A Question: MySky for My Sky?

skytv_logo The question machine has recorded another question for me to play back:
[quote]We are looking at getting “My Sky”, so I rang sky and now I dont know which way to go.. We already have a DVD recorder but the MAIN reason I want  Mysky is after spending about $300 odd on trying to get our reception better on normal TV (if we are taping a sky channel, we may want to watch TV1 etc), anyway after a new arial and many hours we still have s**t reception if not watching through sky.. So we have decided Mysky will fix our troubles? Sky lady said we have two options..

  • OPTION 1…. Pay $599.00 and then nothing extra for ever.. so that way we would still only be paying  about $85 a month for our sky channel pack which we are paying now…
  • OPTION 2…. Pay $99.00 for instilation and then an extra $15 a month for as long as we have “Mysky”….
  • EXTRA OPTION….. For an extra $10 on top of what ever option we pick we can get HD???  Is it really that important to have HD?

So PLEASE PLEASE can someone help me and tell me which way they would go?  I tend to think  OPTION 2 as I would bet just about anything there will be a new something within at least 18 months but then again I am normally wrong so what to do??
I absolutly hate when I feel like I have had a bad deal or feel I have been ripped off……[/quote]
I absolutely hate feeling ripped off too. It’s like that feeling you get when you’re watching a pay TV channel that you’re forking over $90 per month for, and the program keeps being interrupted by ads. Ads targeted perfectly in the way only a company with thousands of phone-connected decoders could do.

But I digress! You asked a question about MySky. Let me break it down as best I can in order of your question marks: Probably; Correct; Maybe; I shall; Good point.

Probably

Yes, probably a Sky account will fix your reception issues. Unlike a terrestrial TVNZ signal, the Sky signal is beamed down from a satellite, so unless you point your reception dish the wrong way or plant an exceptionally large tree in the wrong place, your signal will be perfect.

Correct

Yes, Sky asks for an additional $10 per month on top of any subscription for their “HD Access Ticket”. You can have all the bells, whistles, and chrome plated grease nipples required to view HD content, but you’re not going to get any Aiych Dees from Sky’s spaceship unless you pay them those ten dollars every month.

I suppose the satellite must have to blow a bit harder to get the extra digital bits down to your satellite dish.

Maybe

Is it really that important to have HD? Maybe. Do you have a big HD television? If you don’t then there’s certainly no point in paying that $10 per month.

If you do have a nice big HD television, then I personally think it’s worth the extra $10 per month. Sometimes you won’t even notice, but most of the time you’ll be pleased with the extra depth and clarity, especially when you swap between HD and standard channels to compare.

Hi-Def nerds will complain that Sky’s particular flavour of HD is no great shakes compared to Freeview. While their position (like most nerdery) is grounded solidly in fact, the reality is that slightly crap HD is better than no HD at all.

I Shall

You ask for someone to tell you which way you should go. As you point out: at $15 per month, it’s going to be three and a bit years before you’re on the wrong side of $599, by which time there might be a new version, or your salary increase might make the $15 irrelevant. I think you’ve answered your own question.

Additionally: if I had paid $599, I’d be a lot more upset than I am at the smelly stool that attempts to pass as a user interface on the MySkyHDi. I could rant for a good hour about just how perplexing it is to use, but I present one exhibit for consideration: It takes at least 3 button presses (and often many more), to set up a show for “series link”. It takes a single, shiny, inviting (to a six year old), yellow button press to delete a recorded show forever. No warning, no undo, do not pass Go, do not watch that episode of The Pacific. Ever. Not that I’m bitter or anything. Pacific is a disappointment anyway.

Good Point

Sorry, I don’t mean “good point: you are normally wrong”. I mean “good point: there is usually a new device every 18-24 months”.

Go with the $15 per month option. Pay the $10 “HD ticket” if you have a half-decent HD TV.

9 Comments

  1. I’m not sure if Vodafone are still running that deal but we pay nothing extra for MySky as we get this for free through them (you have to have your broadband with them).

    • Good point. That deal is still current, but I’d never go with Vodafone for my broadband while they have that stupid “double plus nothing” overage system. I want (and will pay for) unlimited.

  2. * Go with the $15 a month instead of the $599. The PVR market will look a bit different in three years and the offers will change.

    * The HD on MYSKY does look fantastic. It just takes up LOTS of space on the hard drive. Especially with movies. Also keep in mind that the MYSKY HDi will deliver all HD content on TV ONE, TV2 and TV3 without the HD Ticket. Only pay the extra $10 a month if you want to watch a lot of Sky Movies and Sky Sport in HD.

    * In regards the comments about the MYSKY user interface, expect a fantastic software update in the next month. You just didn’t hear it from me….

  3. The reader could try getting a Freeview|HD box to improve his TV1 etc reception – after all, he has a DVD recorder for recording sky and he only wants MySky to improve his TV1 reception while he is recording a Sky channel.

    Failing that surely he could get a Freeview satellite box? Although I’m not sure about plugging two boxes (Freeview + Sky) into the same satellite.

  4. Hi all, Thanks Ben for you very informative and thorough answer.. you even wrote it for people like me (thick when it comes to this sort of thing)?? I have decided to take yor advice which is what I thought in the first instance.. I absolutly look forward and enjoy watching your segment on Pauls comedy show (Breakfast) haha. Great show, Fan-bloody-tastic man (Paul)..
    And to Matt Frear, I am of the female variety…. funny how people assume I am male?? when the majority of males would be well beyond thinking like this (my original letter to ben) Sorry Ben,you clearly are one of the few males that can but I wouldlike to see you multi-task?
    Thanks
    fgump

  5. If you get the basic sky package without movies, you don’t need the HD ticket. TV1, 2 & 3 are still in HD and you don’t need to pay for that. Don’t forget if your on the more expensive broadband plans with Vodafone, you also get the $15 per month rental waived as well.

  6. Looking for something else and opened your site–interesting
    I have old sky box and can put channels 1,2 & 3 onto DVD–not so with “My Sky” –1,2 & 3 are “copy protected”
    Only found this out when attempting to show a friend how to copy from “My Sky” to his Panasonic Recorder and
    then to DVD. Just another WONDERFUL!!! thing about “My Sky”

    Graeme

  7. the power saving option on myski recording setup ,is OFF, low, med, high, why not have power saver ON.
    and how much power does this save. what is the best setting.

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