Although many of us are now subscribing to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, there is still a huge demand for more traditional TV services. So, it can often be a good idea to find a broadband and TV bundle deal and, if you plan on making use of it, it can be cheaper too.
If you’re looking to simplify your monthly bills, a good way of doing this is to have both your TV and broadband services come under one contract. This means you don’t have two separate payments for each coming out of your bank every month, and often it can save you money.
A lot of broadband providers will offer affordable packages that include both broadband and TV and most of the time you can customise your deal so you’re getting exactly what you need.
Some broadband and TV providers also offer home phone services too, known as triple-play. If they offer mobile phone contracts too, that’s known as quad-play. The more you can bundle in, the more you can save and the simpler your monthly bills will be.
Whether you should get a TV and broadband bundle deal depends on your TV habits. If you watch a lot of TV, movies or sports, it would make sense to combine this service with your broadband. Quite often you can get cheaper bundled deals than if you were to pay for these services separately.
You could also reap some rewards by taking out a TV and broadband package as a lot of providers offer incentives to encourage its customers to upgrade or switch. You can get your hands on gift vouchers and cashback.
It may be that you mainly use streaming services to get your TV fix. In this scenario you may not need a large TV package with all the frills but can benefit from a standard TV package that comes with a small number of channels.
You should also consider that you may have limited choice as a lot of providers still don’t offer TV and broadband services. Also, if you decide to switch broadband providers in the future it can be more difficult if you have this kind of bundled deal.
When it comes to choosing your TV package, bear in mind that a package with hundreds of channels and all the frills will cost you more than if you were to get a deal with a limited number of channels. Depending on the provider, you can get the following:
This will deliver TV into your home using a satellite. A satellite dish will be installed at the side of your property and a receiver box will need to be connected to your TV. This type of package should give you a wide variety of channels and is usually exclusive to Sky TV.
Similar to how fibre broadband works, cable TV uses a network of fibre cables to connect homes to TV services. This kind of package is mostly delivered by Virgin Media as it has its own cable network. However, it’s not widely available so you may need to use this postcode checker to see if you can get it in your area.
This stands for Internet Protocol Television, and will give you access to TV using your internet connection. You can get access to many channels that are transmitted to your TV using your phone line and an IPTV set-top box. This is most commonly delivered by BT (BT TV) using the Openreach network.
Freeview is the UK’s digital terrestrial television service and offers more than 70 standard channels and 15 HD channels. Broadcasted over the airwaves, it was launched In 2002 and can be received via a set-top box, your TV aerial or directly on a Smart TV. It’s useful if you only use standard channels like BBC and ITV.
YouView is an on-demand TV service with more than 70 live digital channels. With this you can get catch-up and on-demand options. This is the most common TV option with BT and TalkTalk bundles.
When it comes to choosing the best bundled broadband deal for your needs, there are a few things you need to consider before you start your search. Be sure to look out for the following:
Broadband speed: You may find the perfect TV package for your needs, but you also need to consider if the broadband is up to scratch. If you are a heavy internet user then you should ideally opt for a package that offers fibre broadband (or speeds of around 30Mbps+).
Contract: If you’re looking for a TV and broadband bundle, you probably won’t be able to choose a no-contract deal. Most providers will require you to sign up to its services for at least a year and you could end up paying extra if you want to leave early for any reason. Be sure that the contract length is best for you.
TV channels: It may be tempting to sign up to a deal that offers you hundreds of channels but do consider if you actually need them. If you don’t think you will watch all of the channels on offer, you could end up paying for what you don’t use. Having less channels is usually cheaper too.
Price: This is a good point to consider if you’re looking for any bundled deal. Be sure to choose a package that fits with your budget and stick to it.
Type of TV: Some providers require that you have a satellite dish installed on the side of your home and if you opt for cable TV, this might also require installation. Be sure to check if this is okay to do so with your landlord if you rent or check your building's guidelines.
Not a large number of broadband providers actually offer TV services, so you may be limited for choice. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good TV and broadband deal with those that do. Some of the top providers offering some great bundled deals include:
Virgin Media: Virgin Media has a range of fibre broadband deals exceeding 300Mbps. Depending on your bundle, you can also access more than 280 channels and watch in 4K. If you’re into your sport you can also include Sky Sports and BT Sports.
BT: With BT you can choose from standard, fibre or ultrafast broadband and it has a range of different TV boxes available. It has a range of entertainment and sports packages available which will give you access to the likes of Sky Sports, BT Sports, movies and on-demand shows.
Sky: Sky TV has hundreds of channels to offer, and you can tailor your own package to suit your viewing habits. Sky is probably best known for delivering Sky Sports and Sky Movies to our TV. With Sky you can also choose between two broadband packages offering 11Mbps and 59Mbps.
NOW Broadband: With Now Broadband you can access broadband speeds of 11Mbps, 36Mbps or 63Mbps. You can also add on its NOW TV services which gives you the option to mix and match your TV. You can choose from a range of ‘passes’ that give you access to different channels. For example, its Sky Cinema Pass will let you access 1000s of movies on-demand and with its Sky Sports Pass you can watch all 11 Sky Sports channels live.
It is possible, but it’s much harder to find a deal that comes without line rental. Trying to avoid having a phone line could mean you have to make your own package which could be more expensive. Plus, usually it’s cheaper to take the line rental – you don’t have to use it!
Usually, it’s because there’s a lot more involved. In a lot of cases you will be left with a satellite dish or TV cable that will need to be disconnected and you will need to return your TV equipment when you cancel your services. It mostly depends on the provider.
This will depend on the type of TV you have signed up for. If you have opted for a satellite or cable service, then an engineer will likely need to come to your home to install a dish or connect the relevant cables. However, if you choose IPTV it should be really simple to install yourself.