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Sky Original Bundle review

Friday, March 21st 2014

If you want to sample Sky TV but keep your monthly fee low, the Original Bundle could be the package for you. Sky’s lowest-priced collection includes a range of subscription, free-to-air and HD channels.

You can personalise it, get it installed for free, get an app to watch it on the move, save up to a week’s worth of telly with it, all from £21.50 per month. Sound interesting?

What you get

The Original Bundle features some of Sky’s most popular programming in the Sky Entertainment pack. You get a Sky+ HD box to record shows and the Sky Go app to stream your favourite programmes on mobile devices while you are out and about. You’ll need Wi-Fi access for this, or you can upgrade to Sky Go Extra (£5 per month) to download content to enjoy later without an internet connection. Check out the full feature line-up and channel list below.

Sky Original Bundle
Entertainment channels35 (including Sky Atlantic)
Free-to-air channels240
HD channels11
On demandYes, Wi-Fi connection required
Seven day catch upYes, Wi-Fi connection required
On the goYes, with Sky Go app
Contract12 months
HardwareSky+ HD box
Pause, rewind & record live TVYes
Storage capacityUp to 60 hours of HD or 185 hours or standard definition TV
Price from£21.50 per month →
Sky Original Bundle
Entertainment channels
35 (including Sky Atlantic)
Free-to-air channels
240
HD channels
11
On demand
Yes, Wi-Fi connection required
Seven day catch up
Yes, Wi-Fi connection required
On the go
Yes, with Sky Go app
Contract
12 months
Hardware
Sky+ HD box
Pause, rewind & record live TV
Yes
Storage capacity
Up to 60 hours of HD or 185 hours or standard definition TV
Price

Entertainment (50)
4seven
4seven
BBC One
BBC One
BBC Two
BBC Two
ITV
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 4
Channel 5
Channel 5
G.O.L.D
G.O.L.D
BBC Three
BBC Three
BBC Three HD
BBC Three HD
Sky2
Sky2
Sky LivingIt
Sky LivingIt
Challenge
Challenge
Comedy Central Extra
Comedy Central Extra
S4/C
S4/C
More4
More4
Channel 4 HD
Channel 4 HD
BBC One HD
BBC One HD
DMAX
DMAX
CBS Reality
CBS Reality
CBS Action
CBS Action
CBS Drama
CBS Drama
E!
E!
PICK TV
PICK TV
Quest
Quest
Sony Entertainment Television
Sony Entertainment Television
Drama
Drama
BBC Alba
BBC Alba
BBC Two HD
BBC Two HD
Sky1
Sky1
Sky Living
Sky Living
Sky Atlantic
Sky Atlantic
5USA
5USA
5*
5*
ITV HD
ITV HD
True Entertainment
True Entertainment
FOX
FOX
Sumo TV
Sumo TV
Syfy
Syfy
E4
E4
My Channel
My Channel
Universal Channel
Universal Channel
Comedy Central
Comedy Central
ITV2
ITV2
ITV3
ITV3
Dave
Dave
Watch
Watch
ITV4
ITV4
alibi
alibi
Really
Really
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifestyle (16)
Sky Arts 1
Sky Arts 1
Sky Arts 2
Sky Arts 2
Home
Home
Travel Channel
Travel Channel
Style
Style
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Home & Health
Food Network
Food Network
Discovery Travel & Living
Discovery Travel & Living
Wedding TV
Wedding TV
?TV
?TV
Luxury Life
Luxury Life
Horse & Country
Horse & Country
The Active Channel
The Active Channel
Fitness TV
Fitness TV
Good Food
Good Food
Holiday+Cruise
Holiday+Cruise
Movies (10)
Men&Movies
Men&Movies
Film4
Film4
TCM
TCM
TCM 2
TCM 2
Horror Channel
Horror Channel
True Movies 1
True Movies 1
True Movies 2
True Movies 2
Sony Movie Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Movies4Men
Movies4Men
Movies 24
Movies 24
Sports (2)
Motors TV
Motors TV
LFC TV
LFC TV
Factual (4)
BBC Four
BBC Four
BBC Four HD
BBC Four HD
Discovery Real Time
Discovery Real Time
Discovery Shed
Discovery Shed
Kids (10)
Boomerang
Boomerang
CBBC
CBBC
CBBC HD
CBBC HD
CBeebies
CBeebies
CBeebies HD
CBeebies HD
POP
POP
Tiny Pop
Tiny Pop
CITV
CITV
Pop Girl
Pop Girl
Kix!
Kix!
Music (17)
MTV
MTV
Viva
Viva
Kiss
Kiss
Magic
Magic
Chart Show TV
Chart Show TV
The Vault
The Vault
Flava
Flava
Vintage TV
Vintage TV
Channel AKA
Channel AKA
Starz TV
Starz TV
Bliss
Bliss
Scuzz
Scuzz
Dance Nation TV
Dance Nation TV
Greatest Hits TV
Greatest Hits TV
BuzMuzik
BuzMuzik
Clubland TV
Clubland TV
Massive R&B
Massive R&B
Shopping (29)
QVC
QVC
JML Direct
JML Direct
Argos TV
Argos TV
TV Shop
TV Shop
Ideal World
Ideal World
Price Drop
Price Drop
Pitch TV
Pitch TV
Retail TV
Retail TV
High Street TV
High Street TV
Best Direct
Best Direct
Jewellery Channel
Jewellery Channel
Ideal Extra
Ideal Extra
Gems TV
Gems TV
JML Home & DIY
JML Home & DIY
Bid TV
Bid TV
Jewellery Maker
Jewellery Maker
Gems TV Extra
Gems TV Extra
Pitch World
Pitch World
QVC Beauty
QVC Beauty
PaversShoes.tv
PaversShoes.tv
Thane Direct
Thane Direct
V Channel
V Channel
Speed Auction
Speed Auction
Rocks & Co 1
Rocks & Co 1
JML Cookshop
JML Cookshop
Ideal & More
Ideal & More
Create and Craft
Create and Craft
Celebrity Shop
Celebrity Shop
The Dept Store
The Dept Store
News (14)
Bloomberg Television
Bloomberg Television
BBC News
BBC News
BBC Parliament
BBC Parliament
CNBC Europe
CNBC Europe
CNN International
CNN International
NHK World HD
NHK World HD
Euronews
Euronews
CCTV News
CCTV News
RT HD
RT HD
France 24 English
France 24 English
Sky News
Sky News
RT
RT
Community Channel
Community Channel
BBC News HD
BBC News HD
International (56)
BEN
BEN
Propeller
Propeller
Vox Africa
Vox Africa
The Africa Channel
The Africa Channel
Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English
CNC World
CNC World
TVC News
TVC News
B4U Music
B4U Music
STAR Life OK
STAR Life OK
STAR Plus
STAR Plus
Phoenix CNE
Phoenix CNE
Bangla TV
Bangla TV
MTA Muslim TV
MTA Muslim TV
Zing
Zing
PTV Prime
PTV Prime
MATV National
MATV National
UMP Movies
UMP Movies
Lamhe
Lamhe
TV5MONDE
TV5MONDE
Record TV
Record TV
DM Digital
DM Digital
Hidayat TV
Hidayat TV
ARY Qtv
ARY Qtv
Venus TV
Venus TV
ARY News
ARY News
STAR Gold
STAR Gold
PTV Global
PTV Global
Islam Channel
Islam Channel
Channel S
Channel S
SAB TV
SAB TV
Noor TV
Noor TV
Peace TV
Peace TV
Music India
Music India
Al Jazeera Children's Channel
Al Jazeera Children's Channel
IQRA TV
IQRA TV
ATN Bangla
ATN Bangla
Ummah Channel
Ummah Channel
Colors
Colors
Sunrise TV
Sunrise TV
Rishtey
Rishtey
Glory TV
Glory TV
Brit Asia TV
Brit Asia TV
Channel 9 UK
Channel 9 UK
Ahlebait TV
Ahlebait TV
Madani Channel
Madani Channel
Sikh Channel
Sikh Channel
Peace TV Urdu
Peace TV Urdu
Ahlulbayt TV
Ahlulbayt TV
UCTV
UCTV
Channel i
Channel i
Takbeer TV
Takbeer TV
Sangat TV
Sangat TV
Aastha TV
Aastha TV
9XM
9XM
NTV
NTV
Sky News Arabia
Sky News Arabia
Religion (17)
Open Heaven TV
Open Heaven TV
God TV
God TV
Revelation
Revelation
TBN Europe
TBN Europe
Daystar
Daystar
UCB TV
UCB TV
Loveworld TV
Loveworld TV
Inspiration
Inspiration
Gospel Channel
Gospel Channel
EWTN TV
EWTN TV
The Word Network
The Word Network
Faith World TV
Faith World TV
KICC TV
KICC TV
Believe TV
Believe TV
Olive TV
Olive TV
Praise TV
Praise TV
SonLife Broadcasting Network
SonLife Broadcasting Network
Gaming (4)
BET
BET
Sky Poker
Sky Poker
Super Casino
Super Casino
Smart Live
Smart Live
Specialist (7)
Showcase TV
Showcase TV
Showcase 2
Showcase 2
Controversial TV
Controversial TV
Information TV
Information TV
Renault TV
Renault TV
Psychic Line
Psychic Line
Psychic Today
Psychic Today
Adult (22)
Dating Channel
Dating Channel
GayXchange
GayXchange
Gay Network
Gay Network
Chat Box
Chat Box
PlayboyTV Chat
PlayboyTV Chat
Babestation
Babestation
Get Lucky TV
Get Lucky TV
Lucky Star
Lucky Star
Red Light 1
Red Light 1
UK Swingers
UK Swingers
Flirt TV 2
Flirt TV 2
xxXpanded TV
xxXpanded TV
Red Light 3
Red Light 3
Red Light 4
Red Light 4
Babe Guide
Babe Guide
Northern Birds
Northern Birds
Essex Babes
Essex Babes
Elite TV
Elite TV
Storm
Storm
SportxxxGirls
SportxxxGirls
Elite TV 3
Elite TV 3
LivexxxBabes
LivexxxBabes
Radio (70)
Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Classic Rock
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
Classic FM
Classic FM
talkSPORT
talkSPORT
Capital FM
Capital FM
Planet Rock
Planet Rock
Heart
Heart
LBC 97.3
LBC 97.3
Xfm
Xfm
Choice FM
Choice FM
BBC World Service
BBC World Service
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Asian Network
BBC Radio Asian Network
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio 6 Music
Gold
Gold
WRN Radio
WRN Radio
Premier Christian Radio
Premier Christian Radio
LBC 1152 News
LBC 1152 News
UCB UK
UCB UK
Smooth Radio
Smooth Radio
Solar Radio
Solar Radio
Panjab Radio
Panjab Radio
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC Radio 4 Extra
Sunrise Radio
Sunrise Radio
UCB Bible
UCB Bible
UCB Gospel
UCB Gospel
UCB Inspiration
UCB Inspiration
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
Real Radio Wales
Real Radio Wales
Sukh Sagar
Sukh Sagar
Khushkhabri
Khushkhabri
BBC London 94.9
BBC London 94.9
BBC Radio Cymru
BBC Radio Cymru
Calvary Radio
Calvary Radio
Family Radio
Family Radio
RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ 2FM
RTÉ 2FM
RTÉ Lyric FM
RTÉ Lyric FM
RTÉ na Gaeltachta
RTÉ na Gaeltachta
Desi Radio
Desi Radio
Kismat Radio
Kismat Radio
Amrit Bani
Amrit Bani
Chill
Chill
Magic
Magic
Shop Radio
Shop Radio
Spectrum Radio
Spectrum Radio
Liberty Radio
Liberty Radio
Punjabi Radio
Punjabi Radio
Insight Radio
Insight Radio
Absolute 80s
Absolute 80s
Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio
Jazz FM
Jazz FM
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio 90s
Kanshiradio
Kanshiradio
Record Radio
Record Radio
Rainbow Radio
Rainbow Radio
Yorkshire Radio
Yorkshire Radio
Newstalk
Newstalk
BFBS Radio
BFBS Radio
UCB Ireland
UCB Ireland
Standalone* (2)
MUTV
MUTV
Premier Sports
Premier Sports
+1 channels (49)
Sky Living +1
Sky Living +1
Comedy Central +1
Comedy Central +1
ITV +1
ITV +1
G.O.L.D +1
G.O.L.D +1
Channel 4 +1
Channel 4 +1
E4 +1
E4 +1
More4 +1
More4 +1
DMAX +1
DMAX +1
CBS Reality +1
CBS Reality +1
Universal Channel +1
Universal Channel +1
PICK TV +1
PICK TV +1
Watch +1
Watch +1
Dave ja vu
Dave ja vu
Comedy Central Extra +1
Comedy Central Extra +1
MTV +1
MTV +1
Challenge +1
Challenge +1
FOX +
FOX +
Quest +1
Quest +1
Sky1 +1
Sky1 +1
Sky Atlantic +1
Sky Atlantic +1
5USA +1
5USA +1
Channel 5 +24
Channel 5 +24
Channel 5 +1
Channel 5 +1
ITV2 +1
ITV2 +1
ITV3 +1
ITV3 +1
Sony Entertainment Television +1
Sony Entertainment Television +1
Men&Movies +1
Men&Movies +1
BET +1
BET +1
Syfy +1
Syfy +1
DMAX +2
DMAX +2
alibi +1
alibi +1
Lifetime +1
Lifetime +1
5* +1
5* +1
Sky LivingIt +1
Sky LivingIt +1
Showcase TV +1
Showcase TV +1
Discovery Real Time +1
Discovery Real Time +1
Home +1
Home +1
Good Food +1
Good Food +1
Travel Channel +1
Travel Channel +1
Discovery Home & Health +1
Discovery Home & Health +1
Food Network +1
Food Network +1
More 4 +2
More 4 +2
Film4 +1
Film4 +1
Horror Channel +1
Horror Channel +1
Sony Movie Channel +1
Sony Movie Channel +1
Movies4Men +1
Movies4Men +1
Movies 24+
Movies 24+
Tiny Pop +1
Tiny Pop +1
Pop Girl +1
Pop Girl +1

*Additional charges apply to standalone channels

What you don’t get

As you might expect from Sky’s budget TV package, many of the flagship channels aren’t included in this bundle; most notably, the 11 dedicated Sky Movies channels and the six dedicated Sky Sports channels. But the good news is that you can add these to your package if you want them, or opt for the Sky Movies Bundle or Sky Sports Bundle instead. Those looking for lots of HD content might be disappointed too, as there is a limited selection and you can’t add an HD pack to get more.

Anything termed a Sky 'bundle' includes only TV, but you can add broadband and phone for a full telecoms package if you wish. Sky says it includes Talk Weekends (unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines provided they total an hour or less) and Broadband Lite (2GB maximum data restriction) for ‘free’ with all Sky TV, although this isn’t strictly true since you’ll still need to pay a line rental of £15.40 should you choose to take them.

You can upgrade to unlimited standard broadband from £3.75 and unlimited fibre from £7.50 per month, plus line rental. You can see the line-up of optional extras below.

Sky Sports£22 per month
Sky Movies£16 per month
BT SportFree to BT broadband customers, otherwise £12 per month plus £15 activation fee
Sky MultiscreenFrom £11.25 per month
Sky Go Extra£5 per month (or free with Multiscreen)
Sky line rental£15.40
With standard broadband & weekend callsFrom £36.90 per month
With fibre broadband & weekend callsFrom £46.90 per month
Sky Sports
£22 per month
Sky Movies
£16 per month
BT Sport
Free to BT broadband customers, otherwise £12 per month plus £15 activation fee
Sky Multiscreen
From £11.25 per month
Sky Go Extra
£5 per month (or free with Multiscreen)
Sky line rental
£15.40
With standard broadband & weekend calls
From £36.90 per month
With fibre broadband & weekend calls
From £46.90 per month

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Alternatives

If the Original Bundle isn’t quite what you’re after, one of Sky’s other bundles might be a better option. There’s the Family, Sports, Movies and Complete. Alternatively, Virgin TV is worth a look, as is Now TV for Sky’s top channels at a cheaper price and without the lengthy contract.

Conclusion

As far as pay TV packages go, the Original Bundle is a great way to get your hands on Sky’s top channels, including the coveted Sky Atlantic for popular shows like Girls, Mad Men and Game of Thrones. You’ll be able to record your favourite shows and whole series with one click on the remote, and also catch up with anything you’ve missed in the last seven days.

The price is reasonable, but if you're looking for movies and sporting action, you'll find it lacking. Also bear in mind that the cost starts to creep up when you add these extras.

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Comments (2)

christin
22nd October 2013

I am very upset with sky. My bill started out at £19 pounds an pence. With out getting in touch with me they have increased my bill over the past years. it is now £4671. I can not afford that so I all so will be changing over. You can up grade your sky t v channels but they don't tell you how to down grade. paying £46.71 is taking out off my weekly money leaves me with less than £70pounds to get food and pay my electric gas t.v licence b.t phone etc. so sky you will be loosing a good customer when I leave you

Ginette White
20th August 2013

I have recently taken up the entertainment extra for £5 per month extra i thought i was on the original bundle as i do not have or want films or sports. I was surprised to find out because i have documentries i already have to pay extra for this it also allows me music and childrens channels which i do not use. I do not think anyone is able to personlise your sky as there are lots of channels i do not use this includes religion,shopping,international,radio,adult,gaming and standalone. My current contract is due to end 26/05/2014. I will be giving my 31 days notice on 25/04/2014 and going with Virgin who seem to offer more for your money. Very unhappy future ex customer. Ginette White

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