Combining your broadband service with a TV deal is a popular method of potentially saving cash and dealing with one simple monthly bill. However, before you opt for a broadband and television package, or indeed a broadband, TV and phone deal, you should think carefully about your options.
There are many broadband and television deals on the market, with offers available from the likes of BT, Sky, Tiscali and Virgin Media – and each comes with its own incentives and a variety of products to suit almost any user.
Through most of the providers you will be able to find a broadband speed and download cap that suits your requirements. For example, Virgin Media offers broadband with download speeds up to 2Mb, 4Mb and 20Mb. Once you have found a broadband option that is right for you, think about what you want from the TV aspect of the deal.
For example, do you want digital television? If you're generally happy with terrestrial television (BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, C4 and Five) or you only watch TV on rare occasions then opting for a digital TV deal may not be worth your while.
It's also worth looking into Freeview as boxes can be bought for as little as £20 and there are no monthly subscription fees. By taking out Freeview you will be able to enjoy a number of additional television channels including some of the leading subsidiary programmes from the BBC and ITV.
However, if you do want digital TV then a broadband/TV bundle could prove to be a money saver. Think about what packages you require however, as not all deals will come with the sports, entertainment or movies packages as standard. Shop around and compare the deals available to ensure you're getting the television channels you require without paying over the odds.
Many television packages will offer additional incentives too such as ON DEMAND television.
ON DEMAND is basically a library filled with movies, television shows, music, children's TV and more. By ordering a programme ON DEMAND, it will be stored for you to watch for a set period – usually 24hrs. With various TV bundles, some ON DEMAND packages will be included as standard while with others you will have to pay additional charges each time you use the service – ordering a movie ON DEMAND typically costs between £1.50 and £3.75.
Also due to advancing technology, though services such as Sky Plus and V+, you can now record, pause and rewind live TV. Generally there are additional one-off charges for the installation of these services.
The key to broadband and television bundles is to not just be drawn into the cheapest deal but instead to carefully evaluate how you use both the internet and the television. There's no point paying more for TV channels you will never watch, or services such as ON DEMAND, that you may never use. However, even if you are a basic TV and broadband user there are usually starter packages that meet your needs. Check out our broadband comparison tool to get an overview of what's available.