How to compare and buy Sky packages
How do I compare different Sky packages?
Sky has an abundance of choice, which makes picking the perfect package a challenge if you don’t really know what you’re looking for. With our comparison table, you can compare Sky TV packages to see exactly what you’ll be getting for your money, and what will best suit your needs.
If you’re after a Sky broadband package, you’ll need to check the availability of the service in your area by putting your postcode into the availability checker at the top of this page. This will show you what is on offer in your area.
Check the detail
Changing broadband provider is a big deal, especially if you’re opting for something with a long contract, so take time to check the small print. Make sure you know the total monthly cost of everything you’re paying for – taking note of when any promotions end – and be sure you will get the full advantage of everything you’re paying for.
Why choose a Sky package?
There is a plethora of good reasons to choose a Sky deal.
The best TV available in the UK
Sky has a huge range of options when it comes to TV, with 240 free-to-air channels, over 80 additional channels and 50 HD channels, so you’ll never be lost for anything to watch again. Equally, you can add Sky Sports and Sky Movies to your base package to enhance your TV bundle further if you wish.
Broadband choices to suit your needs
Sky offers three broadband speeds: 17Mbps, 38Mbps and 76Mbps, which can be added to its TV bundles, although Sky fibre is not yet available everywhere. You also get a free wireless router in the shape of the Sky Hub, and Sky Talk Weekends, as part of the inclusive phone plan.
You can watch your content your way
Sky gives you enough options to watch all your favourite shows ensuring that missing out on the latest cliffhanger should become a thing of the past. With access to Sky Go, Sky+, Catch Up TV and On Demand, Sky Store and Sky Multiscreen, you should never be stuck with nothing to watch.
Pros & cons
- The best TV options in the UK
- Range of broadband to suit your needs
- Loads of viewing options
- There are cheaper options out there
- You’ll need to install a satellite dish
- Some viewing options come at a price
Which Sky package is right for me?
As we’ve already mentioned, picking a TV package can be a difficult, so to help you out we’ve highlighted some of our favourite Sky bundles and why we like them.
The Original Bundle offers a good variety of entertainment
Sky’s entry-level package is great for those who want a selection of what it can offer, without paying too much or getting some of the more specialist content. It gives access to most of Sky’s great entertainment channels like Sky Atlantic and Sky 1, and can be upgraded to include either Sky Sports or Sky Movies, if that’s something you’re looking for.
The Family Bundle has access to HD and 3D content
The Family Bundle is paradise for entertainment lovers. It builds upon the Original Bundle with 75 entertainment channels, including a range of lifestyle, kids, documentaries and music channels, as well as access to TV Box Sets, which lets you watch full TV series whenever you want. You also get additional HD and 3D channels so you can watch some of the best content available in sparkling clarity.
The Complete Bundle
This is the final word in UK TV. It has all the content available on the Family Bundle and gives you all 11 Sky Movies channels and all seven Sky Sports channels. On top of this, you get the HD pack thrown in so you can watch all the action as if it were happening in front of you. With the Complete Bundle you’ll probably never want for TV entertainment again, but it does come at a steep price, so it’s only really worth it if you have the need and the budget.
What will I need?
All of this great content can be made available to you if have the following requirements.
If you want Sky TV, you’ll need a satellite dish installed
Sky is unique among the major UK TV providers in that its TV signal is carried via satellite, which will require you to have a satellite dish and receiver installed at your property. Bear in mind that not all properties are suitable for installation, and if you are in rented accommodation you will have to get permission from your landlord. The actual installation process is carried out by a Sky engineer and is not that complicated, but you will need to be at home when they come.
You’ll need a broadband connection to access some content
If you want to go with Sky for your broadband and phone, you’ll need to check whether it’s available at your property. This can be done with the postcode checker at the top of this page. You’ll need a broadband connection if you want access to any of Sky’s on demand content such as the TV Box Sets feature.
You will need to commit to at least a year with Sky
To take out a Sky package you’ll need to sign a contract of either 12 or 18 months. This should come as no big surprise as all major TV and broadband providers require you to sign some sort of terms of agreement, but if you want to terminate your contract early, Sky will charge you the remaining cost of the contract, so make sure it’s something you can afford and commit to.
How do I switch?
Switching to Sky is not difficult, but there are some simple steps to follow to make sure you don’t get hit with anything unpleasant, like an early termination charge.
You need to contact Sky to organise the transfer
You need to speak to Sky and tell it that you’re thinking of switching. This can be done via the blue ‘See Deal’ buttons on the comparison page above. You’ll need to organise a date for an engineer to come and install the dish.
You may not need to tell your current provider that you’re leaving
If you’re switching from another provider to Sky, you generally won’t have to tell your old provider that you’re leaving. Sky will do this for you, and will handle the whole cancellation and switching process. Once it’s done, you’ll get a letter explaining exactly what has and hasn’t been cancelled and transferred.
There is an exception to this: Virgin Media. If you’re moving to Sky from Virgin you will have to tell Virgin Media that you’re switching to avoid paying for two services.
Six essential questions before you buy
- Am I comfortable with having a Sky satellite dish installed?
- Can I commit to a 12-month contract?
- Do I want my broadband and phone line from Sky?
- Do I want either Sky Movies or Sky Sports?
- Do I want HD content?
- Am I at the end of my current minimum contract?
When you compare TV packages, make sure you take a good look at the all the content you’ll be getting on your chosen Sky TV deal, as you don’t want to be spending money on something you don’t need and won’t watch.