Will you collapse on the couch and sleep it all off? Maybe go to the pub for a couple of Christmas drinks? Or wrestle the remote control off the kids and settle down in front of the television for a couple of hours?
If it’s the latter then you’ll probably want to know what television and broadband deals the three main providers of subscription television, BT Vision, Sky and Virgin Media, are currently offering, as well as some of the highlights are in the festive television schedule.

Here, we explain all you need to know…

BT Vision

The best television and broadband deal BT Vision is currently offering is its TV Essential package which costs just £4 per month for the first three months then £17 per month thereafter.

This gets you a free Vision+ Box, with access to 70 Freeview channels, Catch up TV (including BBC iPlayer), on-demand TV and an option to add Sky Sports 1 and 2.

You also get a BT Home Hub with broadband and download speeds of up to 20Mb as well as unlimited evening and weekend calls to UK landlines.

If you want to have your package installed before Christmas then you’ll have to have placed your order by Friday, December 9 or, if you are an existing BT customer, you can place your order as late as Friday, December 16.

BT’s festive highlights include: The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Bridesmaids and The SpongeBob Christmas Special. Looking beyond the Christmas period, the film highlights for January 2012 are Cowboys and Aliens, Super 8 and Final Destination 5.


Sky is currently offering a free two-month subscription to Sky Movies to new or existing customers who subscribe to their TV, broadband, line rental and unlimited calls package.

From £20 per month, you get a free Sky+ box, which gives you access to more than 200 channels and the ability to pause, rewind and record live TV, as well as free standard set up and a free two month subscription to Sky Movies.

Sky is also offering this as part of an HD package that costs upward of £30.25 per month.

In addition, both packages comes with half price broadband connection which gives you unlimited broadband with up to 20Mb download speed and unlimited evening and weekend calls to UK landlines for just £3.75 for the first six months.

The last install date for these packages is Saturday, December 17 and Sky’s TV exclusives include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One, Black Swan and the highly acclaimed The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth.

Virgin Media

Virgin Media is pushing its TiVo triple offer which is a TV, broadband and phone package that starts from £23 per month.

This package gets you a free TiVo 500GB box, with access to more than 75 channels, and free installation, which will save you around £100. In addition, you get broadband with up to 10Mb download speed and unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin mobiles.

Every Virgin TV customer has free access to the best TV of the last seven days too (from BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Net Player and Virgin1 Player) with Catch-Up TV.

You can watch your favourite TV shows, any time you want, with TV Choice. This is free with Virgin’s TV XL package, or £7 a month any other package.

There are plenty of Christmas specials available through the On Demand service, including classic Christmas gems such as Only Fools and Horses and Gavin&Stacey yuletide specials.

It’s a far cry from the days when all we had to look forward to after the Queen’s speech were re-runs of old James Bond films!

*please note, all subscriptions including broadband and telephone lines are subject to a monthly line rental charge that varies according to provider.

Please note: Any rates or deals mentioned in this article were available at the time of writing.