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There are many reasons to choose Sky for your TV services over other providers. Here is a breakdown of additional offerings by Sky that set them apart from the competition.
Sky Signature (previously Sky Entertainment) is Sky’s basic TV package, but with the range of channels on offer, it’s far from basic. Sky TV includes 300+ satellite channels, 100+ premium channels and more than 500 box sets, meaning you can watch – and rewatch – all your favourite series, including Mare of Easttown, Chernobyl, The Midwich Cuckoos, Succession, Game of Thrones, Euphoria and many, many more.
Sky Signature also offers channels that would usually be available on more premium, often more expensive, packages with other providers like Fox, Gold, MTV, National Geographic and Discovery.
Sky Atlantic is well-known for its world-class television, exploring new worlds, digging deep into characters and for its compelling and fantastic stories. One of Sky’s most popular offerings, Sky Atlantic is primarily dedicated to imported programmes from the United States, and holds the exclusive rights to HBO and Showtime dramas in the UK. It also broadcasts many of its own original Sky productions, which are very popular in their own right.
Sky Sports doesn’t come as standard but sports fans can add it to any Sky package for an extra monthly fee. Sky Sports offers eight dedicated sports channels, most of them covering a specific sport or league (football, cricket, F1 Racing, etc.). On top of Premier League games, NBA, boxing, cricket, NFL and more, you’ll also get Sky Sports News with this popular add-on.
You're also able to add TNT Sports, the group of channels previously known as BT Sports. They changed their name and rebranded in July 2023. If you do, you'll be able to access TNT Sports 1, 2, 3 and 4, along with TNT Sports Ultimate and the TNT Sports red button channels. So you'll be able to view UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches and exclusive Premier League games – plus loads of other top sports events including Premiership Rugby, MotoGP, Boxing, UFC and even WWE.
If you do take up the TNT Sports option, you can also view catch up programmes via On Demand on your Sky box, along with Video on Demand from Sky Go. Apparently, isn't actually an option if you subscribe directly with BT. So TNT Sports is a fairly substantial add-on.
Sky Cinema is brilliant for film fanatics, offering an extra 11 channels dedicated to all sorts of films, for an extra monthly fee. Sky Cinema offers the latest cinema blockbusters, BAFTA and Oscar winners from all around the world, and now includes Paramount+ with popular entertainment from across the pond.
Sky Showcase and Sky Witness (previously known as Sky One and Sky Living respectively) come as standard, though you would need to pay extra for these with competing providers like Virgin Media. This means you get access to series such as Blue Bloods, Chicago Fire, The Good Doctor, Grey's Anatomy and more.
You get exclusive access to popular Sky Originals shows like Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon, Riviera and Chernobyl, as well as many more currently only available on Sky unless you’re willing to shell out for rentals, blu-rays or buy outright from another premium service such as Amazon Prime or iTunes. Sky Originals also offers its own films in different genres, from drama to family favourites available to stream exclusively on Sky.
As of summer 2023, Sky seem to have made the decision to nudge new customers towards TV streamed via the internet. It's something they've offered for a while now via their Sky Go service, and arguably via NOW TV, who they own. But these days it really means a Sky Stream 'puck'. If you do opt to have your Sky TV delivered this way, you won't need a satellite dish and the puck itself is pretty much plug and play. You don't have to source your broadband from Sky, but they do offer some well-priced bundles which include your broadband connection, the Sky Stream service, and even a landline if you need one.
Most customers are increasingly likely to find the above Sky Stream puck is the best way to go. But Sky do still offer Sky Q Box, and if you choose to go down that route, you'll need to have a Sky satellite dish installed at your property (although many homes already have them from previous occupants – they rarely get removed once installed). New Sky TV customers get the top-notch Sky Q set-top box and high quality on-demand content. Sky Q is one of the most high-spec boxes available on the market right now. The basic model comes with 1TB of storage as standard, and there is a premium 2TB version which allows more recording time if you won’t be able to catch your favourite shows live and want to record and catch up later. Sky Q also comes with a voice remote, and has UHD models available in 1TB and 2TB. By the way, if you find a package which includes 'Sky Q Lite', don't worry – it's the same great piece of kit. 'Lite' just refers to the fact that these packages are the cheapest and most basic broadband and satellite TV options Sky offer.
Instead of Sky Q, new customers can choose Sky’s latest premium viewing concept, Sky Glass. This is a UDH-ready TV with Sky technology built in. There is no need for a separate set-top box and all your SKy content is delivered via your wifi so there is no need for a satellite dish either. Sky Glass is more expensive than Sky Q however.
Sky TV offers a Kids add-on to your basic package for an additional monthly fee, offering eight dedicated, family-friendly channels, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Pop, Milkshake!, TinyPop and more to keep your little ones entertained.
Once you’ve registered as a Sky TV customer, download the free ‘Sky Go’ mobile application which will allow your whole family to watch your Sky TV subscription content around your home. Sky Go lets you register up to six devices including your phone, tablet, laptop or computer, or Apple TV device.
Sky TV includes a free basic Netflix subscription. You can upgrade to Netfix premium subscriptions in order to watch in HD or on multiple devices for an additional fee. Disney+ is also available on the Sky platform, and can be added as an extra when you sign up to Sky. Amazon Prime customers can download the Amazon app and watch it through their Sky Q box, but it isn’t possible to buy it as part of a bundle with Sky TV, like Netflix and Disney+.
By bundling your TV and broadband with Sky, you get access to top-notch entertainment for everyone in your household, fast and reliable broadband, and you save a bit of money each month by consolidating your services.
Sky offers mobile phone services via Sky Mobile, but there aren’t currently any discounts if you bundle mobile with TV and/or broadband services.
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You’ll need a Sky engineer to get your TV service up and running, but the set-up is usually pretty straightforward. The engineer will check that everything is OK with your existing dish if you already have one, or will install a new satellite dish. Sky often charges a set-up fee to cover installation.
Then he or she will set up the Sky Q set-top box and any Sky Q Mini boxes you have ordered to go in other rooms. The visit shouldn't take much longer than an hour and you can expect an appointment to be scheduled relatively quickly after placing your order online. Your viewing card will be sent to you in the post, and everything else will be taken care of on the day of your engineer visit.
You can do most things online at Sky.com, with Sky’s help centre guides and their virtual chat service. There’s a community forum as well. You'll find handy guides that deal with all kinds of issues and queries on their website. Sky says over 90% of its customers who use its online guides get the help they need before even having to get in touch. That being said, Sky is known for its excellent customer service should you need it, and you can get in touch with Sky by phone if you need help with something not covered in its guides.
Sky VIP is a loyalty programme for Sky customers. This tiered reward system depends on how long you have been a Sky customer, with exciting rewards on offer that vary from year to year. Every new customer that signs up gets to choose a free movie from the Sky Store as a welcome gift. You need to opt in to Sky VIP, and won’t automatically get it if you sign up for Sky TV. It’s free to join, and you can start by clicking on the Sky VIP icon when you log in to your account on the My Sky mobile app.
You have the option to cover your Sky TV equipment against breakdown and accidental damage for an extra monthly fee. This insurance is called Sky Protect, and covers your Sky boxes, dish and other equipment, promising next-day repairs and a free UK helpline available every day. There’s no fixed-term contract so you can protect your Sky equipment for as little or as long as you like.
You can add TVs, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and games consoles to your policy. The number of devices is limited on different plans. You get unlimited repairs and there are no parts, labour or call-out charges.
Sky offers some of the best TV entertainment out there, but as with all services, there are pros and cons to consider. Sky TV offers premium quality, and as a result is more expensive than other paid TV or streaming services out there. Some of the best on-demand content is only available with premium packages, so check what is included in the offer you choose if you want access to specific content.
Unless you choose to sign up to Sky Glass, Sky TV requires satellite dish installation, and even if you have a dish already, an engineer will have to come out and ensure everything is set up correctly. This may or may not be a problem depending on where you live and whether or not you own the property or are renting. There is usually a small set-up fee to cover setting up your service.
For European football fans, BT Sport currently has exclusive live broadcasting rights in the UK for Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League until at least 2027. You can, however, access BT Sport as an add-on to your Sky TV package, but for an additional monthly fee.
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Sky TV packages start from £14 per month. Sky frequently offers discounts and vouchers on its TV packages. For the latest prices, see our comparison table.
The most basic TV package available from Sky is called simply ‘Sky TV’, although it is sometimes referred to as Sky Signature. Sky TV’s entry-level package offers endless entertainment with over 100 channels not on Freeview plus over 500 Box Sets.
To receive Sky services via Sky Q you will need to have a dish. If there is already a dish on your property, Sky will still send an engineer out to get you connected and make sure it is still working properly. If you sign up to Sky Glass, you will not need a satellite dish.
Sky TV does require an internet connection for you to access its content. A landline is not required. It is not necessary to have Sky broadband with Sky TV, although it is likely to work out cheaper to take both in a bundle.