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Broadband, TV and calls – a guide to the cheapest bundles

By Dominic James
Friday, February 14th 2014
Read our guide to the cheapest broadband, TV and calls bundles available from Sky, BT & Virgin Media. Includes a full breakdown of each service with pros, cons and costs.

Broadband TV and calls triple bundles are arguably the best way to get your entertainment and communication services. With a triple bundle you get the convenience of having digital TV, broadband internet & inclusive calls from a single supplier – so you’ll only have one bill to pay each month, via a single Direct Debit and just one company to call to solve problems or make changes.

There is an almost bewildering array of different triple deals out there so let us guide you through exactly what is included in the cheapest triple deals from each of the UK’s three biggest providers.

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  • Broadband
    Max download speed50Mb
    Max upload speed6Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
    Digital TV
    TV channels87
    SD channels77
    HD channels10
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.94ppm
    Evening calls9.94ppm
    Weekend callsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost £368

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    includes line rental

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Sky TV, broadband & calls

  • Monthly cost: £20 per month
  • One-off fee: £30 set-up (often waived for online orders)
  • Contract length: 12 months


Sky’s cheapest triple bundle is The Original, which costs £20 a month plus line rental at £15. This gives you 250+ free-to-air channels, the entertainment pack with 380 subscription-only channels including Sky1 and the exclusive Sky Atlantic, broadband with a 2GB monthly download allowance and unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines. Subscribers also get access to the pick of the week’s TV via the free Catch-Up TV service.


  • 300+ digital TV channels
  • Free Sky+ HD & wireless router
  • The UK’s largest Catch-Up TV service


  • Line rental at £15 not included
  • Cheaper triple deals are available
  • Low broadband usage of 2GB per month


  • Includes Sky+ HD recorder & Sky Hub wireless router
  • Over 280 TV channels
  • Catch-Up TV
  • Up to 15Mbps connections with 2GB monthly usage
  • Free UK landline calls at weekends

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Virgin Media TV, broadband & calls

  • Monthly cost: £29 per month
  • One-off fee: Free (often waived for online orders)
  • Contract length: 18 months


Virgin Media’s entry-level cable TV, fibre broadband & calls bundle is called The Starter Collection. It costs just £29 per month plus line rental at £19, and includes a TiVo digital TV recorder, 70+ basic channels, a Virgin Media Super Hub wireless router, up to 30Mbps unlimited broadband and free weekend calls to UK land lines & active Virgin Mobile phones.


  • Free Virgin Media TiVo that can record 3 channels at once
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Basic Catch-Up TV service


  • Price does not include line rental at £19
  • Long 18 month contract
  • Just 70+ channels, with no Sky entertainment channels


  • Free 500GB Virgin Media TiVo & new model Super Hub wireless router
  • 70+ digital TV channels
  • On-demand TV content includes the best of the week’s terrestrial TV
  • Up to 30Mb fibre optic broadband with unlimited monthly downloads
  • Inclusive calls to UK landlines & active Virgin Mobile phones at weekends

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BT TV, Broadband & Calls

  • Monthly cost: £28.49 per month
  • One-off fee: £70
  • Contract length: 18 months


BT’s cheapest bundle is TV Essentials with broadband & calls. It costs £28.49 each month, plus line rental at £18.99. It doesn’t include any premium channels, just the Freeview channels that broadcast in your area – although it does now come with free access to BT Sport 1 & 2 and the full BBC iPlayer.


  • Optional YouView digital TV recorder
  • Free BT Sport channels
  • Unlimited public Wi-Fi at over 4.5 million UK hotspots


  • £18.99 a month line rental not included
  • Only includes Freeview channels
  • Sky Sports not available on the YouView box


  • Includes YouView box worth £299 & BT Home Hub 4 wireless router
  • 70+ digital TV free-to-air channels
  • Up to 14Mb broadband with 10GB monthly usage allowance
  • Free UK landline calls at weekends only

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