save money on sky

Save Money on Sky TV (or other pay TV) Contract

Fed up with paying too much for your TV subscription? Well if you’re out of contract, you can save money on Sky TV.save money on skyPerhaps you’re like I used to be and you’ve spent years with Sky, sighing every time of the year they send you a price increase, and promising yourself you will look at changing your package.

Let’s be honest, Sky+ is brilliant and they have the best shows but have you ever considered how much you pay and what you actually watch. Last year my bill for TV alone stood at £82 every month before discount.  And what shows did I watch on Sky? The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I watched some football when I got the chance and the kids occasionally watch some of their shows. But spending close to a £1000 a year on TV is quite eye watering!

 

How to save money on Sky TV?

Now the following isn’t specific to just Sky.  You can try it with Virgin, BT and TalkTalk, it’s just that they are the company I have dealt with the most.

You may see all the adverts from Sky which offer you a free TV or a heavily discounted subscription if you’re a new customer.  But why don’t they offer deals to existing customers?
The fact is, a large amount of the cost for Sky is getting you up and running in the first place.  From sending you a nice new box, to sending an engineer out to set up the dish or just setting up your account, it all costs money and it won’t be cheap.
But what are the costs after that?  They send updates to your Sky box and send a signal to that box, but the cost of running your account to Sky is minimal.

What do we do then?

If you’re out of your 12 month minimum contract then follow these steps 2 easy steps.

1) Give them a call or speak to them via live chat on t’web.  Tell them you want to leave and they will offer a discount.  Now this is generally a poor offer and will be in the region of £10 a month.  Okay, a saving is a saving but we can get more.  Be firm and stick to your guns.  I’ll be honest, this call can last for anything up to 30 minutes as they look at cutting things from your package.  But, just tell them you can’t afford it and they will give you a date that your contract ends.
2) Now play the waiting game.  Be strong.  I usually receive a call within 2 weeks.  The discount is generally in the region of 40-50% and sometimes I also receive a credit to my account (around £50).  You can also check your online account and see what offers are available during this period.

 

What if I really don’t want to leave?

Then don’t.  If you’ve only a few days left before they cut you off, give them a ring and tell them you want to stay.  They should still offer you some kind of discount but at least you can keep your account running.
The bravest amongst you could let the contract end.  When I did, within around a month I started to receive cards from Sky offering various discounts.  They started at 50%, rose to 60% then decreased back to 50%.  Some of them also offered account credit too.

Okay, so that initial call to Sky can be a bit tedious, but you could be looking at saving anything up to £500 a year.

To get the ball rolling, give Sky a call on 0333 0759 2904. Alternatively, visit the Sky site and contact live chat.

Deal rating 8/10.  It would be more if Sky were more consistent on their discounts, but you can certainly save money on Sky TV contracts.