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1st year
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Cost
Essentials TV, Unlimited Broadband with Calls
TalkTalk
  • YouView digital TV set top box
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
  • £4.25 off for 6 months

£4.25 off for 6 months

71
channels
10
hd
No
Pause/Rewind YouView
Free
save £30
£76.50
first year
£4.25
£8.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £16.70 line rental1st year cost: £76.5018 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £23.78
  • First year cost: £276.90
  • Lifetime cost: £428.10
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
TV Starter and Broadband
BT
  • TV Starter, BT Sport app & online player
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband, 10GB usage
  • 5GB BT Cloud, no calls included
  • £40 Sainsbury's Gift Card

£40 Sainsbury's Gift Card

71
channels
10
hd
-£41.95
one-off-fee
£95.95
first year
£4.50
per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £95.9512 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £41.95
  • Average monthly: £24.99
  • First year cost: £299.83
  • Lifetime cost: £299.83
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
TV M+ and V HD Box with Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • 143 digital TV channels + V HD Box
  • On demand and catch up TV
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £4.51 off for 12 months

£4.51 off for 12 months

143
channels
11
hd
No
V HD
£49.95
one-off-fee
£109.83
first year
£4.99
£9.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £109.8318 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £49.95
  • Average monthly: £26.26
  • First year cost: £313.71
  • Lifetime cost: £472.65
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Plus TV, Unlimited Broadband with Anytime Calls
TalkTalk
  • YouView+ digital TV recorder
  • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
  • Totally unlimited broadband & anytime calls
  • £9.25 off for 12 months
  • Free mobile SIM worth £90

£9.25 off for 12 months & Free mobile SIM worth £90

83
channels
10
hd
Yes
YouView+
Free
save £30
£111
first year
£9.25
£18.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.70 line rental1st year cost: £11118 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £29.03
  • First year cost: £311.40
  • Lifetime cost: £522.60
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
More TV and V HD Box with Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • 79 digital TV channels + V HD Box
  • 8 Sky TV channels, more on demand
  • Unlimited weekend calls

    79
    channels
    10
    hd
    No
    V HD
    £49.95
    one-off-fee
    £127.95
    first year
    £6.50
    per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £127.9518 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £49.95
    • Average monthly: £26.27
    • First year cost: £331.83
    • Lifetime cost: £472.77
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    TV Original
    Sky
    • Sky Entertainment Pack
    • Sky Go at no extra cost
    • Pause, Rewind & Record Live TV
    • £75 credit on your bill
    • 25% off Sky TV for 12 months

    £75 credit on your bill & 25% off Sky TV for 12 months

    311
    channels
    11
    hd
    Yes
    Sky+
    £10
    save £49
    £128.44
    first year
    £16.12
    £21.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £0 line rental1st year cost: £128.4412 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £10
    • Average monthly: £10.70
    • First year cost: £128.44
    • Lifetime cost: £128.44
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    TV Original with Weekend Calls
    Sky
    • Sky Entertainment Pack
    • Pause, rewind & record live TV
    • Free weekend calls
    • £75 credit on your bill
    • 25% off Sky TV for 12 months

    £75 credit on your bill & 25% off Sky TV for 12 months

    311
    channels
    11
    hd
    Yes
    Sky+
    £10
    save £49
    £128.44
    first year
    £16.12
    £21.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.40 line rental1st year cost: £128.4412 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £10
    • Average monthly: £27.10
    • First year cost: £325.24
    • Lifetime cost: £325.24
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    TV Original, Broadband & Weekend Calls
    Sky
    • Sky Entertainment Pack
    • Free 17Mbps broadband
    • Free weekend calls
    • 25% off Sky TV for 12 months
    • £75 credit on your bill

    25% off Sky TV for 12 months & £75 credit on your bill

    311
    channels
    11
    hd
    Yes
    Sky+
    £16.95
    save £49
    £135.39
    first year
    £16.12
    £21.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.40 line rental1st year cost: £135.3912 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £16.95
    • Average monthly: £27.68
    • First year cost: £332.19
    • Lifetime cost: £332.19
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    TV Starter and Infinity 1 Broadband
    BT
    • TV Starter, BT Sport 1 & 2
    • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 20GB usage
    • 5GB BT Cloud, no calls included
    • £60 Sainsbury's Gift Card

    £60 Sainsbury's Gift Card

    92
    channels
    10
    hd
    -£55.95
    one-off-fee
    £145.95
    first year
    £7.50
    per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £145.9512 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £55.95
    • Average monthly: £29.15
    • First year cost: £349.83
    • Lifetime cost: £349.83
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Big Easy, 50Mb Broadband, TV and Calls
    Virgin Media
    • Up to 50Mb unlimited fibre broadband
    • 64 TV channels & TiVo box
    • Unlimited weekend calls
    • £9.01 off for 12 months
    • Choose your £100 reward

    £9.01 off for 12 months & Choose your £100 reward

    64
    channels
    10
    hd
    Yes
    TiVo
    Free
    save £49.95
    £155.83
    first year
    £12.99
    £22 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £155.8318 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £32.98
    • First year cost: £359.71
    • Lifetime cost: £593.65
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Essentials TV, Unlimited Fibre Broadband, Calls
    TalkTalk
    • YouView digital TV set top box
    • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
    • Unlimited fibre broadband & calls
    • £4.25 off for 6 months
    • 6 Months 1/2 Price Fibre Broadband

    £4.25 off for 6 months & 6 Months 1/2 Price Fibre Broadband

    71
    channels
    10
    hd
    No
    Pause/Rewind YouView
    Free
    save £50
    £166.50
    first year
    £9.25
    £18.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £16.70 line rental1st year cost: £166.5018 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £32.12
    • First year cost: £366.90
    • Lifetime cost: £578.10
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    TV M+ with Weekend Calls
    Virgin Media
    • 143 digital TV channels + TiVo
    • Pause, rewind & record live TV
    • Unlimited weekend calls
    • £4.51 off for 12 months

    £4.51 off for 12 months

    143
    channels
    11
    hd
    Yes
    TiVo
    £49.95
    one-off-fee
    £169.83
    first year
    £9.99
    £14.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £169.8318 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £49.95
    • Average monthly: £31.26
    • First year cost: £373.71
    • Lifetime cost: £562.65
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    TV Original, Unlimited Broadband & Calls
    Sky
    • Sky Entertainment Pack
    • Up to 17Mbps truly unlimited broadband
    • Free weekend calls
    • Half price broadband for 12 months
    • £75 credit on your bill
    • 25% off Sky TV for 12 months

    Half price broadband for 12 months, £75 credit on your bill & 25% off Sky TV for 12 months

    311
    channels
    11
    hd
    Yes
    Sky+
    £16.95
    save £49
    £180.39
    first year
    £19.87
    £29 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.40 line rental1st year cost: £180.3912 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £16.95
    • Average monthly: £31.43
    • First year cost: £377.19
    • Lifetime cost: £377.19
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    More TV with Weekend Calls
    Virgin Media
    • 79 digital TV channels + TiVo
    • 8 Sky TV channels, more on demand
    • Unlimited weekend calls

      79
      channels
      10
      hd
      Yes
      TiVo
      £49.95
      one-off-fee
      £187.95
      first year
      £11.50
      per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £187.9518 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £49.95
      • Average monthly: £31.27
      • First year cost: £391.83
      • Lifetime cost: £562.77
      • Contract length: 18
      Price details
      TV Original with Anytime UK Calls
      Sky
      • Sky Entertainment Pack
      • Pause, rewind & record live TV
      • Unlimited landline calls
      • £75 credit on your bill
      • 25% off Sky TV for 12 months

      £75 credit on your bill & 25% off Sky TV for 12 months

      311
      channels
      11
      hd
      Yes
      Sky+
      £10
      save £49
      £188.44
      first year
      £21.12
      £26.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.40 line rental1st year cost: £188.4412 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £10
      • Average monthly: £32.10
      • First year cost: £385.24
      • Lifetime cost: £385.24
      • Contract length: 12
      Price details
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      What you need to know

      • Prices last checked and verified 8th April 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.