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Sky is offering stunning sports prizes to anyone taking out Sky TV with the Sports Pack, or existing customers upgrading to Sky’s premium Sky Sports channels.
The first draw is on 20th May, and the eye-catching prize is a trip to watch the famous Monaco Grand Prix. It’s the race every fan loves to watch, and the race every driver wants to win. The prize includes flights, with helicopter transfers, and 4-star accommodation.
The second draw, on 3rd June, is for an exclusive trip to the Lions Tour in Australia, with two tickets to watch the Lions battle it out with The Wallabies in Brisbane. The prize includes flights and 7 nights’ accommodation.
The third draw takes place on 17th June, and is another one for F1 fans. The prize is two grandstand tickets for the whole weekend’s action at Silverstone, the British Grand Prix, and travel is included, along with accommodation.
The fourth and final draw is on 1st July, and is a real treat for lovers of test cricket. The winner will get a pair of tickets to all five days of the 5th and final Investec Ashes test, as England look to retain the iconic urn. The prize includes all travel as well as a 5 night stay in a London hotel.
Each draw will include other great sports prizes, including tickets to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, Investec Ashes tickets, 500 Wireless Connectors, 200 2TB Sky+HD boxes, 100 6-month Sky World HD subscriptions with a Sky+HD box and standard set-up, and 7,500 Sky Go Extra subscriptions free for 2 months.
You will be entered into the prize automatically when you join Sky TV and take the Sports Pack, or you upgrade to the Sports Pack as an existing customer.
Posted by Tom on May 13th 2013 in Broadband
BT has launched its brand new, dedicated BT Sport channels, which will feature exclusive live coverage from the Barclays Premier League and Aviva Premiership.
BT Sport has lined up live action from 38 Barclays Premier League games, as well as club clashes from rugby union’s top competition, the Aviva Premiership.
Football fans can also enjoy hundreds of league matches from Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1 and Brazil’s Brasileiro.
To accompany the coverage, BT Sport recruited Jake Humphrey, Lawrence Dallaglio and Clare Balding for presenting and punditry. Other big names will regularly guest during live games.
Aside from football and rugby, BT Sport viewers will be able to catch Women’s Tennis Association matches, and plans are in place to include at least one ESPN channel as well.
ESPN’s coverage includes FA Cup, Clydesdale Bank Scottish premier League, UEFA Europa League, German Bundesliga and a range of US sports. Any inclusion of ESPN is subject to regulatory clearance, due on 31st July.
BT Sport is designed to be available to non-customers, as well as those with BT Vision. Availability should become available through Sky, and you can also watch with a BT Vision or YouView box. There are no immediate plans for cable customers, although BT has said the possibility is being discussed with Virgin Media.
Posted by Tom on May 10th 2013 in Broadband
The Starter Collection will come with up to 30Mb fibre-optic home broadband, so you can enjoy genuinely fast speeds for web browsing, streaming and downloads. You’ll also get the high quality Virgin Media Super Hub for free, letting you set up an effective wireless home network.
As part of this Collection, you can also enjoy over 60 channels from Virgin Media’s digital TV service, with 5 channels in stunning high definition included, as well as the groundbreaking TiVo box which boasts 500GB of memory for your recordings. TiVo lets you pause, rewind and record live TV, and has loads of smart features including a recommendation service based on your favourite shows.
To complete the Starter Collection, Virgin Media includes Talk Weekends for your home phone, and this gives you unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers.
Virgin Media is offering this Collection from Monday 29th April, with 6 months half price at £9 per month, then £18.
You’ll also get installation free, saving £49.95.
As with any Virgin Media deal including home broadband, you do need to take the Virgin Phone line, priced at a competitive £14.99 per month.
Posted by Tom on May 9th 2013 in Broadband
Sky Broadband Unlimited, Connect or Fibre Unlimited customers can now get online on the go, thanks to Sky WiFi.
Sky WiFi lets you get connected and enjoy unlimited WiFi, with no additional charge, at any of the thousands of Cloud WiFi hotspots throughout the UK. You can also watch Sky content whilst out and about by connecting and using the popular Sky Go service.
You get totally unlimited usage, so there is no need to worry about using up your mobile data allowance. You can browse, stream and download as much as you like with no limit when you’re connected through Sky WiFi.
Hotspots include popular high street locations like Pizza Express, Pret, Wagamama and Caffé Nero.
As long as you have Sky Broadband Unlimited, Connect or Fibre Unlimited, with Sky Talk and Line Rental, then you can take advantage of this service.
You can get online using the Sky WiFi app at Cloud hotspots with an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android smartphone. Download the app, and sign in with your Sky ID username and password. You can also connect with your laptop and other wireless devices.
Once you’ve signed in for the first time, your device will connect automatically when other Cloud hotspots are in range. The Sky WiFi app also comes with a handy Hotspot Finder, which is great for easily finding the nearest Cloud WiFi locations.
Posted by Tom on April 18th 2013 in Broadband
O2 has launched an exclusive deal offering home broadband half price for 12 months, as well as a free M&S voucher worth £100.
Choose ‘The Works’ home broadband deal from O2, and you’ll get the package half price at £13 for 12 months, and then £26 from then on. You’ll have unlimited downloads, so you don’t need to worry about a cap on your monthly web usage.
Get up to 16Mb broadband speeds, and O2 includes a free wireless router so you can set up a wireless network at home. Plus, you get the £100 M&S voucher, making the deal great value for money.
You can also take the offer with ‘The All Rounder’ O2 home broadband package, for £8.75 per month for 12 months, then £17.50, or ‘The Basics’ package, at £6.75 per month for 12 months, then £13.50. These deals will include the £100 M&S voucher, but are less comprehensive packages than ‘The Works’.
If you are an O2 mobile customer, then you receive a £5 discount on your home broadband every month, no matter which package you choose.
There is a connection charge of £25.53, and this increases to £43 where a phone line needs to be converted.
You can find the very latest O2 home broadband deals at Broadband Finder.
Posted by Tom on April 15th 2013 in Broadband
TalkTalk has brought back the eye-catching 12 months for half price deal on its Essentials package.
This means that you’ll get TalkTalk broadband, with unlimited downloads, at just £3.25 per month, every month, for a year, and TalkTalk includes free connection to customers ordering online.
If you purchase online and are switching, so you don’t need a new line installed, then you’ll get a free connection worth £30. TalkTalk also offers a Love2shop voucher worth £25, and you can get this by logging on to your TalkTalk My Account after the new package goes live at your home.
For new line customers, a welcome credit of £50 is added to your bill, which means that the standard installation/reconnection charge of £50 will not need to be paid.
Other features of this great value deal include the award-winning Homesafe online security service, unlimited evening and weekend calls to 01, 02, 03, 0845 and 0870 numbers and TalkTalk’s new faster, smarter wireless router.
You do need to take TalkTalk line rental, but this comes at the competitive price of just £14.95 per month, and you can save by paying annually instead.
The offer begins today and will end on 29th May.
Posted by Tom on April 3rd 2013 in Broadband
Dedicated business broadband and calls provider XLN is offering an exclusive online-only deal which includes fast broadband free for 3 months.
New customers taking the business saver package will get business broadband, line rental and a 500 minute call package, with free installation, free wireless router and competitive call rates throughout the day.
XLN guarantees saving against BT, with this complete package costing just £17.44 per month for the 3 months – that includes low-cost line rental of £11.99 and the home calls package at £5.45.
After the introductory free broadband period, the total monthly cost only goes up to £25.43.
XLN also offers call capping on UK calls – 5p on 01, 02, 03 and 0870 numbers.
The deal requires upfront payment of £78, which is credited back to you at £6.50 a month as part of the free installation offer, and the contract term is 24 months.
Posted by Tom on March 25th 2013 in Broadband
The Awesome Foursome deal gives you the unrivalled quality of Sky TV, as well as all the benefits of Sky+, so you can pause, rewind and record live channels.
Customers will also get the popular online service Sky Go, so they can watch live channels from their viewing pack as well as a range of content available on demand, and Sky Broadband Lite is included, delivering fast, reliable home broadband speeds.
The Sky Hub comes with the deal, as does Sky Talk Weekends for home phone calls, and you’ll be able to enjoy all the channels which come with the Sky Entertainment viewing pack.
As long as you’re joining online, you will also receive a generous £100 M&S voucher, and all this comes for just £15 per month for 6 months, when you take the 18 month contract.
Alternatively, Sky offers the same package deal for £21.50 per month for the first 6 months, on a shorter 12 month contract.
As with most providers, you do need to take the landline as well, and Sky’s own landline comes at a competitive price of £14.50 per month.
Sky’s eye-catching Awesome Foursome offer runs until March 28th. As always, terms and conditions apply.
Posted by Tom on March 18th 2013 in Broadband
A report in December by Ofcom has revealed that Sky Broadband and Talk has the best overall customer service compared with BT, Virgin Media and Talk Talk (Source: Ofcom Report. Dec 2012).
Sky topped the table for overall customer satisfaction for both the landline telephone services and the fixed broadband services.
Since 2009, when Ofcom first began measuring customer satisfaction, this is the second year running that Sky Broadband and Talk was found to have unbeatable overall customer service compared to the other three leading providers (Source: Ofcom Report. Dec 2012).
The report, which samples a small number of calls from the four main broadband and phone providers in the 3 months prior to December, also revealed particular progress in the ease and speed of contacting customer service in the broadband and landline markets in this period.
Posted by Tom on January 16th 2013 in Broadband
Sky has launched its new, advanced broadband router, improving wireless range and giving customers better value from their home internet service.
The Sky Hub has a very different look to its predecessor, with a simplistic, yet stylish and glossy design, and compact build for convenience. According to an independent third party study examining router performance from BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, it was found that this new device boasts a better wireless range than rivals.
This means that connecting to the web from various places in your home is easier and more reliable, and the router will pick the best channel for connection thanks to Sky Smart Signal technology.
It also connects easily to your Sky+HD box for downloading on demand content, offers WiFi Protected Set-Up and boasts a low power consumption feature.
New Sky customers get the advanced Hub free with Sky’s broadband deals, whilst existing customers can buy it at a reduced price of £39 before 17th January 2013, or £69 afterwards.
Posted by jpickard on October 19th 2012 in Broadband, Sky Broadband
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