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TV and broadband deals explained

A broadband and TV deal is a simple (and often cheaper) way to combine your pay-TV and broadband into a single package. So it lets you you access both services from the same provider for a single monthly fee.

Combining both services into one bundle could save you time, effort and money each month. Plus, many providers' bundles now include access to streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus. So you could even save money on all the different streaming services you use, too.

Take a look through our latest internet and TV deals to see what's available to you and how to get the best value offer for your household.

Best TV and broadband deals on in January 2023

PackageBroadband speedContract length
Virgin Media Big Bundle, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband + Phone264Mb average*18 months
Virgin Media Bigger Bundle, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband + Weekend Calls362Mb average*18 months
Sky TV and Superfast Broadband59Mb average*18 months
NOW Broadband: Fab Fibre & Sky Cinema Membership36Mb average*12 months
Sky Stream, Sky Entertainment, Netflix & Ultrafast Broadband145Mb average*18 months
Virgin Media Bigger + Sports HD Bundle, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband + Phone362Mb average*18 months
Sky TV, Ultrafast Broadband & Netflix145Mb average*18 months
TalkTalk Unlimited Fibre 65 and Phone Line + TV67Mb average*18 months
Virgin Media Ultimate Volt TV Bundle, Lightning Fast Fibre Broadband, Phone + O2 Sim1.13Gb average*18 months
Sky Stream, Sky Entertainment, Netflix & Superfast Broadband59Mb average*18 months
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Is it better to get TV and broadband together?

If you regularly use pay-TV services for channels like Sky Atlantic, Sky Sports or BT Sport, you could end up saving a lot of money throughout the year by getting a TV and broadband bundle. So long as your provider can supply both.

Not only is it easier to manage both subscriptions, it’s also often more affordable than paying two separate bills to different providers for roughly the same viewing options.

You can even add TV streaming subscriptions such as Netflix and Disney Plus to your digital TV and broadband offers. This will allow you to access all your entertainment through one integrated service.

Some of the best internet providers apply special discounts if you add more of their services to your contract when you sign up.

What's included in a broadband and TV package?

While a broadband and TV service goes without question, there is a a lot of variety when it comes to the type of service you want for both.

When it comes to broadband, you'll have a wide range of internet speed options to choose from. And when deciding the right TV package, you'll get an equally wide selection of different channels and services to add onto your tariff.

Choosing how much you want on both is down to two things: how much you think you need, and what your budget is. You certainly shouldn't pay extra for a bunch of services and channels you never use.

Can I get a bundle with broadband, TV and landline?

Providers that offer broadband and TV bundles are also able to add home phone subscription, if you want to continue using your landline.

These providers — namely BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and more — are known as triple-play because they can supply you with all three services for a single monthly fee.

Some brands have also started to add mobile phone subscriptions to their packages, too. For example, the newly-merged company Virgin Media O2 sells a Volt package that offers Virgin Media broadband TV and home phone with an O2 mobile SIM.

Can I get internet and TV deals without a phone line?

In a lot of cases, in order to have an active home broadband connection, you will need to have either a landline or fibre-optic cable connected at your property.

Similarly, satellite TV, IPTV and even Freeview and YouView platforms all require an active cable or landline to make full use of their services. Especially since many of them now require an internet connection for catch-up and on-demand options.

TV and internet providers that are not part of the Openreach network, such as Virgin Media, don’t require an additional landline connection as they have their own broadband 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. However, this is currently not available to customers who wish to bundle their broadband and TV deal with a single provider.

You can expect speeds of around 24Mbps with a 4G mobile broadband connection and potentially up to 300Mbps with a 5G deal.

Read our guide on how to get broadband without a landline to see if you can enjoy digital TV services without having to pay for line rental.

What TV channels are available?

Usually, the more TV channels you want the more you have to pay. Most standard TV packages come with the usual roster of Freeview entertainment channels, and some slightly more expensive ones may feature a few of Sky's premium entertainment offerings like Sky Atlantic and Sky Showcase (which give you access to US shows including HBO).

But if you're a big sport or movie fan, you will almost always have to pay more. Top-drawer add-ons like BT Sport, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema are usually the most expensive services to subscribe to. So you should only purchase those if they fit into your budget and if you definitely think you'll watch them enough.

What are the best broadband and TV deals in my area?

Finding the right broadband and TV deal is about striking a balance between the number of channels and services you would like and the overall price you're willing to pay.

TV and Wi-Fi deals that offer hundreds of channels, a range of box-sets and lots of add-ons will of course have many shows and movies to choose from. But they're also likely to come with much higher monthly fees and larger set-up costs.

Whereas, if you go for a cheaper broadband and TV deal, you may have fewer channels and services to choose from, but you won't be paying more than you need to for programs you never watch.

So the best broadband and TV deal is the one that offers exactly what you need for the most reasonable price.

Satellite TV

Satellite TV, as the name suggests, transmits TV into your home via telecommunications satellites. The most well-known being Sky TV, home of channels like Sky Atlantic and popular add-on packages like Sky Sports and Sky Cinema.

If you choose this type of service, 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. Which means if you're renting or living in an apartment, you might have to check it with the building owner first.

Satellite TV may require the most set-up in terms of physical equipment and cost. But it'll typically give you the biggest selection of content and viewing options when running a broadband and TV comparison. You'll usually get access to hundreds of channels and exclusive add-ons to choose from.

Cable TV

Cable TV delivers television to your home via a mixed network of fibre-optic cables and coaxial cables, and less equipment needs to be installed to get you started. But if you haven't had a cable connection installed before, you will still need an engineer to visit your home and set it up (if Virgin Media's network is available in your area).

In the UK, cable TV is almost exclusively serviced by Virgin Media, which runs its own cable broadband, landline and TV network that you will need to be able to access in your property.

It offers a similar number of channels to satellite TV, but the drawback is that it's only available in areas with Virgin Media's network in place. This currently covers around 52% of UK properties. Satellite TV has much wider coverage.

Enter your postcode on our TV deals page to see if this service is available in your area.

Streaming services

Streaming services have quickly become the norm in how we consume TV shows and movies at home. Gone are the days of waiting around for 7pm for your favourite TV show to air, searching through your DVD collection for a film to watch on the weekend, or buying an expensive TV show Blu-ray box-set.

Streaming services allow you to access a massive library of on-demand content, meaning you can watch what you want, when you want, with just a push of a button and a decent internet connection.

Most of us use at least one streaming service these days, either in addition to or instead of other pay-TV services, and many of the major broadband and TV providers now integrate streaming services into their set-top boxes.

BT TV and TalkTalk TV both have partnerships with Sky’s streaming service NOW, allowing their TV customers to add on monthly NOW TV memberships in order to access films and TV shows exclusively available to Sky.

Also, depending on which set-top box you receive from your pay-TV provider, you can often easily access a wide range of other streaming services including Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video


IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. It's delivered via a fixed-line broadband connection using the same cables as your home internet, 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 broadband connection using an IPTV set-top box.

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

Sky has also recently launched its first internet-connected TV called Sky Glass. While it's not strictly IPTV, it still uses the internet to access Sky's full range of channels.


Launched in 2002, Freeview is the UK’s standard 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, 15 of which are HD. These include the BBC, ITV, E4, Dave, 5USA and truTV to name a few. Apart from your BBC licence fee, all these channels are free to view (hence the name).


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.

You can purchase a YouView or YouView+ set-top box to access all these services, but it’s also the brand of digital TV set-top box that is provided for BT TV and TalkTalk TV customers.

Why choose a Uswitch home broadband and TV package?

If you love watching TV — especially live sports, big US TV shows and the latest blockbuster movies — then a pay-TV package will definitely be worth the money. Bundling your subscriptions in a TV and home broadband deal could end up saving you a money on your bills throughout the year.

However, if you prefer to stream content on services like Netflix, Amazon Prime or NOW — then it’s probably more important that you compare broadband deals that cater more for your needs.

If you're an equal watcher of both, it might be worth looking for pay-TV deals that include subscriptions to certain streaming services, such as particular Sky deals with Netflix and Disney Plus bundled into them.

Sky also has exclusive regional rights to a lot of the best new TV shows, movies and sports – in particular, exclusive airing rights to Premier League matches. Amazon Prime occasionally broadcasts a few matchdays throughout the year too, but it doesn't have season-long access.

This means that while streaming is great, pay-TV providers still have the rights to a huge amount of content that you can’t see anywhere else. Therefore, a Sky broadband and TV package that bundles in superfast broadband and access to all your favourite channels is ideal for TV fans.

Uswitch has a 4.7 out of 5 score from customer reviews website Trustpilot, based on almost 22,000 reviews as of November 2022.Would you prefer to keep your costs down for the time being? View our cheap broadband deals if you're happy to just stick to streaming services for your TV needs.

Which are the best TV and internet providers?

Some of the biggest internet providers now offer TV and Wi-Fi deals, with a wide range of services that varies from provider to provider. The biggest names include:

  • Sky

  • BT

  • Virgin Media

  • TalkTalk

  • NOW Broadband

  • EE

  • Vodafone

However, the 'best' provider isn't any one option. It's whichever provider offers the service that's best suited to your needs. Here's more information on what you can get with the main TV and broadband providers in the UK.

Sky TV and broadband bundles

Satellite TV from Sky changed the landscape of British broadcasting forever. And today it is still the leading provider of broadband and TV packages.

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

Sky has also recently launched its first streaming TV, Sky Glass. It lets you watch Sky content through your internet connection, rather than a satellite that needs to be installed at your home.

Sky TV services and deals

Sky TV offers hundreds of channels, with the option to build a TV package tailored to what you like to watch.

Dedicated Sky Sports and Sky Cinema add-ons are available too, and you can simply add them to your broadband and TV bundle at any point during your contract.

Recently, Sky has added the option to bundle-in streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus too. It was already possible to subscribe to these services independently and then access their apps via the Sky Q box, but now new customers can also sign up to Netflix and Disney Plus via their Sky subscription.

This way, you could also save by bundling those costs into your Sky subscription too. Plus, there's also the added convenience of seeing content from streaming services in the same place as content from Sky channels.

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

You can find out more details of all the available Sky TV and TV and internet deals on our Sky TV provider page.

Sky TV installation & equipment

Unlike other digital TV providers, Sky TV is received via satellite, which will need to be installed on your property by an engineer. This means that it can take a little longer to switch as you'd need to organise an installation date with a Sky engineer.

However, if you live in a block of flats you may already have a communal dish installed. Check for a Sky TV-branded socket in your property or ask your building manager in advance as that might make your installation much quicker and easier.

Sky TV also requires you to have a digital set-top box connected to Wi-Fi for viewing online content. The latest Sky TV deals all 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 home broadband offers. You can mix and match different components of these options depending on your household's needs.

Virgin Media services & deals

Virgin Media broadband packages vary from superfast average speeds of 54Mbps all the way up to ultrafast broadband and even gigabit speeds.

It finished rolling out a gigabit broadband upgrade at the end of 2021, which means it can now offer its Gig1 connection to all of its customers — that's 1.13Gbps (or 1130Mbps) speeds now in operation nationwide.

Virgin Media’s TV service includes a huge range of standard definition, HD and even Ultra HD channels delivered through its cable network.

Its TV platform, Virgin TV 360, comes with very similar features to Sky Q. But it also allows you to:

  • Watch and record Ultra HD shows in multiple rooms in the house

  • Set up individual profiles for each member of your household

  • Start live broadcasts from the beginning if you joined it a little too late

Virgin Media TV and broadband services are available as individual products and don’t always need a phone line to be included. However, the combined individual costs of these services is a lot higher than purchasing a Virgin Media TV and broadband bundle. So if the service is available in your area, it just makes sense to bundle both together.

Please note: Virgin Media's digital TV service is only available in supported areas. Find out more on our Virgin Media TV provider page.

Virgin Media installation & equipment

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

You can also access Virgin Media channels on your laptop, tablet or mobile device through the ‘Virgin TV Go’ app. It's free to TV customers and allows you to watch shows live on your handheld device, control your TV and remotely manage the recordings on your set-top box.

BT Broadband and TV bundles

The largest telecoms provider in the country, 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 available to all new BT TV customers, and if you’re an existing customer, you can also add BT Sport for an exclusive 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.

Once you’ve signed up, BT will send out a YouView or YouView+ box that you can set up yourself. BT TV and broadband services are delivered via its Openreach broadband network, which is already available in the vast majority of UK homes.

If there is no phone line at your property or your connection needs upgrading for faster internet speeds, you’ll also need to arrange an engineer visit.

Is it cheaper to bundle TV and internet?

If you watch a lot of TV, movies or sport, combining pay-TV services with a broadband deal can be a great way to save money. A broadband and TV bundle could give you cheaper deals overall than if you were paying separate bills to different providers.

What TV services can I get with a broadband bundle?

The most common broadband and TV bundles 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 and BT TV, which are delivered directly through your broadband connection.

Can I get fibre broadband and TV deals?

Fibre broadband and pay-TV go hand-in-hand nowadays. While only the biggest broadband providers offer TV services, almost all broadband providers can supply fibre broadband connections to your home.

If you're looking to get both, our TV & broadband deals give you a wide range of different providers to choose from, depending on what service is right for you.

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.

Can extra channels be added to a TV and broadband package?

When you're paying for a TV service, you should have the option to include some add-ons to your service for a rolling monthly fee, depending on which provider you're with.

If you're with BT or TalkTalk, some packages have the option of adding a streaming service to your monthly subscription fee. And if you're with other TV providers like Virgin Media or Sky, these add-ons not only include the above, but you could also choose from BT Sport, Sky Sports or Sky Cinema.

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