Virgin Media TV bundles pair fast fibre broadband with a highly rated set top box and a very wide range of channels and add-ons. Read on as we take a closer look…
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*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.
What can I get from Virgin Media TV?
Depending on your needs and availability at your address, you can pick from broadband packages that offer speeds of 108Mbps, 362Mbps or 630Mbps.
Virgin Media's core TV and broadband packages are dubbed ‘Big bundles’ and ‘Bigger bundles’. All of which come with the Virgin TV 360 box and the option to add a Mini Box, so you can stream TV on multiple screens around the home and pause shows and continue watching them in another room seamlessly.
All Big bundles and Bigger bundles are available with or without a landline. If you choose to take one, you’ll also get weekend calls.
You can also sign up for Virgin Media calls Oomph bundles, which are more expensive but get you faster speeds.
These also include a Virgin TV 360 box and the option to add a Mini Box (with the exception of the Ultimate Oomph which includes the Mini Box as standard).
Oomph bundles include a Virgin Media SIM card with a monthly allowance of 5GB of data too, as well as a landline with weekend calls.
What channels can I get with Virgin Media TV?
- Big bundle + drama: Includes 135+ channels, with Sky One, Fox and Universal TV among the highlights. You'll also get average speeds of 108Mbps.
- Bigger bundle: Includes 190+ channels. Highlights include BT Sport Ultimate, ESPN, Sky Witness, Sky One and Discovery Channel. Expect average broadband speeds of 362Mbps.
- Bigger bundle + Sports: Includes 195+ channels. Among them are Sky Sports HD, BT Sport channels in 4K, ESPN and Eurosport 1. This'll get you average speeds of 108Mbps.
Think an Oomph package might be more suitable? Here’s a sense of what you get with the most popular Oomph packages:
- Big Oomph bundle + drama: 135+ channels, including Sky One, Fox and Universal TV. Average speeds of 213Mbps.
- Bigger Oomph bundle: 190+ channels, among them are BT Sport Ultimate, ESPN, Sky Witness, Sky One and Discovery Channel. Average speeds of 516Mbps.
- Bigger Oomph bundle + sports: 195+ channels. Gets you Sky Sports HD, BT Sport channels in 4K, ESPN and Eurosport 1, among others. Average speeds of 213Mbps
- Ultimate Oomph bundle: Top of the range offering with 230+ channels, including BT Sport Ultimate in Ultra HD, Sky Cinema HD and Sky Sports channels in HD. Comes with a Mini Box for multi-room viewing. Average speeds of 630Mbps.
What are the alternatives to Virgin Media TV?
Now Broadband or EE TV are cheaper and are really a good bet if you’re looking to keep your costs down. Now Broadband TV bundles are also notably flexible, because you’re able to add themed TV passes and cancel whenever you like with 30 days’ notice.
BT and Sky's TV packages are priced broadly in line with Virgin Media, and offer a similar array of content to choose from.
It's also worth noting that BT’s YouView set top box isn’t anything like as advanced as Virgin Media’s TV 360 box. And unlike Sky’s Q box or Virgin Media’s effort, doesn’t support pause-and-pick-up functionality when you get a multi-room package.
What are the pros and cons of Virgin Media TV?
There’s a lot to recommend Virgin Media TV. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right broadband and TV provider for you. We take a look at all the good and all the bad below…
- Virgin TV 360 box is among the best on the market
- Pause-and-pick shows on multiple screens with Mini 360 add-on for additional fee
- Broadband speeds are also the fastest among household-name providers
- Lots of really good content and plenty of choice
- Option to add BT Sport and Sky Sports channels
- It’s not cheap. But you’re getting a really good service and set top box
- You can’t get Virgin Media TV unless you take Virgin Media broadband too
- Virgin Media broadband is less widely available than the likes of BT and Sky
How do I switch to Virgin Media?
Switching to Virgin Media is a bit more complicated than the process for most switches between the likes of BT, Sky or TalkTalk. But it’s still pretty straightforward. You just need to follow these steps..
- Choose a Virgin Media package and sign up for it through MoneySuperMarket
- Contact your current provider to tell them you’d like to cancel and nominate a day you’d like them to turn off your services
- Contact Virgin Media and arrange for your service to start the same day. That way you’ll get a seamless switchover and you won’t be without a broadband connection at any time.
Can I watch Netflix on Virgin Media?
You can. There’s a Netflix app installed on the older V6 box and the latest Virgin 360 box, which lets you watch Netflix on demand. You can also pay for Netflix as part of your Virgin Media bill, so it’s more convenient and easier to keep track of your outgoings.