Dan Howdle | February 8th, 2024
Starting today, Virgin Media is offering some of the best deals on its broadband and TV packages that we've ever seen, with a choice of either £250 in bill credit (which gets taken off your first several bills making the package free for several months), or if you're in the market a free 43" LG TV. You can take your choice on sign-up.
These deals are only available up to and including 14 February 2024 (just a week), so if you see one that suits your needs, you'll need to avoid dilly-dallying and jump straight in – it won't be around long, and deals this good are rare from Virgin Media.
The offer is available on a total of seven different broadband and TV bundles. Here we're going to take a look at four of them, but if you want to peruse the entire list, you can head to our fully-featured Virgin Media bundle comparison tool.
Virgin Media's Bigger Combo Bundle + Movies is underpinned by 264Mbps broadband. To get some sort of idea how fast that is, we typically recommend around 60-100Mbps is a good speed for most households, unless it contains a lot of gamers. Gaming itself doesn't actually require much speed at all, however the slower your package the more time you're going to spend downloading games and updates. On top of that you have Virgin TV with over 200 channels, including all Sky Cinema channels. The TV 360 box provided by Virgin Media is excellent, and this package offers a lot for the money.
This is another variant of the Bigger Combo Bundle we talk about above. So again we have very quick 264Mbps forming the base of the bundle. On top, we have Virgin TV again with the excellent TV 360 box, but instead of movie channel options in the form of Sky Cinema, here that's replaced by the full range of Sky Sports channels, including both Sky Main Event and Sky Sports F1. Virgin Media used to also include what was then BT Sport (now TNT Sports), but since the brand changed hands, the deal with BT Virgin Media had is no longer in place. You can, however, add TNT Sports to this bundle as you please once you're up and running with your package.
Virgin Media's Biggest Combo TV Bundle starts with a broadband speed of 132Mbps. If that's not fast enough for you, worry not. You can select any speed you desire to go in the bundle by clicking 'Customise my bundle' during the sign-up process. The 'Biggest' part of the bundle refers to the TV offering, where you get over 210 channels that includes both Sky Sports and Sky Cinema, as well as all Sky Entertainment channels in HD (except Sky Atlantic). You'll also get a Netflix subscription, which you can make use of even if you already subscribe to Netflix thanks to the ability to connect your existing account to the Virgin Media version, thereby either getting it free or if you're on a high-tier Netflix subscription currently, getting a substantial monthly discount.
Our pick of this bunch, if you can afford it, is the Mega Volt Bundle. Yes, it's not cheap, but hold on a moment, because 'value' and 'price' aren't always the same thing. You'll get ludicrously fast 516Mbps broadband, and every channel under the sun in the Mega Volt Bundle, including Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Sky Entertainment and a free Netflix subscription. You'll also get an O2 SIM with unlimited data you can easily transfer your existing number to. So if you're already paying for a mobile package and a Netflix subscription, the price of the Mega Volt Bundle starts to look rather small, and represents the cheapest possible way to get that sort of broadband speed and indeed the full spread of premium Sky channels.
The advantage of bill credits is you get the benefit right out of the gate. Unbeknownst to most people, cashback reward cards have to be claimed by the customer within a tiny window of time months after your deal has started and if you forget, you lose the reward. Not so here. You'll just get the £250 taken off your first few months' bills.
The LG TV in question is the catchily named 43UR73006LA, which has a retail price of £279. So it could be argued you're going to get slightly better value out of this deal if you plump for the TV instead of the bill credit, but Virgin Media is no doubt getting these at a discount, so it's all the same to them. And of course, it all depends if you really need or want a small-ish 4K TV. You can take a closer look at the specifications for this TV on the LG website.
There are currently no set-up fees on any of these Virgin Media bundles. Outside of offers, this is usually £35.
Each of these deals comes on an 18-month contract and, depending on whether you already have a Virgin Media cable coming into your home, will in most cases require an engineer visit to install. Typically this takes around two weeksand you will need permission from your landlord if you don't own your home as it requires running a cable through your exterior wall and into your home.
The Cable.co.uk broadband customer survey asked 6,000 UK broadband customers what they thought of their broadband provider. Virgin Media came out near top for speed satisfaction. That is, how close to the speed promised its customers actually received.
A final note – something worth mentioning if you're not aware. Unlike most other providers, who operate on the Openreach network and are therefore available to almost everyone, Virgin Media operates on its own distinct network. For this reason it's not available to everyone. Currently around three out of five homes can get it. You can check if it's available at your address using out Virgin Media postcode checker.
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