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Posted 12th Oct 2021
I've been with Sky over 20 years.
I'm currently paying £82.50 for their broadband, phone service and Sky signature service with HD and Netflix.
I don't have extras like sport or movies.
My current contract ends in November then it rises to over £100 a month and they aren't prepared to reduce by much either when discussing over the phone.
I just think it's too much, so I've cancelled.
I imagine others have cancelled so what cheaper options have I got to watch documentaries, History programs etc.
I'd have gone with Virgin broadband but they don't supply my area.
Any advice appreciated
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    Check out the old 75% off sky thread and see what others have been offered when they cancel, you can look at Disney+, discovery+ both have documentaries and probably the same as you watched on sky.
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    eslick12/10/2021 12:19

    Check out the old 75% off sky thread and see what others have been offered …Check out the old 75% off sky thread and see what others have been offered when they cancel, you can look at Disney+, discovery+ both have documentaries and probably the same as you watched on sky.


    I've done it mate, just exploring other options in case I don't get an offer to stay with them.
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    Just a few things to think about. Sure, your choices are reduced but with a bit more planning and discerning I'm sure you can get bye without sky!
    freeview/freesat
    Chromecast Dongle (so you can stream content from your phone/computer to your TV screen although the Chromecast has some inbuilt channel content also.
    You may need to pay a subscription fee for some of the streaming services.
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    bargainhunter112/10/2021 12:21

    https://www.hotukdeals.com/discussions/75-off-sky-tv-for-existing-customers-only-works-when-you-call-the-specific-number-3-weeks-after-putting-your-request-to-cancel-or-save-approx-140-via-your-sky-remote-scroll-down-1741671?utm_source=mappshare&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=1741671&utm_campaign=2021-10-12


    Yeah, hoping for an offer from them.
    Just checking other options in the meantime.
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    tardytortoise12/10/2021 12:24

    Just a few things to think about. Sure, your choices are reduced but with …Just a few things to think about. Sure, your choices are reduced but with a bit more planning and discerning I'm sure you can get bye without sky!freeview/freesatChromecast Dongle (so you can stream content from your phone/computer to your TV screen although the Chromecast has some inbuilt channel content also.You may need to pay a subscription fee for some of the streaming services.


    I already have Amazon prime so I get some service through that on my firesticks.
    My wife watches a lot of soaps but they're normally on BBC and ITV anyway so she's ok😬😁
    Not sure I could do without my documentary programs though
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    1616french12/10/2021 12:31

    I already have Amazon prime so I get some service through that on my …I already have Amazon prime so I get some service through that on my firesticks.My wife watches a lot of soaps but they're normally on BBC and ITV anyway so she's ok😬😁Not sure I could do without my documentary programs though


    Get an IPTV sub from AliExpress, install an IPTV app on your Firestick.
    with something like Smarters IPTV Pro you get a useable UI (its never going to be Sky or Virgin quality) but good enough for your Docu's
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    1616french12/10/2021 12:24

    I've done it mate, just exploring other options in case I don't get an …I've done it mate, just exploring other options in case I don't get an offer to stay with them.



    once your cancelation is over try a free trial of discovery+ thats all of the discovery channels,you might also get a disney+ trial, that has national geographic on it. If you have Prime then its moving some shows to IMDB TV which has adverts you might find more documentaries on there. Then there is netflx will have some as well, you can get a cheap sunscription either a share of an account or through Turkey.

    You will have plenty of choice and certainly pay less than you are for Sky. There is also a cough cough way of watching shows, if you want to pay for a box, just search on here for it.

    1616french12/10/2021 12:31

    I already have Amazon prime so I get some service through that on my …I already have Amazon prime so I get some service through that on my firesticks.My wife watches a lot of soaps but they're normally on BBC and ITV anyway so she's ok😬😁Not sure I could do without my documentary programs though

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    Do any of the channels you watch appear on nowTV? Personally between netflix (sub via vpn so half price) and amazon I've not really watched much else for a while.
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    1616french12/10/2021 12:31

    I already have Amazon prime so I get some service through that on my …I already have Amazon prime so I get some service through that on my firesticks.My wife watches a lot of soaps but they're normally on BBC and ITV anyway so she's ok😬😁Not sure I could do without my documentary programs though


    check out some of the excellent suggestions here
    uk.pcmag.com/old…021
    amazed you have been giving away your money to sky all this time
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    tek-monkey12/10/2021 12:42

    Do any of the channels you watch appear on nowTV? Personally between …Do any of the channels you watch appear on nowTV? Personally between netflix (sub via vpn so half price) and amazon I've not really watched much else for a while.


    I'm not sure to be honest.
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    tardytortoise12/10/2021 12:43

    check out some of the excellent suggestions …check out some of the excellent suggestions herehttps://uk.pcmag.com/old-video-streaming-services/133136/the-best-documentary-streaming-services-for-2021amazed you have been giving away your money to sky all this time


    If I was living by myself it would be easy but I have 3 kids too that like their TV.
    I can do without the headaches 😁
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    £82.50 for that package, is more than double what it’s worth.

    use a freesat recorder box, add a discovery+ & Disney/Netflix sub, you could probably add another 8 subs and still be quids in on that sky price
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    BBC iplayer has the documentary’s and I use you tube as well
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    I have a Freesat box, on demand and Amazon prime and wouldn’t consider having sky again. Far to costly
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    1616french12/10/2021 12:48

    If I was living by myself it would be easy but I have 3 kids too that … If I was living by myself it would be easy but I have 3 kids too that like their TV.I can do without the headaches 😁


    We're in the minority. Also, I like the Sky interface, usability, ease, design etc.

    But you're paying too much. Tell them you love it, want to stay but can't afford it. And see what they can do for you
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    Firestick, Netflix sub / discovery+ sub / Amazon prime sub / iptv sub.. any of those would do you well. Or buy a sub to realdebrid and use the cinema HD app to stream any TV series / documentry / movie you can think of (not live TV) but simple enough to use
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    I'm in the same boat. Decided to cancel Sky after over 10 years with them due to price rises every year. Was paying £36 a month just for box sets on the old HD box! Hopefully I'll get a call back with a better offer around the £20 a month mark!
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    If you’re into documentaries, have a look at CuriosityStream. I haven’t tried it, but the content they post on YouTube looks pretty good. curiositystream.com/?co…ard
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    Griffinpark198212/10/2021 13:57

    I'm in the same boat. Decided to cancel Sky after over 10 years with them …I'm in the same boat. Decided to cancel Sky after over 10 years with them due to price rises every year. Was paying £36 a month just for box sets on the old HD box! Hopefully I'll get a call back with a better offer around the £20 a month mark!


    Have you cancelled recently?
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    It sort of seems like the OP is set on keeping sky, be it for a cheaper price. OP if you really want to do a comparison then write down what you and the kids have been watching for the past few months, then see if its available elsewhere.

    Then you'd need to sit down and spend some time on working out what those services cost vs what you are willing to pay for sky. Until you know that, how are you able to properly negotiate with sky?

    You also need to take into account the extra £13.33 p/m into your sky costings, that you are spending on a tv license (which you may not need if you start using streaming services and don't watch live tv).

    If you could get everything you watch now for £22, from a variety of streaming services [this is an example number only with no research done] and similar internet supply for £25p/m, then sky would have to essentially bring the cost down to somewhere around £47p/m. However, that doesn't take into account how much value you put in; your time, how accustomed you are to the sky ecosystem, hassle in using different services, time spent for you and the kids 'learning' a new way to watch things.
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    1616french12/10/2021 14:29

    Have you cancelled recently?


    Yep, given my notice about a week ago. I'm struggling to find any decent alternatives to Sky tbh. I like their GUI and so smooth as well no messing around.
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    jambone12/10/2021 14:49

    It sort of seems like the OP is set on keeping sky, be it for a cheaper …It sort of seems like the OP is set on keeping sky, be it for a cheaper price. OP if you really want to do a comparison then write down what you and the kids have been watching for the past few months, then see if its available elsewhere.Then you'd need to sit down and spend some time on working out what those services cost vs what you are willing to pay for sky. Until you know that, how are you able to properly negotiate with sky?You also need to take into account the extra £13.33 p/m into your sky costings, that you are spending on a tv license (which you may not need if you start using streaming services and don't watch live tv).If you could get everything you watch now for £22, from a variety of streaming services [this is an example number only with no research done] and similar internet supply for £25p/m, then sky would have to essentially bring the cost down to somewhere around £47p/m. However, that doesn't take into account how much value you put in; your time, how accustomed you are to the sky ecosystem, hassle in using different services, time spent for you and the kids 'learning' a new way to watch things.


    I know what you are saying.
    Yes, sky is a much easier option as it has everything I need in one box but I'm looking for options that may not involve having the kids learning new ways to watch.
    Freeview box is one option or even Now TV.
    Or even Freesat?
    The trouble is I've only ever had sky since the 90s so don't know much about anything else...hence my post 😁
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    Griffinpark198212/10/2021 14:52

    Yep, given my notice about a week ago. I'm struggling to find any decent …Yep, given my notice about a week ago. I'm struggling to find any decent alternatives to Sky tbh. I like their GUI and so smooth as well no messing around.


    Hopefully you get an offer🙏
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    1616french12/10/2021 14:59

    Hopefully you get an offer🙏


    Well if I don't, I'm probably still going to stick with them anyway! I don't like the idea of streaming everything as if your broadband plays up, you've basically got no TV!
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    1616french12/10/2021 14:58

    I know what you are saying.Yes, sky is a much easier option as it has …I know what you are saying.Yes, sky is a much easier option as it has everything I need in one box but I'm looking for options that may not involve having the kids learning new ways to watch.Freeview box is one option or even Now TV.Or even Freesat?The trouble is I've only ever had sky since the 90s so don't know much about anything else...hence my post 😁


    ah ok I see.


    unogs.com/ is a good site to see what's available on netflix. it also tells you which countries NetFlix the show is on (each counties Netflix has different content - some people use VPN's to trick netflix into thinking you are in whichever country you want.)

    if you go onto amazon, then amazon video, sometimes when you search for something. it tells you which service you'll find it on (e.g. if might say, netflix, price video, discovery+, disney, etc).


    +1 for whoever mentioned curiosity stream (+ nebula) which is only something like $15 PER YEAR.
    Discovery+ also has loads on.
    IMDB TV has just launched and is free (with adverts).

    But, it all depends on if you are happy try something new. Kids pick things up super easily, so unless they have additional needs or can't handle change easily (ASD), then the kids side should be fine. I think there are even separate apps for kids netflix you can get which help.
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    just stick with broadband and join Netflix share group if just you,tho Netflix ain't too much, freestat or freeviw for other channels, I picked up cheap freestat box from cex
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    history, Disney plus is great, as it has discovery
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    Are you on vodafone? You get 6 months of discovery+ free via veryme rewards
    Edited by: "sm9690" 12th Oct
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    sm969012/10/2021 15:59

    Are you on vodafone? You get 6 months of discovery+ free via veryme rewards


    Thanks, didn't know that!
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    jambone12/10/2021 15:23

    +1 for whoever mentioned curiosity stream (+ nebula) which is only …+1 for whoever mentioned curiosity stream (+ nebula) which is only something like $15 PER YEAR.


    Possibly free?

    topcashback.co.uk/cur…am/
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    1616french12/10/2021 14:58

    I know what you are saying.Yes, sky is a much easier option as it has …I know what you are saying.Yes, sky is a much easier option as it has everything I need in one box but I'm looking for options that may not involve having the kids learning new ways to watch.Freeview box is one option or even Now TV.Or even Freesat?The trouble is I've only ever had sky since the 90s so don't know much about anything else...hence my post 😁


    I've done the same recently, ditched Sky (we weren't actually watching any Sky exclusive content, pretty much anything that we used to watch they have lost to other services and platforms) in favour of Freesat.

    Just be aware that with Freesat if you were on Sky Q only the newer 4K Freesat boxes will work with a Sky Q dish unless you have someone change the LNB on the Sky Q dish.
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    Try the live chat. Renewed mine few months ago as it was going up to £90pm. Offers I got in the phone we’re only knocking a few quid off and don’t include Multiscreen. Chat offered me £53 pm for sky,Netflix,sports and movies,hd and Multiscreen inc a £10 one off admin fee. Re internet/phone see if you can get FTTP in your area. Vodafone have an offer on atm which may be more suitable to your needs. Try your my sky - when I was looking to sort mine out they had a option for lowering price due to covid and a discount if you choose to renew existing package as is.
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    Ring back up and speak to Retentions. They can offer you the best deals. I always ask to speak to them when my contract is coming up for renewal and always get a deal
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    I have 27.99 for broadband via EE
    4 quid Netflix turkey
    9 quid dazn Canada
    VPN 2 quid
    All I need
    Though also on a Disney plus share from here too.
    Edited by: "jameshothothot" 12th Oct
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    sm969012/10/2021 15:59

    Are you on vodafone? You get 6 months of discovery+ free via veryme rewards


    dont see that on mine.

    is it expired?
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    Deedie14/10/2021 09:25

    dont see that on mine.is it expired?

    45793752-TQYcT.jpg

    Nope still there, says it’s for pay monthly only though
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    I am pay monthly
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    I have 3000+ channels, movies in demand, box sets, Netflix, Disney plus and pay £80 a year, sky are criminal.
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    Leonjj14/10/2021 16:36

    I have 3000+ channels, movies in demand, box sets, Netflix, Disney plus …I have 3000+ channels, movies in demand, box sets, Netflix, Disney plus and pay £80 a year, sky are criminal.


    How?
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