Paying for your TV and broadband separately could cost you more than bundling them together in a combined broadband and TV deal. Many people also find it easier and more convenient to deal with only one provider for the two services, with only one monthly bill to pay.
You can also add a phone bundle with discounted or unlimited calls to your broadband and TV packages. Take a look at our broadband, TV and phone deals if combining everything in one place sounds appealing.
Choosing the right TV service to add to your broadband provision can be tricky, as there are so many on the market. Some providers offer little more than Freeview, while others have hundreds of channels to choose from.
Take a look at our comparison tables, and be sure to watch out for the following:
Broadband speed – Before choosing your TV package, you’ll want to get the basics of your broadband right, including the broadband speed that will best meet the needs of your household.
For more advice, check out our broadband speed guide.
Channels – Opt for quality over quantity, as there’s little point in paying for hundreds of channels you’re unlikely to watch regularly. Look for or put together bundles that include content you’re interested in, whether that’s sports, films, or kids’ TV.
Contract length – With most broadband and TV bundles, you’ll need to sign a contract for at least 12 months. Some providers may offer better monthly rates in exchange for a longer contract, of either 18 or 24 months. This isn’t ideal, as if you need to end the contract early for any reason, you’re likely to be charged a hefty penalty. Learn more about broadband contracts with our guide.
Customer support – Good customer support is important, especially if you need a constant internet connection to work from home, or keep the teenagers in your home entertained! EE, Plusnet, Virgin Media and Sky all scored highly in Ofcom’s customer satisfaction survey. Read our latest broadband reviews to find out how the big UK providers stack up.
Price – Work out how much you can comfortably afford to spend on internet provision each month, and weigh up broadband and TV bundle options within this budget. You may have to make sacrifices, such as fewer channels, to keep costs as low as possible.
Equipment and installation – Some providers charge for installation and equipment like routers and set-top boxes (or delivery of this equipment) when you sign up for a new broadband and TV deal.
It’s possible to find broadband deals without installation costs or equipment charges if you shop around, and this can save you a substantial amount of money. If you choose a bundle from Sky, you’ll need to have a satellite dish installed on the side of your home, which could cause a problem for some customers. If you rent your property, you’ll also need to get permission from your landlord.
Not all providers offer combined broadband and TV packages, and when you do find a provider and deal you’re happy with, you’ll need to check that it’s available in your area. Your choice is also likely to be affected by the channels you want to include, based on your household’s hobbies and interests.
Here’s a rundown of UK providers that offer combine broadband and TV deals:
BT TV – BT offer their service via a fixed-line broadband connection known as Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). There are different TV boxes which allow you to choose the channels you want, with a top-end TV Max package that includes a 4K-capable box with a dedicated sports channel.
NOW TV – Owned by Sky, NOW Broadband offers a range of broadband deals, all with no credit checks. The brand also has some excellent entertainment bundles from their NOW TV division, with over 300 box sets and all the latest TV shows included.
Sky TV – Sky’s satellite TV offerings are already familiar to thousands of homes. As well as an enormous number of channels, the brand also has a solid broadband offering with fast speeds.
TalkTalk TV – TalkTalk TV, exclusive to TalkTalk broadband customers, is mostly Freeview. A couple of add-ons are available, however, including popular bundles like Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, BT Sport, or kids’ channels.
Virgin Media TV – A major player in the field of combined broadband and TV services, Virgin Media offers fast and reliable broadband with cable TV that supplies hundreds of channels - so you’ll never be without something to binge watch.
Before signing a combined broadband and TV deal contract, it’s worth carefully weighing up your options to ensure you’re signing up for a deal that’s affordable, and suits your needs. For some people, purchasing the services separately may be a better fit.
Here are the pros and cons of choosing a broadband and TV bundle.
Price – If you’re already paying for a TV subscription service, combining this with broadband provision is likely to be a cheaper option than TV and broadband sold separately.
Convenience – You may find it easier to manage your finances if you’re paying one monthly bill, from one provider. The more separate subscriptions you have, the more bills you have to remember, and the more companies you’ll need to contact if you have questions, or if something goes wrong.
Syncing products – If you sign up for a broadband and TV bundle with 4K TV capabilities, you can be sure that it will include internet that’s fast enough to cope with this. Buying services separately can mean that products aren’t compatible, which can be a headache to sort out.
Switching can be difficult: If you’re not sure about your future living situations, for instance if you might need to move house in the near future, switching a combined broadband and TV deal to a new provider can be trickier than moving separate services. For this reason, it’s best to sign up for a combined deal only if you’re sure that you can ride out the contract in full. For advice about switching broadband providers, read our guide.
You may overpay: You may be tempted by a wide range of TV channels that you don’t end up watching in the long-term, meaning you pay over the odds for your combined broadband and TV.
You can’t have the best of both worlds: Combining the broadband you need with the TV service you want isn’t always smooth sailing. Virgin Media has the fastest broadband, for instance, while Sky has the best TV. So if you want very fast speeds with Sky Atlantic, you may have to make a sacrifice. If you want extremely fast speeds and Sky Atlantic, you’ll have to make a sacrifice.
Satellite and cable services will require an engineer to install the dish or ensure the right cables are connected to your TV so you can watch their channels. When you sign up with a provider they will arrange a day and time for this to take place and all have strict Covid guidance in place to ensure your safety.
This varies all the time, as different providers change their offers. If you’re in the market for a new bundle, keep an eye on our comparison tool to see what’s available right now. You’ll find that deals appear and disappear almost every week.
It depends on the provider and the deal. Upfront costs are quite common, and some of the best providers include them. If you’re set against paying them, though, you can use our search tool to filter them out.
Yes. Virgin Media and Sky both offer TV packages without broadband. However, you will pay more by doing this rather than choosing a bundle.
Yes, Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview and BT make it easy for you to watch your favourite streaming services through the set top box or directly from the TV app.
Popular channels like Sky Sports and Sky Cinema can be added as extras to packages from Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and TalkTalk. If you have an Apple TV you could download Sky's NOW TV app and use it to subscribe to Sky Sports or Sky Cinema. This is a very roundabout way of doing things, though, and you'll pay more.
Like Sky, BT Sport can be added as an extra to packages from BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, and Plusnet. Generally, you'll find quite a bit of flexibility when adding channels to a package, but prices may vary.
The most exclusive channel out there is probably Sky Atlantic, available only on Sky packages. To watch Sky Atlantic content with a different provider, you'll have to sign up to NOW TV. You can do this on a rolling basis, with your contract renewing each month. This means it's a good option to watch one season of must-see TV, before cancelling the contract.
No. Through Virgin Media, you can get a TV and broadband bundle without a landline. However, no matter which provider you choose, you'll always have to pay for line rental. This price will be included in your regular monthly fee, and is not itemised separately.
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