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Sky Variety Bundle review 2017

Luke Thompson
Tuesday, July 18th 2017

With over 300 channels on offer, the Sky Variety Bundle is designed to appeal to everyone.

It’s a great option if you’ve got a large family with varied interests, offering sports and comedy through to documentaries and dramas. The coveted Sky Atlantic is included in this pack along with some HD channels and the Sky Go app. Interested?

Is the Sky Variety Bundle right for me?

Variety is the core of this aptly-named Sky bundle, which has hundreds of channels to choose from including kids TV and documentaries on demand. So if you’re after a wider choice of channels, then this package could be the one for you. You can even record a whole TV series with your Sky Q box as well as catch up with any programmes you missed from the last seven days.

Sky TV bundles don’t come cheap and the Variety Bundle is no exception. But for the choice of channels you’re getting, it’s a pretty good deal.

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Existing Sky customers

Sky TV Original customers looking to upgrade to the Variety Bundle, or even the Box Sets Bundle for even more choice, should check out the latest deals for existing Sky customers.

How does it compare to other Sky bundles?

Use our comparison tool to see how the Sky Variety Bundle measures up against other Sky TV bundles.

  • Entertainment
    Digital TV
    TV channels370
    SD channels359
    HD channels11
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length18 months
    First year cost £260

    £20
    per month

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  • Entertainment HD
    Digital TV
    TV channels415
    SD channels359
    HD channels56
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length18 months
    First year cost £320

    £25
    per month

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395

Can I bolt on extras like Sky Cinema and Sky Sports?

Yes and it’s simple too. The Variety Bundle offers some of the top channels from Sky, although it doesn’t include Sky Cinema or Sky Sports. These channels can be added on top at an extra cost. If you want the whole shebang, you can purchase Sky’s premium package (Complete Bundle), which includes Sky Sports and Sky Cinema.

If you want to expand your TV experience with HD content, you’ll need to upgrade to the Box Sets Bundle (previously the Family Bundle) and then add the HD pack on top. Furthermore, the Variety Bundle is a TV-only package, but you can choose to add either standard or fibre broadband with a call plan.

 
Sky Sports £20 per month
Sky Cinema £10 per month
BT Sport £22.99 per month
plus £20 activation fee
Sky Multiscreen From £12 per month
Sky Go Extra £5 per month
free with Multiscreen
Sky Sports
£20 per month
Sky Cinema
£10 per month
BT Sport
Free to BT broadband customers, otherwise £22.99 per month plus £20 activation fee
Sky Multiscreen
From £12 per month
Sky Go Extra
£5 per month (or free with Multiscreen)

What comes with it?

You get over 240 Freeview channels and more than 75 entertainment channels including Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, and of course Sky Atlantic. You’ll also get a free Sky Q box, which allows you to rewind, pause and record up to 180 hours of live TV.

Sky Go is a free app that lets you watch Sky TV on the go. However, you need to have access to wi-fi or a mobile broadband connection. To watch TV away from home without an internet connection you can upgrade to Sky Go Extra for an extra few pounds per month.

Which TV channels are included?

Here’s an up-to-date list of channels that are included with the Sky Variety Bundle.

 Variety Bundle
Free-to-air(213)
4seven
BBC One
BBC Two
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
BBC Four
BBC Four HD
LBC 1152 News
Challenge
S4/C
E4 +1
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
More4
Channel 4 HD
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
BBC One HD
CBS Reality
CBS Action
CBS Drama
Sukh Sagar
Khushkhabri
PICK TV
Quest
Sony Channel
Dave ja vu
RTÉ Radio 1
Spike
RTÉ 2FM
RTÉ Lyric FM
Drama
RTÉ na Gaeltachta
BBC Alba
BBC Two HD
Channel 5 HD
Kismat Radio
5USA
Channel 5 +24
5*
Amrit Bani
Chill
ITV HD
True Entertainment
Men&Movies
True Crime
Liberty Radio
Insight Radio
Propeller
Showcase TV
Showcase 2
E4
Kanshiradio
ITV2
ITV3
Newstalk
Information TV
Dave
ITV4
Home
Really
Travel Channel
Food Network
Wedding TV
The Africa Channel
The Active Channel
Forces TV
Film4
Horror Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Movies4Men
Viva
4Music
Box Hits
Vintage TV
Scuzz
Greatest Hits TV
BuzMuzik
Clubland TV
Massive R&B
Motors TV
LFC TV
Bloomberg Television
BBC News
BBC Parliament
CNBC Europe
CNN International
NHK World HD
Euronews
CCTV News
RT HD
France 24 English
Al Jazeera English
CNC World
Sky News
RT
Yesterday
Community Channel
BBC News HD
God TV
Revelation
TBN UK
Daystar
UCB TV
Loveworld TV
Inspiration
Gospel Channel
EWTN TV
The Word Network
Faith World TV
KICC TV
Believe TV
Olive TV
Praise TV
SonLife Broadcasting Network
CBBC
CBBC HD
CBeebies
CBeebies HD
POP
Tiny Pop
CITV
Pop Girl
Kix!
QVC
JML Direct
Argos TV
TV Shop
Ideal World
Price Drop
Pitch TV
Retail TV
High Street TV
Best Direct
Ideal Extra
Gems TV
TJC
JML Home & DIY
Bid TV
Jewellery Maker
Gems TV Extra
Pitch World
QVC Beauty
PaversShoes.tv
Thane Direct
V Channel
Speed Auction
Rocks & Co 1
JML Cookshop
Ideal & More
Create and Craft
Celebrity Shop
The Dept Store
Phoenix CNE
Bangla TV
MTA Muslim TV
PTV Prime
MATV National
UMP Movies
Record TV
DM Digital
Hidayat TV
ARY Qtv
Venus TV
ARY News
PTV Global
Channel S
Noor TV
Peace TV
Al Jazeera Children's Channel
IQRA TV
ATN Bangla
Ummah Channel
Sunrise TV
Glory TV
Channel 9 UK
Ahlebait TV
Madani Channel
Sikh Channel
Peace TV Urdu
Ahlulbayt TV
UCTV
Channel i
Takbeer TV
Sangat TV
Aastha TV
9XM
NTV
Super Casino
Smart Live
Dating Channel
GayXchange
Gay Network
Chat Box
Renault TV
Psychic Line
Psychic Today
PlayboyTV Chat
Babestation
Get Lucky TV
Lucky Star
Red Light 1
Flirt TV 2
xxXpanded TV
Red Light 3
Red Light 4
Babe Guide
Northern Birds
Essex Babes
Elite TV
Storm
SportxxxGirls
Elite TV 3
LivexxxBabes
Entertainment(25)
G.O.L.D
Sky2
TLC
Comedy Central Extra
Viceland
bio.
PBS
Sky1
Real Lives
Sky Living
Sky Atlantic
FOX
Syfy
My Channel
Universal Channel
Comedy Central
Sky Arts 1
Sky Arts 2
alibi
E!
Discovery Shed
W
ITV Encore
Lifetime
Blighty
Lifestyle(8)
Style
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Travel & Living
Luxury Life
Horse & Country
Fitness TV
Good Food
Holiday+Cruise
Factual(14)
DMAX
Discovery Real Time
Discovery History
Discovery Turbo
Discovery Science
H2
Discovery Channel
National Geographic Channel
Nat Geo Wild
History
Investigation Discovery
Crime & Investigation Network
Eden
Animal Planet
Music(21)
Sumo TV
Controversial TV
MTV
MTV Music
MTV Base
MTV Hits
MTV Dance
MTV Rocks
MTV Classic
VH1
The Box
Kiss
Magic
Chart Show TV
The Vault
Flava
Kerrang!
Channel AKA
Starz TV
Bliss
Dance Nation TV
Movies(4)
True Movies 1
True Movies 2
Movies 24
TCM
Sports(8)
Sky Sports Mix
Eurosport 1
At The Races
Extreme Sports Channel
Trace Sports
Eurosport 2
Bike
Sky Sports News
News(2)
Fox News Channel
Sky News Arabia
Adult(1)
UK Swingers
International(29)
MTV Beats
Rishtey CINEPLEX
BEN
BET
Vox Africa
Nollywood
NDTV 24x7
TVC News
B4U Music
SET Asia
STAR Life OK
Zee TV
Zing
Zee Cinema
ARY Digital
Lamhe
TV5MONDE
SET Max
ABP News
STAR Gold
Islam Channel UK
Sony SAB
Colors
Rishtey
Brit Asia TV
STAR Plus
Hum Europe
Zee Punjabi
&TV
Religion(1)
Open Heaven TV
Gaming(2)
Ginx TV
Sky Poker
+1 channels(58)
Sky Living +1
Comedy Central +1
ITV +1
G.O.L.D +1
Channel 4 +1
More4 +1
DMAX +1
CBS Reality +1
Universal Channel +1
PICK TV +1
TLC +1
Comedy Central Extra +1
MTV +1
Challenge +1
FOX +
Quest +1
Sky1 +1
Real Lives +1
Sky Atlantic +1
5USA +1
Channel 5 +1
ITV2 +1
ITV3 +1
Sony Channel +1
Men&Movies +1
BET +1
Syfy +1
DMAX +2
alibi +1
Lifetime +1
TLC +2
W +1
5* +1
Showcase TV +1
Discovery Real Time +1
Home +1
Good Food +1
Travel Channel +1
Discovery Home & Health +1
Food Network +1
More 4 +2
Film4 +1
TCM +1
Horror Channel +1
Sony Movie Channel +1
Movies4Men +1
Movies 24+
Discovery Channel +1
National Geographic Channel +1
History +1
Eden +1
Animal Planet +1
Yesterday +1
Discovery Science +1
Crime & Investigation Network +1
Discovery History +1
Tiny Pop +1
Pop Girl +1
Radio(55)
Absolute Classic Rock
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 5 Live
Classic FM
talkSPORT
Capital FM
Planet Rock
Heart
LBC 97.3
Xfm
Capital XTRA
BBC World Service
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Asian Network
BBC Radio 6 Music
Gold
WRN Radio
Premier Christian Radio
UCB UK
Smooth Radio
Solar Radio
Panjab Radio
BBC Radio 4 Extra
Sunrise Radio
UCB Bible
UCB Gospel
UCB Inspiration
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
Real Radio Wales
BBC Radio London 94.9
BBC Radio Cymru
Calvary Radio
Family Radio
Desi Radio
Magic
Shop Radio
Spectrum Radio
Punjabi Radio
Absolute 80s
Absolute Radio
Jazz FM
Absolute 90s
Record Radio
Rainbow Radio
Yorkshire Radio
BFBS Radio
UCB Ireland
Music India
Standalone(3)
MUTV
MUTV HD
Premier Sports

Alternatives

If you find that the Variety bundle is out of your budget, or the channel choice isn’t for you, there are other Sky bundles to choose from (Original, Box Sets, Cinema, Sports or Complete). However, other TV services including BT, Virgin Media and Now TV also offer a range of TV packages that may suit you better.

Prices include line rental
  • TalkTalk Broadband + TV

    • Freeview channels
    • Pay nothing today
    • TV Box & Super Router
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 103 channels
    • PAYG calls
    £19 .95
    £25 set-up cost Go
  • BT Unlimited Broadband + Calls + TV Starter & Sport

    • Freeview + BT Sport (add at checkout)
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • YouView+ box & BT Smart Hub router
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 73 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    £27 .49
    £59.99 set-up cost Go
  • TalkTalk Broadband + TV Plus

    • Freeview + 30 extra channels
    • Pay nothing today
    • TV Plus Box & Super Router
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 136 channels
    • PAYG calls
    Offer ends 21st December, No broadband setup fee & Fixed price for the contract length
    £25 .95
    £25 set-up cost Go
  • Virgin Media The Full House TV Bundle

    • Freeview + premium + BT Sport
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • Free TV V6 box & WiFi router
    • Up to 100Mb
    • 275 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Netflix included for 6 months
    £56
    £20 set-up cost Go
  • NOW TV Unlimited Broadband + TV Entertainment

    • Freeview + premium channels (inc Sky Atlantic)
    • Pay set-up cost today
    • Free TV Smart Box & WiFi router
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 116 channels
    • PAYG calls
    Introductory offer
    £24 .99
    £22 set-up cost Go
  • BT Unlimited Infinity + Calls + TV Starter & Sport

    • Freeview + BT Sport
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • YouView+ box & BT Smart Hub router
    • Up to 52Mb
    • 79 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Offer ends 21st December
    £33 .49
    £59.99 set-up cost Go
Prices include line rental

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