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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
£16.12
£21.50 after 12 mthsprice details
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0800 840 5394
BT
  • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband, 10GB usage
  • 5GB BT Cloud, no calls included
    • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
    • Up to 17Mbps broadband, 10GB usage
    • 5GB BT Cloud, no calls included
      BT
      • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
      • Up to 17Mbps broadband, 10GB usage
      • 5GB BT Cloud, no calls included
        17Mb
        up to
        10GB
        usage limit
        12
        months
        71
        channels
        10
        hd
        12
        months
        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
        See DealMore
        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
        71
        channels
        10
        hd
        18
        months
        £7.50
        £10 after 6 mthsprice details
        See DealMore
        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 mthsprice details
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        0800 840 5394
        Virgin Media
        • 79 TV channels inc 8 Sky channels
        • 10 HD channels + TiVo 500GB
        • No Virgin phone line required
          • 79 TV channels inc 8 Sky channels
          • 10 HD channels + TiVo 500GB
          • No Virgin phone line required
            Virgin Media
            • 79 TV channels inc 8 Sky channels
            • 10 HD channels + TiVo 500GB
            • No Virgin phone line required
              not
              included
              not
              included
              18
              months
              79
              channels
              10
              hd
              18
              months
              See DealMore
              0800 093 1662
              BT
              • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
              • Up to 38Mbps unlimited fibre broadband
              • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
                • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
                • Up to 38Mbps unlimited fibre broadband
                • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
                  BT
                  • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
                  • Up to 38Mbps unlimited fibre broadband
                  • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
                    38Mb
                    up to
                    Unlimited
                    truly unlimited
                    12
                    months
                    99
                    channels
                    10
                    hd
                    12
                    months
                    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
                    £35.25
                    £47 after 12 mthsprice details
                    See DealMore
                    0800 840 5394
                    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
                    83
                    channels
                    10
                    hd
                    18
                    months
                    See DealMore
                    ONLINE ONLY
                    Sky
                    • 12 great movie channels
                    • Sky Entertainment Pack
                    • Up to 38Mb truly unlimited fibre broadband
                    • 12 great movie channels
                    • Sky Entertainment Pack
                    • Up to 38Mb truly unlimited fibre broadband
                    Sky
                    • 12 great movie channels
                    • Sky Entertainment Pack
                    • Up to 38Mb truly unlimited fibre broadband
                    38Mb
                    up to
                    Unlimited
                    truly unlimited
                    18
                    months
                    323
                    channels
                    11
                    hd
                    18
                    months
                    £38.87
                    £58.50 after 12 mthsprice details
                    See DealMore
                    0800 840 5394
                    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
                    See DealMore
                    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
                          • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
                          • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 20GB usage
                          • 5GB BT Cloud, no calls included
                            • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
                            • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 20GB usage
                            • 5GB BT Cloud, no calls included
                              BT
                              • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
                              • 38Mbps fibre broadband, 20GB usage
                              • 5GB BT Cloud, no calls included
                                38Mb
                                up to
                                20GB
                                usage limit
                                12
                                months
                                74
                                channels
                                10
                                hd
                                12
                                months
                                BT
                                • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
                                • Totally unlimited broadband
                                • Free weekend calls
                                  • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
                                  • Totally unlimited broadband
                                  • Free weekend calls
                                    BT
                                    • Free BT Sport 1 & 2, ESPN
                                    • Totally unlimited broadband
                                    • Free weekend calls
                                      17Mb
                                      up to
                                      Unlimited
                                      truly unlimited
                                      12
                                      months
                                      71
                                      channels
                                      10
                                      hd
                                      12
                                      months
                                      TalkTalk
                                      • YouView digital TV set top box
                                      • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
                                      • Unlimited fibre broadband & calls
                                      • YouView digital TV set top box
                                      • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
                                      • Unlimited fibre broadband & calls
                                      TalkTalk
                                      • YouView digital TV set top box
                                      • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
                                      • Unlimited fibre broadband & calls
                                      38Mb
                                      up to
                                      Unlimited
                                      truly unlimited
                                      18
                                      months
                                      71
                                      channels
                                      10
                                      hd
                                      18
                                      months
                                      £7.50
                                      £20 after 6 mthsprice details
                                      See DealMore
                                      ONLINE ONLY
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                                      What you need to know

                                      • Prices last checked and verified 20th May 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 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 cancellation charges

                                      If you’re switching from one provider to another you’ll 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 cancelation charge is always preferable to starting your new packages as soon as possible.

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

                                      Following that, you need to get in contact with your new provider and tell it that you’re coming aboard. You’ll also need to tell your current provider that you’re leaving, confirming the date with both parties so you can organise the switch off of one and the installation of the other.

                                      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.