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TechnologY Advice


You’ve survived the digital switchover but with the Olympics just around the corner, howeasy is it for people living in flats to get satelliteTVpackages such as Sky Sports?


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Newcombecourt is asmall private developmentabout twomiles fromthecentre of Oxford.Builtinthe mid-1970s, it consists ofamain blockof14flats, andaseparate mini-block of twoflats. It’smanagedby Peerless Properties,anOxford-based leasehold propertymanagement specialist.


Thechallenge Newcombe Courthad an existing communal aerial that only gave residentslimited TV options. However, somewanted Sky TV and theissuewas raised at theirannualgeneral meetingbyresident, JoeMcPartlin.Asakeen sports fan, he wanted the convenience of being able to watch Sky Sports in his flat. “This starteduslooking around forthe best wayto give Joe and everyone else at Newcombe Court theoptionofhavingSky,” said PatHughes, the propertymanager.


ThesoluTion Peerless Properties hadworkedwithSky at otherdevelopments,sowas awareofthe benefitsofaSky Shared Dish andIntegrated ReceptionSystem(IRS) –Sky’stwo communal solutions for blocks of flats. They also knew that Skyofferavariety of financial options forthe installation of aSky communal TV solution, including subsidies for a shared dish. Patapproached hercontact at Skytoask about the options for Newcombe Court. Explaining the process, Brendan Hegarty, Head of SkyCommunal TV Solutions, said: “Our aim is tomake thewhole process of gettingSky in blocks of flats as simple,hassle free andcost effective as possible.Wehave a network of local specialists with in-depth knowledgeofspecificgeographicareas. Our dedicated teamof experts can advise managing agents onwhat systemsare available, andwhatbest suitsthe specificneedsoftheir residents, be it foranindividual blockoraportfolio of properties.”


Sky explained the options for Newcombe Courtand conducted a free survey to confirmwhich communal TV systemsuited it best. Either a shared dish or IRS wouldhavegiven accesstoSky TV, but Peerless Properties and the residents chose a shared dish as the most convenient and cost effective option forthem. “The benefitsofthe system, thecosts and the installation processwere


explained to us clearly,which


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ExtendingTV


optionsatOxford’s NewcombeCourt


wouldhave given access toskyTV


to sky TV


made the decision to go ahead pretty straightforward,” said Pat.


Head of Sky communal


TV Solutions, Brendan Hegarty


TheresulT A shared dish communal


solutionwas installedat Newcombe Courtto


eitherashared dish or irs


serve themain block of 14 flats. The process wentsmoothly with minimumdisruption to residents. Thosewho wantedSky TV were connectedquickly andwithout anyhassle. Joe McPartlinnow has hisSky Sports subscription andcan watchall thesport he wants in the comfort of his own flat. He said: “The people whocametoconnectmeto Skywerepolite and thewhole thing only took about an hour. I’mvery pleased with the result.” With theshareddishinplace,everyone


at Newcombe Courthas theoptionof subscribingtoSky TV at anytime. Pat has been impressed with the efficiency


of thewhole process: “Ithas allbeen handledveryprofessionally,”she said.“We’d recommendSky’scommunalTVsolutionto othermanaging agents.”●


To find out more go to sky.com/managers or call 08442 410331 for a free estimate


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