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  1. #1
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: West Yorkshire

    Posts: 399
    I'm Andy.

    Default Bye bye Sky

    So, after 25 years or so of having a Sky subscription I cancelled it today.
    Been using Netflix and Amazon (plus other streaming apps) and finally added Hayu to Amazon for the wife's 'House wife's of...' so no need for Sky anymore.
    They tried to offer me a good deal but the money I will save means I can look to do other things (HiFi upgrade or get my camper van finally on the road....)

    31 days left of using it then off it goes.
    Never thought it would happen to be honest.

    Also - started a thread sometime ago about going to Virgin but everyone in the area I live in who went to them, have had nothing but major issues (around 30 percent have cancelled the whole lot) so will stay as I am for now on the broadband front
    Main system:

    Digital.
    Philips DCC 730
    Technics SL-PJ28A CD Player
    Analogue.
    Michell Orbe with arm decoupling kit & Pete's Pylons. SME V. Goldring Elite MC and Firebottle OTP MKII Phono Amp
    Lenco L75 in Birch ply plinth. Linn Basik Plus. Denon 103M cart Cairn Boost Phono Amp
    Network Player.
    Raspberry PI plus IQAudio DAC+ (also used as a CD player) plus Pi NAS Server
    Amp.
    Pure Sound A30
    Speakers
    Reiver Jenna floor standers
    HeadPhones.
    Sennheiser HD545 Ref, HD600, HD477
    Headphone Amp
    Myryad Z40 (also used as a pre amp)
    Backup Speakers.
    TDL RTL2, Some home made concoction...
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  2. #2
    Join Date: Oct 2015

    Location: Woodmancote, West Sussex

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    I'm Ian.

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    I gave up Sky about 6 years ago, I just found that most of what I watched was on Freeview anyway. I've got Netflix and Amazon which cover my viewing wants. At £60 a month plus extra to watch some boxing or other events Sky is just too expensive.
    Turntable
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    Network Player
    Cambridge NP30
    Amplifier
    Denon HA-500 head amp/Nakamichi CA-5E pre-amp/Chinese passive RVC/Proton AA-1150 DMC power amp
    Speakers
    Mordaunt Short Signifer on original factory stands
    Cables
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  3. #3
    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: North Down /Northern Ireland/ UK

    Posts: 19,500
    I'm Neil.

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    I dumped Sky last month, at £40 a month for TV I was barely watching it wasn't worth it. They too tried to offer me a better deal, I refused. My phone and net is still via them - for now.

    I have Netflix and have discovered lots of TV that is better than what Sky had.
    Regards Neil

  4. #4
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: West Yorkshire

    Posts: 399
    I'm Andy.

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    I have been trying to ditch it for years but the other half wouldn't let me.
    Cost is a big factor, nowadays you can so much more for a lot less seems daft to stay - although I am sure they will end up using streaming instead of satelite soon.
    Main system:

    Digital.
    Philips DCC 730
    Technics SL-PJ28A CD Player
    Analogue.
    Michell Orbe with arm decoupling kit & Pete's Pylons. SME V. Goldring Elite MC and Firebottle OTP MKII Phono Amp
    Lenco L75 in Birch ply plinth. Linn Basik Plus. Denon 103M cart Cairn Boost Phono Amp
    Network Player.
    Raspberry PI plus IQAudio DAC+ (also used as a CD player) plus Pi NAS Server
    Amp.
    Pure Sound A30
    Speakers
    Reiver Jenna floor standers
    HeadPhones.
    Sennheiser HD545 Ref, HD600, HD477
    Headphone Amp
    Myryad Z40 (also used as a pre amp)
    Backup Speakers.
    TDL RTL2, Some home made concoction...
    Backup Amps
    Audiolab 8000a, Armstrong something or other, Amstrad Quadraphonic something or other, home built EL34 power amps.....

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    Join Date: May 2012

    Location: Dagenham Essex

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    I'm Allen.

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    My monthly payment was £68 a month , I was told its going up to improve the system to £71 , I phoned and asked to cancel , Oh hold on lets see what we can do for you , If we offered you the same as you have now for £48 a month would you stay

    My reaction was !!!!****^%%%$£@@@!!! off , never been back since
    Please note , I cant spell , now you all know

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  6. #6
    Join Date: Mar 2017

    Location: Seaford UK

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    I'm Dennis.

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    Haggling seems to be standard practice now, Talk Talk does it all the time with me.

  7. #7
    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

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    Broadband wise I usually move after the Con tract end as they jack up price, unless I complain. Companies now are only after new business so they get the cheap deals in the knowledge that a good chunk won't argue with the higher price later as its too much effort.
    Less than 6 months left on my current 18 month deal with talk talk.
    Been reasonably happy with them tbh bar the really shitty router
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  8. #8
    Join Date: Nov 2010

    Location: Chorley, Lancs

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    I'm Mike.

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    Me too I ditched sky cos like others all I was watching was re runs or it was on freeview, mine was turned off last week and one thing that's pissed me off is unless you have a subscription you can't use the sky box to record, like everyone else I have prime and Netflix and I've just taken on now TV at £7 a month for Game of Thrones


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  9. #9
    Join Date: Jul 2017

    Location: Kent

    Posts: 478
    I'm Paul.

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    I ditched sky 3 months ago and went with Vodafone for my home broadband. £24pm for their superfast 2 service and its been excellent so far.

    Ive got a minix android box which has been the best one by a mile of many I've had over the years. It even allows me to watch a relatives sky go without the app realising its outputting through hdmi. Netflix, amazon prime, free view and iptv service I shan't name sort out the rest.

    Only issue now is sky constantly calling me to return to them.



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  10. #10
    Join Date: Apr 2017

    Location: Cheshire UK

    Posts: 843
    I'm Martin.

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    The TV licence is enough for me. Ive always made a point of not paying for Sky. I dont think Im missing much. I dont really watch sport. Im just a poor boy from a poor family....will you do the fandango....its more that they wont pry any money away from me


    Tv comes way down the list after computer games and music. I think I get enough from the main freeview channels

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