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Explained: TV and Broadband Packages

A broadband and TV bundle will let you combine your home internet and TV services in a single subscription, whether you just want access to a few basic TV channels on Freeview or want a comprehensive pay-TV subscription-like Sky Q.

Combining your TV and internet services into one monthly package can save you time, effort, and money. Streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney Plus are now available through several of the UK’s largest digital TV and broadband providers. As a result, TV and broadband packages are available.

It’s now easier than ever to find and watch all of your favorite TV shows and movies in one convenient location. Check out our current broadband and TV offers to see what’s available to you and how to get the best price for your family.

The best TV and Broadband packages on Switch Squid

Deal Average Speed Contract Period
NOW Broadband: Fibre, Unlimited Calls & Sky Membership for Cinema 36Mb 12 months
Virgin Media Best TV Package, UltraFast Fibre Phone, and Broadband 630Mb 18 months
Virgin Media Larger HD SportsPackage, Super-fast Fibre Phone, and Broadband 108Mb 18 months
NOW Broadband: Ultra-Fibre, Unlimited Calls, and Membership for Entertainment 63Mb 12 months
NOW Broadband: Ultra-Fibre, Unlimited Calls, and Sky Membership for Cinema 63Mb 12 months
Virgin Media Larger TV Package for Movies, Super-fast Fibre Phone, and Broadband 108Mb 18 months
Virgin Media Larger Movies and Sports Package, Super-fast Fibre Broadband, and Weekend Phone Calls 362Mb 18 months
Sky TV, Ultra-fast Netflix, and Broadband 59Mb 18 months
Virgin Media Large TV Package, Ultra-fast Fibre Phone, and Broadband 54Mb 18 months
Virgin Media Large Package with Documentaries and Drama, Super-fast Fibre Broadband & Weekend Phone Calls 108Mb 18 months

What is a broadband and TV bundle deal?

A broadband and TV bundle allows you to combine your broadband and digital TV services for a lower monthly fee.

Some of the finest broadband providers apply specific discounts if you add other services to your contract when you join up. So if you’re seeking to use TV services too, you could benefit from bundling them into a cheaper bundle.

Instead of paying separate bills for multiple broadbands and TV providers, you pay one monthly cost for your TV and broadband – usually at a reduced rate.

If you watch digital TV regularly, adding it to your broadband bundle might save you a lot of money over the year. Not only is it simpler, but it is also less expensive than paying separate bills. Win-win.

What are the benefits of the finest broadband and TV packages?

Finding the best broadband and TV package requires striking a balance between the number of channels and services you want to be able to access and the total cost of the package.

Deals with hundreds of TV channels and numerous add-ons will, of course, have a large selection of shows and movies to choose from. However, they’ll almost certainly come with far higher monthly fees and setup prices.

You may have fewer channels and services to pick from if you choose a cheaper TV and broadband package, but you won’t be paying more than you need to for shows you never watch.

As a result, the greatest broadband and TV package provides exactly what you need at a fair price.

TV via satellite

Satellite TV, as the name implies, uses telecommunications satellites to provide television to your house.

You must be able to let an engineer install a satellite dish on your home and attach a receiving box to your television if you choose this plan. This means that whether you rent or live in an apartment, you need to verify with the building owner first.

Even though it requires the most physical equipment, satellite TV often provides the most material and watching alternatives for a TV and broadband bundle. It has hundreds of channels to pick from, as well as exclusive add-ons.

Popular satellite TV channels include Sky TV and its blockbuster add-ons Sky Sports and Sky Cinema.

Cable TV

Cable TV uses a hybrid network of fiber-optic and ‘coaxial’ wires to provide television to your house, requiring less equipment to get started. However, if you have never had a cable connection established before, an expert will need to come to your home and set it up.

Virgin Media, which maintains its cable broadband, telephony, and TV network that your property will need access to, virtually exclusively services cable TV in the United Kingdom.

It has a comparable amount of channels like satellite TV, but it’s only available in places where Virgin Media’s network is in place, which presently covers roughly 52% of UK homes. Satellite television offers a significantly larger coverage area.

To find if this service is available in your region, enter your postcode on our TV offers page.

Services that provide live streaming

Streaming services have swiftly established themselves as the standard for how people watch TV shows and movies at home. Gone are the days of waiting for your favorite TV show to air at 7 p.m. or rummaging through your DVD collection for a weekend movie.

Streaming services give you access to a huge collection of on-demand videos, allowing you to view whatever you want, whenever you want, with the click of a button.

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

Both BT TV and TalkTalk TV have struck partnerships with Sky’s streaming service NOW, allowing their TV subscribers to tack on monthly NOW TV memberships to have access to films and TV episodes that are only available through Sky.

In addition, depending on the set-top box your pay-TV provider provides, you may be able to access a variety of additional streaming services such as Netflix, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime Video.

IPTV

Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) is a term that refers to television that is broadcast over the internet. It’s provided over fixed-line broadband utilizing the same wires as your home internet, rather than using radio waves as in the old days of television.

It can provide you with a large number of channels, all of which are sent to your TV over your home phone line via an IPTV set-top box.

BT is a major IPTV provider that offers TV and broadband bundles via the Openreach broadband network.

Freeview

Freeview, which replaced analog television with upgraded digital services in 2002, is the UK’s standard terrestrial TV platform.

It’s broadcast over the airways and may be accessed by a set-top box, a Freeview tuner, or your Smart TV after it’s connected to your Wi-Fi.

Over 100 TV stations are available on Freeview, including 15 HD channels. To mention a few, the BBC, ITV, E4, Dave, 5USA, and truTV are among them. All of these channels are free to watch, save from the BBC license fee (hence the name).

YouView

YouView is quite similar to Freeview in that it provides a similar amount of channels, as well as catch-up and on-demand choices, all without the need for a subscription. All of these services can be accessed with a YouView or YouView+ set-top box, which is also the brand of digital TV set-top box given to BT TV and TalkTalk TV users.

Why should you choose a broadband and TV bundle?

If you enjoy watching television, particularly live sports, popular US shows, and the latest blockbuster films, an extensive pay-TV package will be well worth the money. Combining your subscriptions in a TV and broadband package might save you a lot of money over the year.

Pay-TV bundles are one of the finest ways to view exclusive material, such as the hottest US series, movie releases, and sporting events, all in one spot.

If you want to watch material from Netflix, Amazon Prime, or NOW, it’s more vital to compare internet plans that are tailored to your specific demands.

If you watch both equally, it can be worth checking for pay-TV packages that include subscriptions to certain streaming services, such as Sky packages that include Netflix and Disney Plus.

Sky also owns exclusive regional rights to a number of the most popular new TV series, movies, and sports, including exclusive broadcasting rights to Premier League events.

This implies that, while streaming is excellent, pay-TV still has access to a ton of programming that you won’t find anyplace else. For TV aficionados, a Sky broadband and TV plan that includes superfast broadband as well as access to all of your favorite channels would be great.

Is it possible to get a broadband and television package without a phone line?

In many circumstances, having an active home broadband connection necessitates the installation of a landline or fiber-optic cable at your residence.

Virgin Media and Hyperoptic, who are not part of the Openreach network, do not require a copper landline because they have their broadband lines connecting directly to your home.

Mobile broadband, which provides 4G and in some cases even ultrafast 5G speeds, is also an alternative. Customers who want to bundle their broadband and TV services with a single provider are now unable to do so.

With a 4G mobile broadband connection, you can expect speeds of roughly 24Mbps, and with a 5G package, speeds of up to 300Mbps.

Check out our advice on how to obtain broadband without a landline to discover whether you can get digital TV without paying for a line.

Which companies offer TV and Internet bundles?

To encourage new clients, several internet providers may offer bundles of their TV and broadband deals. If you locate one that’s perfect for you, they can often save you a lot of money.

Due to the high level of competition in the industry, these suppliers are continually striving to give you better and more affordable options. So be sure to compare them frequently.

Sky TV and broadband bundles

Sky’s satellite television forever changed the face of British broadcasting. It remains the largest provider of broadband and television packages today.

Although Sky Broadband is a great option, most people choose a Sky Broadband plan because it includes Sky Q, the company’s premier satellite TV service.

Sky TV packages and services

Sky TV has hundreds of channels and the ability to customize a TV bundle based on your preferences.

There are also dedicated Sky Sports and Sky Cinema add-ons, which you may add to your broadband and TV bundle at any time throughout your term.

Sky has just added the ability to bundle in streaming services such as Netflix and Disney Plus. It was previously possible to subscribe to these services separately and then access them via the Sky Q box, but now new Sky customers may sign up for Netflix and Disney Plus as part of their Sky subscription.

You may save even more money by bundling those charges with your Sky subscription. There’s also the added benefit of being able to view video from streaming providers alongside content from Sky networks.

Customers can also get the Sky Go app for free as part of their Sky TV plan. Customers can watch Sky TV shows for free on their tablet, computer, or smartphone wherever they are.

On our Sky TV provider page, you can learn more about all of the different Sky TV and TV and broadband packages.

Installation and equipment for Sky TV

Sky TV, unlike other digital TV providers, is delivered through satellite, which requires an engineer to install on your house. This implies that switching may take a little longer because you’ll need to schedule an installation with a Sky technician.

If you reside in a block of flats, though, you may already have a shared dish. Check for a Sky TV-branded plug in your building or ask your building management ahead of time to make your installation go more smoothly.

To watch online programming on Sky TV, you’ll need a digital set-top box that’s connected to Wi-Fi. The Sky Q set-top box is included in all of the latest Sky TV bundles.

Bundles of digital TV and broadband from Virgin Media

Virgin Media has a wide choice of digital TV and broadband packages to choose from. Depending on your household’s demands, you can mix and match different components of these solutions.

Virgin Media offers a variety of services and packages.

In some places, Virgin Media broadband packages range from superfast average speeds of 54Mbps to ultrafast rates of 600Mbps.

It’s also bringing a gigabit internet service to a few select towns and cities across the UK, with speeds of roughly 1Gbps (1000Mbps), which it hopes to expand to the rest of its network by the end of 2021.

Virgin Media’s TV package comprises a wide variety of standard definition, high definition, and even ultra high definition channels offered over its cable network.

Virgin Media TV and broadband services are available as stand-alone packages that do not usually require a phone line. However, the total cost of these services when purchased separately is significantly more than the cost of a Virgin Media TV and broadband package. So, if the service is available in your location, it’s only natural to combine the two.

Virgin Media’s digital TV service is only available in places where it is supported. Visit our Virgin Media TV provider page to learn more.

Virgin Media's set-up and equipment

All Virgin Media broadband plans come with a free wireless router and limitless download data. You’ll need a Virgin Media V6 or Virgin TV 360 box installed and connected to your television to watch Virgin Media cable TV.

The ‘Virgin TV Go’ app allows you to watch Virgin Media channels on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device. It’s free for TV customers and allows you to view live broadcasts on your mobile device, control your TV, and manage your set-top box’s recordings remotely.

Broadband and TV packages from BT

BT, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has embraced the bundle revolution by offering great-value home broadband and digital TV options in addition to its home phone packages.

BT offers and services

BT Sport, which owns broadcast rights to weekly live Premier League games and is the exclusive UK home of the UEFA Champions League, is perhaps the most appealing aspect of BT’s TV package.

All new BT TV customers will have access to BT Sport, while existing customers can upgrade to BT Sport for an extra monthly charge.

As part of its internet and digital TV packages, BT Broadband offers a variety of alternatives, including the ability to create your TV bundle with channels like Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, BT Kids, and even Netflix.

More information is available on our BT TV provider page.

Installation and equipment for BT digital television

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

BT will send you a YouView or YouView+ box that you can set up yourself once you’ve joined up. The Openreach broadband network, which is currently present in the great majority of UK homes, is used to supply BT TV and broadband services.

You’ll also need to schedule an engineer visit if your home doesn’t have a phone line or if your connection needs to be upgraded for faster internet speeds.

What TV services are available as part of a broadband bundle?

Sky satellite TV and Virgin Media cable TV are the most popular broadband and TV bundles. Both offer a diverse selection of entertainment, movies, and sports bundles. IPTV solutions such as NOW and BT TV are also available, which are provided straight over your broadband connection.

How are broadband and television packages set up?

If you opt for satellite or cable, an engineer will come to your home to install the necessary dish or cabling and link them to a receiver connected to your television. If you opt for IPTV, though, you may only require a simple set-top box or dongle that you can put into your television.

Is it possible to have streaming services as part of my TV package?

Digital TV companies such as Sky have made it easier to bundle in additional streaming services such as Netflix and Disney Plus to their already extensive TV lineup.

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