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    BSkyB plans major overhaul of set-top box to meet Apple threat

    This is a discussion on BSkyB plans major overhaul of set-top box to meet Apple threat within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; The reason everyone uses 1080i is it was the best reasonable standard one could envisage at an affordable price when ...

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      Re: BSkyB plans major overhaul of set-top box to meet Apple threat

      The reason everyone uses 1080i is it was the best reasonable standard one could envisage at an affordable price when the standard was set a decade ago. Today different standards would be applied and that's why it's important Sky participate to make sure people with lower horizons don't set the agenda yet again. Remember the old terrestrial broadcaster (ITV/BBC/C4 etc) hate the changes because they guarantee their share of viewing will decline even further and that's why they spent a defensive 100 million developing YouView to see it become a platform for major commercial success by BT and TT.


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      Re: BSkyB plans major overhaul of set-top box to meet Apple threat

      Certainly there does appear to be some potential upset over the amount of money which was spent on YouView, when it is the likes of BT and TalkTalk who are seen as the main beneficiaries of the product.

      I would hope that the YouView consortium is getting money for each STB sold, otherwise they will never make such an investment ever again.

      It would be nice if some new TVs could include YouView, but I believe that it is too specific for the UK market and they too wouldn't get any money back for the investment required.

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      Re: BSkyB plans major overhaul of set-top box to meet Apple threat

      Had the full sky package for over 15 years and enjoyed it as they had no real competitors, although was paying in excess of 100 per month, which is far too much. I have recently tried out Amazon instant free for 30 days, with no great expectations, although I have been very surprised with both quality of both picture and content for 6 per month, so much so I have cancelled a lot of my sky package and only get the family package with a discount and saving myself around 40 per month.

      More quality competition from the likes of Amazon etc, will bring the price of sky down and when they loose premier league football in a few years, as they have lost champions league football next year, sky could find themselves in a bit a trouble, with customer loyalty. Sky have become too big and arrogant with little or no competition, so bring on the likes of Amazon instant etc...

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      Re: BSkyB plans major overhaul of set-top box to meet Apple threat

      Quote Originally Posted by psdmc View Post
      I have recently tried out Amazon instant free for 30 days, with no great expectations, although I have been very surprised with both quality of both picture and content for 6 per month, so much so I have cancelled a lot of my sky package and only get the family package with a discount and saving myself around 40 per month.
      I liked the idea of Amazon and when they recently did their special offer was sorely tempted - Prime and Instant for 70 for the year if I recall correctly. Tried the free trial of both and didn't get on with Instant at all. I found it hard to find stuff and even more annoyingly, a couple of my TVs (Panasonics) wouldn't support it. I love Netflix on the other hand, which works on every device I own, fixed or mobile, here or abroad. Horses for courses I guess.

      Like you I've cut my Sky subscription down as Sky Movies is such poor value (for me).

     

     
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