TV Packages

TV Packages: What You Need to Know

Although we all utilise the Internet on a daily basis, the fact of the matter is that television is still a very important part of our lives. Whether kicking back and relaxing with a few friends on a Sunday afternoon or enjoying an evening with the family during the work week, the fact of the matter is that it would be nearly possible to enjoy life without television. Just as transmission methods have advanced over the years, the number of packages which are offered has likewise grown. These can actually be a bit confusing, so let's first take a look at the types of broadcast methods before delving into the unique packages as well as the top providers.

Broadcasting Methods

There are four main ways in which you receive your television signal. These are standard cable, broadband, satellite and fibre optics. Physical cables are the oldest method and as they can only hold a limited amount of data, they are slowly being phased out. Broadband is arguably the most popular service, for it can be connected to other devices such as your telephone and any computers. Fibre optics are highly efficient and can hold a vast amount of data. However, their presence is mainly limited to urban centres today. Satellite television was once very popular. The main issue is that weather, clouds and atmospheric phenomena can interfere with your reception.

TV Packages: The Basics

We should first point out that different providers will offer their own specific brand of package. Still, these”bundles” can be grouped into a few primary categories:

  • Television alone (a choice of channels, high-definition stations, sports, news, etcetera).
  • Television and telephone.
  • Television, telephone and Internet.

The primary benefit behind the more comprehensive options is that you can save a great deal of money by paying only one monthly bill as opposed to having to keep track of two or three different subscriptions. Packages that include telephone and Internet will also generally offer a certain amount of bandwidth per month. This is usually in the gigabyte range although many providers are now offering unlimited bandwidth and data usage for one monthly fee. So, how can you choose which is the best option?

Selecting Your Package

You should first see how much you could save by switching from your current supplier. Most companies will provide you with an exact quotation. Additionally, decide whether or not it is worth it to incorporate telephone and Internet into the package. Other concerns will be the number of high-definition channels that you receive, whether or not installation is free, any potential penalties for cancelling your contract and naturally, the reputation of the company itself. Let's finally examine the top providers and some of the main benefits that they offer.

The Top Four UK Television Providers

Currently, the top television package providers within the United Kingdom are:

  • Sky
  • BT
  • Virgin
  • TalkTalk

Sky offers features such as a massive number of high-definition channels, unlimited downloads and download speeds of up to 52 megabytes per second.

BT provides the same features and yet, download speeds can be as high as 72 megabytes per second. Their prices are slightly less when compared to Sky (at the time of this article.

Virgin boasts download speeds as high as 100 megabytes per second (for their most comprehensive plan) and customers can normally choose a twelve-month contract.

TalkTalk offers slightly less maximum download speeds (at 38 megabytes) and yet, they tend to be cheaper than their previous three rivals.