Sky Broadband Buyers Guide

Pioneers of truly unlimited broadband offering standard and superfast broadband both with and without Sky TV

  • TV options are second to none with Sky Q and Sky Go
  • Truly unlimited broadband available
  • Fibre broadband services available
  • Wide range of combined phone/TV/broadband packages
  • Free access to thousands of Sky Wi-Fi hotspots

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Sky Broadband Essential with Pay as you Talk
£20.00 for 18 months
£25.00 thereafter

£9.95 upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 11Mb average download speed
  • Free McAfee Internet Security
  • Add a Sky Talk package for just £4
  • Free AC-rated Sky Q Hub for 3 times faster connections
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 18 month contract

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Sky Broadband Superfast
£27.00 for 18 months
£32.00 thereafter

£9.95 upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price
  • 59Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Free AC-rated Sky Q Hub for 3 times faster connections
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 18 month contract

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Sky Entertainment with Broadband Essential
£44.50 for 18 months
£58.00 thereafter

£39.95 upfront cost

  • Reduced price broadband and TV for 18 months
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 3 months free Spotify subscription
  • 1TB Sky Q, their best ever TV box!
  • Sky TV with over 300 TV and 40 Catch Up channels
  • Build your perfect TV bundle with add ons from £5 a month!
  • Free AC-rated Sky Q Hub for 3 times faster connections
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • 18 month contract

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Reasons to choose Sky

  • Fibre packages available - Broadband Superfast has speeds averaging 59Mb
  • Truly unlimited broadband -  with no caps or traffic management
  • Fixed price guarantee - 24 month price guarantee on select TV + broadband deals
  • Large range of TV packages - virtually anyone can get TV from Sky as it's supplied by satellite and doesn't depend on cable or broadband speed
  • Sky Q box - all new Sky TV customers get the industry-leading Sky Q box as standard
  • On Demand - catch up on TV you've missed, or choose from a large selection of TV box sets and movies
  • Sky Go - watch the channels available on your TV subscription on tablets, Xbox, laptops and phones where there is a broadband, wireless or 4G connection available
  • Free wi-fi for Sky Broadband customers - unlimited wi-fi in popular high street locations around the UK
  • Customer satisfaction - Sky has one of the lowest customer complaint levels in Ofcom's quarterly broadband, telecoms and TV complaint reports and has been reported as having the highest or joint highest broadband customer satisfaction level out of the 'big 5' providers since 2009

Possible downsides

  • Standard broadband not available outside of Sky network areas - although Sky's network does cover more than 90% of UK homes
  • No standalone broadband available - you can take Sky Broadband without TV, but phone line rental must be paid on all packages
  • No short contracts - standard contracts are 18 months with no shorter options available
  • Satellite dish needed for TV packages - not for the aesthetically-conscious, though Sky dishes are as discrete as such things can be

Features at a glance

  • 11Mb average download speeds and 0.8Mb average upload speeds outside fibre areas, Fibre Max averages 59Mb downloads and 18Mb average upload

  • 12 month contracts as standard, 18 months for TV

  • Download allowances are truly unlimited

  • Free activation for standard broadband, £50 for fibre, often discounted during promotions

  • 24 hour technical support

  • McAfee Internet Security Suite, free for 12 months for three PCs

  • AC-rated Sky Q Hub broadband router, £9.95 delivery charge applies

  • TV options are unrivalled in both content and features, including Ultra HD through the 2TB Sky Q box

  • Phone service included

  • Unlimited free wi-fi in popular high street locations around the UK

2.9 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 14269 customer ratings since 2018-06-19. See more Sky customer ratings and reviews.

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Sky Broadband Essential with Pay as you Talk More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + no activation fee online!
Add a Sky Talk package to your order from just £5 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£250 £20.00
£25.00 after 18 months

£9.95 upfront cost

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0800 083 2414
Sky Broadband Essential with Pay as you Talk (Existing Sky TV Customers) More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price!
Add a Sky Talk package to your order from just £4 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£250 £20.00
£25.00 after 18 months

£9.95 upfront cost

Go to site

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0800 083 2414
Sky Broadband Superfast More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + no activation fee online!
Add a Sky Talk package to your order from just £5 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
59Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£334 £27.00
£32.00 after 18 months

£9.95 upfront cost

Go to site

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0800 083 2414
Sky Entertainment with Broadband Essential More Info

Special offer: Reduced price broadband and TV for 18 months + 3 months free Spotify subscription + Sky Q, their best ever TV box!
Build your perfect bundle with add ons from £5 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
11Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£574 £44.50
£58.00 after 18 months

£39.95 upfront cost

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Sky Entertainment with Broadband Superfast More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price fibre and Sky TV + 3 months free Spotify subscription + Sky Q, their best ever TV box!
Build your perfect bundle with add ons from £5 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
59Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£658 £51.50
£72.99 after 18 months

£39.95 upfront cost

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Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for Sky.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.9 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.2 stars
  • Speed
    2.5 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 14269 customer ratings since 2018-06-19

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

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I used Sky for four months after returning from abroad (my lodger chose them). Service was patchy, intermittent, with daily drop outs. I was with another provider previously for four years and never had any of these problems.
Now I'm switching to a new provider the Sky customer service don't seem to know their aszes from their elbows. Different stories, conflicting info. Had to give up on the first provider I tried to go with as the order was rejected because of the mess made by Sky not closing the line properly. And I missed out on their deal. With the new provider, Sky ceased two days ago and the new provider cannot provision the line because Sky have not done their job properly. If the order fails again then my new provider will have to send an engineer meaning in total it will take up to three weeks for me to get back online due to Sky's total incompetence. I have recently become self employed so three weeks offline is damaging my income potential. My verdict? Avoid like the plague. Hideously overpriced too, for such shoddy customer service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cardiff Sky  
Broadband speed has never been good but is worse than ever now. Every speed test I do tells me my speed is slow or line not stable. Downloads take forever, streaming buffers.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sheffield Sky  
Thank you for your service and thank you to the technician that went above and beyond! This equals a 9 or 10

Thank you again,
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
London Sky  
one of the worst internet providers, one of the most slowest download and upload speeds, HORRIBLE ping even with an ethernet cable. never buy from this provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
UK Sky  
Sky set up our new internet today. The so called engineer said it's all live and up and running. I checked immediately and it wasn't connected to the internet. Sky customer services say the whole area is down!!!! We no because my neighbors internet isn't down.

So basically if your considering using sky remember you will have to wait a months for installation and then another month for the original installation to be fixed, and every time you call customer services they will say it's an area issue weather it is or isn't.

So I will be cancelling immediately and using another internet provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Islington Sky  
ive just come off holiday and had a better internet connection! very poor download speeds and even worse when using sky tv because you have to download shows to watch them unlike virgin! the range on the wifi is the worst ive ever experienced! it dont reach my bedroom or my garden! in summery i wish i stayed with virgin, but the price was good so i thought it was worth a try.. i was wrong
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
birmingham Sky  
Utter rubbish.

Took ages to be set up and running. WiFi had a poor range and kept cutting out, kept having to restart the router.

Moved house, asked for Sky to move with us. They took 2 weeks to connect - which failed, then told me they need to cancel it which would take 10 days, and another 2 weeks to restart my order.

I told them I work from home and NEED internet. They had nothing to say.

I cancelled it entirely and went with Virgin who connected me within 72 hours.

On my 5th week from moving house, Sky email me with a bill and tell me my broadband is up and running. Even though I cancelled it. They then emailed me and told me they sent a cancellation email by mistake - I didn't receive a cancellation email.

I then went on holiday - Sky said my phone would be fine to work abroad. It wasn't. Not for 48 hours.

Upon my return home, my account still has active broadband and a bill to pay. I've had to get in touch about 7 times in the last 48 hours to try and get to the bottom of this, being transferred all over the place to different people, explaining everything over and over again. Getting nowhere.

Avoid. Utterly useless. Poor service. Terrible customer support. Rubbish WiFi. Slow, useless, pointless. Go with Virgin instead.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Devon Sky  
Dear Sir/Madan
I wanted to say thanks for such a great customer cervice. The person I had a conversation with over the phone, was the the most helpful and the most polite person I ever met. Thanks for the great service. Margarita (have been with you for more then 5 years, never had an issue.) THANKS FOR THE GREAT SERVICE.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Chelmsford Sky  
This is very bad broadband service anyone can have.
The customer services is really terrible.
They are only interested when they are selling their services and products.
Once you sign the contract they don’t care their customers and their products is working or not.
When you complain instead of helping you they are trying to sell more things.
So you’re always paying them without getting any services.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Sky  
Shocking!!!! A bunch of cowboys, will rob you. Ignore your calls and emails. Refuse to refund to give you quoted price. Always blame the customer. I have to accept I will never get back the mo ey overcharged unless I pay to go to a small claims court. Should not be allowed to operate in the UK. JOKERS
Southampton Sky  

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Are broadband bundles or standalone deals right for you?

Posted on 2019-04-11 14:01 in Features EE Hyperoptic TalkTalk NOW Broadband BT Sky Virgin Media

Is it better to get your broadband, TV and phone services as part of a single bundle from the same provider, or should you shop around for the best standalone deals?

Is it simply a question of convenience versus flexibility? And does one work out cheaper than the other?

Let's take a look.

What kind of bundles can you get?

There are three types of broadband bundle. Where providers offer more than one you might see them described as triple or quad-play providers.

Broadband and call bundles

Most broadband services need you to have a traditional phone line, the price of which will be included in your broadband bill. Many providers - even some of the smaller ones - make the most of this requirement by offering you a call plan as part of a bundle. You can add off-peak, Anytime or International calls for a few extra pounds a month. If you don't add a plan the price for any calls you make just gets added to your bill.

Even some providers who don't require a landline will still offer you call bundles, and that can work out cheaper even if you don't intend to use them. For example, Virgin Media's broadband with phone options are cheaper than just standalone broadband for the offer introductory period of. After this, it goes up by £2 a month, but you always have the option of ditching the phone portion at the end of your minumum contract, or some people might consider the extra £2 worth it for extra piece of mind in an emergency. Of course, this isn't always the case, as with Hyperoptic who charge more for a phone bundle than they do for a standalone product. But it's worth investigating to see whether a potential provider requires a landline or not, and if you can make a saving by getting calls bundled in.

Broadband and TV bundles

Broadband and TV bundles are the next most common types of deal. These are generally restricted to the bigger name providers like Sky or BT, and can give you access to premium TV channels that show Premier League football or the latest movies. But beware, they aren't all like this. Some TV bundles, such as the basic TalkTalk or Virgin TV deals, don't offer many more channels than you can get with Freeview. You get a set-top box that lets you record or pause shows, but doesn't include any pay TV channels unless you choose to upgrade. Take a look at our guide on the cheapest ways to get pay TV for the full lowdown.

Broadband and mobile bundles

The other type of deal you can get is a broadband and mobile bundle. Again, these are rarer. Your options are split into two groups: either money off your bill, or a bonus added to your mobile plan, usually in the form of a bigger data allowance. The good thing about the latter is that you can add it to an existing plan if you're already a customer, without needing to take out a new deal.

How do the prices compare?

So how do the prices of bundles compare to buying all your services separately? And do they work out cheaper? Well, it's complicated. When you compare like-for-like services, bundles will usually give you a decent saving. But if you're willing to make compromises on what you need, they might not be the best option.

Here's an example. Let's say you want to sign up to Sky TV.

As of April 2019 you can get Sky Entertainment with 63Mb Fibre in a bundle from Sky for £42 a month. By contrast, if you took the cheapest fibre deal with an average 63Mb speed, from TalkTalk, plus the same Sky Entertainment package from Sky it would cost you a total of £47 a month. It's the same story for different speed broadband, and when you add more TV channels the gap increases further.

Bundles are cheaper when you compare like-for-like services. But - and there's always a but - it isn't quite as simple as that.

If you take that 63Mb TalkTalk Fibre plan and add a NOW TV Entertainment Pass instead of the Sky subscription, the monthly price plummets to just £33. In fact, add the NOW TV plan to Sky Fibre and it works out £7 a month less than the Sky bundle.

What gives? The important thing here is to compare the small differences in the services you're getting. NOW TV is cheaper and gives you the same channels you get through Sky, but it's also a far less premium service. You can't use it to record shows, access red button services, watch 4K broadcasts, or plenty of other things.

In summary: if you want the full monty, a bundle will almost always be cheaper. But if you're willing to shave off some of the extras, you might be able to make savings by buying separately.

Are bundles right for you?

Money aside, the big selling point of bundles is convenience. A bundle gives you one contract, one bill, and one customer service department to deal with. In most cases you'll be able to renew at the same time, too. And you could argue that getting all your services from the same provider will give you more leverage when it comes to negotiating the best deal. The more you pay, the keener they'll be to keep you.

But buying standalone deals has its merits, too. You get more choice, for a start, since there aren't many triple or quad-play broadband providers. And more flexibility, which lets you pick up a faster broadband package than your chosen TV provider can offer, for example. Plus, there's the possibility of taking shorter deals. Sky TV comes with an 18 month contract, Virgin 12 months, and NOW TV just 30 days.

Call plan bundles are the easiest to decide upon. Lots of us don't even have phones plugged into our landlines anymore, so don't need them. But if you make a lot of landline calls - especially international calls - then go for it.

For TV, make sure you know what you want before you sign up. For the full pay-TV experience a Sky or Virgin Media bundle will work out cheaper. If you just want a few extra channels, like from NOW TV or the handful of premium channels offered by BT, a standalone deal might actually work out better.

And as for mobile, keep an eye out for indirect savings. Sky TV customers, for instance, are automatically eligible for unlimited free calls and texts, which means they only need to pay for a data plan. The cheapest they offer is just £6 a month - almost certainly less than you're paying at the moment. EE give 5GB of mobile data to their broadband customers each month. This won't show as a saving on your broadband bill, but is likely to enable you to switch to a much cheaper mobile plan and make your savings there instead.

The main thing is to know what you need and how much it will cost you separately. The you can compare it to how much an equivalent bundle will set you back. Use our comparison tool to find your perfect broadband bundle to get started.

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Broadband compensation

Automatic compensation for loss of broadband service goes live from today

Posted on 2019-04-01 16:56 in News TalkTalk Zen Plusnet BT EE Sky Vodafone Virgin Media Hyperoptic

A new voluntary code introduced by Ofcom goes into effect today. This scheme means that the broadband providers who have signed up will have to reimburse customers in the event of their broadband or landline phone service being down for longer than two days. Here's what you need to know.

The compensation you can expect

  • Delayed repair following loss of service - if a fault takes longer than two days to fix, you can expect £8 for each day after that period that your broadband is not repaired
  • Missed appointments - if the engineer does not turn up or your appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours of notice, you can expect £25 per missed appointment
  • Delays with the start of a new service - if your broadband does not go live on the agreed date, you can expect £5 for each day of delay, including the missed start date

Homes and small to medium businesses who choose to use residential broadband are eligible for compensation on this scheme, and you should only need to report the fault for compensation to be paid out automatically.

To qualify for compensation, faults must not be of your own making (for example, your problem is down to your own wiring and equipment, you shove a spade through a vital cable on your property, or you're not at home for an engineer visit). You're also due compensation in the event of extreme weather causing problems and third-party incidents that contribute to the delay of repairs.

The providers taking part

Originally BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Zen signed up to the agreement back when it was proposed in 2017. Since then EE, Hyperoptic, Plusnet and Vodafone have also signed up, accounting for more than 95% of broadband and landline customers in the UK. While most of these providers will be participating in this scheme from today, Hyperoptic and Vodafone will start automatic compensation later this year, and EE should be ready to do so next year.

Find more information in Ofcom's press release.

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Sky Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Sky right for you?

Can I get Sky Broadband?

Although Sky are known for their satellite TV service, they don't offer satellite broadband. Their broadband comes through a BT phone line like most other providers.

Sky’s low cost broadband network is the second largest (third if you count BT), available to more than 90% of the UK population as of 2015. Sky’s fibre optic broadband service uses the Openreach fibre optic network and is therefore available anywhere fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) broadband has been enabled. This is currently available to over 94% of UK households, including all but the most remote rural areas.

You can check to see if you live in Sky’s network or fibre network area with our postcode checker.

What packages are available?

Sky offer two core packages catering to different speed and download requirements. You can customise them by adding your choice of TV bundles, as well as landline and mobile calls.

There is one standard broadband package and one fibre option:

  • Sky Broadband Essential - totally unlimited standard broadband with speeds averaging 11Mb, on an 18 month contract
  • Sky Broadband Superfast - a high-end fibre service with speeds averaging 59Mb on an 18 month contract. Usage is totally unlimited

Sky Broadband Superfast comes with a speed guarantee. When you sign up you'll be told the minimum speed you should be able to get. If your service falls below that speed during the first 30 days you can claim your money back on that first month, as well as any setup costs you paid. You'll also be given the option to switch to the next best fibre package - most likely one of the 36Mb deals. Alternatively, you can cancel with no charge. Visit Sky for more information on the Sky Broadband Superfast Speed Guarantee.

All packages come with a Sky Talk calls plan, which can be upgraded further to include Anytime or International calls. You can also add a mobile plan. As a broadband customer you'll get unlimited free calls and texts with any Sky Mobile data plan.

What TV packages are available?

Sky TV is the UK's leading premium TV provider, with the largest selection of movies and sporting events.

Sky comes into your home via a satellite dish that needs to be installed on your property. You get a 1TB Sky Q box as standard, which allows you to record three shows while watching a fourth. You can upgrade to a 2TB box for extra features, including support for UHD broadcasts and the ability to record five shows at once.

There's on-demand viewing, plus support for watching on your phone or laptop via the Sky Go app. In addition, the Sky Q box lets you watch Netflix on your TV. All Sky TV deals are on a deal of at least 18 months.

The channels are divided into a series of bundles:

  • Entertainment - over 300 channels, including Sky Atlantic, Fox and Gold. This is the base package, and you need to have this in order to take any of the other bundles
  • Cinema - 11 channels split by genre, along with over 1000 movies available on demand
  • Sports -  seven channels dedicated to specific sports, plus a couple of free channels including Sky Sports News. You can select up to three channels at a lower price, on a 31 day rolling contract, or take them all on an 18 month deal
  • Kids -  add 11 channels and 5000 episodes on demand, on a 31 day contract
  • Box Sets - over 400 UK and US TV shows available on demand, on a 31 day contract
  • HD - upgrade your Entertainment channels to HD on a 31 day contract

Entertainment and Cinema are on 18 month contracts, and the price rises when the contract ends. The other channel packages can be had on 31 day rolling deals, but you cannot sign up for these on their own. The Entertainment bundle comes as standard - you have to take it even if you really only want the sports channels, for example. You may also be charged a setup fee in all cases.

Sky Q Multiscreen is also available as an add-on, enabling you to watch your channels and recordings on other TVs in your home as well as on tablet computers. If you have a 2TB Sky Q box then Multiscreen may be requred to unlock some advanced features.

Although Sky is available for most people, having a dish installed may not always be convenient or possible. Sky is expected to roll out dish-less streaming TV services in 2019.

Which package should I choose?

Sky Broadband has something for every level of user, and the packages can be customised to ensure you get exactly what you need.

Your choice of broadband package really depends what speed you require. Faster broadband is more appealing, but there is no need to pay more than necessary, especially when the broadband service is truly unlimited, letting you download, Skype, or game to your heart’s content. If you live near enough to the telephone exchange to get the full benefit, Sky Broadband Essential's average speed of 11Mb is sufficient for these things and you won’t be artificially slowed down at peak hours.

If you want fast and unlimited then take a look at Sky Broadband Superfast, averaging 59Mb. Which you choose depends on the size of your household - whether it's a large family or a student house, for instance - and if they are likely to be streaming, gaming and downloading at the same time.

Once you've chosen your broadband service you can customise it by choosing the Sky Talk bundle you need, if you make lots of landline calls. You can also add your choice of TV bundle. This gets you a 1TB Sky Q box as standard, with the option to upgrade to a more powerful 2TB box offering double the storage, the ability to record more channels and Ultra HD support. See below for full details about the different types of Sky Q box.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How many people will be using your broadband connection?
  • Are you a heavy downloader, do you regularly play online games or do you stream TV and films?
  • Do you want to watch TV on your tablet, or in more than one room?
  • Would the expense of the faster speed of fibre packages worth it for you?
  • Can you find the TV channels you want cheaper elsewhere?

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What do I get when I sign-up?

It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.

  • Sky Go - Sky Go allows you to watch live or on-demand TV while on the move, letting you access your TV subscription anywhere there is a broadband, wireless or 4G connection available. The Sky Go app gives you TV direct to iPhones, iPads or selected Android smartphones, letting you watch live from your mobile device (although be careful if using 4G that you do not exceed your mobile download allowance as streaming TV is bandwidth-intensive). Essentially, you get to take your TV with you… without even needing an actual television.
  • Sky Q Hub - The 802.11ac wireless router allows up to 64 devices to connect at the same time, and supports both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands for a better and more reliable connection. In practice this means higher connection speeds at longer distances with compatible devices.
  • Sky Q Box - All TV customers receive a Sky Q box. The standard option - a 1TB box - allow you to record up to three shows simultaneously, while watching a fourth. It has enough space to record 500 hours of standard definition TV, and has full Multiscreen support (for an extra fee). There's also the option to upgrade to a 2TB box for an extra one-off fee. This enables you to record five channels as standard, while watching a sixth, and has support for Ultra HD broadcasts among its extra features. 
  • Sky Wi-Fi - Sky Wi-Fi is available to Sky broadband customers and allows you to use a wireless-enabled device to go online at any Sky hotspot no extra cost. This allows you to go online at thousands of locations including high streets, coffee shops, railway stations, and pubs. This not only allows you a much faster connection than through mobile broadband, but also has no download limit, letting you use The Cloud to access the internet while you wait for your train, or sit down with a large cappuccino (however traffic management and fair usage limits may apply).
  • McAfee Internet Security - Customers signing up to any unlimited Sky broadband package will get a 12 months free trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite to protect their computer from viruses and malware. It can be installed on three PCs.
  • Broadband Shield - Sky's Broadband Shield enables you to control the kinds of content that can be accessed on your network.

What do I get with Sky TV?

With Sky TV you get access to a vast array of TV channels and content, both live and on-demand. It's delivered to your home via a cutting edge Sky Q box.

All customers signing up to Sky TV get a Sky Q box as standard. The basic 1TB box offers many cutting edge features, including:

  • 1TB hard drive - Enough space to store 500 hours of standard definition TV.
  • Record three shows - You can record up to three channels at the same time while watching a fourth.
  • Multiscreen capability - Watch recordings around your home on either a free Sky Q Mini box or your tablet computer, or pause on one device and continue watching on another. Requires additional Sky Q Multiscreen subscription.
  • Mobile device support - The ability to save recordings to a tablet or other mobile device to watch on the go. Available as part of the Sky Q Multiscreen add-on.
  • Wi-Fi hotspot - The Sky Q box and any Mini boxes work as wi-fi hotspots, which can help to improve the wireless signal around your home.
  • Netflix support - You can watch Netflix through your Sky Q box, if you've got a subscription.

The Sky Q Multiscreen feature requires an additional subscription of £12 per month. This provides you with a Sky Q Mini box that connects to another TV in your home (you can add more TVs for a one-off fee of £99 each), and also enables you to stream your recordings to a compatible tablet. You can stream to one tablet at a time with a 1TB Sky Q box, or two tablets if you upgrade to a 2TB box.

If you choose to upgrade to the 2TB Sky Q box you get a number of extra features. As well as the extra storage space - enough for 1000 hours of SD TV - you can record five shows while watching a sixth. You can also watch Ultra HD broadcasts - although you do need to take out the Sky Q Multiscreen subscription to unlock this - and you get an innovative Sky Q Touch Remote powered by Bluetooth. The 1TB box gets a standard IR remote.

The monthly price is the same whichever box you choose, but the 2TB model increases installation costs to £75 if you take Multiscreen, or £199 without. By contrast, you pay a £20 installation fee for the 1TB box. In either case you won't actually own the box - you keep it for as long as you maintain your subscription. This also applies to the Sky Q Hub.

Once you have subscribed to the Sky TV service you get access to all of your chosen channels - including the optional Sky Sports and Sky Cinema - plus a full suite of on-demand services, including:

  • Catch up TV in HD - Catch up on shows you may have missed during the week. Sky has the UK's largest Catch Up TV service, which includes most TV channels and channels in HD.
  • TV Box Sets - Whole seasons of TV shows so you can watch episodes back-to-back and relive your favourites, or catch up on shows that are new to you.
  • Showcase - A selection of the week's best television.
  • Sky Store - There are over 1,000 movies that you can rent through the Sky Store, from as little as 99p.
  • Sky Cinema - Take out a Sky Cinema subscription with your package, and you'll have access to over 800 movies online.

The Sky Q boxes come with wi-fi capability already built in, so you don't need to worry about connecting them to your broadband router with long cables. Once you're connected, it's simple to use by hitting your ‘TV Guide' button and accessing the On Demand features with the red button.

What are the benefits of Sky?

The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.

  • Truly unlimited broadband - Sky offer truly unlimited broadband with not only no monthly download limits, but also no traffic management even at peak times. This lets you download files or play games to your heart’s content without needing to worry about being artificially slowed down, which can be a problem especially in larger households.
  • Sky TV - Sky’s satellite TV service is second-to-none in the range of options it provides, including premium channels such as Sky Sports and Sky Cinema. Even the most basic Sky TV packages offer the exclusive channel Sky Atlantic, UK home of such dramas as Game of Thrones and all HBO original shows, and a range of Sky entertainment channels. No other provider offers as wide a selection of TV channels. The Sky Q box also builds in Multiscreen support (for an additional monthly charge), so you can catch your favourite shows on TVs and tablet computers around your home.
  • Some of the best wi-fi kit available - With the Sky Q Hub, you get one of the most reliable and best performing wireless routers provided with a broadband service. 
  • Reliability and Customer service - Ofcom's Telecoms and Pay TV Complaints Report from January 2019 showed that Sky had the fewest complaints for broadband, landline and TV out of all the major suppliers. Sky have had the highest or joint highest Ofcom reported customer satisfaction levels for broadband (out of the 'big 5' providers) since 2009.
  • Complete entertainment package - Sky’s combined TV/broadband/phone packages allow you to pay for all of your entertainment services together, saving hassle and potentially saving money on getting these individually, especially from different providers. You can add a mobile deal, too.

What are the drawbacks of Sky?

Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.

  • No short contracts - Sky’s contracts have a minimum of 12 months, which can be a problem for those who have short tenancies or do not want the commitment of a year-long contract. The lack of one-month contracts is not necessarily a problem however, as the long contracts can be a plus to those who live in one place and do not wish to renew on a regular basis.
  • Expensive for the full deal - A full Sky TV package can get pretty expensive, especially if you only want to watch certain shows or channels. Check our guide on the best value pay TV services to see if you can get it cheaper elsewhere.
  • Sky Talk line rental required - Unlike with Virgin Media, a phoneline is required to access Sky's standard and fibre broadband products, there's also no option to pay one provider for phone services while taking only broadband from Sky, although Sky TV can be combined with other broadband providers. Sky's combined broadband and line rental packages are competitively priced though, with optional call plans for cheaper calling if required.
  • Many flagship TV features cost more - A number of Sky Q's widely advertised features actually require the additional Sky Q Multiscreen subscription, which adds £12 to your monthly cost. This includes the ability to watch live TV and recordings on tablet computers, where you can stop watching on one device and pick up from the same point on another, and support for watching shows in 4K Ultra HD on a 2TB Sky Q box.
  • Satellite TV can be affected by storms - Viewing and recording of live TV can be negatively affected by heavy rain, although On Demand services will be unaffected. Other TV providers use underground cables or internet streaming to provide TV channels so don't have this limitation. However, most if the time satellite TV will be superior to internet streamed content that may be prone to buffering or drops in quality at peak times.
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