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What’s in the basic Sky TV package?

Luke Thompson
Thursday, December 14th 2017

Sky's basic TV package is Sky Entertainment (previously Sky Original). It includes more channels than ever before, and can be customised by adding other channel packs.

Here's exactly what you’ll get with the basic Sky TV bundle, from channels, prices, upgrades, and all the other options that come with the service.

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Sky Entertainment

With Sky's basic bundle, you’ll get 35 channels as standard, plus the option to add Sky Box Sets, Sky Kids, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema. You can also pause, rewind, and record live TV thanks to a free Sky Q box. In addition you will receive access to Sky On Demand, the free Sky Go app, and 11 free-to-air high definition channels. You can also of course choose to bolt on Sky Broadband or Sky Fibre.

Sky Entertainment costs£20 per month, and comes on an 18-month contract. If you choose to bundle up broadband and calls with it, the cost of line rental is included in the price.

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

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Channel list

Despite this being a ‘basic’ TV package, there is nothing particularly basic about the variety of its channels. You get the big-hitting entertainment channels, like Sky Atlantic, Sky 1 and Sky Living as well as lifestyle, news and international channels. You’ll also receive over 240 free-to-air channels and 11 free-to-air HD channels, so you’ve plenty to be getting on with.

Add Sky Sports

If you’re a sports fan, you can enhance your basic Sky TV bundle with Sky’s sport channels.

You can choose to add the Sky Sports pack for £20 per month on an 18-month contract. Alternatively you can add individual channels on a one-month basis. Prices for this start from £18 per month, rising to £27.50 for the full set.

Sky Cinema

You can also choose to upgrade Sky Entertainment by bolting on Sky Cinema.

The Sky Cinema add-on starts at £10 per month and features 11 Sky Cinema channels, including Sky Cinema Disney, and around 800 movies to watch on demand. This is a great option for movie buffs looking for a full cinema experience at home (except without the sticky floors and endless trailers).

What are my alternatives?

If you’ve decided that Sky TV just isn’t for you, there are still plenty of alternatives out there, including BT TV, TalkTalk TV and Virgin Media, each of which offers a cheap entry-level package.

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Conclusion

Sky has the widest range of TV channels in the UK, but it’s not the cheapest option for a starter pack. There’s plenty of scope for expansion though, so you’ll be able to add more channels and services as and when you want.

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