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    Virgin or Sky?!

    Hi everyone,

    just brought my first house and I want to get digital TV, be it Virgin or Sky.

    I really want to get Virgin phone line and broadband though due to better speeds.

    I also want all the channels, bar Sky sports.

    I'm not too bothered about paying extra for HD.



    Has anyone got any preferences on what they would go for?!
    Has anyone got a mix and match deal between the two and would you rate it?

    Thanks

    27 Comments

    Banned

    I have had the worst customer service ever from sky and would love to move to virgin but apparently our house doesnt have the right cable or something.

    Sly

    Original Poster

    oh right...would you not recommend them then? If you dont mind me asking, what was so bad?

    Banned

    go for a virgin package and make sure you go via quidco as I think they are offering £120 cashback!

    VM - always great speeds although phone calls are expensive

    Original Poster

    csiman;7865775

    go for a virgin package and make sure you go via quidco as I think they … go for a virgin package and make sure you go via quidco as I think they are offering £120 cashback!VM - always great speeds although phone calls are expensive



    Would you have everything with Virgin then?...I'd go for it straight away but I have grown up using Sky interface and love it, just dont want to be dissapointed with Virgin

    SuperEd

    moving from virgin as CS is shoddy (but doubt sky is better) and virgins calls are expensive

    here is best one coming soon ]http//br…jsp

    I would say Virgin. You get all the same channels and also all the on demand stuff which includes hundreds of seris of old shows all for free.
    The layout isnt drasticly different from sky systems either so you wont have the problem of learning how a new system works. (hell my gf switched to virgin recently and even she didnt have problems).

    One thing which is a big plus for Virgin is the way you rent the box over buying it like you do with sky. From my understanding (and sorry if this is wrong) if your sky box breaks down you need to buy a whole new one but with virgin you technicly rent the box as well so when ever there has been a problem they jsut appear (usurally same day) and switch the box over free of charge.

    Also ever since Virgin took them over the customer service has gone on leaps and bounds over the old NTL days.

    I have been with cable TV for a long time now but every time im in a house with sky I think it looks ok but dont understand why people pay the same price for a slightly lower service. Take nothing away from sky but the on demand stuff is great on its own.

    Vote Cable :-D

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    Blacklion;7865835

    here is best one coming soon … here is best one coming soon ]http://broadband.o2.co.uk/telesales/homephone/broadband.jsp



    isn't fibre optic supposed to be better though?

    Banned

    Smuggling Pnuts;7865794

    Would you have everything with Virgin then?...I'd go for it straight away … Would you have everything with Virgin then?...I'd go for it straight away but I have grown up using Sky interface and love it, just dont want to be dissapointed with Virgin


    defo else you dont get quidco and all in one is far cheaper and always get full speed connection.

    V+ box can record two channels at once too. Sky cant.

    Banned

    Internet speeds are awful,

    They have had loads of issues billing us more than they should that i've spent hours fighting with them on the phone,

    Both times we've signed up with them the people signing us up have made false claims (1st saying the internet speed we'd actuallt get would be much higher and second told us we could have a deal we weren't entitled to so had to fight to get that)

    In 3 years of having sky have had around 10 boxes as they keep breaking, engineers that come out are unhelpful.

    Always loosing signal

    Customer service say anything to get you off the phone and do nothing they've told you they will

    Sorry i just hate them!!

    Banned

    csiman;7865897

    V+ box can record two channels at once too. Sky cant.



    Sky can (i hate the fact im sticking up for them here). Sky can record two but you have to watch one of them or a recording. V+ (i think) can record 2 and watch another at the same time

    robjd;7865849

    I would say Virgin. You get all the same channels and also all the on … I would say Virgin. You get all the same channels and also all the on demand stuff which includes hundreds of seris of old shows all for free. The layout isnt drasticly different from sky systems either so you wont have the problem of learning how a new system works. (hell my gf switched to virgin recently and even she didnt have problems). One thing which is a big plus for Virgin is the way you rent the box over buying it like you do with sky. From my understanding (and sorry if this is wrong) if your sky box breaks down you need to buy a whole new one but with virgin you technicly rent the box as well so when ever there has been a problem they jsut appear (usurally same day) and switch the box over free of charge.Also ever since Virgin took them over the customer service has gone on leaps and bounds over the old NTL days.I have been with cable TV for a long time now but every time im in a house with sky I think it looks ok but dont understand why people pay the same price for a slightly lower service. Take nothing away from sky but the on demand stuff is great on its own.Vote Cable :-D



    yer thats right with the boxes, thats what i was told by virgin. im with virgin and have been for a few years never had a problem, always helpful when i phone with a problem and when my contract ended i said i was leaving to sky they upgraded my services with only a £2 extra cost. but im properly just lucky with who i speak :roll:.

    if you gona have the virgin phone and broadband would it not be cheaper to do it all with them and take out one of there packages?

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    fairysel;7865903

    Internet speeds are awful, They have had loads of issues billing us more … Internet speeds are awful, They have had loads of issues billing us more than they should that i've spent hours fighting with them on the phone, Both times we've signed up with them the people signing us up have made false claims (1st saying the internet speed we'd actuallt get would be much higher and second told us we could have a deal we weren't entitled to so had to fight to get that) In 3 years of having sky have had around 10 boxes as they keep breaking, engineers that come out are unhelpful. Always loosing signalCustomer service say anything to get you off the phone and do nothing they've told you they willSorry i just hate them!!



    no strong views then?! ;-)

    Sound like its going to be Virgin all the way then...thanks for everyones commenet, appreciated :thumbsup:

    Banned

    Haha nope

    While they're installing yours can you beg them to put a cabel in for me please??

    Original Poster

    xxjadexx;7865937

    yer thats right with the boxes, thats what i was told by virgin. im with … yer thats right with the boxes, thats what i was told by virgin. im with virgin and have been for a few years never had a problem, always helpful when i phone with a problem and when my contract ended i said i was leaving to sky they upgraded my services with only a £2 extra cost. but im properly just lucky with who i speak :roll:. if you gona have the virgin phone and broadband would it not be cheaper to do it all with them and take out one of there packages?



    well I spent hours last night looking at different deals...I may be wrong but it looks like I can get 50mb broadband, all the sky channels (bar Sky sports) and phone for 80GBP with Virgin. (plus get free HD channels)

    If I went for just 50mb broadband and phone with Virgin = 39GBP plus then an extra 39GBP p/m for the equivalent Sky package, works out at 78GBP, but no free HD channels.

    Also worth noting that first 2 months are 19.50 if get all from Virgin

    Virgin is way better - weather does not affect it, you dont have to have an ugly dish installed

    So much free content to watch music vids, catch up and loads of other tv stuff you can watch whenever you want for free...Sky sucks at this

    Banned

    Smuggling Pnuts;7866023

    well I spent hours last night looking at different deals...I may be wrong … well I spent hours last night looking at different deals...I may be wrong but it looks like I can get 50mb broadband, all the sky channels (bar Sky sports) and phone for 80GBP with Virgin. (plus get free HD channels)If I went for just 50mb broadband and phone with Virgin = 39GBP plus then an extra 39GBP p/m for the equivalent Sky package, works out at 78GBP, but no free HD channels.Also worth noting that first 2 months are 19.50 if get all from Virgin


    seriously, why would you want 50mb anyway. I pay vm £17.50 for phone line & 10mb broadband and can download a film in half an hour or a tv episode in 5 minutes and still browse without any perception of it being slower :thumbsup:

    blu-ray quality streaming is only about 7mbps anyway I think.

    csiman;7866236

    seriously, why would you want 50mb anyway. I pay vm £17.50 for phone line … seriously, why would you want 50mb anyway. I pay vm £17.50 for phone line & 10mb broadband and can download a film in half an hour or a tv episode in 5 minutes and still browse without any perception of it being slower :thumbsup:blu-ray quality streaming is only about 7mbps anyway I think.



    Agree with that about 50mb :thumbsup:

    richardcotton;7866055

    Virgin is way better - weather does not affect it, you dont have to have … Virgin is way better - weather does not affect it, you dont have to have an ugly dish installedSo much free content to watch music vids, catch up and loads of other tv stuff you can watch whenever you want for free...Sky sucks at this



    But next to no HD content.

    If HD is important to you then you should go with Sky.
    If you want top notch broadband you should go with Virgin.

    If you want good customer service forget them both and stick with freeview.

    robjd;7865849

    You get all the same channels and also all the on demand stuff which … You get all the same channels and also all the on demand stuff which includes hundreds of seris of old shows all for free.



    I have just recently had virgin package installed in my new place and there customer service seems pretty good so far.

    I was wondering how you watch all these old series as i only seem to be able to watch catch up stuff from the last 7 days

    robjd;7865849

    I would say Virgin. You get all the same channels and also all the on … I would say Virgin. You get all the same channels and also all the on demand stuff which includes hundreds of seris of old shows all for free.



    Same channels? What about HD?

    en.wikipedia.org/wik…_UK

    A quick tot-up reveals about 38 HD channels for sky and 7 for Virgin.

    csiman;7865897

    V+ box can record two channels at once too. Sky cant.


    It can actually, you just can't watch a 3rd channel at same time as you can with Virgin.

    !sky!

    Banned

    Does Virgin provide an online tv service like SkyPlayer?

    virgin media I think are crafty with the current website layout. Remember you have to pay £11 for line rental.

    I'm moving to virgin media.. they got me with the additional £11 line rental! (small print!)

    I went for the :
    Size XL broadband - Up to 20Mb fibre optic broadband
    TV - Size L - Over 100 digital TV channels
    phone - Size XL - Unlimited anytime UK landline calls

    website said : £7.95 for 2 months then £37.95 a month*

    the * points to *When you take a Virgin phone line for £11 a month
    one would think the line rental would be incorporated when selecting a telephone bundle..

    Getting £65 from quidco .. someone earlier said £120 which i am guessing is with that other company topcashback?

    Banned

    5nowman;7867839

    .........Getting £65 from quidco .. someone earlier said £120 which i am g … .........Getting £65 from quidco .. someone earlier said £120 which i am guessing is with that other company topcashback?


    actually it was £150! :w00t:

    might be worth waiting for a better quidco deal to come along if no rush

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    csiman;7868043

    actually it was £150! :w00t:might be worth waiting for a better quidco … actually it was £150! :w00t:might be worth waiting for a better quidco deal to come along if no rushhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/item/596158/virgin-media-has-increased-cashback



    true.. was £150 from quidco. £65 now.

    Dont forget the £30 for recommend a friend

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