Broadband and TV - together at last
If you’re one of those crazy kooks who likes watching TV and using the internet, boy have we got some good news for you. A few providers out there offer both TV and broadband packages - meaning you can get your premium telly and your internet together in a special bundle from one single place. It cuts down your bills, and gives you a nice seamless service that all works together.
Which providers offer broadband and TV packages?
There's just enough choice here to suit everyone. You can find broadband-and-TV bundles from providers like these:
BT - BT’s broadband is very widely available - the most widely available in the country, actually - and comes with average download speeds of either 10Mb, 50Mb, or 67Mb. Add a YouView box to your package on top of that, and you’ll get some great telly too. Another bonus about TV from BT is that not only is it good value, you can get BT Sport thrown cheap or even totally free. Bargain.
Now TV - Pick up a Now TV Combo, and you’ll get an all-in-one bundle of broadband, home phone, and some basic TV. Add on a monthly TV Pass, and you’ll get premium channels, Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, or a bit of kids TV - and even better, the whole thing is available on just a 30-day rolling contract.
Sky - You can’t go wrong with TV from Sky - even on its basic package, you’ll get over 300 channels to play around with. That’s more than any other provider. It’s also got the impressive Sky Q to offer, along with broadband with average speeds of 11Mb, 34Mb, or 57Mb.
TalkTalk - TalkTalk offers broadband at similar average download speeds of 11Mb, 35Mb, and 63Mb - and, much like BT, you can then add on a YouView box for a bit of telly. Some channels are included as standard, but others can be added on with a ‘Boost’. These are super flexible - you can add and remove them on a 30-day basis.
Virgin Media - From Virgin Media, you can get even faster broadband: average speeds of either 54Mb, 108Mb, 213Mb, or 362Mb. TV ain’t half bad either - there’s up to 240+ channels up for grabs, along with a high-tech TiVo box - and you can get it all together in a single, better value package, thanks to the provider’s Big Bundles.
What are the best broadband deals?
The best broadband deal for you depends on a few things. What sort of speed do you need? Do you want unlimited downloads? And what's your budget?
For just a basic internet connection that works for browsing, email, and maybe a little streaming, a standard ADSL package (usually has average speeds of around 11Mb) will do just fine. This is also the cheapest kind of broadband, so it suits anyone on a budget.
If you like to stream video, however - including on-demand and catch-up on a lot of TV packages, like Sky, BT, TalkTalk, and NOW TV - you'll want something more powerful. The same goes for large households, or for anyone who likes gaming. We'd recommend fibre optic broadband here, since it gives you faster and more consistent speeds.
Compare everything you can get above, or check out our best broadband deals around right now:
If you want pay-TV, of course, you'll also need to think about what channels you need, how many of them you want, and what kind of features and tech you'd like from your telly box. Sky and Virgin Media are best for high-tech equipment and tons of channels, for instance; BT and TalkTalk are great for basic Freeview with a few extras; while EE or NOW TV are perfect if you watch a lot on Netflix, catch-up, or other apps.
Since most TV providers offer a range of broadband options, it should be easy to find a bundle deal that satisfies everything your household wants.
Broadband, TV, and phone deals
It's very easy to find broadband and TV deals that include line rental. The majority of broadband packages come with a landline as standard, in fact, since that's how your internet connection is delivered.
All the providers listed above come with line rental or let you bundle it in, so you aren't short on choice. Of course, you can also upgrade any of their packages to get a little extra from your home phone. Call plans are available with inclusive evening or weekend calls, unlimited anytime calls, international calls, and more. Just select what you need from our comparison tool and we'll show you the combos that work.
Broadband and TV deals without a phone line
Unfortunately, you can't really get landline-free broadband and TV from a singular provider. To get this, you'd need to create a combo for yourself from a broadband-only package and a separate TV-only package.
Virgin Media offers both standalone broadband and TV, but to get them together you need its phone line too. Sky also offers standalone TV, but again, if you want its broadband too, you'll get a phone line. Other options for broadband-only packages include mobile broadband providers like Relish - check out our guide to landline-free broadband for more info.
If you know you want TV though, most of the time it's actually cheaper - and certainly far less hassle - to get a three-in-one bundle from a single provider.
What’s good about getting broadband and TV together?
- It’s usually better value than getting them separately
- Special deals on bundles abound
- You’ll only have one bill (and provider) to deal with
- Most providers throw in a home phone service as well
What’s bad about getting broadband and TV together?
- There’s less choice - you only have a handful of providers to choose from, and can’t mix and match between different ones
- It gets complicated if you want to switch just one of the two services
- Not worth it if you don’t watch much TV