So.....if I ditch Virgin but still want sport, what are my options?

Dave7

Guru
Location
Cheshire
My Virgin charges are now stupid. I mainly watch sport and thats mainly football.
With Virgin, if I want ANY sport I have to buy the whole package.
I am not technical so cant do with this streaming malarky.
An aerial specialist has offered me a gizmo for £100 that will give me everything......not sure if its legal
Oh....I need a land line
Looking for ideas/suggestions as to what to do and how to do it.
Thanks
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Sky (dish)
BT
NowTV (plus a different phone and Broadband which I’m assuming you need and get from Virgin?)
Any might come with a cash back deal if ordered via Quidco

Or forget all of it and go to the pub for your football
 
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Dave7

Dave7

Guru
Location
Cheshire
Sky (dish)
BT
NowTV (plus a different phone and Broadband which I’m assuming you need and get from Virgin?)
Any might come with a cash back deal if ordered via Quidco

Or forget all of it and go to the pub for your football
You may be joking about the pub but I have considered that.
Our mobiles are with Virgin.
As I understand it Sky and BT are similar cost if you want sports package.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
You may be joking about the pub but I have considered that.
Our mobiles are with Virgin.
As I understand it Sky and BT are similar cost if you want sports package.
Sky have offers at the mo. You don’t have to have all the Sports channels. I’ve just signed up to PL and Sports for £18 a month, no contract
As a new customer, you may well get a better deal
Doesn’t matter who your mobiles are with unless you get some deal as you get other services. Nothing to stop you changing if not under contract obviously

Just need to do all the sums including any set up or connection fees. Just phone and see what you can negotiate. You might even be able to reduce Virgin if you threaten to leave

Be aware that Virgin’s broadband is faster than BT fibre (which Sky use)
 
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ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
I know Mrs P is keeping an eye on our Virgin costs,i have told her i would be quite happy to ditch them and go Freeview.Not bothered about sport,i am on here as the England game is like watching paint dry.
We did the same Postie. Ditched the Virgin TV package entirely and just kept their internet. Freeview has more than enough crap on TV to keep us happy.
 

tom73

Veteran
Location
Yorkshire
Have you phoned them up to see if they will knock the price down?

If you on a high cost package your more likely to get a new deal with out much work. They will try and beat you down but hold on for a good price.
It's worth a try i've done it few times but you have hold your line and have a price you can get from others. Another one to throw at them is new customer deal price v yours.
Also be prepared to say right then i'm off they get really helpful once they get a sent a date and port out code from your new supplier.
Only then will you get a call from the dept that can really cut the cost. They will also say it's one time offer take it now it's not. I said i'd think about phoned them back and even got a bit more off. :smile:

Always have a price in your head your willing to take if they can't match it then walk away.
 

Fab Foodie

hanging-on in quiet desperation ...
I figure if any sport is that money-hungry that it sells it’s soul to Virgin/BT/Sky then I’m out. It puts too much money into too few hands. There is no trickle-down of any significance. Look at The 2 famous FA teams now closes.

So we binned Sky and watch Freesat via the former Sky dish.

As @ianrauk said, enough crap to keep us happy.

To be fair, I’d ditch TV completely.
 
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Dave7

Dave7

Guru
Location
Cheshire
We did the same Postie. Ditched the Virgin TV package entirely and just kept their internet. Freeview has more than enough crap on TV to keep us happy.
Daft questions.....
Can you keep thier internet but not get the tv through it?
If not.....how can you have that and still get freeview?
There are several freeview channels than I cannot get via Virgin eg FV32 and 81.
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
Daft questions.....
Can you keep thier internet but not get the tv through it?
If not.....how can you have that and still get freeview?
There are several freeview channels than I cannot get via Virgin eg FV32 and 81.
We just have the internet and phone line. No tv box. Freeview is available through the actual TV
 
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Dave7

Dave7

Guru
Location
Cheshire
We just have the internet and phone line. No tv box. Freeview is available through the actual TV
TBH that is the way I am leaning. What I am paying will buy us a holiday break each year.
Do they come round and collect your box or just disconnect the service?
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
TBH that is the way I am leaning. What I am paying will buy us a holiday break each year.
Do they come round and collect your box or just disconnect the service?
I never had a box in the first place. They just disconnect the service. I would guess if they wanted the box back they will collect. But speaking to friends who have cancelled the tv, they usually don't collect it.
 
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