Sky TV Fees Could Be Going Up By 10%

Sky TV Fees Could Be Going Up By 10%

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The satellite giant Sky has revealed it will be increasing its monthly fees by up to 10% which is due to start in September of this year, this will affect millions of Sky TV users. A message on Sky’s website saying, “Sky TV prices will be increasing on the 1st of September. In accordance with their standards terms, your Sky TV package may rise by up to 10% in the minimum contract term”

Sky has said they will be writing to all its customers next month with more details. It’s believed that the rise will be a lot less than the reported 10%. Last year Sky increased their prices by 2.5%. The move comes as Sky plugs a two-year free broadband offer for all of their Sky Sports Customers. This is in a bid to prevent households switching to rivals BT or TalkTalk. This is likely to mean Sky having to take a hit on the cost.

Sally Francis, of moneysavingexpert.com, said: “An up to 10% price rise is quite a substantial one, especially when some of Sky’s Packages can cost upwards of £70 a month. “Customers should be given plenty of warning about the increases and should be offered a way out if their package becomes unaffordable.”

Sky have said: “We work hard to keep any price rises to a minimum, and always ensuring we continue offering grate value, We will be writing to all our customers in July telling them about any changes.”

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ISPs Now Want to “Educate” You to Stop Downloading Illegally

ISPs Now Want to “Educate” You to Stop Downloading Illegally

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ISP’s Now Want To “Educate” You to Stop Downloading Illegally

Most of the big broadband providers are going to start sending out “educational” letters to there customers who are downloading films, music, software and television programs illegally.

Sky, BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media have teamed up with copyright holders like the Phonographic Industry, to form the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP). Regulators will send up to four letters to households where they have been shown downloading illegally. With each successive letter the household receives will be written in increasingly severe language, the letters will warn the household the effects that digital piracy is having and how it is damaging the companies making the products.

The aim of the letters is to make people think about their illegal actions and the effects it is having, but there will be no criminal punishment for repeat offenders who just ignore the letters. The VCAP scheme is a softer approach to the Digital Economy Act, which was passed in 2010. The act proposed that people downloading illegal should have their Internet connection slowed down or even terminated.

ISP should also block all sites associated with piracy. At this time, it only been partially implemented, due to strong opposition from the ISPs.

ISPs can track illegal downloading by monitoring traffic on file-sharing sites; they then match copyright-infringement reports with their customers IP address. ISPs can’t reveal the identity of someone that is caught downloading because an IP address can only be tracked to a household and not an individual. The VCAP scheme is 75% funded by the entertainment industry and copyright holders, and the rest coming from the four major ISPs. More are expected to join the scheme soon. ISPs have a total of 2.5 million letters to send out.

BT, Virgin and Sky have all outlined their support for the scheme. A BT spokesman said the company is “committed to supporting the UK’s creative industries by helping to tackle the problem of online piracy while ensuring the best possible experience for its customers”.

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