TV options suggestions

Household had a Sky TV+Broadband account under my father's name under contract until July. He has died, and phoning bereavement team I was told it would be fine to keep the contract options in place and re-evaluate at that time. Then receiving a letter today I am asked to sign something agreeing to TV terms and conditions involving the newer Sky Signature, with no details added of a term length. Naturally I plan to phone and speak to them about it. But it would be nice to have my plans made ahead of time for in case I decide to switch. 
I did a tv audit earlier. It isn't *essential* but it is certainly helpful to have gluts of stuff to watch during migraines to distract myself. I primarily watch a lot of comedy (sitcoms, animated series), documentaries of many types, some sport (most of which is eurosport or free to air), animation, and sci-fi. I tend to watch series in gluts, so it would be very easy for me to add and remove modular subscriptions to things as I pleased and stick to basic channels outwith. 
I've had no problems with Sky on my broadband thus far but if need be or if it works out cheaply, I'm quite willing to go to a dirt cheap basic service, and do TV separately. I'm certainly well off but I had always planned to monitor unnecessary outgoings.
I would appreciate any suggestions on how I could potentially change my TV package(s) to suit given the above. Frankly I wouldn't even be opposed to just buying and re-selling DVD series of things if it came to it. :grin:

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  • Neil_Jones
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    If the bulk of what you watch is on the Freeview channels then its pointless paying for Sky TV, you might as well cancel it. Bear in mind you can access Amazon Prime and Disney+ both for about £160 a year for both (£80 a year per service), and Netflix from about £72 a year.  That's less than £20 a month for three different services which is cheaper than Sky's basic package on its own in the first place.  If you want some Sky content then Now (TV) is another option.  The poor man's Sky, but significantly cheaper with no contract.
  • petaQ
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    Yeah but I was after specific recommendations based on what I watch :smile:

  • Neil_Jones
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    petaQ said:
    Yeah but I was after specific recommendations based on what I watch :smile:


    Only you know what you like and what you watch.  Everything you've listed turns up to an extent on the BBC.
  • Cornucopia
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    petaQ said:
    Yeah but I was after specific recommendations based on what I watch :smile:

    You mean in terms of channels?

    Like Syfy and Comedy Central?
  • petaQ
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    In terms of what I mentioned in my first post :confused:
  • Cornucopia
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    edited 14 May 2021 at 1:20PM
    Usually people think about what they want to watch, pick channels that provide it, and then choose a package that provides those channels.    

    Your requirements are very broad - like Neil_Jones said, you could just watch the BBC, and my vote would be to start on the vast, vast collection of content on All 4.   

    If what you mean is that you want the best, most recent, high quality sci-fi (say) then that is spread across channels and platforms.   I recently enjoyed Brave New World, Raised by Wolves and Westworld which were all on Sky (one on Sky One and the other two on Sky Atlantic).   I watched them all via Now TV, but some pay TV services don't carry Sky Atlantic.   It gets quite fragmented. 
  • petaQ
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    How is it broad to have specific genres as opposed to channels containing a plethora of uselessness? :smile:
    My feeling was people might recommend services based on similar strands of entertainment they enjoy. I just have a feeling it would be unworkable to wade through shintysix different options to compare the output without any comparison experience. On the other end of the spectrum it would be equally unworkable to buy the DVDs of anything I wanted to watch. Maybe I'm an alien :grin:
     
  • getmore4less
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    For sky content you can dip in and out on a monthly basis  with now TV
    We have just dropped the entertainment as we found we were using prime more.
    You could drop sky and see how you get on with all the free stuff you can access.
    the add one of the sticks that adds a load of free streaming opyions.

    then is still short look at the paid services.


  • Cornucopia
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    edited 14 May 2021 at 1:47PM
    Because the reality is that the pearls are scattered to the televisual winds, and there is effort involved in finding them.   

    Or most people are lazy and watch BBC, ITV, C4 and pick stuff off the continual conveyor belt as they choose.

    If you're genuinely lost, start with a big, general platform and see what you like.   Most of them only require a 30-day commitment so it's easy to change.     
  • JJ_Egan
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    What you watch is that found at present on your Sky package.If so it may be your best pick .
    But as a cheap starter  TV plus all the Freeview channels  plus all the catchup channels .
    You Tube if your TV has it .

    You wont get Eurosport on that  though .
    Animated stuff   not really .
    SciFi small amount .
    Try adding a Firestick for more options .
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