Sky to scrap Sky+ subscription charge for all Sky Digital subscribers
# May 19, 03:10 AM by matt
After endless speculation and rumours, it has been announced by Sky that from the 1st of July the current Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£10 per month Sky+ subscription charge is to be removed for everyone who subscribes to a Sky Digital TV package.
Previously, the Sky+ service was only free for those customers who subscribed to the Movies and/or Sport Mixes, and also for Sky HD subscribers.
The upcoming change will mean that all Sky Digital TV subscribers with a Sky+ STB will be able to enjoy the Sky+ PVR features without an additional subscription.
However, customers who do not subscribe to a Sky Digital TV package, and only receive free-to-air and free-to-view channels on their STB (“Freesat from Sky”) will still be subject to the Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£10 per month charge if they wish to have Sky+.
The Sky website does not yet appear to have been fully updated with this change. The “How to get Sky+” section still says that the Sky+ subscription is only free for Movies/Sport subscribers, however the Sky Shop now lists the Sky+ subscription as “Free” if you add two or more standard Mixes to your selection, instead of only if you add the Movies and/or Sport Mixes.
Whether this change will cause Virgin Media to rethink the pricing of their V+ HD PVR service remains to be seen.
V+ costs Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£10-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£15 per month, depending on TV package. Although, unlike Sky+ (Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£99) and Sky HD (Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£299), there is no charge for the STB, as it is provided as part of your subscription.
Cable Forum has a discussion thread running on the Sky+ subscription removal here .