited. We were given a tetra box which holds something ridiculous like 1000 hours but it means we have whole seasons recorded and stores.
And the programmes...the following, game of thrones, spartacus, Dexter, walking dead, sky arts, svu, documentaries etc make it worthwhile for us.
I resent paying the bbc more than I do sky...I can't think of the last time I watched anything on any bbc channel.

nannyof3 Sat 27-Apr-13 05:29:17

I have 3 boxes, all hd+ and gotta say i love it!!

HanShotFirst Sat 27-Apr-13 05:42:22

We bought the basic entertainment package for Sky Atlantic, Fox and Syfy. DH was desperate for the F1 channel and being able to record all the different shows has been great. I love Sky+!

LtEveDallas Sat 27-Apr-13 05:51:25

I'd forgotten the SyFy channel, so many great programmes on there too. My Sky+ is almost full with all the series I save and then don't watch for ages. I can't remember the last time I watched 'live' TV.

I'd rather pay for Sky than the TV Licence. I never watch BBC (or any of the other things the Licence pays for). Does annoy me that you cannot opt out.

nagynolonger Sat 27-Apr-13 05:55:01


Would rather watch it on the BBC like in the old days but they spend our money on other stuff which I don't want to watch.

plinkyplonks Sat 27-Apr-13 05:59:50

I don't pay for Sky and have no plans to either. If i want to watch TV, I'll watch it in the background in work. Otherwise I don't watch TV at home - if I do, i just watch Iplayer on my laptop which I don't need a tv licence for smile

CorrieDale Sat 27-Apr-13 06:17:20

I'm afraid we have the lot including sky go! It costs a bally fortune! Dh has had it for sport ever since he could afford it. If we were in our uppers it is the last luxury that would go. I agree it's shite but you can't get the cricket anywhere else (well other than an hour of test march highlights on channel 5). The children love boomerang (scooby doo & wacky races). I could live without it but do love the middle, modern family and mad men.

nagynolonger Sat 27-Apr-13 06:17:36

I think everyones viewing habits are changing.

We record most stuff and I do like Sky for that because it's so easy. I would sooner record the whole series of something like 'Call the Midwife'
and then watch it all in one go when it suits me.

catgirl1976 Sat 27-Apr-13 06:34:10

Sky Atlantic is good, but YANBU

We watch Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Walking Dead but there is almost nothing else worth watching and we spend nights scrolling through several hundred listings before concluding there is nothing on and wondering what we pay for

EggsMichelle Sat 27-Apr-13 06:34:29

I was paying stupid amounts for virgin, and apart from Animal Planet and Discovery, we only watched freeview channels or the Catch Up. So I rang and negotiated, still pay for phone and Internet but got freeview channels and catch up free through the virgin box.

Bowlersarm Sat 27-Apr-13 06:39:20

Sky Sports. I couldn't watch England play cricket without it. For me it is worth it for that alone.

blue22 Sat 27-Apr-13 06:40:42

Sky sports and my recent discovery of Sky Arts. Brilliant. I also think Sky plus is brilliant.
My DH has just put Sky Go on his iPad and iPhone for no extra charge so he can now watch anything wherever he is which seems brilliant. Not sure how many devices each household can have SkyGo on, but I'm going to see if I can get it on my iPhone too. If you do have Sky look into it - really amazing service

trinity0097 Sat 27-Apr-13 06:54:35

There is a huge amount of crap telly broadcast via satellite, however there are also some really good shows that hubby and I like to watch, especially on living, sky1, sky Atlantic. We rarely watch them live and use the sky+ or sky+anytime features and then fast forward through the adverts.

Ok so it costs us nearly £50 a month, but that's out main source of in-house entertainment and we can easily afford it, so I see no problems in it. If we were really hard up then we would have to think about cutting back, but not at the moment!

Altinkum Sat 27-Apr-13 07:05:49

The following --currently look at my on demand lol

Thankyou sweetestcup

PoppyAmex Sat 27-Apr-13 07:09:15

Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts & Sports - for these alone it's worth it!

Oddsocksrus Sat 27-Apr-13 07:14:41

Free sat, freeview and regular tv reception is utterly shite where we live so sky is a necessary evil. Broadband speeds aren't good enough for I player etc either
Trust me we watch only about 10% of the channels and grind our teeth about the cost ....

NaturalBaby Sat 27-Apr-13 07:20:21

We had the full package for a year and most of it was spent on kids cartoons. It wasn't worth £60 a month for cartoons. The money is being spent on extra curricular activities for the Dc's instead.

JollyPurpleGiant Sat 27-Apr-13 07:28:04

I think our sky is £70 pm.

This includes our phone though.

When we moved in we could buy an aerial and pay to get it put up and we would have got about 5 channels because we are rural and don't have good signal, OR we could sign up to sky who fitted the dish for free and gave us lots of channels.

We also like it because we can tape tv. DH is film obsessed and we have movies. He watches about 4 a week. As movies is £16 ish he is spending a lot less on this than we used to in blockbuster.

Finally, we watch much less shit, as we very very rarely watch live tv. We tape or download the stuff we like, in HD, and watch it at our leisure.

StuntGirl Sat 27-Apr-13 07:35:05

zigzag grin He is friends with my friend so I see him pop up on my Facebook occasionally. He is very un-doom like!

sydlexic Sat 27-Apr-13 07:53:58

Sky go, on iPad or laptop. Carry it around the house whilst cleaning, yes I do my own cleaning so saving money there smile.

The real reason is that it is the only method of recording I have ever managed to work, and you can pause and rewind live TV.

DS watches The Big Bang Theory 500 times a day.

Euphemia Sat 27-Apr-13 07:56:15

Sky Atlantic.

Madsometimes Sat 27-Apr-13 08:05:03

We are an ex-sky family. We had been paying for Sky for more than 10 years, the fee coming out of the direct debit without question. We were watching it less and less. The movies were always shite, and dh was less interested in football than he had been. I think we were paying about £75 a month for something we rarely watched. So we cancelled a few months ago.

Dh misses the cricket, but that's it.

Madsometimes Sat 27-Apr-13 08:09:59

We have Netflix now for £6 a month and buy movies we actually want to see through Apple TV. It works out much cheaper.

edwardsmum11 Sat 27-Apr-13 08:13:48

I love my sky. My son loves sky junior.

edwardsmum11 Sat 27-Apr-13 08:14:04

Disney junior

XiCi Sat 27-Apr-13 08:15:19

I'm a bit baffled by a lot of the responses. It seems that people with Sky seem to think that you only get channels 1-5 if you don't pay. I have a freeview + box and get the majority of programmes people are mentioning and also can pause, rewind live tv and record programmes.
The only reason to pay for Sky for us would be for the sport, and then we would lose the excuse of going to the pub to watch the match smile

SpanishFly Sat 27-Apr-13 08:16:58

Greys Anatomy
The Following
Lots of babysitting channels grin

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Sat 27-Apr-13 08:21:34

Not allowed rooftop aerial here, no cable when I moved in, can't even get freebiew without a huge booster box or two in the loft (my next door neighbour tried. It cost her £300 and her picture still wasn't great.)

Therefore if we want TV, it has to be Sky. Though we now have cable and Virgin, and I'm swapping next month, as it will actually cost me less!

SpanishFly Sat 27-Apr-13 08:59:17

I just had a look at the freeview website. NONE of the decent channels are available on it, therefore those saying they can watch all the programmes on freeview must be watching two-yr-old series at best.

Bunbaker Sat 27-Apr-13 09:03:39

We struggle to keep up with watching what we have recorded on Freeview and have never felt that we have missed out by not having Sky. We particularly like all the European crime dramas on BBC4 and have loads to catch up on.

All the Sky listings on this thread so far I have no interest in. OH likes watching Rugby which is on the BBC so he doesn't feel the need for Sky sport either.

Sky would be a complete waste of money for us.

Whathaveiforgottentoday Sat 27-Apr-13 09:05:54

Sky sports

and I don't mind watching GOT and walking dead

sweetestcup Sat 27-Apr-13 09:26:15

Its all individual isnt it, what someone things is shite someone else may love, no right or wrong.

considering all the programmes are on the internet I don't see the point

I dont see the point in faffing about trying to look up stuff online (and not everything is actually available), hogging the computer and then having to watch it on a small screen when instead I can just put on the TV and watch any channel or anything I have stored on the hard drive of the Sky box at the touch of a button. smile

Moonstorm Sat 27-Apr-13 09:30:05

We looked into cancelling, but couldn't get broadband, line rental and phone calls for less. Basic tv package. We get free phone calls abroad including in the daytime that other companies don't offer.

YABU we can't get freeview here so sky is our only option. Its our only luxury too grin

Sallyingforth Sat 27-Apr-13 09:51:53

I'm constantly amazed how how many people think that satellite =Sky. There are so many channels on Freesat, and you only have to pay once to get a set top box with all the scheduled recording facilities.
Plus it means you aren't putting yet more money into Murdoch's pocket.

StuntGirl Sat 27-Apr-13 09:55:44

Our laptop connects to the tv, so we can stream things online (no faffing when you know what you're doing wink) and watch it through our big tv screen.

Bunbaker Sat 27-Apr-13 10:01:53

Ours does. All you need is an HDMI cable. We sometimes get buffering which is annoying.

Our DVD player has iPlayer on it, but none of the other channels.

Bunbaker Sat 27-Apr-13 10:02:07

Not DVD player, BluRay

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 10:09:44

I dunno what we did before sky + plus yes there is shit on but there is shit on freeview as well just a better variety of shit to chose from

maddening Sat 27-Apr-13 10:12:16

When I was stuck to the sofa with a constantly bf baby I caught up with loads of old stuff - x files, er (which I didn't watch when it was on as didn't have sky), loads of fun yet rubbish tv like the baby channels when I was pregnant and murder mystery channels when I was stuck on sofa with spd.

The children's channels are good and movie channels too and we watch the documentary channels alot.

I do often think there's not much on and is it worth it but then I go to my mum's and see how dire freeview is.

RandallPinkFloyd Sat 27-Apr-13 10:16:19

Because I spend every single sodding evening alone.

Because I much prefer the programmes shown on the Sky channels to those shown on the Freeview channels.

As long as my house is heated and my child is fed I can spend the rest of my very small income however I bloody well want to.

Dear god people pick some tenuous things to feel superior about.

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 10:18:46

and we watch Animal planet discovery etc etc you dont get that on freeview, and we did have freestat for our caravan but when DH was tuning it is a german porn channel popped up and all my then 10yr old could see was a womans arse sticking up in the air with somebody shouting ANAL ANAL shock

sweetestcup Sat 27-Apr-13 10:20:06

We dont have a laptop. The on demand service for channels including I player etc are all available through Sky now anyway, just seems easier to me. Cant get freeview anyway but it hasnt the same channels, very limited range of HD channels and range of music channels poor.

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 10:21:40

yes there is all the 'players' on sky now it is great you can download films or boxsets if you want,

I got it for the F1 and wouldn't be without it now.
I love my Sky.

Bunbaker, rugby union isn't on the BBC (except for the World Cup and possibly a couple of other things I'm overlooking). Premiership and European rugby is split between Sky Sports and ESPN at the moment (with one hour's highlights weekly on ITV) and is moving to BT's new sports channels next year. Not sure about Rugby League, though - I know I've seen some international matches on Sky but domestic stuff might be on BBC.

Bunbaker Sat 27-Apr-13 10:46:18

rugby League is, and it is big round here. OH follows Huddersfield Giants.

cocolepew Sat 27-Apr-13 10:54:18

We pay £63 for it including our phone and broadband. We only recently got sky movies in. We got it half price for 3 months and sky sent us a letter yesterday saying they are giving us it half price for another 3 months.
It works out cheaper for us rather than buying a DVD or going to the pictures.

Fluffy1234 Sat 27-Apr-13 10:59:55

Because I love my Sky plus box so much and never ever have to wSte time watching adverts.

LimitedEditionLady Sat 27-Apr-13 11:06:57

I got sky cos my aerial broke and people came to the door selling it so i thought hey lets get this instead.i like it,i like the channels,i like recording programmes because you couldnt do that on others when i got it.yeah,why not?dont see whats bad about it.

soverylucky Sat 27-Apr-13 11:09:31

Test match cricket and mad men.

Why do people spend money on anything? It's their choice and what they want to do.

Pandemoniaa Sat 27-Apr-13 11:19:12

Because despite living in the South East of England and not halfway up a remote mountainside, we had minimal television reception and no access at all to Freeview until last year's digital switchover. Plus we like sport and also like the option of avoiding the X Factor/Strictly/Britain Has Fuck All Talent type shyte that passes for prime time viewing on the terrestrial channels.

Also, I don't think it is bad value at all when compared to the cost of any other sort of evening out.

Because when our area switched over to digital we had so crap it might as well be nothing reception.

We'll go to freesat eventually I imagine, but we watch loads of things on sky so it will be missed.

ChocolateCakePlease Sat 27-Apr-13 11:31:02

We had sky for a year and thought it was a waste of money. Our subscription came with movies at first and my god what a waste of time. The same films repeated constantly over and over again, waste of time and money that is. We got rid of it when our contract was up and used the dish to set up a freesat box which is fantastic. My dh misses sky adlantic but that is it, we do not miss anything on sky at all and freesat has everything we like and it has more channels than freeview does too.

The only thing I could see someone wanting sky for is sport.

ChocolateCakePlease Sat 27-Apr-13 11:33:08

Forgot to add also we can record etc and set up series link on our freesat too.

LondonMan Sat 27-Apr-13 11:35:12

I have to have Sky sport, it' very cost-effective to add movies, once you go for those two I don't think it's possible not to have the channels that are actually comparable with free ones. Given that I have those channels, I watch them far more often than free ones. The only BBC program I watch is HIGNFY, apart from that the only freeview channels I regularly watch are channel 4 and its variants, but I watch them much less than Sky Atlantic alone. So the evidence is even if you exclude sport and movies, Sky's programs are still better than Freeview's.

(I thought I never watched ITV, but I now recall there have been three series I've watched in the last 20 years.)

No reception here.
Sky sports
Sky plus

cardibach Sat 27-Apr-13 11:51:21

No terrestrial TV reception at all.
There are some really good series on Sky.
I don't go out much, and even if I did, Sky works out cheaper.
I like it.
Enough reasons for you OP?

ChestyNut Sat 27-Apr-13 11:53:27

No watching adverts.
Never missing something I want to watch.
Pausing so I can grab more chocolate.
The following
Criminal minds
The walking dead
Beauty and the beast
Greys anatomy

Need I go

GetOrfMoiLand Sat 27-Apr-13 11:58:40

Sky movies and anytime.

Plus it's convenient.

And it's only fifty quid a month which is a negligible amount to me.

gordyslovesheep Sat 27-Apr-13 12:01:50

Chestynut and I have the exact same taste in TV grin

I love watching rubbish films as well - I like Sky

I love the True Movies channels, I watch them far too much, and the cooking channels.

badguider Sat 27-Apr-13 12:05:07

We don't have sky but have cable mainly for films on demand and catch-up which is basically like almost unlimited box sets (we don't watch a lot of live tv).

SignoraStronza Sat 27-Apr-13 12:13:50

MIL had it soley for Eurosport, so that she and dh can watch the moto gp without their blood pressure rising at the useless BBC coverage.

SpanishFly Sat 27-Apr-13 13:21:27

I'm astounded at how many people think freeview/freesat is the equivalent of Sky. They have none of the channels we watch - sky1, Living, Atlantic, Fox. None of them.

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 13:22:45

has true movies moved netto i cant find it

mrsjay Sat 27-Apr-13 13:23:27

Sky movies and anytime.

Plus it's convenient.

And it's only fifty quid a month which is a negligible amount to me.

^ ^ this really we dont go out much so why not eh

ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmmmmmmmm Sat 27-Apr-13 13:42:24

YANBU.........If you are the "only ever watch improving documentaries on my 3 1/2 inch black and white 30 year old tv we keep concealed inside a stuffed moose head , next to the floor to ceiling bookcases filled with 20,000 penguin classics..........."type hysterical MN'er......

Everyone else.............YABU

ihearsounds Sat 27-Apr-13 13:48:52

When I moved here, having a box was the only way to get tv. The communal area was rubbish and could only pick up 2 channels, itv and channel 4 or 5, I forget which one.
So, we first tried OnDigital, which was fine for what we wanted, until it went bust.
Then we went to sky.
After getting bombarded with stuff from telewest we went with them, lasted a year.
Then went back with sky (aerial still shit).
Virgin then took over telewest, so we eventually went with them. That relationship lasted 4 months. Even they admitted, finally, after a million lies, that they were shit and set us free without penalty.
Communal aerial still not working.
So went back to sky.
Communal aerial finally got upgraded. But I'm not connected because the week they did it, we were on holiday, which aerial people wanted us to cancel. 2 years later, still with sky, still no aerial because aerial people tell us they are coming, and don't bother showing up. Plus now I don't want connecting to the communal because the thieving shits, aka landlord, charge an extra £15 a month per socket for the service.

ChocolateCakePlease Sat 27-Apr-13 13:54:35

I can honestly say that apart from sky Atlantic that dh liked, there is nothing on sky that we watched that we do not get on freesat. On sky all we seemed to watch was repeats of things that we have watched so many times before. We can record, rewind, pause and series link record on our freesat box like we could on sky but we save 40 quid a month instead.

New channels are added all the time too. I am suprised at how many music channels have popped up on it too. For us it is a great saving but if you watch sport or other things on sky then it is worth it but for us we were just flicking through repeats all the time.

Sky plus completes me grin

Grinkly Sat 27-Apr-13 14:42:57

We get limited freeview as it's from a small local transmitter or something. Bought a humax to use with it and it freezes constantly (am sure I have all the downloaded software on it) so to record anything must have sky. V annoying as have to pay same licence fee as everyone else.

Bunbaker Sat 27-Apr-13 16:51:30

"Because I love my Sky plus box so much and never ever have to waste time watching adverts."

We have a hard drive recorder that we can set to record entire series. From what I can see it does everything that Sky Plus does except offer the extra channels. As DD watches too much TV anyway and we can't keep up with everything we currently record, I don't feel the need for Sky. It isn't anything to do with being snobby. I just feel that our TV requirements are already catered for.

Sallyingforth Sat 27-Apr-13 16:58:47

* so to record anything must have sky.*

No you don't! A decent Freesat box has just the same functions.

Fluffy1234 Sat 27-Apr-13 17:14:19

I can't see how paying for sky is any different than paying for any fluid other than tap water or owning more than a couple of items of clothing etc. There are always cheaper ways to do things but I prefer to sit and watch Sky channels in the evening that look at my bank book with the extra £35 a month in it.

umm for the plus aspect so i can watch what i want when i want. Freeview plus was a bag of shite never worked property.

And i quite like a bit of shit tv and shit to keep the kids happy once in a while.

marjproops Sat 27-Apr-13 17:20:03

sports, childrens channels, dicovery and factual and learning channels, music channels....

yes many sh****channels but the good ones outweigh the bad


ouryve Sat 27-Apr-13 17:21:59

I was miffed when Criminal Minds went over to Sky, only. Less so House, as that had already jumped the shark by that point.

Not enough to consider even a basic Sky package, though. We had Sky for a while before Freesat and didn't miss it all that much when we ditched it.

whoops baby grabbed the phone, meant to add £26.50 pcm for mine every thing except sport channels. I have no social life dont drink or smoke so sky and the odd chocolate bar is my luxury/treat/entertaiment.

Bunbaker Sat 27-Apr-13 17:23:53

"umm for the plus aspect so i can watch what i want when i want"

Sky isn't the only way you can record TV programmes or series. Our Sony hard drive recorder records what we want to watch. We can also do time slip recording and pause a live programme, but we don't pay a monthly fee to do this.

ouryve Sat 27-Apr-13 17:24:20

And we have a freeview PVR, so, if it's on freeview, we can record it. Often in HD when our aerial hasn't blown over. We can get HD channels on freeview and freesat that my parents can't on their now basic Sky package.

ouryve Sat 27-Apr-13 17:25:11

The Murdochs are rich enough, anyhow.

squeakytoy Sat 27-Apr-13 17:25:43

freeview and freesat boxes are available with all the functionality of sky+

I run an aerial and satellite company in the south east and many people have switched from sky to freesat now.

ouryve Sat 27-Apr-13 17:27:03

Oddsocks - freesat uses the same satellites and dishes as Sky, so I don't know why that didn't work for you, but Sky does.

yanbu, we were paying 50 quid a month on it, and barely watching it

should have got rid of it alot sooner

queenjellybelly Sat 27-Apr-13 17:30:59

I pay a fortune for the full package. I would pay double if I had to. TV is my life.

queenjellybelly Sat 27-Apr-13 17:31:59

& wine wink.

We had it for over 10 years, kept upgrading, got Sky+HD and multiroom for DSD. Then when DH was made redundant last year we couldn't afford it any more. We got rid of it, and at first I really missed being able to pause the TV and record. But then my dad got us a FreeSat box for Christmas and it's great. We get all the free channels (Which honestly are the mostly the ones I watched anyway) and we can pause and record. I download all the TV shows we used to watch on Sky anyway so we're not missing anything. The only ones who really miss Sky are the kids because we no longer get Disney Cinemagic and Boomerang. They watch less TV now though, which is a good thing.

Anthracite Sat 27-Apr-13 20:10:05

I have Virgin TiVo rather than Sky.

I hardly watch any broadcast TV. I like documentaries, so Discovery channels, History Channel etc.

I also enjoy watching ATP tennis, which is cable only. Others in the family enjoy Premiership football, and children's/teen channels.

Pigsmummy Sat 27-Apr-13 20:36:04

Sport, on demand, box office and Sky+ is our reason. Sky plus is amazing. Saturday night on BBC and ITV makes me want to weep/drink my own piss/move to mars.

My DH and I love football, today watched soccer am, the early game and late game, weather rubbish so a great relief to have sky tbh.

If you threaten to leave they normal offer about 30-40% discount to stay.

Bogeyface Sat 27-Apr-13 20:40:49

My Sky+ box is the best gadget I own and I am a gadget queen!

£20 ish pounds a month and worth every penny imo, if only for Nick Jr that came in very handy when DD4 was ill as it shows Peppa Pig/Ben and Holly around the clock!

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sat 27-Apr-13 21:04:03

We have a PVR which does all the stuff a Sky+ box does. Quest (Mythbusters), BBC4 (everything), BBC2 (docos, GBBO, GBSB, QI, University Challenge), BBC1 (Mastermind, HIGNFY, Pointless, Formula 1, Strictly, Homeland), CBBC (everything), E4 (Big Bang Theory) and ITV4 (classic Marple / Poirot) offer more than enough telly to fill our time even without the big "event" shows.

Every now and then there is a US drama on Sky which I really want to watch. House was one, now Game of Thrones. I buy them on DVD for 30 quid a year, because I refuse to stream pirates versions. Being one year behind the spoilers for GOT is going to drive me mad, but not enough to give 600 quid to Rupert Murdoch.

Selks Sat 27-Apr-13 21:18:50

Have got rid of my sky subscription; still have the dish so will be getting a freesat plus box.

Selks Sat 27-Apr-13 21:20:55

Just googled PVR box, could not make head nor tail of what it actually is.

Personal video recorder, so Sky+ or equivalent.

littletingoddess Sat 27-Apr-13 21:38:27

I like Sky for Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. DH likes sport. Lots of sport.

Arisbottle Sat 27-Apr-13 21:40:04

I pay for sky, I am very common , the kind of woman most MNers would avoid and love trash .

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sat 27-Apr-13 21:48:55

But surely there's loads of trash on the non-sky channels arisbottle? ITV2, Channel 5, 5*, Pick TV, More 4 and Really must offer far more junk TV than there are hours in the day? Or do you have very specialist tastes?

Genuine question - I like a bit of trashy telly myself, but I've never felt the need to pay extra for it, because apart from anything else, it doesn't really matter if the episode of Freaky Eaters you're watching is brand new or a three year old repeat - you're not going to miss the plot.

LippiPongstocking Sat 27-Apr-13 21:54:01

We have a Humax which has Freeview (in essence like a Sky+ box, pauses and records etc) and we have a Roku to watch Netflix, IPlayer etc but our main telly is a SmartTV, and also has Youtube, 4Od, Lovefilm etc built in. We haven't missed having Sky in years!

Arisbottle Sat 27-Apr-13 21:55:29

If you are especially trashy and common like me , I guess you are willing to pay extra to get more poor taste TV.

trianglesaregood Sat 27-Apr-13 22:08:19

Sport and sky+. keeps the whole family happy.

Moonstorm Sat 27-Apr-13 22:30:20

Those people without Sky. What do you do for broadband and line rental/ phone calls? It's this on top of the TV hat makes it worthwhile for us.

Bunbaker Sat 27-Apr-13 23:35:51

Our telephone, line rental and Broadband come to £25 a month from Utility Warehouse. We also get our gas and electricity from them, but because we have solar panels our FIT payback means that our monthly utility bills are vastly reduced.

Moonstorm Sun 28-Apr-13 20:59:27

I've never heard of Utility Warehouse. Are they a national company?

Bunbaker Sun 28-Apr-13 21:47:06

Utility Warehouse are always in the Which top 3 recommended energy suppliers. We have been with them for about 4 years and are really pleased that we switched to them.

Sallyingforth Sun 28-Apr-13 23:20:54

Nothing wrong with BT's phone and broadband service. Sky only sub-let BT's service anyway.

Nehru Sun 28-Apr-13 23:21:16


sweetestcup Mon 29-Apr-13 07:22:48

Would never go back to BT - good when it worked but the minute we had a problem it was a nightmare. Lets just say it took 6 months to sort out and we had the worst customer service we have ever had thanks to the Indian call centres for broadband refusing to accept we had a problem, cancelling engineers when they were finally booked etc etc. On the plus side we got £500 compensation it was that bad, but I would never go back! At least Skys customer service is better.

For the fact I can record the programmes and watch them later on, currently watching/recording:

Game of Thrones
The Following
Once upon a time

DH loves it for the sport, and DD loves the Sky Disney movies channel, plus Nickelodeon.

valiumredhead Mon 29-Apr-13 10:36:01

Sky Atlantic is FAB.

Gingersstuff Mon 29-Apr-13 10:36:35


<runs in> Documentary about Greggs 9pm Sky One tonight!!!!!

LeaveTheBarSteward Mon 29-Apr-13 10:53:34

I pay £24 per month for the basic package, no sports or movies. Think I'm paying too much, need to give them a ring.
I love it though, have freeview in the kitchen and its crap compared to sky+

VitoCorleone Mon 29-Apr-13 11:28:13

I had freeview for years, dont know how i ever coped without Sky.

I wouldnt give up my Sky+ for anything now

cuteboots Mon 29-Apr-13 12:13:16

I have the tv/phone and broadband package from Sky and think its a bit expensive . American shizzle really so I think it may be the next thing to go in my house. I only have the basic package but £75 a month is a bit steep I feel

FreedomOfTheTess Mon 29-Apr-13 12:30:29

For me, it's exactly what LtEveDallas said - I wouldn't be able to watch Criminal Minds, Castle, Bones, Rizolli and Isles, NCIS, Grimm, The Following and a whole host of other great shows that I love.

NB: EveDallas - you have great taste in TV!

Bunbaker Mon 29-Apr-13 12:34:52

" I only have the basic package but £75 a month is a bit steep I feel"

As we pay £25 a month for our telephone and broadband package it looks like you are paying £50 a month just for Sky. That is a lot.

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 29-Apr-13 12:41:54

The basic sky TV package with unlimited broadband and landline rental is £47.50 per month.

tedmundo Mon 29-Apr-13 12:43:33

Why has no one mentioned two of the best comedies to come out of sky one ...

The Cafe

Both really well written comedies!

Glee and Modern family worth subs alone

Kewcumber Mon 29-Apr-13 12:45:38

I cancelled my subscription and got a freesat plus box - not quite so much shit but enough for me. I get a few channels in addition to the freeview ones and can record pause etc like sky plus and because its plugged into satellite dish I don;t get reception problmes (near the flight path so reception via aerial alone can be problematic sometimes)

cuteboots Mon 29-Apr-13 12:48:17

Hmmm! I think I need to call them as this doesnt sound right to me .

theodorakisses Mon 29-Apr-13 12:48:36

Loved the handwringing caveat op used to justify even knowing what is on the ghastly common thing.

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 29-Apr-13 13:03:07


<commoner and proud>

Quenelle Mon 29-Apr-13 13:09:01

I can't understand why we pay for Sky. The only channels it gives us that we like and can't get elsewhere are Boomerang and Nick Junior, and we have to pay extra for them!

We have a smart TV so can get catch-up TV, Love Film, Netflix, Blinkbox anyway.

Signing up was a huge mistake. I'll be cancelling as soon as the twelve months is up.

Quenelle Mon 29-Apr-13 13:15:41

sweetestcup I had a terrible experience with BT too. Their (UK) customer service was so bad I would only discuss my account with the Director. Me 'n' Warren were best mates for a while there.

On the plus side, they did end up sending me three BT Vision boxes by accident and ignored all my requests to collect them so we sold them and made a few quid.

For ....
Boardwalk Empire
Walking dead
Modern Family

And for DH, the boxing he likes is all on sky (and bloody football)

Quenelle Mon 29-Apr-13 13:26:49

We watched the first episode of Boardwalk Empire on On Demand and then they removed it angry I might as well buy the boxset on Blink Box now.

Cooroo Mon 29-Apr-13 13:32:26

Don't pay for any sport or films. Game of Thrones. SkyArts. Plus the whole recording, rewinding, control remotely via apps things.

I would get rid of Sky, but we wouldn't get: Supernatural, MotoGP, Giro d'Italia and Tour de France (proper Eurosport coverage) if we stopped it. Cycling isn't covered properly on terrestial, it's all football-centric in the UK. I also programmes like The Walking Dead and Hawaii 5-0.

qo Mon 29-Apr-13 13:39:15

I cancelled my sky and got Netflix for £5.99. We still get the free sky channels and we have 4OD, BBC iPlayer and Itvplayer. No need for sky

lottieandmia Mon 29-Apr-13 13:40:14

We haven't had Sky for about 5 years. TV addict dd (9) has been nagging me to get it again. I may give in...

MansView Mon 29-Apr-13 15:16:32

sky is shit - as it most of tv...I haven't watched tv since last sept...

I do feel kinda free now - as my life was dictated by what was on tv, I wouldn't make my tea until the soaps finished for example...what kind of shitty existance is that?

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 29-Apr-13 15:23:54

I don't watch the soaps MansView.
I watch crap when I fell like watching crap, or more serious stuff when I feel like that, or I read, or I MN.
Just because you have it doesn't mean it has to rule your life.

Kitchencupboards Mon 29-Apr-13 15:29:01

I agree if DH and I ever split up Sky will be the first thing to go. I feel sick at what we spend on Sky, I feel it such a waste of money. DH doesn't agree and upgraded us to HD without telling me as he knew what my response would be.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Mon 29-Apr-13 16:06:10

TV in the kitchen is the answe to that Mansview grin.

sweetestcup Tue 30-Apr-13 22:14:52

Mansview, lady has it spot on - thats why I have a TV in the kitchen!

theodorakisses Wed 01-May-13 12:51:55

I do feel kinda free now - as my life was dictated by what was on tv, I wouldn't make my tea until the soaps finished for example...what kind of shitty existance is that?

A shittier existence than that would be not being able to afford the choice to be so smug probably.

MansView Wed 01-May-13 13:02:08

most of the people I know with sky etc - they simply spend ages flicking through channels rather than watching anything...

fine if you're happy to vegetate on the sofa doing that...

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 01-May-13 13:04:42

I would say that was more your own deep-seated psychological issue than the fault of Sky TV Mansview.

That would be like me, when I was a smoker, blaming my addiction on the existence of fags. Or me as a fatty blaming my weight issues on the existence of food.

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 01-May-13 13:06:40

Ah, x-post, I see you're actually just a sanctimonious arse.

Never mind, telly certainly won't fix that!

LondonMan Wed 01-May-13 13:06:54

I wouldn't make my tea until the soaps finished

You don't seem to have mastered the technology.

Aside from sport, I never watch anything "live" - apart from anything else, then I wouldn't be able to fast-forward through the adverts. Everything of interest is on series record. Movies I watch off Anytime.

On the rare occasion I haven't recorded something I want to watch, I watch if off iplayer or other catch-up services integrated with my Sky box. (You have connected your box to the internet, I hope?)

LondonMan Wed 01-May-13 13:09:51

I understand your reservations though. I've always shunned soaps and reality TV. But I have watch some shit. "Lost" for example.

LondonMan Wed 01-May-13 13:14:27

Even if you don't explicitly record, you could just use the "pause" button while you take care of other things.

Mandy2003 Wed 01-May-13 13:42:18

Do Sky still have that crap idea where you have to buy "blocks" of channels at (I think it was) £16pm each?

I have never wanted to go the Sky route because I'd like to watch (say in a day): some hoarding, repo or antiques shit (?sky living) in the morning, a documentary or nature programme in the afternoon and once or twice a week what I'd call Box Set eg Walking Dead, American Horror, Breaking Bad. That's all from different blocks as far as I can work out so I'd have to buy 3 or 4 of them.

Why can't I just pay for what I watch?

DragonMamma Wed 01-May-13 13:47:36

Sky Atlantic has some brilliant things on it - Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Following are all favourites here.

DH is a football fan and so 'needs' Sky Sports but it works out cheaper than him going to the pub for a few pints to watch it.

The DC's like the Disney Channels and Nick Jr now they are out of CBeebies.

But mainly, Sky Atlantic is why we stick with Sky and don't switch to Virgin or BT

musu Wed 01-May-13 13:50:32

I'm surprised that people are naming tv shows that are on Freeview like Law & Order SVU and NCIS. Why pay to have them through Sky (obviously excluding those who don't have sufficient reception to get Freeview)?

I don't have Sky and there is occasionally some sporting event that isn't covered on terresterial tv but £30 a month seems a bit steep for those.

TheOldestCat Wed 01-May-13 13:52:44

Expensive as it is, we have Sky as it's cheaper than a season ticket to the footy (plus train tickets as we are a long way from DH's spiritual home).

MansView Wed 01-May-13 13:52:50

RE : I wouldn't make my tea until the soaps finished

You don't seem to have mastered the technology.

Aside from sport, I never watch anything "live" - apart from anything else, then I wouldn't be able to fast-forward through the adverts. Everything of interest is on series record. Movies I watch off Anytime.

On the rare occasion I haven't recorded something I want to watch, I watch if off iplayer or other catch-up services integrated with my Sky box. (You have connected your box to the internet, I hope?)

I've never had sky so that's not an issue - this is just with the likes of freeview and analogue tv (before it was phased out).
but there isn't anything on tv that appeals to me - and the stuff that I do like can be viewed online anyway smile

drivinmecrazy Wed 01-May-13 13:56:12

We use the internet, in particular this site For years we have had our PC connected to our TV with an HDMI lead. Its fantastic and completely free.
With regards to the live sports we always manage to find it live streamed somewhere on the internet.
Only downside we have found is DD2 has just discovered I-Carly and can idle away a whole afternoon watching back to back episodes if we let her.

SorrelForbes Wed 01-May-13 14:04:27

The only TV I want to watch is on Sky Atlantic. Unfortunately we're stuck with Virgin as Sky won't provide broadband to our house (but they will provide it to houses 50m away!) and it's too expensive to split packages between Virgin and Sky.

anchovies Wed 01-May-13 14:06:18

I decided to take a break from sky and see how much we missed it. To be honest I was quite stressed about losing sky+ though as I don't watch anything live and the adverts drive me nuts.

After after entering the cancellation period, they rang yesterday and with some negotiation gave us the complete tv package free for 6 months with no contract. Given that we already have discounted line rental and we will now pay £11 for line rental, unlimited broadband and all the tv channels, they won back my custom!

elmerelephant Wed 01-May-13 14:12:26

We have to pay for Sky to be able to watch TV, as although I can see the TV mast from my kitchen window, we dont receive a usable signal. Apparently its due to "too many hills"

LadyIsabellaWrotham Wed 01-May-13 14:29:32

Why not Freesat elmer?

WeAreEternal Wed 01-May-13 14:34:51

Because the shit you get on sky is superior shit to the shit you get on freeview.

^ this.

I pay £60 something a month to sky for tv and broadband and it is worth every penny.

Viviennemary Wed 01-May-13 14:35:21

We've got some Sky packages. DH likes the sports channels. And I watch the rubbishy house improvement and weight loss ones. But I am sure there are far loftier pursuits on which to spend time and money. So I am not disagreeing. grin

Wishiwasanheiress Wed 01-May-13 14:42:06

What agentzigzag said.

I refuse to watch sodding adverts any more. It's bliss smile

Sallyingforth Wed 01-May-13 15:06:38

We have to pay for Sky to be able to watch TV, as although I can see the TV mast from my kitchen window, we dont receive a usable signal. Apparently its due to "too many hills"

How many more times does this have to be refuted?


With a Freesat box you can receive satellite TV including HD channels. You get all the series recording options, pause etc. If you have previously had Sky you can use the same dish. All you miss is the extra paid-for channels.

Bunbaker Wed 01-May-13 15:32:54

And how many times do I have to say this:

Sky+ isn't the only device for recording TV

We record everything that we want to watch on commercial channels so we can zap through the adverts.

IsaacCox Wed 01-May-13 15:35:34

I love Sky. We have all the packages for I think £54 a month. There is so much choice for everyone. I especially love Modern family, The Middle, Wife swap USA, loads of old reruns eg. The Vicar of Dibley, Only fools and horses. Documentaries, food shows, loads of music channels, sports etc.

snuffaluffagus Wed 01-May-13 16:20:31

My parents have virgin, we have sky... their virgin tv is always up the spout whereas we have minimal problems with sky. Now it's got Sky Anytime (with the iplayer/4OD/ITV player etc etc) it's brilliant.. and you can download entire "box sets" of old shows which is great.

Also, I love Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts etc... (we don't have the sports or movies packages).

Plomino Wed 01-May-13 17:58:32

We have Sky + HD . Don't have sports package as DH is only interested in F1 which we get anyway .

Why do we pay for it ? Because we can . I don't need to justify my televisual choices to the OP or anyone else .

musu, I think almost every TV channel in existence shows episodes of NCIS at some point (one of the rules of TV seems to be that there's always an episode of NCIS on somewhere) but I don't think you can get the new series on the free channels, can you?

musu Thu 02-May-13 13:23:51

Does it matter if you can't get the new series though so long as new episodes from previous series are shown on Freeview channels. I think that Sky is a waste of money and I also wouldn't want to give any of my money to Murdoch. Although the original reason why I never got Sky is I hate hate hate the thought of a satellite dish being stuck on the side of my house.

LtEveDallas Thu 02-May-13 13:54:18

Does it matter if you can't get the new series though so long as new episodes from previous series are shown on Freeview channels

To me it does. In both the new series (10) of NCIS, the new series of Haven and Series 3 of The Walking Dead we have had the deaths of MAJOR characters. I wouldn't want to get rid of Sky now and have to wait over a year to find out the fallout from these deaths.

Plus the some of the series that are shown on Sky 1 or Atlantic aren't shown on any other channels.

There are other perks as welll, for example this week I have had "Your Sky" reminder for a brand new series starting at the weekend. I'd forgotten about it and it's a good service to have.

musu Thu 02-May-13 22:51:34

But if you never had Sky you'd be on whatever series of NCIS they are showing on C5 along with the rest of us and saving £30/month!

I suppose it comes down to how important tv is in your life. I will watch tv but I can take it or leave it in terms of following series.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Thu 02-May-13 23:42:55

I've never had Sky, but I do find that being a year behind the rest of the world for GOT means you inevitably get spoiled. I'm not sure it would be the same for NCIS or Haven, because they're not so central to the Zeitgeist, so you probably wouldn't be spoiled accidentally in the course of a random newspaper article, but you'd still have to exercise quite a lot of self-control - I found out the ending of House despite promising myself I'd stay away from TWOP.

LtEveDallas Fri 03-May-13 06:30:23

If you are on any fan sites, or even MN, things like TWD get spoiled because fans chat about the current episode whilst its ongoing! I record with series link all the stuff I like and watch it later with no ads - it means I have to avoid the sites I otherwise enjoy. I was caught out in Series 2 of TWD when my FB showed a picture of a Zombie major character about an hour after the airing of the current episode! It was a shocker!

I don't watch much TV, maybe 2 hours a day, but in those 2 hours I only want to watch what I want to watch. So that's why I happily pay for it.

We are leaving Sky this month because we have the old problem of finding something to watch out of hundreds of channels.

We usually watch things on the beeb which defeats the object of having Sky really.

I will miss TWD and Game of Thrones dreadfully but I can look forward to the box sets. DH watches nothing on Sky shock

We are getting Freesat instead as we are rural and the picture isn't too good otherwise.

Three months and it will start paying for itself.

MumnGran Fri 03-May-13 07:00:34

Sky has restored my faith in TV that I want to watch!
I benefit from the occasional superb series (such as GoT) but most of all from retreat into older programmes or informative programmes. It is a relief to watch the box without a constant stream of bad language, psych treatments for the obsessively overweight , psych treatments for the obsessively skinny, gay banner waving, sexual antics, sexual problems ......and heaven help us, the appalling behaviours of a band of people from Essex.

I have obviously transformed into a 21st century Mary Whitehouse mimic .....but it does seem that she was spot on in her predictions.

Give me Sky options every time.

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