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Should I get a broadband and TV bundle?
Combining your broadband and TV packages into one bundle can come with benefits you might not get if you took each service out individually. For example, when you bundle broadband and TV, perks might include:
- A better price, as providers sometimes offer discounts if you sign up for multiple products
- Free extras, such as cashback, vouchers, or gadgets like laptops and tablets, as an incentive for joining
- It’s usually simpler to manage, as you’ll only have one bill and one point of contact for all the services in the bundle
However there are also some points to consider before making your decision:
Do you watch a lot of TV? If you aren’t a big TV watcher, if or you usually just stream from services like Amazon Prime or Netflix, a TV package might not be necessary for you. Consider standalone broadband rather than spending money on something you don’t need.
Are you happy with fewer options? There aren’t as many providers on the market that offer both TV and broadband – so you’ll be restricted to only a few options.
Do you think you might want to switch in the future? If at any point you want to switch to a different broadband or TV provider, the process might be more complicated – and you could end up paying over the odds.
Can I get a bundle with broadband, TV, and landline?
Yes, most popular providers – including Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, EE, Vodafone, Plusnet, NOW TV – offer broadband, phone and TV deals. Sometimes the TV package will come from a different provider, as in the case of TalkTalk, which offers an Apple TV box with some of its packages.
Most broadband deals come with line rental included, as it is usually how the connection is delivered to your home. You’ll even be able to add extras to your line rental deal, such as:
- Free evening and weekend calls
- Free monthly minutes
- International calls
- Premium calls
- Mobile phone calls
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Can I get broadband and TV without a telephone line?
On the flip side, it’s much harder to find a broadband and TV deal that comes without line rental. You’ll most likely need to find standalone broadband and TV deals separately and make your own package – but most of the time it’s cheaper just to take a broadband and landline deal.
Data collected by Lightspeed/Mintel in January 2019, accurate as of May 2019
What to look out for with broadband deals
When you’re comparing deals that include broadband, there are a few aspects that you should pay attention to so you can get the best deal for your money:
- Download speed: One of the most important factors to consider is the speed of your internet connection. If you’re a heavy internet user – for example, if you stream HD video or play games online – you’ll likely need faster broadband. Fibre optic broadband can reach speeds of 30-40Mbps, but it will probably cost you more.
- Download limit: You should also think about the limit placed on your connection. Again if you’re often online you might prefer unlimited downloads, a common option with many providers. However if you’re a light user you could save a few quid on a tariff with a download limit.
- Availability: Some providers may only offer certain types of connections in some areas across the UK. This is why we ask for your postcode to check your area: it lets us show you the best and cheapest connections available where you are, making it easier to find the right deal.
- Equipment: Some broadband tariffs might need you to have certain equipment in order to set up a connection, perhaps a new phone line or a new router. It’s possible you’ll have to pay for the hardware yourself, which can offset the savings you make by switching, but many companies provide it for free – while some can also charge a fee for setting up the connection.
- Freebies: You might find that some offers come with free gifts or incentives such as vouchers or cashback – though these probably won’t affect the quality of the connection you get.
- Customer support: As frustrating as it can be when the internet goes down, having a good customer support agent can be a big help while you wait. Reading customer reviews online can give you an insight into what it’s really like being with a given provider, so you know what to expect when you need assistance.
- Contract length: Keep in mind what kind of contract you want to sign when you take out a broadband deal – providers can offer anything from a monthly rolling agreement to a one- or two-year contract.
- Cost: Possibly the most important thing to consider is the price you’ll pay for your broadband connection. Faster speeds and unlimited downloads are likely to raise the price, but comparing your options can always help you find the best available deal.
Data collected by Lightspeed/Mintel in January 2019, accurate as of May 2019
What to look out for with TV deals
If you want to get the most out of your TV package, you should know what you want from it.
Different providers will offer different bundles of channels, such as kids' channels, for example. and in many cases, you’ll be able to choose specific channels or sets of channels to add to your subscription. Other factors you might consider include:
- Whether you can record, pause, or rewind live TV
- If you have access to on-demand shows or movies
- Can you access TV on other devices, such as a laptop, tablet or mobile
Some of the most popular broadband providers in the UK are Sky, Virgin Media and BT.
What types of TV package are there?
You can get TV in your home in four ways:
- Satellite: This requires a satellite dish installed on the outside of your home – a service only offered by Sky
- Cable: This features an underground cable which brings your TV signal – only offered by Virgin Media
- Internet TV: This is how services like Sky, Virgin, and BT offer their on-demand television
- Streaming: Services such as Netflix, Prime, or iPlayer offer content through smart TVs, games consoles and other devices
What channels can I get with my broadband and TV deal?
Some channels are available through a variety of providers, while you can only get others from one specific provider. For example:
- BT Sports: BT Sports is available through BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and Plusnet, though the price you’ll pay to add it will vary depending on the provider. You can also get BT Sports on your mobile phone if you’re with EE
- Sky Sports: You can add Sky Sports channels through Sky, BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, while you can also subscribe to NOW TV – an on-demand service operated by Sky – that lets you pay on a monthly rolling contract
- Sky Cinema: As with Sky Sports, you can access Sky’s movie packages through their own service as well BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and NOW TV
- Sky Atlantic: Sky Atlantic is only available through Sky and its streaming service NOW TV – and even then, you’ll only get the full 1080p picture quality directly through Sky
Compare cheap broadband and TV deals
Comparing broadband and TV deals with MoneySuperMarket is the easiest way to find a cheaper bundle deal, whether you’re looking for a fibre-optic connection for HD streaming or a Sky Sports package for next season’s Premier League. Just tell us your postcode and a bit about what you want from your broadband and TV deal and we’ll show you a list of deals available in your area.
You’ll be able to compare them by download limits and speeds, cost, and any freebies that might be included in the overall deal. And, of course, you can compare cheap broadband deals. Once you’ve found the one you want, just click through to the provider to finalise your purchase.
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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.