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Speed
Price
Length
Our verdict
Pros
Cons
Best overall deal
Virgin Media

Virgin Media Ultimate Volt Bundle

Speed:630 Mbps
Price:£99.00 / month
Length:18 months

Our verdict

If money is no object then you can’t go wrong with Virgin’s Ultimate Volt Bundle package. It comes with a comprehensive list of premium channels and an ultrafast fibre connection, although Sky still offer more channels.

Pros

Its comprehensive list of 261 channels includes both BT Sport and Sky Sports, as well as Sky Cinema. The broadband speeds on offer are also some of the fastest on the market, if you can get them.

Cons

At £99 a month it is one of the most expensive deals around, and it also comes with a £35 setup fee which isn’t cheap. You can get more channels on Sky’s top packages.

Best value deal
Now Broadband

NOW Super Fibre + Anytime Calls + Entertainment TV

Speed:63 Mbps
Price:£26.99 / month
Length:12 months

Our verdict

If you are short on cash then NOW’s Super Fibre and Entertainment bundle offer is great value for money. It offers a solid range of premium entertainment channels with a steady internet connection offering superfast average download speeds. However, it’s selection of channels is somewhat limited compared to offerings from other providers.

Pros

Offers a decent range of premium TV channels including Sky One, Sky Atlantic, and Comedy Central. You can also improve the picture quality with NOW TV Boost. Sports and movie packages can easily be added too.

Cons

Doesn’t come with any sports or movie channels as standard, and the number of channels is fairly small compared to rival providers. Download speed of 63Mbps may not be sufficient for the largest households.

Best for sports fans
BT

BT Big Sport + Fibre 2

Speed:67 Mbps
Price:£72.99 / month
Length:24 months

Our verdict

The perfect package for football fans, offering both BT Sports and SkySports along with fibre broadband. You’ll struggle to find such a comprehensive sports package for less.

Pros

The best price currently on the market for a bundle deal that includes all UK sports channels, including Sky Football, F1, Golf, and Eurosport channels.

Cons

It is expensive for the speed on offer. Some entertainment channels are included but with the exception of AMC these can all be found on Freeview. Sky Sports channels must be watched via the NOW TV app, so could be more user-friendly.

Best for movies
Sky

Sky TV, Cinema & Superfast Broadband

Speed:59 Mbps
Price:£53.00 / month
Length:18 months

Our verdict

A perfect match for the movie addict, this deal includes all 11 Sky Cinema channels in full HD and a great library of movies to watch on demand. It also gives you access to over 300 premium entertainment channels, and superfast fibre speeds.

Pros

The cheapest way to get a broadband and TV bundle that includes Sky Cinema, while it also comes with a library of over 1,000 movies to watch on demand. The broadband is pretty good too.

Cons

With a set-up cost of up to £49 this deal definitely isn’t the cheapest for new customers, and you will need to have a satellite dish installed. It doesn’t include a Netflix subscription, which comes as standard with some of the cheaper Sky packages.

We hand-picked these from a selection of over 140 different deals, assessing them based on speed, price, bundled phone and TV packages, and providers’ customer service ratings. We receive commission from providers we send you to, but that will never influence how we present or rate deals, and will never affect the price you pay for your broadband.

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Find out all you need to know before you pick a deal

Key considerations: What to look for in a broadband and TV package

With so many broadband and TV bundle deals to choose from, deciding which package is best for you can be overwhelming. The first step is to take a look at your household's TV viewing and online habits.

Once you’ve got an idea of what it is you're looking for, you're ready for step two: "the search". Here are some things to think about when you’re comparing different broadband and TV packages:

  • Broadband: If you live alone or with one other person, or you're on a budget, basic ADSL broadband may be enough for you. But if you live with multiple people with multiple devices, or use the internet often to stream or play games, we recommend looking at a fibre connection with a larger bandwidth. To find out more, go to our main broadband page.
  • TV channels: Arguably the most vital factor when considering a broadband and TV bundle deal is the channels included in your package. Think about what you want to watch - are you happy with just standard entertainment channels? Or do you want access to live sports or an endless movie selection?
  • Price: As with any product, the price you pay should be an important factor when deciding which provider to go for. Some providers’ TV packages will be cheaper than others, although you might not be getting the same number of channels. You should also bear in mind any installation or delivery costs which will add to the overall price.
  • Contract length: Only choose an 18 or 24-month contract if you're sure you'll be staying all the way through! It might be better to go for a 12-month or rolling 30-day subscription, especially if you're in student accommodation or are generally quite prone to moving.
  • Special extras: You'll know from your soul-searching questionnaire whether or not you’re likely to want on-demand streaming, or use specific cultural services like Welsh-language TV or Asian channels. Bear in mind that you can't stream Netflix from Sky set top boxes but you can from BT YouView, the Virgin Hub, and TalkTalk TV. However, Sky has a number of Asian channels.
  • Size of household: The larger your household, the more likely it is you'll need a package that can support multiple users. Customers looking to be able to watch TV on a number of screens and devices simultaneously need to narrow their search to Sky, Virgin Media and BT. These providers all offer multi-room services, but they do come at a cost.

TV Features: What can I include in my TV package?

TV packages come in many shapes and sizes, with something for everyone; whether you’re a football fan, movie addict or a student on a budget; what is offered by each provider can differ quite a bit though, so we recommend you do your research.

Most broadband providers will let you pick and choose which TV packages to add to your subscription. So, let’s take a look at the types TV add-ons on offer to help you choose the right package:

Entertainment

Most broadband and TV providers offer a basic, entry-level TV subscription, often known as an entertainment package.

After all, what’s TV without entertainment? These will typically be the cheapest bundle deals offered by each provider.

Not all of these starter packs are the same, however, and some have a much more comprehensive offering of channels to what many people would consider ‘basic’.

For example, the number of channels offered on NOW’s entertainment package is 18, whereas Sky’s equivalent package includes over 300.

Entertainment TV packages are where you’ll usually find premium channels such as Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Comedy Central, and MTV.

Each provider will differ slightly, however, so always make sure to check exactly what channels you’ll get so you don’t end up disappointed:

Provider

Number of channels (base packages)

Monthly Cost

Sky Broadband

300+ (inc. Netflix subscription)

£25 (TV only)

£43 (with superfast broadband)

BT Broadband

80 (inc. 12 channels in full HD)

£12 (TV add-on)

Virgin Media Broadband

109 (Big Bundle)

172 (Big Bundle + Drama & Docs)

£33 (Big Bundle)

£37.99 (Big Bungle + Drama & Docs)

NOW Broadband

18

£9.99 (rolling contract, TV only)

Origin Broadband

150+ (inc. Amazon Prime Video + Premier Sprots subscriptions)

£15.99 (TV add-on)

TalkTalk Broadband

70 (Freeview channels only)

£24 (with fibre broadband)


Add-ons and extras

You should also look out for any extras included with a basic TV subscription which could help to seal the deal. This could include a monthly subscription to an online streaming service.

For example, Sky is now offering a Netflix subscription with their basic TV package, while you’ll get Amazon Prime Video with Origin’s 4K TV bundle.

You should also note that Freeview channels are often included as part of these basic packages, so bear that in mind if you already have a Freeview box at home.

In fact, TalkTalk stopped offering exclusive TV channels at the end of 2020, so now all you get with TalkTalk TV are those 70 Freeview channels. If you have a smart TV, it should already come with these channels by default. 

Sports

As most sports fans already know, following your favourite team doesn’t come cheap.

The competition between broadcasting giants Sky and BT is fierce, and to watch every big event live you’ll probably need multiple subscriptions and a healthy budget.

Luckily, if you only care for golf, or Formula 1, or even UFC, you’ll be able to find a cheaper package as you won’t need both Sky Sports and BT Sport.

Football fans, on the other hand, will need to fork out quite a bit to catch every game, as the Premier League is shared between not only Sky and BT, but now Amazon Prime Video too.

And if you want to watch live matches from European leagues including La Liga and Serie A, that’ll set you back another £11 a month, thanks to exclusive coverage from online-only platform Premier Sport.

When it comes to choosing a sports TV package, Sky, BT and Virgin Media all offer both Sky Sports and BT Sport under one package, at varying price points.

NOW, however, currently only offer Sky Sports channels as part of their sports pass, although you can get around this by signing up to BT Sport’s contract-free monthly pass, which you can watch on the BT Sport app (no need to be a BT broadband or TV customer).

Platform Sports
  • Football (Premier League, UEFA Nations League, EFL, Scottish Premiership, MLS)
  • Cricket (ICC Cricket World Cup, all England Tests, ODIs and T20 matches, IPL)
  • Rugby Union (British and Irish Lions, IRB Sevens World Series)
  • Golf (US Masters, The Open, US Open, Ryder Cup, PGA Tour)
  • Formula One (all Grand Prix races and qualifying)
  • Boxing
  • Rugby League
  • Darts
  • NFL
  • Netball
  • Basketball (NBA & WNBA)  
  • Football (Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, Bundesliga, Ligue 1)
  • Rugby Union (Premiership Rugby, Champions Cup)
  • UFC
  • WWE
  • Boxing
  • MotoGP  
  • Football (20 Premier League games per season)
  • Tennis
  • NFL  
  • Football (Scottish Cup Football, La Liga, Serie A)
  • Rugby League (Guinness Pro14)
  • NHL  

 

For more info, check out our page on the best TV sports packages.

Money saving tip

Another option if you want to keep costs to a minimum, is stick to rolling, monthly contracts.

Currently, you can only find these with the NOW sports pass (Sky Sports) or the BT Sport app, but it means you can cancel at any time and only pay for the months when the sporting event you’re interested in is occurring.

NOW also offer a daily, one-time only sports pass, but at almost £10 a go this is only really worth it if you watch one match or event per month or less.

Movies

Thankfully, choosing a movie TV package is a bit simpler than sports. This is because the channels you get are actually the same no matter which provider you choose.

Sky, Virgin Media, BT and NOW all offer a movie package that consist of the 11 Sky Cinema channels which are based on certain genres, including Sky Cinema Action, Sky Cinema Family, and Sky Cinema Comedy.

As the channels offered by each providers’ movie package are essentially the same, it would make sense to look at the total price of each service as the deciding factor.

However, some providers such as Sky include over 1,000 movies to watch on demand as part of the package, so look out for these extras too.


Provider

Monthly cost
Sky Broadband £11 (add-on)
£37 (broadband bundle)
BT Broadband £22 (add-on)
Virgin Media Broadband £62 (broadband bundle)
NOW Broadband £11.99 (rolling contract, TV only)

 

For more details, take a look at our page on the best TV packages with movies.

Kids

If you have young children at home and are looking for ways to keep them entertained, you can’t go wrong with adding a kids TV package to your broadband service.

Luckily, these are among the cheapest add-ons available, and you shouldn’t be paying more than £5 a month on top of your bill.

Kids TV packages will typically have a handful (6-8) of dedicated kids channels, including Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. While this might not sound like a lot, only CBBC and CBeebies are currently available on Freeview, and we know children can get bored pretty quickly!

Provider Channels Monthly Cost
Sky Broadband 8 channels & 5,000 episodes on demand £5 (add-on)
BT Broadband 7 channels & catch-up TV £5 (add-on)
NOW Broadband 6 channels & 1,000s of shows on demand £3.99 (rolling contract, TV only)

Broadband with TV Streaming Services

If you don’t have a TV, you can still get a TV subscription through NOW, which allows you to watch any of its passes on any device compatible with the NOW TV app. This includes laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

BT Sport can also be watched exclusively on the BT Sport app, although Sky TV, BT TV and Virgin Media’s TV bundles will require an installation and delivery fee (for the set-top box or satellite dish).

If you’re not too fussed about live TV, but still like to binge TV shows and watch the occasional movie, you could save a lot of money by skipping TV bundle packages altogether and settling with a streaming service or two – like Netflix or Amazon Prime video.

These start at between £5 and £10 per month each, and all you’ll need is an internet connection and a device to watch it on, whether that’s a smart TV, laptop, tablet, or even just a smartphone.

Just have a normal TV that doesn't provide you access to all these services? Worry not, as it is pretty simple these days to turn your normal TV into a Smart TV with a set-top box; read out guide on How to turn a TV into a Smart TV for more information.

It’s also becoming increasingly common for broadband providers to include a streaming service subscription in their TV bundle deals. Some providers will reel you in with promise of access to on-demand TV apps such as Netflix, Disney+, or Amazon Prime Video, so look out for these packages too.

For more information, visit our streaming services page.

Which broadband and TV Provider is the best?

When comparing different broadband and TV packages, you need to think about more than just what you want to watch. Different providers offer different services, each with their own pros and cons.

When finding a new broadband and TV provider, often you'll think about the price first. You want the best value for money, understandably so. NOW offers some of the most competitively priced TV packages, when compared to BT TV, Sky TV and Virgin Media. However, it might not offer all the kinds of services you and your family are after.

Depending on what your priorities are when looking for a new package, these are currently some of the best providers:

Best TV provider for contract length 

NOW

While you might be tempted to go with whatever the lowest monthly cost is, one of the most important things to be aware of is the contract length, and whether or not there are any early termination fees. For example, if you're in student accommodation, it makes no sense to get a 18 month contract or a 24 month contract, unless you plan to stay put. NOW is one of the only TV providers offering a rolling 30-day or 12-month contract, which give you a great deal more flexibility.

Best for entertainment value

Sky

When it comes to accessing the widest selection of channels, nothing beats Sky TV. Sky’s most basic TV package comes with 300+ channels, including Sky Atlantic, Sky One,National Geographic and Comedy Central. Higher-tier packages include access to Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and Sky box sets. There's even the option to buy temporary access passes, opening yourself up to premium HD quality channels and box sets with lower overall cost. 

Sky's multi-room function, which does cost extra per month, allows you to watch different Sky channels simultaneously throughout the house. The inclusive 1TB set top box also allows you to pause and rewind live as well as record TV and movies. For a small fee you can upgrade to the 2TB Sky Box that stores 1000 hours of premium quality TV.

Best for sports TV

BT

While the benefits of a Sky box can't be understated, BT offers one of the most competitive and popular sports TV packages on the market. BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport Europe and ESPN channels provide coverage of major events such as the Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, the Ashes and the UFC. The BT On Demand store also hosts a wide variety of films and TV shows at the click of a button, and allows you to download Sky Cinema and Sky Sports.

Best for extras and add-ons

Virgin Media

While major players like BT and Sky have a number of their own channels, these channels aren't exclusive to these providers. For example, BT customers can get Sky Sports and Sky customers can get BT Sport, as long as they pay a bit extra for the add-on. 

Virgin Media, which doesn't have any of its own channels, allows you to access pretty much all of them thanks to a whole range of add-ons and extras. For example, Virgin Media's Ultimate Volt bundle is one of the most comprehensive TV and broadband packages out there, although it's also one of the priciest. 

Broadband and TV pricing: How much should I be paying?

Sky, BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, NOW, and Origin all offer broadband and TV bundle deals. If you’re after a comprehensive package, you’re better off judging them by overall price; but if you’re clear about what you want specifically, look at who offers the best value for your chosen package (sports, films, etc) and work from there.

Take a look at the table below at the different passes and packages on offer from Sky, BT, and NOW, as well as their monthly costs:

(Please note that these prices are for the TV subscription add-ons ONLY - for broadband and TV bundle prices, have a look at our deals table at the top of this page)

Provider Entertainment (Basic) Movies Sports Kids
Sky Broadband £25pm (300+ channels as well as Netflix) £11pm (Sky TV + 11 Sky Cinema channels & >1,000 movies on demand) £20pm (Sky TV + Sky Sports)
£27pm (BT Sport)
£5pm (Sky TV + 8 Sky Kids channels & >5,000 episodes on demand)
BT Broadband £12pm (80 channels including Sky Atlantic, Sky One & Comedy Central) £22pm (BT Entertainment + NOW Cinema Membership) £15pm (4 BT Sport channels & Freeview)
£40pm with Sky Sports included
£5pm (7 dedicated kids channels as a rolling monthly add-on)
NOW Broadband £9.99pm (18 channels including Sky Atlantic, Sky One & Comedy Central) £11.99pm (11 Sky Cinema channels) £33.99pm (11 Sky Sports channels only) £3.99pm (6 dedicated kids channels)

 

Virgin Media also offer a wide range of broadband and TV bundles, although their pricing is structured differently so they weren’t included in this table. For more information on Virgin’s TV packages, head over to our Virgin Media TV page.

Compare broadband and TV packages in your area

When looking for a new provider, it's important to know what kind of TV and broadband is actually available in your area. 

BT uses the Openreach network to provide its customers with TV and internet, which is available in around 99% of homes. 

To get Sky TV, you need a satellite dish, which means you need to live somewhere where there aren't too many obstructions. 

Virgin Media uses its own network of fibre optic cables, which is great in terms of speeds, but means it's not readily available across the country. 

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Bundling broadband, phone and TV together

More often than not, broadband deals come with line rental bundled in. This means that whether you need it or not, you’ll get a landline along with your internet. Often, the base phone package offered as part of any internet deal will offer pay-as-you-go calls, but you can also find unlimited call packages with most providers.

For information on bundling your broadband service with your landline, and to compare the best packages, head over to our page on broadband and phone deals.

Frequently asked questions

Is it cheaper to get broadband and TV together?

Generally speaking, it’ll be cheaper and simpler to get your TV and internet from the same provider. But this isn’t always the case. It can be worth comparing prices for broadband on its own with prices for different providers’ TV offerings if you really want to make sure you’re getting the best deal all round.

We’d only really recommend doing this if, for example, you can only get a particular high-speed package from one provider, but are desperate for the sports channels offered by another.

Which broadband and TV provider is the cheapest?

You'll find some of the cheapest TV deals from NOW TV, which uses an internet connection to bring you a small but significant selection of Sky channels, on a flexible month by month basis. For just £9.99 per month you'll get access to 11 Sky TV channels, including Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Comedy Central and FOX. For a one-off £11.99 payment you'll also get a 30-day TV entertainment pass for Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Entertainment, Hayu or Sports and Kids. You also won't need a set top box to get going; just the app. So you'll need to make sure you have a Smart TV that can download from an App Store.

Can I watch Netflix on Virgin Media, Sky, BT or TalkTalk?

Mostly yes - it's only Sky's set top box that doesn't let you stream via Netflix.

Can I watch digital TV on my laptop?

Certainly! You can download the NOW TV App or visit the website to start streaming today.

Do I need a broadband connection to watch digital TV?

Yes; you need to make sure you have a strong and healthy internet connection in order to watch digital TV.

Do I still need a TV license to watch digital TV?

Not necessarily. The TV license only applies to the BBC, so if you're catching up on something via BBC iPlayer then yes you'll need to make sure you've paid the license.

Last reviewed: 19 May 2022

Next review: 19 June 2022

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