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Sky UK Raises TV Prices and Promotes Andrew Griffith to COO

Monday, March 21st, 2016 (1:50 pm) - Score 1,376

Happy Easter. Customers of Sky’s (Sky Broadband) TV packages will be unhappy to learn that the price they pay will be going up by between +£1 and £2 extra per month from 1st June 2016, with the Sky Complete bundle rising by an extra +£4.25.

The new prices are already being reflected on Sky’s website and it’s particularly interesting to note that the various Sky Q upgrades and packages, which were only very recently launched, will now cost +£2 per month extra. So far the rises do not affect broadband and phone services, but those often follow later in the year.

Elsewhere Sky’s Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and MD of Commercial Businesses, Andrew Griffith, will expand his responsibilities to become Group Chief Operating Officer (COO) in addition to his existing roles. Griffith has been Sky’s CFO and an Executive Director of Sky plc since April 2008 and has held a number of senior finance roles within Sky prior to this appointment.

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17 Responses
  1. Lee says:

    The price of Sky is a complete joke. So glad I’m no longer a subscriber.

  2. New_Londoner says:

    Not content in charging the highest prices in Europe for pay TV, Sky is going to charge more! Surely time for a CMA referral if Ofcom can’t be bothered to look at this?

  3. dragoneast says:

    Love is an expensive business. (See any Sky ad if you don’t get it).

  4. Alloneword says:

    Not had it for years (sky) and NEVER missed it, saved a bomb

  5. Craski says:

    For many areas in the UK, Sky Sat TV has zero competition (no cable available and slow ADSL so cant substitute functionality with online streaming), they have a definite monopoly of the market and regularly abuse it by increasing prices.

    1. karl says:

      What a load of rubbish. You can get Sky channels from BT or Talk Talk and their TV services. Legal lesser known IPTV services typically only require 2Mb, NOW TV from sky itself only needs 2.5Mb, if your ADSL is slower than that blame BT. Sky are the only provider which allows you daily pass access to sports and subscription free viewing via NOW TV i do not see BT doing that with their sports channels.

    2. Craski says:

      @karl
      I’ve no interest in sport and made no reference to it.
      The Sky TV family pack subscription has doubled in price in 10 years (probably to help cover the costs they pay for sports rights).

      I personally couldnt care less what BT, Talk Talk or lesser IPTV services do or dont do with their TV, it simply will never work to the point of being a credible Sky sat TV replacement in a house with a slow internet connection.

      Of course you can use 2MB to view online content, I find Netflix particularly good on slower connections, with a slow connection the problem starts in a house where more than one person is using the internet. Good luck using any streaming service on a slow connection and the rest of the house wants to use the internet at the same time.

    3. Craski says:

      Typo 2Mb not 2MB 🙂

    4. karl says:

      “The Sky TV family pack subscription has doubled in price in 10 years (probably to help cover the costs they pay for sports rights).”

      No different to BT tv services, in fact they have nearly doubled in far less than 10 years. Be you subbing to sports or not also.

      “I personally couldnt care less what BT, Talk Talk or lesser IPTV services do or dont do with their TV, it simply will never work to the point of being a credible Sky sat TV replacement in a house with a slow internet connection.”

      AFAIK Sky channels be they the Sky movie channels, entertainment (IE sky 1,2,atlantic) or sport are not delivered over your internet via BT or Talk Talk, the only sport channel im not sure about on those platforms is BT sport. The only platform they ALL come over the net is NOWTV.

      “Of course you can use 2MB to view online content, I find Netflix particularly good on slower connections, with a slow connection the problem starts in a house where more than one person is using the internet. Good luck using any streaming service on a slow connection and the rest of the house wants to use the internet at the same time.”

      Your poor internet is hardly the fault of sky.

    5. Craski says:

      “Your poor internet is hardly the fault of sky.”
      Who said it was?

      I am obviously not as up to speed as you are on all the alternative online options but it doesnt change the fact that the cost of satellite TV monthly subs has increased year on year by far more than it would have if it were under the same level of scrutiny OFCOM puts on BT for phone/internet access costs.

    6. RobertRM says:

      @karl

      subscription free viewing via NOW TV i do not see BT doing that with their sports channels.

      YOu can’t want NowTV without paying for a monthly charge, AKA a SUBSCRIPTION!

      BT Sports 1 has been free on lite for well over a year.

    7. mike says:

      @craski
      If you would like to list the channels you would like i may be able to point you in the right direction of alternatives.
      TV be it from any of the big player has increased in price year on year.

      @RobertRM
      You can watch NOWTV without a subscription and in the case of sports you can buy daily passes. So that is not a subscription service.

      BT do not offer daily access to BT sports. In the case of they 30 days thing you refer to for nowtv that is not a subscription either as you are not forced to pay after that 30 days, you also pay up front unlike subscription based TV. In fact you can cancel before the 30 days is up, NO subscription service will let you cancel before your subs period is up.

      BT sports 1 is free for BT customers ONLY so you could argue thats a BT monopoly.

      BT also used to offer BT sports 1 & 2 free to its users but took that away around the same time they introduced the BT Sports Europe channel.

      The full BT TV (aka youview) service for amount of channels you get and the cost is a total rip off, if you do the maths per channel the cost is more than both Sky and Virgin.

    8. karl says:

      As mike says above if there are any channels you particularly want i may be able to suggest an alternative. Some channels sky carry you can get on your satellite dish via a different satellite where either there is no subscription needed of it costs less via an EU provider.

      Cost via SKY BT and Virgin here for TV has increased year on year, all 3 of them have increased prices significantly in the past couple of years.

      Now TV also as stated is not really subscription TV there is no contract, RobertRMs argument saying it is because you have to pay for one month upfront is weak at best. How long does he want TV for a hour by hour basis??? You will not find another TV product from one of the big 3 IE Sky, Virgin or BT that allows you to just take a product for 1 month and ditch it after or even before that will no obligation. I can think of some other IPTV services from organisations you have probably never heard of where its only 1 month at a time, for literally hundreds (more than sky and virgin and BT combined) but any less than a monthly service for loads of channels and you are really hoping. (or daydreaming) 😉

    9. karl says:

      Forgot to also mention for people with slow internet NowTV is still worth a try as you can currently get a free 14 day trial. I personally left Sky a few years back not because f cost like the moaners but lack of time to watch TV.
      Moaning sky are villains when it comes to TV pricing is ridiculous all 3 of the big providers charge more than they should if you want to look at it like that. With or without sky channels.

  6. Avalon says:

    Put it another way, if Sky enforce a change in price while you’re in contract then you have the option of leaving part way through that contract. As pointed out a number of ‘other’ options exist to allow you to view content either via other providers or indeed taking out a ‘new customer’ deal from sky in a partners name for example. Sky is a major player in UK content provision, but in all honesty most of the decent stuff that my family watch is either freely available (Freeview/FreeSat) or available on other subscription services.

    1. Brian Holden says:

      To leave sky tv mid contract you will have to pay as there terms state they can put prices up mid contract as long as it’s by no more than 10%.
      To me if I sign up for a service with a contract my price should stay the same till the end of that contract. But it seems that many contracts allow for mid contract hikes.

  7. joe pineapples says:

    @Brian

    Agree Brian, £xx.xx for 6/12mths should mean exactly that. Pretty disgusting practice really, and surely this should be looked at by advertising regulators.

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