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TV M+ and Inclusive Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • 142 digital TV channels + TiVo
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £4 off for 12 months

£4 off for 12 months

142
channels
11
hd
Yes
TiVo
£49.95
one-off-fee
£9
£13 after 12 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
TV Essential, Unlimited Broadband & Weekend Calls
BT
  • TV Essential, BT Sport app & online player
  • Up to 17Mbps unlimited broadband
  • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
  • Free YouView box
  • £80 Sainsbury's Gift Card

Free YouView box & £80 Sainsbury's Gift Card

74
channels
10
hd
Yes
Vision+
£41.95
one-off-fee
£13
per monthprice details+ £15.99 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £41.95
  • Average monthly: £32.49
  • First year cost: £389.83
  • Lifetime cost: £389.83
  • Contract length: 12
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Big Easy Bundle, 50Mb Broadband, TV and Calls
Virgin Media
  • Up to 50Mb fibre optic broadband
  • 69 TV channels & TiVo box
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £5 off for 12 months
  • Free Installation

£5 off for 12 months & Free Installation

69
channels
10
hd
Yes
TiVo
Free
save £49.95
£15
£20 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £32.66
  • First year cost: £371.88
  • Lifetime cost: £587.82
  • 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
  • £75 credit on your bill
  • 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

Free Sky+HD Box, £75 credit on your bill & 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

309
channels
11
hd
Yes
Sky+
£10
save £49
£16.12
£21.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £10
  • Average monthly: £26.10
  • First year cost: £313.24
  • Lifetime cost: £313.24
  • 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
  • £75 credit on your bill
  • 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

Free Sky+HD Box, £75 credit on your bill & 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

309
channels
11
hd
Yes
Sky+
£16.95
save £49
£16.12
£21.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £16.95
  • Average monthly: £26.68
  • First year cost: £320.19
  • Lifetime cost: £320.19
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
TV L and Inclusive Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • 171 digital TV channels + TiVo
  • 11 crystal clear HD channels
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £4 off for 12 months

£4 off for 12 months

156
channels
11
hd
Yes
TiVo
£49.95
one-off-fee
£17.50
£21.50 after 12 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
Sky+ TV Original, Unlimited Broadband & Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Sky Entertainment Pack
  • Up to 17Mbps truly unlimited broadband
  • Free weekend calls
  • Free Sky+HD Box
  • 12 Months Half Price Broadband
  • £75 credit on your bill
  • 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

Free Sky+HD Box, 12 Months Half Price Broadband, £75 credit on your bill & 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

309
channels
11
hd
Yes
Sky+
£16.95
save £49
£19.87
£29 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £16.95
  • Average monthly: £30.43
  • First year cost: £365.19
  • Lifetime cost: £365.19
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Big Bang Bundle, 100Mb Broadband, TV and Calls
Virgin Media
  • Up to 100Mb fibre optic broadband
  • 142 digital TV channels + TiVo
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £10 off for 12 months
  • Free Installation

£10 off for 12 months & Free Installation

142
channels
11
hd
Yes
TiVo
Free
save £49.95
£20
£30 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £39.32
  • First year cost: £431.88
  • Lifetime cost: £707.82
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Sky+ TV Variety & Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Sky Entertainment Extra Pack
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
  • Free weekend calls
  • Free Sky+HD Box
  • £75 credit on your bill
  • 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

Free Sky+HD Box, £75 credit on your bill & 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

372
channels
11
hd
Yes
Sky+
£10
save £49
£21
£28 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £10
  • Average monthly: £30.98
  • First year cost: £371.80
  • Lifetime cost: £371.80
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Sky+ TV Variety, Broadband & Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Sky Entertainment Extra Pack
  • Free 17Mbps broadband
  • Free weekend calls
  • Free Sky+HD Box
  • £75 credit on your bill
  • 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

Free Sky+HD Box, £75 credit on your bill & 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

372
channels
11
hd
Yes
Sky+
£16.95
save £49
£21
£28 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £16.95
  • Average monthly: £31.56
  • First year cost: £378.75
  • Lifetime cost: £378.75
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
152Mb Broadband, TV M+ and Inclusive Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • Up to 152Mb unlimited broadband
  • 142 TV channels + TiVo
  • Unlimited weekend UK calls
  • £15 off for 12 months
  • Free Installation

£15 off for 12 months & Free Installation

142
channels
11
hd
Yes
TiVo
Free
save £49.95
£22.50
£37.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £43.49
  • First year cost: £461.88
  • Lifetime cost: £782.82
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Sky+HD Family with Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Sky HD Entertainment Extra+
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
  • Free weekend calls
  • Free Sky+HD Box
  • £75 credit on your bill
  • 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

Free Sky+HD Box, £75 credit on your bill & 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

407
channels
46
hd
Yes
Sky+HD
£10
save £49
£24.75
£33 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £10
  • Average monthly: £34.73
  • First year cost: £416.80
  • Lifetime cost: £416.80
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Sky+ TV Variety, Unlimited Broadband & Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Sky Entertainment Extra Pack
  • Up to 17Mbps truly unlimited broadband
  • Free weekend calls
  • Free Sky+HD Box
  • 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS
  • £75 credit on your bill
  • 12 Months Half Price Broadband

Free Sky+HD Box, 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS, £75 credit on your bill & 12 Months Half Price Broadband

372
channels
11
hd
Yes
Sky+
£16.95
save £49
£24.75
£35.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £16.95
  • Average monthly: £35.31
  • First year cost: £423.75
  • Lifetime cost: £423.75
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Sky+HD Family, Broadband & Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Sky HD Extra+ Pack
  • Free 17Mbps broadband
  • Free weekend calls
  • Free Sky+HD Box
  • £75 credit on your bill
  • 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

Free Sky+HD Box, £75 credit on your bill & 25% OFF SKY TV FOR 12 MONTHS

407
channels
46
hd
Yes
Sky+HD
£16.95
save £49
£24.75
£33 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £16.95
  • Average monthly: £35.31
  • First year cost: £423.75
  • Lifetime cost: £423.75
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
TV Entertainment, Unlimited Infinity 2 Broadband & Calls
BT
  • TV Entertainment, BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
  • Up to 76Mb unlimited fibre broadband
  • 50GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
  • Free YouView box
  • £80 Sainsbury's Gift Card
  • £8 Off Broadband For 3 Months

Free YouView box, £80 Sainsbury's Gift Card & £8 Off Broadband For 3 Months

95
channels
10
hd
Yes
Vision+
£41.95
one-off-fee
£25
£33 after 3 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £41.95
  • Average monthly: £49.99
  • First year cost: £605.83
  • Lifetime cost: £899.77
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
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What you need to know

  • Prices last checked and verified 21st August 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

How to compare and buy cable TV

How do I compare different packages?

If you’re thinking of switching your TV provider, then it’s worth checking that you’re backing the right horse before putting your money down. Our comparison tables let you do just that, ensuring you get the important information so you can make the right choice.

Availability

Unfortunately, not everything you see on the compare table will be available to you. Before you start to compare TV deals, make sure you put your postcode into the tracker at the top of the page – this will show you what you can get in your area.

Check the detail

We want you to make the right decision when picking your package, so we include as much information as possible. Even so, make sure that you check your chosen TV package thoroughly before you commit. You can access more information about each deal by clicking on the name.

Why choose cable TV?

There is such a range of great TV packages out there that will enhance your viewing experience. Here are three great reasons to pick up a cable TV deal.

A great variety of programing

Whatever your tastes, you should be able to find a TV package that ticks all your boxes as there’s such a huge amount of content out there. From the best UK and US entertainment and drama, an array of live sporting events or lists of the latest Hollywood blockbusters, you can’t fail to find something that’ll whet your appetite.

New ways to watch your content

The ceaseless march of technological advancement means a new and exciting way to watch your content is just around the corner. Be it HD, online players, 3D, multiroom services or via digital TV recorders, there are so many ways to keep up-to-date with your favourite shows. Most major TV providers offer these as paid-for or free extras, so you should factor that in when you’re making your decision.

Most TV deals can be bundled up with broadband and phone plans

Currently there are four major providers that give you the option of bundling up your TV package in a broadband and TV bundle. If you use these services, this is a fantastic way both to simplify your billing and reduce your monthly expenses. Companies like Sky and BT have very competitive TV prices, and offer both ADSL and fibre optic broadband, so you can match your speed with your needs.

Pros & cons

Pros

  • A great variety of programming
  • New ways to watch your content
  • Bundles can cost less than buying separately

Cons

  • Not all TV packages are available UK-wide
  • Some deals require installation fees
  • More expensive than a simple Freeview box

Which package is right for me?

There are some great packages out there, but finding the right one for you is key to getting the best value. Here are some of our favourites for three different levels of TV viewer.

BT TV Essential plus broadband

This is one of the cheapest but widely available broadband, TV and phone bundles around. You get 70 Freeview TV and radio channels, a simple 17Mbps broadband connection and a weekend call plan. BT only offer the TV Essential package to its broadband and phone customers and, while it’s not the most extensive TV deal around, it does give you access to some great channels and a YouView+ box to record your content, you can also add access to BT Sport and a range of on demand TV box sets.

Virgin Media’s Big Bang Bundle

This is a mid-level broadband, TV and phone bundle on offer from Virgin Media. It’s moderately priced and and you get over 130 channels including 11 HD channels, 10 Sky channels and a TiVo 500GB box, so you can record, rewind and pause your content. You also get 100Mbps fibre optic broadband, perfect for those with families that spend a lot of time online, and an unlimited weekend call plan.

Sky’s Complete Bundle

The Complete Bundle offers the most extensive and varied range of TV currently on the market. It includes over 240 free-to-air channels, 80 entertainment channels and 50 HD channels. You also get Sky Sports HD and Sky Movies HD, and a Sky+ HD box, so you’ll never be short of something to watch. This is a top-end TV package that comes with a top-end price tag, but if you’re willing to pay the price, having Sky’s Complete bundle means you’ll never be lost for something to watch again.

What will I need?

Check your postcode to see what you can get

Before you set your heart on a package, check whether it is available in your area. Virgin Media and TalkTalk send their TV signals through cables, and availability is not yet guaranteed everywhere. Sky, on the other hand, delivers its signal via satellite, and is available to almost everyone. You can use our postcode checker at the top of the page to see what you can get.

A good broadband connection will improve viewing options

By coupling your TV package with a broadband deal, you are giving yourself access to a greater range of additional features that will improve your viewing capabilities. Most providers have access to a streaming service that lets you watch TV or films on demand. Also, features such as Sky Go let you watch your content on wireless devices around your house. While not essential, having broadband is certainly preferable and will squeeze a bit more value from your package.

How do I switch?

Make sure you’re getting the right package

Before you make your decision, make sure you’ve been through the options thoroughly to make sure you’ve made the right choice. Most of these packages come with 18-month contracts, which is a long time to spend with a TV deal you don’t like, so make sure you’ve considered it thoroughly before you commit.

Speak to your provider and tell it you’re moving

Next you need to get in touch with your current provider and tell it that you’re moving on. It’s best to make the move once your current contract has expired to avoid any cancellation fees. Following that, you’ll need to speak to your new provider. You should be given a switchover date and the opportunity to organise an engineer visit (if you need one).

Six essential questions before you buy

  1. How much TV do you want?
  2. What is available in your area?
  3. What is your budget for the service?
  4. Are you comfortable switching TV providers?
  5. Do you want a broadband and phone bundle form your TV provider?
  6. Are you comfortable with a satellite dish being installed on your property?

Cable.co.uk recommends

Browsing the TV packages on display can be a stimulating experience, but make sure you keep things in perspective and don’t get carried away. Be honest as to your current viewing habits, and try to work out how drastically they’d alter if you were to purchase a wider deal. Would you really see any value from it? If you’ve recently changed your TV package we’d love to hear about it in our comment section below.

Comments (7)

Karen
22nd April 2014

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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