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TV deal of the month: Virgin Media Full House, £55 per month – Premium channels, Freeview, BT Sport, Unlimited 100Mb broadband, inclusive w/kd calls

Tuesday, August 1st 2017 by Dan Howdle
It’s the first of the month, but let’s skip the pinch and the punch and jump straight to the the very best TV bundle deal running right now. This Virgin Media deal offers an astonishing array of premium channels, plus Freeview, BT Sport, and some of the fastest widely available broadband in the UK…

I’ll tell you what you won’t get with the Virgin Media Full House bundle deal – kind of a bad news first thing. What you won’t get is any of those tempting-looking vouchers you’ll see offered all over the place, not least of all using our broadband and TV comparison tool. So if it’s vouchers and cashback you’re after you’ll need to go there and pick something else.

No bull, just a low, low price for the entire term of the contract

No, Virgin Media is throwing aside instant gratification in favour of offering a low-low price throughout the entire 12-month contract period. And believe me when I say, £55 per month for all for all of this is quite astonishingly good value.

How it compares with this month’s other top TV bundle deals

  • Virgin Media The Full House TV Bundle

    Virgin Media
    • Freeview + premium + BT Sport
    • Up to 100Mb download speed
    • Unlimited monthly usage
    • Free weekend calls
    £180 new customer discount & Includes BT Sport in HD
    £20 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • BT Unlimited Infinity 2 + Calls + TV Max

    • Freeview + 60 premium channels
    • Up to 76Mb download speed
    • Truly unlimited monthly usage
    • Free weekend calls
    Offer ends 22nd February, Free BT Sport for 18 months & Free connection worth £50
    £61 .99
    £19.99 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal

A hell of a lot of TV, but no Sky Atlantic

Let’s talk TV for a moment. Virgin Media's Full House bundle deal includes some 93 Freeview channels – all your regulars, such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, as well as increasingly familiar mainstays such as Dave, CBBC, CBeebies, CNN, all the way through to the more ‘exotic’ channels, like Al Jazeera, Africa Channel, France 24, The Horror Channel and God Channel.

In addition to that, you’ll have access to all of Virgin Media’s premium channels. There are 110 of these, including all BT Sport channels (except BT Sport’s UHD channel, BT Sport 4K, which is only available to BT customers). These are too many to list, but include Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky Living, Sky Arts, Syfy, Comedy Central, 13 music channels, 13 kids channels and many more. You can check out the full channel list here.

Now, before you ask, the answer is no. One thing you won’t get with this bundle is Sky Atlantic, so no Game Of Thrones, sadly. However, if you just can’t live without that, you can still get this deal and subscribe to Sky’s internet-TV service Now TV in addition, for an extra £7.99 per month.

100Mbps is probably faster than you need

The 100Mbps download and 12Mbps upload speed available on this Virgin Media deal is plenty with a capital P. I mean, you’re already at a cruising altitude a third higher than anything offered by Sky, BT, TalkTalk or anyone else, and you have the option to upgrade that to a completely unnecessary 200Mbps if you so choose. 100Mb is plenty fast even for large households all using the internet at the same time.

Inclusive weekend calls, if you favour your landline over your mobile

The Virgin Media Full House bundle deal offers free weekend calls to landlines and Virgin mobiles during weekend, 12ppm to UK landlines the rest of the time, with mobile rates varying between networks. As with the broadband, if you’re looking for something a upgradier (yeah, I made that word up, so shoot me) like free anytime calls, you can do so at the checkout.

Last, but not least, Virgin Media is making a point here of offering a 14-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with it. Truth is, all telecoms providers have to offer a cooldown period, but hey, if you proud of it, might as well point it out, hey?

Dan Howdle, Cable.co.uk

Dan Howdle is Cable.co.uk’s resident telecoms expert. Dan appears regularly in the UK press to talk about issues faced by UK consumers on matters of broadband, TV and mobile, and has appeared on BBC Breakfast, ITV News, Sky News, and on a number of BBC and non-BBC UK radio stations. If you have a question for Dan, you can email him at expert@cable.co.uk.

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