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Old 02-02-2012, 17:31   #166
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Re: TV price rises

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As far as broadband is concerned, the proposed speed doubling means I'm going from my current 30mb to the cheaper 10mb product, safe in the knowledge that it'll be 20mb soon enough. There are ways to save money on your bill - most people have probably got some options that are more than they need. During the course of this discussion, for example, I've remembered that I'm still on phone XL, a product I meant to downgrade when I upgraded my mobile and got loads of extra minutes. That's about 6 or 7 quid a month saved on products I'm either not using or are surplus to what I really need, so I won't even notice that they're gone.
Good idea.. review what you need and use.
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Old 02-02-2012, 18:13   #167
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Re: TV price rises

Back in 1997, the services was much cheaper

TV Max package: £15.99
Telephone line rental: £6.99
Total: £22.98

Call rates where about 4p per minute national rate and 3p per minute local rate and we had free calls to cable numbers in the same franchise locally.

Then Telewest Digital in 2002:

Supreme TV package: £17.99
Telephone line Rental: £10
Total: £27.99 without Surf Unlimited Dial up internet
Total: £38 with surf unlimited dial up internet
Total: £54 with surf unlimited and Talk unlimited
(Talk unlimited was £16 per month back then)

The XL TV package or Supreme package as it is know by Telewest customers has increased bit by bit over the years:

1997: Analogue TV Max package £15.99 Cable London price
2002: Supreme TV package £17.99
2003: Supreme TV package £18.99
2005: Supreme TV package £19.50
2006 Supreme TV package £21.50

2007 introduction of XL TV package after losing the Sky channels and Virgin Media thought Virgin Central would be a good substitute and thought £22.50 would be a reasonable price

As of 2012 it is now £24.50 or about £30 without a Virgin phone line, and there are plenty of people that have TV as a stand alone product. Those with Tivo it is £27.50, it is getting a bit steep.

I don't like the way companies make you take out bundles trying to make you spend more than you need to, the TV should be the same price even on its own!
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Old 02-02-2012, 18:19   #168
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Re: TV price rises

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Back in 1997, the services was much cheaper

TV Max package: £15.99
Telephone line rental: £6.99
Total: £22.98

Call rates where about 4p per minute national rate and 3p per minute local rate and we had free calls to cable numbers in the same franchise locally.

Then Telewest Digital in 2002:

Supreme TV package: £17.99
Telephone line Rental: £10
Total: £27.99 without Surf Unlimited Dial up internet
Total: £38 with surf unlimited dial up internet
Total: £54 with surf unlimited and Talk unlimited
(Talk unlimited was £16 per month back then)

The XL TV package or Supreme package as it is know by Telewest customers has increased bit by bit over the years:

1997: Analogue TV Max package £15.99 Cable London price
2002: Supreme TV package £17.99
2003: Supreme TV package £18.99
2005: Supreme TV package £19.50
2006 Supreme TV package £21.50

2007 introduction of XL TV package after losing the Sky channels and Virgin Media thought Virgin Central would be a good substitute and thought £22.50 would be a reasonable price

As of 2012 it is now £24.50 or about £30 without a Virgin phone line, and there are plenty of people that have TV as a stand alone product. Those with Tivo it is £27.50, it is getting a bit steep.

I don't like the way companies make you take out bundles trying to make you spend more than you need to, the TV should be the same price even on its own!
Supreme TV was £15 in 2004 on Telewest as I remember it.
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Old 02-02-2012, 18:31   #169
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Re: TV price rises

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Back in 1997, the services was much cheaper

TV Max package: £15.99
Telephone line rental: £6.99
Total: £22.98

Call rates where about 4p per minute national rate and 3p per minute local rate and we had free calls to cable numbers in the same franchise locally.

Then Telewest Digital in 2002:

Supreme TV package: £17.99
Telephone line Rental: £10
Total: £27.99 without Surf Unlimited Dial up internet
Total: £38 with surf unlimited dial up internet
Total: £54 with surf unlimited and Talk unlimited
(Talk unlimited was £16 per month back then)

The XL TV package or Supreme package as it is know by Telewest customers has increased bit by bit over the years:

1997: Analogue TV Max package £15.99 Cable London price
2002: Supreme TV package £17.99
2003: Supreme TV package £18.99
2005: Supreme TV package £19.50
2006 Supreme TV package £21.50

2007 introduction of XL TV package after losing the Sky channels and Virgin Media thought Virgin Central would be a good substitute and thought £22.50 would be a reasonable price

As of 2012 it is now £24.50 or about £30 without a Virgin phone line, and there are plenty of people that have TV as a stand alone product. Those with Tivo it is £27.50, it is getting a bit steep.

I don't like the way companies make you take out bundles trying to make you spend more than you need to, the TV should be the same price even on its own!
Yes back in 1997 prices were indeed a lot cheaper but there was no digital and a lot less channels. Also no 50Mb broadband

A Mars bar was 26p around then too. Now they are 56p and smaller and thinner chocolate.
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Old 02-02-2012, 18:42   #170
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Yes back in 1997 prices were indeed a lot cheaper but there was no digital and a lot less channels. Also no 50Mb broadband

A Mars bar was 26p around then too. Now they are 56p and smaller and thinner chocolate.
When I start join Digital via the old Telewest network I only has 75 channels in 1999.

Back then you pick your own channel lineup.
No Radio channels bar the local ones.
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Old 02-02-2012, 18:42   #171
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Re: TV price rises

I definately paid £17.99 for supreme package, been sifting through some things, unless it was different in some areas! I am refering to Digital not analogue.

Analogue was good, less +1 channels,less shopping channels and you got what you paid for.
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Old 02-02-2012, 18:57   #172
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Cheers Media Boy, looks like £3.50 for me then!
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Old 02-02-2012, 18:57   #173
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When I start join Digital via the old Telewest network I only has 75 channels in 1999.

Back then you pick your own channel lineup.
No Radio channels bar the local ones.

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When I start join Digital via the old Telewest network I only has 75 channels in 1999.

Back then you pick your own channel lineup.
No Radio channels bar the local ones.

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At the rate VM are implementing these added features to Tivo, Sky may beat them to multiroom!

I'm a big fan of Tivo and I find VM OK as a company, but the great promises and groundbraking features spoken about by Cindy Rose a year ago, are just not happening and it's looking as if the time advantage VM had for this functionality has been lost and others will catch up or even overtake VM.
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That phone service is the most expensive I would like to see go down in price.

Telephone line rental: £13.90
nearly 10p per minute to calls to landlines
nearly 14p connection charge on calls
10p per minute to 0845 numbers
No more billed by the second call charges

Calls to landlines from BT payphones cost to the equivalent to 2p per minute, 60p for 30 minutes which works out cheaper! you would think it would be the other way round.

Virgin Media are not the only ones either, BT is slowly catching up.

There excuse is that people are using there landlines less.

Well if so, why raise the prices? People will use them a lot less if they do that. Or how about a Voip service.

A much more reasonable tariff:

Line Rental: £10 per month
Daytime calls: 3p per minute
Evening calls: 2p per minute
Weekend calls: 1p per minute
Calls to Virgin Media landlines: Free at all times
Call connection fee: 5p
Calls to all mobile networks: 10p per minute at all times
Calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers: Same as normal landlines

Talk Unlimited: £4.95 per month
Talk Evenings and Weekends: £2.70
Talk Weekends: £1.50 for unlimited weekend calls to 01,02 and Virgin Mobile phones

Call features: £1 each

It is getting far too expensive, it will keep on going as well and eventually we will be paying £19.99 per month for line rental alone before any calls package or call costs!

You don't need a landline with Virgin Cable broadband, I am looking options to get voip and ditch the landline service when my contract is up, £13.90 is too much you don't pay that with voip!
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A Mars bar was 26p around then too. Now they are 56p and smaller and thinner chocolate.
Rip off, didn't you miss the Tesco's deal this week 5 Mars bars for a £1. Poundworld were doing 7 Snickers for £1.

Suppose I'm going off topic.... (Never did like Topics, pointless chocolate bars)
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Yes back in 1997 prices were indeed a lot cheaper but there was no digital and a lot less channels. Also no 50Mb broadband

A Mars bar was 26p around then too. Now they are 56p and smaller and thinner chocolate.
I blame VM for that....
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Re: TV price rises

I've just been on the phone to VM in regards to the price increase this coming April. I wanted to see if I could benefit from making a saving by altering my services in any way. The young man Mathew who I spoke to knew his job inside out and was excellent. He did his best and I was happy at the price of the new/different package he offered me. Also during the same conversation he asked me how I knew about the price increase as it was only released late yesterday. I told him I found out about it on one of the internet forums. He did however finish by saying I don't think that many will know that those who are on (10MB are being increased to 30MB) not 20 as originally advertised because I've only known about it a few hours ago. Now how true that is I don't know but he seemed genuine enough.
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