Sky Q with Sky TV is the best entertainment offering around right now, but it's not cheap. Thankfully there are ways to make it more affordable thanks the ever-inventive Sky TV deals and Sky Q offers with broadband bundled in. With Sky Sport a solid UHD offer and bolt-ons like Sky Multiscreen too, it's a very good moment to upgrade or even 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 spring deals, how to get them and what they offer. So, here are the best Sky TV deals, bundles and packages and how to get them. Happy viewing!
Sky TV deals & Sky Q bundles
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, Sky Sports News, 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 40 HD channels for an extra £7 per month with the Sky HD package. That takes the total monthly to £32, 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 £36 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 Multiscreen for an extra £15 per month (£47 total, without the HD + UHD bolt-on) 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 TV & Netflix
The Sky TV basic package 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. You can also get free access to Netflix and the over 500 Sky Box sets with Sky TV & Netflix.
That means you get shows like Big Little Lies, Last Chance U, The Umbrella Academy, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, Chernobyl, Gomorrah and Riviera.
For new customers, Sky TV & Netflix 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 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, NFL and golf and all in HD.
You also get 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 later in 2021. It's knocked down to £20 from £25 per month for the moment but there are some bundles below to consider too.
Adding BT Sports channels in HD is also possible on its own but it's far better value when bundled in with the Sky Sports and BT Sport deal above. It includes the BT Sports channels (BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 and BT Sport ESPN) all in alongside the full Sky Sports package too.
Sky offers 12 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 Sky TV and Sky Cinema starter pack for £37 which is a decent place to start if movies are what are most important to you.
There are 8 kids channels up for grabs, including 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.
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 £7.99. It's also one of the best places to find 4K HDR viewing on Sky.
Ultra HD + HD
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 deeper 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.
Ultra HD + HD is £11 per month but you only need pay £7 per month if all you want is HD.
BT Sport on Sky
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 £27. This drops to £17 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.
Sky Fibre broadband
Sky Ultrafast Broadband, with its 145Mbps 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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