Sky Ultimate TV with Sky Q is the best entertainment offering around right now, but it's not cheap. Thankfully there are ways to make it more affordable thanks to current Sky Q deals with broadband bundled in. With sport making a big return, it's a very good moment to switch.
Sky combines top-flight sports, the best drama and comedy from the UK and US, and the biggest films before they reach other services, and much of it in 4K too. And now it offers Netflix and Disney Plus in 4K HDR, giving you a host of original content and an exhaustive library to binge your way through.
Here we'll cover all the options, as well as tell you all about Sky Q, how to get it and what it offers. So, here are the best Sky TV deals, bundles and packages and how to get them.
What is Sky Q?
Sky Q is the next generation of home entertainment, following on from Sky+. It offers lots of channels covering drama, comedy, wildlife, kids, films and sports content, served up in a package that delivers 4K picture quality, the ability to pause and rewind live channels, and full multi-room features.
How do you get Sky Q?
To get Sky Q, you'll need a Sky Q Box. It stores up to 500 hours of standard definition TV, lets you record six channels while watching a seventh and is able to show HD and 4K UHD content.
You'll also need a satellite dish in order to watch Sky, though we're promised that Sky will soon be available over broadband.
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Can you still get Sky+?
No. While Sky still supports its Sky+ customers, the only option for new customers is Sky Q.
How much do the Sky Q boxes cost?
The standard Sky Q package allows you to watch content at up to HD resolution and comes with the 1TB box. There's a one-off installation fee of £20 and then it's £25 per month for the basic TV package which includes Netflix, Sky Atlantic, Sky Originals, 300 channels, 500 Sky box sets, 40 catch-up services and access to content on the Sky Go app.
You can bump it up to the over 35 HD channels for an extra £6 per month with the Sky HD package. That takes the total monthly to £35, and that seems like something of a no-brainer.
For only an extra £4 per month, though, you can get the Sky Ultra HD + HD bolt-on, unlocking all the 4K content. So, that's £39 per month for the 4K potential of Sky Sports and Sky Cinema 4K channels (subscriptions required) as well as an upgrade to Netflix Premium.
Finally, you can also add on Sky Q Multiscreen for an additional £14 per month (£43 total, without either the HD or HD + UHD bolt-ons) and enjoy your Sky content on a second TV thanks to the additional Sky Q mini box. The set-up fee goes up to £40 from £20.
With any of these Sky Q options, you can add on TV channels in bundles like Sky Sports, Sky Box Sets, Sky Entertainment, etc.
That's the basics covered. So what do the various Sky packages offer?
Sky Signature TV
Sky Signature TV | £20 setup fee | £25 a month
Sky has ditched the old format of multiple tiers of Sky TV packages. and the Sky Entertainment pack name now too. Instead you get Sky Signature TV with Netflix as the basic starter bundle. This pack includes a wide variety of dramas, comedies, documentaries, music, Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Nat Geo wild, Sky Originals and 300 TV channels.View Deal
Sky Ultimate TV is the current name for the basic package that all Sky customers get. It offers over 300 channels covering entertainment, documentary, music and sports. These include Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Fox, MTV, Gold, Comedy Central, Quest, Syfy, E!, Discovery, National Geographic, Sky Sports News, Eurosport and Sky Sports Mix. It also includes free access to Netflix and the over 500 Sky Box sets.
That means you get shows like Big Little Lies, Narcos Mexico, Tiger King, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, Chernobyl, Gomorrah and Riviera.
For new customers, Sky Signature TV costs £25 a month for the first 18 months. Now you've got your starter pack, it's time to add some extras.
Sky Sports HD | £23 per month (18 month contract)
You can get the full Sky Sports package in HD for a £23 per month add on with Sky TV Ultimate. This includes Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event.View Deal
Sky Sports gives you more sports channels than the standard Sky TV package. Namely, you get individual channels dedicated to Premier League football, the football league, cricket, F1 and golf.
You also get Sky Sports Action (showing badminton, WWE and others), Sky Sports Arena (basketball, racing, bowling), Sky Sports Main Event (golf, cricket, rugby) and Sky Sports News.
If you have the relevant package, you'll be able to watch some of these channels in 4K UHD and in HDR from 2021.
Sky currently has a deal on with Sky TV plus the Sky Sport channels. You can add in Netflix for an extra £4 per month and the BT Sport channels in HD for £13 per month on a rolling contract.
Sky TV + Sky Sports | £39 per month (18 month contract)
Sky Sports plus Sky TV for a £39 per month total - Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event.View Deal
If you want to go the whole hog, then the Sky All the Sports deal includes the BT Sports channels (BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 and BT Sport ESPN) all in HD alongside Sky Signature TV and the nine Sky Sports channels too, also in HD.
Sky Sports + BT Sport | £52 per month (18 month contract)
Sky Sports, BT Sport plus Sky TV for a £52 per month total. That's all the sport and Sky TV with a grand total of £37 knocked off.View Deal
Sky Cinema | £11 a month
With a new film premiere every day and over 1000 other films to choose from, Sky Cinema is great for film fans. The selection is up-to-date and you also get these channels in HD at no additional cost.
Sky offers 11 film channels, along with over 1,000 movies on-demand. It also shows a new premiere every day of the year.
This costs £11 a month for new customers (for the first 18 months) instead of £19.
Sky is currently offering a discount rate for Sky TV plus Sky Cinema, called Big Screen at Home. It brings the price down to £36 per month instead of £40 - but adding Netflix will cost another £4 anyway, so it's perhaps not the best deal.
Sky Kids | £5 a month
This deals gives over 5000 episodes on demand. There's more though as there are also 11 live channels. You can also have up to 10 individual profiles on the Sky Kids app with shows tailored to the age of your children.
There are 11 kids channels up for grabs, including the Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, Nick Toons, Boomerang and Cartoon Network.
This costs £5 extra a month. It only offers a 31-day contract, so you won't be tied in for the long run.
If you want to take make the family action big screen too, then Sky is currently running a Family Fun + Film promotion for a grand total of £47 per month. It brings Sky TV, Sky Cinema, Sky Kids and the HD add-on all together. Again, it only offers a £4 discount over the DIY version and doesn't include Netflix.
Disney+ on Sky |£5.99 per month, 31-day contract
Exclusive films, TV and documentaries from Marvel, Pixar, Disney, Star Wars and National Geographic. Much of the Disney+ content is available on Sky in 4K HDR and the one-month rolling contract means that you can step out once you've watched all you need.View Deal
Sky's latest add-on addition is Disney Plus. Like many of the extra services, there's no long term commitment. The price is in line with a Disney Plus subscription through other platforms at £5.99. It's also one of the best places to find 4K HDR viewing on Sky.
Ultra HD + HD
4K content on Sky Ultra HD + HD |£10 per month
Sky Cinema and Sky Sport in 4K where available plus the 35 HD channels too is what you get with this very worthwhile add-on. It also offers access to the 4K programming on Netflix with Netflix Premium.View Deal
The Ultra HD + HD add-on is your ticket to 4K content on Sky. It unlocks access to 4K films and 4K sport on the Sky Cinema and the Sky Sport channels respectively. Do bear in mind, though, that not all films and sports are available in UHD - although, as we head into 2021, more 4K HDR is on its way.
The other bonus of this relatively cheap addition is that it upgrades your Netflix access to Netflix Premium which brings 4K programming through Netflix - and there's plenty of that - as well as simultaneous Netflix viewing on up to four devices.
While Ultra HD + HD is normally £10 per month, it's only £6 per month if you're also on the Multiroom plan.
BT Sport on Sky
BT Sport 1, 2, 3 & ESPN for Sky customers | £25 per month
Four BT Sport channels under one subscription and Sky customers can have their pick of pretty much all the televised sport on the UK. The one-month rolling contract means that you can cancel at any time.View Deal
Just because you're with Sky, that doesn't mean you can't access other sports channels too. The four BT Sport channels are available to Sky customers on a one-month rolling contract for £25. This drops to £13 if you also have the Sky Sports channels as well and, for the time being, that very much seems like the better way to go.
Through those you can watch Premier League football, UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, UFC and more. At present, you can only get them in HD at best, though.
Sky Fibre broadband
Sky Superfast Broadband| 18 months | £20 one-off set-up fee | from £25 per month
This tariff includes Sky's unlimited fibre broadband with Speed Guarantee as standard. You get Sky Pay As You Talk phone access and an average of 59 Mbps download speeds.View Deal
Sky Superfast Broadband & TV deals| 18 months | £40 one-off set-up fee | £39 per month
If you're also looking for a fibre broadband and Sky TV deal bundle then you can sign up from as little as £39 per month all in. All of Sky's broadband packages include unlimited downloads, line rental, free evening and weekend calls and the Sky Hub router.View Deal
Sky Superfast Broadband, with its 59Mbps average download speeds, is available separate from the TV package or bundled in with a Sky Q box and lots of channels.
Total set-up costs are not cheap but includes the Sky Q TV box and Sky Hub router as well. Line rental is included in the monthly price.
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