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Essentials TV, Unlimited Broadband with Calls
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
  • Free YouView Box
  • Free Connection
  • £4.25 off for 6 months

Free YouView Box, Free Connection & £4.25 off for 6 months

73
channels
10
hd
not
included
Free
save £30
£4.25
£8.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £23.03
  • First year cost: £267.90
  • Lifetime cost: £414.60
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
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
Essentials TV, Broadband, Calls & Starter Boost
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • 7 Sky entertainment channels
  • Free YouView Box
  • Free Connection
  • £4.25 off for 6 months

Free YouView Box, Free Connection & £4.25 off for 6 months

80
channels
10
hd
not
included
Free
save £30
£9.25
£13.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £28.03
  • First year cost: £327.90
  • Lifetime cost: £504.60
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Essentials TV, Broadband, Calls & PictureBox Boost
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • 60 great movies, 7 new titles each week
  • Free YouView Box
  • Free Connection
  • £4.25 off for 6 months

Free YouView Box, Free Connection & £4.25 off for 6 months

73
channels
10
hd
not
included
Free
save £30
£9.25
£13.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £28.03
  • First year cost: £327.90
  • Lifetime cost: £504.60
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Essentials TV, Broadband, Calls & Kids TV Boost
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • 7 extra kids channels plus 8 on demand
  • Free YouView Box
  • Free Connection
  • £4.25 off for 6 months

Free YouView Box, Free Connection & £4.25 off for 6 months

80
channels
10
hd
not
included
Free
save £30
£9.25
£13.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £28.03
  • First year cost: £327.90
  • Lifetime cost: £504.60
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Plus TV, Unlimited Broadband with Anytime Calls
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV recorder
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Totally unlimited broadband & anytime calls
  • Free YouView Box
  • Free Connection
  • £9.25 off for 6 months

Free YouView Box, Free Connection & £9.25 off for 6 months

85
channels
10
hd
not
included
Free
save £30
£9.25
£18.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £31.37
  • First year cost: £357.90
  • Lifetime cost: £564.60
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Essentials TV, Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Calls
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Unlimited fibre broadband & calls
  • Free YouView Box
  • Free Connection
  • £4.25 off for 6 months
  • 6 months 1/2 price unlimited broadband

Free YouView Box, Free Connection, £4.25 off for 6 months & 6 months 1/2 price unlimited broadband

73
channels
10
hd
not
included
Free
save £50
£9.25
£18.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £31.37
  • First year cost: £357.90
  • Lifetime cost: £564.60
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Essentials TV, Broadband, Calls & Entertainment Boost
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • 35 extra channels inc Sky1, MTV, Fox & GOLD
  • Free YouView Box
  • Free Connection
  • £4.25 off for 6 months
  • £5 off TV entertainment boost

Free YouView Box, Free Connection, £4.25 off for 6 months & £5 off TV entertainment boost

102
channels
10
hd
not
included
Free
save £30
£9.25
£18.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £32.48
  • First year cost: £377.90
  • Lifetime cost: £584.60
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Essentials TV, Broadband, Calls & Entertainment Extra Boost
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • 60 extra channels inc Sky1, GOLD, E!, Discovery
  • Free YouView Box
  • Free Connection
  • £4.25 off for 6 months
  • £7.50 off TV entertainment extra boost

Free YouView Box, Free Connection, £4.25 off for 6 months & £7.50 off TV entertainment extra boost

119
channels
10
hd
not
included
Free
save £30
£11.75
£23.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £37.20
  • First year cost: £432.90
  • Lifetime cost: £669.60
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Sky Starter Bundle, Unlimited Broadband & NOW TV
Sky
  • Entertainment from Sky without a dish
  • 10 top Sky TV channels
  • Totally unlimited broadband

    10
    channels
    not
    included
    not
    included
    Free
    of charge
    £12.50
    per monthprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £27.90
    • First year cost: £334.80
    • Lifetime cost: £334.80
    • Contract length: 12
    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
    Price details
    TV M+ and Inclusive Evening & Weekend Calls
    Virgin Media
    • 142 digital TV channels
    • Free TiVo set top box
    • Evening & weekend calls
    • £4 off for 12 months

    £4 off for 12 months

    142
    channels
    11
    hd
    Yes
    TiVo
    £49.95
    one-off-fee
    £13.60
    £17.60 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £49.95
    • Average monthly: £33.70
    • First year cost: £405.03
    • Lifetime cost: £606.57
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    TV size M+ only with V HD Box Phone Line Not Required
    Virgin Media
    • 142 TV channels + V HD Box
    • 11 crystal clear HD channels
    • No Virgin phone line required

      142
      channels
      11
      hd
      No
      V HD
      £49.95
      one-off-fee
      £14
      per monthprice details+ £0 line rental18 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £49.95
      • Average monthly: £16.78
      • First year cost: £217.95
      • Lifetime cost: £301.95
      • Contract length: 18
      Price details
      Essentials TV, Unlimited 76Mb Fibre Broadband with Calls
      TalkTalk
      • YouView digital TV set top box
      • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
      • Unlimited 76Mb fibre broadband & calls
      • Free YouView Box
      • £4.25 off for 6 months
      • 6 months 1/2 price unlimited broadband

      Free YouView Box, £4.25 off for 6 months & 6 months 1/2 price unlimited broadband

      73
      channels
      10
      hd
      not
      included
      £30
      one-off-fee
      £14.25
      £23.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £30
      • Average monthly: £38.03
      • First year cost: £447.90
      • Lifetime cost: £684.60
      • Contract length: 18
      Price details
      Plus TV, Fibre Broadband with Anytime Calls
      TalkTalk
      • YouView digital TV recorder
      • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
      • Unlimited fibre broadband & anytime calls
      • Free YouView Box
      • Free Connection
      • £9.25 off for 6 months
      • 6 months 1/2 price unlimited broadband

      Free YouView Box, Free Connection, £9.25 off for 6 months & 6 months 1/2 price unlimited broadband

      85
      channels
      10
      hd
      not
      included
      Free
      save £50
      £14.25
      £28.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
      More
      • Upfront cost: Free
      • Average monthly: £39.70
      • First year cost: £447.90
      • Lifetime cost: £714.60
      • Contract length: 18
      Price details
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      What you need to know

      • Prices last checked and verified 11th August 2014
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      • 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 TV packages

      How do I compare different packages?

      If you’re looking to compare TV packages, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve listed as many TV deals and bundles as we can find so you’re guaranteed to find one suitable for your needs.

      Availability

      Before you set out on your quest for quality TV, you need to know what’s available in your area. As TV is carried via cables, it is not available everywhere so, if you put your postcode into the tracker, we can tell you what you can get.

      Check the detail

      Before you pick a deal there are always a few things to keep an eye on to make sure you’re going to get your money’s worth. Many of the packages will tout a huge number of channels which, on paper at least, sounds very attractive. But just because you’ve got 400 channels to watch doesn’t guarantee that there’ll be anything on that you’re interested in, so make sure you check the channels listing so you know what you’re getting.

      Why choose a TV package?

      There are plenty of great reasons to pick a good TV package, here are three of them.

      A great choice of channels

      The breadth of content available to TV customers is huge. Long gone are the days of four channels and the Betamax player as a backup when there was nothing on. With a good TV package you’ll have all the entertainment, news, music, sport, kids channels and movies you could hope for.

      Available as part of a bundle

      All the TV providers we list on our comparison page offer their packages as part of broadband, TV and phone bundle, so you can group your communications and entertainment together in the same company, which is usually the cheapest, way to do it.

      Additional content adds value to your package

      Most TV providers offer some form of additional content with their TV packages, be it a TV on demand service, TV box sets or the ability to watch content on an app or online player. Make sure you check out what each provider offers so you get the best value for your money.

      Pros & cons

      Pros

      • Great choice of channels
      • Available in broadband and phone bundle
      • Great additional content

      Cons

      • Top end packages can be quite pricey
      • Some packages require installation
      • Most packages need a long month contract

      Which package is right for me?

      A great TV package is only great if it suits your needs. Luckily, with the quantity of deals and bundles out there, there should be something that suits you down to the ground. Here are three we think are great for each level of commitment.

      TalkTalk Plus TV

      This is a simple broadband, TV and anytime calls package, which offers over 70 Freeview channels, seven Sky entertainment channels and a free YouView+ box. Because it comes as part of a bundle you also receive unlimited broadband and anytime calls to the UK landlines.

      This is a great bundle for a household that loves great entertainment channels, but doesn’t want to splash out a load of money on content they’ll never use.

      Virgin Media TV L

      This is a compressive TV package from Virgin Media and comprises of over 170 channels, 11 HD channels and 10 Sky channels. The package also comes with a huge amount of TV on demand, so even if there’s nothing on, you should still be able to find something to watch. TV L comes with a V HD box, which will allow you to watch HD content.

      This package is only available if you take out a phone deal with Virgin, and comes with free weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers.

      Sky’s The Complete Bundle

      This bundle from Sky is the ultimate package for the TV connoisseur. It comes with all the usual Freeview channels, 80+ entertainment channels, 50+ HD channels, Sky Movies HD, Sky Sports HD and a wealth of on demand content. Basically, it’s more content than one person could possible consume.

      This is a great package, but comes with a large price tag. If you did opt for something this size, you’d want to make sure you were getting your money’s worth for, what is, a staggering amount of television.

      What will I need?

      When you order your TV package, make sure you know what you’ll need in order to receive the service.

      You’ll need to sign a contract

      Unlike some alternative TV providers, like NOW TV, the package on this comparison table require you to sign a contract of between 12 to 18 months. Make sure you read the terms and conditions of the contract and also make sure that you understand the penalties of breaking the contract early. This usually involves having to pay off a set fee for the remaining months left of you contract, so it’s best avoided if at all possible.

      You’ll need a broadband connection if you want on-demand content

      If you want on-demand content you need to have a broadband connection. This is not a problem if you have selected a bundle that comes with broadband, but is worth remembering if you don’t. Installation of your TV should be pretty painless, but if you’re thinking about buying a Sky package, be aware that this will involve installing a satellite dish and receiver on your property, so you’ll have to organise an engineer visit.

      How do I switch?

      Be sure to avoid cancellation charges

      If you’re switching from one provider to another you’ll need to do a few things to make sure your up and running as fast as possible. Firstly, make sure you’re out of your contract period before you dive into something else, avoiding an early cancelation charge is always preferable to starting your new packages as soon as possible.

      You need to contact both providers and tell them about the move

      Following that, you need to get in contact with your new provider and tell it that you’re coming aboard. You’ll also need to tell your current provider that you’re leaving, confirming the date with both parties so you can organise the switch off of one and the installation of the other.

      Six essential questions before you buy

      1. Can I commit to a 12-18 month contract?
      2. How much TV do I watch?
      3. Do I want Sky Sports or Sky Movies?
      4. Am I comfortable switching providers?
      5. Do I want to group my TV package into a broadband and phone bundle?
      6. Do I want HD channels?

      Cable.co.uk recommends

      It’s so easy to get swept away with the vast amount of content on offer, so to prevent blowing all your money on a package you won’t see good value from, ask yourself some honest questions about your viewing habits.

      It’s also worth looking past the headline news of your bundle and focussing on any charges that are not immediately obvious. Most bundles come with introductory offers that end a few months into the contract term, so keep an eye on the total cost of the bundle, as opposed to the introductory price.

      Comments (10)

      Colin
      11 days ago

      If only you could select just the channels you watch and pay per channel. 95% of my watching is on about 8 channels - why do I have to take so many others? Don't think this is a competitive market - the bundling of channels suits all the sellers, not the buyers.

      Amanda
      12th October 2013

      Why is it that only Sky offers standalone TV packages? I can't be the only home user who needs business-level broadband, including proxy servers (which Sky stopped when it started using Google) so I can send emails from my work account and various domains I own. (Because there are several, it's easier to do this via a client, not a browser, before anyone suggests the browser-based alternative). Bundles are no use to me at all, and I really get cross that I am paying so much more for so much less…

      (Not sure what Maureen (above) is talking about, BTW: the number for existing customers to ring is 08442 410 266 - I Googled to find it and used it two days ago. Select the appropriate menu item, and when you get through to someone, tell them you want to downgrade. Simples!

      Carol S
      26th September 2013

      Having had serious problems with Sky we are fed up with their service and want to use an alternative. Virgin do not have cable in our area, and BT want to sell us broadband and telephone which we dont want. Is there no alternative but Freeserve? We do have a Sky box - can we use this as a "freebox" to get TV programmes?

      Brian
      22nd August 2013

      Who are the best people to contact to get a freeview box? My broadband speed from BT is too slow to view via broadband so cannot get a contract with any of the usual (Virgin, Talktalk etc).

      Sue
      16th August 2013

      We cuurently have Sky and are experiencing horrendous problems with various Chanels not picking up signals , not recording etc . It isn't always the same channels.

      I have tried the on ilne solutions to no avail and tried getting hold of Sky but it is now becoming an absolute pain .

      If it carries on iike this we will have no alternative but to cancel but I'm not sure who offers bundles in my area which is PR7

      30th July 2013

      Hi Linda

      Thanks for your question and sorry to hear that your having trouble receiving your TV service. Sky can arrange for an engineer to re-site the dish, this will be free if you are within your initial 12 month contract, but £65 otherwise. If you still want to look at alternatives to Sky you can send me your postcode and I'll check what options are available in your area.

      Thanks

      Hannah - Cable.co.uk

      Linda
      29th July 2013

      i currently have sky but due to a rapidly growing tree my signal is being blocked and the picture pixelates and cuts out, if we can get a signal at all. I don't think cable TV is available in my area and i believe freesat requires a dish so i would probably not receive a signal for this due to the tree? is my only other option a freeview box?

      Maureen
      22nd July 2013

      We are with sky, but we never ever watch the movie channels, so why pay for them, we try getting hold of sky but they only speak to new customers on line, and have to phone them I see they offer NEW customers the HD box, we have been with them for 14 years and never even get a offer for a HD box, so unfair, so how do we Downgrade from sky movies.

      27th June 2013

      Hi Amie

      Thanks for your question. I'm afraid Talk Talk TV comes with broadband and phone so you won't be able to get it on its own. I'm not sure why Talk Talk won't give you a new number, but its best to explain to them the situation you're in at the moment with regards to the threatening calls and see if that works. If you cancel your Talk Talk package you will have to pay a hefty cancellation charge so it's best to avoid this if possible.

      Hope that helps,

      Hannah - Cable.co.uk

      amie doran
      27th June 2013

      I am wondering if I could keep my existing TV channels with talk talk but change my land line and broadband to another company? Please let me know as talk talk won't change my number as I did ask for one when I signed up with them. They still have me on my old BT number and I'm getting threatening calls

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