Find your perfect TV package
When it comes to telly, we all have our must-watch shows. Whether you’re a soap lover, US drama addict or live sports nut, your choice of deal makes all the difference. But how should you compare TV packages to find the best one for you? Let us guide you through the process…
Choosing a TV provider
Given that we spend, on average, three hours and 45 minutes each day glued to the box, it’s pretty important that you get a TV deal that delivers all the programmes you want to watch, the way you want to watch them.
The four main providers offering TV packages in the UK are:
However, not all providers are available everywhere, they don’t all offer the same channels and your choice of package can vary from basic, to all-singing, all-dancing. So what do you need to consider when making your decision?
First of all, you need to know what options you have. However much you want a TiVo box, if you live somewhere not covered by Virgin Media’s cable network, this unfortunately won’t be an option for you.
Pop your postcode in the box below (don’t worry, it’s just for checking - we won’t share it or tell anyone where you live) and we’ll show you what’s on offer in your local area, so you can compare TV packages available at your address.
TV services explained
The choice of TV providers available where you live will vary, much like it does with broadband.
BT and TalkTalk both offer a YouView TV service. This brings you Freeview down the aerial, but also extra channels, catch-up TV and on-demand programmes delivered over your internet connection. You can only get TalkTalk TV with TalkTalk broadband (minimum 3Mb speed required), and BT TV with BT broadband (minimum 2Mb speed required).
Virgin Media and Sky work quite differently, however.
Sky uses a satellite signal to deliver TV, which means you can get it pretty much anywhere in the country. While Sky broadbandbundling your TV and broadband..
You can also get Virgin Media TV without having Virgin Media broadband. Virgin Media TV is only available in the areas covered by the cable network, though. This is more limited than with the other suppliers - covering around 50% of the UK, mostly just towns and cities. Our postcode checker will tell you if cable’s an option in your area.
We all have a must-have list of TV programmes, whether it’s wall-to-wall sports, the latest blockbusters, or keeping up with everything the Kardashian sisters do (somebody must be watching it!)
Knowing what channels you want is a good place to start when choosing your TV package from the results table.
It’ll only show TV packages available where you live. You can choose to order these by number of channels, however, when it comes to TV channels you should definitely consider quality over quantity.
Sky Atlantic - Exclusive to Sky TV customers, Sky Atlantic’s the place to be for world-class telly. Some of the best box-set shows from across the pond can only be found here.
MTV - The MTV family of channels - including MTV Rocks, MTV Hits and VH1 - deliver 24/7 tunes, shows and the latest entertainment news. Essential viewing for teenagers and even grown-up music addicts.
Comedy Central -Still looking for that illusive Friends episode you haven’t seen? Well, if it exists, you’ll find it here on Comedy Central along with a load of other great American comedy.
While Sky and now BT are well known for their excellent sports TV channels, you don’t have to stick to those providers to see the action. You can add Sky Sports to Virgin Media, BT or TalkTalk TV packages, and BT Sport can be hitched onto your Sky or Virgin Media package - but they will cost you more.
What’s on Sky Sports?
- Premier League and UEFA Champions League football
- Coverage of every live F1 race
- Domestic and international cricket, including The Ashes
- Golf, including the PGA Tour Gold and the Ryder Cup
- Rugby union
What’s on Sky Sports?
- 38 live exclusive matches from the Barclays Premier League
- Every televised Aviva Premiership rugby match
- Loads of European football
- Action from the MotoGP season
Major movie fans have a huge choice of channels and on-demand content offering the latest and greatest films - depending on your package these may be fully inclusive, or added for an extra monthly fee.
You can rent movies on a pay-per-film basis with BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, or if you’re a total film fanatic you might plump for the full Sky Movies upgrade - putting all 11 Sky Movies channels at your fingertips. Just add it on when you buy your package.
Virgin Media TV customers can also catch the latest blockbusters and a whole load of TV shows by signing up to Netflix. The Netflix App is fully integrated into your TiVo box, and as TiVo uses its own internet connection it won’t slow down your home broadband.
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What are the main TV services in the UK?
Freeview is the most common TV service in the UK - set top boxes are affordable, and new TVs predominantly all come with Freeview tuners built-in. Once you have Freeview you can watch TV as much as you want with no additional cost. Other subscription-free TV options include YouView and satellite TV service Freesat.
However, for the best choice of channels and on demand services, you’ll need to join a subscription-based TV service. The four big ones in the UK are from Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and TalkTalk.
How do I switch to a new TV service?
Switching TV services is a breeze if you use a comparison service like ours. Simply enter your postcode, and we’ll list all your different options side by side, so you can easily compare features and price. When you find a package you like, click the link and you’ll be taken straight to the provider’s site. Fast, simple and hassle-free.
Can I save money by bundling TV, phone and broadband?
Yes you can. Providers like Sky and Virgin Media offer competitively priced bundles, comprising broadband, homephone and TV, and getting all three services from the same place often leads to significant savings. It also makes it easier to manage finances, as all services come on a single bill.
How do I get sports channels?
There are multiple sports channels in the UK, with the biggest being Sky Sports and BT Sport.
Sky Sports shows the widest range of sports, including Premier League and UEFA Champions League football, rugby union, cricket, golf, F1 and more. Sky Sports channels are available through Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV and BT TV (BT Vision+ set top boxes only) for an additional charge each month.
BT Sport, which also includes ESPN, shows selected Premier League and Europa League football, Premiership rugby, and more. It is available to BT TV customers as standard. Sky customers can also get BT sport for an additional monthly payment. At the moment, BT Sport isn’t available through Virgin Media or TalkTalk.
For more information on events and fixtures on Sky Sports and BT Sports, take a look at our guide.
How do I get movie channels?
Sky often has the first TV broadcast rights for big movies, so if you want to see the latest blockbusters first, you’ll need Sky Movies. This collection of channels is available with Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk packages for an additional monthly charge.
All providers also offer on demand films. BT has an extensive collection through its BT Vision service and Sky has an extensive collection of films ready for Sky Movies customers to watch at anytime.
Every provider also offers new home entertainment releases to view on a pay-per-view basis. Bear in mind, you may need a broadband connection to access some of these services.