Five reasons you should consider Virgin TV over Sky TV
1) You want Virgin Broadband
If you’ve got Virgin Broadband running by your home, temptation is right there. Virgin Media does, after all, offer the fastest widely-available broadband speeds in the UK. And, ultimately, though it’s not unheard of, if you want the fastest broadband available, you’re not going to want to get your TV from someone else.
Because, you know, it’s a huge faff.
2) You want 200+ channels, but don’t want a satellite dish
One of the biggest advantages that Virgin TV has over Sky TV is that you won’t have to bolt an ugly dish to the side of your home. Granted, even if you plump for the TV XL package, you still won’t be getting as much telly as Sky offers in its Family Bundle, but if those additional channels are ones you can live without, Virgin Media offers the cosmetically superior option.
3) Virgin Media’s TiVo box has a slight edge over the Sky+ HD box
Virgin’s TiVo set-top box – standard with all new Virgin TV packages – has a bit of an edge over the ubiquitous Sky+ HD box, thanks largely to more user-friendly interface. That said, it does come up short against the latest Sky Q hardware, although that is, unsurprisingly, a more costly option.
Nevertheless, TiVo trumps Sky’s entry set-top box in several key areas. It doesn’t partition much of its hard drive space for storing box sets and on demand content for one. On other hand, it does think it can learn what you like to watch and will use up space recording things it thinks you will like regardless of your input.
Users can also expect a faster, slicker experience with Virgin Media’s TiVo box.
4) You can bundle in a Virgin Mobile SIM or two
Another advantage Virgin Media has over arch-TV-rival Sky is that it offers low-cost mobile SIMs to its TV, broadband and home phone customers. Sky, of course, as of yet, offers no such thing.
Virgin Mobile SIMs as part of a ‘quad-play’ bundle (including TV, broadband and home phone) should be especially attractive to families who need several SIMs, but would rather receive just one bill.
5) You can watch Netflix, listen to Spotify, and more on Virgin TV
Sky has decided it wants to create a bit of a walled garden with its TV offering. That is to say it doesn’t want competitor services getting in, and it doesn’t want its exclusive content getting out. That’s why you cannot watch Netflix, nor any competing subscription-fee-based streaming service for that matter, on a Sky box.
Virgin take a more inclusive approach, allowing its customers access to Netflix via the Apps and Games menu or channel 204. From time to time (though not always, so do check) Virgin Media even offers a free Netflix subscription for the first 6 months of your contract.
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