Came home on Sunday evening to find my housemates had signed us up to this thing called Sky Player. I'd be interested on the general view on this because after a day of using it, I'm in two very different minds.
One the one hand, we've been looking for a way to watch sport that isn't financially onerous, but ideally wouldn't involve switching media providers. Sky Player would seem to fit that bill. We signed up for a package that gives us access to all the Sky Sports channels and a small dribble of other shit no-one would ever want to watch for £25 a month for three months. This enables us to use the Sky Player on our PCs and crucially through the Xbox in the living room.
All well and good: £25 is comparable to what you'd actually have to pay for Sky Sports anywhere else. That said, however, there are some issues.
For one thing - it is *exactly* comparable to the deal we'd get elsewhere: Sky Sports on Virgin that we have now costs £25 p/m on top of the current package (consists of Dave and fuck-all else). Sky Sports on Sky Player will rise to £30-something a month after the three month trial period. And you can only use it on XBox if you have a gold Live account (at however much that costs a month), which I'm not all that enamoured of at the moment. In fact, if I'd had this run by me before they'd ordered it, I might have vetoed it on this basis, but whatever...
So why not just switch to Sky so we can definitely watch what we pay for on the TV they promised? I thought that wouldn't really work since for us since Sky's internet packages are piss poor. They still limit downloads for chrissakes. But then I took another look:
What we have: Virgin Crappackage + Unlimited 10mb internet = £28pm
a) Virgin + Sky Sports + Unlimited 10mb internet = £63pm
b) Virgin + Sky Player + Xbox Gold subscription = £70pm+
c) Sky with Sky Sports + Unlimited 20mb internet = £50pm
Based on this, it's obvious: We should switch to Sky, right? What am I not thinking of?