Sky TV half fixes a growing problem

Sky TV has acknowledged their bundled model of pay TV was failing with a significant change to subscriptions this month. The minimum subscription has dropped from $49.91 to $24.91. But this still ignores one of the main gripes about Sky – being forced to pay for crap you don’t want to get channels you do want.

I like sport and would be happy to pay a reasonable price to be able to watch major sports coverage, something that is expensive so it’s fair to get reasonable payment for it.

But still, to get sport costing $30 per month, I would need to also get the new ‘Starter’ package costing $24.91.

I’m finding it difficult to even see what is in this Starter package – their website is intent on pushing people to sign up uninformed.

Found it – the Start package: 40+ Channels to enjoy!

Actually, no.  That is 40+ channels I don’t want.

At least 19 of them are ‘free to air’ and I can already get them on Freeview. Six are children’s channels that I don’t want.

I don’t want any channels offered in the Starter package, but Sky expect me to pay for them in order to get what I want. I don’t want the Sport package enough to be ripped off paying for stuff I don’t want.

Sky’s sports streaming Fan Pass is still ridiculously priced – $100 per month – and I expect they won’t be changing that while they are trying to get some of their lost subscribers back.

 

8 Comments

  1. duperez

     /  March 2, 2018

    I too checked their site to find that to get their sports product I have to buy a lot of stuff I get on Freeview and others I have no wish to get.

    Market forces and research drives what they do. That’s why I repeat this Pete bit because a million people need to say the same thing:

    “I don’t want any channels offered in the Starter package, but Sky expect me to pay for them in order to get what I want. I don’t want the Sport package enough to be ripped off paying for stuff I don’t want.”

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 2, 2018

      I was surprised to see that Freeview channels have a Sky channel number.

      It’s not really a ripoff if people know what they are getting. I would only want the History and Arts, but I don’t want them enough to pay for Sky.

    • MaureenW

       /  March 2, 2018

      A friend mentioned that the basic $24.95 package is just the freeview channels, then you pay on top for the previous Sky channels. It does sound like a rip off to attract new accounts to something they currently get free for the price of a freeview decoder.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 2, 2018

        Which everyone had to have anyway, a fact that Sky must hope that people won’t notice…I must say that $25 for something that I can and do have free of charge sounds like poor value for money.

  2. Trevors_elbow

     /  March 2, 2018

    NZRU is already offering select games on a pay as you go basis… at least trialled it over our northern tours in 2017. NZRU also have surveyed on costs viewers would pay for content via streaming….

    Sky loses Rugby and they are stuffed.

    I watch stuff i want on line. I pay for some like EPL football, some i find for free.

    Sky need to offer digital content streaming by channel per month… want Rugby then you only buy the rugby via streaming…. its the future and its now… Sky are looking to the past in their offerings and pricing…

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 2, 2018

      I would rather read than watch television, anyway.