Virgin Media launches new Essential Family Sports Collection

It’s another new way to bundle Virgin Media TV with broadband and home phone, and it’s just the ticket if you live in a house full of sports mad telly fans. But what do you get for your money?

Virgin Media's unveiled a new collection, which essentially means a new way to bundle your TV, internet and home phone into one great big package that meets all your needs.

From today, Virgin Media's sixth collection, Essential Family Sports, joins the Starter, Essential, Essential Family, Premiere and VIP collections already on offer.

What does it give you? Basically, you'll be getting the Essential Family Collection plus Sky Sports, all for the neat and tidy sum of £46.75 for the first six months and £66.25 thereafter - plus £15.99 a month for Virgin Media's line rental.

Here's a quick comparison of both Essential Family Collection bundles:

Essential Family Collection Essential Family Sports Collection
From £19.50 a month From £46.75 a month

Superfast broadband (Up to 50Mb)


New Super Hub router


500GB TiVo box


Netflix free for six months


Sky 1 & 2, Sky News, Sky Arts 1 & 2, Sky Living, BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, ESPN, Sky Sports News


Free weekend calls to UK landlines

Superfast broadband (Up to 50Mb)


New Super Hub router


500GB TiVo box


Netflix free for six months


Sky 1 & 2, Sky News, Sky Arts 1 & 2, Sky Living, BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, ESPN


Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports News


Free weekend calls to UK landlines

The Essential Family Sports Collection is designed with sports mad telly fans in mind, or to put it another way, those families for whom BT Sport and ESPN just aren't enough.

It'll set you back an extra £25 a month, but if you're a hardcore aficionado of sport it's something of a bargain. The package as a whole is considerably cheaper than the nearest equivalent bundle you'd get from Sky, BT or TalkTalk.

However, it's far from the most affordable package and you should bear this in mind, as well as the fact it's on an 18-month contract, if you're considering signing up.

Perhaps a better option, if you want Sky Sports on TV but you're on a tight budget, is to sign up with TalkTalk for TV and broadband instead. You see, with TalkTalk you can add Sky Sports month-by-month with no contract.

So, if Premier League football's your thing, you can add it on for the months when your team's on TV, for example. The downside, of course, is that with TalkTalk you wouldn't get a TiVo box and you have to pay extra for fibre optic broadband.

If money's less of an issue, you could upgrade even further to Virgin Media's top-of-the-range VIP Collection, which gives you a bigger 1TB TiVo box, Sky Movies in HD and the UK's fastest widely available broadband with speeds of up to 152Mb.

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