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Why is there a extra fee for Sky Sports HD?

arrgee1991
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Five years ago, Sky made HD standard via satellite.  However there is still a monthly fee for HD with Virgin.  Why?

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Roger_Gooner
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Sky has a carriage agreement with VM and no doubt charges extra for HD (and UHD), so VM recoups the cost from its customers. We'll have to see what happens after the next carriage agreement when SD might not be provided.

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Hasn’t this agreement been renegotiated in the last 5 years?  The Sky Sports News and Mix are only in HD.  All the other sports channels are only in HD. All the Sky Cinema channels are only in HD. Even BBC and ITV are only HD.  Surely Virgin could make better use of a few spare SD channels.

nodrogd
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@arrgee1991 wrote:

Hasn’t this agreement been renegotiated in the last 5 years?  The Sky Sports News and Mix are only in HD.  All the other sports channels are only in HD. All the Sky Cinema channels are only in HD. Even BBC and ITV are only HD.  Surely Virgin could make better use of a few spare SD channels.


At the end of the day these are premium channels, so Sky has far more say in how they are offered. The HD charge is a Sky imposed supplement, along with the way the channels must be packaged. On Sky I believe you can now cherry pick which Sky Sports channels are included in your package. A USP they seem unwilling to give to third parties. Sky Sports News & Sky Sports Mix are part of a separate carriage agreement & not part of the premium channel provision.

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I understand Sky offer individual sports channels, but the difference in price is pretty insignificant (£18/month for one channel v £22/month for them all) and there isn’t much take up of that option.  It primarily is used for F1, golf or cricket; football tends not to be as it is covered on 2 channels.  However, all of these include HD as standard.

Have Virgin Media themselves provided an explanation?

nodrogd
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@arrgee1991 wrote:

I understand Sky offer individual sports channels, but the difference in price is pretty insignificant (£18/month for one channel v £22/month for them all) and there isn’t much take up of that option.  It primarily is used for F1, golf or cricket; football tends not to be as it is covered on 2 channels.  However, all of these include HD as standard.

Have Virgin Media themselves provided an explanation?


No, & they are unlikely to discuss the margins agreed in these deals as they are confidential. Even if forum staff did know the details they have to abide by NDA's.

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Roger_Gooner
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It's worth noting that the prices you quote are not meaningful as Sky and VM are dealing with wholesale - not retail - prices.

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arrgee1991
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Especially as it never works properly.

Roger_Gooner
Alessandro Volta

My Sky Sports UHD works well, latest example being today's F1 race.

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My issue is with football, premier league and hundred hd not working today.  I wasn’t watching scalextric.