On Monday, Sky and TVNZ launched their hardly anticipated new subscription television service.
Hereâ€™s our list of reasons why it shouldnâ€™t be under your tree this Christmas or anywhere else in your house for that matter.
Â 10. Itâ€™s probably still broken. Â
The custom built platform was supposed to be launched months ago but has been delayed due to â€śtechnical problemsâ€ť. Â Is the launch simply exploitation of the spending season or a Christmas miracle?
9. TVNZ are involved.
Remember when TVNZ said â€śTiVo transforms televisionâ€ś? How are all those customers feeling today? Â How long before Igloo too melts down?
8. A comparable Freeview box is less than half the price.
There are a number of basic models of DVB-T receivers which also have the ability to record to a connected USB storage device.
7. Sport is ultra-expensive.
The base â€ś30 day channel packâ€ť plus purchasing every Super XV match The Chiefs play during that period would cost you up to $99.74. On Sky this would cost $72.46 and include more channels, every Super XV game and a lot more sports besides.
6. Paying for content that used to be free.
Two of the eleven Igloo channels feature content that TVNZ used to broadcast for free: Â Kidzone24 and TVNZ Heartland.
5. All Igloo content is Standard Definition.
The only content that youâ€™ll be able to view in High Definition is from any of the free-to-air channels that broadcast in HD. Â All of the extra content youâ€™re paying for is delivered in standard definition. Â This includes movies and sport.
4. High per channel price.
The â€śSky Basicâ€ť package costs approximately $1.36 per premium channel compared with $2.27 per premium channel on Igloo.
3. Igloo is not a middle option.
Currently, a new 12 month â€śSky Basicâ€ť package (~63 channels) with 3 months free sport and SoHo and free installation costs $553.44.
A new Igloo box (~34 channels) which you install yourself and a 12 month subscription costs $478.05
A new Freeview box (~29 channels) which you install yourself costs from $99.
2. Two thirds of the channels you can already watch for free.
Thatâ€™s right. Â Theyâ€™re already free. Â And also the most watched.
1. Youâ€™re not an Eskimo.
Theyâ€™re the only ones who should have an igloo.
Those are our top 10 reasons why you shouldnâ€™t get igloo and now we want yours. Â Weâ€™ve got a brand new Samsung MyFreeview HD digital TV recorder (BDE-8500) worth $649 to give away.
In addition, if anyone reposts this on their own blog, weâ€™ll include any comments made there in the draw. Have at it.