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Can I get Sky TV in my area?

Thursday, June 12th 2014

Want some extra TV channels and considering joining Sky? Find out if you can get Sky TV in your area by reading our guide and using our postcode checker.

Sky is the leading pay TV provider in the UK, offering a wealth of great channels, including the popular Sky Atlantic for top shows like Mad Men, Girls and Game of Thrones. Check availability in your area and alternative TV options if you can’t get it.

Most people can get it

Sky is available via satellite throughout the country. However, to receive Sky TV you need to have a clear line of sight to the south-south-west for the satellite dish. These situations are rare but can occur if you live close to high-rise buildings, hills or mountains. You also need to have permission to mount the dish on the outside of you home, which can be a problem if you live in a flat or a listed building.

Postcode checker

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Package comparison

Sky has a range of TV packages available, ranging from the most basic to all-inclusive TV deals with 3D, HD, movies and sports. Use the package comparison tool below to see how some of its different packages stack up.

  • 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
    See deal →
    or call 0800 840 5394
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed17Mb
    Max Upload Speed1.3Mb
    Monthly Usage2GB
    Fair UsageNo
    Traffic ShapingNo
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels372
    SD Channels361
    HD Channels11
    3D Channels0
    Radio Channels70
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls7.95ppm
    Evening Calls7.95ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£28 after 12 mths)
    £21
    Upfront Cost£16.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.40
    Average Monthly£31.56
    First Year Cost£378.75
    Lifetime Cost£378.75
    See deal →
    or call 0800 840 5394
  • Broadband
    Max Download Speed17Mb
    Max Upload Speed1.3Mb
    Monthly Usage2GB
    Fair UsageNo
    Traffic ShapingNo
    IP AddressingDynamic
    Digital TV
    TV Channels407
    SD Channels361
    HD Channels46
    3D Channels1
    Radio Channels70
    Home Phone
    Daytime Calls7.95ppm
    Evening Calls7.95ppm
    Weekend CallsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Monthly Cost
    (£33 after 12 mths)
    £24.75
    Upfront Cost£16.95
    Contract Length12 months
    Line Rental p/m£15.40
    Average Monthly£35.31
    First Year Cost£423.75
    Lifetime Cost£423.75
    See deal →
    or call 0800 840 5394

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Alternatives

If you can’t get Sky TV or you don’t want a dish installed on your property, there are alternatives to get some extra telly. Nothing matches up to Sky on the sheer choice of channels, but cheaper prices, contract-free options and rival technology like TiVo could tempt you away. Let's take a look at your best options if you're one of a minority of people who can't receive Sky TV.

Now TV

Now TV is the only other way to get Sky Atlantic, with the added bonus of being a contract-free service that streams content over the internet to your TV and other devices. You can choose between monthly or daily passes. It also includes access to the On Demand library and TV box sets. Find out more about them in our Now TV review. Now TV is available on a number of different platforms, including LG Smart TV, PS3, Roku, Xbox 360, iPad, iPhone, Android phone and your PC or Mac.

Compare Now TV deals →

Virgin Media TV

Sky’s biggest rival on TV, Virgin Media, is also worth a look for a wide choice of channels and options to bundle in broadband and phone, or take TV alone. With Virgin Media TV bundles, you get access to some Sky channels and have the option to add Sky Movies and Sky Sports too- at a cost. Although, Virgin Media has fewer channels, it has more limited availability than Sky, so it’s worth reading up on the details in our Is Virgin Media TV any good? guide.

Compare Virgin Media TV deals →

YouView

Your other main option is YouView from BT TV or TalkTalk TV, although you’ll need to take broadband from either provider to access their pay TV services. BT brings the bonus of BT Sport for free, while TalkTalk offers the cheapest unlimited broadband into the country. You will also have the option to add Sky Sports and Sky Movies to your YouView box, but at an additional cost of course.

Compare YouView deals →

Comments (3)

Marlene grant
25 days ago

are you buying the european rights so that we can view the free to air tv channels as well as your programmes in spain and we pay you direct from spain

john millington
18th March 2013

Hi I live in Bulgaria and receive my internet via fibre optics.Do you have agency in Veliko Tarnovo. Or are you able to advise via E-mail

Don Kemish
22nd September 2012

Can I get Sky F1 in Australia ?

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