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General Chat Thread, Sky & Virgin in General; Had to laugh this morning, I am virgin media customer - have been since the days of 'Windsor cable' Anyway ...
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    Sky & Virgin

    Had to laugh this morning, I am virgin media customer - have been since the days of 'Windsor cable'
    Anyway this morning I checked to see what had happend and it seems Virgin have pulled the channels [ good for them ]
    Just out of interest I flicked over to Sky News only to have a nice message from Virgin explaining that Sky had chucked their toys our of their pram etc, but the funniest thing was that they had re-named the channel Sky Snooze........
    At least they have a sense of humour of it.
    I don't care really, I download 24 as torrents and then take two day off...
    How sad am I ??

    Just read that sky could loose around 60 million a year because of this - GOOD. I know that peanuts to Murdoch but anything to bite that tax haven plonker in the bum...

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    yea but now sky can advertise as "more channels than cable"

    what other channels have you lost?

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    I'm glad Virgin have done this too. It's about time someone stood up to Murdoch and his bloody self created monopoly. It's seems that someone is Mr. Branson. Also looks like this situation may not be resolved seeing as Virign have already signed up a deal to broadcast Lost. However, it'll be very surprising if we ever see 24 on Virgin exclusive TV, because 24 is made by FOX, who are owned by Mr. Branson's best mate... Rupert Murdoch![/Sarcasm]

    The BBC are happy with the news because according to them, the biggest losers are gonna be Sky News. 8m Freeview viewers, 3.5m Cable viewers won't have it anymore, so it looks like its BBC News 24 FTW.

    I presume sometime in the future Virign will remove UKTV, Bravo, Ftn, etc from Sky and it'll be full blown war!

    Did anyone ever watch Sky Travel?

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    List of Lost Channels:

    Sky 1, 2, 3
    Sky News
    Sky Sports News
    Sky Travel
    Sky Travel Extra

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    I presume sometime in the future Virign will remove UKTV, Bravo, Ftn, etc from Sky and it'll be full blown war!
    I hope so.
    Bring back Wire TV & Screen Sport !!

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    Also remember that Virgin own UKTV. So they might pull those channels from Sky.

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    I was reading an interesting BBC News article yesterday about this and Sky have been up to some other dirty tricks (including buying 17.5% of ITV to prevent the Virgin take over).

    Sky will also be pulling all its channels from Freeview in a couple of months.

    See:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6407249.stm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6396299.stm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6390655.stm (pay attention to FreeView section of this one!)

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    Reading between the line in all this, to me Sky is nothing more than a money making empire - they seem to charge for everything they can possibly get.
    Taking away Freeview channels and setting up a terrestrial pay-TV service !!

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    Can't say i'll miss sky one. i never watch it, although i'm an avid 24 fan. Thank god for torrents.... i mean boxsets released in time for chirstmas.

    Sky are pulling this childish stunt because they cant compete with the package Virgin are offering, t.v., internet, telephone and now mobile, factor in to that the fact that satellite is an inferior recieve only technology. If we are headed for a truely tv-on-demand future, cable will be the way it will happen. Sky are having one last go at trying to grab customers by keeping the best channels and programmes for themselves, in order to play the numbers game. Anyone remember the advert a few years ago, if you dont get sky one, you dont get jack???? They just want to pull all the old posters out of storage again.

    I cant see Virgin pulling their channels from sky, they will take the moral high-ground on this one, especially if it goes to monopolies commision. If they loose that then maybe they will.

    I'll be looking for Virgin to get some decent (read: recent) programmes / series on their on-demand service tho, or maybe pass the savings on from no sky fees in better internet connection.......

    Maybe they could partner up with google..........

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    On a related note, Virgin Media 10mb internet customers are getting upgraded to 20mb as of June.

    http://library.corporate-ir.net/libr...essRelease.pdf

    As an end-to-end network owner, cable has inbuilt advantages in the
    quality of broadband service that we offer. Customers can receive
    consistent speeds no matter where they live on our network and a top
    speed of 10Mb is available throughout our broadband addressable areas.
    We will be increasing this to 20Mb in June and we are also currently
    conducting a residential trial of a 50Mb broadband service.

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    Personally I don't think Ofcom will let Sky run a pay TV service on Freeview with their current plans. Ofcom will be launching a consultation on the matter - details here.

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    On a related note, Virgin Media 10mb internet customers are getting upgraded to 20mb as of June.
    You just made me VERY happy with that post Geoff, I was unaware of that.
    That means I will have 10x more bandwidth than the school !!

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    I will have 10x more bandwidth than the school
    Even if I got on the 50mbit trial I'd still be short some 950mbit of what the school has at it's disposal. :P

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    I couldn't care less, living in a rural area, people like Branson aren't bothered with the likes of us!

    It annoys me though that Cumbria is the 1st area to go "digital" through a roof top ariel, just as the number of channels is going to be reduced to, well, the number of channels we had before we were all forced into buying a settop box.... I can see the marketing.....

    "Buy a £100 settop box for all the TV's in your house to receive all the channels you had before we switched them off"

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    Re: Sky & Virgin

    Loving that news about the 10mb upgrade !! fantastic

    As for Sky v Virgin, I'm on Sky at the moment, and I really dont care if these 2 entities clash. As long as I can watch 24, Jericho (fantastic program, I actually think its better than 24 imo ), Heroes, and most importantly of all, all the scrummy live football, I'm happy

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