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Discussion topic: Charging for Ad skipping is a complete and utter disgrace

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This message was authored by Padam_Padam This message was authored by: Padam_Padam

Re: Charging for Ad skipping is a complete and utter disgrace


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@GB28 wrote:

I agree Ofcom is behind the curve, but after the long chat with Sky technical support, they are saying it is operating as designed. I guess customers will vote by going elsewhere if this is indicative of what we get.


That's what I did. The poor functionality of Sky Stream was enough for me to stop being a Sky customer after 18 years, It turned watchung TV into an infuriating experience, 

I'm so pleased to be rid of it TBH. The alternative TV streaming service we now use is so much more polished and reliable. 


What service is that please?


We stream everything via an Apple TV 4K box.

We're not sports fans in our house, we mainly watch movies and drama series and have no need for live TV. I pay £10pm for Netflix Premium as a perk of my EE mobile contract, get free Apple TV+ until November, Disney+ is currently free on a 6 month offer from my wife's mobile contract, we subscribe to Max and Peacock in the USA (but we're not allowed to discuss how on these forums) and get all UK broadcast live streams and catch up content from the relevant apps (iPlayer, ITVX, Channel 4, My5, etc). 

The Apple TV box has an Up Next feature (similar to Sky's playlist) which keeps track of where you are in a series and you can add upcoming shows to it to stream when you wish. If you have an iPhone or Apple Watch you can get alerts telling you when a new episode is available to watch.

Voice control using the Siri remote is much more useful than Sky Stream's effort. For one it understands me 95% of the time, and has many more useful features.

It's not for everyone - there are plenty of Apple haters who will forever sing Sky's praises, but compared to the Stream puck the hardware is far superior. Yes it's more expensive, but it's faster, much better built and just works. I've had to do a restart (from a menu rather than the switch at the wall) just once in the past 3 months. With proper frame rate matching, a vast range of user-chosen apps and more HDR options it suits us as a household much better than Sky Stream ever did. 

Just to be clear - Sky Stream can and does work well for some people but it depends on many factors. It didn't work for us, largely due to quality and reliability. But the Apple TV 4K box suits how we watch TV perfectly.  

This message was authored by Anonymous This message was authored by: Anonymous

Re: Charging for Ad skipping is a complete and utter disgrace


@Padam_Padam wrote:

@Anonymous wrote:

@Padam_Padam wrote:

@GB28 wrote:

I agree Ofcom is behind the curve, but after the long chat with Sky technical support, they are saying it is operating as designed. I guess customers will vote by going elsewhere if this is indicative of what we get.


That's what I did. The poor functionality of Sky Stream was enough for me to stop being a Sky customer after 18 years, It turned watchung TV into an infuriating experience, 

I'm so pleased to be rid of it TBH. The alternative TV streaming service we now use is so much more polished and reliable. 


What service is that please?


We stream everything via an Apple TV 4K box.

We're not sports fans in our house, we mainly watch movies and drama series and have no need for live TV. I pay £10pm for Netflix Premium as a perk of my EE mobile contract, get free Apple TV+ until November, Disney+ is currently free on a 6 month offer from my wife's mobile contract, we subscribe to Max and Peacock in the USA (but we're not allowed to discuss how on these forums) and get all UK broadcast live streams and catch up content from the relevant apps (iPlayer, ITVX, Channel 4, My5, etc). 

The Apple TV box has an Up Next feature (similar to Sky's playlist) which keeps track of where you are in a series and you can add upcoming shows to it to stream when you wish. If you have an iPhone or Apple Watch you can get alerts telling you when a new episode is available to watch.

Voice control using the Siri remote is much more useful than Sky Stream's effort. For one it understands me 95% of the time, and has many more useful features.

It's not for everyone - there are plenty of Apple haters who will forever sing Sky's praises, but compared to the Stream puck the hardware is far superior. Yes it's more expensive, but it's faster, much better built and just works. I've had to do a restart (from a menu rather than the switch at the wall) just once in the past 3 months. With proper frame rate matching, a vast range of user-chosen apps and more HDR options it suits us as a household much better than Sky Stream ever did. 

Just to be clear - Sky Stream can and does work well for some people but it depends on many factors. It didn't work for us, largely due to quality and reliability. But the Apple TV 4K box suits how we watch TV perfectly.  


Thanks for that. I'm an apple developer, so have a few Apple TVs around. 

I'm no fan of sky, and would be off like a shot if it wasn't for UHD F1 and Prem. 

 

I can't get that anywhere else, so I'm just trying to make the best of it. 

 

This message was authored by Supercatthemarvel This message was authored by: Supercatthemarvel

Re: Charging for Ad skipping is a complete and utter disgrace

Ad skipping is a complete rip off.

It kind of works on channel 4 but is unreliable. Any other channel in my playlist (includind sky channels), it just freezes the program and you have to go back to home screen and back into the program to get it working and guess what? Yes, it takes you to the beginning of the ads again.

Total and utter rip off!!! Dont waste your money on it...

This message was authored by Steve93 This message was authored by: Steve93

Re: Charging for Ad skipping is a complete and utter disgrace

I have Apple TV 4K & the NOW tv app & Sky Stream, yes it's faster than Stream & you get no adds for £6 a month, it's good my only gripe is Ch5 they don't offer a premium version & you have to watch all the adverts which is a real pain, wonder why MY5 don't offer this service, there's only "watch from start"  on bbc & ch5

 

also the add skipping on Sky Stream, I don't have a problem with works fine for me have got it free until mid August 

This message was authored by Mister_Dalek This message was authored by: Mister_Dalek

Re: Charging for Ad skipping is a complete and utter disgrace


@Steve93 wrote:

I have Apple TV 4K & the NOW tv app & Sky Stream, yes it's faster than Stream & you get no adds for £6 a month, it's good my only gripe is Ch5 they don't offer a premium version & you have to watch all the adverts which is a real pain, wonder why MY5 don't offer this service, there's only "watch from start"  on bbc & ch5

 

also the add skipping on Sky Stream, I don't have a problem with works fine for me have got it free until mid August 


Incorrect. Watch from the start is also available across all live channels on the ITVX and Channel 4 apps on Apple TV 4K and other streaming devices which offer the live channel streams. 

This message was authored by Steve93 This message was authored by: Steve93

Re: Charging for Ad skipping is a complete and utter disgrace

Yes but you still can't fast forward through adverts on these channels unless you have their premium versions

This message was authored by AaronGallagher This message was authored by: AaronGallagher

Re: Charging for Ad skipping is a complete and utter disgrace

I pay premium on virtually all streaming services and this is without a doubt the biggest con out there.

 

How is Advert "fast forward" skipping. Never mind the aesthetic viewing pleasure being 100% destroyed by having to reach for the remote and paying £5 (£60 a year) for the pleasure.

 

I mention the annual to give some context to it not being nothing.  This is almost the same as what some streaming services charged for their entire service (OK, Maybe a few years ago, but jeez)  absolutely outrageous that Sky have temerity to charge for this.

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