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Best value TV, phone and broadband packages

If you love your TV, you'll get the best value bundling it along with your phone and broadband. Check out the latest offers!

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As with all the main utilities, we've done the research for you and on this page you'll find the best value broadband, phone and TV packages for students right now. There are few providers that offer TV alone today, but we've included a table of those that do right now too.

We are all about transparency and making things easier for you, so you'll see in the comparison table that we've calculated the total lifetime cost of the various contracts.

This includes any hidden extras that tend to be revealed at the last minute!

Not convinced you need a TV subscription? Try our broadband and phone comparisons as well.

Things to think about first

Freeview TV (or Freesat)

Ever since the UK turned digital, Freeview has been the best and cheapest way to watch hundreds of channels.All you need is a basic Freeview set-top box (roughly £25). You could also upgrade to a Freeview HD box or even a PVR to record live TV.

If you’re in the market for a TV, then go for one with Freeview already built-in (click here to browse on Amazon.co.uk).
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To watch Freeview you will need a TV licence, which you can buy here for around £145.50 a year.

Watching TV without a TV

The cheapest option if you don’t want to buy a TV is watching programmes on your laptop or computer. So long as you’re not watching live TV, you don’t have to pay anything!

But you can now watch live TV online through sites and Apps like TV Catch Up, you’ll just need a household TV licence. Once split between your housemates the cost isn’t that much. If you get caught watching live TV without one, the fine can be as much as £1,000 so get it sorted early.

Tips when choosing a package:

  • Know what you watch – Think carefully about the types of programmes you actually watch. There is no point paying for Sky Sports if you rarely watch it.
  • Don’t go overboard – There are loads of extra channels and equipment the companies will try to sell to you. Don’t get sucked into the paid extras. If you don’t want to pay any monthly subscriptions then go for Freeview (see below).
  • Check contract length – Minimum contracts seem to be getting longer these days. Check the length as well as any early termination penalties you might encounter before ordering.
  • Landlord’s consent – If you need a satellite dish installed, you’ll want to check with your landlord first. Most are fine with it, after all having a Sky dish or Virgin Media cable installed can add to the rental appeal for future tenants.

Bundles Ranked by Best Value

PackageOfferBroadbandChannelsContractMonthly CostLifetime Cost
Sky Bundle
Original Bundle + Broadband & Talk
Best value £100 vchr Info & Review
Up to 17Mbps Unlimited 275+ Including
Sky Atlantic
Sky 1
MTV
Fox
Gold
Sky Sports News
12
months
£20 + £17.40 line rental £528.75 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £10
Router: £9.95
TV: £240
Broadband:£60
Line rental: £208.80

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Virgin Media Bundle
The Big Bang
Fast Broadband Free TiVo box Info & Review
Up to 50Mbps Unlimited 130+ Including
Sky Sports News
BBC One HD
MTV
12
months
£20* + £17.99 line rental *for 9 months then £34pm £517.87 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £19.99
Router: FREE
Broadband/TV: £282
Line Rental: £215.88

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TalkTalk Bundle
Fast Broadband + TV
Good for Phone Info & Review
Up to 17ps Unlimited 70+ Including
Sky 1
Sky 2
Sky Sports News
18
months
£28.95 £551.10 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £25
Router: £5
Broadband/TV: £521.10

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TV Only Packages Ranked by Best Value

PackageOfferChannelsContractMonthly CostLifetime CostWebsite
Sky TV
Original Bundle
Free 32" TV Info & Review
275+ Including
Sky Atlantic
Sky 1
MTV
Fox
Gold
Sky Sports News
12
months
£20 £250 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £10
TV: £240
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Virgin Media
70+ Channels
Free TiVo Box Info & Review
70+ Including
Sky 1
Sky Sports News
Sky Living
12
months
£20 £249.99 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £9.99
TV: £240
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Sky Sports
Sky Sports
Free 32" TV Info & Review
283+ Including
7 Sky Sports
New Sky Sports 5
Original Bundle
12
months
£47.50 £580 Breakdown
Over the length of the contract:
Installation: £10
TV: £570
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