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Best value TV packages 2017

Can't stand the thought of term time without TV? It's time to take your telly experience to the next level by opting for one of the many satellite and cable TV packages out there.
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With so many options available when it comes to TV, it can feel a bit like an entertainment minefield (but let's be honest, it could be worse, right?).

It's not always easy to choose which TV package or service provides for best value for what you're after.

Here, we review and compare the best TV package deals currently available to students, and share a few tips on choosing the right service for you.

If you're also on the hunt for a broadband/phone deal, you'll get better value with a TV, phone & broadband bundle.

Things to think about first

Freeview TV (or Freesat)

Ever since UK TV went digital, Freeview has been the best and cheapest way to watch hundreds of channels.

All new TVs now have freeview built in and if you’re in the market for a TV with Freeview already built-in click here to browse on Amazon.

If you’ve already got an older TV a basic Freeview set-top box will cost you roughly £25. You can also pay a little extra to get one a Freeview HD box or even a PVR like the Youview+ box for £90 to record live TV.

To watch Freeview you will need a TV licence, which you can buy here for around £147 a year (and if you don’t end up needing the full year, you can apply for a refund on any months you don’t use!).

Watching TV without a TV

If you’re not bothered about buying a TV, you can still watch programmes on your laptop or computer using various apps and sites like TV catch up – and if the following criteria applies to you, you don’t need a TV licence to do so either!

And of course you can also get yourself a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription (6 months for free here) to watch even more on demand TV.

 

Tips when choosing a package:

  • Only pay for what you actually watch – Think carefully about the types of programmes you watch and make sure your package reflects this – don’t pay for Sky Sports if you rarely watch it.
  • Don’t go overboard – There are loads of extra channels and frills that TV companies will try to upsell you with. Don’t get sucked in!
  • Check the length of the contract before signing – Minimum contract lengths seem to be getting longer. It’s worth checking this as well as any early termination penalties you might encounter before ordering.
  • Ask for the landlord’s consent – If you need a satellite dish installed, you’ll need to check with your landlord first. Most will be fine with it – having a Sky dish or Virgin Media cable installed can even add to the appeal for future tenants – but it’s polite to ask anyway!

Bundles Ranked by Best Value

PackageOfferBroadbandChannelsContractMonthly CostLifetime Cost
Sky Bundle
Original Bundle + Broadband & Talk
Best value Info & Review
Up to 17Mbps Unlimited 275+ Including
Sky Atlantic
Sky 1
MTV
Fox
Gold
Sky Sports News
18
months
£42 Line rental inc. £815.95 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £50
Router: £9.95
TV: £396
Broadband + Line Rental:£360

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Virgin Media Bundle
Mix Bundle
Fast Broadband Free Virgin TV Box Info & Review
Up to 100Mbps Unlimited 150+ Including
Sky Sports News
BBC One HD
MTV
12
months
£39 Line rental inc. £488 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £20
Router: FREE
Broadband/TV + Line rental: £468

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TalkTalk Bundle
Fast Broadband + TV
Good for Phone Free Youview+ Box Info & Review
Up to 17Mbps Unlimited 70+ Including
Sky 1
Sky 2
Sky Sports News
12
months
£25 Line rental inc. £300 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: FREE
Router: FREE
Broadband/TV + Line rental: £300

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TV Only Packages Ranked by Best Value

PackageOfferChannelsContractMonthly CostLifetime CostWebsite
Sky TV
Original Bundle
Info & Review
275+ Including
Sky Atlantic
Sky 1
MTV
Fox
Gold
Sky Sports News
18
months
£22 £416 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £20
TV: £396
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Virgin Media
70+ Channels
Free Virgin TV box Info & Review
70+ Including
Sky 1
Sky Sports News
Sky Living
12
months
£20 £260 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £20
TV: £240
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Sky Sports
Sky Sports
Info & Review
283+ Including
7 Sky Sports
New Sky Sports 5
Original Bundle
18
months
£49.50 £911 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £20
TV: £891
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