Basically what I want:
Digital TV: free channels are fine.
Broadband: around 2mb (my max line atm), reliable, and preferably unlimited as I use it a lot and download a fair bit of HD stuff atm.
Cheap phonecalls: I am using phonecheap etc for mobiles, but I am still paying BT too much.
I have recently purchased a nice new plasma TV. but I am still watching analogue broadcasts. :-(
My TV has a freeview tuner but I live in a non-freeview area which won't be activated until 2008.
I would like to make the most out of it with a quality digital signal - I'm not interested in that £300 (+ premium) experiment that sky are calling "HD" though - maybe when sky's content and quality improves - at the moment the best channel on SKYHD is the BBC's HD experimental channel (which is free to non-sky subscribers anyway!), I might consider it, but not as it is at this price!.
I have been thinking about getting hold of an old sky dish & box, getting a working sky card, and simply installing it myself (or getting my friend to help) ...This is not as hard as it sounds. Therefore, paying no sky sub (or one-off fee) but getting the free digital channels.
I've even been a little tempted by SKY+. Last december, they had an offer where the SKY+ upgrade was free to new customers. So as an X-MAS pressie I cancelled my inlaw's standard sky subscription for them, with a phonecall noting my disgust that they wouldn't offer the same deal to 15-year loyal customers who had never taken advantage of any other offers, when I'd finished with thecancelations department, I blatently asked them to forward me to the sales department, the guy tried to put me off what I was doing, but as soon as I got through to an enthusiastic sales rep they grabbed my "new" subscription :giggle:, I signed them up in my name (and paid the first few months).
Errr... (sorry) back on topic... Anyway, I can still always get a new sky customer deal (if necessary) for myself using my partner's details.
However with the ntl offers and sky bundles I've been hearing about I started thinking about what I'm currently paying out for the telephone & broadband too.
unfortunately, I don't live in a talktalk covered area, so I am gutted about not being able to take up talktalks phone and internet package, I would have to pay extra for a lesser service.
I have heard of people here getting NTL to price match talktalk, even though they don't live in a talktalk covered area. That's a great idea, but no guarantee, but I don't live within NTL's cableTV network anyway.
I am currently paying £24 a month for unlimited 1meg broadband (my max line is 2mb), I know this is a lot, at the time, 2 years ago, it was cheap for a 1meg unlimited service. And I wasn't going for the cheapest as I had had awfull experiences with freeserve and others so I went with a good rep smaller company (hi-velocity) that, to be honest have been flawless for 2 years.
However, I can't really justify paying £24 + about £50/£75 to BT when I could be paying a lot less and maybe even get some sort of TV package thrown in (though my options are limited, and therefore, more confusing).
Any advice appreciated. I can surely save on the £75-£100 a month I'm paying for phone and broadband alone and get a much better full service.
freebies/cashbacks/HMV vouchers etc for new sign-ups all help the cause too! :)
Woah! long post (sorry)