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
£22.00 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
  • 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
  • 18 month contract

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Sky Superfast TV Bundle
£39.00 for 18 months
£52.00 thereafter

£29.95 upfront cost

  • Offer 18 months reduced price!
  • 59Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 1TB Sky Q, their best ever TV box!
  • Sky TV with 35 entertainment channels, Sky Atlantic and more
  • 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

  • 18 month contracts as standard

  • Download allowances are truly unlimited

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

  • Support available by phone 8.30am to 9pm, Tweet @SkyHelpTeam 8.30am to 11pm weekdays and 9am to 11pm weekends

  • 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

  • Sky Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.9 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 9380 customer ratings since 2019-07-06. See more Sky customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2020-06-26

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Sky Broadband Essential More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price!
Important: due to COVID-19 any order that requires a new line install will be delayed until 1st of June onwards
Add a Sky Talk package to your order from just £5 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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11Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£274 £22.00
£25.00 after 18 months
Prices may change during this period

£9.95 upfront cost

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Sky Broadband Superfast More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price!
Important: due to COVID-19 any order that requires a new line install will be delayed until 1st of June onwards
Add a Sky Talk package to your order from just £5 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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59Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£334 £27.00
£32.00 after 18 months
Prices may change during this period

£9.95 upfront cost

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0800 083 2414
Sky Superfast TV Bundle More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + Sky Q, their best ever TV box!
Important: due to COVID-19 new line and TV installations will be delayed until 1st of June onwards
Build your perfect bundle with add ons from £5 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

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59Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£498 £39.00
£52.00 after 18 months
Prices may change during this period

£29.95 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
    2.6 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 9380 customer ratings since 2019-07-06

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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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NO STARS - DON'T DESERVE ANY WILL NOT AND WOULD NOT RECCOMEND TO ANYONE

left Virgin for Internet been off more then its on n still charging full price.

Went online ordered new installation of broadband, phone n tv with sky around 16th May paid an upfront fee n was meant to be installed 9th and 10th June 2020. On the 9th openreach didn't show up. 2 weeks of ringing asking why and got given a new date 24th. 24th came n went another no show from openreach. Rang to complain heard excuse after excuse was lied too told 18th someone would come out had had enough wanted to cancel as no apology no compensation offered nothing. I told them im not waiting till 18th when already missed 2 appointments. They managed to move our appointment forward to 2nd (today). Sky rang yesterday saying sorry but it won't be done till 20th now. Said I needed a few days to think about what I want to do. Was scheduled to call me back on Monday but woke up this morning with no Internet at all even virgin had cut it off. So been left with serve them taking too long nearly losing me my sentimental telephone landlines number I have cancelled and lodged a formal complaint with them. But they am full of **** and empty promises that they cant stixk to came even keep to call backs as planned.

I'm a keyworker suffering from anxiety and for the past 4 weeks I ain't been able to enjoy my day off because I've had to make phone call after phone call to be distressed to the point of anxiety attacks n tears.

Disgusting, unreasonable, unreliable ******** strive. Some Colleen said they have never seen an account like this or a new installation to take this long. They told me I have been messed and lied too. Joke..
Halesowen Sky  
Worst company I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with. Most unreliable internet, which cannot be fixed because they possess the absolute worst customer service. If you have another internet provider option, take it. I have never held so much hate in heart for another company.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Sky  
the internet basically only works "normally" about 40% of the time. and by "normally" i mean at 3-ish mbs upload, aka slow. customer service is poor, when called they had no solution. internet drops out for no reason, forces me to manually connect or to manually reset it. takes you to their stupid website when you're forced to reconnect via them instead of just being a normal internet provider.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
uk Sky  
I'm supposed to be getting 60mbps-70mbps but I'm actually getting 17.8mbps. Paying the highest package for "superfast". It cuts out at least 4 times a day and takes 20 minutes to re boot. Would not reccomend to anyone.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Worthing Sky  
Incredibly slow internet (literally struggle to send emails with 3mb attachments), regularly lose connection even when plugged directly into the router. Customer service then told us that this was normal and the reason it was slow must be because there are wireless devices in the house, whether they're being used or not. So, literally, their service is so bad that you would have to completely disable all your other wireless compatible devices if you want your internet to work at a regular (still slow) speed. At least according to their customer service. No solutions offered other than that, or paying a bunch more for month with no guarantee that it would improve. Avoid them. Have only used Plusnet otherwise, at my previous flat, and that was totally fine. Similar pricing, and didn't struggle to send emails.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Sky  
Yeah, in line with other reviews here, very slow speeds (and I mean very slow - less than 1mb in the center of Edinburgh!). Added to this, very expensive and not always notified when prices increased. Currently waiting for new provider - can't come soon enough.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Edinburgh Sky  
I never, ever leave reviews. I feel I have to in this case because the service and value for money from Sky is so appalling. Speeds between 1 and 5, nothing wrong with the line, engineers visits etc etc. Luckily, I'm not contracted to them any longer so am switching - I've been with them for 10 years and realistically the service has been poor all that time. More fool me. Very very stressful when trying to work from home. They don't give a fig. Do yourself a favour genuinely, don't go with Sky.
Cumbria Sky  
Reported a fault with the line 10 days ago and after 10 days and several calls I was told Open reach had fixed the line when in fact it has not been fixed.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Willenhall Sky  
Dreadful - their wifi router is the slowest and has a range of around 5 meters. Upload speeds are just dreadful, I could hand write stuff faster...
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
TONBRIDGE Sky  
If you're thinking of going with these bunch of crooks, then do yourself a favour and go elsewhere. Upgraded a few months ago to superfast or whatever they want to call it, and speeds are intermittent at best with speeds lately of under 2 mgbs at times and we live a stone's throw from the exchange!. According to their measurements I am getting 80 consistently! A pack of lies and they know it. My daughter in Manchester has got exactly the same issues after also upgrading. Dishonest and disgusting, but they don't care. Avoid, avoid, avoid!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
SHREWSBURY Sky  

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Watching football on TV

How to watch the Premier League season when it restarts

Posted on 2020-06-16 17:08 in News Features Virgin Media Sky BT NOW Broadband

After a three month delay the Premier League season is finally set to return. It kicks off again on 17 June with a double header including the Man City - Arsenal game. With no fans allowed in the stadiums, all the remaining 92 matches will be shown live on TV, across a mix of free-to-air and premium channels.

Here's how you can watch.

How to watch Premier League games for free

For the first time ever, Premier League games will be shown live on free-to-air TV. There will be 33 free matches in all, spread across three channels.

BBC: The BBC will be showing four matches, starting with Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace on 20 June. The Beeb will also have their usual FA Cup coverage when the competition resumes on 27 June.

Amazon: Amazon have also got four games, which begin with Palace against Burnley on 29 June. You'll be able to watch these even if you aren't a Prime subscriber (although you probably will need a normal Amazon account).

Pick: The remaining 25 free games are on the Pick channel. "What is Pick?", you ask. Good question! It's a channel owned by Sky that you can watch for free on every platform. You'll find it on Freeview channel 11, Freesat channel 144, Sky channel 159 and Virgin Media channel 165.

Don't assume that it's just the less fashionable games that will be available for free. Pick will be showing the Merseyside derby on Sunday 21 June, which could be the night that Liverpool are finally confirmed as champions.

How to watch Premier League football on Sky Sports and BT Sport

If the free coverage isn't enough for you, now's the perfect time to subscribe to a premium sports channel. If you've got broadband from the likes of Sky or BT you should be able to add the channels to your existing deal, or you could even consider switching providers and making a saving on a bundle.

Sky Sports have got 39 exclusive matches (they'll also be showing the games on Pick), which begins with Aston Villa vs Sheffield Utd at 6pm on 17 June. They've got the pick of the big fixtures. They will also be covering the Championship, currently slated to resume on 20 June.

BT Sport will be showing 20 games - 12 more than they originally had - with the first seeing Watford take on Leicester at 12.30pm on 20 June. They've also got the rights to the Champions League, although there's no date yet for when that will come back.

There are four main ways to sign up to watch Premier League football on Sky Sports and BT Sport.

Sky: The most obvious way to get Sky Sports is direct from Sky, via a dish, and you can add BT Sport to your package as well. You can sign up to Sky regardless of what internet provider you use, although you should be able to save on your monthly bill by taking it as part of a bundle with Sky broadband.

Take a look at the latest Sky broadband and TV bundles.

BT: BT now offer a full BT TV service to their broadband customers. This gives you a choice of channel packages, with the sports offerings including BT Sport along with all the Sky Sports channels streamed through NOW TV. What we like about BT TV is that even though you have to take a 24 month contract, your choice of channels is flexible. So, you can sign up for the football now, then when the season ends you can switch to a movie package instead.

Check out the best BT broadband and TV bundles.

Virgin Media: You can get Sky Sports and BT Sport through Virgin Media both as a standalone service or as part of a bundle with Virgin Media broadband. Virgin offer some of the fastest broadband plans that are widely available, with speeds up to an average of 516Mb.

See the latest Virgin Media broadband and TV bundles.

NOW TV: With the streaming service NOW TV you can watch Sky Sports without a dish. It can work out a little more expensive than getting it through Sky, but that's because you don't need a contract - you can cancel at any time. NOW TV doesn't offer BT Sport. You can make further savings by getting the service with a NOW Broadband bundle.

Check the latest NOW Broadband deals.

Upcoming games

So now you're ready for a feast of summer football. Matches take place throughout the week, at a range of kick-off times:

  • Monday: 8pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6pm, 8.15pm
  • Friday: 6pm, 8.15pm
  • Saturday: 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, 7.45pm
  • Sunday: 12pm, 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm

About a third of the schedule has been announced so far. Here's the list of games, and where you can find them:

  • Wednesday 17 June

    Aston Villa v Sheffield United (18:00), Sky

    Manchester City v Arsenal (20:15), Sky

  • Friday 19 June

    Norwich v Southampton (18:00), Sky and Pick

    Tottenham v Manchester United (20:15), Sky

  • Saturday 20 June

    Watford v Leicester City (12:30), BT

    Brighton v Arsenal (15:00), BT

    West Ham v Wolves (17:30), Sky

    AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (19:45), BBC

  • Sunday 21 June

    Newcastle v Sheffield United (14:00), Sky and Pick

    Aston Villa v Chelsea (16:15), Sky

    Everton v Liverpool (19:00), Sky and Pick

  • Monday 22 June

    Manchester City v Burnley (20:00), Sky

  • Tuesday 23 June

    Leicester v Brighton (18:00), Sky

    Tottenham v West Ham (20:15), Sky

  • Wednesday 24 June

    Manchester United v Sheffield United (18:00), Sky and Pick

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (18:00), BT

    Wolves v AFC Bournemouth (18:00), BT

    Norwich v Everton (18:00), BBC

    Liverpool v Crystal Palace (20:15), Sky

  • Thursday 25 June

    Burnley v Watford (18:00), Sky and Pick

    Southampton v Arsenal (18:00), Sky

    Chelsea v Manchester City (20:15), BT

  • Saturday 27 June

    Aston Villa v Wolves (12:30), BT

  • Sunday 28 June

    Watford v Southampton (16:30), Sky and Pick

  • Monday 29 June

    Crystal Palace v Burnley (20:00), Amazon

  • Tuesday 30 June

    Brighton v Manchester United (20:15), Sky and Pick

  • Wednesday 1 July

    AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle (18:00), Sky and Pick

    Arsenal v Norwich (18:00), BT

    Everton v Leicester (18:00), Sky

    West Ham v Chelsea (20:15), Sky

  • Thursday 2 July

    Sheffield United v Tottenham (18:00), Sky

    Manchester City v Liverpool (20:15), Sky

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The best broadband for older people

The best broadband for older users

Posted on 2020-05-12 16:56 in Features EE Sky BT Zen

For lots of us, the internet is a major source of entertainment, or a tool that enables us to work from home. For millions of older people it's a lifeline, the main way to keep in touch with the family, and interact with the outside world at a time when this is otherwise not possible. A good broadband service is vital.

So whether you're shopping for yourself, or seeking out broadband for an elderly parent, what are the priorities you need to look out for?

Reliability and support

We're all a lot more reliant on online shopping at the moment, especially snagging those all too scarce supermarket delivery slots. For a lot of older people renewing prescriptions, managing state pensions, paying the TV license, and lots of other things are important online activities, too.

For this reason, reliability is perhaps the most important point to consider. You need a broadband service that works whenever you need it, and also one that won't cut you off when you hit a data limit. These limits are fortunately quite scarce now, though if you're shopping at the budget end of the market you might still encounter them.

Customer service is also important. If you do experience any problems you need to be confident that your provider will fix them as quickly as possible.

Our Customer Reviews page contains feedback and ratings from thousands of broadband users. It's an ideal way to find out what kind of service each provider offers, and what problems you might face with them. Right now, Zen Broadband top the list for customer satisfaction, although if you'd be more comfortable with a mainstream brand EE rate well, gaining the lowest level of complaints according to a recent Ofcom study.

Speed

Speed might be less important for a lot of older users, but it really depends on what they want to do online.

There's no one-size-fits-all solution. For every older person who is a reluctant technology user, you'll find others who are enthusiastic online shoppers and Facebook posters, alongside those happily working their way through the Netflix catalogue.

There are options for all groups. Anyone who receives pension credit and has minimal internet needs can apply for the BT Basic + Broadband plan. It's cheap, but comes with a very low data allowance so isn't suitable for anything more than the absolute basics.

Beyond that, a basic standard broadband package - which uses a BT phone line - will usually work out the cheapest. It's fine for simple things like email, browsing and shopping, as well as for video calls with the family. It's worth considering if you're in a one computer household. A basic fibre deal, which is faster and allows for a wider range of uses including watching TV, as well as more simultaneous users, typically starts at around £5 a month extra.

Phone calls and TV

The extras you can take with a broadband deal are also important to consider. Most broadband services need a phone line - with line rental included in the price - and many providers give the option to buy a call plan as part of the deal. The plans on offer usually allow a choice of either unlimited calls during evenings and weekends, or unlimited calls anytime.

These can be tempting during a time when staying in touch with family is so important, but don't assume it's a must-have. If you don't take a call plan you'll still be able to make calls. You just pay for them at a rate of a few pence per minute, just like we always used to.

Some providers, especially Sky, also offer pay TV as well, include sports and movie channels. In some cases, though you might be able to get these channels cheaper elsewhere.

Price and contract length

And then there's the price and contract length, and the two often go hand in hand: sign up to a longer deal and you can shave a few pounds off your monthly bill. Anything shorter than 12 months is likely to cost you quite a bit more, while longer than that leaves you at risk of being stuck with a service you're not totally happy with.

Our price comparison guide will help you find the best broadband prices, and identify those deals that are within your budget. Make sure you check the 1st Year Cost column to see how much you'll pay in the initial 12 months - this includes those easy to overlook extras like postage or a setup fee.

Ready to start shopping for broadband? Use our postcode checker to find the best broadband deals available in your area today.

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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.
  • Sky Boost - you can opt to pay a little extra each month, you can get extra benefits added to your broadband package. These include sngineer visits at times that suit you, including evenings and weekends, daily checks on your line to catch any problems and fix them as fast as possible, the Sky Broadband Buddy app to control your family's screen time, and 2GB added to your Sky Mobile account if you have one.
  • WiFi Guarantee - if you opt to pay extra for Sky Boost and your WiFi isn't performing as well as it should, Sky will take several steps to improve the situation, from sending you a booster to improve the signal to sending a Sky Engineer out to optimise things for you. If you're still not getting WiFi in every room, then Sky will refund your Boost upgrade for the remainder of your contract.
  • 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 2020 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 18 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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