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I'm currently a Shaw Gateway subscriber (including internet and phone), it's costing me about $200 per month to cover 4 TVs.
I'm looking at replacing this with either Shaw Bluesky or Telus Optik. From what I can tell, there are some pros and cons to each, some people love Bluesky, others Optik. Some are disappointed when they switch to either from the other. All-in-all, it seems that people prefer Bluesky generally but also prefer the multitude of Optik HD channels and the 4K PVR. Probably lots of other pros/cons could be mentioned.
So I'm wondering what others think of these two services?
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Take it for what it's worth I was a shaw customer for over 15 years, a blue sky customer for the last part of that and a shaw cable employee .. I prefer telus .. It's true as you said there are pros and cons to both services / systems but really the blue sky box is just a advertising ploy.. Oh I can talk to my remote ?!?! That's exciting for about a week if that .. Once you get beyond that you will see that for the most part everything the shaw box can do the telus box can do as well , and often faster or better
The one thing that the Blue sky box does do well is Netflix integration if that is important to you ,aswell as Crave TV .. What I mean there is all your searches work on all services , TV , Netflix and Crave .. That's not the case (At least not that I have discovered ) With the Telus equipment and I have a 4 k pvr
my two cents
I switched from Shaw last June from a Gateway system and haven't looked back. The difference in speed, changing channels etc. is night and day. Any time that I've had to contact Telus the customer service has been great.
You won't be able to see the details of 4K if you use a regular HDTV. The HDMI plugs are the same so I guess you could plug a HDTV to a 4K terminal. It kind of defeats the purpose though.
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The response time when going through the guide and channel listings is much faster on the 4K PVR than the HD PVR. I think there was a dedicated channel to watch YouTube videos with the 4K receivers whereas the HD receivers you can't.
You're not missing much if you go HD instead of 4K since the available 4K content is limited to 5 channels.
Thanks. Currently the youtube channel doesn't interest me much (might later, especially youtube TV eventually) but I do want to use the netflix channel. Is that available on the HD PVR?
Might be a little late but for me they installed the 4K PVR even though I don't have a 4K TV.
Are you a new Telus customer or did you phone customer service to get a technician to install the 4K PVR?
Thanks. Not too late, I haven't decided as yet (or alternatively, for now I've decided not to switch from Shaw Gateway until I have more confidence in the best answer).
Do you have HD TVs? Can you watch 4K channels on them? How's the picture quality?