Virgin Media Bigger Bundle

Last updated: 04 January 2024   By Dr Lucy Brown, Editor

The Bigger Bundle combines ultrafast broadband with more TV content including Sky Max and Eurosport.

Virgin Media's Bigger Bundle offers customers a range of premium content on the 360 box, ultrafast broadband, and a price cheaper than rivals.

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The Bigger Bundle is Virgin Media's mid-range TV, broadband and phone package, which can be customised with premium packs including Sky Sports and Sky Cinema.

Broadband speeds can be boosted up to 516Mb per second with Volt, and customers get free calls to UK landlines at the weekend.

Overall, the Bigger Bundle is a competitively priced home entertainment plan, likely to include everything a household wants.

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At a glance

Price £36 (was £39.50)
Setup cost Free (usually £35)
Minimum term 18 months
Out of contract price £96
Annual price increase RPI + 3.9% in April
Download speed 264Mbps
Upload speed 25Mbps
Home phone Weekend calls
TV channels 190+
TV apps Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Paramount+, Youtube, BBC iPlayer, ITVX, My5
TV box TV 360
Broadband router Hub 3 or 4
Pros Cons
Good value for money in comparison to equivalent broadband-only plans Pre-made options can be restrictive
Includes Sky Sports Mix and Eurosport 1 & 2 High out of contract pricing means customers should re-contract or switch
Sky Sports bundle now in full 1080p HD as standard No longer includes TNT Sports as standard
Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Bigger Combo bundle 190 264Mb average £40 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) (Ends 30/04/2024)
Bigger Combo bundle + Sports HD 195 264Mb average £65 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35)

Is the Bigger Bundle right for me?

The Bigger Bundle is Virgin Media's middle-tier TV and broadband plan, although there are several varieties to choose from, so it actually spans a number of different packages.

The range of Bigger Bundle options can help ensure customers only pay for what they want to watch, and Volt can boost broadband speeds as well.

The Bigger Bundle is best suited to:

  • Households who want access to premium entertainment channels, alongside the ability to subscribe to additional apps from Netflix, Disney+ and Paramount+
  • Sports fans who'll get Eurosport 1 & 2 included, as well as Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports News, with the option to also watch Sky Sports in HD and TNT Sports
  • Movie lovers who want to add Sky Cinema to their bundle
  • Households who want ultrafast broadband from 264Mbps average speeds

For customers who want Sky Sports and Sky Cinema however, they'd be best off upgrading to the Ultimate Volt bundle (now named Mega Volt), as this combines both plans and saves money overall.

Sports fans who want Sky Sports in 1080p HD are now catered for by the Bigger Bundle + Sports HD package though, which was recently boosted from SD to HD.

The Bigger Bundle from Virgin Media is best suited to households who want the basic premium entertainment channels, with the option of adding Sky Sports or Sky Cinema.

As you move up the package range and add more content and faster broadband speeds, the new Mega Volt bundle becomes a more cost-effective way to get everything you want.


Bigger Bundle package options

There are four main choices to make when it comes to the Bigger Bundle from Virgin Media:

  1. Bigger Bundle: 190+ channels and M250 broadband, this plan covers most household needs for home entertainment at a competitive price
  2. Bigger Bundle + Movies: 200+ channels including Sky Cinema in HD
  3. Bigger Bundle + Sports: 195+ channels including Sky Sports in HD
  4. Bigger Volt Bundle: Volt can be added to any of the above packages, doubling the broadband speed and bundling an O2 mobile SIM, the Bigger Bundle and Bigger Bundle + Sports are boosted to M500, while the Bigger Bundle + Movies gets M350

Here is the latest pricing and offers for the first three options:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Bigger Combo bundle 190 264Mb average £40 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) (Ends 30/04/2024)
Bigger Combo bundle + Movies 200 264Mb average £61 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) (Ends 30/04/2024)
Bigger Combo bundle + Sports HD 195 264Mb average £65 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35)

As you can see, the basic Bigger Bundle option offers the best value for money at just £36 per month, and includes M250 broadband with average download speeds of 264Mb per second.

Customers who want both sports and movies will need to look to the Ultimate Volt bundle, which combines pretty much everything Virgin Media has to offer, with faster broadband speeds of 516Mbps as well.

Bigger Volt Bundle

Each Bigger Bundle option can also be taken with Volt, which doubles the broadband speed and bundles in an O2 SIM plan with 10GB data and unlimited minutes and texts.

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Bigger Combo Volt bundle 190 264Mb average £44.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with 10GB data, unlimited minutes and texts
Bigger Combo Volt bundle + Movies 200 264Mb average £65.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with 10GB data, unlimited minutes and texts
Bigger Combo Volt bundle + Sports HD 195 264Mb average £69.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with 10GB data, unlimited minutes and texts

Volt also includes added extras such as Virgin Media's WiFi Max guarantee for free, double data for existing O2 customers, inclusive roaming, and O2 tech treats.

Read more about Volt benefits.

Biggest TV Bundle

We've left the Biggest TV Bundle out of the tables above because while it's available, it doesn't currently offer very good value for money.

As you can see from the pricing table below, Biggest TV is currently more expensive than Mega Volt, even though it offers less overall.

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Biggest Combo bundle 210 132Mb average £79 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35)
Mega Volt bundle 230 1.13Gb average £85 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with Unlimited data, minutes and texts

The Biggest TV Bundle includes Sky Sports, but only in SD, while the Mega Volt bundle includes Sky Sports in HD.

Mega Volt also benefits from more channels overall, including the kids pack, as well as an unlimited data O2 mobile SIM, and other Volt benefits.

Considering it's £9 per month more expensive than the provider's top bundle, customers should largely skip over the Biggest TV bundle if they're wanting to combine sports and movies.

While some customers may be tempted by the cheaper out of contract price, which is £50 per month less with the Biggest TV bundle, they should remember it's possible to negotiate with Virgin at the end of a minimum term for a better price.


Bigger Bundle: what's on offer?

The Bigger Bundle is a straightforward mid-range TV and broadband bundle, which offers:

  • 190+ TV channels, including Eurosport and the 360 box
  • Access to a range of on-demand apps including Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and Paramount+
  • M250 broadband, with average download speeds of 264Mb per second
  • Calls to UK landlines at the weekend

Here is the latest pricing for new customers:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Bigger Combo bundle 190 264Mb average £40 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) (Ends 30/04/2024)
Bigger Combo Volt bundle 190 264Mb average £44.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with 10GB data, unlimited minutes and texts

Setup is currently waived under a special offer at the time of writing, but usually costs £35.

While it does vary, Virgin Media is currently offering the Bigger Bundle with their M250 broadband plan, which offers average speeds of 264Mbps down and 36Mbps up at peak times.

M250 broadband and phone costs £40 per month right now, which makes the Bigger Bundle exceptional value for money in comparison to taking less services.

Even the broadband-only version of M250 currently costs £30.50 per month, just £5.50 per month less than this bundle.

Bigger Bundle TV channels

The Bigger Bundle includes over 190 TV channels, some of these are free-to-air from Freeview, but many others are premium pay TV channels, including Sky Max and Discovery.

All of the channels from the Big Bundle are included, covering:

BBC One HD BBC Two HD ITV 1 HD Channel 4 HD Channel 5 HD
E4 HD BBC Three HD BBC Four HD ITV 2 HD Drama HD
ITV 3 HD ITV 4 HD ITVBe HD 5 USA W HD
5STAR Dave HD Really Yesterday HD 5ACTION HD
Pick Together Quest HD 5Select Challenge
Sky Arts 4Seven HD More4 HD CBS Reality Legend
That's TV BBC Alba Quest Red HorrorXtra RealityXtra
BLAZE PBS America Food Network HGTV God TV
Inside Crime Real Wild Mystery TV Haunt TV History Hit
BBC RB HD Great! Romance Great! Movies Great! Action Film4 HD
Talking Pictures TV Sky Sports Racing HD Viaplay Xtra CBBC HD CBeebies HD
Pop Tiny Pop

In addition, the Bigger Bundle has these additional premium entertainment and movie channels:

Sky Showcase HD Sky Witness HD Sky Max HD Sky Comedy HD Alibi HD
Sky Crime HD Sky Sci-Fi HD Sky Arts HD GOLD HD Sky History HD
Comedy Central HD Crime + Investigation HD MTV HD Comedy Central Extra Sky Replay
E! HD TLC HD Investigation Discovery DMAX GREAT TV
Eden HD Discovery HD Animal Planet HD Discovery Science Discovery Turbo
Discovery History National Geographic WILD HD National Geographic HD Sky History2 HD Sky Documentaries HD
Sky Nature HD Movies 24 Movies 24+ Sky News HD

Along with Sky Sports Racing HD and Viaplay Extra from the Big Bundle, the Bigger Bundle sports channels also include:

Sky Sports News HD Sky Sports Mix HD Eurosport 1 HD Eurosport 2 HD

The kids channels in the Bigger Bundle are the four channels available on Freeview, which include CBBC HD, CBeebies HD, Pop, and Tiny Pop. So customers wanting extra kids content, like Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network will need to upgrade to the kids pack for an extra £5 per month.

Virgin Media also recently signed a deal to bring Pluto TV to its platform, which will add another 100 live channels, including CSI:Crime Scene Investigation, The Drew Barrymore Show, and a range of MTV and Channel 5 spin-off shows.

Overall, while there is plenty of duplication in the channel count to make up 190 with various +1 versions of the same channel, there's also plenty of decent content there too, with access to premium programming through Sky, Discovery, and other platforms.


Bigger Bundle + Movies

Virgin Media's Bigger Bundle + Movies offer everything in the standard Bigger Bundle, plus all 11 Sky Cinema channels in HD.

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Bigger Combo bundle + Movies 200 264Mb average £61 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) (Ends 30/04/2024)
Bigger Combo Volt bundle + Movies 200 264Mb average £65.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with 10GB data, unlimited minutes and texts

The Sky Cinema channels included are:

Sky Premiere HD Sky Animation HD Sky Hits HD Sky Greats HD Sky Family HD
Sky Action HD Sky Comedy HD Sky Thriller HD Sky Drama HD Sky Sci-Fi HD
Sky Select HD

The only difference between the Sky Cinema pack on Virgin Media and through Sky directly, is Sky have a Premiere +1 channel. Sky also include Paramount+ in their Sky Cinema pack.

Virgin Media have now launched Paramount+ access through the 360 box, after signing a deal in November 2022. They've yet to include it for free with any bundle though.

Bigger Bundle comes with the TV 360 box which also supports on-demand apps like Disney+, Prime Video, and Netflix, so there are plenty of ways for customers to watch films.

Read more on the differences between Sky and Virgin Media.


Bigger Bundle + Sports

The Bigger Bundle + Sports option includes everything in the standard Bigger Bundle, plus 8 Sky Sports channels in HD.

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Bigger Combo bundle + Sports HD 195 264Mb average £65 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35)
Bigger Combo Volt bundle + Sports HD 195 264Mb average £69.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with 10GB data, unlimited minutes and texts

Virgin Media are currently offering the Bigger Bundle + Sports with M250 broadband or M500 broadband with the Volt option.

The Sky Sports channels included are:

Sky Sports Main Event Sky Sports Premier League Sky Sports Football Sky Sports Cricket Sky Sports Golf
Sky Sports F1 Sky Sports NFL Sky Sports Arena

Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Mix, and Sky Sports Racing are all included in the standard Bigger Bundle channel line-up.

At this pricing level, it's worth keeping an eye on the cost of Virgin's top bundle, Mega Volt (was Ultimate Volt), because it can become more cost-effective to upgrade depending on current offers.

Right now, Mega Volt only costs £13 more per month than the Bigger Volt Bundle + Sports HD, but would also include Sky Cinema, Netflix, and an unlimited data O2 SIM.


Biggest TV Bundle

The Biggest TV Bundle is a newer addition to Virgin Media's line-up, and has replaced the Bigger Bundle + Sports & Movies option.

However, as mentioned, it doesn't always offer good value for money, with the Mega Volt bundle priced cheaper but offering more.

The Biggest TV Bundle includes:

  • 210+ TV channels, and the TV 360 box
  • Sky Cinema pack in HD
  • Sky Sports pack in SD
  • Netflix Standard
  • TNT Sports in HD, and TNT Sports Ultimate in 4K
  • M125 broadband
  • Weekend calls to UK landlines
Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Biggest Combo bundle 210 132Mb average £79 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35)
Mega Volt bundle 230 1.13Gb average £85 Free 18 months
offer Offer: No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with Unlimited data, minutes and texts

It's the penultimate bundle from Virgin Media before moving onto the flagship Ultimate Volt bundle, and offers a large range of premium TV content, but does fall down in some areas.

For example, the M125 broadband plan only offers average download speeds of 132Mb per second, compared to 516Mbps with the Mega Volt Bundle. The next bundle up also includes anytime calls to UK landlines and mobiles, as well as an unlimited O2 SIM.

Overall, most customers will find the jump to Mega Volt to offer much better value for money and improved features as well.


Verdict: Is the Bigger Bundle any good?

Virgin Media's Bigger Bundle will appeal to many households looking for a home entertainment plan with a wide range of premium content that also doesn't break the bank.

The Bigger Bundle's value for money comes to the fore with the standard package option, as this costs less than £40 per month for premium TV and M250 broadband.

It's the next step up from Virgin Media's Big Bundle, which offers mainly only Freeview channels with the option to add subscriptions to on-demand apps.

At the time of writing, the Bigger Bundle is only £4.01 more per month than the Big Bundle, making it a worthwhile upgrade for an extra 90 pay TV channels.

Overall, the Bigger Bundle is a competitively priced deal covering the wants of most households for entertainment and broadband, while customers who want both sports and movies should look to the Mega Volt Bundle.

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