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General Chat Thread, Sky Broadband - any good? in General; Is Sky broadband OK? I know this has been asked before, but not recently. I'm currently just getting 4 terrestrial ...
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    Sky Broadband - any good?

    Is Sky broadband OK?

    I know this has been asked before, but not recently.

    I'm currently just getting 4 terrestrial channels and using VHS tape. I have to get into the modern age.

    The cost saving of going from BT to Sky broadband 8Mb would make it worth it. I just want to know if the service is any good.

    Thanks.

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    The service is fine - I live in a particularly poor ADSL area (read about as far away as possible from the exchange) so I've never had amazing speeds but the speed is acceptable and the one time I had problems, customer services sorted it out without fuss.

    Remote Record with Sky+ is cool too

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    If your getting the whole sky package with sky+, sky talk & sky broadband then its deffinatly the best way to go. The speeds are not great however I have the 16mb package and I live about half a mile from the exchange and I get about 9mb speed.

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    Yes, I've been with Sky for about a year now and I'm pleased. Good value for money - much better than the poo that is Virgin Mediocre who I was with previously.

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    Yeah good customer service...

    I signed up and had the netgear router posted to me within 2 days LOL...
    Never had a problem with speed, but don't really download lots of stuff anyway, just stick to forums me.

    Worth it for the all-in-one package methinks.

    Mark

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    Thanks guys. Four good responses is good enough for me. I'll make the call in the morning.

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    You've prompted me to look at the whole Sky package, especially as I've been looking at getting a HDD recorder. Shame we didn't take up the offer when we had the free Sky+ box offer through

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    RE:Sky

    I have a few private customers who use Sky, generally no problems, a reasonably fast and hassle free service at a sensible price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexPilot View Post
    If your getting the whole sky package with sky+, sky talk & sky broadband then its deffinatly the best way to go. The speeds are not great however I have the 16mb package and I live about half a mile from the exchange and I get about 9mb speed.
    Yeah, I have the 16MB package too and I can't argue at a tenner a month on top of my Sky package. The speed varies but I usually average around 6MB which isn't bad considering the distance from the exchange (nearly 2 miles) and the fact that I know from talking to various BT engineers that the cabling in my part of the town is cr@p.

    I went for the 16MB because it's 'unlimited' downloads - it sometimes seems like my wife downloads the entire content of the BBC via BBC IPlayer every night and my daughter watches manga/pokemon videos on YouTube all the time so god knows how many GB of data they download every week! Me? I just check email and remote in to the PCs at work. Wish I had time to faff around on the internet!
    Last edited by tech_guy; 2nd November 2008 at 08:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Yeah, I have the 16MB package too and I can't argue at a tenner a month on top of my Sky package. The speed varies but I usually average around 6MB which isn't bad considering the distance from the exchange (nearly 2 miles) and the fact that I know from talking to various BT engineers that the cabling in my part of the town is cr@p.

    I went for the 16MB because it's 'unlimited' downloads - it sometimes seems like my wife downloads the entire content of the BBC via BBC IPlayer every night and my daughter watches manga/pokemon videos on YouTube all the time so god knows how many GB of data they download every week! Me? I just check email and remote in to the PCs at work. Wish I had time to faff around on the internet!
    I have no doubt the copper in my area is beyond poor, and watching the BT man who put my phone line in makes me think im lucky to get anything.

    But its better than being fooled by a company like virgin who claim to put fibre lines in your house, the last few feet are fibre and put in by someone who went on a weeks course on how to terminate opposed to the professionals who train on it for months.

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    ...meh..

    No real complaints...cant beat cable though!!

    I've only got sky cus they didnt lay any cables when they built this new estate.

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    I know a few people who use it and they've not got any complaints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexPilot View Post
    The speeds are not great however I have the 16mb package and I live about half a mile from the exchange and I get about 9mb speed.
    Au contraire mon ami - I live about the same distance from my exchange, and I'm recording speeds in excess of 12mb with the various on-line speed tests out there.

    For ten quid a month, that is superb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tx2online View Post
    Au contraire mon ami - I live about the same distance from my exchange, and I'm recording speeds in excess of 12mb with the various on-line speed tests out there.

    For ten quid a month, that is superb!

    I dont belive I made that a statement that all will recive the same? The poster asked for opinions I showed mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tx2online View Post
    Au contraire mon ami - I live about the same distance from my exchange, and I'm recording speeds in excess of 12mb with the various on-line speed tests out there.

    For ten quid a month, that is superb!
    You've obviously got a good connection to the exchange! I think mine is held on with some string and blue-tac if what the BT engineer I know has told me is true. Some of the cabling used dates from the 1960s apparently.

    Sky have been good and have been nagging BT about the local infrastructure, as have some of the other ISPs.



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