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Why choose a fibre broadband and TV package?
Fibre broadband and TV packages are full of good stuff.
In a nutshell: you get fast broadband, you get better telly, and by combining the two into one package from a single provider, you get access to special bundling deals that can save you a bit of cash.
In fact, if you want a broadband and TV package – or just want to use your broadband to stream TV shows and films via apps, a smart TV, Apple TV, or laptop – we’d strongly recommend picking fibre optic broadband. The extra speed and bandwidth means less buffering, faster loading times, and you can easily stream even 4K video without disturbing the rest of the household’s internet connections.
And the best way to get it is with a fibre and TV bundle.
Fibre optic broadband gives you nice fast internet. Depending on which provider and package you choose, speeds can vary from a decent 30Mbps all the way up to an incredible 1Gbps (1,000Mbps). In comparison, standard (ADSL) broadband is around 10Mbps.
Pay-TV packages give you just that bit extra on your telly. You can pick a mega package from Sky or Virgin Media to get hundreds of extra channels; BT TV or TalkTalk TV for a basic set top box with Freeview and added features (such as catch-up TV); or a plug-in device from your broadband provider that gives you easy access to dozens of streaming apps. Plus, they’re a great way to get Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, and BT Sport on your TV.
Can I get fibre broadband and TV in my area?
If you can get fibre optic broadband in your area, you can definitely get a fibre and TV bundle.
And since fibre reaches most of the population these days – whether that’s on the BT-affiliated Openreach network or through Virgin Media – there’s a great chance you can get it where you are.
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If you can’t get fibre where you are… then your next best option is to get Sky TV with its standard ADSL broadband. Since Sky TV is delivered via satellite, it’s available just about everywhere, and you don’t need fast internet to get it.
Another option is to pick standard broadband plus a basic TV package – one that gives you a TV box or device with access to streaming apps. You can get bundles like this from BT, EE, Now, TalkTalk, and Vodafone.
Which providers offer fibre broadband and TV packages?
The providers that currently offer fibre broadband and TV bundles are:
The best of the lot are Sky and Virgin Media. Both offer hundreds of channels with nice fast broadband.
Sky has the most TV channels, including the Sky suite with Sky Atlantic. Meanwhile, Virgin Media has the fastest widely available broadband in the country – clocking speeds up to an average of 630Mbps on its most power-packed bundle.
The other providers work a little differently. You can get fibre broadband, plus a set top box or plug-in device (e.g. Apple TV) that gives you access to extra apps and services – such as iPlayer, 4OD, and of course Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and Now passes if you have a subscription.
Bear in mind that you may have to pay extra to watch those apps if you aren’t already a subscriber.
Sources and methodology
*Based on average monthly bill of £32.69 from nationally representative sample (1000) vs cheapest monthly cost for superfast broadband (>55Mbs), Vodafone £22/m. Annual saving £128.28.