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Sky Sports Bundle review 2016

Hannah Ricci
Thursday, October 6th 2016

Whether you love all sports or are devoted to just one, the Sky Sports Bundle has got it covered. It is designed to give you extensive sports and entertainment coverage in one package.

In addition to a sparkling new Sky Q box, you get seven dedicated sports channels and the Sky Go mobile app so you can catch your favourite sports on the move. Here’s our independent review.

Is it for me?

Yes, if you’re looking for a TV package containing the full Sky Sports pack alongside popular entertainment channels and a Sky+ HD box to watch important events live or record them when you’re busy, and catch-up on recent shows you’ve missed.

It covers a vast array of sports and events, such as the Barclays Premier League, F1, cricket, golf, rugby league, rugby union, boxing, tennis, NFL, snooker, WWE, basketball, darts, speedway and even niche sports like greyhound racing.

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Existing Sky customers

Adding Sky Sports to your existing contract may be more affordable than you think. The only way to find out is by comparing the latest deals for existing Sky customers.

How does it compare to other Sky bundles?

The Sky Sports Bundle includes the popular sports channel pack as standard but it can also be added to one of the other Sky TV bundles. Prices vary and each offers different channels and features. Use the tool below to compare what you get for your money.

  • TV Original
    Digital TV
    TV channels312
    SD channels301
    HD channels11
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length18 months
    First year cost £284

    £22
    per month

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395
  • TV Variety
    Digital TV
    TV channels373
    SD channels362
    HD channels11
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length18 months
    First year cost £404

    £32
    per month

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395
  • Box Sets
    Digital TV
    TV channels418
    SD channels362
    HD channels56
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length18 months
    First year cost £476

    £38
    per month

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395

Can I bolt on extras like Sky Cinema and BT Sport?

The Sky Sports Bundle features a huge amount of sports content, but it’s not the most comprehensive TV sports package around as it doesn’t feature BT Sport. However, it can be added for £5 per month if you have BT broadband, or an additional monthly fee and one-off set-up charge (see below) if you don’t.

You can also bolt-on extra channels such as Sky Cinema, Sky Asia and specialist football team channels such as MUTV and Chelsea TV.

Sky’s TV bundles don’t feature broadband as standard but it is available as an optional extra. There are four broadband and phone packages to choose from with a range of different speeds and usage allowances. All services are subject to £18.99 monthly line rental and include a range of useful features.

 
Sky Cinema £18 per month
BT Sport £21.99 per month
plus £15 activation fee
Sky Multiscreen From £12 per month
Sky Go Extra £5 per month
free with Multiscreen
Sky Cinema
£18 per month
BT Sport
Free to BT broadband customers, otherwise £21.99 per month plus £15 activation fee
Sky Multiscreen
From £12 per month
Sky Go Extra
£5 per month (or free with Multiscreen)

What comes with it?

As you’d expect, you get the seven dedicated Sky Sports channels (Sky Sports 1-5, Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports News). You also get the basic Sky entertainment pack, which features delivers 35+ entertainment channels, 240+ additional free-to-air channels and 11 HD channels.

The Sky Q box is included in the monthly price with a one-off £20 installation fee. The box allows you to pause, rewind and record live TV. Connect your box to your broadband service and you can access catch-up TV and on demand services.

You can also live stream Sky Sports channels and any others in your subscription on mobile devices via the free Sky Go app, providing you have an internet connection.

Which TV channels are included?

The Sky Sports Bundle is basically Sky’s entry-level Original Bundle with the addition of seven Sky Sports channels. Check out the full channel line-up below.

Free-to-air (216)
4seven
4seven
BBC One
BBC One
BBC Two
BBC Two
ITV
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 4
Channel 5
Channel 5
BBC Four
BBC Four
BBC Four HD
BBC Four HD
LBC 1152 News
LBC 1152 News
Challenge
Challenge
S4/C
S4/C
E4 +1
E4 +1
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
More4
More4
Channel 4 HD
Channel 4 HD
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
BBC One HD
BBC One HD
CBS Reality
CBS Reality
CBS Action
CBS Action
CBS Drama
CBS Drama
Sukh Sagar
Sukh Sagar
Khushkhabri
Khushkhabri
PICK TV
PICK TV
Quest
Quest
Sony Channel
Sony Channel
Dave ja vu
Dave ja vu
RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Radio 1
Spike
Spike
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
Channel 5 HD
Channel 5 HD
Kismat Radio
Kismat Radio
5USA
5USA
Channel 5 +24
Channel 5 +24
5*
5*
Amrit Bani
Amrit Bani
Chill
Chill
ITV HD
ITV HD
True Entertainment
True Entertainment
Men&Movies
Men&Movies
True Crime
True Crime
Liberty Radio
Liberty Radio
Insight Radio
Insight Radio
Propeller
Propeller
Showcase TV
Showcase TV
Showcase 2
Showcase 2
E4
E4
Kanshiradio
Kanshiradio
ITV2
ITV2
ITV3
ITV3
Newstalk
Newstalk
Information TV
Information TV
Dave
Dave
ITV4
ITV4
Home
Home
Really
Really
Travel Channel
Travel Channel
Food Network
Food Network
Wedding TV
Wedding TV
The Africa Channel
The Africa Channel
The Active Channel
The Active Channel
Forces TV
Forces TV
Film4
Film4
Horror Channel
Horror Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Sony Movie Channel
Movies4Men
Movies4Men
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
Pop Girl
Pop Girl
Kix!
Kix!
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
Sony SAB
Sony SAB
Noor TV
Noor TV
Peace TV
Peace TV
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
Entertainment (20)
G.O.L.D
G.O.L.D
Sky2
Sky2
Comedy Central Extra
Comedy Central Extra
Sky1
Sky1
Real Lives
Real Lives
Sky Living
Sky Living
Sky Atlantic
Sky Atlantic
FOX
FOX
Syfy
Syfy
My Channel
My Channel
Universal Channel
Universal Channel
Comedy Central
Comedy Central
Sky Arts 1
Sky Arts 1
Sky Arts 2
Sky Arts 2
alibi
alibi
E!
E!
Discovery Shed
Discovery Shed
W
W
ITV Encore
ITV Encore
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifestyle (8)
Style
Style
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Travel & Living
Discovery Travel & Living
Luxury Life
Luxury Life
Horse & Country
Horse & Country
Fitness TV
Fitness TV
Good Food
Good Food
Holiday+Cruise
Holiday+Cruise
Factual (2)
DMAX
DMAX
Discovery Real Time
Discovery Real Time
Music (12)
Sumo TV
Sumo TV
Controversial TV
Controversial TV
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
Movies (4)
True Movies 1
True Movies 1
True Movies 2
True Movies 2
Movies 24
Movies 24
TCM
TCM
Sports (9)
Sky Sports 5
Sky Sports 5
Sky Sports News HQ
Sky Sports News HQ
Sky Sports 1
Sky Sports 1
Sky Sports 2
Sky Sports 2
Sky Sports 3
Sky Sports 3
Sky Sports 4
Sky Sports 4
Sky Sports F1
Sky Sports F1
Bike
Bike
Sky Sports Mix
Sky Sports Mix
News (1)
Sky News Arabia
Sky News Arabia
Adult (1)
UK Swingers
UK Swingers
International (13)
BEN
BEN
BET
BET
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
&TV
&TV
Religion (1)
Open Heaven TV
Open Heaven TV
Gaming (1)
Sky Poker
Sky Poker
+1 channels (47)
Sky Living +1
Sky Living +1
Comedy Central +1
Comedy Central +1
ITV +1
ITV +1
G.O.L.D +1
G.O.L.D +1
Channel 4 +1
Channel 4 +1
More4 +1
More4 +1
DMAX +1
DMAX +1
CBS Reality +1
CBS Reality +1
Universal Channel +1
Universal Channel +1
PICK TV +1
PICK TV +1
Comedy Central Extra +1
Comedy Central Extra +1
MTV +1
MTV +1
Challenge +1
Challenge +1
FOX +
FOX +
Quest +1
Quest +1
Sky1 +1
Sky1 +1
Real Lives +1
Real Lives +1
Sky Atlantic +1
Sky Atlantic +1
5USA +1
5USA +1
Channel 5 +1
Channel 5 +1
ITV2 +1
ITV2 +1
ITV3 +1
ITV3 +1
Sony Channel +1
Sony Channel +1
Men&Movies +1
Men&Movies +1
BET +1
BET +1
Syfy +1
Syfy +1
DMAX +2
DMAX +2
alibi +1
alibi +1
Lifetime +1
Lifetime +1
W +1
W +1
5* +1
5* +1
Showcase TV +1
Showcase TV +1
Discovery Real Time +1
Discovery Real Time +1
Home +1
Home +1
Good Food +1
Good Food +1
Travel Channel +1
Travel Channel +1
Discovery Home & Health +1
Discovery Home & Health +1
Food Network +1
Food Network +1
More 4 +2
More 4 +2
Film4 +1
Film4 +1
TCM +1
TCM +1
Horror Channel +1
Horror Channel +1
Sony Movie Channel +1
Sony Movie Channel +1
Movies4Men +1
Movies4Men +1
Movies 24+
Movies 24+
Tiny Pop +1
Tiny Pop +1
Pop Girl +1
Pop Girl +1
Radio (55)
Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Classic Rock
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
Classic FM
Classic FM
talkSPORT
talkSPORT
Capital FM
Capital FM
Planet Rock
Planet Rock
Heart
Heart
LBC 97.3
LBC 97.3
Xfm
Xfm
Capital XTRA
Capital XTRA
BBC World Service
BBC World Service
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
UCB UK
UCB UK
Smooth Radio
Smooth Radio
Solar Radio
Solar Radio
Panjab Radio
Panjab Radio
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC Radio 4 Extra
Sunrise Radio
Sunrise Radio
UCB Bible
UCB Bible
UCB Gospel
UCB Gospel
UCB Inspiration
UCB Inspiration
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
Real Radio Wales
Real Radio Wales
BBC Radio London 94.9
BBC Radio London 94.9
BBC Radio Cymru
BBC Radio Cymru
Calvary Radio
Calvary Radio
Family Radio
Family Radio
Desi Radio
Desi Radio
Magic
Magic
Shop Radio
Shop Radio
Spectrum Radio
Spectrum Radio
Punjabi Radio
Punjabi Radio
Absolute 80s
Absolute 80s
Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio
Jazz FM
Jazz FM
Absolute 90s
Absolute 90s
Record Radio
Record Radio
Rainbow Radio
Rainbow Radio
Yorkshire Radio
Yorkshire Radio
BFBS Radio
BFBS Radio
UCB Ireland
UCB Ireland
Music India
Music India
Standalone (3)
MUTV
MUTV
MUTV HD
MUTV HD
Premier Sports
Premier Sports

*Additional charges apply to standalone channels

Alternatives

If Sky Sports Bundle doesn’t sound quite right for you, perhaps one of Sky’s other five bundles might be a better fit. There’s the Original, Variety, Box Sets (previously Family), Cinema and Complete, each featuring more channels and a higher price as you go along.

If you don’t fancy committing to a contract or having a satellite dish installed on your roof, Now TV offers a more flexible option to get Sky Sports. Alternatively, how about Virgin TV? Sky Sports can be added to any TV package or you get it included with selected Big Bundles of broadband, TV and phone.

Prices include line rental
  • BT TV Entertainment Plus + Unlimited Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls

    • Freeview + 29 premium channels + BT Sport
    • Up to 52Mb download, 10Mb upload speed
    • Truly unlimited monthly usage
    • Weekend calls included
    • Up to 52Mb
    • 137 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Free £125 BT Reward Card, Pay nothing today, Save £222 over 12 months & Free BT Sport until 31st July
    £36 .99
    £58.99 ongoing cost Go
  • Virgin The Player Bundle

    • Freeview channels
    • Up to 100Mb download, 6Mb upload speed
    • Unlimited monthly usage
    • Weekend calls included
    • Up to 100Mb
    • 79 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Save £156 over 12 months & Pay nothing today
    £32
    £45 after 12 mths Go
  • Sky TV Original + Unlimited Broadband

    • 35+ entertainment, 250+ free-to-air channels
    • Up to 17Mb download, 1.3Mb upload speed
    • Truly unlimited monthly usage
    • Pay for calls made (9.5p per min)
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 312 channels
    • PAYG calls
    Free £25 Reward
    £50 .99
    per month Go
  • Virgin The Full House Movies Bundle

    • Freeview + premium + movies + BT Sport
    • Up to 200Mb download, 12Mb upload speed
    • Unlimited monthly usage
    • Weekend calls included
    • Up to 200Mb
    • 270 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Save £336 over 12 months & Pay nothing today
    £65
    £93 after 12 mths Go
  • BT Total Entertainment + Unlimited Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls

    • Freeview + 60 premium channels + BT Sport
    • Up to 52Mb download, 10Mb upload speed
    • Truly unlimited monthly usage
    • Weekend calls included
    • Up to 52Mb
    • 177 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Free £125 BT Reward Card, Free BT Sport, Pay nothing today & Save £108 over 12 months
    £43 .99
    £52.99 after 12 mths Go
  • NOW TV Cinema + Unlimited Fibre

    • Freeview + Sky Cinema (on-demand)
    • Up to 38Mb download, 10Mb upload speed
    • Truly unlimited monthly usage
    • Pay for calls made (9.5p per min)
    • Up to 38Mb
    • 114 channels
    • PAYG calls
    Introductory offer - save £155
    £32 .99
    £45.98 after 12 mths Go

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