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 best known and most highly rated providers of broadband and TV combo packages are Sky, BT and Virgin Media. Other TV and broadband providers include NOW Broadband, EE, TalkTalk, and Vodafone, which all specialise in value bundles.
Here’s a snapshot of what each provider has to offer:
- Sky – Broadband up to 500Mbps, and satellite TV with 300+ channels – with full access to Sky channels (including Sky Atlantic), Sky Sports, and Sky Cinema
- Virgin Media – Bundles with broadband up to 630Mbps (or 1130Mbps in certain areas), and cable TV with 250+ channels
- BT – Broadband up to 67Mbps (or 900Mbps in certain areas), and TV via a YouView box with extra entertainment channels, BT Sport, and access to Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, and streaming apps
- EE – Broadband up to 67Mbps (or 900Mbps in certain areas), and TV via an Apple TV device
- NOW – Broadband up to 63Mbps, and subscriptions to the NOW TV app, for entertainment channels, Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, and box sets
- TalkTalk – Broadband up to 145Mbps, and TV via a YouView box with access to Now TV and streaming apps
- Vodafone – Broadband up to 910Mbps (in certain areas), and TV via an Apple TV device
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, EE, or NOW. They offer competitively priced TV add-ons and a fair selection of channels and on-demand content.
- Just want sport every now and then? NOW 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.
- Movie fan? Sky Cinema gets blockbusters first, months before they come to streaming services. Look out for deals with Sky Cinema, or sign up to a NOW Cinema Pass.
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.
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 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.
Equipment: Have you got space on your TV stand for a set top box, or would a plug-in Apple TV device be better? If you’re thinking of getting Sky, can you have a satellite dish installed?
Home phone: If you want a landline included too, take a look at our broadband, home phone and TV bundles.
Contract length: Some broadband and TV bundles can be lengthy, while you can subscribe to NOW TV passes on a month-by-month basis. If you’re willing to go for a long contract, there’s a lot more choice available.
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.
Prefer to just get broadband? Take a look at a selection of our latest broadband deals.
Where can I get Sky and BT TV channels?
Sky TV and BT TV both give you access to channels and services that you can’t always get anywhere else. But, even if you choose a TV and broadband bundle from a different provider, there are still ways to get your eyes on premium Sky and BT telly.
Sky entertainment channels – These are, of course, included in Sky TV packages, and some are available through Virgin Media and BT too. You can also add a suite of Sky entertainment channels – including Sky One and Sky Atlantic – to any TV setup by subscribing to a NOW Entertainment Pass.
Sky Atlantic – This channel, home of the likes of Game of Thrones and Succession, is only available through Sky TV or a NOW pass. Luckily, you can get NOW TV on a massive range of devices, including most set-top boxes, smart TVs, and Apple TV.
Sky Cinema – You can add blockbuster movies to TV from Sky, Virgin, and any platform that supports NOW TV passes (including BT TV).
Sky Sports – Available to add to TV from Sky, Virgin, BT, and any platform that supports NOW TV passes.
BT Sport – Included in a number of BT TV and Virgin Media packages. It’s also available as an app, so you can subscribe and watch through any platform that supports it.
What TV services can I get with a broadband bundle?
Freeview and YouView – Basic free TV. But if you spring for pay-TV with a set top box – such as a YouView box – you get that bit more. For example, the ability to pause, rewind, and record live TV; access to on-demand content and streaming apps; and 7-day catch-up.
Premium TV channels – Extra TV channels, paid for as part of your TV subscription. These could be entertainment channels like Sky One, kids TV, and more.
Apple TV – Some broadband and TV providers give you an Apple TV device rather than a set top box. It plugs right into your telly and gives you access to live TV, on-demand and catch-up, streaming services, apps, and originals via Apple TV+.
NOW TV passes – A streaming service that gives you access to both live channels and on-demand content from Sky – entertainment TV, Sky Cinema, and Sky Sports. Because it’s delivered via an app, you can watch NOW TV through a range of devices, including set top boxes and smart TVs. And handiest of all, you can include a subscription in a number of broadband and TV bundles.
Sports channels – Premium sports channels are available via Sky Sports and BT Sport, which you can add to pay-TV packages from various providers.
Sky Cinema – This gives you live movie channels and hundreds on-demand blockbusters. You can add it to your pay-TV package, or subscribe separately via a NOW Pass.
Streaming services – Such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Disney+. Some pay-TV providers let you add a subscription to your TV bill.
Why should I get broadband and TV together? What are the pros and cons of bundling TV deals and broadband?
- You can save money compared to subscribing to the services separately – plus special deals and offers are often available
- Just one single monthly bill to deal with
- Get access to loads more to watch on your telly, including some channels and shows that aren’t available any other way
- With some providers, it’s the cheapest way to get premium sports or movie content
- Bundle up with home phone as well to save even more money
- Can be expensive, especially if you choose a comprehensive TV package from a big provider
- Not always flexible – you may be locked into pay-TV contract for a long period
- Some require a particular setup or equipment – e.g. unless you pay extra for the Sky Glass TV, Sky needs a satellite dish.
- And TV delivered via internet requires a fast, reliable broadband connection
Other broadband-only 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.