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Old 20-05-2012, 10:51
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Some posters on another forum are reporting that the HD charge has been dropped from future bills shown on their My Sky account. Anyone here found this yet and if so due date on their bill and what package are they on? Mine on Sky world plus multiroom due 1st June still shows the charge.
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Old 20-05-2012, 11:16
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My bill does not show a separate charge for the HD, but it is included in my main subscription. It shows as "Entertainment Extra with Movies HD"

Maybe this is what posters on the other forum mean.

The charge is definitely still there though.
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Old 20-05-2012, 11:41
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Mine's still the same (but the June bill doesn't show yet).
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Old 20-05-2012, 11:42
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I can't see SKY dropping the HD charge. I'm on SKY World HD and it's the usual amount of 62.25 (half price Sports and Movies offer ran out)
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Old 20-05-2012, 11:49
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I can't see SKY dropping the HD charge.
Exactly, there's too much to lose and nothing to gain. OK third party HD channels like E4, ITV2/3/4, Discovery, FX etc. etc. will get more viewers, but Sky will get less money to recompense them.

It's a strategy that's working, and whilst FTA HD limps along with zero channel growth, it won't change.
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Old 20-05-2012, 12:39
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Yeah I agree. 10.25 isn't much to ask for, for the amount of HD channels we get from SKY. Although i'm sure others would disagree.
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Old 20-05-2012, 13:20
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Yeah I agree. 10.25 isn't much to ask for, for the amount of HD channels we get from SKY. Although i'm sure others would disagree.
I'm one of them. I certainly wont return to Sky until they drop the HD tax.

If I watch football on the BBC or ITV, it's in HD at no extra cost. Why on earth would I pay Sky good money, only to have football in SD and then have to pay more for HD. No thanks.

Drop the HD tax and I'd consider rejoining, but until then my cash stays firmly in my wallet.
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Old 20-05-2012, 13:25
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I'm one of them. I certainly wont return to Sky until they drop the HD tax.

If I watch football on the BBC or ITV, it's in HD at no extra cost. Why on earth would I pay Sky good money, only to have football in SD and then have to pay more for HD. No thanks.

Drop the HD tax and I'd consider rejoining, but until then my cash stays firmly in my wallet.
It's your decision, they honestly don't need you. If you're happy watching the many more football matches in SD than the few in HD the FTA channels will give, that's your decision.

Nobody likes paying it, but they consider 30p a day is worth it, especially, if like me, they don't watch much on the FTA channels.
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Old 20-05-2012, 13:29
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I like the HD channels - Nat Geo, Discovery, FX, Universal and others - HD is really great for the documentarys

I am happy to be paying the extra, but won't complain if they want to scrap it or even reduce it a bit
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Old 20-05-2012, 13:32
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It's your decision, they honestly don't need you. If you're happy watching the many more football matches in SD than the few in HD the FTA channels will give, that's your decision.
I don't watch football in SD.

My whole point is that I wouldn't pay for football on Sky only for it to be delivered in SD and then expected to pay more for HD.

All my FTA football coverage is in HD at no extra cost including highlights, and I'd expect that of a subscription service too.
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Old 20-05-2012, 16:16
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I signed up for HD when they rolled it out 5/6 years ago I think now. I cancelled after 12 months cos I didn't feel paying 120 per annum was for me.
They cold-called me several months back and offered me HD for 2.50 p/m for a year, I ummed and ahhed and eventually siad yes.
Today I find it ridiculous that they're still charging a premium for HD - it's as daft as charging for colour as opposed to B+W. Given I can watch freeview HD for ITV and BBC on my telly with "no wires" plus a bit more of FTA HD stuff via my box I think it's time to start regarding HD as "normal" and not a premium service.
It'll only change if/when a significant amount of people just cancel HD instead of millions of bods slavishly stumping up 120 year after year.
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Old 20-05-2012, 16:21
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I would like to see the charge for both HD and sky+ removed. Why is sky charging its subscribers for using sky +. Surely sky can afford to drop having to pay for using sky +
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Old 20-05-2012, 16:22
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I don`t think sky will drop it. more likely the cost of HD pack will increase. the more HD channels that come out, the more sky will think 10.25 is a little on the low side for what you`re getting so we`ll increase it.
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Old 20-05-2012, 16:26
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I would like to see the charge for both HD and sky+ removed. Why is sky charging its subscribers for using sky +. Surely sky can afford to drop having to pay for using sky +
There is only a Sky+ charge if you don't have a subscription with Sky.
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Old 20-05-2012, 16:30
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I don`t think sky will drop it. more likely the cost of HD pack will increase. the more HD channels that come out, the more sky will think 10.25 is a little on the low side for what you`re getting so we`ll increase it.
If they increase the price more people will drop HD, there are a few HD channels that I'll never watch so ATM IMO I'm paying too much.

People without movies or sport are getting a rough deal for their 10.25

I can see a time when Sky tell HD channels they will not longer be subsidised and the 10.25 charge is dropped, doing this Sky will not lose and money but could get more customers upgrading from SD only to Sky+HD
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Old 20-05-2012, 16:36
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People without movies or sport are getting a rough deal for their 10.25
Compared to 2006, people without movies and sports are getting a stunning deal for the HD sub. And they get F1 too.

Apart from VAT a total price freeze in six years.
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Old 20-05-2012, 16:42
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I like the HD channels - Nat Geo, Discovery, FX, Universal and others - HD is really great for the documentarys

I am happy to be paying the extra, but won't complain if they want to scrap it or even reduce it a bit
Damn straight. Almost nothing I watch is in SD these days. Just a couple of things on Alibi. I think 10pcm is well worth it.
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Old 20-05-2012, 16:53
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Compared to 2006, people without movies and sports are getting a stunning deal for the HD sub. And they get F1 too.

Apart from VAT a total price freeze in six years.
Stunning deal 25 for 95 channels that also includes the contents of the 33 HD channels and you are paying again for the content at a better picture quality.

I pay for HD but still would not say it was a stunning deal!

Yes the HD charge has stayed the same but you have still had a increase for the duplicate SD content that you have no choice to pay, even if you never watch the SD versions of the channel
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Old 20-05-2012, 16:56
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Why is sky charging its subscribers for using sky +. Surely sky can afford to drop having to pay for using sky +
A bit behind the times
It was scrapped for subscribers in 2007
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/new...on-charge.html
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Old 20-05-2012, 17:42
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I don't think they will drop the HD charge while there is a demand for it at least in the current climate.
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Old 20-05-2012, 17:43
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I pay for HD but still would not say it was a stunning deal!
I said 'compared to 2006'.

How many HD channels did non Movies/Sports subscribers get then? Four, plus two PPV movie channels.
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Old 20-05-2012, 18:34
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Oh no not another of these threads

I think for what we get for 10.25 a month is well worth it at least sixty channels with crystal clear quality and better sound. I also think that the HD sub goes towards helping other channels acquire more HD content as HD production is very costly. At the end of the day no one is forcing anyone to pay for HD it really is down to choice.
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Old 20-05-2012, 18:58
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Oh no not another of these threads

I think for what we get for 10.25 a month is well worth it at least sixty channels with crystal clear quality and better sound. I also think that the HD sub goes towards helping other channels acquire more HD content as HD production is very costly. At the end of the day no one is forcing anyone to pay for HD it really is down to choice.
You have hit it on the nose. I mean come on nothing come for free these days it all costs something even so called free stuff people keep banging on about.
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Old 20-05-2012, 19:43
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Well, I pay 43.03 for Sky+ and Sky Multiroom (No Sports channels, No movie channels, No HD) and I think that's enough. However, if HD became free, I would take it !
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Old 20-05-2012, 20:07
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Well, I pay 43.03 for Sky+ and Sky Multiroom (No Sports channels, No movie channels, No HD) and I think that's enough. However, if HD became free, I would take it !
That should be 35 tops, unless you have two multiroom boxes.

Personally, I don't bother with multiroom and use HDMI splitters and video senders to send stuff around the house.
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