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Sky replaces Original, Box Set and Variety bundles with Sky Entertainment

Thursday, December 14th 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Sky has changed the way it slices up its TV channels, replacing the old Original, Box Sets and Variety bundles with one new, all-singing all-dancing package – Sky Entertainment.

This is now the starting point for all Sky TV deals. If you want Sky TV, you need to get Sky Entertainment. You can then add box sets, kids channels, sports channels and more – each for its own monthly fee.

Sky has launched its new way of doing things by offering Sky Entertainment for £20 a month plus a one-off £20 upfront fee. You’ll be entering into an 18-month contract, after which you’ll pay £25 a month. To be fair, for that you get a Sky Q box, plenty of channels and additional features such as My Sky, Sky Go and Sky VIP.

  • Sky Entertainment

    • 75+ entertainment channels, 11 HD channels
    • 250+ free-to-air channels
    • Comes with Sky Q 1TB box as standard
    £20 set-up cost See Deal

The standard Sky Q 1TB box lets you record three shows while watching a fourth and will store up to 500 hours of TV. If you choose to upgrade to the 2TB box you’ll have the luxury of being able to record six shows while watching a seventh and store up to 1,000 hours of TV. Finding the time to watch all those recordings is a different matter of course – good luck with that.

Sky only mentions it in the small print but the Sky Q 2TB box will cost you quite a bit more than the standard version – a one-off fee of £65 if you take a Sky Multiscreen subscription at £12 a month, £199 upfront if you don’t.

Sky Entertainment promises more channels as standard, so you won’t have to pay extra to catch the next series of Game of Thrones or The Tunnel on Sky Atlantic. You’ll also be able to watch Delicious on Sky One, Madam Secretary on Sky Living and Blood Ivory on Discovery.

Sky Go lets you watch live or on-demand TV from your mobile, tablet or laptop – and allows you to set recordings and even download shows while you’re out and about. If there’s room on your phone you may also want to download the My Sky app, which lets you view your bills, manage your account and learn all about Sky’s loyalty programme Sky VIP.

What’s happened to Sky Box Sets?

Hundreds of series including Band of Brothers are available on Sky Box Sets

Catch-up TV is included in Sky Entertainment, but to access Sky’s full collection of box sets you’ll need to add Box Sets to your package for £5 a month. There are more than 350 series available to watch on demand including Big Little Lies, Strike Back and Band of Brothers.

You can also add Sky’s new Kids pack for an extra fiver a month. This gives you 11 live channels – the Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, NickToons, Nick Jr, Nick Jr Too, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Baby TV and Cartoonito.

  • Sky Kids Upgrade for Existing Customers

    • Upgrade to Kids
    • More than 10 live channels
    • 4,500 kids shows on demand
    Zero set-up cost See Deal

You also get access to more than 4,500 episodes of kids’ favourites on demand as well as games and music on the Sky Kids app.

Watching Sky Entertainment channels in HD is an extra £5 a month

Rather bizarrely, in order to watch any of the channels we’ve mentioned so far in HD, you’ll have to pay an extra £5 a month.

  • Sky HD Upgrade for Existing Customers

    • Upgrade and get an extra 46 HD channels
    • Watch shows in finer detail and brighter colour
    • Five times the picture quality of standard definition
    Zero set-up cost See Deal

This doesn’t apply for Sky Sports or Sky Cinema – a subscription to either one of those brings with it Ultra HD content, in fact – but to watch Game of Thrones, for example, in anything other than standard definition will cost you extra.

Adding Sky Cinema or Sky Sports to Sky Entertainment

Despite the changes, adding either Sky Cinema or Sky Sports to your TV subscription is reassuringly familiar. Sky Cinema costs £10 a month, as long as you order by 16 December, and includes more than 1,000 movies available on demand as well as a number of live channels.

You also get a premiere every day over the Christmas period including Beauty and the Beast and Kong: Skull Island. Adding an individual Sky Sports channel is £18 a month, you can have two for £22 or all seven for £27.50 and you won’t be tied into a contract, other than the 18-month Sky Entertainment contract. Or you can get all seven for £20 as long as you don’t mind committing to having them for 18 months.

Comments (1)

3 days ago

I phoned them today. I'm on the old variety pack at £25 asked them to put me on the entertainment pack for £20 they said I would lose channels. Cos it's not the same. I'm so confused.... Is it the same or not.

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