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Old 29-01-2013, 13:27
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I've just done a like for like comparison on the VM services which I currently receive:

Broadband: M (up to 20MB)

TV: XL (179 channels without any of the movie channels with V+HD Box)

Phone: Talk Weekends +eves (Line rental: £13.90)

Total which I pay per month = £56.65


Checking the same or as close to as services with Sky:

TV: Sky Ebtertainment Extra HD Pack

Phone: Talk Weekends + eves(Line Rental £14.50)

Broadband: Up to 40mb o

Total: £61.25


And again, the same services or equivalent with BT:

TV: Unlimted

Phone: Talk Weekends +eves (Line Rental £10.75)

Broadband: BT Infinity (checked coverage and I can get this) Up to 76 Mb

Total : £38.50

Now £38.50 is a BIG difference compared to the £56.65 I currently pay with Virgin seeing that I only get 20mb with VM and BT offer up to 76mn with Infinity.

Has anyone had any experience with what BT offer and their equipment (YouView box and BT Homehub) - are they any good..?!!!!
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Old 29-01-2013, 13:34
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I've just done a like for like comparison on the VM services which I currently receive:

Broadband: M (up to 20MB)

TV: XL (179 channels without any of the movie channels with V+HD Box)

Phone: Talk Weekends +eves (Line rental: £13.90)

Total which I pay per month = £56.65


Checking the same or as close to as services with Sky:

TV: Sky Ebtertainment Extra HD Pack

Phone: Talk Weekends + eves(Line Rental £14.50)

Broadband: Up to 40mb o

Total: £61.25


And again, the same services or equivalent with BT:

TV: Unlimted

Phone: Talk Weekends +eves (Line Rental £10.75)

Broadband: BT Infinity (checked coverage and I can get this) Up to 76 Mb

Total : £38.50

Now £38.50 is a BIG difference compared to the £56.65 I currently pay with Virgin seeing that I only get 20mb with VM and BT offer up to 76mn with Infinity.

Has anyone had any experience with what BT offer and their equipment (YouView box and BT Homehub) - are they any good..?!!!!
I have the Youview box and it is a very good box, if you buy it yourself you can have one with the 1TB HDD inside, if you buy it from Richer Sounds you will have the 5 year Warranty on it as well, then you could use it with the BT service
Plus the Youview box has the App as well for your phone, but I do not think you can watch Live and/or recorded programmes on it though
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Old 29-01-2013, 14:06
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I have the Youview box and it is a very good box, if you buy it yourself you can have one with the 1TB HDD inside, if you buy it from Richer Sounds you will have the 5 year Warranty on it as well, then you could use it with the BT service
Plus the Youview box has the App as well for your phone, but I do not think you can watch Live and/or recorded programmes on it though
Are you with BT then - which package have you opted for?
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Old 29-01-2013, 14:29
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BT do not offer anywhere near the same TV service as Sky or Virgin Media so it really is no wonder it is significantly cheaper. If you only want Freeview and a limited on demand service then fair enough but you should then be comparing it with the equivalent cheaper cable and satellite packages.
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Old 29-01-2013, 14:55
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Are you with BT then - which package have you opted for?
I am not with BT, I bought the box from a Retailer
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Old 29-01-2013, 15:59
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And again, the same services or equivalent with BT:

TV: Unlimted

Phone: Talk Weekends +eves (Line Rental £10.75)

Broadband: BT Infinity (checked coverage and I can get this) Up to 76 Mb

Total : £38.50

Now £38.50 is a BIG difference compared to the £56.65 I currently pay with Virgin seeing that I only get 20mb with VM and BT offer up to 76mn with Infinity.
Not the same TV service - that's probably just Freeview and a little 'catch-up', nothing approaching the VM or Sky offerings. It doesn't sound like that price covers Infinity either?.
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Old 29-01-2013, 23:18
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I'd call Virgin see if they can give you better. I've got ITB Tivo and on M+ with M phone and 30Mb internet and it comes to about £38.00, No installation charge on Tivo neither, worth trying because as said I think BT Vision is only Freeview channels.
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:46
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I'd call Virgin see if they can give you better. I've got ITB Tivo and on M+ with M phone and 30Mb internet and it comes to about £38.00, No installation charge on Tivo neither, worth trying because as said I think BT Vision is only Freeview channels.

How did you get a 'no installation charge on TiVo'?!?! Everytime I've called up, they say its around £49.99 to install...?!
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:51
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Not the same TV service - that's probably just Freeview and a little 'catch-up', nothing approaching the VM or Sky offerings. It doesn't sound like that price covers Infinity either?.
I think £38.50 does cover Infinity. I copied and pasted whats on offer for this price:

TV Unlimited + Unlimited Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls with superfast
BT Infinity broadband
TV Unlimited + Unlimited Broadband and Calls with superfast BT Infinity broadband

YouView Features
Superfast BT Infinity
FREE unlimited wi-fi
Advanced security
BT Home Hub
See more features
18 month Broadband & Calls contract, 12 month TV contract



Up to
76Mb
download speed

Up to 19Mb upload speed


Unlimited usage
Exclusions apply


Evening & Weekend
Calls included


Add
Unlimited Anytime Calls?



Sainsbury's £50 Gift Card

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£38.50 £32.50 for first 3 monthsº

Cost breakdown

+ Line rental from £10.75
+ One off activation fee £49



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Old 31-01-2013, 00:27
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How did you get a 'no installation charge on TiVo'?!?! Everytime I've called up, they say its around £49.99 to install...?!
They called me and offered it, also got the 1tb box, it may have been a push on Tivo's was back in July last year.
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Old 31-01-2013, 01:16
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They called me and offered it, also got the 1tb box, it may have been a push on Tivo's was back in July last year.
Same here, I got the 1TB TiVo box for free in May last year when there was a push to offload the boxes as they had too many, if I did not have the offer it would of cost me £49.95 for the box and another £49.95 for the Installation

Total Saved £99.90
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Old 31-01-2013, 14:06
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As has been mentioned, the big difference with the BT service is that the TV is basically just Freeview with some catch-up\on-demand services, which are mostly free on the internet, so for a fair comparison you really need to be comparing it to a Sky or VM package without TV.
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Old 31-01-2013, 15:28
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Ok - cheers guys - thanks for the clarifications!
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Old 01-02-2013, 13:14
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The premier collection is £63 a month ish and you can get triple the broadband speed you are getting now but no unlimited evening calls

http://store.virginmedia.com/bundles...llections.html
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Old 01-02-2013, 18:00
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£38.50 £32.50 for first 3 monthsº

Cost breakdown
+ Line rental from £10.75
+ One off activation fee £49
So monthly cost of £49.25 v £56.65 for VM. You can also get VM's line rental down to £10pm by paying in advance making its monthly cost £52.75.
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Old 02-02-2013, 16:55
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And again, the same services or equivalent with BT:

TV: Unlimted

Phone: Talk Weekends +eves (Line Rental £10.75)

Broadband: BT Infinity (checked coverage and I can get this) Up to 76 Mb

Total : £38.50

Now £38.50 is a BIG difference compared to the £56.65 I currently pay with Virgin
Check the line rental i think you are comparing monthly line rental fee with VM and Sky against the annual rental cost with BT. Comparing like with like, current line rental monthly is:

BT = £15.45
Sky = £14.50
VM = £14.99
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