Originally Posted by alwaysabear
If Virgin have sense, they will read this and respond to this!
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Why are Virgin still listed on a American Stock exchange?
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Originally Posted by Superblade7
I would agree with you bear as whilst it's only a small amount of people voting it gives a good indication of what the general feeling is.
I think VM's obsession with superfast broadband may also be their undoing. I think it would be safe to say that for the vast majority of people a reliable 10Mb or 30Mb service would suffice for most needs. I would imagine the customer base for 50Mb and above is a relatively small percentage of VM's overall customers and therefore spending huge amounts of money on doubling broadband speeds is great but is it really what most customers want? I'd put my neck on the line and say probably not.
I know a lot of the money being spent is on network improvements so this can only be an advantage for the many areas that are currently oversubscribed but then by doubling everyone's speeds, the network improvements may not actually show if everyone gets extra bandwidth.
The price difference now between Sky and VM is becoming interesting. I am just using this as an example but for Sky World, Unlimited BB and Unlimited Phone it's £88 a month. For VIP on VM it's now £105.71. I appreciate there are a few differences (i.e. faster BB, extra STB) but it just shows the price difference.
I love my TiVo and I have always been relatively happy with VM but (in true David Cameron style) I personally could get "more for less" with Sky so whilst I could do without the hassle of switching and getting the dish / ADSL line installed, it's looking more and more attractive to me unless VM can deliver something exciting to make me stay before April.
I think that unless VM use some of their recently announced profit to significantly improve their TV / TiVo service soon, they are in real danger of loosing lots of customers over the coming year or two once Sky has access to BT Infinity as they will have all the content and fast broadband.
However, it's all a matter of opinion and everyone has to choose what is best for them within their own budget and entertainment needs.
They should start buy putting (at the very least) all the non-BSkyB HD channels, both Premier Sports channels and the BBC red Button service, along with Al Jazzera!