God day people, I have had sky for many years and am not really up on knowing which alternatives are the ones to look at. My sky has just gone up from £31 to £47 per mnth with an offer to reduce to £40, being a pensioner that is beyond my scope, so any help in deciding what to use in the future will be greatly appreciated.
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I personally would just look at your current series links and see what you actually watch. If they're all on the Free to Air channels then get yourself a recordable freesat box.
You can get cheap Netflix and Prime and top that up with free TV apps like Pluto TV as well. Britbox is there if you like watching UK TV shows and all of them will be significantly cheaper than a Sky subscription.
I’ve seen a few similar deals like this one. It’s a rip off.
You don't get IPTV.
Im a pensioner as I said, and old enough to get it for nowt.
I've never seen anyone brag about their IPTV and it most definitely isn't a waste of time.
maybe a little out of date now, but this web page is food for thought
I think the attraction is that it's supposed to give you stable, full HD access to "thousands" of channels around the world. If you try any of the 'free' streaming sites, they're loaded with ads and are often flaky because so many people are using them.
So you could watch Friends on Comedy Central US instead of Comedy Central UK I suppose
Its in the streaming services. I clicked it in that but don't think it's done anything. That was on my Lg CX .
If you don't record programmes. You could look at nowtv.com/ Sometimes promotions are put on here. Do a free trial and cancel saying it is too expensive and it may give you an offer.
Also I assume you already have Broadband / Phone line
But some alternative platforms are:
Virgin (can offer TV, Broadband, Phone, Mobile but you don't need to take them all of course)
BT (also offer TV, Broadband, Phone, Mobile)
Now TV (also run by Sky) - TV streaming service
Freeview (built in to many TVs), also Freesat as you already have a dish (though it may need changing to get Freesat).
Also if you have a Smart TV you can register for various apps / streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and so on
You can search the internet for "Alternatives to Sky TV" and you get a number of web sites.
Here is one web site as an example but there are loads of others (this web site below is a little out of date but not by that much)
P.S. I have Sky and went on the Sky web site and chose the "I want to leave Sky" button and went in to the "chat" option. This allowed me to "chat" to a Sky person and after a bit of haggling I managed to get about £30 off my monthly Sky bill (which I admit was higher than yours as I have Sports, Cinema, Netflix etc).
Try the "chat" option as Sky are loath to lose customers so you could use the "poor pensioner" route to see if they give you more off your bill. (edited)
I only have the basic package, with additional box for the bedroom, I do not watch sports, and actually tend to watch more animal and older series, sometimes a film but usually pay for them separately. Most of the newer series on sky do not interest me, especially the the reality type ones, they are just mostly brain numbing trash to me, ( yes I am over pension age but still have a brain that works ), I'm thinking that 2/3 other providers will give me most or all of want I want and will be half the cost, I just need some suggestions for the best/better ones as I am not up to speed with these.
Thank you all for your help.
Get a couple of firesticks and add cinema app, free movies and tv programs.. no more monthly bills.
or get a couple of freesat boxes, you just switch out with sky box and get all the free channels.. (edited)
Older series maybe something like Britbox.
Otherwise I would look at Netflix and/or Disney Plus as they have some good documentaries on there.
You may even get all of the above for what Sky was quoting
Then also look at getting the packages you only need. If your only watching stuff that you can get on freeview. Save your money and go for sky's cheapest package that way you can still record if that is what you are used to.
Supplement your missing channels with:
Netflix (via Turkey)
Amazon Prime Video
BT Sport / Britbox (Free with some EE contracts)
Disney+ also includes Nat Geo documentaries (Free with some O2 contracts)
NowTV (always have good offers)
Pluto (Free with ads)
IMDb (Free with ads)
Sky movies isn't great in my opinion and lot if stuff can be watched on other services.
The hardest part is probably changing your viewing habits. I found a fire stick is the cheapest and best option to have most services in one place. (edited)
I genuinely wanted to leave sky and eventually had to warn them I'll be raising an official complaint if they don't stop pestering me to return.
I've been without Sky for about 7 years now and manage perfectly with a Humax pvr for recording and a cheap Turkey Netflix subscription, I can honestly say I'll never be a Sky customer again.
Might be helpful for you
I have a reliable IPTV subscription. Costs around £5/month.
Ive had mine 7 years. £50 a year. Communicate via discord.
Cinema - Only get a few times a year when they send me an offer, normally £3/5pm
Entertainment - I've never paid more than £4.99pm
Sports - Currently paying £20pm until June, they normally offer a deal before the football season starts.
Can you point me towards how to set up Sky Go in Plex? Thanks
Your post just proves my point really. Every time I went to a website or forum to try and find recommendations for reliable services, I'd write something along those lines - "Can anyone recommend a decent IPTV service ?".
The responses I'd get would always be along the lines of these ..
"I have IPTV"
"Yea, I have it as well. I pay X a month"
"My service is great"
It's ironic that the one time I don't ask for recommendations, on this very thread, is the only time someone has actually reached out to point me towards something I can try.
I don't get IPTV. Pay a subscription for illegal access? Why not just torrent it in that case, for free?
Will only be using them for internet
Mind you, it's only an aggregator, American based and you will probably need your VPN on American server to obtain optimum use. Now I will watch the video clip provided by you. Thanks for the input.
Make sure your Plex app is up-to-date . It will be in the settings .
So does that mean you can use Sky Go on say a Fire Stick through Plex? If so that's a game changer
I suppose if you like live tv, sports for example it could be worth it.
I'm pretty sure you could pop on PB and download every episode of Friends and watch it with no ads at your leisure.
I know, that's why I posted "I don't get IPTV", can you elaborate? (edited)
IPTV is streaming live TV at a fraction of the cost of Sky or Virgin. There will be days when you will have interruptions due to servers being down but if you go with a stable provider then it's worth it. You will also need a good VPN subscription to stop the channels being blocked by your Internet provider.
Fair enough. So mainly for sports? I don't watch any live TV, prefer to wait for an entire series to be finished before starting it.