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Sky TV packages, prices and channels

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Sky TV has become a household name across the UK and it’s only been getting bigger in recent years. Its range of channels and content offerings, from the latest blockbusters to live sports coverage, mean it’s a popular choice for many.

What’s more, there is a dizzying array of bundles on offer, where you have the option to combine live TV, broadband and on-demand streaming. With all this information at your disposal, how do you know which package is right for you? We’ve taken a deep dive into all of the Sky TV packages and answered some of your most burning questions.

What is the basic Sky package?

If you're looking for the nuts and bolts of Sky TV, you’ll want the basic Sky package — which is referred to as Sky Ultimate TV (Sky Signature TV pack plus Netflix). You may also see it referred to as 'Sky Original Bundle' and 'Sky Entertainment' but those have been phased out. 

You are also basically getting the same setup by opting for the Make It Your Own or Sky Q, Sky TV and Netflix packages, as described below.

This package may sound simple, but it actually offers you a lot. For £26 a month, you get over 300 channels, with the typical contract length being 18 months. You can use either the Sky Q TV box and a satellite dish, or opt for the latest hardware — the Sky Glass TV system. Not only do you get all this live television, but you also get Sky Box Sets, which were only previously available as an add-on.

With the channels, you may recognize some of them from Freeview. Yes, around half are available there, but there are roughly 150 more that you’re getting access to as part of Sky Signature. The channels you’ll get include:

  • Sky Atlantic
  • Sky Max 
  • Sky Showcase
  • Sky Comedy
  • Sky Witness
  • Sky History
  • Sky Crime
  • Sky Documentaries
  • Sky Nature
  • National Geographic
  • Discovery
  • Sky Sports News
  • Sky Sports Racing
  • Sky Sports Mix
  • Eurosport 1
  • Eurosport 2
  • Zee TV
  • Utsav
  • B4U
  • MTV Base
  • MTV Hits
  • MTV Music
  • MTV Classic

You may struggle to find the option for just a Sky Signature package. That’s because the smallest TV package you can get is found with the Make It Your Own bundle and includes Sky TV — or Sky Signature — plus the Ultimate TV Add On (an upgrade including Netflix). If this is as much as you want, you can stop there and check out, but you’ll be asked to consider TV extras to customize your package. If you’re on a budget, resist temptation and stick with this £26 a month option!

What are the Sky TV packages?

Make It Your Own

As mentioned above, Make It Your Own is the most basic TV package you can get with Sky TV and includes two base features — Sky Signature and the Ultimate TV Add-On (Netflix). As with all of the other packages, there is generally a setup cost of £20. Then you’ll pay £26 a month for 18 months. You have the option to add TV extras, which will increase your monthly cost:

  • Sky Sports
  • Multiscreen
  • Sky Cinema
  • BT Sport
  • Ultra HD + HD
  • HD
  • Kids
  • Disney Plus

For more information on these, head to the section on All Sky TV package extras and add-ons.

Sky Q, Sky TV and Netflix

Combine live and on-demand television for £26 a month with Sky Q, Sky TV and Netflix. You’re essentially getting Netflix for free, as the core two components of this package are Sky TV and the Ultimate TV Add On. With the Sky TV component, you get over 100 channels which you won’t find on Freeview, plus access to over 500 box sets. Channels on offer include:

  • Sky Atlantic
  • Sky Max
  • Sky Comedy
  • Sky Witness
  • Sky Replay 
  • SyFy
  • Comedy Central
  • Comedy Extra
  • Quest
  • MTV
  • Dave Ja Vu
  • Food Network
  • TLC
  • Quest Red
  • Movies 24
  • Sky Documentaries
  • Sky Nature
  • Sky Crime
  • Discovery
  • National Geographic
  • Animal Planet
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Eurosport 1
  • Eurosport 2
  • Sky Sports News
  • Sky Sports Racing
  • MTV Music
  • MTV Base
  • MTV Hits
  • MTV Classic

Box sets include modern classics such as Chernobyl, True Blood, Parks & Recreation, Brassic and The Good Doctor.

Sky Q, Sky TV, Netflix & Sky Sports

If the previous bundle wasn’t enough, you can get your sports fix in the mix by paying £20 more — a total of £46 a month. With the Sky Q, Sky TV, Netflix & Sky Sports package, you will get all of the Sky and Netflix benefits mentioned above, on top of the 11 HD Sky Sports channels. These are:

  • Sky Sports Main Event
  • Sky Sports Premier League
  • Sky Sports Football
  • Sky Sports Cricket
  • Sky Sports Golf
  • Sky Sports Racing
  • Sky Sports F1
  • Sky Sports NFL
  • Sky Sports Arena
  • Sky Sports News
  • Sky Sports Mix

This is a great mix for those who can’t get enough of specific sports. For example, Sky Sports Football offers plenty of different leagues such as EFL and Scottish Premiership. Over on Sky Sports Golf, you’ll find every major, live PGA golf and the Ryder Cup to name but a few. Elsewhere, the hubs for live NBA, NFL, rugby darts and more are Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena.

Sky Q, Sky TV, Netflix & Cinema

If you’re less into sports but love a good movie, the Sky Q, Sky TV, Netflix and Cinema package is perfect for you. It’s priced at £38 a month, and gives you the benefit of combining the massive Netflix on-demand library with over 1000 HD movies on demand. Sky Cinema offers cutting-edge options, including the latest cinema blockbusters and winners from major ceremonies such as the BAFTAs and Oscars. The Sky Cinema package comes with 11 channels:

  • Sky Cinema Premiere
  • Sky Cinema Hits
  • Sky Cinema Greats
  • Sky Cinema Disney
  • Sky Cinema Family
  • Sky Cinema Action
  • Sky Cinema Comedy
  • Sky Cinema Romance
  • Sky Cinema Thriller
  • Sky Cinema Sci-Fi and Horror
  • Sky Cinema Select

Temporary channels will also be available from time to time; for example, the festive season may see Sky Cinema Christmas added to the library.

Sky Cinema is also where you can watch Sky Original films, and Sky Cinema customers will get 20% off Sky Store rentals.

Sky Q, Sky TV, Netflix & Kids

The Sky Q, Sky TV, Netflix & Kids package is ideal for those who want the basic option plus extra channels for their children. The three basic branches of this package are Sky TV (Sky Ultimate), the Ultimate TV Add On (Netflix) and Kids.

With the Kids branch, you get a Sky Kids app, giving your little ones the opportunity to stream shows and play games. Plus, there are 10,000 episodes available to watch on-demand. You don’t have to worry about your kids accessing inappropriate content with the Kids Safe Mode, and there are hours of educational content for giving your kids that extra boost at home. Channels include:

  • Nickelodeon
  • Nick Jr
  • Nick Jr Too
  • NickToons
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cartoonito
  • Boomerang
  • Baby TV

All Sky TV package extras and add-ons

The add-ons you can get with Sky TV are as follows:

Sky Sports — £20 a month

If you want to get Sky Sports, you will need a Sky Ultimate package before you can add Sky Sports as an add-on. Existing customers can get the Sky Sports add-on for £20 extra a month. If you’re a new customer, you can sign up for the Sky TV package which comes with Sky Sports and the Ultimate TV Add On, priced at £46 per month. 

Multiscreen — £15 a month

Ideal for those who want to split their time between multiple devices, Sky Multiscreen offers users the chance to watch on a second TV with the Sky Mini box. Plus, Sky Go Extra lets you stream and download on up to four extra devices from anywhere. You can add Mini boxes to unlock Sky on up to 4 TVs once your order is in, and these are popular due to the fact they connect wirelessly, boost your Sky Broadband signal and let you pause on one device before resuming viewing on another one.

Sky Cinema — £12 a month

Those who want to have the latest movies, Sky Originals and discounted Sky Store Rentals at their fingertips can get Sky Cinema as an individual add-on for £12 a month.

BT Sport — £28 a month

Sports fans will love this add-on, as it’s the cheapest way to get BT Sport when you sign up for Sky TV. You will get HD as standard, and you can watch on up to 4 devices at home by using Sky Go. Channels include:

  • BT 1
  • BT 2
  • BT 3
  • BT Sport ESPN

Ultra HD + HD — £12 a month

Take your viewing experience to the next level with this package. Sky Originals will be available in Ultra HD, and if you opt for the Sky Sports and Sky Cinema add-ons these channels will be in UHD too. Another perk with the Ultra HD + HD package is that you can watch Netflix on four devices and in UHD with the Sky Ultimate TV package. HD channels on offer include:

Kids — £6 a month

You can get the Kids package as an individual add-on for £6 a month.

Disney Plus — £7.99 a month

Make your TV package simpler by bundling Disney Plus into your Sky subscription. Access top-rated shows such as The Mandalorian, Loki and WandaVision, plus a huge library of movies and series from the Disney archive, Marvel Cinematic Universe, National Geographic and Pixar.

FAQs

Is there a free trial?

Although there is not a Sky TV free trial, you will be making savings on your monthly entertainment subscriptions by combining Netflix with on-demand Sky Originals and box sets. There aren’t many providers out there which provide such a diverse range of content in mix-and-match bundles.

Can you get Sky without a dish?

If you order a Sky TV package with the Sky Q set-top box (the newer version of the older Sky TV box), you will be prompted to book an installation when you check out. On the day of your installation, the engineer will bring along the Sky Q box, the satellite dish, remote, cables and so on. 

However, if you don’t want to get Sky with a dish, you have some alternative options. One is going for a Sky Glass TV package — the Sky Glass is a special TV that has Sky included, so all you need is a WiFi connection. Another choice is NOW TV, Sky’s subscription-based internet TV service. You can buy access using passes — for example, the Entertainment pass is £9.99 a month and provides both live and on-demand TV. You can stream content from your smartphone, tablet or laptop — or cast it to your smart TV. If you really don't want (or can't have) a Sky dish on your building then alternatives to consider are BT or Virgin Media. 

Do I need a Sky box if I have a smart TV?

The only smart TV which will connect to Sky without the Sky Q box is the Sky Glass, which has been specifically designed to stream Sky content. Any other smart TV will require both the Sky Q box and a satellite dish in order to get your package up and running.

Why should I become a Sky TV customer?

Sky is a top choice for consumers across the UK, and for good reason. It provides a convenient and all-encompassing range of packages to suit every taste, whether you prefer the latest cinema releases or in-depth live sports coverage. You can adjust your package based on how much or little you want at your disposal, and the brand has decades of experience and trust behind it.

Are Sky TV deals available to existing customers?

If you want to upgrade your package, you may be able to do so with the same savings a new customer would get. For example, if you want to get an offer that provides two months of Sky Kids, HD, or similar for free, you can click on the deal on the Sky website, then log into your account. From there, you will see if the deal can be applied to your account. When it comes to promotions such as Black Friday deals, you could be eligible but with some contracts, a fee may apply.

What happened to Sky One?

Those of you who have grown up with Sky One will most likely be wondering where it’s gone. As of September 2021, the channel was replaced with two new Sky-branded ones called Sky Showcase and Sky Max. These are available to watch with the Sky Go app or as part of your Sky TV package.

How to subscribe

  1. Navigate to sky.com/deals.
  2. Choose your package and click on Get Started.
  3. Select any add-ons, then click on Continue.
  4. Click on Continue with just TV if you don’t want to add broadband.
  5. Fill out your details - Title, First name, Last name, Date of birth, Phone number and Email address.
  6. Enter your postcode and click on Find Address.
  7. Select your address from the drop down menu. Specify if there are any parking or access restrictions using the subsequent drop down menus.
  8. Book an appointment for an engineer to come and install your equipment. You will be presented with a calendar so you can choose a time and date which works for you.
  9. Download the Sky Go app so you can begin watching while you wait for the appointment.
  10. Download the My Sky App in case you need to change your appointment.
  11. Enter your payment card details for the one-off payment to cover set-up costs.
  12. Type in your Direct Debit details to set up monthly payments, or opt to use the same card you just entered the details for.
  13. Confirm that you are authorised to make payments from the bank account.
  14. Confirm you have agreed to Sky’s Terms and Conditions.
  15. Click on Confirm Order. You’re now ready to start watching!

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Imogen Groome is a writer, who has a background in content SEO, streaming and showbiz writing for UK tabloids including Metro Online and The Sun Online. She began writing about streaming in 2019 and discovered one of her reality TV obsessions in the process, 90 Day Fiance.


She currently spends most of her free time watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians and is very relieved to know she can immediately switch to the Hulu show once she’s finished season 20. Her favourite movies include Cloud Atlas, The Green Mile, 8 Mile and probably any other movie with the word ‘mile’ in it.