Can I get Sky TV in my area?
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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Most people can get it
Sky is available via satellite throughout the country. However, to receive Sky TV you need to have a clear line of sight to the south-south-west for the satellite dish. For most properties this isn’t a problem but there could be an issue if you live close to high-rise buildings, hills or mountains. You also need to have permission to mount the dish on the outside of you home, which can be a problem if you live in a flat or a listed building.
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.
If you can’t get Sky TV or you don’t want a dish installed on your property, there are alternatives to get some extra telly. Nothing matches up to Sky on the sheer choice of channels, but cheaper prices, contract-free options and rival technology like TiVo could tempt you away. Let’s take a look at your best options if you’re one of a minority of people who can’t receive Sky TV.
Sky’s Now TV is the only other way to get Sky Atlantic, with the added bonus of being a contract-free service that streams content over the internet to your TV and other devices. You can choose between monthly, weekly or daily passes. It also includes access to the on demand library and TV box sets. You can find out more about them in our Now TV review. Now TV is available on a number of different platforms, including LG Smart TV, PS3, Roku, Xbox 360, iPad, iPhone, Android phone and your PC or Mac.
Virgin Media TV
As Sky’s biggest rival when it comes to subscription TV, Virgin Media is also worth a look. It offers a wide choice of channels as well as options to bundle in broadband and phone, or take TV alone. With Virgin Media TV bundles, you get access to some Sky channels and have the option to add Sky Movies and Sky Sports too – at a cost. Because Virgin relies on its cable network to supply its TV service rather than a roof-mounted satellite dish, its availability is more limited than that of Sky TV, so it’s worth reading up on the details in our Is Virgin Media TV any good? guide.
Your other main option is YouView from BT TV, TalkTalk TV or Plusnet TV, although you’ll need to take broadband from either provider in order to access their subscription TV services. BT brings the bonus of BT Sport for free, while TalkTalk offers the cheapest unlimited broadband in the country. You will also have the option to add Sky Sports and Sky Movies to your YouView box, but at an additional cost.
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