Until very recently, my family has always had a Sky TV package. With channels for the whole family, the prospect of keeping everybody entertained seemed like a godsend. I remember one of our first TV upgrades being ‘Multi Room’, shortly followed by the ability to record, pause and rewind live TV, and if that wasn’t enough, we were greeted by the option to add On Demand TV to our package, not to mention cinema and sports.
It seemed like things couldn’t get any better, most providers offered these brilliant perks that once seemed like a pipe dream, but at what cost?
After having Sky TV myself and spending a grand total of £3320 over 52 payments. I looked at my spending habits and wondered how I could cut back on needless payments, Sky was the first thing to go. It was initially offered at a relatively cheap price that started to creep up over the years before I realised that enough was enough. I was rarely at home to watch any shows, and when I was I found myself tirelessly flicking through the channels for something that was semi entertaining.
I reflected on the channels that I did watch, I could count 5, my partner a couple more. After doing a little digging I found that I already had the platforms needed to watch them all, without the hefty price tag every month. The main two that I have been using are Amazon Prime Video and a Now TV Smart Box.
Amazon Prime Video: Included with any Amazon Prime membership and offers thousands of free TV shows and movies with the option to rent or buy additional shows that aren’t included for free. Also has a subscription service to individual channels. I use a Fire Stick to watch Prime Video, which is also compatible with most TV apps.
Now TV: Contract free streaming that works with ‘Passes’ that you can purchase. Passes include Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Kids, Sky Sports and Hayu. I got a collection of free passes when I purchased the Now TV box. The smart Now TV boxes also allow you to download apps to watch things like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Netflix and many more for you to be able to catch up on your favourite shows for free.
I’ve been free of a Sky contract for 4 months now and it’s still on of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only am I saving on average £65 every month, but I’ve also found myself spending my leisure time differently, whether it’s reading, writing or exercising, my life is definitely more fulfilled since I cut ties with Sky.
Have you been thinking about changing your TV provider or cutting the contract all together too? Let me know in the comments!