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Broadband, TV and calls – a guide to the cheapest bundles

Tuesday, June 25th 2013
Read our guide to the cheapest broadband, TV and calls bundles available from Sky, BT & Virgin Media. Includes a full breakdown of each service with pros, cons and costs.

Broadband TV and calls triple bundles are arguably the best way to get your entertainment and communication services. With a triple bundle you get the convenience of having digital TV, broadband internet & inclusive calls from a single supplier – so you’ll only have one bill to pay each month, via a single Direct Debit and just one company to call to solve problems or make changes.

There is an almost bewildering array of different triple deals out there so let us guide you through exactly what is included in the cheapest triple deals from each of the UK’s three biggest providers.

Package comparison

Use our comparison tool to compare prices, features, contracts, options and much more.

  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed17Mb
    Max Upload Speed1.3Mb
    Monthly Usage2GB
    Fair UsageNo
    Traffic ShapingNo
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels309
    SD Channels298
    HD Channels11
    3D Channels0
    Radio Channels70
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls7.95ppm
    Evening Calls7.95ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£21.50 after 12 mths)
    £16.12
    Upfront Cost£16.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.40
    Average Monthly£26.68
    First Year Cost£320.19
    Lifetime Cost£320.19
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    or call 0800 840 5394
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed50Mb
    Max Upload Speed3Mb
    Monthly UsageUnlimited
    Fair UsageNo
    Traffic ShapingYes
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels69
    SD Channels59
    HD Channels10
    3D Channels0
    Radio Channels35
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls9.94ppm
    Evening Calls9.94ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£20 after 12 mths)
    £15
    Upfront CostFree
    Contract Length18 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.99
    Average Monthly£32.66
    First Year Cost£371.88
    Lifetime Cost£587.82
    See deal →
    or call 0800 118 2761

Sky TV, broadband & calls

  • Monthly cost: £16.13 per month
  • One-off fee: £30 set-up (often waived for online orders)
  • Contract length: 12 months

Summary

Sky’s cheapest triple bundle is The Original, which costs £16.13 a month plus line rental at £15.40. This gives you 249 free-to-air channels, the entertainment pack with 36+ subscription-only channels including Sky1 and the exclusive Sky Atlantic, broadband with a 2GB monthly download allowance and unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines. Subscribers also get access to the pick of the week’s TV via the free Catch-Up TV service.

Pros

  • 300+ digital TV channels
  • Free Sky+ HD & wireless router
  • The UK’s largest Catch-Up TV service

Cons

  • Line rental at £15.40 not included
  • Cheaper triple deals are available
  • Low broadband usage of 2GB per month

Breakdown

  • Includes Sky+ HD recorder & Sky Hub wireless router
  • Over 280 TV channels
  • Catch-Up TV
  • Up to 15Mbps connections with 2GB monthly usage
  • Free UK landline calls at weekends

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Virgin Media TV, broadband & calls

  • Monthly cost: £15 per month
  • One-off fee: Free (often waived for online orders)
  • Contract length: 18 months

Summary

Virgin Media’s entry-level cable TV, fibre broadband & calls bundle is called The Starter Collection. It costs just £15 per month plus line rental at £15.99, and includes a TiVo digital TV recorder, 69 basic channels, a Virgin Media Super Hub wireless router, up to 30Mbps unlimited broadband and free weekend calls to UK land lines & active Virgin Mobile phones.

Pros

  • Free Virgin Media TiVo that can record 3 channels at once
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Basic Catch-Up TV service

Cons

  • Price does not include line rental at £15.99
  • Long 18 month contract
  • Just 69 channels, with no Sky entertainment channels

Breakdown

  • Free 500GB Virgin Media TiVo & new model Super Hub wireless router
  • 69 digital TV channels
  • On-demand TV content includes the best of the week’s terrestrial TV
  • Up to 30Mb fibre optic broadband with unlimited monthly downloads
  • Inclusive calls to UK landlines & active Virgin Mobile phones at weekends

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BT TV, Broadband & Calls

  • Monthly cost: £10 per month
  • One-off fee: £49
  • Contract length: 18 months

Summary

BT’s cheapest bundle is TV Essentials with broadband & calls. It costs £10 each month, plus line rental at £15.99. It doesn’t include any premium channels, just the Freeview channels that broadcast in your area – although it does now come with free access to BT Sport 1 & 2 and the full BBC iPlayer.

Pros

  • Optional YouView digital TV recorder
  • Free BT Sport channels
  • Unlimited public Wi-Fi at over 4.5 million UK hotspots

Cons

  • £15.99 a month line rental not included
  • Only includes Freeview channels
  • Sky Sports not available on the YouView box

Breakdown

  • Includes YouView box worth £299 & BT Home Hub 4 wireless router
  • 70+ digital TV free-to-air channels
  • Up to 14Mb broadband with 10GB monthly usage allowance
  • Free UK landline calls at weekends only

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