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Can I get Sky TV in my area?

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016

Sky still leads the way when it comes to subscription TV services, offering a wealth of drama, sports and entertainment channels, including Sky Movies, Sky Sports and of course, the exclusive Sky Atlantic.

If you are looking for some extra TV channels and considering joining Sky TV, find out if you can get it where you are, which packages are on offer, and what the alternatives might be if you find out you can’t get Sky.

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To find out quickly whether you can get Sky TV services in your area, enter your postcode into the checker below, and it will bring up a list of packages available at your address, including broadband options if you are considering a bundle.

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Sky TV availability

Sky coverage is pretty good so most people can get it

Because Sky uses satellites to deliver its live broadcasts, UK availability is far reaching and most properties need only a clear line of sight of the south to south-east sky in order for a Sky satellite-dish to receive an effective signal.

Enter your postcode into the availability checker above to see which Sky services are operating in your area.

Some properties aren’t compatible with satellite TV

Because Sky TV requires the installation of satellite dish, listed properties and those within conservation areas may not be a suitable match for the service. If you fall into either of these categories you should consult Sky and your local authority before signing up.

Furthermore, properties in areas surrounded by landscapes that might interrupt a satellite dish’s communication with Sky’s broadcast satellite – such as hills, tall trees or high-rise buildings – may have to be assessed by an engineer prior to installation to determine whether Sky TV is viable.

You can get bits of Sky TV without a satellite dish

If you can’t get or don’t want the satellite dish required for Sky TV, you can still get most of the provider’s popular entertainment, sports and movies coverage with rival providers Virgin Media, TalkTalk and BT.

The other option is to sign up to the Sky-owned streaming service Now TV, which provides on demand access to Sky Movies, Sky Sports and Sky’s leading entertainment channels (including Sky Atlantic) without a contract.

You can compare TV packages from all these providers using the Cable.co.uk comparison tools.

Sky Q availability

Sky’s new premium TV service, Sky Q, went on sale on 12 February 2016 and is available to buy either online or over the phone.

Sky Q is available everywhere that Sky’s standard TV service operates – enter your postcode into the availability checker above to compare all the latest Sky deals and offers.

Sky TV deals for new customers

Whether you want Sky TV on its own or as part of bundle, some of Sky’s best deals are often only available to new customers, with discounts and rewards making a regular appearances in the provider’s package line-up.

Enter your postcode at the top of this page to compare all the latest Sky TV offers and to get yourself the best deal.

Join Sky TV online or over the phone

When you’re ready to join Sky you can either sign up online or place your order over the phone. If you need help finding the best Sky deal, call our dedicated Sky phone number on 0800 840 5394 for impartial, expert advice.

When you’re comparing deals, be aware that some may only be available online, and others could require you to order by phone in order to qualify for what’s on offer – our comparison tools will always make this clear to ensure you get the deal you’re after.

Sky TV deals for existing customers

If you’re already a Sky Broadband and Talk customer, adding Sky TV to the mix is easy and Sky may even have some exclusive offers waiting for you when you sign up.

Enter your postcode at the top of this page to compare Sky’s latest TV packages. When you’ve found one with the right amount of channels and extra features, we’ll connect you with Sky to complete your upgrade.

Moving Sky TV to a new house

Sky will transfer existing services to a new property

You don’t need to cancel your existing Sky package if you’re moving house as Sky has a dedicated service called ‘Home Move’ that allows you to transfer it to your new home.

You can arrange Sky Home Move online or by contacting customer services but need to give at least two weeks’ notice to allow for enough time to complete the transfer.

Home Move can be booked up to 90 days in advance, but you’ll need to remember to take your Sky box and any other supplied equipment with you when you move. You needn’t worry about the satellite dish, as you’ll get a new one.

You may need to pay a one-off installation cost

If you need to have a Sky dish installed at your new property, a standard installation fee of £25 will apply. You can arrange for an engineer to visit when you schedule your Home Move with Sky.

If your new property is Sky-ready – that is, if it already has a Sky dish installed – you can simply connect your original set-top box yourself when you move in. Your Sky TV service should work instantly.

All Sky services remain active throughout the Home Move process, meaning you will still be able to access services such as Sky Go. Your standard monthly subscription will be unaffected.

Sky TV for flats

Sky’s dedicated team can set up Sky TV in your flat

It’s easier than ever to get Sky TV in your flat thanks to the Flats Install Team that’s on hand to ensure the process is as smooth as possible. You can choose any of Sky’s popular TV packages including the Original, Variety and Family bundles and even Sky’s latest premium service, Sky Q.

To get Sky TV in your flat, simply enter your postcode into the availability checker at the top of this page to find your ideal package at the best price – then order online or over the phone to get Sky TV up and running within an average of six days.

Standard installation only takes an hour

On average, standard installation of Sky TV by a qualified Sky engineer only takes an hour and the choice of appointment slots offered when you sign up means you can fit it around your schedule. Someone over the age of 18 will need to be home while the installation process is underway.

The standard installation process includes fitting your Sky dish, connecting up your Sky set-top box and neatly running the required cabling in and around your flat. The engineer will answer any questions you may have on the day.

Most flats qualify for standard installation but some may require specialist attention if fitting the Sky dish safely poses an issue. If this affects you, Sky will advise you on the next steps.

You may need to seek permission from your landlord

If your flat is rented or one within a block, you are responsible for seeking the appropriate permissions from the landlord, owner or relevant committee before installation goes ahead. Failure to obtain the correct permission could see your dish removed at a later date.

Sky TV installation

Sky engineers handle new Sky dish installations

To receive Sky’s TV services at home you will need to have a satellite dish fitted by a Sky engineer. You can book an engineer visit during the sign up process and will usually have a choice of appointment slots. Most installations take place within six days of signing up.

On installation day, someone over the age 18 will need to home to allow the engineer access to the property to complete the set-up process.

The installation process takes about one hour

Standard installation involves attaching the Sky dish to an outer wall in a position where it will have a clear view of the south to southeast horizon, then drilling a hole and threading a cable through to connect the Sky set-top box to the dish. Cables are pinned in place around doorframes and skirting boards as required.

The engineer will likely discuss the placement of the dish beforehand and answer any questions you may have about the installation process. Once the initial set-up is complete, your Sky TV service will be up and running.

Standard installation costs start at £10

New Sky TV customers pay a standard installation fee of £10 upfront when signing up for their chosen package – adding Sky Fibre broadband to your order will increase the overall cost of installation.

If you require specialist installation (non-standard) because an engineer has difficulty accessing the intended dish location or you want cables concealed behind cavity walls or beneath floorboards, the cost will be higher and priced on a case-by-case basis. You can contact Sky for more information.

Free Sky TV installation may available with certain deals

Sky occasionally offers free installation with specific deals but charges a modest fee of £10 for standard installation. You can discover all the latest Sky TV deals by entering your postcode at the top of this page.

Sky TV boxes and equipment

The Sky+HD box is standard issue

Once Sky’s premium set-top device, the Sky+HD box is now provided with all Sky TV packages as standard. With it you can pause, rewind and record live TV as well as access and manage all your favourite live TV and on demand shows included with your subscription.

You have a choice of two models, the only difference being an internal storage capacity for downloads and live recordings. The standard issue 500GB model holds around 185 hours of TV or 60 hours of HD content. In contrast, the more expensive 2TB model stores over a thousand hours of standard definition TV and up to 350 hours of HD programing.

Sky Q boxes are only available with a Sky Q subscription

Sky’s latest set-top box comes in two distinct flavours, the entry-level Sky Q box and the top of the range Sky Q Silver box, both of which are only available with a Sky Q subscription; Sky’s new premium entertainment service.

Each box boasts the same minimalist design with sharp, clean edges and sophisticated all-black exterior – though Sky Q Silver is distinguishable by its silver base and accentuated bezel.

The entry Sky Q box features 1TB of internal storage that’s capable of holding around 150 hours of high-definition recordings, while Sky Q Silver stores up 350 hours’ worth. Both boxes feature multiple tuners that allow you to record numerous shows simultaneously while watching another.

Sky TV packages

Sky’s popular TV packages are the cornerstone of its subscription service, offering one of the most comprehensive line-ups of live and on-demand entertainment as well as leading movies and sports coverage.

Sky TV Bundles have something for everyone

You have a choice of several Sky TV bundles to form the basis of your Sky TV subscription. The Original bundle is Sky’s entry package and the most affordable in the collection, but still features a host of premium entertainment channels including Sky Atlantic, Sky 1 and FOX.

Meanwhile, the Variety bundle ups your channel count with over 65 entertainment, documentary and kids choices to give you wider viewing possibilities and increased options for catch-up TV.

Family bundle subscribers get all the channels featured in the Variety bundle but with the addition of 50+ in HD. The Family Bundle is the only Sky TV package to feature unlimited access to ‘Box Sets’, Sky’s extensive on demand library of popular TV series from the UK and America.

Add Sky Sports and Sky Movies to any package

You can add Sky Movies or Sky Sports to any of Sky’s standard bundles for an extra per month, you can subscribe to Sky Go Extra, which allows you to access Sky Go on up to four devices simultaneously as well as download content to watch when you’re not connected to the internet. Sky Go Extra is included free with a Sky Multiscreen subscription.

Sky Q is the luxury-level Sky TV package

Sky Q isn’t simply a new set-top box, it’s a fully fledged premium Sky TV package that reimagines some of the provider’s most popular features (discussed above) and delivers a hybridised viewing platform akin to luxury services like Apple TV.

Sign up to Sky Q and you’ll get 350+ channels including 50+ in HD, not to mention the complete on demand library of Sky Box Sets. The Sky Q Bundle is essentially the Sky Family Bundle, and while there’s no option to have the Original or Variety bundle in it’s place, you can add Sky Movies and Sky Sports to the mix if you wish.

Pay extra for Sky Q Silver and you’ll be able to get Sky Q content on up to four other TV screens throughout your home via Sky Q mini boxes – it’s a lot like Sky Multiscreen, but wireless.

One of Sky Q’s standout features is ‘Fluid Viewing’, a collection of features that allow you watch Sky TV seamlessly and wirelessly between household TVs and mobile devices. If you start watching something on one screen you can pick it up on another exactly where you left off.

Sky TV and broadband

Some of Sky’s best features including Sky Box Sets, Sky Go and Sky on demand, require a broadband internet connection.

If you already have broadband with another provider you’re all set to enjoy Sky TV to the fullest, but if you’re looking to switch providers or get broadband for the first time, you may want to consider a Sky broadband and TV bundle.

Sky broadband (ADSL) and TV

Sky’s entry-level broadband service (ADSL or ‘non-fibre’) is the most widely available and cheapest option offered by the provider and pairs well with Sky TV if you’re after sufficient performance at an affordable price for two to three users.

Sky broadband has a download speed of up to 17Mbps together with truly unlimited usage, which means you should be able to stream Sky TV online with Sky Go without interruption (i.e. buffering) as well as download as much on demand TV your Sky set-top box as you want.

You can compare the latest Sky broadband and TV deals by entering your postcode into the availability checker at the top of this guide.

Sky Fibre and TV

Sky Fibre offers downloads speeds that are far faster than its standard broadband offering, gearing it more so towards demanding web users and families rather than the average internet explorer.

Sky Fibre is a worthwhile companion if you’re interested in the Sky Family bundle or if you plan to add Sky Movies to your package, as the faster download speeds that are available with fibre broadband will allow films and Sky Box Sets to download to your set-top box sooner so that you can spend less time waiting and more time watching.

Sky offers fibre broadband with a choice of either unlimited usage or a monthly allowance of 25GB. If you’re one of a household of users, you’re probably better off with Sky Fibre Unlimited, especially if you plan on using all of Sky TV’s on demand features as these rely almost entirely on your broadband internet connection.

Sky Fibre isn’t as widely available as standard Sky broadband, but you can easily find out if you can get it in you are by entering your postcode at the top of this page.

Package comparison

Sky has a range of TV packages available, ranging from the most basic to all-inclusive TV deals with 3D, HD, movies and sports. Use the package comparison tool below to see how some of its different packages stack up.

  • Broadband
    Max download speed17Mb
    Max upload speed1.3Mb
    Monthly usage2GB
    Digital TV
    TV channels311
    SD channels301
    HD channels10
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.50ppm
    Evening calls9.50ppm
    Weekend calls9.50ppm
    Pricing & Contract
    Upfront cost£16.95
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£405.75

    £10
    £20 p/m after 6 mths
    + £17.40 p/m line rental

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395
  • Broadband
    Max download speed17Mb
    Max upload speed1.3Mb
    Monthly usage2GB
    Digital TV
    TV channels374
    SD channels364
    HD channels10
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.50ppm
    Evening calls9.50ppm
    Weekend calls9.50ppm
    Pricing & Contract
    Upfront cost£16.95
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£513.75

    £16
    £32 p/m after 6 mths
    + £17.40 p/m line rental

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395
  • Broadband
    Max download speed17Mb
    Max upload speed1.3Mb
    Monthly usage2GB
    Digital TV
    TV channels419
    SD channels364
    HD channels55
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.50ppm
    Evening calls9.50ppm
    Weekend calls9.50ppm
    Pricing & Contract
    Upfront cost£16.95
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£567.75

    £19
    £38 p/m after 6 mths
    + £17.40 p/m line rental

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395

Alternatives to Sky TV

You can get some of Sky TV’s best features without a Sky TV subscription, as the majority of its most popular channels including Sky 1, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky Atlantic are available with other providers.

Now TV (Sky TV without a satellite dish)

Now TV is a video streaming service – much like Netflix – that’s owned and operated by Sky. Because of that, Now TV offers one of the best alternatives to a traditional Sky TV subscription.

You don’t need a satellite dish, just a broadband connection with an average download speed of at least 3Mbps and either an official Now TV set-top box or one of over a dozen other compatible devices and platforms such as Apple TV, Google Chromecast and select LG smart TVs.

Access to Sky channels is granted with Now TV Passes, a flexible way to watch Sky Movies, Sky Sports and some of Sky’s top entertainment channels – including Sky Atlantic – from £6.99.

There’s no contract, so you only pay for the pass you want, when you want it. Entertainment, kids and movie passes are valid for one month at a time, while the Sky Sports Pass can be redeemed on a monthly, weekly or daily basis. Passes renew automatically but can be cancelled at any time.

Virgin Media TV

Virgin Media is a cable TV provider (no satellite required) that – after Sky – has one of the most extensive subscription entertainment offerings available including access to Sky Sports and Sky Movies.

Virgin has several TV packages to choose from; TV M, TV M+, TV L and TV XL – although subscription-grade channels only really start to creep in at the TV M+ level, with larger packages boasting a greater channel choice and additional on demand features.

You can bolster any of Virgin’s base packages with additional premium channels including all seven Sky Sports channels and the complete Sky Movies line-up, not to mention BT Sport coverage and leading international channels too.

Virgin Media TV is not available everywhere as the provider uses a proprietary cable system to connect customers. You can check availability in your area using the comparison tools on this site.

BT TV

BT delivers its TV service via the popular YouView platform, a smart set-top box that, incidentally is also available online and on the high street without the need of a subscription. While that includes full access free on demand services and handy live pause, rewind and record functionalities, you get much more out of it with a BT TV subscription.

With three TV packages to choose from – Starter, Entertainment Plus and Total Entertainment – BT’s offering is slightly slimmer than the competition, but there’s still enough on offer to satisfy most customers and BT offers the BT Sport Pack and AMC channel free with all TV subscriptions, but only if you opt-in when you sign up.

If you want some of Sky’s leading channels included in your BT subscription you can add all Sky Movies channels for £13.50 extra per month, but sports fans can only add Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2.

BT TV is not available as standalone service and can only be purchased in conjunction with a BT broadband package, so if you aren’t in the market for a bundle it’s probably not your best match.

TalkTalk TV

TalkTalk is a budget broadband provider that also offers subscription TV as a companion to its internet packages – much like BT TV, you can’t get it on its own. TalkTalk TV is supplied via a YouView Freeview set-top box; with catch up television and the ability to pause and rewind live broadcasts integrated as standard.

TalkTalk’s TV packages are extremely basic, featuring a very limited collection of subscription-based channels by default, meaning the only way to get a more sufficient entertainment package is to bolt on extra channels on sign up; something TalkTalk likes to call ‘Boosts’. Sky Sports and Sky Movies channels are among the boosts on offer.

Constructing a more worthwhile subscription, however, will inevitably hike up the monthly price, so TalkTalk TV may not end up as affordable as it appears at first glance.

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