MoneySuperMarket’s Guide to Sky Broadband
Thinking about taking Sky Broadband? Here’s what’s on offer and what you need to know.
Sky broadband uses BT’s Openreach network to deliver its standard ADSL and superfast fibre broadband products.
But what really sets Sky apart is its TV and content offerings.
So what does Sky broadband offer?
|Fibre Optic Broadband||Yes|
|TV||Yes (via the Sky+ box)|
Sky offers ADSL broadband – sometimes referred to as standard broadband.
This is currently the most popular and widely available type of broadband in the UK, reaching speeds of up to 17Mbps per second.
ADSL broadband is transmitted through standard copper telephone cables meaning that the further you are from your local telephone exchange the slower speed you will receive.
Fibre Optic Broadband
Sky offer only one speed of fibre optic broadband - up to 38Mbps.
As this type of broadband is transmitted through fibre optic cables your distance from the telephone exchange doesn’t matter nearly as much as with traditional ADSL broadband, as such you’re much more likely to get speeds closer to those advertised.
Sky Fibre is great for those who want to do data intensive activities such as streaming high quality video (Netflix, YouTube), those who game online or those who have multiple users logged on at any one time.
Sky recognised that the call package offering was limited and has now introduced a range of packages available to all customers:
- Sky Talk
- Sky Talk Evenings and Weekends Extra
- Sky Talk Anytime Extra
- Sky Talk International Extra
The call packages provide a variety of services to customers including Sky Talk which gives the casual user the whole weekend to make local calls to landlines for free whereas Sky Talk Anytime extra gives you unlimited UK landline calls whenever you want.
This is where Sky really comes into its own.
Sky TV is delivered through a mini dish (which will need to be placed outside your home – this will require a Sky engineer) and a Sky+ box.
The Sky+ box is a nifty bit of kit that allows you to pause, rewind and store TV as well as catch up on your favourite TV shows via on demand catch up services like iPlayer and All4.
Sky TV is also the only place in the UK you can watch Sky Atlantic and access the Sky On Demand.
Sky TV customers also have the option to add a variety of entertainment packages to access box sets and movies.
Sky do not currently offer mobile phones to customers.
BT Sport 1 can be accessed by Sky TV customers – if they have BT Broadband.
The full complement of BT Sport channels can be viewed by Sky customers for an additional cost each month.
The full set of Sky Sports channels is available via Sky TV. Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports 5, and Sky Sports F1.
MoneySuperMarket’s expert view
Supers awards – Best Sports TV Provider (image)
Sky took home the coveted Best Sports TV Provider award at the 2015 MoneySuperMarket awards and it’s not too hard to see why.
Across Sky Sports you can enjoy 126 Premier League games, Rugby Union and Rugby League as well as US sports such as the NFL and NBA.
Sky also has a dedicated F1 channel Sky Sports F1 showcasing the very best of the sport with dedicated coverage of practice, qualifying and of course the races themselves.
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