Product Type: Top Up T.V set top boxes
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Top Up TV
Member Name: Lakerfanster
Top Up TV
Advantages: Good service, can buy one channel
Disadvantages: Price when buying all channels
Last year I decided to sign up to ESPN and chose to receive the channel via top up tv instead of sky or another satellite service. So what is Top Up TV?, Well Top Up TV is a paid service which gives subscribers extra channels for their freeview box. It started in 2004 as an additional package for freeview viewers including several channels from Sky and other services. The company was founded by two former BSkyB executives, David Chance and Ian West. The service was a rival of the defunct ITV Digital which lasted all of four years. Where ITV Digital concentrated on more premium services like live premiership football, Top Up TV were showing the lesser known channels. Since the digital switchover it has appealed to many people who cannot afford the likes of full Sky Packages but still want live sport on their television.
All you need to be able to receive top up tv is an eligible set top box, You can buy these for anything from £25 right up to around £250 depending on what type of box you go for as there are several available digital recorders which show top up tv. Thomson are the main supplier of boxes and their boxes are offered as part of the Top Up TV package. You can now get different boxes with recorders. All you need to be able to view the channels you want is a connection to your freeview box and a viewing card which can be bought from their online store or often with your compatible freeview box. The equipment is very simple to install and the boxes work just like any another freeview boxes in their installation. Just put the card in the slot and call the phone number supplied on the card and you will be connected.
With the prices of the major Sky packages at upwards of £40 a lot of people have looked elsewhere and with Top Up TV You can add Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, ESPN and GOLD Plus as well as TV Favourites and Picture Box to your box for a monthly fee. Although I wouldn't get those two on Top Up TV as at £17.99 for two it is getting up to the better value basic Sky packages which offer much better value for what you are looking for. If you opt for all the Sports channels that Top Up TV Currently offer Sky Sports 1 & 2 and ESPN, It will cost you £39.99 pm which compares to what you would pay for the Sports Package as well as one of the Sky Entertainment packs which go with your order. So what this demonstrates is that it may not be the best choice for all sports channels but If you are like me in that you watch the Sky Sports games at a Pub but also want ESPN then this could be for you. Gold Plus is Just £2.00 pm.
**Top Up TV Service**
I had been using Top Up TV for quite a few months and not had any trouble until recently when I had some issues with monthly payments. I had got a few phone calls from them informing me about a failed payment, I informed them that there would be money on my card on a specific date and then for whatever reason they didn't take it. My account has just been suspended due to not receiving my payment yet I have checked that I have the money in on my card but they didn't take it on the specified day, This past Monday. As I stated, I had not had any problems with the service and this is a minor issue for me as I am confident it will be sorted out. I have heard bad experiences from people about enquiry lines etc but they are friendly and I put it down to a missed payment rather than anything else.
This is a good alternative to Sky and other competitors but as soon as you start wanting other channels it rapidly loses it's point and value against Sky as you are effectively paying for a channel on Top Up TV but many channels on Sky. If you are a big fan of Sport and usually go out to the pub to watch Sky Sports then It might be an advantage to get ESPN like me. So all in all it offers an easy way to get one or two channels that you want to watch. The only problem I have had is with the missed payments but they haven't been rude when I have had dealings with them and the service of the channel has been very good with any slight glitches being down to bad weather. As I love the NBA I find it great for watching Basketball and it also has the MLB, NHL and MLS as well as many other Sports including of course Premiership Football.
Summary: Can be a Good alternative to Sky.