Sky News No More - Replaced By BBC HD

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#21
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Currently on the Britannia and we have sky news and BBC HD. Must say that the TV selection is pretty poor.
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#22
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The question about Sky news going off air has been asked on P&O FB page with no reply as of yet....I have aslo fired off a question to P&O with no reply yet.....fingers crossed it is just a teething problem with the new channel and a fuss about nothing....surely P&O would not remove one of their little gems and upset a lot of passengers
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#23
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Originally posted by djs22
Currently on the Britannia and we have sky news and BBC HD. Must say that the TV selection is pretty poor.
Pretty poor is an understatement, given the technological age we live in it is really dire...a bit like a lot of the Tvs people are still expected to put up with on board....now I had better not get started on one of my bug bears and go off topic.
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Originally posted by djs22
Currently on the Britannia and we have sky news and BBC HD. Must say that the TV selection is pretty poor.

So that's two ships with both. Interesting.

Looks like we may have had a lot of hot air from certain people moaning and moaning about something that has not happened.

What a shock??? !!!!!

Not.

BTW the FAQ's on the website says both will be available.


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#25
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If true I agree it's disappointing. The only thing I watch on the TV on my cruise is the news when getting ready in the morning.
I caught a bit on my TV at home the other day and the "theme tune" took me right back to my last cruise
#26
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Originally posted by P&O SUE
If true I agree it's disappointing. The only thing I watch on the TV on my cruise is the news when getting ready in the morning.
I caught a bit on my TV at home the other day and the "theme tune" took me right back to my last cruise
Hopefully I will hear the theme tune on Azura in July and Aurora in December.
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Originally posted by barriead
hopefully i will hear the theme tune on azura in july and aurora in december.
Me too but Britannia in July!
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Originally posted by daiB
So that's two ships with both. Interesting.

Looks like we may have had a lot of hot air from certain people moaning and moaning about something that has not happened.

What a shock??? !!!!!

Not.

BTW the FAQ's on the website says both will be available.
I can only report the facts as exist on Azura right now. Sky News was replaced by BBC HD three days ago. We have been in Madeira all day and still no Sky News.

Representations were made to Reception for an explanation. This was elevated to the Communications Department and an Officer provided an explanation that Sky News would no longer be shown fleetwide on P&O. It had been replaced with BBC HD with immediate effect.

Surely P&O Officers have more integrity than to fob off a passenger enquiry with an intentional lie?

And for the record Dai, are you accusing me of intentionally misleading this forum? Yes or no would be fine, thanks.
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#29
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Thanks megacruiser, the plot thickens eh!! Lets hope its a misunderstanding of behalf of the Officer from whence the info came...if its not P&O will have a lot of angry passengers coming their way......just when I started to feel a bit little less peeved.
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Originally posted by megacruiser
I can only report the facts as exist on Azura right now. Sky News was replaced by BBC HD three days ago. We have been in Madeira all day and still no Sky News.

Representations were made to Reception for an explanation. This was elevated to the Communications Department and an Officer provided an explanation that Sky News would no longer be shown fleetwide on P&O. It had been replaced with BBC HD with immediate effect.

Surely P&O Officers have more integrity than to fob off a passenger enquiry with an intentional lie?

And for the record Dai, are you accusing me of intentionally misleading this forum? Yes or no would be fine, thanks.
No not at all but two others have said they have both on board now. The web site says that both will be available.
I was not saying about you being wrong only the others who jumped in with both feet.
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Originally posted by barriead
Thanks megacruiser, the plot thickens eh!! Lets hope its a misunderstanding of behalf of the Officer from whence the info came...if its not P&O will have a lot of angry passengers coming their way......just when I started to feel a bit little less peeved.
Well you will be fine on Ventura and Britannia.

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#32
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There were problems when BBC HD was introduced on Ventura on 18th January and I remember a friend being upset because the channel showing the Aussie Open had disappeared. We had problems with the volume on certain channels as well but all was sorted in a few days.
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#33
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I can't abide Sky News under normal circumstances, but I do agree that whilst on board it did at least enable you to keep up with more 'local' events as opposed to the more global outputs of BBC News and CNN.

As for BBC HD, it sounds like at least a step in the right direction, that gives you a little more options on something to watch.

If I remember right, didn't there used to be a BBC channel like this before onboard? It showed a mix of Auntie's shows. I want to say it was called BBC Prime.
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#34
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I have rec'd the following reply from P&O, does seem to me that communication between dept's is pretty lacking at times....I do think a simple answer would have been straight forward....if the answer requires some "spin" that might be cause for alarm bells to ring....anyway time to start thinking more important stuff....City or United tonight, cant wait.

Hi Barrie,

Thank you for your query. Whilst we have recently introduced BBC HD on board, I am unsure as to whether this was intended to replace Sky News. As such, we have contacted our team in charge of this and will of course let you know when we have their response
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Originally posted by daiB
Well you will be fine on Ventura and Britannia.
Really? I am surprised you are so willing to dismiss what a P&O officer said was happening. Surely Officers have some personal integrity? Perhaps it is being phased in. Can you please explain why you believe folk will be "fine" on Ventura and Britannia, going forward.
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Originally posted by megacruiser
Really? I am surprised you are so willing to dismiss what a P&O officer said was happening. Surely Officers have some personal integrity? Perhaps it is being phased in. Can you please explain why you believe folk will be "fine" on Ventura and Britannia, going forward.

Because two people have posted on here one from Britannia and one from Ventura that they have just been on the ships of came off yesterday and said that both channels are available.

With regard to the officer giving you the wrong information I can only assume that he/she was using the "I do not know so I will make something up" which tends to happen all over the place.


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BBC HD's been on Ventura since at least April 2.

All I ever noticed on it was repeats of Stella. Over, and over, and over, again. Even the same episodes sometimes!

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Originally posted by daiB
Because two people have posted on here one from Britannia and one from Ventura that they have just been on the ships of came off yesterday and said that both channels are available.

With regard to the officer giving you the wrong information I can only assume that he/she was using the "I do not know so I will make something up" which tends to happen all over the place
Obviously with your greater experience of P&O, although 30 years shorter than mine, you presumably have good reason to doubt P&O Officers' integrity. Perhaps you will be proved right. Time will tell...
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Originally posted by megacruiser
Obviously with your greater experience of P&O, although 30 years shorter than mine, you presumably have good reason to doubt P&O Officers' integrity. Perhaps you will be proved right. Time will tell...

Well I have asked the question on another forum and two more people said both were on Ventura and another poster said they were both on Arcadia.

I have no idea why it is not so on Azura. Possibly a technical problem.




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Originally posted by daiB
Because two people have posted on here one from Britannia and one from Ventura that they have just been on the ships of came off yesterday and said that both channels are available.

With regard to the officer giving you the wrong information I can only assume that he/she was using the "I do not know so I will make something up" which tends to happen all over the place.


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