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      07.10.2010 00:22
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      Nice to have around to read when you are at a loose end

      It is always pleasant to have a nice magazine to read when you are having a break, a snack or a hot drink, but some of the titles I would prefer to purchase like Q magazine or Four Four Two can be rather expensive being at least three pounds every month. Due to this I like to take advantage of free newspapers and other such things that arrive at my house through the post including the monthly issued Sky magazine. Now I say that this magazine is free which it is really, although you do have to be a Sky subscriber to receive a copy and so it is a favourable little additional bonus to being one of their customers. It serves as a promotional tool for the broadcaster as well.

      The magazine has a number of pages which are very glossy which of course can be recycled when you have finished reading it. There are all sorts of different articles and interviews in each edition about forthcoming programmes on different Sky channels. I f a new show altogether is coming to a certain channel there will often be a preview introducing the basic premise of the programme and maybe an interview with one of the actors or actresses asking what it is all about, what kind of role they have along with other general questions. There are usually also lots and lots of great colour photographs from these shows and of the characters. These articles can feature comedy, drama, factual, documentary; I have seen information about all different types of shows if they are shown on Sky.

      At the end of each edition there is often an interview with a celebrity on what kind of items they have in their dressing room which can often be an interesting read. Of course there are also a fair amount of advertisements but considering this is a free magazine really it is good to have a round when you are at a loose end or just want something to read and pass the time. If you enjoy your television then this is also a good reference point for you.

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        02.02.2010 14:46
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        Sky Magazine - free magazine for Sky subscribers

        As a Sky subscriber, I receive Sky magazine every month. I enjoy looking through it and find quite a lot of articles worth reading.

        February's magazine arrived through my letterbox this morning and I have already taken note that the new series of Supernatural, starts next week. True Blood is also back at the end of the month, so another one to take note of. This month's issue has 90 pages worth of television and movie highlights, interviews, sports, music and arts, food and lots more. The magazine does also have it's share of adverts, but not overly so.

        Sky magazine is a good quality magazine with lots of glossy pictures and very well written articles. I especially like the real life stories, which I find really interesting and many are very moving, like the story this month.

        The magazine has some great experts contributing to it. Jamie Redknapp is the sports expert and this time he has done, a round-up of all the best sports to watch this month. There are many other experts, including Ty Pennington on homes, Gok Wan on fashion, Ross Kemp on factual, James Martin on food and many more, sharing lots of expert information.

        I like receiving all this viewing information, well in advance. It means I can take note of all the new series and new movies I want to see. As soon as I can, I then list them in my planner.

        I have to admit though, that I would not buy this magazine. A television magazine for me has to have a T.V. listing. This one has a few highlighted programmes listed, but no full listings.

        Sky magazine, is a great magazine to have a browse through. It contains quite a few interesting articles, which will keep you contented for half an hour or so. It's not one I would spend my cash on though.

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          28.07.2009 11:59
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          A very good guide to upcoming shows on digital

          Sky Magazine is the free magazine delivered on a monthly basis to all subscribers of Sky TV, no matter what package you have. It arrives via post towards the end of the previous month with the intention of informing subscribers of viewing highlights over the coming month.

          it is worth saying at this point that it is not a comprehensive listings guide in the vein of the Radio Times or its ilk, but neither is it just a flimsy flier and bears more of a resemblance to the type of glossy magazine that you would get as a supplement in a Sunday newspaper with approximately 70 pages.

          Most of the magazine is taking up with focuses and promotions of upcoming premieres, namely films (on Sky Movies and Box Office) and completely new programmes or new series of existing popular programmes, incorporating celebrity interviews and character guides. As such, there is a slight bias towards new series that feature on the channels that are on the channels that come exclusively under the 'Sky' brand ie 'Sky 1', 'Sky Real Lives' etc, but that could be that up until quite recently these were the only digital channels that had the buying power to be able to purchase US TV series to premiere, or commission their own; and it is only natural that these exclusives should be viewed as highlights.

          The magazine has many sections aside from those specifically focussed around TV: a fashion and style section edited by Gok Wan, Food and Drink by James Martin, Arts and Culture by Mariella Frostrup, Money and Work by Peter Jones and Planet and Wildlife by Ben Fogle. These usually take up a page each and mainly advertise products, but sometimes have some advice and some information about TV programmes that might interest those interested in each individual section.

          There is a sports section, detailing sports related highlights but as someone who has little to no interest in sport it really wouldn't be fair for me to review it in any depth other than to mention it!

          Towards the end of the magazine is a section which gives information about highlights by a particular week - each week is spread over two pages. This is probably the most useful part of the magazine as it distils the rest of the magazine and splits the highlights into genre - lifestyle, documentary, comedy, drama entertainment and Sky+HD. I find this especially useful myself due to the way that I watch digital TV. Since I got Sky+, I spend so little time channel surfing that I am far less likely to just 'happen' across a programme that interests me or indeed an advert for a new show that I might like so by looking at this section, I am far more likely to find out about it than I would be ordinarily. The only thing that can annoy me, however, is that sometimes it widely promotes a new show/series but has no idea on which date it is going to start, other than what channel it will be on.

          The magazine is useful enough to keep around for the whole month, as you obviously can't programme something in your planner more than a week ahead. As I mentioned before it does have a slightly Sky branded channel bias, but increasingly it is featuring highlights on more obscure channels, thereby enabling the viewer to have more awareness of a wider variety of genres - I suppose that this is only natural given the digital switchover.

          All in all, I consider this an essential companion to making the most of my digital viewing, and hey, it might not be an in-depth read but it's free at the end of the day

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            25.09.2008 14:09
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            Don't just throw it in the bin

            This review is for all those people out there who see this as junk mail and don't even bother opening it! Its actually is a decent magazine, well worth a read.

            Anyone with a Sky TV subscription gets one of these magazines 'Skymag', they are delivered every 2 months. The current issue which came through my letter box this morning is for October/November.

            Each month they have a very well known celebrity as the cover star; on the front of the magazine this month is Jennifer Aniston.


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            At the front of the magazine are 'Sky Perks' A few offers exclusive to sky customers, this month they include 50% off selected Laithwaites wines and 2 for 1 entry at top UK attractions such as The York or London Dungeons.

            There is then a welcome to the mag letter from the editor, detailing what's inside this issue.

            Then the contents page:
            This is divided up into 4 sections; TV news, People, Lifestyle and TV planner.

            * TV news:
            This includes information on new series and the highlights of the months TV.
            There are also regular features such as 'Burning Questions' which asks different celebrities a set of probing questions each issue. In this issue there's a chat with Richard and Judy too.

            * People:
            Interviews with stars, in this issue the cover star Jennifer Aniston. This section also includes features such as 'Guest blog' which is a day in the life of a celeb and 'In my Dressing room' this issue Simon Pegg invites us backstage.

            * Lifestyle:
            In this part there's a fashion and style section with current trends and the fashion columnist Gok Wan! There is also an 'Arts and Culture' section including current books and theatre.
            This is the biggest section of the magazine and has lots more features too on everything from food and drink to horoscopes.

            * TV Planner:
            This includes a TV guide, the hot picks of new series and must see programmes and much more about TV! There's also the Sky Box Office section with all the newest films available to view soon.


            So as you can see this magazine has lots of content! There really is something for everyone whatever you're into, its not all about Sky TV as you would expect.

            The current issue has 66 pages (the only ad pages being for Sky offers and TV programmes) so plenty to look at and read, not bad for a freebie.

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              01.03.2008 20:39

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              Free mag, nothing more, nothing less.

              Sky Mag is the free magazine delivered to all subscribers of Sky TV. Rather than being a television listings magzine (there would just be too many shows to mention now-a-days, plus there's a perfectly good tv guide on screen via the skybox) the magazine consists of up-coming highlights and interviews with the stars of the next months 'best' shows.

              There are a number of different regular features in the magazine:

              Burning Questions - A celebrity is asked a number of 'quick fire questions like 'What's your fondest childhood memory?' & 'Can you remember the first record you bought?'.

              L.A. Gossip - self explanatory

              Gok Wan' Fashion & Beauty - by looking at tv/film stars 'looks'

              Ben Fogle's Your Planet - Environmental issues

              In My Dressing Room - A celebrity talks about what they have in their dressing room.

              Along with the Sky Mag, there are also 2 additional dedicated magazines for Films and Sport sent out to subscribers.

              My opinion is that it's an ok magazine, given that it's free. I don't spend much time looking through it, but it is usual to highlight any upcoming 'big shows' on the telly.

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              06.08.2001 02:45
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              This is a magazine that you receive once per month when you have subscribed to Sky. The issue comes "free". This used to be a good magazine as it had all the Sky tv listings shown for the following month, ie; Sky 1/ Sky sports / all films, etc. Each page was represented a day of the month and showed all the programmes on each channel. I thought this was an excellent way of identifying analogue Sky. It had some interviews and reviews of various sports events. Eg, Interviews with sports stars and different celebs. I really liked the reviews of major sports events, eg FA Cup Final, etc. The magazine has probably changed format due to more people having Sky digital. Sky digital has listings of all programmes on all channels. I think this is not as easy to follow because you cannot view listings for the following weeks. Now it is full of features as follows: News and views. Not many previews. Too many interviews with celebrities. Far too many advertisements for my liking. I wish Sky would reduce the monthly subscription fee and do away with this magazine.

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                02.07.2001 23:54

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                • "Too many adverts"

                So you've subscribed to Sky digital and on of the first things you notice that comes through your letterbox (apart from the large bill) is the new Sky Digital Magazine. At first looks it has interviews, film guides and lots of pictures. And its not lying! Hundreds of pictures thrown in for no apparent reason clog up the page, while interviews are always with the same people ( for example - film stars - why not people more important). Another annoying thing is the amount of adverts on every page. Perhaps Sky should cut down a bit on marketing other peoples products and focus on improving their own. As for the film guide, well, you could barely call it a guide. Believe you me, when you first get the magazine, it will take some time to understand the film guide. However, we cannot press the fact that the magazine is free and is always entertaining to read/laugh at when your eating your breakfast or watching another History Channel program on Sky Digital. Although my opinion on Sky Digi magazine may seem a bit harsh, but lets be honest. When has Sky Digital given decent free stuff away (not including competitons!)?!

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                02.07.2001 23:39
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                From this month's Sky "magazine": "We reveal the new technology...it's called Sky+ (pronounced Sky plus)..." Now, is anyone in any doubt about the kind of person this gaudy, trashy, ragbag of a publication is aimed at? I cannot imagine a more useless publication - no proper listings, written for the lowest common denominator and full of banal, self-back-patting by the Sky "intelligensia" And, try as I might, I can't get Sky to stop sending it to me. I've tried writing, 'phoning and even sending it back marked "not known", but nothing works. Its only redeeming feature is that it's free. When it drops on your mat, pick it up at arm's length and drop it straight into the bin!

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                  09.06.2001 21:18

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                  i found sky mag a really intresting read with some good info on alot of subjects - Advantages: get to know whats on the box - Disadvantages: get to know whats going to happen

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                  26.03.2001 01:34
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                  Sky magazine comes once a month, through your letterbox, and is free of charge! Although sky magazine is free, it is obviously paid for by the subscriptions to the channel! The magazines details all the new programmes that are coming on Sky in the next month, including all the new box office films! I wouldn't say that the magazine is a good read, but it does do what it is supposed to - give you details of whats on sky tv! It could seriously be improved, by simply adding a few choice programmes from other channels! And making it a little more light hearted. It covers Sky satelite only, and no other channels. There are a few features, but again soley to do with whats on Sky. It is simply a 'free' TV magazines designed exclusively for sky viewers (hence the only way to get it is by subsrcibing), and it does fullfil its job, but its hardly an exciting read!

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                    05.01.2001 01:19
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                    For anyone who has sky, then you will know that every month through the post you receive a colourful glossy magazine?FREE no additional charges. I, think the retail price is £2.50. It started off with the Sky T.v listings for the whole month but I have realised that recently it doesn?t provide you with any Sky listing. The magazine has got slightly thinner but it?s still good for a free magazine. It tells you section by section what the main things are coming on, like the best Sport highlights for the month coming. And you get like a cinema guide with the Sky Box Office films, divided into categories like Family, Teen, you can pick a movie to watch. You are given a brief description about what the movie is going to be about. And who it is suitable for. They have some really good interviews like Bruce Willis when ?The Sixth Sense? was showing. They certainly have one top interview a month, which always makes good reading. The Sky magazine also informs you about any new sky features, like the text service recently launched which is supposed to be faster and more interactive than your normal Sky text. You can get information about how to sign up to Sky and which contract you may wish to sign up. There is quite a lot of advertising one page devoted to some channel or some product every two or three pages. However, the advertising?s can be helpful I ordered a catalogue after seeing the ad in the Sky magazine. They have a lot competition and prizes to win, but guess what You never win well I don?t anyway. I have got quite used to the Sky magazine and being free I like it a lot. It?s helpful and contains all the Sky numbers you might need to contact. So, if you have Sky make sure you are getting yours.

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                    28.10.2000 19:36

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                    Every month I get the Sky Magazine and can't help reading it over and over again as it is packed with the stuff I personally like to see in a satellite magazine. For example there are many compettitions and celebrity interviews and it tells you are the things worth watching in that particular month on Sky. i've recently purchased the Sky Digital service and that has it's very own on screen tv times but the Sky magazine offers much more in my opinion.

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                    13.09.2000 21:05
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                    This magazine is delivered straight to your door if you are a SKY customer. It is a nice glossy looking magazine, with lots of articles and features to read on upcoming programmes and films. I find it very hard to actually follow and use, as all the programmes are divided up into sections such as documentaries and films. It would be much easier if they just gave listings of what was on each channel every day. I tend not to really use the magazine at all, and end up flicking through SKY guide on my remote control to see what is on each channel and when. I can't really complain though, at least the magazine is delivered to my door and costs nothing above the price of the normal subscription

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                    03.09.2000 23:29
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                    I still find it necessary to buy a TV and satellite giude, even though I am sent a Sky magazine every month. Lovely looking magazine, glossy cover, interviews with celebrities, loads of pictures and all colour, but no programme guide to speak of. I find it a real pain to go to a couple of pages with all the films then to have to find another section for say documentaries. All the different sections are split up, sandwiched between pages of advertisements and articles. If I want to find out what's on the television, I want to locate the right page quickly, not have to flick through a whole magazine. Is that the idea, are we supposed to take notice of the advertisements? I want a television guide with all today's programmes together, it makes life so much easier, if you used the Sky guide your programme could be half way through by the time you realise it's on. It's quicker to flick through all your channels using your remote. So until they change it(if they do) I will buy a Daily newspaper on a Saturday, that includes a programme guide that I can read with ease, and my Sky guide will keep gathering dust every month in my magazine rack.

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                    28.08.2000 21:16

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                    The Sky Digital Magazine comes directly to your front door every month and consists of all the latest news and gossip. There are cool competitions in the rewards section. A couple of the comepetitions which have been in the mag in the past few months are win tickets to see Britney in concert, win a trip to LA, win tickets for the Sky party at Alton Towers and many, many more. The magazine shows all the latest Box Office movies available and has a full A-Z listing of the movies that Sky has to offer that month. With star interviews and great prizes, this magazine shuld not be missed by Sky Digital Viewers.

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