Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Everything Virgin does is shit.

We get broadband and TV from Virgin, who took it over from NTL. In the course of their first weeks of operation they have fucked up their contract with Sky and lost Sky One, which means the missus can't watch Lost. And now, suddenly and very inconveniently, it's very difficult to get through to torrent sites where episodes of Lost can be downloaded - sites like The Pirate Bay are suddenly unavailable (they can be pinged, but no connections can be made through a browser)

This is intensely annoying - not Sky One, which I am quite glad not to have any more, but I like to be able to go to whatever website I like. I linked to The Pirate Bay once before, to something I found on their "legal" page, which is worth a look, if you're not a Vigin customer that is and you are allowed to access it by your internet provider (there's also a Turkish internet provider which blocks TPB according to it's wikipedia entry)

Unfortunately our house has neither a rooftop aerial nor a BT phoneline so it will be inconvenient and expensive to change away from Virgin to Freeview and ADSL, but I think we'll be doing it.

Everything Virgin does is shit. I phoned up for Beck once to topup her mobile and the voice menu was all "Hey you" and "Great! You've topped up your mobile -- cool". Arseholes.

Edit: I'm not the first to notice.
Edit: Still no access in April.


leESa said...

We're in the same boat. We get TV, Telephone and broadband from ntl/virgin/bickering schoolgirls, but not that bothered about losing Sky channels at the moment. Bored with Lost, endless repeats of the Simpsons and Futurama don't do it for me. Loss of Battlestar Galactica is a bit of a blow, but we're still ploughing through S2 on dvd, so no great loss. What is annoying though, is that ntl/virgin/etc etc won't reduce our bills as the money is going to be used for additional content. Like the 6 series 'On Demand' service they're talking a lot about. Rubbish. I think we'll wait 30 days until the Branson threat of taking Sky to court is due to happen, and then see. Don't want to go to Sky as I don't want to line Murdoch's pocket. What is a geeky tv viewer to do?

stuart said...

leesa - most channels are on freeview, what wouldn't you get?

(in the meantime, check out http://thedvdforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=463963 and exercise your rights to pay less for a crap service!)

x stu

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