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This is a list of my dealings with Sky over the last few weeks for the same problem. The problems I faced stemmed from the fact that my new viewing card had been sent to the wrong address and I was receiving a persistent "Please insert your new Sky viewing card" banner on screen.
9th September. I discovered we had no Sky, so my wife rang up to ask why. We had been cut off due to not paying our bill apparently. My card details had changed so the payment hadn't gone through. Fair enough, so my wife paid and whilst on the phone she mentioned to the advisor a banner that kept popping up on the screen every 30 seconds or so telling us to insert our new viewing card. The advisor informed us that Sky had sent out a new card to replace our old one, so we needed to put it in our Sky+ box. My wife informed him that no such card had been received. She was told that even though we had changed our address 6 months before hand, the new card had been sent to our old address (this was also where the letter had gone telling us we hadn't paid our bill). Never mind, she was cheerfully told, a new one shall be sent out, and will be with us by the end of next week.
23rd September. No card had arrived, so another phone call was made. The blue banner was getting even more annoying now, every 15 odd seconds! We were told that no card had been requested and that a new one would be sent today to arrive within 3 to 5 working days. They said that in the meantime they could send through a signal to the card in my machine (at which point I gave them the card number) so the banner would be gone within 24 hours.
still had the annoying blue banner "Please insert your new Sky viewing card"
26th September. (BTW Sky bill was paid today - for something I cant even watch properly. Good work chaps!) Still hadn't received a new card and still had the annoying blue banner "Please insert your new Sky viewing card", obviously the signal hadn't worked. When I spoke to them on the phone they said "Oh, sorry Sir, it was sent to the NEW card number, and not the card number that was in my machine, the one that I had previously given them. The signal was sent again to the card number I gave them... or so I thought.
1st October. Still no card, but still had the annoying blue banner! Made my phone call, repeated the WHOLE thing AGAIN as it seems beyond them to actually record it in the notes they supposedly keep. I was told, yet again signal was sent to the wrong card number. But, don't worry, this time it would go the card sitting in my machine as the advisor typed it in as I read out the card number from the card itself. I was also told another card would be sent out to us at our new address as we thought maybe they had got that wrong again!
4th October. Have a guess how this phone call went....Yep, STILL no card, STILL got annoying blue banner, STILL had to repeat myself to yet ANOTHER technician! (sorry if this is boring you, I feel like I should just copy and paste previous paragraphs!) Wait another 24 hours.
5th October. WHOO HOO! Something different to write, but not good news I'm afraid. Another phone call was made and along with the annoying 'Insert your new card' banner was another one saying 'No authorised card is inserted'. Apparently the signal they sent had CANCELLED my old card. So now I have channels 1-5, plus some Freeview ones that I wouldn't watch on my deathbed. GREAT! Was told by the tech guys that they couldn't re-activate my old card. A new card had been dispatched at 3pm on Sunday 4th October (finally, I thought), I had to wait 5 days for the new one. They said the other cards probably hadn't turned up yet due to the postal strikes. (funny how I was getting other mail dated later than the 23rd though?!)
6th October. They told me that they could re-activate the card and that all they had to do was send (you guessed it) another signal to my Sky box, but it would take another 24 hours. Oh joy. (AND, I still had the banner coming up on my 5 channels every 15 seconds!)
7th October. No card received and still had the annoying messages. I was told yet again, they couldn't re-activate the old card, so had to sit tight and wait for the new card to arrive on the 9th. Oh, and when mentioned about compensation for not being able to watch my recorded programmes, and the start of new series, plus my kids giving me hell for missing Scooby-Doo, was told that this 'problem' had only been going on for 11 days!!! Errr.....don't think so!
Well, its now the 8th, and I'm taking bets as to whether this card will turn up tomorrow or not. Answers on a postcard and send it to Sky please. Here is the icing on the cake, I actually install Sky for a living with the company I work for.....