Nathan and I have been Sky TV subscribers for a good 7 and a half years now. And although we moan about how much money it costs on an almost daily basis, we definitely wouldn’t want to be without it. It has far too many good things going for it. And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t even watch that much television!
10 REASONS WHY WE LOVE SKY TV
As I’m always reading a ridiculous amount of bad reviews about Sky TV (from people who seem reluctant to cancel their contracts might I add), I thought I’d write a more positive account of their service, and share the top 10 reasons why we love them. I hope you guys find it useful.
01. There’s always something to watch
With almost 700 channels on Sky TV, you can always find something to watch. We don’t have all of them because of how much it costs, but we’re happy with the ones we do have. Over the years we’ve chopped and changed which packages we have to fit in with the sorts of things we watch, and Sky have always been really helpful whenever we’ve rung up to do this. And we rarely get any problems with our service either. We’ve maybe had to call the Sky telephone number once or twice in 7 and a half years to deal with service issues, but definitely no more than that. It seems to be really reliable. What more could you ask for?!
02. It’s super easy to use
One remote control does everything! Press the TV Guide button and it brings up a list of absolutely everything that’s available to watch. And there are several ways to find the channel you want to put on. The first is to scroll through the whole list. The second is to choose by category, such as entertainment, kids, movies or sports. Thirdly, you can start typing the programme you’re looking for in to the search bar. And last but not least, if you know the channel number you can just punch this in and it automatically takes you to that channel. Oh, and you can see what’s on for the next 7 days too, which I think is great.
03. You can pause and rewind live TV
If you’re anything like me, you will always need to go to the loo in the middle of your favourite TV show. Which is wjy I love Sky TV’s pause and rewind feature! You can pause and rewind at any point during a show, so if you miss something someone said, or want to make a cuppa or nip to the loo you can. It also comes in handy for pausing something you really want to watch while the kids are arguing. I mean, no-one wants to miss their favourite shows because of this, do they?!
04. You can record your favourite shows to watch later
This is a feature we’ve used a lot recenly! There have been new episodes of Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol on Nick Jr but they were on at a time we weren’t around for Oscar to watch. So I recorded them all and he’s been watching them over and over ever since! Recorded programmes stay in your planner for quite a while and the box seems to have quite a lot of memory too. I think we must have over 100 different programmes recorded on our box at the moment as Stacey has almost every single episode of Friends on there, plus loads of other stuff. The record feature is perfect for when you’re at work, watching something on another channel or even while you’re away on holiday. And you can set it to record a whole series at a time, which is brilliant for forgetful people like me!
05. You can watch Sky TV on your portable devices at no extra cost
Sky TV subscribers can register for a free Sky Go account, which allows them to watch loads of different channels online or via the free Sky Go app. Stacey uses this feature on her iPad quite a lot when she stays at her nana and grandad’s house as they don’t have Sky TV.
06. They have an awesome multiscreen facility
Something we’ve looked at adding to our Sky TV subscription recently is their awesome multiscreen facility. It costs just £12 extra a month, and you get a mini box which you can take into any room to watch Sky TV. They’re even wireless so don’t need to be connected to your dish, meaning no mess and no fuss. One of my friends added this recently and she said it’s absolutely brilliant. I think we’d get a lot out of having this feature as Stacey is at that age where she wants to watch the things her friends are watching, but as Nathan tends to hog the TV she doesn’t get the chance to. It’s something we’re most definitely considering getting.
07. HD Channels
I hear a lot of people say that they can’t tell any difference between Sky’s high definition and standard definition channels, but I certainly can. One day Nathan, my other half, was watching snooker in standard definition, then he remembered he could watch it in HD. And when he changed the channel it was like he was watching a whole different programme. The colours were so much more vibrant and the picture quality was lovely and sharp. In my opinion you really can’t beat having HD, even if it does cost a little more.
08. They have a wide range of on demand services
Sky TV on demand is made up of catch up TV, Sky box sets and Sky cinema on demand. What you can download to watch is dependant on which subscription you have, but it doesn’t cost any extra money.
Catch up TV is pretty much your basic channels on demand. So if you missed Coronation Street let’s say, you could find it on the ‘catch up’ section of your Sky TV menu, download it and then watch it at a time that’s more convenient for you. Shows like this are available to download and watch for 30 days.
Anyone with the family bundle or another Sky HD subscription will have access to Sky Box Sets. There are over 300 shows available with this feature, including Sky exclusives and all the shows that everyone is talking about! And Sky cinema on demand basically enables those with a Sky cinema subscription to watch Sky’s over 1,000 popular movies whenever they want!
I also want to mention here about Sky Store, which is where you can buy or rent the latest releases to watch at home. It’s a while since we did this, but if you’re renting I think you have 24 hours to watch from when you purchase. And sometimes when you buy, you also get a DVD copy of the movie sent to you as well! And last year, we noticed that you could buy the family movie ‘Rio’ for free and we got the DVD sent to us too. It’s little things like this that make me feel like a valued customer.
09. Unrivalled coverage of sporting events
OK, I have to admit that I’m really not into watching sports. But Nathan is. And I can always tell when he’s watching a sporting event which is covered by Sky TV and not say, the BBC or ITV. Why? Well, let’s take the darts for example. Whenever Sky TV are covering the darts you’ll notice that the camera is pointing at the dart board when the player throws. You see the dart land and the picture is crisp and clear. Yet whenever other channels are covering the darts you hear the commentator tell you which number the dart has landed in before you see it. And 9 times out of 10 the picture quality is shocking. Which I think proves that Sky are miles ahead when it comes to sports coverage!
10. Wide range of package deals
And finally, we love the wide range of package deals that Sky TV have to offer. For example, you can subscribe to Sky TV and take out line rental and broadband with them at the same time to save yourself some money. They’re just brilliant!
What do you guys think of Sky TV?
Love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments below!