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TV M+ and Inclusive Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • 141 digital TV channels + TiVo
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £8 off for 6 months

£8 off for 6 months

141
channels
11
hd
Yes
TiVo
£49.95
one-off-fee
£5
£13 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £49.95
  • Average monthly: £29.10
  • First year cost: £349.83
  • Lifetime cost: £523.77
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Starter Collection, 50Mb Broadband, TV and Calls
Virgin Media
  • Up to 50Mb fibre optic broadband
  • 68 TV channels & TiVo box
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £10 off for 6 months
  • £50 Credit When You Buy Online

£10 off for 6 months & £50 Credit When You Buy Online

68
channels
10
hd
Yes
TiVo
£49.95
one-off-fee
£10
£20 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £49.95
  • Average monthly: £32.65
  • First year cost: £371.83
  • Lifetime cost: £587.77
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
TV Essential, Broadband Extra & Weekend Calls
BT
  • TV Essential, BT Sport app & online player
  • Up to 16Mbps broadband, 10GB usage
  • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
  • £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card
  • £6 Off Broadband For 6 Months
  • Free YouView box

£25 Sainsbury's Gift Card, £6 Off Broadband For 6 Months & Free YouView box

74
channels
10
hd
Yes
Vision+
£41.95
one-off-fee
£11
£17 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £41.95
  • Average monthly: £33.32
  • First year cost: £401.83
  • Lifetime cost: £599.77
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
TV Essential, Unlimited Broadband & Weekend Calls
BT
  • TV Essential, BT Sport app & online player
  • Up to 16Mbps unlimited broadband
  • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
  • Free YouView box
  • £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card
  • £8 off for 6 months

Free YouView box, £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card & £8 off for 6 months

74
channels
10
hd
Yes
Vision+
£41.95
one-off-fee
£13
£21 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £41.95
  • Average monthly: £36.65
  • First year cost: £437.83
  • Lifetime cost: £659.77
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
TV Essential, Infinity Extra Broadband, Weekend Calls
BT
  • TV Essential, BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 20GB usage
  • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
  • Free YouView box
  • £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card
  • £8 off for 6 months

Free YouView box, £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card & £8 off for 6 months

77
channels
10
hd
Yes
Vision+
£55.95
one-off-fee
£13
£21 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £55.95
  • Average monthly: £37.43
  • First year cost: £451.83
  • Lifetime cost: £673.77
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
TV L and Inclusive Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • 155 digital TV channels + TiVo
  • 11 crystal clear HD channels
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £8 off for 6 months

£8 off for 6 months

155
channels
11
hd
Yes
TiVo
£49.95
one-off-fee
£13.50
£21.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £49.95
  • Average monthly: £37.60
  • First year cost: £451.83
  • Lifetime cost: £676.77
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Essential Collection 50Mb Broadband, TV and Calls
Virgin Media
  • Up to 50Mb fibre optic broadband
  • 141 digital TV channels + TiVo
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £13 off for 6 months
  • Free Installation
  • £50 Credit When You Buy Online

£13 off for 6 months, Free Installation & £50 Credit When You Buy Online

141
channels
11
hd
Yes
TiVo
Free
save £49.95
£15
£28 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £36.88
  • First year cost: £399.88
  • Lifetime cost: £663.82
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
TV Entertainment, Infinity Extra Broadband, Weekend Calls
BT
  • TV Entertainment, BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 40GB usage
  • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
  • Free YouView box
  • £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card
  • £8 off for 6 months

Free YouView box, £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card & £8 off for 6 months

95
channels
10
hd
Yes
Vision+
£55.95
one-off-fee
£15
£23 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £55.95
  • Average monthly: £39.43
  • First year cost: £475.83
  • Lifetime cost: £709.77
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
TV Entertainment HD, Infinity Extra Broadband & Calls
BT
  • TV Entertainment HD, BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 40GB usage
  • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
  • Free YouView box
  • £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card
  • £8 off for 6 months

Free YouView box, £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card & £8 off for 6 months

108
channels
23
hd
Yes
Vision+
£55.95
one-off-fee
£18
£26 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £55.95
  • Average monthly: £42.43
  • First year cost: £511.83
  • Lifetime cost: £763.77
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
50Mb Broadband, TV XL and Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • 230+ digital TV channels + TiVo
  • 43 HD channels inc BT Sport & ESPN
  • Up to 50Mb fibre broadband & calls
  • £19.50 off for the first 6 months
  • Free Installation
  • £50 Credit When You Buy Online

£19.50 off for the first 6 months, Free Installation & £50 Credit When You Buy Online

236
channels
42
hd
Yes
TiVo
Free
save £49.95
£19.50
£39 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £45.71
  • First year cost: £492.88
  • Lifetime cost: £822.82
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Essential Family Collection 50Mb Broadband, TV & Calls
Virgin Media
  • 230+ digital TV channels + TiVo
  • 43 HD channels inc BT Sport & ESPN
  • Up to 50Mb fibre broadband & calls
  • £19.50 off for the first 6 months
  • Free Installation
  • £50 Credit When You Buy Online

£19.50 off for the first 6 months, Free Installation & £50 Credit When You Buy Online

236
channels
42
hd
Yes
TiVo
Free
save £49.95
£19.50
£39 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
More
  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £45.71
  • First year cost: £492.88
  • Lifetime cost: £822.82
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
100Mb Broadband, TV M+ and Inclusive Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • Up to 100Mb unlimited broadband
  • 141 TV channels + TiVo
  • Unlimited weekend UK calls
  • £13 off for 6 months
  • Free Installation
  • £50 Credit When You Buy Online

£13 off for 6 months, Free Installation & £50 Credit When You Buy Online

141
channels
11
hd
Yes
TiVo
Free
save £49.95
£20
£33 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
More
  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £41.88
  • First year cost: £459.88
  • Lifetime cost: £753.82
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Sky+ TV Original with Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Sky Entertainment Pack
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
  • Free weekend calls
  • Free Sky+HD Box, Free Install
  • £100 REWARD OF YOUR CHOICE

Free Sky+HD Box, Free Install & £100 REWARD OF YOUR CHOICE

307
channels
11
hd
Yes
Sky+
Free
save £79
£21.50
per monthprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £36.90
  • First year cost: £442.80
  • Lifetime cost: £442.80
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Sky+ TV Original, Broadband & Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Sky Entertainment Pack
  • Free 17Mbps broadband
  • Free weekend calls
  • Free Sky+HD Box, Free Install
  • £100 REWARD OF YOUR CHOICE

Free Sky+HD Box, Free Install & £100 REWARD OF YOUR CHOICE

307
channels
11
hd
Yes
Sky+
£6.95
save £79
£21.50
per monthprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £6.95
  • Average monthly: £37.48
  • First year cost: £449.75
  • Lifetime cost: £449.75
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
TV XL and Inclusive Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • 230+ TV channels + TiVo
  • 43 HD channels inc BT Sport & ESPN
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £9.50 off for the first 6 months

£9.50 off for the first 6 months

236
channels
42
hd
Yes
TiVo
£49.95
one-off-fee
£21.50
£31 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
More
  • Upfront cost: £49.95
  • Average monthly: £46.60
  • First year cost: £556.83
  • Lifetime cost: £838.77
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
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What you need to know

  • Prices last checked and verified 15th April 2014
  • Broadband speeds may vary
  • Monthly costs exclude line rental unless indicated
  • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
  • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract

Buyers guide to Cable TV

Thinking about buying cable TV for your home but can’t decide which options right for you? Read our buyers guide for useful advice and tips on choosing the right package.

We’ll take you through different packages on offer, premium channels, set-top boxes, contracts, extras and questions you should ask yourself before you purchase.

Why choose cable TV?

Cable give you access to a range of digital TV channels without the need for a satellite dish or traditional rooftop aerial, and all via a single cable which is installed by an engineer.

Cable TV isn’t available to everyone though with access limited to selected areas of the country. Even in network areas some properties can’t be connected for one reason or another so it’s well worth checking coverage where you live.

Understanding your options

We want to make the decision process as straightforward as possible. We’ll going to guide you through each of the steps, starting with the core TV options:

Choose your TV package

The first step is to choose a cable TV package. There are currently three Virgin cable TV packages to choose from:

The basic TV M+ has 141 TV channels, including 11 in HD and is aimed at viewers who mostly watch terrestrial channels like BBC 1, ITV and Channel 4.

The intermediate TV L has 155 TV channels including the same 11 in HD. This package is aimed at viewers who want more choice, but still want to keep costs down.

The top-of-the-range TV XL has 230+ channels, 43 of which are in HD. This option is for serious TV viewers and families who want a lot of channels from a range of genres.

All three options include access to 700 hours of Catch-Up TV for the week’s most popular programmes from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, along with a library of on-demand content picked from the channels in your chosen package.

Typically, any Virgin cable TV package will come on an 18 month minimum term contract but, as long as you keep cable TV in one form or another you can change the specific package you’re on after just 30 days.

Set-top boxes

Virgin now includes a 500GB TiVo digital TV recorder with all packages, and this adds an extra £5 a month onto the advertised cost, unless it’s being taken as part of a broadband, TV and phone Collection.

TiVo can record up to 250 hours of standard definition TV or 50 hours of HD, or twice as much if you pay the extra one-off fee for a 1TB model. Adding TiVo gives you the freedom to watch your favourite programmes whenever you like, and to keep shows to watch again and again.

It’s worth bearing in mind that if you don’t want to record TV you can save that extra £5 a month by choosing a V HD box instead of a TiVo.

Extra channels

Extra and premium channels can be added to any cable TV package, and usually on contracts of just 30 days. The options include:

Sky Movies, which can be taken as one of two 5 channel packs or in a combined set with 4 bonus channels including Sky Movies Premiere and Disney Cinemagic.

Sky Sports 1 or Sky Sports 2 can be added individually too, or in a combined pack with the bonus channels Sky Sports 3, 4 and F1. There’s also a pack of 3 ESPN channels, and if you have Sky Sports you’ll get a monthly discount on the cost.

There are also some kids, Asian cinema and a small selection of adult channels.

Additional services

Cable delivers more than just digital TV. Along with your TV service there’s also the option to add broadband and/or home phone.

A good range of bundle options are available to suit different types of customers. If you think this might be a better option why not have a look at our Cable bundles page.

Six essential questions before you buy

You're almost ready to start comparing, but before you do, take some time to consider these six essential questions:

  1. Have I checked availability in my area?
  2. Which core package is right for me?
  3. Do I want to add any premium channels?
  4. Which is the right set-top box for my needs?
  5. Do I want to add broadband or home phone?
  6. Will I be able to keep my package for at least the length of the minimum term?

HD on cable TV

All Virgin cable TV packages include some HD channels at no extra cost. The two cheapest options include 11 Freeview HD channels, while TV XL comes with 43, including Sky1 HD, Sky Arts HD 1 & 2, ESPN HD and Sky Living HD.

Bear in mind that if you add premium channels such as Sky Sports you would need to pay an extra £7 a month to watch them in HD.

Contracts, minimum terms & payments

Unless otherwise stated, cable TV is offered on 18 month minimum term contracts. Customers leaving before the end of the minimum term are usually charged a monthly ‘early disconnection fee’ for each month that remains, and this fee increases along with the number of channels in the core TV package. A further charge may be levied for equipment supplied at the start of the contract, or Virgin may ask for it to be returned.

Virgin expects all customers to pay by Direct Debit, and all prices quoted are applicable only for accounts to be paid in this way. Choosing any other payment method will incur an extra £5 a month payment handling fee. Likewise, requested paper bills rather than the preferred electronic billing will result in a £1.75 a month admin charge.

Issues with availability

Cable TV is available in areas that have been connected to the Virgin network which now accounts for around half of all UK homes. You can find out if your home is cable ready using our availability checker at the top of this page.

Even in cable areas, availability issue may occur. ’New builds’, i.e. newly built properties constructed in areas with pre-existing coverage often lack connectivity; flats can be a problem if they’re too high from the ground; and listed buildings, or buildings where you can’t get permission from the owner to drill access holes for the cabling can prevent connection.

What to do if you change your mind

What happens if you sign up for cable TV but change your mind? Your options are going to depend upon what you’ve changed your mind about, and how long has passed.

Within the first 28 days following activation you’ll be covered by Virgin’s ‘cooling off period’ money back guarantee, and you can request to have everything removed and taken back in exchange for a full refund, usually including the installation charge. Bear in mind though that you will have to pay any excess charges you built up such as for Pay Per View movies.

If you want to make less drastic changes, such as changing the basic package, or removing any premium or add-on channels, you can do so with a simple phone call after 30 days. Extra channels can be added at any time, and they’ll usually be on a 30 day contract.

We hope you found our guide useful but if you’ve got any questions or comments about this guide, why not email us?

Comments (7)

Karen
1 day ago

Can I pay for a cable line to be put in in my area as it is not available where I live yet?

21st March 2014

Hi Eileen

If you let me know your postcode I can check this for you.

Hannah - Cable.co.uk

Eileen
20th March 2014

I did check availability bit still not sure that I'm in an area that provides cable I have a newly built bungalow of 18mts

14th March 2014

Hi Janice

Click here to view TV-only packages. If you want cable TV then your only option is Virgin Media.

Hannah - Cable.co.uk

Janice durrant
8th March 2014

I would like cable tv without phone /broadband What are my choices ?

A B Mendes
3rd January 2014

I am with Virgin Media and I am at present paying £86 per month and the programmes are c*** and old stuff. Since I am not allowed to have a satellite dish I have cable. There is dish on each block but I do not know the company whos has set it up. Could you please recommend a cable service that will give me interesting programmes and value for my money

Susan Middlemiss
23rd July 2013

I have had NO TV or TELEPHONE for 2 DAYS !!!! - NOT HAPPY !!!!!!!!!

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