BT Sport – making sure you get what you want

Getting the best out of your sports TV package. This Premier League season the game was changed and with the introduction of BT Sport and their aggressive claiming a chuck of the Premier League TV rights along with swallowing up another load of other sports previously been screened on their competitors, pay TV sports was becoming a far different landscape than what we have all be used to. When BT Sport claimed the rights to the Premier League games package previously screened on ESPN, (which BT Sport also acquired) a ripple was felt through the pay TV industry. BT Sport had their channels available via their own TV service, but not currently on the others. If you’re new to BT Sport then you’ll be able to receive it if you have BT broadband for free and if you want it on your TV you’ll be able to subscribe separately much like you can with Sky Sports packages on both Sky and Virgin Media platforms. BT have had a clear strategy with their sports channels and picking up the Premier League package was just the first step. Since then BT have gone on to acquire rights to show the NBA basketball live in the UK along with Bundesliga football from Germany (a deal that has just been extended through 2017). The channel also shows Heineken Cup rugby and many other sports too. Getting what’s right for you Choosing your pay TV package for sport is going to be even more difficult now and especially going forward too. With BT aggressively negotiating over which games they can screen next season along...

PlayStation Now – They’re ready, are you?

The big new feature for the PS4 is ready to go. Sony have already unveiled one of the biggest draws for new and old customers when it comes to swaying the purchase of a brand new console. Offering up a machine and a number of services that are designed for players as their tagline goes, the Sony is preparing to launch something revolutionary. PlayStation Now is on the way in the summer, the brand new online gaming service acquired from tech company Gaikai is about to change the way we consume our games online. Access to the past The new service will allow PlayStation customers to gain access to PlayStation 3 games. The console itself has no physical backward compatibility, but with this new cloud based system, players will be able to download the titles that they used to love on the PlayStation 3 and play them on their next gen console. Despite claiming that the PlayStation Now service is ready to launch and has been through extensive beta testing. Sony have done little to allay customers fears that the service may not come up to the mark when it launches. Not only that, customers have also expressed a fear that not enough of the titles they desire will be available too. A controlled demo from Sony at the recent CES expo has shown off some of the technology and the ability to stream your games to your PS Vita, but has so far kept a lot of the details away from customers. The technology sounds amazing, the games that COULD be offered have an opportunity to appeal heavily to...

Shopping online with a new currency – Amazon coins

Online shopping could be about to change Traditional shopping seems to becoming a thing of the past as customers are changing their spending habits and adapting the way that they pay for services and products. First PayPal seemed to be the one and only way of executing an online transaction, but now more ways to spend your money online are appearing. With the recent controversy surrounding Bitcoins, virtual currency is very much in the minds of many customers despite them maybe not really understanding exactly what they are. Well if you’re a regular Amazon shopper, you may have seen their latest creation, the Amazon coin, the new way to spend on Amazon.co.uk. A new type of money As a customer always looking for a great deal, finding out about a discount that you can get exclusively via a website like Amazon for a product or service is going to be attractive to you. Spending on Amazon is pretty simple, select what you want, stick it in the basket, check out and go. All done in a few clicks. Now you can load up a virtual wallet with ‘money’ to spend on certain items before you even hit the website. Currently the Amazon coin is only available to use on products from the Amazon app store, games and in game purchases. Previously only available for Kindle Fire owners, the Amazon coin could rapidly become an exclusive currency for use on the site. Amazon have now made the coin purchases available for users of all Android devices, so if you have a Samsung tablet device and want to buy a new...

Crossing the streams – Is Now TV right for me?

Streaming TV services are becoming the choice way of getting your movies and box sets of TV shows. As a customer right now it’s a great time to be looking to invest in a new service as their rivals are really competing with each other for your money. Apple TV, Blinkbox, Netflix, LoveFilm and Now TV all want a piece of that streaming subscription pie offering a number of new features and exclusives, but which one is best for you? Well it all depends on what you’re going to look for and what your viewing preferences are and how you want to set up in your home. The contenders Now TV Now TV is the big new contender on the market. Offering customers a piece of the heavily priced Sky subscription services on a more ad-hoc basis instead of an annual contract. Customers can pick and choose what they add to their Now TV package and this gives a lot of flexibility, but it does come with a price. Even though you will get the exclusivity on a number of Hollywood blockbusters with the service here, the monthly packages can mount up in cost. £8.99 a month will get you a pass for the movie channels that Sky have to offer, but if you get this every month along with everything else you may as well just buy Sky. The sports pass is a lot more expensive. £9.99 a day which if you want several events will really begin to punch a hole in your wallet. The service you’ll get here is great, just very, very costly. Apple TV...

Rebuilding your credit with a Vanquis card

One of the biggest worries in life is credit. With all those things we want and desire staring us in the face it used to be so simple as a customer to sign up for a service that would have given us access to large number of credit options. It was only on very rare occasions that the computer said no. Nowadays though, getting credit is much harder than it has been in the past.  Rebuilding your credit profile by getting credit cards through companies such as Vanquis can be a great start to restoring your credit rating. Even if you’ve had a damaged profile in the past, these kind of cards are a much more affordable way of getting yourself back on track. Instead of looking at the payday loan scene where the interest rates can be set extremely high, a credit card is a much more viable option of getting that extra cash and with probably a better level of protection for the customer. How to build and increase your limit As a customer signing up to a credit card service such as Vanquis you will have obviously undergone the major credit checks. As a responsible lender and complying with the banking code, Vanquis or similar companies will not lend you more than you can afford to pay back. Admittedly the interest rates will be higher than the normal high street credit cards, but the more reliable a customer you become, the more of a chance you will have of the card provider making a call on reducing the interest charges. So what steps can I take...