Sky TV isn’t cheap. But it shows more Premier League games than any other broadcaster and its movie channels get blockbusters first too. We take a close a look at what Sky TV and broadband bundles have got to offer.
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What can I get from Sky TV?
Sky’s range of content is perhaps the broadest in the UK and takes in its array of Sky Sports, Sky Entertainment and Sky Cinema channels, as well as the likes of Fox HD, Comedy Central and Gold and SYFY.
Customers have the option to add Netflix and BT Sport too, for even more sport.
For the kids, there’s Disney+ (available for a separate monthly charge), as well as an extensive range of children’s channels that you can sign up for with the Sky Kids add-on.
Sky Q supports multi-room viewing, so you can watch in an additional room for an extra monthly charge, and lets you watch in Ultra HD when you sign up for the UltraHD + HD add-on.
And finally, the Sky Go app, which is free to all TV customers, and means you can watch Sky TV on a PC, smartphone, tablet or games console.
What channels can I get with Sky TV?
Sky’s TV service has perhaps the broadest range of content of any UK pay-TV broadcaster. These are sold in the form of ‘packs', that you can add and subtract the content on a monthly basis.
Here’s a snapshot of what its main packs have got to offer:
Sky Sports comprises 11 dedicated sports channels. Highlights include:
- Up to six Premier League games per week (146 per season)
- Every F1 race, as well as qualifying
- The Carabao Cup, EFL and Scottish Premiership
- NBA and NFL live games
- Premier League darts
- Every golf major and The Ryder Cup
Sky Q customers can add BT Sport by signing up for a Monthly Pass for an additional monthly charge. Passes operate on a rolling-contract basis, so you’re free to cancel at any time with 30 days’ notice.
- Live Premier League games
- Live Champions League and Europa League games
- Live Premiership Rugby and Heineken Champions Cup
- Boxing, UFC and WWE
- Moto GP races
Comprising a suite of 11 channels, Sky’s Cinema channels principally airs blockbusters, but you’ll find a selection of independent films and world cinema too.
There’s a new premiere every day, as well as thousands of on-demand movies to choose from.
Adding Sky Kids gets you 11 children's channels, including Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, as well as 4,500 episodes to watch on-demand.
But it’s worth noting that the launch of Disney+ means the Sky Kids add-on no longer includes Disney channels.
All Sky Kids customers also get the Sky Kids app for no extra charge. Available for iPads, iPhone and Android devices, it enables kids to watch on the move and access educational shows and games too.
Parental controls enable you to control what your kids see and set time limits.
Disney+ and Netflix
You can add Disney+ and Netflix to your package on a one-month rolling contract basis. And you’ll get the convenience of a single bill.
What are the alternatives to Sky TV?
Like Sky, BT has flexible add-ons and an enviable array of sport. But its YouView box doesn’t have the same breadth of features as Sky Q.
Notably absent, for instance, is the option to seamlessly pause-and-resume shows on different screens around the home.
And BT’s YouView box is second best when it comes to recording capabilities too.
The highest-end Sky Q boxes can record up to six channels, while watching a seventh.
BT’s YouView, however, only allows you to record two channels, while you watch a third.
However, BT is a bit cheaper. Which may swing things for you. And, of course, unlike Sky with BT there’s no need to install a satellite dish to get its TV service.
Virgin Media’s TV 360 box is closer to the Sky Q box. And offers similar pause-and-resume TV functionality on sets around your home.
In stark contrast to Sky, Virgin Media doesn’t offer any TV channels of its own.
But you can sign up for add-ons to get Sky Sports, Sky Movies, BT Sport and Netflix. So you won’t be denied the opportunity to watch premium content.
Another way of getting Sky Sports, Entertainment and Cinema channels is to sign up for NOW TV passes.
These are one-month passes that you can sign up for irrespective of your internet provider and get you access to Sky TV channels on a no-contract basis.
What are the pros and cons of Sky TV?
Not sure if Sky TV is right for you? We’ve outlined all its key selling points, as well as what’s not so good about Sky TV, below.
- Sky Sports airs more live Premier League games than anyone else
- Sky Cinema generally gets movie premieres before other broadcasters
- Sky Q may well be the best set top box on the market
- Excellent selection of channels
- Wide range of on-demand box sets and films to choose from
- Option to add Netflix and Disney+
- Easy to add and subtract TV channels from your package via monthly passes
- Widely available across the country
- You need a satellite dish. Which may rule you out if you live in a block of flats
- Sky Sports no longer shows Champions League and Europa League games
- Sky TV is more expensive and less flexible than getting Sky content with NOW TV passes
How do I switch to Sky?
Switching to Sky is very easy. Especially if you’re switching from BT, EE, Vodafone, TalkTalk and most other household-name providers.
All you need to do is sign up to a Sky broadband and TV bundle. Sky will then handle the switch in its entirety.
That means it’ll inform the supplier you’re leaving that you’re moving to Sky. And it’ll co-ordinate your services’ start and end dates, so you’re not left without broadband at any time.
The process is a bit more complicated if you’re switching to Sky from Virgin Media.
In this case, your first step is to sign up to Sky and then call Virgin Media to tell them you’d like to cancel.
You’ll also be responsible for co-ordinating the end date for your Virgin Media service and the start date for Sky.
Can I watch Netflix on Sky?
You can. You can sign up for the Sky Ultimate TV add-on, which operates on a rolling-contract basis. Or if you prefer you can get a standalone Netflix subscription.