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 include Now Broadband, EE, Plusnet and TalkTalk, which specialise in value TV and broadband bundles, and Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
The latter 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, fibre or ultrafast 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 - Now Broadband offers standard and fibre broadband, as well as 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 two broadband packages with average speeds of 11Mbps, 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 very flexible and you can add and remove them on a 30-day basis.
- Virgin Media - Virgin Media offers a selection of fibre 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.
- Plusnet - If you're an existing Plusnet broadband customer, you can sign up for TV too. Its service uses the same YouView and YouView+ boxes as BT, with BT Sport, 20 premium channels and 70 Freeview channels included as standard. Speeds are line with BT, Now Broadband, TalkTalk and Sky.
- EE - As with Plusnet, you can only get EE TV if you sign up to its broadband service too. EE's TV bundles come with Apple set top box, as well as BT Sport. Broadband speed options are 10Mbps, 36Mbps and 67Mbps.
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.
What to look for in a broadband and TV deal
There's a lot to consider when you're weighing up which broadband and TV bundle to plump for. Here's a checklist of things you need to take into account:
Broadband speed: Busy, multiple occupancy households where lots of people watch TV or play games simultaneously generally need a fast fibre service. Conversely a standard ADSL service is best suited to people who live alone or with one other person.
Channels: Which channels have the series and movies do you really want to see? What sports do you care about? Can you just make do with a Netflix or Now TV monthly subscription? Make sure you think hard before committing to a pricey subscription.
Set top box: Would you prefer one with lots of storage, or can you get by with a cheaper model that doesn't let you record shows? Is the box you'll get with a particular service compatible with the streaming services you might want to add? It's a good idea to make sure.
Price: Premium TV doesn't come cheap. Especially live sport channels. So you don't want to be paying out for channels and sports you don't watch.
Not sure you want TV and prefer to just get broadband? Take a look at a selection of our latest 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
Does a broadband and TV package require installation?
That depends on your package. Most broadband and TV packages, such as those from BT, TalkTalk and NOW Broadband, won't require any installation. And you'll be able to set up the set top box yourself.
The major exception is Sky TV, which is still delivered by satellite. In these instances, you'll need an engineer to install your service, unless a previous occupant of your home was a Sky TV customer.
You'll probably also need the services of an engineer if you're signing up for Virgin Media TV, which uses cable infrastructure. The exception here is if a former occupant signed up for Virgin Media.