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    Posted: 20 Feb 2013 at 5:23pm
Im with Sky at the minute , costs €27 a month standard package job. UPC are offering me the same package but includes ESPN and Setanta for €25 a month . . .

Sounds good to me but my mate was with UPC for a few years and went to Sky and swears by them , said the Sky menu and stuff is a lot easier and quicker to navigate about ....

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upc's pricing can be very deceiving, I'd double check closely
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UPC menu is a pain in the hole Babbs, so frustrating to use and when you have been using sky and then go to these you will notice a huge difference and not for the better, if you can stick with sky if I were you,(by the way I am with UPC and I hate it but in a contract and a bundle with broadband) will look to change when contract runs out unless they improve.
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I'm with UPC and have broadband + tv, will be switching to sky when my contract is up as UPC are sh*te and sky now offer broadband.
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The free ESPN and Setanta with basic package makes it worth staying with UPC if you into sports which you are. I wouldn't bother going back to Sky as I have GAA matches, FA cup and Premier league games on ESPN at no extra cost but I wouldn't pay for a Sports package with SKY.
I could agree with you but then we'd both be wrong.
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The upc box is absolutely rubbish in comparison to the sky box. The sky box is just so much more user friendly. What I will say though is that if you want quick and reliable internet access, I believe that UPC's internet service is very good. If it's just for telly though, I would definitely go with sky.
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Get a dreambox , best thing I did was f**k out sky.
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BB with the package you are on at the moment is that just telly? If so which channels do you get with that? I am choosing between both at the moment too, cheers.
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Wouldn't go near UPC absolutely sh*te


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I am a telly provider virgin so I havent a clue that and the fact that I rarely watch telly doesnt help. I would be happy with the normal channels but my BF isnt. How much dearer is sky for the internet and tv? Approx?
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http://www.ybig.ie/forum/eurovox-the-starview-kryptview-dreambox_topic40285.html

I was on the phone when I posted earlier on so couldnt link that post.Anyone who has a good intenet speed should have a look at going down this route.


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What the fook is the story witht he upc remote control? Trying to press channel 401 for example and you press the 4, then the 0, then when you press the 1 and the 4 and the 0 disappear and it goea to the upc channel. Usually it works on the 4th attempt. Piece of rubbish.

Also notice when you are watching tv and press the ok button to see what else is on on other channels so you press the left or right arrows then after maybe 10-12 channels it switches to the digital video recorder menu.

And before any smartasses say I am pressing the wrong buttons I am not and doing it quick enough.

Also the buttons on the actual upc box dont work.
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Originally posted by ShayGivensBum ShayGivensBum wrote:

BB with the package you are on at the moment is that just telly? If so which channels do you get with that? I am choosing between both at the moment too, cheers.


I just changed to UPC for broadband. Same price and lightening quick . Vodafone state up to 25mb download speed but ye only get around 4 to 5mb . UPC say definitely 25mb but I'm up to around 27mb

Wit regards to the TV , normal package without movies and sports will cost ye around €27 with either sky or UPC . Only thing is UPC give ye Setanta and ESPN with the standard package . That's why I'm debating it anyway but gonna stay wit Sky as most tell me using the UPC box will have my head done in.. We watch feck all TV anyway mostly series and stuff we have on a hard drive.

All in all , €45 for phone and broadband. €71 for phone , broadband and tv . Reasonable enough


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Originally posted by Trap junior Trap junior wrote:

What the fook is the story witht he upc remote control? Trying to press channel 401 for example and you press the 4, then the 0, then when you press the 1 and the 4 and the 0 disappear and it goea to the upc channel. Usually it works on the 4th attempt. Piece of rubbish.

Also notice when you are watching tv and press the ok button to see what else is on on other channels so you press the left or right arrows then after maybe 10-12 channels it switches to the digital video recorder menu.

And before any smartasses say I am pressing the wrong buttons I am not and doing it quick enough.

Also the buttons on the actual upc box dont work.
The exact same thing happens me with the UPC box. You can never get the third button in at the first attempt. It keeps going onto that poxy channel 100. Hate the bastards. Rang sky the other day, they don't Internet in my area yet but as soon as they do I'm switching to them.
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Originally posted by BabbsBalls BabbsBalls wrote:

Originally posted by ShayGivensBum ShayGivensBum wrote:

BB with the package you are on at the moment is that just telly? If so which channels do you get with that? I am choosing between both at the moment too, cheers.


I just changed to UPC for broadband. Same price and lightening quick . Vodafone state up to 25mb download speed but ye only get around 4 to 5mb . UPC say definitely 25mb but I'm up to around 27mb

Wit regards to the TV , normal package without movies and sports will cost ye around €27 with either sky or UPC . Only thing is UPC give ye Setanta and ESPN with the standard package . That's why I'm debating it anyway but gonna stay wit Sky as most tell me using the UPC box will have my head done in.. We watch feck all TV anyway mostly series and stuff we have on a hard drive.

All in all , €45 for phone and broadband. €71 for phone , broadband and tv . Reasonable enough
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Not gonna bother changing . Sky get their business done.
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Originally posted by Trap junior Trap junior wrote:

What the fook is the story witht he upc remote control? Trying to press channel 401 for example and you press the 4, then the 0, then when you press the 1 and the 4 and the 0 disappear and it goea to the upc channel. Usually it works on the 4th attempt. Piece of rubbish.

Also notice when you are watching tv and press the ok button to see what else is on on other channels so you press the left or right arrows then after maybe 10-12 channels it switches to the digital video recorder menu.

And before any smartasses say I am pressing the wrong buttons I am not and doing it quick enough.

Also the buttons on the actual upc box dont work.


Have all these issues too TJ, it really is a joke.

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My UPC box knocks itself off all the time and have that problem with the remote all the time as well
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