Digital TV

TV can be FREE!

Freeview and free trials to great movie streaming services can let you watch your favourite programmes for FREE

OR a digital TV subscription that gives you access to over 79 extra channels can cost as little as £5 a month!

The cheapest way to get a TV package it is to BUNDLE. Get phone and broadband with the same provider and save almost £413 a year!

Call the FREE switching service 0800 781 4020 (or 0203 092 5045 from mobile) today to find the best deal for you. Lines open 8am to 9pm Monday to Sunday.


Get the best deal


Why we like it:

  • Sky + original bundle £20 a month + £50 Prepaid MasterCard®
  • 12 month contract
  • 270 channels

Watch out:

  • Try not to 'add on' too much as the price will rocket
  • £10 set-up fee

Talk Talk

Why we like it:

  • £7.50 a month for 6 months
  • free connection
  • £149 YouView box included for free
  • totally unlimited broadband
  • Free calls between TalkTalk customers
  • £60 Love2Shop voucher

Watch out:

  • £10 a month after 6 months
  • line rental of £17.70 applies from month 1
  • 18 month contract for new customers

Virgin Media

Why we like it:

  • Stand alone TV packages start from £18 and include TiVo box
  • Packages start from £9.99 and can be tailored to suit you
  • good TV catch-up service
  • has sixteen childrens channels including Nick Jr and Disney Junior
  • 500GB storage

Watch out:

  • Some homes may not have access to Virgin cabling
  • 12 month contract
  • Website can be hard to navigate to find best deals
  • £17.99 line rental


Why we like it:

  • £5 a month
  • BT Sport is free
  • Free Home Hub
  • Broadband with up to 17mb speeds

Watch out:

  • Some movies and programmes are pay as you go
  • Bundled with broadband and weekend calls!
  • £17.99 line rental
  • £49 activation fee
  • £6.95 Home Hub delivery charge
  • 12 month contract

Free TV?!

If you have a good broadband deal there's some great TV to be had from the Internet TV and Movie companies for FREE. And don't forget Youtube which has a wide range of programmes, especially cartoons

Now TV 14 day free trial

Why we like it:

  • 14 day free trial
  • access to the latest blockbusters
  • no contract
  • powered by Sky Movies
  • handpicked collections including Disney Pixar Collection
  • over 800 movies available
  • Sky Sports and Sky Entertainment monthly packages also available

Watch out:

  • after free trial £9.99 a month

Amazon Instant Video (previously Lovefilm)

Why we like it:

  • 30 day free trial
  • GET PRIME TRIAL rather than just Amazon Instant Video, still free and includes free 1 day delivery from Amazon
  • instant streaming available
  • range of packages and prices
  • wide range of films
  • TV series available, although not always the latest seasons
  • no contract

Watch out:

  • good broadband connection and speed is needed
  • data usage
  • Amazon Instant Video from £5.99 a month
  • Amazon Prime £79 a year

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Why we like it:

  • pay as you go movie downloads/ streaming
  • new releases immediately available
  • rentals 99p-£3.49
  • buy new releases for around £10.99

Watch out:

  • spending on individual films and TV can quickly mount up
  • rentals vanish 48 hours after first watch

Netflix 30 day free trial

Why we like it:

  • 30 Day free trial
  • instant streaming
  • browse the selection before you sign up
  • some TV series available
  • can watch on your smart phone and tablet

Watch out:

  • will push up your data usage
  • good broadband connection and speed is needed
  • From £5.99 a month

Need to know

  • Remember you can have free access to digital TV through Freeview. A Freeview box will cost around £20 but many new televisions now come with built-in Freeview. However, you are limited with the channels on offer (no Sky 1, Sky Sports, limited movies and kids channels)
  • If you do not want to cancel your service but wish to cut costs, you can downgrade your deal instead. For example, if you are a winter sports fan, try cancelling the Sports package during the summer (you just need to give a 30 day notice, so you’ll need to be organised)
  • Many of the best deals are saved for brand new customers so use the comparison sites to arm you with all of the up to date deals, call your current supplier and then haggle, haggle, haggle!
  • You can also call the FREE switching service 0800 781 4020 (or 020 3092 5045 from mobile) today to find the best deal for you. Lines open 8am to 9pm Monday to Sunday.
  • The cheapest way to get a smart (internet) TV is to buy a Now TV bundle for £14.99. You can download various apps including BBC iPlayer and Facebook and although you do need a Now TV account (see free trials) to set the box up, you don't need to continue your subscription in order to keep using the box

The inside track

  • Try and do an audit with the whole family to see which channels you watch the most and then this will help you find the package best suited to your needs

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