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    Posted: 29 Jun 2017 at 10:39am
Sky reportedly are losing lots of subscribers due to online streams.  In an effort to to halt the decline and make subscribing more attractive they will be rebranding all their stations with the possible option of subscribing to only the the channels you want.  There will be Sky Sports Football instead of Sky Sports 1 and 2. Sky Sports 3 will become Sky Sports Arena,  Sky Sports 4 will become Sky Sports Golf.

I have said this before but the football market in England is due a serious financial crash and cannot keep growing exponentially.  It could lead to the ruination of many clubs dependent on Sky money.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ccfcmurphy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jun 2017 at 10:42am
Cancelled my Sky last night and got Eir sport instead .... too much cricket and golf for my liking
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Hopefully all of Rupert Murdochs empire crashes before his eyes completely before he dies.
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For those who remember ITV digital and the fall for a lot of clubs who depended on their cash as small as it was .
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Originally posted by MC Hammered MC Hammered wrote:


Hopefully all of Rupert Murdochs empire crashes before his eyes completely before he dies.
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Sky Sports just keep taking the piss with their subscription increases even though they lost the Champions League rights a few years ago, so where's the value? They can hype up the EPL all they like but there's an awful lot of mediocrity (West Brom -v- Watford on a Sunday afternoon or Monday night just doesn't do anything for me, I'd rather watch park football!) and I'm obviously not alone in seeing through the hype several years ago.
 
I'm much happier sticking with just BT Sport with their variety of leagues (including a number of 1st picks of the EPL), Bundesliga, Serie A etc along with the aforementioned Champions League.
 
 
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The Premier League bubble will burst. I read yesterday that in their latest deal, sky are paying £11M per game. That is crazy money and not sustainable. My interest in the EPL has seriously declined over the past 5 years. I have next to no interest in watching Southampton v Everton, WBA v Swansea and other such dross. I'll watch the big games and most but not all of the Chelsea games. I've more interest in the Spanish league now. I'd watch every Barca game than I can and would watch Real Madrid most weeks as well. Probably the only reason I still have Sky Sports is the Spanish League coverage.
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I switched to a dodgy box a few years ago and it works a treat. There's rarely an issue with streaming but when it happens, I switch to a foreign language station and usually no bother there. No monthly fee and lots of hardcore porn on tap too. 
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Anyone who pays for Sky is a fool if you ask me. There are endless amounts of sites that stream for free and even better ones that have HD streams for €5 a month. It's insane that people would pay the massive amount they charge for watching a few matches a week.
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Sky prices are going up again my mate told me the other day . Says he got a letter in the door about his package.
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Forum members will be creaming their pants all over the place if Sky Sports ever goes bust
 
 
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Totally agree that the writing's on the wall for this. 

Each year Sky/BT outbid each other, pushing the amount they pay higher. This allows the players to be paid even more money and results in subscribers having to pay more. Eventually we'll hit a tipping point (probably now), where viewers reduce, Sky/BT give up bidding and pay less, and clubs will have to reduce wages over time.

The wages people are paid in Germany/Spain for top leagues are much more reasonable, as are the subscriptions to those channels.
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Its happening with ESPN in America. They are losing subscribers each month.
People don't want to pay for the full package. They just want to pay for what they need.

The younger generation certainly won't pay for SKY when you can stream it free.

I had sky but switched to BT sports a few years ago for the Champ league. They kept raising their prices so I went for a "special" box and that worked fine until this summer.
But will definitely go down the "special" box route again.... which reminds me I need to get onto that asap.



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Originally posted by Butch Butch wrote:

Sky prices are going up again my mate told me the other day . Says he got a letter in the door about his package.


Tell your mate to only get. Sky Sports Foothall will be £18 a month

Edited by coyne - 29 Jun 2017 at 12:39pm
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Sky hasn't been the same since the days of Bruno Brookes on Tight Lines and a half pissed Best on Saturday afternoons..
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Originally posted by Zinedine Kilbane 110 Zinedine Kilbane 110 wrote:

Its happening with ESPN in America. They are losing subscribers each month.
People don't want to pay for the full package. They just want to pay for what they need.

The younger generation certainly won't pay for SKY when you can stream it free.

I had sky but switched to BT sports a few years ago for the Champ league. They kept raising their prices so I went for a "special" box and that worked fine until this summer.
But will definitely go down the "special" box route again.... which reminds me I need to get onto that asap.



ESPN in America laid off a load of on-screen talent last month. Definitely feeling the pinch. 
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Originally posted by coyne coyne wrote:

Originally posted by Butch Butch wrote:

Sky prices are going up again my mate told me the other day . Says he got a letter in the door about his package.


Tell your mate to only get. Sky Sports Foothall will be £18 a month


f**k him , he is thick enough to
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Whatever will happen Sky won't go bust, they will either find a way to continue to make money from football or pack in showing it completely. I would imagine most major sports networks are trying to find a way to make money in an era where most people have access to the game for free, it will be interesting to see how it ends up.
As for the English game hitting the wall as a result of these changes, I am not sure about the game itself, in fact I think it would be good for the game as a whole here. It will be terrible for teams who are paying 60k a week of tv money to second and third rate footballers. You could have a few mid-table clubs go the Leeds and Portsmouth route if they aren't thinking beyond today and tomorrow.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote coyne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jun 2017 at 2:18pm
Sky's feeder company NowTV hit record high number of buys last season for its Sky £7 a day pass. I think that model is the way to go from now on.

NowTV is an excellent service btw for normal TV, can watch literally anything on catch-up for £6 a month.
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