Sky Announces Plans To Ditch The Satellite Dish
Mike Sanders / 3 years ago
Sky Plan To Ditch Satellite Dishes
These days, the option of having some form of home TV subscription is so common it’s practically standard. When it comes to certain providers, however, your option can be limited.
For example, Virgin Media generally requires that your home has a cable connection. Sky, on the other hand, requires your house to either have a cable connection or the installation of a satellite dish. The latter of which can be difficult if local obstructions block your signal.
A possible solution to Sky problems!
In a report via the BBC, Sky has announced plans to remove the requirement of a satellite dish to access their services. As part of the plans, they intend to make all of their content available online. Therefore, removing the need and allowing customers who can not currently access their service to consider them again.
When will it be available?
When the exact roll-out will occur is unclear. What is clear, however, is that Sky is losing potential customers with those who can not accommodate the dish. While they do have their own internet-based service, Now TV, it isn’t exactly perfect. The growth of Netflix, however, is hard for them to ignore.
It is thought that Italy will be the first to be able to access all Sky channels online with Austria to shortly follow at some point this year. The UK is expected to also adopt this service either late 2018 or at some stage in 2019.
How much will it cost?
The short answer is, it’s hard to say. Sky themselves have yet to comment if the service, sans a dish, will cost any less. One, however, would think that a reduced cost is almost certain or at least logical. They don’t, after all, have to pay to many engineers to fit them, to maintain them or even to launch satellites.
A sky subscription certainly isn’t cheap under the current platform with even a basic package costing around £30.
What do you think? Will the change mean more customers? Will going internet only potentially mean a reduced cost? – Let us know in the comments!