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Virgin Slashes Sky Channel Prices

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Virgin Slashes Sky Channel Prices

We said Sky's agreement to buy Virgin's channels could turn out to be a good deal for both sides - and Branson's boys are already benefitting...

Today the company has announced major savings of up to £108 per year for Virgin Media customers subscribed to Sky Sports and Sky Movies packages.

Given Virgin breaks its customers down into M+, L and XL subscribers based on the range of services they subscribe to the new prices, and notably the savings for each group, get quite complex (see tables), but these are the highlights:

  • The 'Sky Sports Collection' (Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 and 4) has been cut to £20.50 per month - a saving of up to £42 per annum

  • The 'Sky Movies Collection' (Sky Movies 1 and 2, plus Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Premiere +1, Sky Movies Showcase and Disney Cinemagic) cut to £19.50pm - a saving of up to £84 per annum

  • The 'Sky Sports and Movies Collection' - all the above channels - for £27.50pm, a saving of up to £72 per annum
The caveats are that at present Virgin has no rights to show any of these channels in High Definition and Sky has far more movie channels than the ones offered here with Sky Movies Comedy, Family, Classics, Modern Greats, Showcase, Action & Adventure, Crime & Thriller, Drama & Romance, Sci-Fi & Horror and Indie also offered on its own service.

Then again it's hard to moan about price cuts, so let's hope this is the start of a beautiful new friendship... at least until the two broadcasters go back to wanting to kill each another...

Link: Virgin Media TV

elle1ae

June 11, 2010, 8:48 pm

"The caveats are that at present Virgin has no rights to show any of these channels in High Definition and Sky has far more movie channels than the ones offered here with Sky Movies Comedy, Family, Classics, Modern Greats, Showcase, Action & Adventure, Crime & Thriller, Drama & Romance, Sci-Fi & Horror and Indie also offered on its own service."





Not true. Virgin offers all the Sky Movie channels, the exact same as Sky. They will also soon offer Sky Movies and Sports HD.

Chris

June 11, 2010, 10:21 pm

@elle: Indeed, Sky Movies 1 & 2 aren't channels, they're packages of channels:





http://allyours.virginmedia.co...

Ala Miah

June 11, 2010, 10:22 pm

Now only if I lived in a cable enabled street!

Jones

June 11, 2010, 11:32 pm

@Ala Miah - trust me, you dont. I have twice been "forced" into Virgin contracts and their customer service is abysmal. Their broadband is fantastic when working but I have had several issues in city life as well as suburban. Same goes for their TV service but I suspect that may have been rectified in recent, quicker set top boxes.





I have switched to Sky just this month in fact and so far been far more impressed. Their customer service has been exemplary in my experience and the full TV, unlimited broadband, Sky Talk package has been faultless.

Pbryanw

June 12, 2010, 4:01 am

@Jones - I think there's good and bad on both sides. To put the opposite view across, I've been with Virgin for over ten years, at two different addresses, and only have good experiences with them.





On the occasions I've needed an Engineer out, they've been quick to come, and quick to sort my problems out. The new Samsung V+ Box, added to the recently launched V HD box, are a lot better/quicker then their predecessors.





Although, I think one reason for my good experiences with Virgin, is that I live in a small town in a low-contention cable area. Probably why experiences vary so much around the country - from user to user - I suspect the same is true for Sky as well.

Aidey

June 12, 2010, 12:52 pm

Not much savings wise, for the customers on XL package, that's disappointing... I wonder if there'll be any possibility that Sky One HD will be available on Virgin

bobsta

June 12, 2010, 1:57 pm

I had Virgin Media for 3 months and then everything went wrong. Overcharged each month, set top box reported I hadn't subscribed to channels I had paid for and broadband was down 90% of the time. Useless customer support and being overcharged for the privilege finally made me switch to Sky. Not one glitch so far.

hankb6d

June 13, 2010, 10:50 pm

Seems this little Virgin can not shed its past, Cable & Wireless, NTL etc.

Matt Ross

June 15, 2010, 2:26 pm

Oh great...no savings for me being an XL customer.

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