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Sky Original Bundle review

Hannah Ricci
Wednesday, May 6th 2015

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 £15. Sound interesting?

What you get

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.

 Sky Original Bundle
Entertainment channels35+
including Sky Atlantic
Free-to-air channels240
HD channels11
On demand
Wi-Fi connection required
Catch up
Wi-Fi connection required
On the go
with Sky Go app
Contract12 months
HardwareSky+ HD box
Pause, rewind, record live TVYes
Storage capacityUp to 60 hours of HD or 185 hours or standard definition TV
Price from£15 per month
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Sky Original Bundle
Entertainment channels
35+ (including Sky Atlantic)
Free-to-air channels
HD channels
On demand
Yes, wi-fi connection required
Catch up
Yes, wi-fi connection required
On the go
Yes, with Sky Go app
12 months
Sky+ HD box
Pause, rewind & record live TV
Storage capacity
Up to 60 hours of HD or 185 hours or standard definition TV

What you don’t get

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 says it 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 this isn’t strictly true since you’ll still need to pay a line rental of £16.40 should you choose to take them.

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)


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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.


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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