It seems that Sky Cable has been trying to make itself relevant in this digital age where entertainment is now being consumed using the internet with the rise of popularity of apps such as Netflix, YouTube and other video streaming services. Sky recently unveiled their Sky Fiber Unli Broadband Plans to compete with the internet service providers (ISP) such as PLDT, Globe At Home and Converge ICT.
Sky Fiber Unli Broadband is offering four types of stand-alone internet plans: 1) Plan 1,499 at 25mbps, 2) Plan 1,999 at 50mbps, 3) Plan 2,499 at 75mbps and 4) Plan 3,499 at 150mbps.
Sky has also internet and cable bundle offerings such as the 1) Plan 1,599 at 15mbps with free 36 standard definition (SD) and 13 high definition (HD) cable channels, 2) Plan 1,999 at 30mbps with 36 standard definition (SD) and 13 high definition (HD) cable channels as well, 3) Plan 2,999 at 60mbps with 49 standard definition (SD) and 19 high definition (HD) cable channels, 4) Plan 3,999 at 120mbps with 36 standard definition (SD) and 13 high definition (HD) cable channels also, and Plan 5,499 at 200mbps with 96 standard definition (SD) and 22 high definition (HD) cable channels.
Sky has a very interesting line up of internet plan offerings which can convince you to switch if you have yet to use Sky before. However, for a former Sky subscriber like me who used to subscribe to a cable and internet bundle with them, I am not buying it. You see, Sky is not really an internet service provider but still more of a cable TV provider. Looking closely at the internet plans will reveal that the bundle offerings are what they are really pushing for because a cable TV is still their primary business more than internet.
Cable TV is dying. No one is watching cable TV anymore these days. Those who can afford to spend more a thousand pesos a month would rather get an internet connection more than cable TV. Those who can’t afford that much would rather invest in the ABS-CBN TV Plus without monthly dues. This is why that they positioned themselves as challengers to existing ISPs but in reality, they are selling cable TV which we don’t need.
The fight among ISPs is video streaming content that they carry. Sky Fiber carries cable TV content in the cable-internet bundle but they don’t have special access to Netflix, Hooq, Amazon Prime, Iflix, among others like Globe At Home or PLDT Home. You have to subscribe to these apps separately. But if you are looking for these apps in their package, they will offer you Sky on Demand Box which carries Netflix, IWant and YouTube plus Sky Cable. It means you need to pay for the digital box like the ABS-CBN TV Plus other than the monthly service fee you need pay.
If you go to their selling booths nearby, the sales agent would hand you two types of brochure, a Sky Fiber and Sky Cable. It seems automatic for the people manning the booth to always cross-sell the cable-internet bundle which would cost more. The problem with their stand-alone internet offering is that the speed indicated in the marketing material is not being offered in all areas in GMA. There is a fine print below that says “Available plans may vary per area.” And for some reasons, the cable and internet bundle are always available. Unlike PLDT Home and Globe At Home, they are available nationwide.
Another problem is the Sky after sales support which is very bad. They don’t issue advisory downtime or system maintenance. You will just sit there not knowing what happened if you lose connection. Once cable is out, then automatically, internet is out.
It’s a good marketing campaign for a cable TV service provider. If you want a better internet experience try any ISPs but not Sky Fiber. This my opinion alone based on previous bad Sky experience.