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Sky Original Bundle review 2016

Hannah Ricci
Monday, January 4th 2016

If you want to sample Sky TV but keep your costs down, the Original Bundle could be the package for you. Sky’s lowest-priced collection includes subscription, free-to-air and HD channels.

You can personalise it, get it installed for free, watch it on the move, and save up to a week’s worth of telly with it. All from £13.40. Sound interesting?

Cable.co.uk rating

Sky Original Bundle review 2016Hannah Ricci – Cable.co.uk
  • TV channels
    3/5
  • HD content
    2/5
  • On-demand content
    4/5
  • Equipment & installation
    4/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Overall
    3/5

Is it for me?

As far as pay TV packages go, the Original Bundle is a great way to get your hands on Sky’s top channels, including the coveted Sky Atlantic for popular shows. You’ll be able to record your favourite shows and whole series with one click on the remote, and also catch up with anything you’ve missed in the last seven days.

The price is reasonable, but if you’re looking for movies and sporting action, you’ll find it lacking. Also bear in mind that the cost starts to creep up when you add these extras.

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How does it compare to other Sky bundles?

You can use our wonderfully clickable instant comparison tool (below) to see how the Sky Original Bundle sizes up against other Sky bundle offerings. Rest assured, we go to great lengths to ensure this information is kept up to date.

  • TV Original
    Digital TV
    TV channels312
    SD channels301
    HD channels11
    Pricing & Contract
    Upfront cost£10
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£170.80

    £13.40
    £20 after 12 mths
    + £0 line rental

    0800 840 5394
  • TV Variety
    Digital TV
    TV channels375
    SD channels364
    HD channels11
    Pricing & Contract
    Upfront cost£10
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£251.20

    £20.10
    £30 after 12 mths
    + £0 line rental

    0800 840 5394
  • HD Family
    Digital TV
    TV channels420
    SD channels364
    HD channels56
    Pricing & Contract
    Upfront cost£10
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£299.44

    £24.12
    £36 after 12 mths
    + £0 line rental

    0800 840 5394

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

Yes, you can. As you might expect from Sky’s budget TV package, many of the flagship channels aren’t included in this bundle; most notably, the 11 dedicated Sky Movies channels and the seven dedicated Sky Sports channels.

But the good news is that you can add these to your package if you want them, or opt for the Sky Movies Bundle or Sky Sports Bundle instead. Those looking for lots of HD content might be disappointed too, as there is a limited selection and you can’t add an HD pack to get more.

Anything termed a Sky ‘bundle’ includes only TV, but you can add broadband and phone for a full telecoms package if you wish. Sky includes Talk Weekends (unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines provided they total an hour or less) and Broadband Lite (2GB maximum data restriction) for ‘free’ with all Sky TV, although you’ll still need to pay a line rental of £17.40.

You can upgrade to unlimited standard broadband or unlimited fibre if you wish, and you can see the line-up of optional extras below.

 
Sky Sports£25.50 per month
Sky Movies£17 per month
BT Sport£19.99 per month
plus £15 activation fee
Sky MultiscreenFrom £11.25 per month
Sky Go Extra£5 per month
free with Multiscreen
Sky Sports
£25.50 per month
Sky Movies
£17 per month
BT Sport
Free to BT broadband customers, otherwise £19.99 per month plus £15 activation fee
Sky Multiscreen
From £11.25 per month
Sky Go Extra
£5 per month (or free with Multiscreen)

What comes with it?

The Original Bundle features some of Sky’s most popular programming in the Sky Entertainment pack. You get a Sky+ HD box to record shows and the Sky Go app to stream your favourite programmes on mobile devices while you are out and about.

You’ll need wi-fi access for this, or you can upgrade to Sky Go Extra (£5 per month) to download content to enjoy later without an internet connection.

Which TV channels are included?

Here's an up-to-date list of the channels you'll be able to watch after you sign up for the Sky Original Bundle.

Entertainment (18)
G.O.L.D
G.O.L.D
Sky2
Sky2
Sky LivingIt
Sky LivingIt
Comedy Central Extra
Comedy Central Extra
DMAX
DMAX
Sky1
Sky1
Sky Living
Sky Living
Sky Atlantic
Sky Atlantic
FOX
FOX
Sumo TV
Sumo TV
Syfy
Syfy
My Channel
My Channel
Universal Channel
Universal Channel
Comedy Central
Comedy Central
Watch
Watch
alibi
alibi
E!
E!
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifestyle (13)
Sky Arts 1
Sky Arts 1
Sky Arts 2
Sky Arts 2
Home
Home
Style
Style
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Home & Health
Food Network
Food Network
Discovery Travel & Living
Discovery Travel & Living
?TV
?TV
Luxury Life
Luxury Life
Horse & Country
Horse & Country
Fitness TV
Fitness TV
Good Food
Good Food
Holiday+Cruise
Holiday+Cruise
Movies (5)
TCM +1
TCM +1
True Movies 1
True Movies 1
True Movies 2
True Movies 2
Movies 24
Movies 24
TCM
TCM
Sports (1)
Bike
Bike
Factual (2)
Discovery Real Time
Discovery Real Time
Discovery Shed
Discovery Shed
Kids (1)
Boomerang
Boomerang
Music (10)
MTV
MTV
Kiss
Kiss
Magic
Magic
Chart Show TV
Chart Show TV
The Vault
The Vault
Flava
Flava
Channel AKA
Channel AKA
Starz TV
Starz TV
Bliss
Bliss
Dance Nation TV
Dance Nation TV
International (12)
BEN
BEN
Vox Africa
Vox Africa
Nollywood
Nollywood
TVC News
TVC News
STAR Life OK
STAR Life OK
Lamhe
Lamhe
TV5MONDE
TV5MONDE
STAR Gold
STAR Gold
Colors
Colors
STAR Plus
STAR Plus
Hum Europe
Hum Europe
Sky News Arabia
Sky News Arabia
Religion (1)
Open Heaven TV
Open Heaven TV
Gaming (2)
BET
BET
Sky Poker
Sky Poker
Specialist (2)
Controversial TV
Controversial TV
Information TV
Information TV
Adult (1)
UK Swingers
UK Swingers
Standalone* (3)
MUTV
MUTV
MUTV HD
MUTV HD
Premier Sports
Premier Sports
+1 channels (27)
Sky Living +1
Sky Living +1
Comedy Central +1
Comedy Central +1
G.O.L.D +1
G.O.L.D +1
DMAX +1
DMAX +1
Universal Channel +1
Universal Channel +1
Watch +1
Watch +1
Dave ja vu
Dave ja vu
Comedy Central Extra +1
Comedy Central Extra +1
MTV +1
MTV +1
FOX +
FOX +
Quest +1
Quest +1
Sky1 +1
Sky1 +1
Sky Atlantic +1
Sky Atlantic +1
Syfy +1
Syfy +1
DMAX +2
DMAX +2
alibi +1
alibi +1
Lifetime +1
Lifetime +1
5* +1
5* +1
Sky LivingIt +1
Sky LivingIt +1
Discovery Real Time +1
Discovery Real Time +1
Home +1
Home +1
Good Food +1
Good Food +1
Discovery Home & Health +1
Discovery Home & Health +1
Food Network +1
Food Network +1
More 4 +2
More 4 +2
Horror Channel +1
Horror Channel +1
Movies 24+
Movies 24+
Free-to-air (288)
4seven
4seven
Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Classic Rock
BBC One
BBC One
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2
BBC Two
BBC Two
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3
ITV
ITV
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
Channel 4
Channel 4
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
Channel 5
Channel 5
Classic FM
Classic FM
talkSPORT
talkSPORT
Capital FM
Capital FM
Planet Rock
Planet Rock
Heart
Heart
LBC 97.3
LBC 97.3
Xfm
Xfm
Choice FM
Choice FM
BBC Three HD
BBC Three HD
BBC World Service
BBC World Service
BBC Four
BBC Four
BBC Four HD
BBC Four HD
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Asian Network
BBC Radio Asian Network
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio 6 Music
Gold
Gold
WRN Radio
WRN Radio
Premier Christian Radio
Premier Christian Radio
LBC 1152 News
LBC 1152 News
Challenge
Challenge
UCB UK
UCB UK
Smooth Radio
Smooth Radio
Solar Radio
Solar Radio
Panjab Radio
Panjab Radio
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC Radio 4 Extra
ITV +1
ITV +1
Sunrise Radio
Sunrise Radio
S4/C
S4/C
UCB Bible
UCB Bible
Channel 4 +1
Channel 4 +1
UCB Gospel
UCB Gospel
UCB Inspiration
UCB Inspiration
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 1Xtra
E4 +1
E4 +1
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
More4
More4
More4 +1
More4 +1
Channel 4 HD
Channel 4 HD
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
BBC One HD
BBC One HD
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
CBS Reality
CBS Reality
Real Radio Wales
Real Radio Wales
CBS Reality +1
CBS Reality +1
CBS Action
CBS Action
CBS Drama
CBS Drama
Sukh Sagar
Sukh Sagar
Khushkhabri
Khushkhabri
BBC London 94.9
BBC London 94.9
PICK TV
PICK TV
PICK TV +1
PICK TV +1
BBC Radio Cymru
BBC Radio Cymru
Quest
Quest
Calvary Radio
Calvary Radio
Sony Entertainment Television
Sony Entertainment Television
Family Radio
Family Radio
RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Radio 1
Spike
Spike
Challenge +1
Challenge +1
RTÉ 2FM
RTÉ 2FM
RTÉ Lyric FM
RTÉ Lyric FM
Drama
Drama
RTÉ na Gaeltachta
RTÉ na Gaeltachta
BBC Alba
BBC Alba
BBC Two HD
BBC Two HD
Desi Radio
Desi Radio
Kismat Radio
Kismat Radio
5USA
5USA
5USA +1
5USA +1
Channel 5 +24
Channel 5 +24
5*
5*
Amrit Bani
Amrit Bani
Channel 5 +1
Channel 5 +1
Chill
Chill
ITV HD
ITV HD
ITV2 +1
ITV2 +1
ITV3 +1
ITV3 +1
Magic
Magic
Sony Entertainment Television +1
Sony Entertainment Television +1
Shop Radio
Shop Radio
True Entertainment
True Entertainment
Men&Movies
Men&Movies
Spectrum Radio
Spectrum Radio
Liberty Radio
Liberty Radio
Men&Movies +1
Men&Movies +1
Punjabi Radio
Punjabi Radio
Insight Radio
Insight Radio
Propeller
Propeller
BET +1
BET +1
Showcase TV
Showcase TV
Showcase 2
Showcase 2
Absolute 80s
Absolute 80s
Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio
E4
E4
Jazz FM
Jazz FM
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio 90s
Kanshiradio
Kanshiradio
Record Radio
Record Radio
ITV2
ITV2
Rainbow Radio
Rainbow Radio
ITV3
ITV3
Yorkshire Radio
Yorkshire Radio
BBC Three
BBC Three
Newstalk
Newstalk
BFBS Radio
BFBS Radio
Dave
Dave
UCB Ireland
UCB Ireland
ITV4
ITV4
Showcase TV +1
Showcase TV +1
Really
Really
Travel Channel
Travel Channel
Travel Channel +1
Travel Channel +1
Wedding TV
Wedding TV
The Africa Channel
The Africa Channel
ITV Encore
ITV Encore
The Active Channel
The Active Channel
Forces TV
Forces TV
Film4
Film4
Film4 +1
Film4 +1
Horror Channel
Horror Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Sony Movie Channel +1
Sony Movie Channel +1
Movies4Men
Movies4Men
Movies4Men +1
Movies4Men +1
Viva
Viva
Vintage TV
Vintage TV
Scuzz
Scuzz
Greatest Hits TV
Greatest Hits TV
BuzMuzik
BuzMuzik
Clubland TV
Clubland TV
Massive R&B
Massive R&B
Motors TV
Motors TV
LFC TV
LFC TV
Bloomberg Television
Bloomberg Television
BBC News
BBC News
BBC Parliament
BBC Parliament
CNBC Europe
CNBC Europe
CNN International
CNN International
NHK World HD
NHK World HD
Euronews
Euronews
CCTV News
CCTV News
RT HD
RT HD
France 24 English
France 24 English
Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English
CNC World
CNC World
Sky News
Sky News
RT
RT
Community Channel
Community Channel
BBC News HD
BBC News HD
God TV
God TV
Revelation
Revelation
TBN UK
TBN UK
Daystar
Daystar
UCB TV
UCB TV
Loveworld TV
Loveworld TV
Inspiration
Inspiration
Gospel Channel
Gospel Channel
EWTN TV
EWTN TV
The Word Network
The Word Network
Faith World TV
Faith World TV
KICC TV
KICC TV
Believe TV
Believe TV
Olive TV
Olive TV
Praise TV
Praise TV
SonLife Broadcasting Network
SonLife Broadcasting Network
CBBC
CBBC
CBBC HD
CBBC HD
CBeebies
CBeebies
CBeebies HD
CBeebies HD
POP
POP
Tiny Pop
Tiny Pop
CITV
CITV
Tiny Pop +1
Tiny Pop +1
Pop Girl
Pop Girl
Kix!
Kix!
Pop Girl +1
Pop Girl +1
QVC
QVC
JML Direct
JML Direct
Argos TV
Argos TV
TV Shop
TV Shop
Ideal World
Ideal World
Price Drop
Price Drop
Pitch TV
Pitch TV
Retail TV
Retail TV
High Street TV
High Street TV
Best Direct
Best Direct
Ideal Extra
Ideal Extra
Gems TV
Gems TV
TJC
TJC
JML Home & DIY
JML Home & DIY
Bid TV
Bid TV
Jewellery Maker
Jewellery Maker
Gems TV Extra
Gems TV Extra
Pitch World
Pitch World
QVC Beauty
QVC Beauty
PaversShoes.tv
PaversShoes.tv
Thane Direct
Thane Direct
V Channel
V Channel
Speed Auction
Speed Auction
Rocks & Co 1
Rocks & Co 1
JML Cookshop
JML Cookshop
Ideal & More
Ideal & More
Create and Craft
Create and Craft
Celebrity Shop
Celebrity Shop
The Dept Store
The Dept Store
B4U Music
B4U Music
Phoenix CNE
Phoenix CNE
Bangla TV
Bangla TV
MTA Muslim TV
MTA Muslim TV
Zing
Zing
PTV Prime
PTV Prime
MATV National
MATV National
UMP Movies
UMP Movies
Record TV
Record TV
DM Digital
DM Digital
Hidayat TV
Hidayat TV
ARY Qtv
ARY Qtv
Venus TV
Venus TV
ARY News
ARY News
PTV Global
PTV Global
Islam Channel
Islam Channel
Channel S
Channel S
SAB TV
SAB TV
Noor TV
Noor TV
Peace TV
Peace TV
Music India
Music India
Al Jazeera Children's Channel
Al Jazeera Children's Channel
IQRA TV
IQRA TV
ATN Bangla
ATN Bangla
Ummah Channel
Ummah Channel
Sunrise TV
Sunrise TV
Rishtey
Rishtey
Glory TV
Glory TV
Brit Asia TV
Brit Asia TV
Channel 9 UK
Channel 9 UK
Ahlebait TV
Ahlebait TV
Madani Channel
Madani Channel
Sikh Channel
Sikh Channel
Peace TV Urdu
Peace TV Urdu
Ahlulbayt TV
Ahlulbayt TV
UCTV
UCTV
Channel i
Channel i
Takbeer TV
Takbeer TV
Sangat TV
Sangat TV
Aastha TV
Aastha TV
9XM
9XM
NTV
NTV
Super Casino
Super Casino
Smart Live
Smart Live
Dating Channel
Dating Channel
GayXchange
GayXchange
Gay Network
Gay Network
Chat Box
Chat Box
Renault TV
Renault TV
Psychic Line
Psychic Line
Psychic Today
Psychic Today
PlayboyTV Chat
PlayboyTV Chat
Babestation
Babestation
Get Lucky TV
Get Lucky TV
Lucky Star
Lucky Star
Red Light 1
Red Light 1
Flirt TV 2
Flirt TV 2
xxXpanded TV
xxXpanded TV
Red Light 3
Red Light 3
Red Light 4
Red Light 4
Babe Guide
Babe Guide
Northern Birds
Northern Birds
Essex Babes
Essex Babes
Elite TV
Elite TV
Storm
Storm
SportxxxGirls
SportxxxGirls
Elite TV 3
Elite TV 3
LivexxxBabes
LivexxxBabes

*Additional charges apply to standalone channels

Alternatives

If the Original Bundle isn’t quite what you’re after, one of Sky’s other bundles might be a better option. These include the Family, Sports, Movies and Complete bundles. Alternatively, Virgin TV is worth a look, as is Now TV for Sky’s top channels at a cheaper price and without the lengthy contract.

  • BT TV Starter + Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls

    • Over 80 TV channels, free BT Sport Pack
    • 38Mb fibre broadband, 40GB usage
    • Weekend calls. Add anytime for £7.95 p/m
    • Up to 38Mb
    • 106 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Free BT Sport & New customers only
    £7.50
    per month Go
  • Virgin Big Easy Bundle

    • Up to 50Mb unlimited fibre broadband
    • 60+ channels (TV M) and TiVo box
    • Unlimited weekend calls
    • Up to 50Mb
    • 64 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Save £84 over 6 months & Free set up worth £49.95
    £10
    £24 after 6 mths Go
  • Sky TV Original + Broadband Lite + Pay As You Talk

    • 35+ entertainment channels, 11 HD channels
    • 240+ free-to-air channels
    • Up to 17Mbps broadband
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 312 channels
    • PAYG calls
    33% off Sky TV for 12 months & Free Sky+HD Box
    £13.40
    £20 after 12 mths Go
  • Virgin Big Bang Bundle

    • Up to 100Mb unlimited fibre broadband
    • 130+ channels (TV M+) and TiVo box
    • Unlimited weekend calls
    • Up to 100Mb
    • 146 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Save £102 over 6 months & Free set up worth £49.95
    £17
    £34 after 6 mths Go
  • TalkTalk Essentials TV + Unlimited Broadband + Calls

    • YouView digital TV set top box
    • Seven day catch up TV plus on-demand
    • Totally unlimited broadband & calls
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 102 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    £5
    £10 after 12 mths Go
  • Sky HD Family + Broadband Lite + Pay As You Talk

    • 75+ entertainment channels, 56 HD channels
    • 240+ free-to-air channels, 1900+ kids' shows
    • Sky Box Sets and 3D entertainment
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 420 channels
    • PAYG calls
    33% off Sky TV for 12 months & Free Sky+HD Box
    £24.12
    £36 after 12 mths Go

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