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Rural ISP Truespeed Partners with Sky to Offer Sky Stream TV Plan

Wednesday, Feb 7th, 2024 (8:52 am) - Score 2,880
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Alternative network builder and broadband ISP Truespeed, which has spent the past few years deploying their 10Gbps capable full fibre (FTTP) network to homes in the South West of England, has today announced an exclusive partnership with Sky to offer a Sky Stream TV package (inc. Netflix and Discovery+) to their customers.

Just to recap. Truespeed has spent the past few years rolling out their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across rural parts of Devon, Wiltshire and Somerset in England. The operator has so far covered 95,000 premises (RFS data from today) and they’re home to over 17,000 customers (data from 15th Aug 2023), but their build has slowed a lot in the past few months (here).

NOTE: Truespeed is funded by a total investment of £175m from Aviva, some £134m of which has already been committed to physical builds.

The latest development means that Truespeed’s new and existing customers will, from today, be able to subscribe to Sky Stream – offering them both Sky Entertainment and Netflix in one combined package. Prices start from £23 per month, for 18 months, which is similar to some of Sky’s own options.

In case anybody has forgotten, Sky’s standalone Sky Stream TV product uses your home broadband and WiFi connection to stream their on-demand video content and live TV channels directly to your existing TV set (without a satellite dish). But until now, the product has usually only been sold via Sky itself.

Nelson Missier, Chief Commercial Officer at Truespeed, said:

“This is an exciting entertainment offer for our customers. More and more British customers stream video and TV channels through their internet connection. Truespeed’s broadband with world class Wi-Fi and ultrafast symmetric speeds is perfect for streaming video without buffering or lag.

This partnership with Sky offers our customers a great way to watch their favourite TV channels and stream the latest box sets through their Sky Stream subscription. Combining two of the UK’s most popular entertainment packages with our full-fibre broadband will not only give our customers great savings but also offer them fantastic home entertainment delivered by Truespeed’s ultrafast network.”

Sky’s product is a much more premium Pay TV solution than some of the cheaper options that other ISPs tend to promote, although the catch is that it’s still very much a Sky product and ISPs thus have less flexibility over areas like branding, content and features etc.

The Sky Stream device comes with HD as standard, without the need for any complicated installation – simply plug in the device, connect to Truespeed Wi-Fi and start streaming. The Sky Stream service combines multiple On-Demand streaming services, such as Prime Video, Apple+, Disney+, ITV, 4OD and iPlayer, through one unified interface. It also comes loaded with hundreds of standard Freeview channels.

At the time of writing, the only ways to get Sky Stream via Truespeed is to either order a new product (you should get an exclusive link for it post-order) or phone up their customer service team to ask.

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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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2 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Badwolf says:

    very interesting that Sky has partnered with a retailer and not a wholesaler , also the coverage and connected customers on Truespeed is small compared to the bigger Altnets so I feel this is almost a trial and they will maybe approach bigger players in future

    1. Avatar photo John Gos says:

      Sky want rid on engineers because they cost. They’re full of carp to say customers want to stream. Everyone I speak to wants to record, not possible with Stream.

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