Everything you need to know about Sky

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Thinking about taking Sky Broadband? Here’s what’s on offer and what you need to know.

Sky broadband uses BT’s Openreach network to deliver its standard ADSL and superfast fibre broadband products.

But what really sets Sky apart is its TV and content offerings.

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  • Broadband Unlimited
    £50 Prepaid Mastercard®
    • Average speed* 11Mbps
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £18.00 per month
    12 month contract
  • Sky Entertainment + Broadband Unlimited
    Sky Q box
    • Average speed* 11Mbps
    • £39.95 up-front costs
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £35.00 per month
    18 month contract
  • Fibre Unlimited
    £50 Prepaid Mastercard®
    • Average speed* 36Mbps
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £25.00 per month
    18 month contract
  • Sky Entertainment + Fibre Unlimited
    Sky Q box
    • Average speed* 36Mbps
    • £39.95 up-front costs
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £40.00 per month
    18 month contract
  • Sky Fibre Max
    £50 Prepaid Mastercard®
    • Average speed* 63Mbps
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £30.00 per month
    18 month contract
  • Sky Entertainment + Fibre Max
    Sky Q box
    • Average speed* 63Mbps
    • £29.95 up-front costs
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £45.00 per month
    18 month contract

*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time (8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

So what does Sky broadband offer?

ADSL Broadband Yes
Fibre Optic Broadband Yes
Calls packages Yes
TV Yes (via the SkyQ box)
Mobile Phones Yes
BT Sport Yes
Sky Sports Yes

ADSL Broadband

Sky offers ADSL broadband – sometimes referred to as standard broadband.

This is currently the most popular and widely available type of broadband in the UK, reaching speeds of up to 17Mbps per second. Whether you’re streaming a movie or downloading a photo album, broadband speed determines how fast this can happen.

ADSL broadband is transmitted through standard copper telephone cables meaning that the further you are from your local telephone exchange the slower speed you will receive.

Fibre Optic Broadband

Sky offer a range of fibre products offerings speeds of up to 38Mbps to 76Mbps, you can also choose between 25GB or unlimited data usage.

As this type of broadband is transmitted through fibre optic cables your distance from the telephone exchange doesn’t matter nearly as much as with traditional ADSL broadband, as such you’re much more likely to get speeds closer to those advertised.

Sky Fibre is great for those who want to do data intensive activities such as streaming high quality video (Netflix, YouTube), those who game online or those who have multiple users logged on at any one time.

Calls package

Sky offer a range of packages available to all customers:

  • Sky Talk Evenings and Weekends Extra
  • Sky Talk Anytime Extra
  • Sky Talk International Extra
  • Pay as you talk

Sky line rental features also include Caller display and automatic number withold. Add Sky 1571 voicemail from £1.25 a month.

TV

This is where Sky really comes into its own. Enjoy new big screen drama every month on Sky Atlantic. Plus, you can record and store more with Sky Q. The next generation box.

Choose from 3 TV bundles – Original, Variety or Box Sets with the option of adding Sports, Movies, and Cinema plus Sky Q Multiscreen.

Mobile Phones

Sky offers a range of handsets from Apple, Samsung and Sony plus many others all with flexible contract options.

BT Sport

You don’t need a subscription to BT Broadband to get BT sport channels on your Sky box, simple visit BT.com and sign up for a BT Sport Pack on Sky.

Sky Sports

The full set of Sky Sports channels is available via Sky TV. Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports 5, and Sky Sports F1.

MoneySuperMarket’s expert view

Sky took home the coveted Best Sports TV Provider award at the 2015 MoneySuperMarket awards and it’s not too hard to see why.

Across Sky Sports you can enjoy Premier League games, Rugby Union and Rugby League as well as US sports such as the NFL and NBA.

Sky also has a dedicated F1 channel Sky Sports F1 showcasing the very best of the sport with dedicated coverage of practice, qualifying and of course the races themselves.

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