According to the university newspaper, The Oxford Student, colleges are axing their subscriptions to Sky TV due to rocketing prices. The satellite giant had previously allowed the Trinity, Corpus, Brasenose and Keble colleges to disconnect during long vacations, halving the fee of£2880 for an annual business subscription.
Sky is now insisting that the colleges subscribe to a standard 12 month contract, without the option of disconnecting at short notice. This will cost an extra£1600 a year, making the service too expensive for some colleges.
Corpus President Dave Holtman said: "We're switching off Sky, because the financial burden is too great." The college is now considering Freeview and cable as an alternative.
The colleges are considering "unified action" against the satellite group.
A spokesperson for BSkyB said: "we still offer concessional rates for educational establishments, but that doesn't apply to viewing in common rooms or bars."