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  • Sky to offer Broadband only service called "Picnic Broadband"?
    Sky to offer Broadband only service called Picnic Broadband 5th September 2007 Sky to offer Broadband only service called Picnic Broadband BSkyB are reportedly looking at possibly launching a stand alone broadband only service that is likely to be called Picnic Broadband Currently SKY Broadband is only available to Sky customers who have a Sky TV subscription and this in turn this limits part of the broadband market for them Sky has pushed its See Speak Surf campaign hard since last year to offer customers a bundled service of products and it has proved extremely popular and successful However Sky may now want to extend its broadband reach further and be able to target all potential broadband customers If Sky do start to offer a broadband only service this will then mean that they are targeting the full broadband market and not just part of it like they currently are by only offering a bundled service This will put them in direct competition will all the UK broadband providers including the likes of BT Tiscali and Skys big rivals Virgin Media Any broadband only customers that Sky sign up on a broadband only deal are then available for Sky to

    Original URL path: http://www.broadbandwatchdog.co.uk/news/050907-192 (2016-02-10)
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  • Virgin lose 40,000 customers to Sky
    Broadband Speeds 24Mb Broadband ADSL2 50Mb Broadband 100Mb Broadband Broadband Broadband News Virgin lose 40 000 customers to Sky Virgin lose 40 000 customers to Sky 9th August 2007 Virgin lose 40 000 customers to Sky Virgin Media has lost around 70 000 customers with 40 000 customers having moved to Sky in the last 3 months This comes after they lost out being able to show Sky s basic channels to their customers channels such as Sky News and Sky 1 This resulted in hit series such as Lost and 24 no longer being available to Virgin Media customers Virgin Media are the UK s largest Cable operator after it completed the buyout merger of NTL Telewest in February this year What is likely to worry Virgin even more is that in the same period Sky added 90 000 new TV customers Overall the results are unlikely to have come as a huge surprise to Virgin who will have known that losing the Sky basic channels would be a big loss but they are moving to offer new exclusive channels Virgin are not lying down they have things in the pipeline that could well entice customers to stay or

    Original URL path: http://www.broadbandwatchdog.co.uk/news/090807-180 (2016-02-10)
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  • Virgin ads stopped after Sky complaint
    were raised for 2 different press adverts as listed below Virgins Two Press adverts a One national and regional press ad was headlined The real deal and included a table comparing Virgin Media s and Sky s TV broadband and phone services Beside the section TV the text for Virgin Media stated Our top TV package XL Plus access to a library of over 500 films 1000s of music videos and TV shows you can control like a DVD And we provide free servicing and repairs and for Sky the text stated Their top TV package 6 Mixes Plus nothing Beside the section Broadband the text for Virgin Media stated Up to 2Mb with as many downloads as you want and for Sky the text stated They say it s up to 8Mb but the further you live from the exchange the slower it gets And they decide how much you can download Beside the section Phone the text for Virgin Media stated Unlimited UK weekend calls with line rental included and for Sky the text stated Unlimited UK weekend and evening calls but at the cost of an extra 11 line rental to BT each month The final section of the comparison table was headed The Real Price and for Virgin Media it stated 30 and for Sky 37 26 11 BT line rental Small print at the bottom of the ad stated SERVICES AVAILABLE IN VIRGIN MEDIA CABLED STREETS ONLY Subject to network capacity 12 month minimum term contract Offer 30 a month for 12 months then standard prices apply currently 39 Offer ends 31 03 07 Broadband Acceptable Use Policy applies Speed of internet connection assumes components working at optimum speed and capacity b Another regional press ad stated The real deal TV Broadband and Phone 30

    Original URL path: http://www.broadbandwatchdog.co.uk/news/030807-177 (2016-02-10)
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  • Tiscali TV gets Sky basic channels
    basic channels Sky are going to supply Tiscali TV with the very same set of channels that Virgin Media used to have before they were in effect taken away from them due to Virgin claiming the price increase to renew the deal was going to cost too much The Sky basic channels include Sky One Sky Two Sky Three Sky Arts Sky Travel Sky News and Sky Sports News This

    Original URL path: http://www.broadbandwatchdog.co.uk/news/290607-159 (2016-02-10)
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  • Virgin lose Sky TV channels
    Sky News Sky Sports News and Sky Travel on Virgins cable network The two companies failed to agree new terms for Virgin Media to show these channels to their customers as the current deal ended at midnight on March 1st It is not full clear how much more Sky were asking for with Virgin saying they were been asked for a 100 increase while Sky said they were only asking for a 20 increase With both Sky Virgin Media battling in the communications market for customers it was thought that some of Virgins cable customers may switch to Sky so they can view the missing channels that host premium TV programs such as The Simpsons and Lost Both companies are able to offer customers broadband internet TV telecommunications which is why Sky may have been playing hard ball with Virgin over the contract and may be using this as one way to lure more customers to use their services Virgins CEO Steve Burch said Virgin Media wants to do the right thing by its customers and resolve this dispute as well as its underlying causes We think our customers will quickly recognise that the improvements we ve recently made to

    Original URL path: http://www.broadbandwatchdog.co.uk/news/050307-139 (2016-02-10)
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  • BSkyB show great demand for their broadband
    BSkyB show great demand for their broadband BSkyB show great demand for their broadband 3rd November 2006 BSkyB show great demand for their broadband BSkyB announced the huge demand they have had for their broadband services is also coupled with a drop of 17 to their pre tax profits down to 166 million The drop has come as the launch of their broadband service has cost them with operating costs

    Original URL path: http://www.broadbandwatchdog.co.uk/news/031106-120 (2016-02-10)
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  • Euro1net closing
    were interested in taking our users and or our company as a going concern it is with great regret and sadness that we have to report that our talks have proved fruitless The recent actions of BT disconnecting the majority of our customers on the 21st August 2006 with no notification that they were going to do so on that date and the frenzied inaccurate media reporting which quickly followed have had a dramatic impact on our business As a direct consequence of the media speculation and negative publicity other suppliers and service providers including our bank have all now withdrawn their services This means that our current financial obligations can no longer be met As we are now unable to meet our financial obligations we have had no alternative but to make the difficult decision to make our very loyal staff redundant Since BT disconnected our users we have been working tirelessly under difficult circumstances to try and reconnect all our customers to alternative suppliers However as we were prevented by BT from generating Migration Authorisation Codes MAC s which not only meant our customers would be without service for longer but also meant that any possible reconnections with an alternative supplier would have cost around 300 more to connect each customer as a new connection than they would have done as a migration These additional costs proved too much to bear for us and the potential buyers of our company who would have needed to pay BT Wholesale an additional 160 000 in connection fees We would like to apologise to all our customers and would like to thank them for the support that has been offered during this difficult period As we have ceased trading and can no longer provide a service to our customers all customers

    Original URL path: http://www.broadbandwatchdog.co.uk/news/060906-110 (2016-02-10)
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  • Latest from Euro1net
    the latest release from Euro1net to the affected broadband customers who have had their broadband connection stopped due to non payment of invoices from Euro1net to BT Wholesale it was published on 31st August and there is no new update as yet Dear Customers Further to meetings and discussions both yesterday and today Euro1Net are continuing to look into the possibilities of reconnecting all affected users whose username ends euro1net

    Original URL path: http://www.broadbandwatchdog.co.uk/news/040906-109 (2016-02-10)
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