Freeview Channels | Freeview has lumped ALL freeview channels on their page. Crafty.
Freesat only offers six free HD channels (the usual suspects plus two little watched international news channels). If having lots of HD channels is important to you, you're looking at Virgin or Sky, realistically.
Personally I don't think that freesat gives you many channels (not as many as freeview if you exclude the asian channels etc).
Dos_Box, if you do go down this route, let me refer you? You get no benefit I don't think, but I get a £1 a month or something stupid like that, off of my bill. ;-) Just have to give my Plusnet username when you sign up.
There is an ISP in the EduGeek office block that does home directional wireless internet connectivity, and for £22 per month (I get a £5 pm discount) +£150 install I can have a small directional wireless receiver fitted and get 20 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up. Whilst the install may sound expensive, it is offset by the fact that as we will no longer have to pay line rental it will pay for itself as when we ditch Virgin we don't want another land line (why when we have mobiles?).
The next decision is FreesatHD or FreeviewHD? Needless to say we shall be buying a recorder, so any recommendations would be much appreciated.
Hopefully this will all be done by August if I can get a good box recommended. If it has all of the various catchup TV's etc. onboard that will put the cherry on the cake
I am with sky, I have the family discount, and I have everything but sports (as I get sports on my laptop with my various free german subscriptions courtesy of my mum paying for german satellite tv). I pay £40. I get 20mb broadband, (real speed is around 14mb), and unlimited uk landline and mobile calls.
I have no reason to change unless my relative leaves sky, however I agree the full price for the complete package is crazy! A good box is the humax HDR-1000S. 500GB, ilpayer, itvplayer, 4od and 5 on demand. 2 year warranty
I don't think you get Dave or yesterday on freesat, but you do with freeview I think its something to do with a exclusive satellite deal with sky
Well, I have been with VM for around 5yrs it went up in January and I have been paying £29pm for Virgin 10m Cable Broadband and purely on the strength of this thread I decided it was time to wise up and to cancel and switch to BT Infinity.
My only real complaint about VM apart from the creeping price increases has been that I couldn't acutally watch an HD movie in full online as within 10-15 mins of the end the stupid throttling would kick in as I would have gone over quota!
If I went onto the MS Partner site and downloaded an ISO I would have to wait several hours before I can download another.
Apart from this I have always been happy with VM especially as I run several SIP lines across it!
However, having eventually worked out the IVR system at the end of the VM 0845 number and reached cancellations I was promptly transferred onto the customer retention dept where a nice lady immediately offered me a 60Mb "Unlimited, Unrestricted" broadband service including a free "SuperHub" .... For £17.50 pm ! (60Mb XL should be £27.50)
So thanks for the inspiration to pick the phone up, its just what I needed to do and had been putting it off for months but it just goes to show how these ISPs will happily rip you off if you become complacent and stop chasing the best deal!
Last edited by m25man; 25th May 2013 at 08:28 PM.
jinnantonnixx (26th May 2013)
I've noticed price creep, too. I think I'll try my luck as you did.
Are they only available on an 0845 number? I don't have a landline and these numbers cost a fortune from a mobile.
Just checked, and 0845 from my SIP provider is 4.7p/min, which isn't too bad.
Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 26th May 2013 at 12:29 PM.
ARGH don't get me started on the Virgin Media bills - we rarely use the phone and have a 30MB line package and the bills are rarely below £50 a month!! I don't even have TiVo - it's horrible! I want to change our supplier but Virgin are the only cable provider in our area until BT get around to installing infinity. When they do, we're swapping out faster than you can say 'Out of the frying pan into the fire'. Still better the devil you know and all that - Virgin are taking the P-155.
FWIW I went from Humax freeview to Sky+HD at the behest of my F1-addicted wife. I still prefer the Humax box to the Sky+ box as a piece of kit, regardless of channels available.
There are some differences in the channels available on Freesat & Freeview, so have a look at their websites and see if there are channels which you'd want that are only available on one of them. Freeview will usually work fine with your existing TV aerial, sometimes in rubbish reception areas you'll need to replace it. Freesat obviously requires a satellite dish installing, if you've ever had Sky and still have their dish on your house then you can use that, but if it's old it may only have a single LNB on it, you really need a dual or quad LNB.
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