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How to get Sky in a block of flats

How to get Sky in a block of flats

Think Sky is only for houses? Think again. While getting Sky in your flat can be a bit complicated, it might still be doable.

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’s off. Until then, getting Sky in a block of flats isn’t impossible; it just requires a little bit more set-up than getting it installed in a house.

Even if your flat can’t get Sky, you still have lots of options to access Sky content without a Sky TV subscription.

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Getting Sky in a block of flats

Row of flats in London

There are a few factors that determine whether or not you can get Sky.

First, Sky has to be offered in your area. You can use our postcode checker to see whether Sky 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.

Blocks of four flats or fewer

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 install with them and their dedicated flats install team.

Blocks with more than four flats

Flats on London's Regent's Canal

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. To see if your block of flats already has a communal system, call Sky or your building’s property management and find out. If your building already has this, getting Sky installed is easy and quick.

Otherwise, you can arrange getting a communal TV system by getting the managing agent for the building in touch with Sky to see about getting one set up. If you’re dead set on getting Sky for your building, it may help to find out if other residents also want Sky 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

Sky’s flats install team will determine whether or not this is an appropriate solution for you and your flat. If so, you can sign up for Sky over the phone.

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I can’t get Sky in my flat

If you can’t get a Sky dish for your flat, you still have options to access great Sky content.

How to get Sky Sports

People watching Sky Sports

Sky knows its sports coverage is top-notch and in high demand from sports fans, so the company makes it easy to subscribe to their sports channels, regardless of your provider.

Even if you don’t have any TV provider, you can still get Sky Sports through a NOW TV Sky Sports pass, which is available on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. You can then stream live and on-demand content to a compatible device or NOW TV box.

TalkTalk and Virgin Media offer add-ons for all 10 Sky Sports channels so you won’t miss anything. If you’re a BT subscriber, BT’s Sky Sports bundle is more limited, so if you want access to all of Sky’s sports coverage, you’ll have to sign up for a NOW TV Sky Sports pass.

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How to get Sky Cinema

People watching Sky Cinema

Just like Sky makes it easy for sports fans to get Sky Sports, the company also makes it easy for movie buffs to get Sky Cinema no matter who your provider is.

Again, Sky offers a Sky Cinema TV pass through its streaming service, NOW TV, which you can sign up for even if you don’t have a TV provider. The Sky Cinema TV pass 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 andSky Cinema, so you’re really not missing any Sky content.

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How to get Sky Atlantic

Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic

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 passes only, so if you’re not subscribed to Sky, the only way to watch these programmes is to buy the NOW TV Entertainment pass. You’ll get access to Sky Atlantic through it, as well as 11 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 subscription.

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