If you’re planning on getting a digital TV package, there are a few things to think about, such as:
- Which digital TV services can you receive?
Most homes in the UK can get at least one digital TV service. Satellite TV from Sky or Freesat can be accessed in around 99% of UK homes, while Virgin's cable service goes to around 50% of homes. Our comparison tool will ask you for your postcode so you’ll be able to see the deals you can actually get where you live. See what you can get now.
- How much are the set-up costs?
Set-up costs can vary between £10 and £60, so it's something to watch out for when weighing up the total cost over the year. Our comparison tool helps here by showing both figures.
- Which channels do you really want to watch?
You don’t want to pay for live sports or dedicated movie channels if you’re not going to watch them. Check which channels screen your favourite shows and stick to those.
It may make sense for you to buy a package from Virgin or Sky, or you could find that’s expensive. Decide your budget first, otherwise it’s easy to find yourself paying for extra channels you might not need.
You may just want to stick with streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon, in which case you’ll want to make sure you have fast enough broadband to use them.
Other questions to ask yourself include:
- Do you want Ultra HD (high definition) or HD (which has around four times less resolution)?
- Do you want a deal that allows you to pause, record and rewind TV shows?
- Do you want on-demand TV, or TV on the go?
- How long are you happy to sign up for?
While many contracts are just for 12 months, some providers might want you to sign up for 18 months or maybe longer to get the most suitable deals. So you'll need to decide if you are happy with a longer contract.