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Sky to increase some of its broadband and TV prices - is it time to switch?

Thursday, February 22nd 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Sky has confirmed that the price of some of its broadband packages – and all three of its legacy TV bundles – will be going up from 1 April.

Both Sky Unlimited Broadband and Sky Fibre (the capped 25GB package) are going up by £1.01 while anyone still on the Original, Variety and Box Sets TV bundles will see an increase of £1.50.

The price of taking all of the Sky Sports channels on a monthly rolling contract is going up by 50p and Sky Voicemail will increase by 75p. You may also notice some call rates increasing, but Sky says this won’t impact calls made within inclusive call packages.

Ok, so that’s the bad news out of the way, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Firstly, many Sky packages are staying exactly the same.

Secondly, the majority of the changes that are happening are only likely to affect you if you’re outside of the 12 or 18-month minimum term of your contract, which means you’re free to shop around and switch to a better deal if you can find one.

And thirdly (we’re on a roll here), if you are still in the first 12 or 18 months of your contract and still find yourself facing a price rise, Ofcom rules mean you’re free to walk away within 30 days of Sky telling you about the change.

Stay with Sky or switch to Virgin or BT?

Having said that, walking away depends on finding a better deal elsewhere and it may be that you’ll be able to save some money and/or get more for your money by staying with Sky but switching to the Entertainment TV package, which replaced the Original, Variety and Box Set bundles in December 2017. It’s staying at £20 a month and is available to new and existing customers.

There’s also no change to the price of Sky’s unlimited fibre broadband packages and you can still get all the Sky Sports channels on an 18-month contract for £20 a month or Sky Cinema over 18 months for £10 a month.

We would suggest, though, that it’s still worth a quick look around to see if there’s something better elsewhere before you commit to Sky for a further 12 or 18 months. Sky Entertainment with Unlimited Fibre would currently cost you £45 a month on an 18-month contract, plus £29.95 upfront, so what is there to compete with that?

Well, Virgin Media’s Full House TV bundle costs a tenner more at £55 a month on a 12-month deal and you get fewer channels – 275 compared to 370 – with Sky Atlantic probably the most notable channel not available on Virgin. There’s also a £20 set up fee.

But the Virgin deal offers broadband speeds up to 100Mbps compared to Sky’s 38Mbps and comes with BT Sport thrown into the mix.

It’s also worth looking at BT for your TV and broadband needs. The closest thing it has to the Virgin and Sky packages we’ve looked at is Unlimited Infinity with TV Max. This comes with 173 channels including AMC and BT Sport, and download speeds up to 52Mbps on an 18-month contract.

BT will charge you £51.99 a month plus £19.99 upfront – and quite often will have a pretty impressive cashback offer on the go.

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