Best value TV packages 2018
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.
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.
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.
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. But before you do, find out how to save money on streaming film and 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!