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Virgin Media
  • 143 digital TV channels + V HD Box
  • On demand and catch up TV
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • 143 digital TV channels + V HD Box
  • On demand and catch up TV
  • Unlimited weekend calls
Virgin Media
  • 143 digital TV channels + V HD Box
  • On demand and catch up TV
  • Unlimited weekend calls
not
included
not
included
18
months
143
channels
11
hd
18
months
£4.99
£9.50 after 12 mthsprice details
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0800 093 1662
Virgin Media
  • 79 digital TV channels + V HD Box
  • 8 Sky TV channels, more on demand
  • Unlimited weekend calls
    • 79 digital TV channels + V HD Box
    • 8 Sky TV channels, more on demand
    • Unlimited weekend calls
      Virgin Media
      • 79 digital TV channels + V HD Box
      • 8 Sky TV channels, more on demand
      • Unlimited weekend calls
        not
        included
        not
        included
        18
        months
        79
        channels
        10
        hd
        18
        months
        See DealMore
        0800 093 1662
        BT
        • Over 80 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
        • Up to 17Mbps totally unlimited broadband
        • Free weekend calls
        • Over 80 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
        • Up to 17Mbps totally unlimited broadband
        • Free weekend calls
        BT
        • Over 80 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
        • Up to 17Mbps totally unlimited broadband
        • Free weekend calls
        17Mb
        up to
        Unlimited
        truly unlimited
        12
        months
        91
        channels
        12
        hd
        12
        months
        Virgin Media
        • 143 digital TV channels + TiVo
        • Pause, rewind & record live TV
        • Unlimited weekend calls
        • 143 digital TV channels + TiVo
        • Pause, rewind & record live TV
        • Unlimited weekend calls
        Virgin Media
        • 143 digital TV channels + TiVo
        • Pause, rewind & record live TV
        • Unlimited weekend calls
        not
        included
        not
        included
        18
        months
        143
        channels
        11
        hd
        18
        months
        £9.99
        £14.50 after 12 mthsprice details
        See DealMore
        0800 093 1662
        BT
        • Over 80 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
        • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 20GB usage
        • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls included
        • Over 80 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
        • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 20GB usage
        • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls included
        BT
        • Over 80 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
        • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 20GB usage
        • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls included
        38Mb
        up to
        20GB
        usage limit
        12
        months
        91
        channels
        12
        hd
        12
        months
        See DealMore
        ONLINE ONLY
        Virgin Media
        • 79 digital TV channels + TiVo
        • 8 Sky TV channels, more on demand
        • Unlimited weekend calls
          • 79 digital TV channels + TiVo
          • 8 Sky TV channels, more on demand
          • Unlimited weekend calls
            Virgin Media
            • 79 digital TV channels + TiVo
            • 8 Sky TV channels, more on demand
            • Unlimited weekend calls
              not
              included
              not
              included
              18
              months
              79
              channels
              10
              hd
              18
              months
              See DealMore
              0800 093 1662
              Virgin Media
              • Up to 50Mb unlimited fibre broadband
              • 64 TV channels & TiVo box
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              • Up to 50Mb unlimited fibre broadband
              • 64 TV channels & TiVo box
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              Virgin Media
              • Up to 50Mb unlimited fibre broadband
              • 64 TV channels & TiVo box
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              50Mb
              up to
              Unlimited
              traffic mgmt
              18
              months
              64
              channels
              10
              hd
              18
              months
              £12.99
              £22 after 12 mthsprice details
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              0800 093 1662
              Virgin Media
              • 179 digital TV channels + V HD Box
              • 11 crystal clear HD channels
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              • 179 digital TV channels + V HD Box
              • 11 crystal clear HD channels
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              Virgin Media
              • 179 digital TV channels + V HD Box
              • 11 crystal clear HD channels
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              not
              included
              not
              included
              18
              months
              179
              channels
              11
              hd
              18
              months
              £13.99
              £18.50 after 12 mthsprice details
              See DealMore
              0800 093 1662
              BT
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • Up to 38Mbps broadband, 20GB usage
              • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • Up to 38Mbps broadband, 20GB usage
              • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
              BT
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • Up to 38Mbps broadband, 20GB usage
              • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
              38Mb
              up to
              20GB
              usage limit
              12
              months
              111
              channels
              12
              hd
              12
              months
              See DealMore
              ONLINE ONLY
              Virgin Media
              • 179 digital TV channels + TiVo
              • 11 crystal clear HD channels
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              • 179 digital TV channels + TiVo
              • 11 crystal clear HD channels
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              Virgin Media
              • 179 digital TV channels + TiVo
              • 11 crystal clear HD channels
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              not
              included
              not
              included
              18
              months
              179
              channels
              11
              hd
              18
              months
              £18.99
              £23.50 after 12 mthsprice details
              See DealMore
              0800 093 1662
              Virgin Media
              • Up to 100Mb unlimited fibre broadband
              • 143 digital TV channels + TiVo
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              • Up to 100Mb unlimited fibre broadband
              • 143 digital TV channels + TiVo
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              Virgin Media
              • Up to 100Mb unlimited fibre broadband
              • 143 digital TV channels + TiVo
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              100Mb
              up to
              Unlimited
              traffic mgmt
              18
              months
              143
              channels
              11
              hd
              18
              months
              £19.99
              £32 after 12 mthsprice details
              See DealMore
              0800 093 1662
              BT
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 20GB usage
              • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 20GB usage
              • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
              BT
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 20GB usage
              • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
              38Mb
              up to
              20GB
              usage limit
              12
              months
              116
              channels
              12
              hd
              12
              months
              See DealMore
              ONLINE ONLY
              BT
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • Up to 38Mbps unlimited fibre broadband
              • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • Up to 38Mbps unlimited fibre broadband
              • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
              BT
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • Up to 38Mbps unlimited fibre broadband
              • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
              38Mb
              up to
              Unlimited
              truly unlimited
              12
              months
              116
              channels
              12
              hd
              12
              months
              Virgin Media
              • 238 TV channels + V HD Box
              • 43 HD channels inc BT Sport & ESPN
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              • 238 TV channels + V HD Box
              • 43 HD channels inc BT Sport & ESPN
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              Virgin Media
              • 238 TV channels + V HD Box
              • 43 HD channels inc BT Sport & ESPN
              • Unlimited weekend calls
              not
              included
              not
              included
              18
              months
              237
              channels
              42
              hd
              18
              months
              £23.49
              £28 after 12 mthsprice details
              See DealMore
              0800 093 1662
              BT
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • Up to 38Mbps unlimited broadband
              • 5GB BT Cloud, free weekend calls
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • Up to 38Mbps unlimited broadband
              • 5GB BT Cloud, free weekend calls
              BT
              • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
              • Up to 38Mbps unlimited broadband
              • 5GB BT Cloud, free weekend calls
              38Mb
              up to
              Unlimited
              truly unlimited
              12
              months
              111
              channels
              12
              hd
              12
              months
              See DealMore
              ONLINE ONLY
              28

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              What you need to know

              • Prices last checked and verified 29th June 2015
              • Broadband speeds may vary
              • Monthly costs exclude line rental unless indicated
              • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
              • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract
              • The line rental prices shown are for payment on a monthly basis. Some providers offer reduced prices on line rental when an upfront payment is made for 12 months

              How to compare and buy cable TV

              How do I compare different packages?

              If you’re thinking of switching your TV provider, then it’s worth checking that you’re backing the right horse before putting your money down. Our comparison tables let you do just that, ensuring you get the important information so you can make the right choice.

              Availability

              Unfortunately, not everything you see on the compare table will be available to you. Before you start to compare TV deals, make sure you put your postcode into the tracker at the top of the page – this will show you what you can get in your area.

              Check the detail

              We want you to make the right decision when picking your package, so we include as much information as possible. Even so, make sure that you check your chosen TV package thoroughly before you commit. You can access more information about each deal by clicking on the name.

              Why choose cable TV?

              There is such a range of great TV packages out there that will enhance your viewing experience. Here are three great reasons to pick up a cable TV deal.

              A great variety of programing

              Whatever your tastes, you should be able to find a TV package that ticks all your boxes as there’s such a huge amount of content out there. From the best UK and US entertainment and drama, an array of live sporting events or lists of the latest Hollywood blockbusters, you can’t fail to find something that’ll whet your appetite.

              New ways to watch your content

              The ceaseless march of technological advancement means a new and exciting way to watch your content is just around the corner. Be it HD, online players, 3D, multiroom services or via digital TV recorders, there are so many ways to keep up-to-date with your favourite shows. Most major TV providers offer these as paid-for or free extras, so you should factor that in when you’re making your decision.

              Most TV deals can be bundled up with broadband and phone plans

              Currently there are four major providers that give you the option of bundling up your TV package in a broadband and TV bundle. If you use these services, this is a fantastic way both to simplify your billing and reduce your monthly expenses. Companies like Sky and BT have very competitive TV prices, and offer both ADSL and fibre optic broadband, so you can match your speed with your needs.

              Pros & cons

              Pros

              • A great variety of programming
              • New ways to watch your content
              • Bundles can cost less than buying separately

              Cons

              • Not all TV packages are available UK-wide
              • Some deals require installation fees
              • More expensive than a simple Freeview box

              Which package is right for me?

              There are some great packages out there, but finding the right one for you is key to getting the best value. Here are some of our favourites for three different levels of TV viewer.

              BT TV Essential plus broadband

              This is one of the cheapest but widely available broadband, TV and phone bundles around. You get 70 Freeview TV and radio channels, a simple 17Mbps broadband connection and a weekend call plan. BT only offer the TV Essential package to its broadband and phone customers and, while it’s not the most extensive TV deal around, it does give you access to some great channels and a YouView+ box to record your content, you can also add access to BT Sport and a range of on demand TV box sets.

              Virgin Media’s Big Bang Bundle

              This is a mid-level broadband, TV and phone bundle on offer from Virgin Media. It’s moderately priced and and you get over 130 channels including 11 HD channels, 10 Sky channels and a TiVo 500GB box, so you can record, rewind and pause your content. You also get 100Mbps fibre optic broadband, perfect for those with families that spend a lot of time online, and an unlimited weekend call plan.

              Sky’s Complete Bundle

              The Complete Bundle offers the most extensive and varied range of TV currently on the market. It includes over 240 free-to-air channels, 80 entertainment channels and 50 HD channels. You also get Sky Sports HD and Sky Movies HD, and a Sky+ HD box, so you’ll never be short of something to watch. This is a top-end TV package that comes with a top-end price tag, but if you’re willing to pay the price, having Sky’s Complete bundle means you’ll never be lost for something to watch again.

              What will I need?

              Check your postcode to see what you can get

              Before you set your heart on a package, check whether it is available in your area. Virgin Media and TalkTalk send their TV signals through cables, and availability is not yet guaranteed everywhere. Sky, on the other hand, delivers its signal via satellite, and is available to almost everyone. You can use our postcode checker at the top of the page to see what you can get.

              A good broadband connection will improve viewing options

              By coupling your TV package with a broadband deal, you are giving yourself access to a greater range of additional features that will improve your viewing capabilities. Most providers have access to a streaming service that lets you watch TV or films on demand. Also, features such as Sky Go let you watch your content on wireless devices around your house. While not essential, having broadband is certainly preferable and will squeeze a bit more value from your package.

              How do I switch?

              Make sure you’re getting the right package

              Before you make your decision, ensure you’ve been through the options thoroughly to make sure you’ve made the right choice. Most of these packages come with 18-month contracts, which is a long time to spend with a TV deal you don’t like, so considered it thoroughly before you commit.

              The switching process is largely automatic

              Generally, you don’t need to tell your old provider that you’re switching when you join a new cable TV provider. If you’re moving from BT to TalkTalk, for example, you won’t have to do anything after you’ve joined. But there is one exception to this. If you’re joining Virgin Media, or leaving Virgin Media for someone else, you will have to contact both providers to tell them you’re switching.

              Six essential questions before you buy

              1. How much TV do you want?
              2. What is available in your area?
              3. What is your budget for the service?
              4. Are you comfortable switching TV providers?
              5. Do you want a broadband and phone bundle form your TV provider?
              6. Are you comfortable with a satellite dish being installed on your property?

              Cable.co.uk recommends

              Browsing the TV packages on display can be a stimulating experience, but make sure you keep things in perspective and don’t get carried away. Be honest as to your current viewing habits, and try to work out how drastically they’d alter if you were to purchase a wider deal. Would you really see any value from it? If you’ve recently changed your TV package we’d love to hear about it in our comment section below.