I wonder if England fans realise that the only way
they can watch the away World Cup qualifiers is to get Setanta. The pubs are
probably going to be busier than usual. There aren't even any highlights
programmes on terrestrial TV. I know they're advertising it a lot, but they
make it sound like it's cheap and convenient.
If you have Sky, there's a special half-price offer of
£6.50 a month for the first three months, though you can cancel it after
two. Usually, you only need to phone Sky to get channels added. However, do
people realise that you actually have to phone Setanta and there's a £14.99
installation charge, as well? I prefer to have the option of dropping Sky
Sports channels occasionally, by phone, but to cancel Setanta Sports, you
have to put it in writing.
The first three months is free on a Freeview box, but
there's the £14.99 installation charge (what a joke that is!), if you have a
card slot. It costs £29.99 to get one, more expensive than most Freeview
boxes! After the first three months, it's £10.99 per month.
If you have Virgin Media, you can get Setanta 'free'
if you sign up to their XL package, for £19 a month! Alternatively, you can
buy it for £9.99 a month, but you have to subscribe for 12 months!
Don't think I'll bother. I'll catch the highlights on
the internet a few days later. There's a lot of disillusionment in the
England team at the moment and I'm not sure that many people will be
bothered to make the effort if, like me, they only want Setanta for the
England games. I rarely watch Premier League games live. The Champions
League means more to me these days and I can get that cheaper from Sky
We've waited so long for Sky to have some decent
competition to drive the prices down and it's having the opposite effect on
consumers. It's more expensive to watch the same range of games live. Can we
expect prices to drop in the future?.....
I was just looking for the cheapest short-term option and there doesn't
appear to be one. If ITV showed highlights, I wouldn't even bother. We've
got Sky and Freeview, plus a Virgin Media box in the garage extension, which
I only got because it was cheap combined with a broadband offer. Setanta are
just too keen to tie people into longer contracts.
Expect questions in parliament again and the next contract ensuring that
there's terrestrial coverage of every game in some form.