Updated: Monday 30 April, 2012
By Anthony Hill
If you’re looking to save money on your digital TV package - and possibly get a few added extras - consider bundling it with your home phone and broadband services.
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Bundling is one of the easiest ways to save money on your monthly household bills. By taking all your home entertainment and telecoms products from one provider, you’ll not only reduce the number of bills you receive, you’ll also reduce the number of direct debits you have to pay - saving a lot of hassle each month.
If you prefer to keep your broadband connection with another provider, please see our guide to TV and phone packages instead.
There are several benefits to bundling your services, as well as a few possible downsides. It’s important you know both before deciding whether to get all your services from one provider. A few things to consider:
Overall, bundling your services with one provider can help you reduce your monthly household bills. However, it’s important you bundle carefully, only choosing the products that you are actually going to use and need.
Bundling your services can sometimes also give you the benefit of free installation, though this will depend on the provider and the number of services you are taking with them and what special deals are available at any given time. Use our digital TV price comparison calculator to help you find a package that suits your and your family’s needs.
So, who offers bundles? There’s more information about the bundled packages on offer below:
Bundling your TV, home phone and broadband with Sky (www.sky.com) is one of the cheapest ways of getting all three of your services, and can save you loads of money on your household bills - as well as reduce the number of bills you receive.
Sky also offers a range of premium subscription channels, including Sky Sports, Sky Movies and ESPN, as well as all the basic channels you would find on Freeview. Sky’s channels are divided into entertainment “packs”. To find out more, read our guide on Sky channels.
Sky’s phone and broadband packages are only available in certain areas though, so you will need to do a postcode check first before switching.
Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) is the UK’s biggest cable TV provider. Not only can you combine your digital TV, broadband and home phone services with Virgin Media, but also a mobile broadband subscription too. You can also get a good deal on a Virgin Mobile phone contract if you’re a Virgin Media customer.
Remember, Virgin Media’s cable services are currently only available in certain parts of the country, so you will have to do a postcode search first to find out if you live in a cable area.
BT (www.bt.com), the UK’s biggest home phone provider, also offers digital TV and broadband packages, meaning you’ll get all three services in one convenient monthly bill.
BT Vision is a hybrid internet TV (IPTV) service, offering you a selection of on-demand TV channels as well as the basic Freeview ones, through your broadband connection. You can get BT Vision with or without a subscription, but you stand to save more money by subscribing to a monthly package.
Like Sky, BT Vision channels are divided into “packs”, letting you pick and choose which ones you subscribe to.