Virgin Media customer John Gullidge told BBC Radio Five Live how he felt when his screen went blank.
"It's disgusting, I'm really angry about the whole situation. I signed up with NTL for the package, largely based on Sky One because I'm a big fan of all the American shows they have and I've just been abroad for a week,
"I've just got back to find I've got no more Sky One."
brettarider said:Changed days from when it was Telewest. This used to happen when certain channels' broadcast contract was up for renewal, such as Sport etc.
As they own UK Living TV and the Flextec channels like Bravo etc., they would just threaten to pull the plug to prevent them being broadcast over Sky.
Remember things between them are just starting and expect plenty more of this. But considering what's in the pipeline from Virgin over the next few years will have a considerable edge over Sky. Sky can't offer their own broadband services without BT, whereas Virgin have their own network.
It wasn't too long ago that some other Telco's were demanding that they should be allowed access to the exchanges like the local loop unbundling [?] of BT, but were told to do one as BT's network was built before privatization and had public funds in it.
Dickieb said:Help !
I am currently with Telewest and therefore presumably have lost all the interesting Sky Channels i.e. Sport 1,2 and 3 etc etc. can I still retain my contract with Telewest for telephone and Broadband services and obtain the lost channels by another route. Exscuse my ignorance on this one.
smartascarrots said:Right or wrong, two things really p1ssed me off about the way VM went about this:
1. Beardy deciding I wouldn't want to pay what Sky was after without fr*ggin' well asking me. Whatever happened to customer choice?
2. Finding out I was going to lose Sky 1 mid-series of Battlestar Galactica on BBC News last night. Where was the warning or consultation, you buck-toothed buffoon?
I'm sure as hell not going to sign up to Sky - if I wanted to be anally raped once a month I'd go to Arbroath dressed like a sailor - but without the Sky channels I'm only interested in the Freeview ones. I'd be cheaper moving to BT and they'd give me free wireless as well.
Oneshot said:..... but i hope there is a reduction in fees to reflect it....
wellyhead said:Its only Sky 1 and 2, Sky News and Sky Sports news, the last 2 are free on freeview
Sky Sports and Movies is safe, you pay for them
Nobody has a package for Sky One, its wrapped up as free in the base package, like Bloomberg, anyone go crying to Virgin if they lost that ? I was gutted when Live TV with its Topless Darts went, but not enough to ask for a rebate in my subscription
I'm no fan of the Ginger minger and not a viginophile but I have followed this fopr a couple of weeks when it first broke and I'm in Bransons camp, this is a cynical attempt by Sky to push Virgin out the market, but its failed before it started, TV advertisers are pulling out already due to the loss of some 3.5 million (est) viewers across cable.
I'm pissed off at losing Sky One, I'm a huge Lost fan but then again I was pissed off with Sky getting it in the first place as they have a habit of fcuking with start times and under advertising shows, I loved the first series of BG but lost the plot on the second as I never knew what channel and time it was on.
There wasa notification albeit limited from both sides of the camp and Skys came across as arrogant and petty
Moodybitch said:i doubt it, as all other routes require you to have a BT line, and NTL/Telewest run their own phone line.
So you would nned to set up BT line, hence if you do that you may aswell change altogether.
I'm with NTL and they have fcuked up my entire broadband, phone and TV - been on phone trying to get through since 9am! Nobs.