Good news for people living in flats: Sky has announced they’ll soon be offering dish-less services through their Sky Q, but that’s still a way off. Until then, getting Sky in a block of flats isn’t impossible; it just requires a little more set-up than getting it installed in a house.
And even if your flat can't get Sky, you still have lots of options to access Sky content without a Sky TV subscription.
There are a few factors that determine whether you can get Sky at your property.
First, Sky has to be offered in your area. You can use our TV postcode checker to see whether Sky TV is available in your area.
If you can get Sky in your area, your next steps will depend on the size of your block of flats.
If you live in a block of four flats or fewer, getting Sky is very simple.
You can start your order online and go through a similar process for a regular order, but Sky might need more information from you, such as what floor you live on.
For flats higher than the third floor, getting Sky is still possible but a bit trickier. You’ll need to call Sky and arrange an installation with them and their dedicated flats install team.
If you live in a larger block of flats, getting Sky is trickier — but it still may be possible by either arranging a Sky Communal TV system or getting an individual dish installed.
A Sky Communal TV system works for the entire building and allows anyone in any flat to get Sky TV. To see if your block of flats already has a communal system, call Sky or your building’s property management and find out. A quick way to know for sure is to see if you have any Sky TV outlets somewhere in your flat. If you do, then getting Sky TV installed is easy and quick.
If not, you can arrange to get a communal TV system by getting the managing agent for the building in touch with Sky to see about getting one set up.
Tip: If you’re dead set on getting Sky TV for your building, it may help to find out if other residents also want Sky TV to get more weight behind your request.
Although Sky says that any costs for the ‘bespoke requirements’ would be paid by whoever’s managing the property, in reality, this fee usually ends up split between residents as a service charge.
In some cases, you might not need a communal system if your flat can get an individual dish installed. To get an individual dish, your flat must meet the following criteria:
The property manager allows external dishes
You can receive a signal from within your flat
It’s safe to install an external dish
The Sky Flats Install Team will determine whether this is an appropriate solution for you and your flat. If so, you can sign up for Sky over the phone.
If you can’t get a Sky dish for your flat, you still have options to access great Sky content.
Even without any TV provider, you can still get Sky Sports through a NOW Sports membership, which is available on a daily or monthly basis. You can then stream live and on-demand content to a compatible streaming device.
TalkTalk and Virgin Media also offer add-ons for Sky Sports channels, and if you’re a BT subscriber, you can watch it all on BT’s Big Sport bundle.
Again, Sky offers a Cinema membership through its streaming service, NOW, which you can sign up for even if you don’t have a TV provider. The NOW Cinema membership gives you access to all 11 Sky Cinema channels and on-demand content, and it’s available on a monthly basis.
TalkTalk, Virgin Media and BT all offer Sky Cinema for an additional monthly fee, too. In fact, TalkTalk and Virgin Media also offer Sky bundles that combine both Sky Sports and Sky Cinema, so you’re really not missing any Sky content.
When most people think of Sky TV, they’re probably thinking of Sky Atlantic, which airs all the biggest hits from the States, including HBO series like Game of Thrones and Westworld, plus Showtime series such as Twin Peaks and The Affair.
Because Sky knows that people really want to watch Sky Atlantic, they limit this channel to Sky packages and NOW TV memberships only. So if you’re not able to subscribe to Sky, the only way to watch these programmes is to buy the NOW Entertainment membership. You’ll get access to Sky Atlantic through it, as well as 18 other pay TV channels.
Although other providers — including TalkTalk — offer many of these series for purchase within their TV stores, these episodes are typically only available after a series has ended, so if you want to keep up to date or watch programmes live, you’ll need to get a NOW TV membership.
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