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    This is a discussion on Anytime+ and other ISP's within the Sky Anytime + forums, part of the Sky On Demand category; Originally Posted by nige1983 If sky opened up anytime plus to other ISP's could you imagine them allowing congestion on ...

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      Re: Anytime+ and other ISP's

      Quote Originally Posted by nige1983 View Post
      If sky opened up anytime plus to other ISP's could you imagine them allowing congestion on their network due to people downloading anytime plus content. I don't think so. Anytime plus is a great service that sky have enabled for customers who have their broadband services. People could always move BB to get the enhanced anytime service. At the end of the day knowbody can grumble at paying 7.50 for Sky Unlimited.
      As I said in an earlier post, Anytime+ is a nice feature, but as an ex-Sky Broadband subscriber who has migrated to BE, Sky Anytime+ is not a big enough incentive to downgrade my broadband connection.


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      Re: Anytime+ and other ISP's

      I understand that A+ may be used by Sky to attract more customers but I wonder if they have considered if they will lose some.

      I have ALL the TV Sky has to offer but I left their BB as even their 20mb would only deliver 4.5mb to my door. Was looking forward to A+ and was accepted as a tester until I moved to 50mb Virgin.

      I will NEVER leave my Virgin Broadband and am now considering moving TV over for TiVO and catch up TV.

      C'est la vie

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      Re: Anytime+ and other ISP's

      Quote Originally Posted by Wayne S View Post
      ...I have ALL the TV Sky has to offer but I left their BB as even their 20mb would only deliver 4.5mb to my door. Was looking forward to A+ and was accepted as a tester until I moved to 50mb Virgin.
      This issue is the same for most BB customers, no matter who your ISP is.

      Virgin have been cabling customers with descent speed on their BB service for many years now.

      When the cables were first laid down, BB as we know it know wasn't in use. Many of the cables have been replaced now and customers can expect good speeds.

      Whilst Sky has it's equipment to the telephone exchanges, in some case, they must still rely on good old copper & aluminium wires outside the exchange. This is what slows us all down.

      FTTC will help with this issue, but the BT telephone network is huge. Virgin do not cover everywhere where they should. They also haven't taken up running cable to many remote areas. It would be nice if they did.

      There are many cul-de-sacs who can't get Virgin, even though the cable runs past the end of their road.

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      Re: Anytime+ and other ISP's

      Quote Originally Posted by Wayne S View Post
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      I will NEVER leave my Virgin
      I am happy with my TalkTalk BB & phone service and will not be moving to Sky just to get Anytime plus.

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      Re: Anytime+ and other ISP's

      I have sky hd (with anytime+ sw installed & hooked up to ethernet) and see anytime+ as a possible bonus, but I consciously made a decision to switch O2-> BT in order to get a FTTC connection. From 4/1 -> 34/8 was a huge leap forward

      As it stands now I can easily stream HD content - indeed multiple streams (most home devices are on Gigabit or 100 Mbps ethernet too for local sharing). I have iplayer integrated into tv/bluray along with demand 4, and itv/4od on way.

      All of this is in some respects diluting the value of sky+ so I'm bemused sky aren't opening it up to other ISPs yet. For me the broadband connection rules -- others must follow. Of course had sky offered FTTC I almost 100% would have gone with them, but they dont

      Hoping it can be enabled soon..

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      Re: Anytime+ and other ISP's

      Hi everyone.

      This is my first post here.

      I recently sent an email to Sky enquiring about receiving Sky Anytime+ via another ISP and below is their reply, as is, word for word:

      "Dear Mr Smith
      Thank you for your e-mail dated 28/02/11 regarding SKY anytime+, unfortunately anytime+ is a sky service and no other Broadband provider has access to this, if you put it in the context that Virgin on demand is for Virgin customers only, and BT Vision is for BT customers only, the same goes for Sky anytime, it is for Sky Broadband customers only, we are regulated by OFFCOM, and would not be able to broadcast Sky anytime+ on another providers network. So in that context we have no plans to Broadcast from any other provider than ourselves."


      Interesting?

      I am baffled by this, and my understanding of technology is fairly basic; but follow my train of thought:

      If I were to have Sky Broadband, which requires a BT phone line, as Sky Anytime+ "is for Sky Broadband customers only" would Sky not then be broadcasting "Sky anytime+ on another providers (BT) network"?

      As they mentioned OFFCOM(sic) I sent an enquiry to OFCOM for their advice, or if unable to help, at least a pointer in the right direction to clear this up.

      My next point of contact might be an email to Sky's Chief Executive. What do you think of their response and my course of action?

      By the way, I originally had TV, phone and Broadband with Sky, but Sky's Broadband performance was so diabolically poor, we decided to go with Virgin's 50Mb package and phone with BT. TV with Sky is too good to give up though for what Virgin had to offer. Undecided on how their new TiVo offering matches up though...

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      Re: Anytime+ and other ISP's

      If I were to have Sky Broadband, which requires a BT phone line, as Sky Anytime+ "is for Sky Broadband customers only" would Sky not then be broadcasting "Sky anytime+ on another providers (BT) network"?
      Not really. Anytime+ is only available on Sky's LLU broadband, ie, their own network. It is immaterial whether this is on a BT phone line, the broadband part is on Sky's own network. Those who are on Connect, which is BT's network do not get Anytime+. I still have BT as my phone rental provider but have Sky LLU Broadband and get Anytime+. Basically you must be on Sky's Lite or Unlimited package to qualify.

      I think you can write and complain to whoever you want, that is Sky's policy and there is no way they are going to change it in the near future. As the letter said, if you are with Sky broadband you can't get access to BT Vision or Virgin on Demand why should users of these broadband services get access to Sky's equivalent service?

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      Re: Anytime+ and other ISP's

      I notice though that they miss out all the services that are ISP independant which are now in the vast majority and even BT Vision will be turning into you view which will also be ISP independant.

      So soon it will just be Virgin and Sky being locked, not exactly the way the rest of the market is developing.
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      Re: Anytime+ and other ISP's

      I think the 'players' have been missed out on purpose as the Sky player is also available to all, the same as BBC iPlayer 4oD etc..

      Youview is a different sort of service and will require a dedicated STB, So it is not going to be open to all, unless you buy another box. It is more an expansion of Freeview so I expect future Freeview boxes will have built in network cards similar to the existing Sky HD box.

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      Re: Anytime+ and other ISP's

      This may be rubbish but i'll type it anyway.

      My problem with Anytime+ is that I want it, but at the minute there is no way I can get it unless I move house, my telephone exchange is not Sky enabled. I was a Sky Broadband customer for around 4 weeks but found the service an absolute disgrace, download speeds were back to 56kbps standards and I couldn't have received Anytime + anyway, so I soon punted the service and went back to BT.

      I can get BT Vision, I just choose not to, as Sky's TV service is far and away the best.

      I can get Virgin TV but for the same reasons as above I choose not to.

      I would happily change over to Sky Broadband and receive all the great broadband, telephone and Anythime + facilities but I cannot do it.

      This is where I think Sky's statement about BT Vision is for BT customers, Virgin TV is for Virgin customers falls down.

      I am making the assumption that everyone can receive BT and Virgin broadband simply on the fact that you can at my exchange. People are being denied a service because Sky have chosen not to update all the exchanges.

      Does that make sense?

     

     
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