Can I get Sky TV in my area?
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.
If you would like to get Sky TV bundled with broadband you can check to see if you can get Sky broadband where you are.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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