Sky Digital

Sky Broadband and Talk has the best overall customer service compared with BT, Virgin Media and Talk Talk (Source: Ofcom Report. Dec 2012). There's absolutely no usage limits and Sky's new Switch Squad will help make your switch easy.
Today's best deal - Broadband Unlimited for existing Sky TV customers
  • + £3.75 for 12 months then £7.50.
  • + Unlimited downloads.
  • + Totally unlimited broadband with no usage caps.
  • + Line rental £15.40 a month.
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Digital Television

Broadband and TV

Many broadband providers also offer a digital TV service, with Sky and Virgin Media the two most recognisable. But as our broadband becomes quicker and more reliable, many other providers are able to offer a digital TV service that's delivered via a broadband connection, including the popular on demand services.

The available channels and services do vary from provider to provider and package to package, so it's worth checking the detail on your chosen package to see what's on offer. Check the compare button on our results table for up to five different packages to see what channels are on offer, side-by-side.

Fibre Optic

Often referred to as "superfast broadband", fibre optic offers most UK households the fastest available broadband speeds.

Instead of using the copper telephone network, which is how most ADSL broadband is delivered, superfast is transmitted through fibre optic cables. The signal doesn't degrade using fibre optic cables, which means speeds are much faster. Whereas ADSL can offers speeds of up to 16 Mbps (Megabits per second), we're looking at a minimum of 38 Mbps with fibre.

Virgin Media offers the fastest fibre speeds, in excess of 100 Mbps in some cases and is the widest available provider in the UK at the moment. But Sky, Plusnet, Primus, EE and BT as well as some other providers also offer the service.

Unlimited Broadband

Unlimited means that the broadband you receive at home will have no caps on usage or downloads.

This means that whenever you want to use the internet, for downloading, streaming or just general browsing, you can do so without ever worrying about incurring extra charges.

Some providers have been known to implement traffic management on their networks, meaning that the speed of a user's broadband is controlled during peak times and this could be the case even with unlimited broadband. It's worth checking with your provider for more information on traffic management.

Anytime Calls

If you want to have the cost of local and national landline calls included in your broadband package, click this button. Anytime covers your local and national calls during the daytime, evening and at weekends, which means you won't pay extra on your monthly bill for making calls. However some providers will charge for 0870 and 0845 calls, and international calls will also be charged, so do check the details of the package to see what's included.

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How to understand your usage

Your broadband usage, measured in megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB), can be a puzzling subject to fully understand. It's not easy to be truly accurate with how much broadband you're consuming on a monthly basis.

That's why we've cut through the technical jargon by creating three different types of broadband user. Simply match your activities to one of the user types below:

Light users A single user, or perhaps there's two of you, who like to browse the internet, send emails and maybe download a few songs during the evenings and at weekends. Browsing, email, iTunes
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Packages with 2GB of use or more

Medium users Perhaps you're a small family, or a couple who like to watch iPlayer or catch-up TV a few times a week, on top of the usual website browsing, email sending and occasional Skype calls. iPlayer, Skype
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Packages with 20GB or more

Heavy users You're either a large family or shared household. You like to stream TV or Netflix, perhaps play some online video games and generally enjoy living in a connected world. Steaming TV or Movies, gaming
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Packages with unlimited usage

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How to understand the different broadband speeds

There are three different types of broadband speeds that are available to you when you take out a new deal. These are ADSL, fibre and superfast fibre.

ADSL

ADSL is broadband that's delivered into your house via a telephone line and used by the majority of households in Britain.

These deals offer speeds of up to 16 megabits per second (Mb). ADSL broadband is generally fast enough for you to stream television without too much buffering or pausing and certainly fast enough for day-to-day internet browsing and emailing.

Fibre

Using fibre optic cables to transfer data, you can achieve speeds of up to 38Mb with a fibre broadband connection.

You will happily watch live TV and play online video games with a fibre broadband connection offering minimal delays or lags.

Superfast fibre

Superfast refers to fibre optic broadband connections with speeds over 38Mb.

You may opt for a superfast fibre broadband connection if you require large downloads delivered to you quickly, or were a regular player of online video games that needed a faster than average connection in order to play seamlessly.

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Sky Digital £3.75 for 12 months then £7.50. Broadband Unlimited for existing Sky TV customers Up to 17 Mb per second Unlimited £3.75 Per month + £15.40 line rental Go to site
Online exclusive: £3.75 for 12 months then £7.50.

Package costs

Monthly £7.50
Setup £2.18
Offer  £3.75 for 12 months then £7.50.
1st year cost £47.18
Monthly line rental £15.40
1st year inc. line rental £231.98
Contract length 12 months
 
Sky Digital £25 M&S voucher if you order online. 12m half price, then £10 a month. Broadband Unlimited Up to 17 Mb per second Unlimited £5 Per month + £15.40 line rental Go to site
Online exclusive: £25 M&S voucher if you order online. 12m half price, then £10 a month.

Package costs

Monthly £10.00
Setup Free
Offer  £25 M&S voucher if you order online. 12m half price, then £10 a month.
1st year cost £60.00
Monthly line rental £15.40
1st year inc. line rental £244.80
Contract length 12 months
 
Sky Digital 2x £25 M&S voucher for students. 12m half price, then £10 a month. Broadband Unlimited for students Up to 17 Mb per second Unlimited £5 Per month + £15.40 line rental Go to site
Online exclusive: 2x £25 M&S voucher for students. 12m half price, then £10 a month. 9 days left.

Package costs

Monthly £10.00
Setup Free
Offer  2x £25 M&S voucher for students. 12m half price, then £10 a month.
1st year cost £60.00
Monthly line rental £15.40
1st year inc. line rental £244.80
Contract length 12 months
 
Sky Digital 2x £25 M&S vouchers for students. Standalone Broadband plus NOW TV starter bundle for students Up to 17 Mb per second Unlimited £12.50 Per month + £15.40 line rental Go to site
Online exclusive: 2x £25 M&S vouchers for students. 9 days left.

Package costs

Monthly £12.50
Setup Free
Offer  2x £25 M&S vouchers for students.
1st year cost £150.00
Monthly line rental £15.40
1st year inc. line rental £334.80
Contract length 12 months
 
Sky Digital £75 credits added to your first bill. £16.13 a month for 12m, then £29. The Original Bundle with 12m free Broadband Unlimited Up to 17 Mb per second Unlimited £16.13 Per month + £15.40 line rental Go to site
Online exclusive: £75 credits added to your first bill. £16.13 a month for 12m, then £29.

Package costs

Monthly £29.00
Setup £31.95
Offer  £75 credits added to your first bill. £16.13 a month for 12m, then £29.
1st year cost £150.51
Monthly line rental £15.40
1st year inc. line rental £335.31
Contract length 12 months
 
Sky Digital £75 credits and exclusive £25 M&S voucher for students. £16.13 a month for 12m, then £29. The Original Bundle for students Up to 17 Mb per second Unlimited £16.13 Per month + £15.40 line rental Go to site
Online exclusive: £75 credits and exclusive £25 M&S voucher for students. £16.13 a month for 12m, then £29. 9 days left.

Package costs

Monthly £29.00
Setup £31.95
Offer  £75 credits and exclusive £25 M&S voucher for students. £16.13 a month for 12m, then £29.
1st year cost £150.51
Monthly line rental £15.40
1st year inc. line rental £335.31
Contract length 12 months
 
Sky Digital £25 M&S voucher if you order online. £10 a month for 12m, then £15. Broadband Unlimited plus Anytime calls Up to 17 Mb per second Unlimited £10 Per month + £15.40 line rental Go to site
Online exclusive: £25 M&S voucher if you order online. £10 a month for 12m, then £15.

Package costs

Monthly £15.00
Setup £50.00
Offer  £25 M&S voucher if you order online. £10 a month for 12m, then £15.
1st year cost £170.00
Monthly line rental £15.40
1st year inc. line rental £354.80
Contract length 12 months
 
Sky Digital £75 credits added to your first bill. £21 a month for 12m, then £35.50. The Variety Bundle with 12m free Broadband Unlimited Up to 17 Mb per second Unlimited £21 Per month + £15.40 line rental Go to site
Online exclusive: £75 credits added to your first bill. £21 a month for 12m, then £35.50.

Package costs

Monthly £35.50
Setup £31.95
Offer  £75 credits added to your first bill. £21 a month for 12m, then £35.50.
1st year cost £208.95
Monthly line rental £15.40
1st year inc. line rental £393.75
Contract length 12 months
 
Sky Digital £75 credits added to your first bill. £21.13 a month for 12m, then £34. The Original Bundle with 12m free Broadband Unlimited plus Anytime calls Up to 17 Mb per second Unlimited £21.13 Per month + £15.40 line rental Go to site
Online exclusive: £75 credits added to your first bill. £21.13 a month for 12m, then £34.

Package costs

Monthly £34.00
Setup £50.00
Offer  £75 credits added to your first bill. £21.13 a month for 12m, then £34.
1st year cost £228.56
Monthly line rental £15.40
1st year inc. line rental £413.36
Contract length 12 months
 
Sky Digital Router or other hardware Fibre Unlimited Up to 38 Mb per second Unlimited £10 Per month + £15.40 line rental Go to site
Or call to order
0333 123 6195
Offer: 6m half price, then £20 a month.

Package costs

Monthly £20.00
Setup £50.00
Offer  6m half price, then £20 a month.
1st year cost £230.00
Monthly line rental £15.40
1st year inc. line rental £414.80
Contract length 18 months
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Sky broadband

When it comes to shaking up an industry, Sky could be seen as one of the leaders in the field. Its influence on television and digital services in the UK has been extensive - and now it has taken that super-power status into the world of broadband.

It's no surprise then that Sky broadband has helped to revolutionise what we expect from our internet service and it offers some of the best bundled deals in the market.

In addition, Sky offers its 'See, Surf and Speak' range which allows you to combine broadband, TV and phone services - these are available to people who are willing to sign up to Sky TV.

Who is Sky broadband ideal for?

If you're considering becoming a Sky TV customer you can make massive savings by signing up to one of these Sky broadband deals. The various See, Surf and Speak mixes are huge money savers and are among the most competitive convergence deals around with the bonus of having Sky's complete television service to choose from.

What do you need to get Sky broadband?

  • A compatible BT phone line.
  • PC users: A spare Ethernet port; 100Mb of hard drive space; 64Mb RAM or higher; 133MHz or higher and Windows 2000 or a higher version.
  • Mac users: A spare Ethernet port; a processor - 266MHz Power PC G3 or higher; OS X v10.2.6 (Jaguar) or higher; 128Mb of RAM.

What else does Sky have to offer?

There are lots of extras with Sky broadband including a wireless router worth more than £50, a free 12 months subscription to McAfee internet security suite and dedicated 24/7 support. You can also choose between free self-installation and professional home installation for £50.

Sky broadband is unquestionably one of the leaders in the broadband 'bundle' market. Customers who already have Sky TV have the incentive to add-on broadband at money-saving prices, while non-customers who are interested in Sky can make massive savings by merging all three services (phone, broadband, TV) under one roof. These deals are proof of how far the broadband industry has moved in favour of the consumer.