Sky TV Packages

Last updated: 21 May 2024   By Samantha Smith

Sky TV packages are modernising, with the provider focusing more on their Stream Puck box and Sky Glass TV set.

Sky's new streaming service offers a flexible way to access their premium content without the need for a satellite dish.

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Sky TV is now available as a streaming service delivered entirely over a broadband connection.

The new Sky Stream Puck Box offers a low-cost way to access premium content and a wide range of on-demand apps, while Sky Glass offers the latest TV experience with Sky Live.

While customers can subscribe to a Sky TV package without broadband, it's possible to save even more by bundling Sky TV with Sky broadband.

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At a glance

Price £19
Setup cost Free (worth £39.95)
Minimum term 18 months
TV channels 150+
On-demand apps Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Paramount+, Apple TV+, Discovery+, Hayu, Peloton, Spotify, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, ITVX
TV box Sky Stream Puck or Sky Glass
Requirements 25Mb broadband (30Mb for Ultra HD)
Pros Cons
Exclusive Sky Originals programming Playlist cloud recordings not indefinite
Flexible TV pack add-ons Minimum broadband speed of 25Mb needed
Widest support of on-demand apps
Latest tech with Sky Live and Sky Glass
Package TV Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sky Entertainment + Netflix 150 £19 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £9/mth + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)
Sky Glass 43 + Sky Entertainment + Netflix 150 £14
for 3 mths,
then £42
£10 48 months
offer Offer: Sky Entertainment & Netflix free for 3 months (Ends 23/05/2024)

Who is Sky TV best suited for?

Sky seems focused on moving new customers onto their new streaming platform, which is available via Sky Stream Puck or with Sky Glass.

Sky Entertainment & Netflix with Sky Stream is now £12.50 per month cheaper than on Sky Q, which means Sky is becoming best suited to those who are happy to subscribe to their service over a broadband connection.

Customers will need a broadband speed of at least 25Mb per second as most of the content is now delivered in full 1080p HD as standard. Those who want to watch Ultra HD content, or install more than one Puck box, will need a minimum broadband speed of 30Mbps.

People who don't have fast enough broadband could consider upgrading their connection with Sky at the same time, who offer more discounts on Sky broadband when bundled with Sky TV.

Overall, Sky TV is great for people who:

  • Want to watch premium and exclusive Sky content, like Sky Originals programming on Sky Atlantic
  • Want to watch Sky Sports in HD with the ability to pause and rewind key moments
  • Want to watch Sky Cinema in HD
  • Want to access the widest range of on-demand apps for content from Netflix, Disney+, Paramount+, Discovery+, Apple TV+, and Hayu, among others
  • Want extra flexibility on additional TV packs to sign up or cancel on a monthly basis

People who want the latest technology are also catered for by Sky. The latest addition to their line-up includes the 4K Sky Live camera which can be taken with or added to Sky Glass, and offers an interactive and immersive TV experience for the first time.


What do Sky TV packages offer?

Sky Stream Puck and Sky Glass both come with Sky Entertainment & Netflix as the base TV package. This offers over 150 channels, including exclusive content on Sky Atlantic, and a Netflix Standard with Ads subscription.

From here, customers can customise their viewing experiences by adding premium TV packs and subscribing to a wide range of on-demand and catch-up apps, including upgrading the Netflix plan to Standard or Premium.

Sky TV packages also offer additional features including personalised recommendations and cloud-based recordings with Playlist, where customers can save content from live TV and on-demand apps in one place. The Whole Home add-on also offers wire-free access to subscribed content in other rooms in the home.

The latest Sky TV pricing for new customers is:

Package Channels Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sky Entertainment + Netflix 150 £19 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £9/mth + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Sky Cinema 162 £27 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £5/mth on Sky Cinema + Save £9/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Sky Sports 158 £39 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £8/mth on Sky Sports + Save £9/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)

These deals include the Sky Stream Puck Box, which allows customers to watch Sky TV over a broadband connection, and there is no longer any need to install a satellite dish.

The Puck box is a small device, that requires a wired or wireless connection to the router, but does not need either an aerial or satellite dish feed.

Sky Glass

Customers can also subscribe to Sky Entertainment & Netflix when they purchase Sky Glass, which can be bought outright, or as the prices below show, taken on an interest-free repayment plan over 24 or 48 months.

Package Channels Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sky Glass 43 + Sky Entertainment + Netflix 150 £14
for 3 mths,
then £42
£10 48 months
offer Offer: Sky Entertainment & Netflix free for 3 months (Ends 23/05/2024)
Sky Glass 55 + Sky Entertainment + Netflix 150 £19
for 3 mths,
then £47
£10 48 months
offer Offer: Sky Entertainment & Netflix free for 3 months (Ends 23/05/2024)
Sky Glass 65 + Sky Entertainment + Netflix 150 £24
for 3 mths,
then £52
£10 48 months
offer Offer: Sky Entertainment & Netflix free for 3 months (Ends 23/05/2024)

Sky Glass is a flat-screen 4K TV set that houses a Sky box and Dolby Atmos soundbar in one streamlined device.

It looks set to become Sky's centrepiece as the provider gradually begins to wind down their satellite-based Sky Q service. It also benefits from the provider's latest tech with the recent addition of the Sky Live camera.

Read more in our review of Sky Glass.

Sky TV + broadband

Both Sky Stream Puck and Sky Glass TV packages can be bundled with Sky broadband for extra savings on the services.

The best prices are currently on the Sky Superfast Broadband and Ultrafast Broadband plans which offer average download speeds of 61Mbps and 145Mbps respectively.

Package Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Superfast Broadband 61Mb average £37 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £9/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Reduced price broadband + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)
Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Ultrafast Broadband 145Mb average £39 Free 18 months
offer Offer: Save £9/mth on Sky Entertainment & Netflix + Reduced price broadband + Free setup (Ends 23/05/2024)
Sky Glass + Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Superfast Broadband 61Mb average £25
for 3 mths,
then £52
£10 48 months
offer Offer: Sky Entertainment & Netflix free for 3 months + Reduced price broadband and no broadband setup costs (Ends 23/05/2024)
Sky Glass + Sky Entertainment + Netflix + Ultrafast Broadband 145Mb average £25
for 3 mths,
then £54
£10 48 months
offer Offer: Sky Entertainment & Netflix free for 3 months + Reduced price broadband (Ends 23/05/2024)

The Sky TV + Superfast Broadband plan above currently offers savings of £9 per month compared to taking the services separately, while the Sky TV + Ultrafast Broadband plan saves customers £8 per month.

So, it's worth considering a bundle for customers outside of any minimum term on their broadband plan.

Customers taking a Sky TV package can also bundle even faster broadband speeds with Sky Ultrafast Plus and Gigafast plans. Find out what's available in your area.


What content is on Sky TV?

All Sky TV packages come with Sky Entertainment & Netflix, which includes over 150 channels of both premium and free-to-air content.

Channels include:

Sky Atlantic Sky Max Sky Showcase Sky Comedy Sky Crime
National Geographic Discovery Crime + Investigation Animal Planet alibi
Comedy Central Dave CBS Reality MTV Tiny POP
Eurosport 1 & 2 Sky Sports Mix Sky Sports News Sky Sports Racing Ginx eSports TV

There are 17 premium Sky channels in total, including three from Sky Sports. Customers also get Eurosport 1 and 2, plus the suite of Discovery channels, and around 45 more drama and documentary channels.

Sky TV packages also include popular free-to-air channels even when customers do not have an aerial connection and are streaming entirely over broadband. This includes a selection from the BBC, plus a number of regional BBC channels, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, and a number of news channels as well.

In addition to the 150 live channels, Sky TV also includes:

  • 30,000 TV shows
  • 500 boxsets to watch on-demand
  • Free Netflix Standard with Ads subscription (worth £4.99/mth)
  • Free access to Discovery+ Basic (worth £6.99/mth)

Both the Sky Stream Puck Box and Sky Glass TV set offer support for the widest range of apps in the pay TV market, beating both Virgin Media and BT.

Customers can access the following free and subscription-based apps:

Netflix Prime Video Disney+ Paramount+ Discovery+
Apple TV+ Hayu Peloton Fiit Sky Kids Games
YouTube YouTube Kids PlayWorks Tastemade Highbrow
Redbull TV GolfPass Vevo Sky News GlobalPlayer
BBC Sounds RadioPlayer Amazon Music Spotify BBC iPlayer
ITVX All4 STV Player

Netflix Standard with Ads is included with most Sky TV packages as standard, and customers can upgrade to Netflix Standard for £6 or Premium for £11 if they want to.

All Sky TV customers get Discovery+ Basic for free, while those who subscribe to TNT Sports get Discovery+ Premium.

Customers who take the Sky Cinema pack also get Paramount+ included at no extra cost as well, which is worth £6.99 per month, as well as two free Vue cinema tickets each month.

Sky TV packs

To watch even more content, Sky TV customers can subscribe to premium packs on either 18-month or 31-day rolling contracts.

Here are the latest prices for customers on Sky Stream:

18-months 31-days
Sky Sports £20 (was £25) £25 (was £30)
Sky Cinema £10 (was £13) £12 (was £16)
TNT Sports - £28 (was £30)
Sky Kids - £6 (was £7)

The rolling monthly terms are a major benefit of Sky's new streaming service over the traditional Sky Q plan, as previously customers could only sign up to Sky Sports or Sky Cinema on long 18-month contracts.

The advent of streaming platforms, which have now been adopted by both Sky and Virgin Media, has increased the flexibility of pay TV services, as they generally don't tie customers down.

While they do cost a little more, the new 31-day packs from Sky allow customers to only pay for what they're watching. For example, customers can now subscribe to Sky Sports during a particular sporting season, and then cancel when they no longer need it.

Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos

While Sky Stream Puck, and particularly Sky Glass, both support Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos surround sound, customers have to pay more to access this upgraded content.

It's cheaper on Sky Stream than Sky Q, but customers will still need to pay from £4 per month for the Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos pack to gain access to 4K content and improved sound.

UHD content is also fairly limited too, but will include:

  • Sky Originals in Ultra HD
  • Sky Cinema films in Ultra HD (for customers with Sky Cinema)
  • Sky Sports Ultra HD (for customers with Sky Sports)
  • TNT Sports Ultimate (for customers with the TNT Sports pack)

Sky TV boxes

Sky are beginning to move away from their traditional satellite-based service, although they recently signed a deal to extend their satellite contract until 2028, so Sky Q customers don't have to worry just yet.

However, Sky customers can now choose alternative ways to watch by signing up for a Sky Stream Puck Box or even a Sky Glass TV set.

Sky Stream Puck Box

Most households will likely sign up for Sky TV with a Puck box, setup is currently free and installation is easy, with customers simply needing to connect the Puck box to their router.

The Puck box is a small device, with no internal storage, but has the ability to stream all of Sky's content in full 1080p HD, and even 4K Ultra HD with additional subscriptions.

It's possible to connect a soundbar with Dolby Atmos surround sound supported by connecting the Puck through the TV HDMI port. As with UHD content however, Dolby Atmos requires the UHD & Dolby Atmos pack from £4 per month.

Sky Stream Puck has the same app support as both Sky Glass and Sky Q, which means access to 30 free and subscription-based apps including Prime Video, Disney+, Paramount+, Discovery+, Apple TV+, and Hayu.

Getting a Puck box is the cheapest and easiest ways to subscribe to Sky TV, and customers can even choose from rolling 31-day contracts for extra flexibility.

Read our full review of Sky Stream Puck here.

Sky Glass

Launched in October 2021, as Sky's first streaming platform, Sky Glass is a 4K QLED flat screen TV set with a Sky box and soundbar built-in.

While Sky Glass depends on a Sky TV package to work, it's gaining its place as Sky's flagship product, with exclusive new devices, like the 4K Sky Live camera, which allows customers to interact with their TV set for the first time.

Sky Live offers motion detection so customers can control games with their body, do home works with monitoring and form improvements, and video call friends and family with Zoom. The new Watch Together feature also allows two or more customers to watch films and sports events together remotely.

Sky Glass offers all the same premium content as Sky Stream Puck and Sky Q, and can be purchased on an interest-free credit basis to help spread the cost.

Read more about Sky Glass in our full review.

Sky Q

Sky Q is the latest satellite-based service from Sky, having taking over from Sky+ HD back in 2016.

At the time, the new Sky Q box was a leading device, offering a voice controlled remote for the first time, 4K Ultra HD, and the ability to record six shows while watching a seventh.

Sky Q also bundles 1TB of storage, with boxes for existing customers available with up to 2TB, giving customers the ability to record 150 hours of HD content or more.

However, while Sky Q is still available to new customers, it's starting to be priced above that of Sky Stream, so customers will be paying more for the same content.

Sky understandably want to make the move to a more future-proofed content delivery service, especially as the UK is now rolling out gigabit-capable broadband with aims to cover 99% of the country in the next seven years.

Read more about Sky Q and the Sky Q box.


Verdict: Are Sky TV packages worth it?

Sky TV offers one of the most premium TV services in the UK, and their move to offering content over broadband has also modernised their platform while making it accessible to even more customers.

Sky TV packages can be taken with or without Sky broadband, which gives them the edge over Virgin Media and BT for flexibility, although customers will save more with a Sky bundle.

Overall, Sky TV is great for customers who:

  • Want to watch exclusive programming like Sky Originals on Sky Atlantic
  • Want to pause and rewind live key sporting moments on Sky Sports and Eurosport
  • Want access to a wide range of extra apps, including Discovery+, Paramount+, Apple TV+, Hayu, Disney+, and many others

Customers might want to look elsewhere though if:

  • They want to watch just TNT Sports, which is often cheaper with Virgin Media
  • They don't live in an area with broadband faster than 25Mbps available, while this is very few places, people in remote areas may be better with Sky Q which is delivered using a satellite dish

Sky seem set on staying ahead of the competition, with their latest Sky Live camera offering an immersive viewing experience for the first time. And for customers on a budget, the Sky Stream Puck Box offers a flexible way to watch Sky's best content without lengthy contracts.

Comments

Manju Bhakta
2 February 2021

I am with TalkTalk and have TalkTalk TV. They are offering these TV passes and they are with Sky TV. Could you please tell me if I can have just the Indian channels with Sky and the cost of this pass please. Many thanks.

Choose team replying to Manju Bhakta
18 February 2021

Hi Manju, TalkTalk TV does now offer Now TV passes, which are in associated with Sky TV content. However, the Now TV passes cover Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Entertainment, kids and Hayu. They don't offer any specific Indian content channels. Hope this helps.

malcolm lassan
27 February 2018

We currently have Virgin TV with, in addition to the first screen, a further three independent screens each operating independently each with film and sport. In addition we have broadband and phone from Virgin.
We now require a total of three screens.
I understand that we may need your Box Set Bundle plus multi-screen for the additional two screens is that correct?
Please provide your recommendations, price and broadband speed we may expect.
Thanks

Choose team replying to malcolm lassan
2 March 2018

Hi Malcolm,

Yes it sounds like you would need Sky Multiscreen in addition to the box sets bundle. You can compare TV and broadband deals here: https://www.choose.co.uk/co..., filtering 'Sky' only deals if that is what you are after. Good luck!

Which broadband & TV deals are available in your area?

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