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TV & broadband deals explained

Digital TV services remain popular in millions of UK households, ranging from Freeview to premium pay-TV subscriptions that often include the option to add access to popular streaming services.

Many of the UK's biggest digital TV and broadband providers now include access to platforms like Netflix and Disney Plus in many of their services too, making it easier than ever to browse and binge your favourite TV shows and films on a single platform.

There are many benefits to combining your TV and broadband services into one package — it often lets you save both time and money with your bills each month, while also giving you access to lots of exclusive entertainment you can't get anywhere else.

Take a look through our wide range of broadband and TV deals currently on offer to see if you're definitely getting the best value offer for you and your household.

Best TV and Broadband deals on Uswitch.com in February 2021

PackageBroadband speedContract length
Virgin Media Big TV Bundle, Drama Pick & Documentaries Pick, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone108Mb average*18 months
Virgin Media Bigger + Sports HD Bundle, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone213Mb average*18 months
Virgin Media Big TV Bundle, Superfast Fibre Broadband & Phone54Mb average*18 months
TalkTalk Unlimited Fast Broadband TV and Phone Line11Mb average*18 months
Virgin Media Bigger + Sports & Movies Bundle, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone108Mb average*18 months
Virgin Media Bigger TV Bundle, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone213Mb average*18 months
BT Fibre 2 & Entertainment67Mb average*24 months
TalkTalk Unlimited Fibre 35 TV and Phone Line38Mb average*18 months
Sky TV, Superfast Broadband, Evening and Weekend Calls59Mb average*18 months
Virgin Media Ultimate Oomph TV Bundle, Lightning Fast Fibre Broadband, Unlimited 4G SIM & Phone600Mb average*18 months
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What is a broadband and TV bundle deal?

A broadband and TV bundle deal is a great way to simplify and streamline your monthly bills, and it can actually end up saving you money as well.

Some of the best broadband providers regularly offer additional subscriptions and exclusive discounts to customers who add extra services to their contract when they sign up, so if you're looking to sign up for digital TV services, you could benefit from combining them into a bundle.

This way, you end up paying a single monthly fee for your TV and broadband at a lower rate, instead of paying separate bills for different broadband and TV providers. Doing it this way could end up saving you a lot of money per year, so not only is life made easier, it’s also more affordable. Win-win.

Some broadband and TV providers will also offer landline (which is known as triple-play) and mobile phone (quad-play) plans in an even more comprehensive bundle, saving you even more time and money. Win-win-win-win.

There are also options to add streaming service subscriptions such as Netflix or Disney Plus onto your digital TV and broadband deals, making it easier and more convenient than ever to access all your digital services in one place.

What do the best broadband and TV deals offer?

Finding the right broadband and TV deal is about striking a balance between the number of channels you get access to and the overall cost. Deals that offer hundreds of TV channels will of course have a huge number of shows and movies to watch, but they're also likely to come with higher monthly fees and more set-up costs.

Whereas, if you go for a cheaper TV and broadband deal, you may have fewer channels and services to choose from but you won't be paying extra for content you never watch. So as always, the best deal is the one that offers what you need for the most reasonable price.

Satellite TV

Satellite TV, as the name suggests, transmits TV into your home via telecommunications satellites. So if you choose this type of package, you'll need to be able to allow an engineer to install a satellite dish at your property and connect a receiver box to your TV — something you may run into delays with if you plan on signing up for a subscription during coronavirus restrictions.

Though it may require the most set-up in terms of physical equipment, satellite TV will typically give you the widest selection of content and viewing options for a TV and broadband bundle, with hundreds of channels usually available.

These include popular favourites such as Sky TV, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema.

Cable TV

Cable TV delivers television via a mixed network of fibre-optic cables and fibre-based 'coaxial' cables that connect to your home, so less equipment needs to be installed to get you started. Cable TV in the UK is almost exclusively serviced by Virgin Media, which runs its own cable broadband, landline & TV network that you'll need to be covered by.

It has a similar number of channels available to satellite TV, but the drawback is that it's only available in areas with Virgin Media's coaxial cables in place — which is currently around 52% of the UK.

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IPTV

IPTV stands for Internet Protocol television and is delivered via a fixed-line broadband connection, as opposed to over radio waves like in the old days of TV. It can give you a huge array of channels, all transmitted to your TV over your home phone line using an IPTV set-top box.

BT TV is one of the most-popular IPTV providers, offering TV and broadband bundles through the Openreach broadband network.

Freeview

Launched in 2002, Freeview is the UK’s digital terrestrial TV platform that replaced analogue television with improved digital services. It's broadcast over the airwaves and can be received via a set-top box, a Freeview tuner, or directly on your Smart TV once it's connected to your Wi-Fi.

Freeview gives you access to over 100 TV channels (plus 15 HD ones) which include the BBC, ITV, E4, Dave, 5USA and TRUTV to name a few. Outside of your license fee, all these channels are free to view (hence the name).

YouView

YouView is very similar to Freeview, offering a comparable number of channels, as well as catch-up and on demand options, all without a subscription fee. These TV boxes come free with BT and TalkTalk bundles.

Why choose a broadband and TV package?

If you love watching TV — especially live sports, US TV shows and movies — then a paid TV package will definitely be worth the money, and bundling your subscription in a TV and broadband deal could end up saving you a lot on bills throughout the year.

However, if you’re more of a streamer — getting your TV fix mainly from online services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or NOW TV — then it’s probably more important that you compare broadband deals that cater more for your needs.

If you're a regular user of both, it might be worth looking for pay-TV deals that include subscriptions to certain streaming services, such as Sky's partnerships with Netflix and Disney Plus. However, these offers are quite new to the market, so they're few and far between for now.

Can I get a broadband and TV deal without a phone line?

Typically, in order to have an active home broadband connection, you will need access to some sort of physical telecoms technology. Similarly, satellite TV, IPTV and even Freeview and YouView platforms all require an active phone line to make full use of their services, especially since many of them now require an internet connection for catch-up and on-demand options.

Providers who are not part of the Openreach network, such as Virgin Media and Hyperoptic, don’t require a landline because they have their own cables connected directly to your property.

There is also the option of using mobile broadband, which provides 4G and in some places even ultrafast 5G speeds for your home, however this is currently not available to customers who wish to bundle their broadband and TV deal with one provider — even Virgin Media.

What providers offer TV and broadband bundles?

Many broadband providers will bundle their TV and broadband deals in order to entice new customers and save them a fair amount of money on their monthly bills.

With plenty of competition in the market, these providers are constantly looking to offer you better and better deals, so be sure to check back regularly to compare them.

Sky TV and broadband bundles

Satellite TV from Sky changed the landscape of British broadcasting forever. And today, Sky is among the leading providers of broadband and TV packages.

Although Sky Broadband is an excellent choice, the main reason that people tend to choose a Sky Broadband package is to bundle it with its extensive satellite TV service.

Sky TV services and deals

Sky TV offers hundreds of channels, with the option to build a TV package tailored to your own viewing preferences.

Dedicated sports and movie add-ons are available to purchase with Sky that you can simply add to your broadband and TV bundle at any point during your contract.

Recently, Sky has added the option to include streaming services in your Sky TV bundle, such as Netflix and Disney Plus. It was already possible to subscribe to these services independently and then access their apps via your Sky Q set top box, but now new customers can also sign up to Netflix and Disney Plus via Sky. This has the added convenience of streaming service content and Sky content appearing in lists, searches and recommendations together.

Sky TV packages also include the Sky Go app which is free to customers. This lets you watch Sky TV shows on your tablet, computer or smartphone wherever you are, for no extra charge.

Sky TV installation & equipment

Sky TV is received via satellite, which will need to be installed by an engineer, and requires the user to have a digital set-top box connected to Wi-Fi. The latest Sky TV deals come with the Sky Q set-top box.

Virgin Media digital TV and broadband bundles

Virgin Media offers a huge range of digital TV and broadband deals, allowing you the choice to mix and match different components depending on your household's needs.

Virgin Media services & deals

Virgin Media broadband packages vary from entry-level average speeds of 54Mbps all the way up to ultrafast speeds of 600Mbps in selected areas. It's also started to roll out a gigabit broadband service at around 1000Mbps (1Gbps) to some lucky towns and cities across the UK.

Virgin Media's TV service offers a huge range of standard definition, HD and even Ultra HD (4K) channels delivered through its cable network.

Its new TV platform, Virgin TV 360, lets you watch and record Ultra HD shows in multiple rooms in the house, set up individual profiles for a more tailored experience and start live broadcasts from the beginning if you joined a little too late.

Virgin Media installation & equipment

All Virgin Media broadband products include a free wireless router and unlimited download allowance. For Virgin Media cable TV, you will need a Virgin Media V6 or Virgin TV 360 box installed and connected to your television.

Channels are also available via its ‘Virgin TV Go’ app for both Apple and Android devices. The app is free to TV customers and allows you to watch shows live on your handheld device, as well as control your TV, record shows and remotely manage your recordings on your set-top box.

Note: Virgin Media's digital TV service is only available in supported areas.

BT Broadband and TV bundles

BT has made the most of the bundle revolution by offering great-value home broadband and digital TV deals to go with its home phone packages.

BT services and deals

Perhaps the biggest selling point of BT's TV offering is BT Sport, which has broadcast rights to weekly live Premier League games and is the exclusive UK home of the UEFA Champions League. BT Sport is included with all of its new TV deals; however if you’re an existing customer, you can also add BT Sport for an additional monthly fee.

BT Broadband has a host of options available as part of its broadband and digital TV packages, giving you the option to build your own TV package to include channels like Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, BT Kids and even Netflix.

You can find out more on our BT TV provider page.

BT digital TV installation and equipment

BT TV is delivered via a YouView set-top box, which allows you to pause and rewind live TV, with the option to record TV shows with the YouView+ Ultra HD option.

Should I get a broadband and TV bundle?

If you watch a lot of TV, movies or sport, combining pay services with a broadband deal can be a great way to save money. By paying for both in one contract, you can often get cheaper deals overall than when paying separately, potentially saving you hundreds of pounds a year.

What TV services can I get with a broadband bundle?

The most common options are satellite TV from Sky or Virgin Media's cable TV. These both provide a wide range of entertainment, movies and sports packages. There are also IPTV options such as NOW TV and BT TV, which are delivered directly through your broadband connection.

How are broadband and TV bundles installed?

If you choose a satellite or cable service, an engineer will need to visit your home to install the dish or cabling needed and connect them to a receiver that's hooked up to your TV. If you choose an IPTV option, however, you may only need a set-top box or dongle that's easy to install yourself, as they will simply need plugging in to your TV.

Can I get streaming services through my TV bundle?

Digital TV providers like Sky have introduced a simpler and easier way to bundle in additional streaming services to their already comprehensive TV listings, including Netflix and Disney Plus.