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Sky Vs. Virgin Media

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banned6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
Due to all the Boxes going down, Eurovox and Such..

I am now planning on buying Sky or Virgin..

I just need a Vote, on which is better, reasons why, and Prices. :)

Thanks
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banned6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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banned#1
virgin. bbc iplayer, 4od , itv player etc etc... bigger hardrive on the v+ box and its usually cheaper.
banned#2
ryman1000
virgin. bbc iplayer, 4od , itv player etc etc... bigger hardrive on the v+ box and its usually cheaper.


Ahh, Sounds interesting, but doesn't Sky have better HD Chnnels?
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D4ND4N
ryman1000
virgin. bbc iplayer, 4od , itv player etc etc... bigger hardrive on the v+ box and its usually cheaper.


Ahh, Sounds interesting, but doesn't Sky have better HD Chnnels?


Kinda depends on the package you want.

£30 a month was previously getting me three Sky mixes, with a tenner of that paying the Sky HD subs. You only get the HD channels that are available within your selected mixes. You'll get the other three mixes for a further £3 a month. On top of that, you get Sky player which will let you watch certain content on your PC and XBox 360 (although you'd have to pay another £10 per month multiroom sub to use it on the 360).

£30 a month with Virgin is getting me their XL package which incorporates pretty much everything besides Sky Sports and Movies. A bonus that you only get on XL is ESPN and ESPN HD for free, which will cost you a monthly sub on Sky, on top of your package. A major boon if you're a UFC fan. Virgin has a pretty damn respectable HD lineup now tbh. I get most of the HD channels I was getting on Sky previously, although I'm not sure what ones I'm missing. You don't get Sky 1 HD at present, but that is coming in the next couple of months. Virgin Media does get Film 4 HD, which Sky doesn't at present. Also, there is an extensive library of both catch-up and On-Demand content, including iPlayer, 4OD and more. The On-Demand content varies and there is a reasonable amount of it in HD.

If you want Sky Sports HD, then Sky has the advantage there. You can only get Sky Sports 1 & 2 HD on Virgin, whereas you'll get them all on Sky. I don't really know what you do and don't get with Sky Movies on Virgin.

I hope that gives you some basic info! Besides being able to record two different channels at once while watching a third, whereas Sky will only let you record one while watching something else, the differences are going to be down to personal preference.

Also, I imagine Virgin is less susceptible to weather interference. Sky can particularly suffer in rain and snow.

Full list of UK HD channels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_HD_channels_in_the_UK



Edited By: cookiemonster83 on Aug 23, 2010 01:09: Added link.
banned#4
cookiemonster83
D4ND4N
ryman1000
virgin. bbc iplayer, 4od , itv player etc etc... bigger hardrive on the v+ box and its usually cheaper.


Ahh, Sounds interesting, but doesn't Sky have better HD Chnnels?


Kinda depends on the package you want.

£30 a month was previously getting me three Sky mixes, with a tenner of that paying the Sky HD subs. You only get the HD channels that are available within your selected mixes. You'll get the other three mixes for a further £3 a month. On top of that, you get Sky player which will let you watch certain content on your PC and XBox 360 (although you'd have to pay another £10 per month multiroom sub to use it on the 360).

£30 a month with Virgin is getting me their XL package which incorporates pretty much everything besides Sky Sports and Movies. A bonus that you only get on XL is ESPN and ESPN HD for free, which will cost you a monthly sub on Sky, on top of your package. A major boon if you're a UFC fan. Virgin has a pretty damn respectable HD lineup now tbh. I get most of the HD channels I was getting on Sky previously, although I'm not sure what ones I'm missing. You don't get Sky 1 HD at present, but that is coming in the next couple of months. Virgin Media does get Film 4 HD, which Sky doesn't at present. Also, there is an extensive library of both catch-up and On-Demand content, including iPlayer, 4OD and more. The On-Demand content varies and there is a reasonable amount of it in HD.

If you want Sky Sports HD, then Sky has the advantage there. You can only get Sky Sports 1 & 2 HD on Virgin, whereas you'll get them all on Sky. I don't really know what you do and don't get with Sky Movies on Virgin.

I hope that gives you some basic info! Besides being able to record two different channels at once while watching a third, whereas Sky will only let you record one while watching something else, the differences are going to be down to personal preference.

Also, I imagine Virgin is less susceptible to weather interference. Sky can particularly suffer in rain and snow.


Very interesting point, :). Whats the Multiroom prices with virgin?
banned#5
Virgin box - Ok if you don't mind waiting an eternity on the box responding to the remote. All that I know regret moving from Sky, however the Broadband speeds usually compensate a little.
banned#6
D4ND4N
ryman1000
virgin. bbc iplayer, 4od , itv player etc etc... bigger hardrive on the v+ box and its usually cheaper.


Ahh, Sounds interesting, but doesn't Sky have better HD Chnnels?


at a price and apart from sky 1 HD i have all of them on virgin at no extra cost minus the sports/movies but thats skys fault. virgin have now gots sky movies/sports HD as well as BBC, ITV and channel 4 as well as an endless list of HD shows stored on tv choice on demand for free for L & XL customers i think. it all depends on what you want and what you watch.
banned#7
aScottishBloke
Virgin box - Ok if you don't mind waiting an eternity on the box responding to the remote. All that I know regret moving from Sky, however the Broadband speeds usually compensate a little.


im assuming you have the old box ?
#8
aScottishBloke
Virgin box - Ok if you don't mind waiting an eternity on the box responding to the remote. All that I know regret moving from Sky, however the Broadband speeds usually compensate a little.


Really? I don't find the remote to be that bad. I do have the newer Samsung V+ box though. I certainly don't regret moving from Sky, but I guess that's mainly because I'm getting more than I was previously for the same money. I'm also a fan of the on-demand stuff.

OP- no idea about Virgin multiroom. They certainly don't seem willing to give up the information on their website!

EDIT: Right, found it. £10 per month, per box or £5.50 per month, per box if you take V+.


Edited By: cookiemonster83 on Aug 23, 2010 01:58: ...
#9
naturalblonde
Hi D4ND4N,

I have recently gone with Virgin on there bundle deal (finally came off BT phone and Internet after four years).
It's got to be the best thing I've done in ages, very good value and I've had no problems so far.
I have the L 100 channels TV Package, L evenings and weekends Phone and L 10Mb fibreoptic Broadband + line rental for £38.94 per month + first 2 months at 3.45 (free if you have M Phone) + 11.99 line rental = £15.44. Plus the door caller matched the phone offer of £20 credit to my account + free V HD box and Wireless+Modem boxes + free installation. LOL so all in all very good deal and saved myself a small fortune (esp as my freeview box had packed up - about 5years old lol).
In my opinion.... (lol first ever post on here so please be nice :-) !! )
My parents + sister have sky HD (recordable + top package) and it is good if you are not as concerned about saving ££, as the multi room and PC options are very good, for sat- it rarely looses picture - in the past 10years or so that they've had it - it's only been down on the odd time (due to thunder storms).
Sky is very good if you want the full package but not if you want just several channels from each mix as you have to buy all the mixes. I found Virgin worked out alot cheaper for what I wanted - general viewing, kids, music, sky1, documentries, Catch Up+On Demand TV but Sky may be better for someone else.

These are the bundle deals for Virgin and there multi room costs should be on there site also-
http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/bundles/triple-builder.html


I hoped this has helped and I haven't gone on to much!
naturalblonde


There's nowt wrong with going on too much! That's what I tell myself anyway, what with my tendency to ramble on... Just thought I'd mention, you only seem to be able to see the multi-room prices if you chuck the package in your basket and then select the extra options when viewing your basket.
banned#10
Cheers everyone, for the GREAT Advice, i am currently on with Virgin and the broadband is great, speeds are betting than through a phone line i guess, but so far i have heard great things about both, if it happend i would need all sky sports channels and atleast 2 multiroom boxes, so would this end up being SKY or VIRGIN?.

I guess they are both updating there HD Services, at times, BBC IPLAYER on my TV would be great, aswell as other OD Services, and recording 2 channels which watching a 3rd sounds great, what are the new boxes like on both,
banned#11
Also Virgin Iplayer and all that need to be connected to the net??
banned#12
D4ND4N
Also Virgin Iplayer and all that need to be connected to the net??


no
#13
D4ND4N
Cheers everyone, for the GREAT Advice, i am currently on with Virgin and the broadband is great, speeds are betting than through a phone line i guess, but so far i have heard great things about both, if it happend i would need all sky sports channels and atleast 2 multiroom boxes, so would this end up being SKY or VIRGIN?.

I guess they are both updating there HD Services, at times, BBC IPLAYER on my TV would be great, aswell as other OD Services, and recording 2 channels which watching a 3rd sounds great, what are the new boxes like on both,


As mentioned, iPlayer has nothing to do with your net connection. It comes down the cable that feeds your TV box. You'd still get it even if you had no internet connection. As far as the Sky Sports issue, you'd get all the channels on both- but you'd only get them all in HD on Sky.

For general information about what's happening with Virgin's TV service, this is an excellent blog to have bookmarked: http://virgintvmediaboy.blogspot.com/ - for instance, Virgin will be getting Comedy Central HD on September 1st.

Edited By: cookiemonster83 on Aug 23, 2010 03:07: ...
banned#14
VM FTW
#15
One thing not mentioned on here is Customer Service. Maybe its changed but Virgin was appaling. Took a direct debit of £350 instead of £35 and took 6 weeks to refund. CS only open till 8pm and impossible to get through to. Switched to Sky and would never go back. Only thing I miss is broadband speeds.
#16
After 18 years with Sky we are leaving for Virgin on Thursday.
Loyalty means zilch with Sky, OH rang them to add ESPN to our already expensive package to be told it would be another £9 per month. Its included in the VM package.
Although Sky have more HD channels its £10 extra as opposed to £7 with VM and in all honesty we can live without HD.
Also each time we have a bad rainstorm (more & more frequent these days) we lose the sky signal which is annoying to say the least.
banned#17
Seems like a majority is for Virgin, Due to fact they are upgrading there broadband speeds to 100mb soon and im guessing 10mb customers will get 20mb 20-50mb and 50mb to 100mb..

How quick are the boxes? V HD and such, anyone have it in more than 1 room
#18
sky offer more hd channels than virgin and also the epg guide is more user friendly, virgin does kicks sky's ass when it comes to b/b speed but virgin do traffic shaping that slows the speed way down.
banned#19
boabbyrab
sky offer more hd channels than virgin and also the epg guide is more user friendly, virgin does kicks sky's ass when it comes to b/b speed but virgin do traffic shaping that slows the speed way down.

nearly all ISPs do traffic shaping including sky

VM dont at all if you have their XL BB (50mbps)
#20
Get a cable tuner in a DM800 & go down that route ;-)
banned#21
Sorry, i dont want to go down there, ;)
banned#22
ChrisUK
Get a cable tuner in a DM800 & go down that route ;-)


what would that do? Nagravision isn't cracked yet so would just be an expensive paperweight unless I'm missing something?
banned#23
colinsunderland
ChrisUK
Get a cable tuner in a DM800 & go down that route ;-)


what would that do? Nagravision isn't cracked yet so would just be an expensive paperweight unless I'm missing something?


Cable has moved into the universe, so all boxes are useless untill then,
#24
colinsunderland
ChrisUK
Get a cable tuner in a DM800 & go down that route ;-)


what would that do? Nagravision isn't cracked yet so would just be an expensive paperweight unless I'm missing something?


It doesn't need to cracked, you connect to a "server" which sends you the details - works for Sky & Cable. Dont want to go into details, google it...
#25
Both are good but i think virgin has a better future ahead of it with more hd channels being added all the time and the tivo software/boxes will be arriving soon which should make slow boxes a thing of the past.
banned#26
slightly more than that and considering the OP has said he doesn't want to go that route, i cant really see them wanting to mess about getting broadband from one place, telephone from another, sub for cs from another etc.

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