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Sky
  • Sky Entertainment Pack
  • Sky Go at no extra cost
  • Pause, Rewind & Record Live TV
  • Sky Entertainment Pack
  • Sky Go at no extra cost
  • Pause, Rewind & Record Live TV
Sky
  • Sky Entertainment Pack
  • Sky Go at no extra cost
  • Pause, Rewind & Record Live TV
not
included
not
included
12
months
311
channels
11
hd
12
months
£15
£20 after 12 mths
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ONLINE ONLY
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 mths
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0800 093 1662
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
87
channels
12
hd
18
months
£7.50
£10 after 6 mths
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ONLINE ONLY
Sky
  • Sky HD Entertainment Extra+
  • Free Sky+ HD box
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
  • Sky HD Entertainment Extra+
  • Free Sky+ HD box
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
Sky
  • Sky HD Entertainment Extra+
  • Free Sky+ HD box
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
not
included
not
included
12
months
409
channels
46
hd
12
months
£27
£36 after 12 mths
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ONLINE ONLY
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 mths
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0800 093 1662
BT
  • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
  • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 40GB usage
  • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
  • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
  • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 40GB usage
  • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
BT
  • Over 100 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
  • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 40GB usage
  • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
38Mb
up to
40GB
usage limit
12
months
117
channels
12
hd
12
months
£17.50
per month
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ONLINE ONLY
Sky
  • Full Sky Sports Pack
  • Live Premier League games
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
  • Full Sky Sports Pack
  • Live Premier League games
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
Sky
  • Full Sky Sports Pack
  • Live Premier League games
  • Pause, rewind & record live TV
not
included
not
included
12
months
318
channels
11
hd
12
months
£34.12
£45.50 after 12 mths
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ONLINE ONLY
TalkTalk
  • YouView+ digital TV recorder
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Totally unlimited broadband & anytime calls
  • YouView+ digital TV recorder
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Totally unlimited broadband & anytime calls
TalkTalk
  • YouView+ digital TV recorder
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Totally unlimited broadband & anytime calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
99
channels
12
hd
18
months
£15
£20 after 12 mths
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ONLINE ONLY
Sky
  • 12 great movie channels
  • Sky Entertainment Pack
  • Up to 38Mbps unlimited fibre broadband
  • 12 great movie channels
  • Sky Entertainment Pack
  • Up to 38Mbps unlimited fibre broadband
Sky
  • 12 great movie channels
  • Sky Entertainment Pack
  • Up to 38Mbps unlimited fibre broadband
38Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
12
months
323
channels
11
hd
12
months
£37.75
£57 after 12 mths
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ONLINE ONLY
EE
  • New EE digital TV recorder
  • Catch up TV plus on demand
  • Up to 17Mb broadband & calls
  • New EE digital TV recorder
  • Catch up TV plus on demand
  • Up to 17Mb broadband & calls
EE
  • New EE digital TV recorder
  • Catch up TV plus on demand
  • Up to 17Mb broadband & calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
18
months
87
channels
12
hd
18
months
£4.95
£12.95 after 6 mths
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ONLINE ONLY
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
      £6.50
      per month
      See DealMore
      0800 093 1662
      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 mths
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      0800 093 1662
      BT
      • Over 80 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
      • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 40GB usage
      • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls included
      • Over 80 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
      • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 40GB usage
      • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls included
      BT
      • Over 80 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
      • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 40GB usage
      • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls included
      38Mb
      up to
      40GB
      usage limit
      12
      months
      91
      channels
      12
      hd
      12
      months
      £10
      per month
      See DealMore
      ONLINE ONLY
      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
      £10
      £22 after 9 mths
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      0800 093 1662
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      • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract
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      How to compare and buy TV packages

      How do I compare different packages?

      If you’re looking to compare TV packages, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve listed as many TV deals and bundles as we can find so you’re guaranteed to find one suitable for your needs.

      Availability

      Before you set out on your quest for quality TV, you need to know what’s available in your area. As TV is carried via cables, it is not available everywhere so, if you put your postcode into the tracker, we can tell you what you can get.

      Check the detail

      Before you pick a deal there are always a few things to keep an eye on to make sure you’re going to get your money’s worth. Many of the packages will tout a huge number of channels which, on paper at least, sounds very attractive. But just because you’ve got 400 channels to watch doesn’t guarantee that there’ll be anything on that you’re interested in, so make sure you check the channels listing so you know what you’re getting.

      Why choose a TV package?

      There are plenty of great reasons to pick a good TV package, here are three of them.

      A great choice of channels

      The breadth of content available to TV customers is huge. Long gone are the days of four channels and the Betamax player as a backup when there was nothing on. With a good TV package you’ll have all the entertainment, news, music, sport, kids channels and movies you could hope for.

      Available as part of a bundle

      All the TV providers we list on our comparison page offer their packages as part of broadband, TV and phone bundle, so you can group your communications and entertainment together in the same company, which is usually the cheapest, way to do it.

      Additional content adds value to your package

      Most TV providers offer some form of additional content with their TV packages, be it a TV on demand service, TV box sets or the ability to watch content on an app or online player. Make sure you check out what each provider offers so you get the best value for your money.

      Pros & cons

      Pros

      • Great choice of channels
      • Available in broadband and phone bundle
      • Great additional content

      Cons

      • Top end packages can be quite pricey
      • Some packages require installation
      • Most packages need a long month contract

      Which package is right for me?

      A great TV package is only great if it suits your needs. Luckily, with the quantity of deals and bundles out there, there should be something that suits you down to the ground. Here are three we think are great for each level of commitment.

      TalkTalk Plus TV

      This is a simple broadband, TV and anytime calls package, which offers over 70 Freeview channels, seven Sky entertainment channels and a free YouView+ box. Because it comes as part of a bundle you also receive unlimited broadband and anytime calls to the UK landlines.

      This is a great bundle for a household that loves great entertainment channels, but doesn’t want to splash out a load of money on content they’ll never use.

      Virgin Media TV L

      This is a compressive TV package from Virgin Media and comprises of over 170 channels, 11 HD channels and 10 Sky channels. The package also comes with a huge amount of TV on demand, so even if there’s nothing on, you should still be able to find something to watch. TV L comes with a V HD box, which will allow you to watch HD content.

      This package is only available if you take out a phone deal with Virgin, and comes with free weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers.

      Sky’s The Complete Bundle

      This bundle from Sky is the ultimate package for the TV connoisseur. It comes with all the usual Freeview channels, 80+ entertainment channels, 50+ HD channels, Sky Movies HD, Sky Sports HD and a wealth of on demand content. Basically, it’s more content than one person could possible consume.

      This is a great package, but comes with a large price tag. If you did opt for something this size, you’d want to make sure you were getting your money’s worth for, what is, a staggering amount of television.

      What will I need?

      When you order your TV package, make sure you know what you’ll need in order to receive the service.

      You’ll need to sign a contract

      Unlike some alternative TV providers, like NOW TV, the packages on this comparison table require you to sign a contract of between 12 to 18 months. Make sure you read the terms and conditions of the contract and also make sure that you understand the penalties of breaking the contract early. This usually involves having to pay off a set fee for the remaining months left of you contract, so it’s best avoided if at all possible.

      You’ll need a broadband connection if you want on-demand content

      If you want on-demand content you need to have a broadband connection. This is not a problem if you have selected a bundle that comes with broadband, but is worth remembering if you don’t. Installation of your TV should be pretty painless, but if you’re thinking about buying a Sky package, be aware that this will involve installing a satellite dish and receiver on your property, so you’ll have to organise an engineer visit.

      How do I switch?

      Be sure to avoid early cancellation charges

      If you’re switching from one provider to another you need to do a few things to make sure you're up and running as fast as possible. Firstly, make sure you’re out of your contract period before you dive into something else, avoiding an early cancellation charge is always preferable to starting your new packages as soon as possible.

      You may need to contact both providers and tell them about the move

      If you’re moving to or from Virgin Media TV, and you’re moving broadband at the same time, you will have to tell both your new and old provider about the switch. If you don’t, you may end up paying for two services at once.

      But if you’re moving between anyone else (such as BT TV to TalkTalk TV, or EE TV to Sky TV) you won’t have to say a word to your previous provider – even if you’re moving broadband at the same time. As long as your new provider knows that you’re switching everything will be taken care of for you.

      Six essential questions before you buy

      1. Can I commit to a 12-18 month contract?
      2. How much TV do I watch?
      3. Do I want Sky Sports or Sky Movies?
      4. Am I comfortable switching providers?
      5. Do I want to group my TV package into a broadband and phone bundle?
      6. Do I want HD channels?

      Cable.co.uk recommends

      It’s so easy to get swept away with the vast amount of content on offer, so to prevent blowing all your money on a package you won’t see good value from, ask yourself some honest questions about your viewing habits.

      It’s also worth looking past the headline news of your bundle and focussing on any charges that are not immediately obvious. Most bundles come with introductory offers that end a few months into the contract term, so keep an eye on the total cost of the bundle, as opposed to the introductory price.

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