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    • Squiggly Diddly
    • By Squiggly Diddly 7th Jan 18, 6:27 PM
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    What to choose (sky, netflix, Prime/firestick etc) - Help!
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    • 7th Jan 18, 6:27 PM
    What to choose (sky, netflix, Prime/firestick etc) - Help! 7th Jan 18 at 6:27 PM
    Hi, I'm looking for a bit of guidance/advice please... I'm due to move house at the end of this month and think it's a good time to assess whether what I currently have TV wise is the best option, or if I can find something better (and if so, then what?!). Apologies in advance for the length of this!!

    I currently have Sky (not Sky Q). An HD capable box downstairs, and two boxes upstairs (one HD, one not). I have multiroom on one of the upstairs boxes (my adult daughter's). Mine is used as a freeview box. This sort of arrangement suits me although I am considering adding multiroom to my box too. I have the 'original bundle' tv package which is discounted to just under £15 p/m (I need to check how much longer but I think for several more months at least). No HD subscription. I could add Box Sets for £5 pm and/or Cinema for £10 pm. I do use the Sky+ features downstairs.

    I don't have an ipad and don't tend to watch TV 'on the move' anywhere despite having the choice to through Sky Go Extra (I think that's which facility it is!).

    However, I wonder if I would be better cancelling my TV packages when I move, and using a different service such as Netflix or getting a Firestick? (I have amazon prime until the summer but no additional subscriptions). I do like to watch movies and would most likely also watch the box sets options if they were available. I also like the Good Food channel, and Comedy Central.

    So, the problem being that I really don't quite understand which service provides what and for how much (and how they work) and whether they are better choices than Sky. Also, can I buy a 'recording' type of box similar to the Sky one that can be used without a subscription for that feature?

    Sorry for the length of this - any suggestions much appreciated!!
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    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 7th Jan 18, 7:04 PM
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    • 7th Jan 18, 7:04 PM
    You can get Freesat recorders which will emulate the Sky+ experience, though it will never be 100% the same, but the basic principle is there. They use the same dish and cable you have now for Sky.

    Netflix, Amazon/Firestick and NowTV are all web streaming services, they don' allow you to record but everything is on demand through your internet connection. You can use your Amazon Prime through the Firestick to get the bulk of the content.

    Comedy Central is available on NowTV but Good Food is only on Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk and BT (and TVPlayer with a Plus max subscription, which also carries Good Food in the same package).

    You could mix and match if you wanted to - NowTV gives you Sky Cinema and its just £10 a month and use the Firestick for Amazon Prime and Netflix (you won't get Netflix on Sky or NowTV). Amazon Prime works out IIRC £80 a year or £6.66 a month, Netflix £5.99 a month and then Now TV Cinema £10 a month (this can be reduced if you know how). £22.65 a month plus your internet/phone fees. This is flexible so if you move house, just take the lot with you and update your billing address for the next payment, or you can take your Firestick to a hotel and use Wi-Fi to watch there. Try taking your Sky dish into a hotel

    NowTV has some box sets, similar to Sky though the range isn't as great and it gets cycled regularly so you may find you're halfway through something and it suddenly expires.
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