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What’s in the basic Sky TV package?

Luke Thompson
Tuesday, August 9th 2016

Sky's basic TV package is called the Sky Original Bundle. It includes a great selection of popular channels, and can be customised with 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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The Sky Original Bundle

Sky used to have six different channel packs, and customers taking the basic package could choose any one of them as part of their subscription. These days Sky uses a simpler system, and all customers get over 35 channels as standard, plus the option to add extra channels with Sky Sports and Sky Movies.

With Sky's basic bundle, you’ll get the channels outlined above, the ability to pause, rewind, and record live TV thanks to a free Sky+ HD box, access to Sky’s on demand service, the free Sky Go app, and 11 free-to-air high definition channels – and the option to add the free Sky Broadband Lite package with 12GB usage and Pay As You Talk calls.

The Sky Original bundle starts at £20 per month, and comes on a 12-month contract. If you choose to take up the offer of free broadband and Pay As You Talk calls you'll also need to pay £17.40 a month line rental.

Get Sky TV Original

  • TV Original
    Digital TV
    TV channels313
    SD channels302
    HD channels11
    Pricing & Contract
    Upfront cost£10
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£250

    £20
    per month
    + £0 p/m line rental

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395

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.

Compare Sky bundles

Want to know how much it all costs and what other options Sky has? You can use our comparison table to see the basic, intermediate, and advanced TV bundles that Sky offers.

  • TV Original
    Digital TV
    TV channels313
    SD channels302
    HD channels11
    Pricing & Contract
    Upfront cost£10
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£250

    £20
    per month
    + £0 p/m line rental

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395
  • TV Variety
    Digital TV
    TV channels376
    SD channels365
    HD channels11
    Pricing & Contract
    Upfront cost£10
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£394

    £32
    per month
    + £0 p/m line rental

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395
  • Box Sets
    Digital TV
    TV channels421
    SD channels365
    HD channels56
    Pricing & Contract
    Upfront cost£10
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£466

    £38
    per month
    + £0 p/m line rental

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395

Sky Sports

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

The Sky Sports add-on starts at £13.75 per month and comes with seven dedicated sports channels, including Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports F1, and the most recent addition, Sky Sports 5. If you need your football, rugby, or golf fix, the Sky Sports pack presents a great option for building on your basic Sky TV bundle.

Sky Movies

If sports aren’t your thing, you can upgrade your basic TV bundle with a movie package instead.

The Sky Movies add-on starts at £12 per month and features 11 Sky Movies channels, including Sky Movies Premiere and Sky Movies 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 time goes by.

Get the Sky Original bundle for £20 per month

Buy online from Sky

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