Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s Chief Executive, has hinted that Sky may be increasing their prices once again, citing the need to raise costs to pay for more original content. It’s assumed this will be TV only packages but there is potential Sports Packages could be affected. Sky is feeling the pressure from services such as Amazon and Netflix who offer on demand boxsets and more and more original content.
The price increase could most likely drive additional users to Kodi as they already pay some of the highest Cable access Fees in the world. The UK is one of, if not largest consumer of Kodi set top boxes and are by far the most active and vocal in the Kodi community, largely due to the exorbitant prices charged in the market. A further exodus from Sky would provide new blood into the community but also more pressure on sources, some of which already struggle with the traffic being currently received.
Sky has had rate hikes in both March and October, raising the total cost of their service by 60% in 5 years. Full Access to all the Skype package can run more than a staggering £75 a month.