I cancelled my Sky subscription mid-year. I’ve not regretted it.
It’s not an anti-Murdoch or other political political statement, or anything like that. Truth is, I barely watch TV nowadays and can survive very well on a combination of radio, podcasts, video-podcasts, bittorrent and free-to-air TV channels; the BBC, channel4 and so forth. Saving £30 to £40 each month is welcome, and you can either mentally offset that against your broadband, or consider it a savings fund for your next toy purchase. The only wrench is losing “E4″ (not available on Freesat) and that’s not a huge problem.
I read many tales of woe of people getting the runaround in trying to unsubscribe, so I can recommend the method I found outlined on a Christian web page, of all things. To paraphrase and secularise the advice therein, and update the links:
Because . .
You keep the system
You’ll still get over 300 free channels
200 TV and 100 Radio channels are free
You’ll just stop getting the Sky subscription channels
Your system will still receive around 300 Free-to-Air TV and Radio channels on Sky – including BBC and ITV channels.
Go to the Sky General Enquiry Form and enter your details including your email address. In the message box, tell Sky you want to cancel your contract. Be brief. Include your account number (see your viewing card), address, and any other details about the account to ensure a quick and hassle free cancellation.
Very easy to do, if somewhat intimidating to write a request rather than tick an explicit box or something. A letter turned up in the post a few days – perhaps two weeks – later, outlining when the service would stop. No runaround, no problems, no regrets.
Just a mountain of “Please Come Back To Us” junkmail, ever since. But that’s another story…
UPDATE – January 2009 – the new form URL is https://mysky.sky.com/portal/site/skycom/skyhelpcentre/contactus/kana – my inclination would be to pull down “General Enquiry” from the toolbar provided, rather than faffing about with the rest of the dialogues, but there does seem to be a “Cancellation” option there, too…