This is Uswitch’s TV provider directory, where we’ll outline the different providers on our site and what they offer.
Whether you’re after TV bundles with all the bells and whistles or a stripped-down streaming service and Freeview, we’ve got you covered.
Premium TV packages
Here in the UK, there are four main TV providers, each offering broadband and TV bundles with as many channels as you want.
Virgin Media TV packages
Virgin Media offers high-speed broadband and loads of TV channels, depending upon which package you choose. Virgin Media's Big Bundle is the most basic, with over 115 channels and average broadband speeds of 108Mbps. The top package is the Ultimate Oomph bundle, which includes over 265 channels — including BT Sport and Sky Sports — and broadband speeds up to 516Mbps.
There are several packages in between the two which offer a wide range of channels and broadband speeds.
Sky TV packages
When most people hear the phrase ‘digital TV’, they think of Sky. Sky has a number of different TV packages, each offering over 270 channels — including Sky Atlantic so you can watch hit series from the US like Game of Thrones, Chernobyl and Westworld.
You can customise your Sky TV subscription with add-ons like Sky Sports, Box Sets, Kids channels, Sky Cinema, and even add Netflix and Disney Plus to your Sky package.
BT TV packages
BT offers fewer channels than Virgin and Sky — but at a lower price, allowing for ultimate flexibility with their monthly BT TV packages. BT's Entertainment package includes Freeview channels and all the channels included in NOW TV's Entertainment pass.
Big Entertainment adds Sky Cinema channels, Sport and Big Sport include Sky Sports and BT Sport channels, while the VIP package includes it all.
All BT TV packages come with a YouView set-top box so you can pause, rewind and, depending upon your set-top box, record live TV. You can also watch Netflix through the YouView box.
TalkTalk TV packages
TalkTalk’s basic TV package comes with Freeview, but you can supplement your TV package with a TV Boost, which is a themed monthly add-on. TalkTalk offers TV Boosts to give you extra entertainment channels — like FOX, MTV, Sky 1 and Comedy Central — kids programming and international TV series.
Freeview and apps
If you don’t need a lot of channels, you can get away with a stripped down TV package with just Freeview and access to the apps you watch. Here’s what you can watch on Freeview.
EE TV packages
EE TV lets you watch Freeview on the EE TV box. You can also watch premium TV content through the NOW TV app, which gives you the likes of Sky Atlantic, Sky Sports, Sky Cinema or kids programming.
All of the big four providers — Virgin, Sky, BT and TalkTalk — offer basic Freeview packages, too, and most of their set-top boxes let you watch apps on your TV without needing another device.
Here’s a comparison of basic TV packages.
As streaming services produce more of their own series, more and more people are switching over to watching just streaming services.
Find out more about what’s on Netflix.
You can watch Netflix on lots of different devices, including TVs, games consoles, laptops and mobiles.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video offers a number of original series and films, too, plus the added perks of a Prime membership, like free shipping. Unlike other streaming services, you can also buy individual films or TV series (or even single episodes) to watch if they’re not included in your Prime membership.
Prime Video also offers flexible memberships, including monthly or annual memberships for Amazon Prime or monthly memberships to just Prime Video.
Read our guide to what’s on Amazon Prime.