TV package costs are going up five times faster than wages

19 January 2016

watching-television Research has shown that the cost of TV packages is rising five times more quickly than wages are. Freesat have been crunching the numbers, and they say that those paying for things like Virgin and Sky TV packages, are watching the prices go up at a rapid rate.

They say that a basic Sky package was £17 in December 2008, but if you get an equivalent package now, it would cost you £30, which is a rise of 76%. As for Virgin TV, a package would be £11 a month, but is £18 now, which is a 63% rise.

Wages have gone up by 14% in the same period. Seeing as Virgin Media have announced that their prices will be going up in February, this is a bit of a dick in the hole.

Freesat's research show that 42% of consumers feel that they're being taken advantage of by these price rises, while 45% said that they're not sure why these price rises happen, as companies aren't clear enough when explaining them.

Freesat spokesperson Jennifer Elworthy said: "The price of TV packages has increased drastically in the last decade and is becoming unaffordable for many families. People should no longer feel that they need to part with hundreds of pounds each year to watch great entertainment."

"We know that 99% of the most popular programmes watched on Sky last year were available on free to view channels – that stat along speaks volumes."

The most popular TV shows last year were The Great British Bake Off, Eastenders, The Voice, Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent, if you're wondering.

TOPICS:   TV

16 comments

  • Ginger B.
    “The price of TV packages has increased drastically in the last decade and is becoming unaffordable for many families. People should no longer feel that they need to part with hundreds of pounds each year to watch great entertainment.” Maybe you could just do away with the shite, I have freeview only and that's bad enough.
  • Alexis
    How come when I didn't have Sky for a week when I moved house there was fuck all to watch on Freeview then 'Jennifer'? I wish Freesat and Freeview would do one. Watching their ads is like watching an ad for oxygen - a complete waste of everyone's time.
  • Fagin
    You pay for a naff package with poor support, receiver etc from sky (don't get me started) Or you pay for free-sat & make do with the variety, which isn't too bad all things considered. But being in the countryside being able to use the red button / iplayer services is a joke. Beyond that you have to pay a shit load of cash to the BBC for what amounts to crap for anyone with half a brain. We were watching so little tv in the end that we just dumped the BBC & turned off our tv, tablets allow for multi modal viewing, surfing etc, ...the "family in he living room spending quality time together" was bollocks you will sit idly by & watch any old crap. ..why!? Better off watching on a kindle what you really want to, where you want to. Modern life, reality. If you subscribe to sky then you are probably just deceiving yourself as to what it's truly worth to you, you are likely in a rut f channel flicking & little attention, convenience, ...not quality, sad really isn't it!?
  • JonB
    Are people still watching transmitted TV programmes? Why would you even pay for a TV licence when you can get Netflix or Amazon Prime TV for about £80 a year and still watch iPlayer, ITV player, All 4, Demand 5, etc. if you want to? Streaming is the future of TV.
  • Marvin
    Are people still using Kodi, it's shit!
  • Father J.
    @ Marvin Kodi is excellent, if you're too thick to work it ask a grownup.
  • Jessie J.
    There's a magical place, called Piratebay. Any program, film, ebook, smut, music. Whatever you want really. Also I must agree with F-Jack, Kodi is excellent. Do it like a dude.
  • Raggedy
    There's a magical house where Jessie J lives. Furniture, TV, internet devices, microwave, beds whatever you want really. Just go round when they're not in and help yourself! :-)
  • Raggedy
    Was it just me or did anyone else notice that: "The most popular TV shows last year were The Great British Bake Off, Eastenders, The Voice, Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s Got Talent, if you’re wondering." 4 out of 5 made by the BBC.
  • Father J.
    @Raggedy Piracy != Theft
  • M B.
    this is because of another competitor in the market bidding for content and guess what??? the massive increase in every ones telephone line rental is paying for that....
  • Mike
    I only pay £12 a month for BBC. Sure you only get 2 channels that are decent one being cbeebies and you locked into the contract for life but at least....actually....maybe i'm getting screwed.
  • Jessie J.
    Yeah, come and rob my family cause I download already broadcast shows. How fucking dare I bring down Hollywood and all the poor people there. Remember not all torrents are bad, some are proper DVD rips!! I look around me, and see sweet life.
  • Raggedy
    @Father Jack Did you not see the connection or just misread the poster? Your glasses are on top of your head. :)
  • Warwick H.
    Ha Jessie J, spot on, pay for nowt if you can get away with it. What's good for politicians is good for us, remember they get Sky free and you are paying for it..
  • Father J.
    @ Raggedy I didn't mis-read anything, thanks. You appear to equate piracy with theft, which is about as high a level of reasoning as I would expect from your good self.

What do you think?

Connect with Facebook, Twitter, or just enter your email to sign in and comment.

Your comment