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1 Roundel Yellow 12 Month Discount HD Virgin VHD box

Discounted for 12 months!

Virgin Media Big Easy Collection

Virgin Media's best value TV, fibre optic broadband and home phone bundle featuring 60+ channels including 10 in HD. A 500GB Tivo box offers catch-up & on-demand services. Unlimited 50Mb fibre optic broadband & weekend calls. TV on-the-go with Virgin TV Anywhere.

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  • 50Mb*Broadband
  • WeekendCalls
  • TiVO feature
  • HD feature
  • On Demand feature
  • Catch Up TV feature
  • Pay Per View feature
  • Mobile Access feature
  • Live Pause feature
  • Free Router feature
£15.00 price details
£15 for 12 months, £20 thereafter. Line rental £15.99.
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0800 691 1682

2 Roundel Pink £100 Voucher 2 HD TalkTalk Youview

6 months HALF PRICE + FREE £100 VOUCHER!

TalkTalk Essentials TV

TalkTalk's TV service uses its internet service to power a YouView box giving you 7-day catch-up TV services, as well as access to live Freeview channels with live-pause. Includes unlimited broadband & free evening & weekend calls.

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  • 16Mb*Broadband
  • Off PeakCalls
  • Catch Up TV feature
  • Live Pause feature
  • HD feature
  • On Demand feature
  • Free Router feature
£4.25 price details
£4.25 for 6 months, £8.50 thereafter. Line rental £15.95 or only £14.35 if you pay upfront. Free love2shop voucher only available to new customers who are not needing a new line installed.
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0800 787 0163

3 Roundel Yellow 12 Month Discount Multiroom Virgin TIVO box

Discounted for 12 months!

Virgin Media Big Kahuna Bundle

Premium TV package from Virgin Media with 200+ channels including 43 HD channels, Tivo catch-up & on-demand services. Includes a 500GB Tivo box + extra HD box for multi-room experience. Unlimited 100Mb fibre optic broadband & weekend calls complete this package.

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  • 100Mb*Broadband
  • WeekendCalls
  • TiVO feature
  • HD feature
  • On Demand feature
  • Catch Up TV feature
  • Pay Per View feature
  • Mobile Access feature
  • Live Pause feature
  • Free Router feature
£35.00 price details
£35 for 12 months, £45 thereafter. Line rental £15.99.
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4 Roundel Sainsburys £80 Gift Card HD Youview front

FREE £80 Sainsbury's Gift Card!

BT TV Essential + Unlimited Broadband + Calls

Includes YouView digital box, over 70 Freeview channels and catch-up TV. Also get unlimited access to on demand content with Vision Kids, Film Club, TV & Music and the unlimited download limit is perfect for everyday use. Now with free BT Sport on app and online player.

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  • 17Mb*Broadband
  • WeekendCalls
  • Live Pause feature
  • Unlimited Wi-fi feature
  • Catch Up TV feature
  • HD feature
  • On Demand feature
  • Pay Per View feature
  • Free Router feature
£13.00 price details
£13 for 6 months, £21 thereafter. Line rental from £13.32. £49 one off activation fee. Voucher for new BT customers only.
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0800 691 1608

5 Roundel Blue £75 Off Sky TV box

25% off TV for 12 months + FREE £75 CREDIT

Sky Original TV & Unlimited Broadband

Enjoy a great selection of entertainment from over 40 of Sky's most popular channels. Plus, totally unlimited broadband and inclusive weekend calls. Unlock a world of on demand TV with your Sky+ box & watch your Sky TV subscription on the move with Sky Go.

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  • 17Mb*Broadband
  • WeekendCalls
  • Mobile Access feature
  • Unlimited Wi-fi feature
  • On Demand feature
  • Catch Up TV feature
  • Pay Per View feature
  • Live Pause feature
  • Free Router feature
£19.87 price details
£19.87 for 12 months, £29 thereafter. £25 installation fee. Line rental £15.40. *Sky TV prices will increase on 1 September. In accordance with their standard terms, your Sky TV package may rise by up to 10% in a minimum contract term.
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0800 691 1002

6 Roundel Yellow 12 Month Discount HD Virgin TIVO box

Discounted for 12 months!

Virgin Media Big Bang Bundle

Virgin Media's entry-level TV package features 100+ channels including Sky1 and 11 HD services. A 500GB Tivo box enables catch-up & on-demand services for free. Unlimited 50Mb fibre optic broadband & weekend calls complete this well rounded bundle

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  • 50Mb*Broadband
  • WeekendCalls
  • HD feature
  • Mobile Access feature
  • TiVO feature
  • On Demand feature
  • Catch Up TV feature
  • Pay Per View feature
  • Live Pause feature
  • Free Router feature
£20.00 price details
£20 for 6 months, £30 thereafter. Line rental £15.99. Installation £49.95
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7 Roundel Pink £100 Voucher 2 HD TalkTalk Youview

6 months HALF PRICE + FREE £100 VOUCHER!

TalkTalk Plus TV

TalkTalk's TV service uses its own internet to power a YouView+ box giving you 7 Sky TV channels, on-demand & 7-day catch-up services, with access to live Freeview channels & live-pause & recording options. With totally unlimited broadband & free anytime UK calls.

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  • 16Mb*Broadband
  • AnytimeCalls
  • Live Pause feature
  • HD feature
  • Catch Up TV feature
  • On Demand feature
  • Free Router feature
£9.25 price details
£9.25 for 6 months, £18.50 thereafter. Line rental £15.95 or only £14.35 if you pay upfront. Free love2shop voucher only available to new customers who are not needing a new line installed.
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0800 787 0163

8 Roundel Blue Sky Save £189 Sky TV box

25% off for a year + FREE £50 CREDIT!

Sky Movies Bundle

Enjoy hundreds of movies, including up to five new Sky Movies premieres a week, at home, on the move and on demand. Plus there’s entertainment for the whole family with a great range of comedy, drama, documentaries, music and kids’ shows.

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  • Live Pause feature
  • On Demand feature
  • Catch Up TV feature
  • Mobile Access feature
  • Pay Per View feature
£28.50 price details
£28.50 for 12 months, £38 thereafter. £25 installation fee. *Sky TV prices will increase on 1 September. In accordance with their standard terms, your Sky TV package may rise by up to 10% in a minimum contract term.
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0800 691 1002

9 Roundel Yellow 12 Month Discount HD Virgin VHD box

12 MONTH PRICE DROP!

Virgin Media M+ TV

Virgin Media's standard TV package features 100+ channels including 11 in HD. V HD box offers 700 hours of catch up TV, 1500 hours of On Demand TV, plus access to Pay Per View films and music videos. Features 8 Sky channels, Discovery, Eurosport and much more

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  • WeekendCalls
  • HD feature
  • On Demand feature
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  • Pay Per View feature
£5.00 price details
£5 for 12 months. £8 thereafter. Line rental £15.99. £49.95 installation fee.
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10 Roundel Blue Sky Save £139 Sky TV box

25% off for 12 months + FREE £75 CREDIT

Sky Broadband Original Bundle

Sky's starter bundle, giving you a little bit of everything with great entertainment across over 40 premium channels, reliable broadband (2GB allowance) and weekend calls. Unlock a world of on demand TV with your Sky+ box and watch Sky TV channels on the move with Sky Go.

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  • 17Mb*Broadband
  • WeekendCalls
  • Live Pause feature
  • Mobile Access feature
  • On Demand feature
  • Catch Up TV feature
  • Pay Per View feature
  • Free Router feature
  • Unlimited Wi-fi feature
£16.13 price details
£16.13 for 12 months, £21.50 thereafter. £25 installation fee. Line rental £15.40. *Sky TV prices will increase on 1 September. In accordance with their standard terms, your Sky TV package may rise by up to 10% in a minimum contract term.
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0800 691 1002

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Catch Up TV explained...

Catch up, or catchup TV services, to all intents and purposes, are the time machines of television. They allow you, as the name clearly suggests, to catch up with programmes that you have missed or were unable to watch when they aired.

Most of these offer programmes from the last seven days or to up to 30 days. They also have vast catalogues of archived shows and in some cases the option to download, rent or purchase them outright.

Catch up TV providers

More and more broadcasters and telecoms providers are entering the catch up TV fray to meet a growing demand for programming that’s available to watch at your own convenience. Currently the biggest players are BBC, ITV, Channel Four Television Corporation, Channel 5, BSkyB, Virgin Media and TalkTalk.

Catch up TV services

Most digital television channels are now available on a number of popular, free-to-watch catch up TV services. These are: BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player, Demand 5 and Sky On Demand.

BBC iPlayer

iPlayer is the one-stop destination to programming that's broadcast on the BBC’s copious array of TV channels and radio stations. Additionally, it lets you watch many archived programmes free of charge and even download shows to watch later or on the move on a portable device.

Programmes are available for up to seven days after they are broadcast and for up to 30 days after they are downloaded.

4OD (4 on Demand)

4OD, short for 4 on Demand, is Channel 4’s dedicated catch-up TV service, offering programmes from Channel 4, E4 and More4. It also lets you watch a sizable collection of archived shows, such as the hit comedy series The Inbetweeners, Skins and Peep Show.

The 4OD website offers catch up content from the last 30 days and up to seven days on other platforms.

ITV Player

ITV Player, also known as ITV Net Player on some platforms such as Virgin Media, gives you access to deluge of home-grown and imported programmes broadcast on ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV. Shows are available for 30 days On the ITV Player website and up to eight days elsewhere.

Demand 5

Channel 5’s Demand 5 is where you’ll find catch up content from Channel 5, 5*, 5 USA and the kids’ TV service, Milkshake. This is available via the official website as well as a number of on-demand platforms. Plus you can rent shows for up to 14 days from 99p (£1.99 for HD), or buy them for keeps.

Catch up TV platforms

A number of providers also offer all or most of the above catch up TV services on their own TV on Demand platforms. A few have their own catch up services, like Sky.

Sky catch up - Sky On Demand

The Sky+ On Demand portal gives you access to several catch up TV services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and Demand 5 (4OD incoming early 2012), as well as a number of Sky’s own channels that include Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts and Sky Sports at no extra monthly cost to Sky TV subscribers.

Programmes are available from the last seven days and you can browse content by categories, such as 'featured', 'popularity', 'genre' or 'day'.

Catch up TV on Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV and BT Vision

Although Virgin does not operate its own catch up TV service, it offers programming from the BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Net Player and Demand 5 at no additional cost with all of its TV packages.

Dedicated applications for these services are also available on Smart Televisions, set-top boxes, games consoles and through on-demand services from BT Vision, TalkTalk TV and Sky On Demand.

Catch up TV on YouView

YouView is an Ofcom-authorised hybrid digital television platform operated by an alliance of major broadcasters and telecoms providers to offer UK viewers easy access to digital terrestrial television channels, radio stations and on-demand and catch up TV services.

Using a YouView set-top box, you can access all the top catch up TV services, such as BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player, Demand 5 and Sky’s Now TV. Thanks to its PVR (Personal Video Recorder) capabilities, you can also record programmes to watch later.

BT Broadband subscribers can view additional content from the BT Vision Player, while TalkTalk Plus customers have dibs on content from the TalkTalk Player.

Catch up TV on +1 Channels

Another great way to watch shows you’ve missed is +1 channels that are now commonplace on most digital television platforms. Essentially these are sister channels that air shows an hour behind their scheduled broadcast date on standard channels, allowing you to catch up with programmes that have already started.

Compare Catch up TV

Hopefully this page has given you a basic understanding of the various catch up TV services out there. You can now use our easy-to-use comparison table above to pick the digital TV package that provides the catch up options most appropriate for your needs.

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