It's usually much cheaper to get broadband and TV from a single provider. Here we take a look
Which providers offer broadband and TV packages?
The main providers that offer broadband and TV packages are Now Broadband and TalkTalk, which specialise in value TV and broadband bundles, and Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, which cost you more but get you faster speeds, more premium sport and movies and state-of-the-art set top boxes.
Here’s a snapshot what each provider has to offer:
- BT - Choose from standard or fibre broadband, with the option to add pay TV and a YouView box to your package and its BT Sport channels. These include coverage of live Premier League and Champions' League games.
- Now Broadband - The Now Broadband Combo includes broadband, home phone and TV. Add a monthly TV Pass, and you’ll get premium channels, Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, or a bit of kids TV. Choose from a flexible, 30-day rolling contract or standard 12-month term.
- Sky - Even on its basic package, you’ll get over 300 channels with Sky. That’s more than any other provider. It’s also got the impressive Sky Q set top box, along with a choice of three broadband packages with average speeds of 11Mbps, 34Mbps, or 59Mbps.
- TalkTalk - TalkTalk offers broadband at average download speeds of 11Mbps, 35Mbps, and 63Mbps - and, much like BT, you can then add TV with a YouView box. Some channels are included as standard, but others can be added to your package with a ‘Boost’. These are super flexible and you can add and remove them on a 30-day basis.
- Virgin Media - Virgin Media offers a selection of broadband deals with average speeds of 54Mbps, 108Mbps, 213Mbps, or 362Mbps, making it the fastest widely available service in the UK. There’s up to 240+ channels up for grabs, along with a high-tech TiVo box.
What are the best broadband and TV deals?
Rather than ask what are the best deals, the question you really need to ask is which is the best broadband deal and TV for you. This depends on a number of factors, such as how you use the internet, what sort of TV you like to watch and your budget.
- If you're watching the pennies, we'd say your best bet is TalkTalk or Plusnet. Both of whom offer serviceable set top boxes, with competitively priced TV add-ons and a fair selection of channels. Now Broadband's TV Passes are easy on the wallet too.
- Just want sport every now and then? Now TV passes are ideal. Available in one-day, one-week and one-month options, they're great if you want to see a really big game or just follow your own team when they're live on TV.
- Want lots of football? BT Sport televises live Premier League, Champions League and Europa League games, which makes it the best for breadth of football coverage. Conversely, Sky Sports has more live Premier League games than BT.
- Want even more football? BT TV customers with a fibre service can add all 11 Sky Sports channels for an additional charge. The same goes for Sky TV customers who want to add BT TV.
- Movie fan? Sky's Cinema channel gets blockbusters first, months before they come to streaming services. If you just want to dip in or maybe want Sky Cinema for a month over Christmas.
Not sure you want TV and prefer to just get broadband? Take a look at a selection of our best broadband deals.
Can I get a broadband, TV, and phone bundle?
All broadband and TV packages come with a landline as standard, since that's how most providers deliver internet to your home.
Even Virgin Media, which allows you to get its fibre broadband service without a phone line, insists that you take a landline if you want to sign up for its TV service.
Can I get broadband and TV deals without a phone line?
At the time of writing, no provider allows you to get broadband and TV without signing up for a landline at the same time.
Virgin Media allows you sign up for standalone broadband and standalone TV, but to get them together you need to take a Virgin phone line too.
Sky also offers standalone TV, but again, if you want its broadband, you'll have to get a phone line.
Other options for broadband-only packages include Three and Vodafone's 4G and 5G home broadband services. Read our guide to landline-free broadband for more info.
Why should I get broadband and TV together?
- It’s usually better value than getting them separately
- Lots of special deals on bundles
- You’ll only have one bill (and provider) to deal with