Fibre packages available - Broadband Superfast has speeds averaging 59Mb
Truly unlimited broadband - with no caps or traffic management
Fixed price guarantee - 24 month price guarantee on select TV + broadband deals
Large range of TV packages - virtually anyone can get TV from Sky as it's supplied by satellite and doesn't depend on cable or broadband speed
Sky Q box - all new Sky TV customers get the industry-leading Sky Q box as standard
On Demand - catch up on TV you've missed, or choose from a large selection of TV box sets and movies
Sky Go - watch the channels available on your TV subscription on tablets, Xbox, laptops and phones where there is a broadband, wireless or 4G connection available
Free wi-fi for Sky Broadband customers - unlimited wi-fi in popular high street locations around the UK
Customer satisfaction - Sky has one of the lowest customer complaint levels in Ofcom's quarterly broadband, telecoms and TV complaint reports and has been reported as having the highest or joint highest broadband customer satisfaction level out of the 'big 5' providers since 2009
Standard broadband not available outside of Sky network areas - although Sky's network does cover more than 90% of UK homes
No standalone broadband available - you can take Sky Broadband without TV, but phone line rental must be paid on all packages
No short contracts - standard contracts are 18 months with no shorter options available
Satellite dish needed for TV packages - not for the aesthetically-conscious, though Sky dishes are as discrete as such things can be
Features at a glance
11Mb average download speeds and 0.8Mb average upload speeds outside fibre areas, Fibre Max averages 59Mb downloads and 18Mb average upload
18 month contracts as standard
Download allowances are truly unlimited
Free activation for standard broadband, £50 for fibre, often discounted during promotions
Support available by phone 8.30am to 9pm, Tweet @SkyHelpTeam 8.30am to 11pm weekdays and 9am to 11pm weekends
McAfee Internet Security Suite, free for 12 months for three PCs
An extremely slow broadband and this is with the newly introduced Sky Q box.
Takes 20 seconds+ to get a page loaded - on a new computer - when it's currently being advertised as one of the best broadband companies in the country.
Prior to Covid, it'd take more than 2 hours just to get seen by a Customer Service Agent; sometimes they wouldn't even help.
Not reliable at all if you're trying to play games, search up something or do work.
Not satisfied at all with this, fix your broadband before promoting it!
Never in my life I have witnessed such bull making lies about the problems being our fault and 40 pound a month for 1mbs wifi that is ludicrous
Been with sky for years as a priority customer as I’m disabled I’m a diabetic for nearly 60yrs need a phone as mobiles don’t always work here bad signal my broadband has become worse with consistent failures and to make things worse the phone often won’t work either as I also have had strokes a heart condition as well as my other issues without a phone I can’t even phone for an ambulance if needed sky have done nothing worth while a total waste of time and getting worse since the pandemic I’m off to another company in the next couple of weeks do yourself a favour avoid these Hippocrates at all cost because if if have an issue don’t expect any real help take today broadband lost for about 3 hrs promised call back again they didn’t
Sky broadband is an absolute sack of crap, the connection been dropping out nearly every day for 2 years and they blame the pandemic and open reach for not fixing it. Had to go on 4g to write this. Will be cancelling tomorrow
Worst service in the UK, complete disergard for customers, incompetent engineers. It seems that in the year 2021 this company has no other excuse but "the pandemic" for the total loss of service caused by their fauly exchange. How many engineers do you need to fix the cabling at the exchange? Well... aprently not enough to identify the problem for a minimum of 10 days... at least according to sky...
Don't go anywhere near this provider or you'll find out the hard way how terrible they are, just as I did.
We switched to Sky and we were informed we could claim back out fees from previous provider if we switch. Despite 28 emails, using Sky’s complaints procedure and speaking with an advice, we have not received it. We only receive an irritating generic email. They also took money from our account without permission but later re-credited this. Once our contract is up, we’re leaving. It is impossible to get through to anyone to resolve issues.
Had no service for almost a week for 12 hours every day, had engineer visits cancelled because. They're. "not needed" with no other reason given even though I still have the problem and nothings been done to fix it... Constantly given the run around. This is actually awful service. The staff lie to you to try and make you stay and not CANCEL.DONT GO WITH SKY.
Speed depends on the package you take but customer service and incompetence of the team from Sky and Open reach to get things right the first time around is shocking. Lots of training needed there, poor Management overall it seems.
Speeds up when you eventually complain but the only temporarily
Do not recommend always have an unstable connection we have contacted sky well over 10 times and have been given solutions that contradict other ones and do not help at all
With the upgrade to our broadband infrastructure being accelerated, ultrafast broadband is becoming more accessible with each passing day.
So you might now be wondering, is it time to upgrade to a faster deal? But what exactly do you get, and what are the benefits to ultrafast broadband? Let's take a look.
What is ultrafast broadband?
Anything with a download speed over 100Mb can be classified as ultrafast.
There are a lot of different technologies that are able to deliver these faster speeds, including upgraded street cabinets that use the G.fast technology, Virgin Media's cable and fibre network, and the growing number of full fibre, or fibre-to-the-home, services that are being rolled out across the country.
Coverage is still quite patchy, but a majority of UK homes can get an ultrafast service from at least one provider, with as many as 59% able to get speeds of at least 300Mb.
Do you need ultrafast broadband?
While faster is very much better, the normal fibre broadband connections that most of us still use are extremely capable.
A 67Mb connection is good enough to allow you watch Netflix or Amazon Prime in 4K, and can download a 1GB file in just a touch over two minutes. You shouldn't experience too much in the way of problems, even with a fairly busy household.
But remember, your available bandwidth is divided between all the devices connected to your network. The more devices you add, the more likely you are to experience slowdowns on some of your tasks - your videos drop to a lower resolution, your downloads take longer, and so on. Ultrafast broadband reduces the chances of this happening, and the faster your connection, the less likely it gets. It allows you to connect more devices, and more people, without putting any limits on what they can do.
So while you might not have a desperate need for ultrafast, right now, there are lots of good reasons why it will benefit you.
Your browsing in general will speed up. You'll notice it especially with complex web apps like Google Docs, or photo heavy sites. You get a shorter ping rate, too, which means better online gaming.
You will experience much faster downloads. This isn't just files you're actively downloading on your laptop, but other things like those Windows 10 updates that happen in the background, video game downloads, and even Ultra HD movies you load on your Sky Q box. For reference, a 5GB file will take over 10 minutes to download on a 67Mb connection, and just 42 seconds with gigabit broadband.
Along with faster downloads, you also get much faster uploads. Full fibre broadband is symmetric, which means the upload and download speeds are the same. If you work from home, especially, this could be a huge benefit.
Ultrafast broadband is future-proof. Internet use on the Openreach network, which covers most UK broadband suppliers, more than doubled throughout 2020. Yes, it was driven in part by lockdown, but it was also the continuation of a long established trend that's unlikely to change any time soon.
In some cases, ultrafast broadband might also be your best option. Lots of rural areas, as well as new build homes, have frankly terrible options when it comes to fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband - and some don't have it at all. But full fibre is independent of the old copper-based network, so you might increasingly find that it's your best, and maybe, only choice.
Can you get ultrafast broadband?
The provider with the widest ultrafast broadband coverage throughout the country is Virgin Media. They're available to approaching two-thirds of the UK and they offer speeds up to an average 630Mb. Vodafone, EE and Sky are among the other big providers that can offer ultrafast broadband at varying speeds.
There's also a big growth in the number of specialist full fibre providers, some focussing on specific regions. These include Community Fibre in parts of London and TrueSpeed in the South West, while Gigaclear target rural areas in 22 counties across the Midlands and south of England. Coverage is improving all the time, as are the range of options available to everyone.
Are you ready to upgrade to ultrafast broadband? Use our postcode checker to find out if it's available in your street already.
If you're splashing out on a big screen smart TV, perhaps to watch the Euros or to build your dream Home Cinema experience, it's worth also checking to make sure that your broadband package is up to scratch.
It's not really a big deal if you've gone for a smaller set, but if you're rocking a 65 inch screen or more, you want the best resolution you can get. 4K streaming is a must.
So what exactly do you need? When it comes to broadband for TV streaming, how fast is fast enough? Let's take a look.
What speeds do you need?
First, load up our speed test tool, go and stand next to your telly and run it a couple of times. This will give you an idea of the speeds your TV is able to get.
Now, you can compare the results to the speed requirements for many of the most popular streaming services:
BBC iPlayer - 4K: 24Mb, HD: 5MB. (iPlayer currently only offers a few shows in 4K, including the whole of the Euro 2020 competition.)
NOW TV - 1080p HD: 12Mb (There's no 4K option at the moment.)
Netflix - 4K: 25Mb, HD: 5Mb
Amazon - 4K: 15Mb, HD: 5Mb
Disney+ - 4K: 25Mb, HD 5Mb
Apple TV+ - 4K, 15Mb, HD: 8Mb
You might need to upgrade your subscription to get 4K streaming on some of these services. They will stream in 4K if your connection is fast enough, but will drop down to 1080p HD (and potentially even lower) if it isn't, so you don't have to worry about adjusting the settings of your streaming apps to find the appropriate quality.
Smart TVs use the same bandwidth as dedicated streaming sticks or set-top boxes, so the requirement is the same if you're using one of those instead - it's based on the software rather than the hardware.
And if you're wondering whether streaming uses more bandwidth than downloading, it's basically the same. You can technically download at a higher quality on a slower connection if you're willing to wait long enough, although you wound't want to do that too often. The big difference is for live TV, where you're always reliant on your internet connection when streaming, as compared to an aerial, cable or dish, where you always get the highest quality available, regardless.
How can you speed up the internet for your smart TV?
If you're struggling with buffering or pixellated images, or you're concerned you aren't getting the maximum quality available, there are a few things you can try.
Check your TV has a good Wi-Fi signal to begin with - you can usually see this if you delve into the TV's W-Fi settings. The weaker your signal, the slower your connection might be, and if it gets too weak, there's where you're likely to encounter problems.
If you have a weak connection, make sure there are no electrical devices nearby that can cause interference, like a cordless phone.
Also, you could try moving your router so that there are no heavy, physical objects like large bookcases that could block the signal.
Most smart TVs should have an Ethernet port around the back, so you can plug in a cable direct from your router to ensure a fast, consistent connection. Alternatively, you could use something like a Powerline adapter to extend your network coverage into a room where your Wi-Fi performance tends to be less than stellar.
The best broadband for your smart TV
As you can see from the speed requirements above, even 4K streaming is easily within the capabilities of almost all fibre packages, assuming you don't live too far away from your nearest street cabinet. This can cause a big drop-off in your download speeds.
The complication comes when you factor in what the rest of your household is doing while you're watching.
A typical entry level fibre deal, with 36Mb download speeds, comfortably exceeds the 25Mb requirement for 4K. But if you've got kids YouTubing and FaceTiming, and a partner in your home office downloading, all at the same time, your bandwidth will be spread a lot more thinly. Suddenly, that 4K streaming could be off limits.
So what speeds should you go for? Assuming a busy household, a top-end fibre-to-the-cabinet package should be the minimum. These have speeds in the region of 63-66Mb, and are enough for a few people to be busy online at the same time. Vodafone, TalkTalk and Plusnet are among the providers that offer great value fibre deals with these speeds.
But you should go faster for a larger household, to get the peace of mind that your connection will always be speedy enough to meet your needs. Most providers offer packages faster than 100Mb, including Sky, BT and Virgin Media.
If you're ready to upgrade to get the best TV and Home Cinema experience possible, use our postcode checker to discover the best broadband deals available in your area today.
Sky Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Sky right for you?
Can I get Sky Broadband?
Although Sky are known for their satellite TV service, they don't offer satellite broadband. Their broadband comes through a BT phone line like most other providers.
Sky’s low cost broadband network is the second largest (third if you count BT), available to more than 90% of the UK population as of 2015. Sky’s fibre optic broadband service uses the Openreach fibre optic network and is therefore available anywhere fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) broadband has been enabled. This is currently available to over 94% of UK households, including all but the most remote rural areas.
You can check to see if you live in Sky’s network or fibre network area with our postcode checker.
What packages are available?
Sky offer two core packages catering to different speed and download requirements. You can customise them by adding your choice of TV bundles, as well as landline and mobile calls.
There is one standard broadband package and one fibre option:
Sky Broadband Essential - totally unlimited standard broadband with speeds averaging 11Mb, on an 18 month contract
Sky Broadband Superfast - a high-end fibre service with speeds averaging 59Mb on an 18 month contract. Usage is totally unlimited
Sky Broadband Superfast comes with a speed guarantee. When you sign up you'll be told the minimum speed you should be able to get. If your service falls below that speed during the first 30 days you can claim your money back on that first month, as well as any setup costs you paid. You'll also be given the option to switch to the next best fibre package - most likely one of the 36Mb deals. Alternatively, you can cancel with no charge. Visit Sky for more information on the Sky Broadband Superfast Speed Guarantee.
All packages come with a Sky Talk calls plan, which can be upgraded further to include Anytime or International calls. You can also add a mobile plan. As a broadband customer you'll get unlimited free calls and texts with any Sky Mobile data plan.
What TV packages are available?
Sky TV is the UK's leading premium TV provider, with the largest selection of movies and sporting events.
Sky comes into your home via a satellite dish that needs to be installed on your property. You get a 1TB Sky Q box as standard, which allows you to record three shows while watching a fourth. You can upgrade to a 2TB box for extra features, including support for UHD broadcasts and the ability to record five shows at once.
There's on-demand viewing, plus support for watching on your phone or laptop via the Sky Go app. In addition, the Sky Q box lets you watch Netflix on your TV. All Sky TV deals are on a deal of at least 18 months.
The channels are divided into a series of bundles:
Entertainment - over 300 channels, including Sky Atlantic, Fox and Gold. This is the base package, and you need to have this in order to take any of the other bundles
Cinema - 11 channels split by genre, along with over 1000 movies available on demand
Sports - seven channels dedicated to specific sports, plus a couple of free channels including Sky Sports News. You can select up to three channels at a lower price, on a 31 day rolling contract, or take them all on an 18 month deal
Kids - add 11 channels and 5000 episodes on demand, on a 31 day contract
Box Sets - over 400 UK and US TV shows available on demand, on a 31 day contract
HD - upgrade your Entertainment channels to HD on a 31 day contract
Entertainment and Cinema are on 18 month contracts, and the price rises when the contract ends. The other channel packages can be had on 31 day rolling deals, but you cannot sign up for these on their own. The Entertainment bundle comes as standard - you have to take it even if you really only want the sports channels, for example. You may also be charged a setup fee in all cases.
Sky Q Multiscreen is also available as an add-on, enabling you to watch your channels and recordings on other TVs in your home as well as on tablet computers. If you have a 2TB Sky Q box then Multiscreen may be requred to unlock some advanced features.
Although Sky is available for most people, having a dish installed may not always be convenient or possible. Sky is expected to roll out dish-less streaming TV services in 2019.
Which package should I choose?
Sky Broadband has something for every level of user, and the packages can be customised to ensure you get exactly what you need.
Your choice of broadband package really depends what speed you require. Faster broadband is more appealing, but there is no need to pay more than necessary, especially when the broadband service is truly unlimited, letting you download, Skype, or game to your heart’s content. If you live near enough to the telephone exchange to get the full benefit, Sky Broadband Essential's average speed of 11Mb is sufficient for these things and you won’t be artificially slowed down at peak hours.
If you want fast and unlimited then take a look at Sky Broadband Superfast, averaging 59Mb. Which you choose depends on the size of your household - whether it's a large family or a student house, for instance - and if they are likely to be streaming, gaming and downloading at the same time.
Once you've chosen your broadband service you can customise it by choosing the Sky Talk bundle you need, if you make lots of landline calls. You can also add your choice of TV bundle. This gets you a 1TB Sky Q box as standard, with the option to upgrade to a more powerful 2TB box offering double the storage, the ability to record more channels and Ultra HD support. See below for full details about the different types of Sky Q box.
Points to consider before you choose
How many people will be using your broadband connection?
Are you a heavy downloader, do you regularly play online games or do you stream TV and films?
Do you want to watch TV on your tablet, or in more than one room?
Would the expense of the faster speed of fibre packages worth it for you?
It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.
Sky Go - Sky Go allows you to watch live or on-demand TV while on the move, letting you access your TV subscription anywhere there is a broadband, wireless or 4G connection available. The Sky Go app gives you TV direct to iPhones, iPads or selected Android smartphones, letting you watch live from your mobile device (although be careful if using 4G that you do not exceed your mobile download allowance as streaming TV is bandwidth-intensive). Essentially, you get to take your TV with you… without even needing an actual television.
Sky Q Hub - The 802.11ac wireless router allows up to 64 devices to connect at the same time, and supports both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands for a better and more reliable connection. In practice this means higher connection speeds at longer distances with compatible devices.
Sky Q Box - All TV customers receive a Sky Q box. The standard option - a 1TB box - allow you to record up to three shows simultaneously, while watching a fourth. It has enough space to record 500 hours of standard definition TV, and has full Multiscreen support (for an extra fee). There's also the option to upgrade to a 2TB box for an extra one-off fee. This enables you to record five channels as standard, while watching a sixth, and has support for Ultra HD broadcasts among its extra features.
Sky Wi-Fi - Sky Wi-Fi is available to Sky broadband customers and allows you to use a wireless-enabled device to go online at any Sky hotspot no extra cost. This allows you to go online at thousands of locations including high streets, coffee shops, railway stations, and pubs. This not only allows you a much faster connection than through mobile broadband, but also has no download limit, letting you use The Cloud to access the internet while you wait for your train, or sit down with a large cappuccino (however traffic management and fair usage limits may apply).
McAfee Internet Security - Customers signing up to any unlimited Sky broadband package will get a 12 months free trial of McAfee Internet Security Suite to protect their computer from viruses and malware. It can be installed on three PCs.
Broadband Shield - Sky's Broadband Shield enables you to control the kinds of content that can be accessed on your network.
What do I get with Sky TV?
With Sky TV you get access to a vast array of TV channels and content, both live and on-demand. It's delivered to your home via a cutting edge Sky Q box.
All customers signing up to Sky TV get a Sky Q box as standard. The basic 1TB box offers many cutting edge features, including:
1TB hard drive - Enough space to store 500 hours of standard definition TV.
Record three shows - You can record up to three channels at the same time while watching a fourth.
Multiscreen capability - Watch recordings around your home on either a free Sky Q Mini box or your tablet computer, or pause on one device and continue watching on another. Requires additional Sky Q Multiscreen subscription.
Mobile device support - The ability to save recordings to a tablet or other mobile device to watch on the go. Available as part of the Sky Q Multiscreen add-on.
Wi-Fi hotspot - The Sky Q box and any Mini boxes work as wi-fi hotspots, which can help to improve the wireless signal around your home.
Netflix support - You can watch Netflix through your Sky Q box, if you've got a subscription.
The Sky Q Multiscreen feature requires an additional subscription of £12 per month. This provides you with a Sky Q Mini box that connects to another TV in your home (you can add more TVs for a one-off fee of £99 each), and also enables you to stream your recordings to a compatible tablet. You can stream to one tablet at a time with a 1TB Sky Q box, or two tablets if you upgrade to a 2TB box.
If you choose to upgrade to the 2TB Sky Q box you get a number of extra features. As well as the extra storage space - enough for 1000 hours of SD TV - you can record five shows while watching a sixth. You can also watch Ultra HD broadcasts - although you do need to take out the Sky Q Multiscreen subscription to unlock this - and you get an innovative Sky Q Touch Remote powered by Bluetooth. The 1TB box gets a standard IR remote.
The monthly price is the same whichever box you choose, but the 2TB model increases installation costs to £75 if you take Multiscreen, or £199 without. By contrast, you pay a £20 installation fee for the 1TB box. In either case you won't actually own the box - you keep it for as long as you maintain your subscription. This also applies to the Sky Q Hub.
Once you have subscribed to the Sky TV service you get access to all of your chosen channels - including the optional Sky Sports and Sky Cinema - plus a full suite of on-demand services, including:
Catch up TV in HD - Catch up on shows you may have missed during the week. Sky has the UK's largest Catch Up TV service, which includes most TV channels and channels in HD.
TV Box Sets - Whole seasons of TV shows so you can watch episodes back-to-back and relive your favourites, or catch up on shows that are new to you.
Showcase - A selection of the week's best television.
Sky Store - There are over 1,000 movies that you can rent through the Sky Store, from as little as 99p.
Sky Cinema - Take out a Sky Cinema subscription with your package, and you'll have access to over 800 movies online.
The Sky Q boxes come with wi-fi capability already built in, so you don't need to worry about connecting them to your broadband router with long cables. Once you're connected, it's simple to use by hitting your ‘TV Guide' button and accessing the On Demand features with the red button.
What are the benefits of Sky?
The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.
Truly unlimited broadband - Sky offer truly unlimited broadband with not only no monthly download limits, but also no traffic management even at peak times. This lets you download files or play games to your heart’s content without needing to worry about being artificially slowed down, which can be a problem especially in larger households.
Sky TV - Sky’s satellite TV service is second-to-none in the range of options it provides, including premium channels such as Sky Sports and Sky Cinema. Even the most basic Sky TV packages offer the exclusive channel Sky Atlantic, UK home of such dramas as Game of Thrones and all HBO original shows, and a range of Sky entertainment channels. No other provider offers as wide a selection of TV channels. The Sky Q box also builds in Multiscreen support (for an additional monthly charge), so you can catch your favourite shows on TVs and tablet computers around your home.
Sky Boost - you can opt to pay a little extra each month, you can get extra benefits added to your broadband package. These include sngineer visits at times that suit you, including evenings and weekends, daily checks on your line to catch any problems and fix them as fast as possible, the Sky Broadband Buddy app to control your family's screen time, and 2GB added to your Sky Mobile account if you have one.
WiFi Guarantee - if you opt to pay extra for Sky Boost and your WiFi isn't performing as well as it should, Sky will take several steps to improve the situation, from sending you a booster to improve the signal to sending a Sky Engineer out to optimise things for you. If you're still not getting WiFi in every room, then Sky will refund your Boost upgrade for the remainder of your contract.
Some of the best wi-fi kit available - With the Sky Q Hub, you get one of the most reliable and best performing wireless routers provided with a broadband service.
Reliability and Customer service - Ofcom's Telecoms and Pay TV Complaints Report from January 2020 showed that Sky had the fewest complaints for broadband, landline and TV out of all the major suppliers. Sky have had the highest or joint highest Ofcom reported customer satisfaction levels for broadband (out of the 'big 5' providers) since 2009.
Complete entertainment package - Sky’s combined TV/broadband/phone packages allow you to pay for all of your entertainment services together, saving hassle and potentially saving money on getting these individually, especially from different providers. You can add a mobile deal, too.
What are the drawbacks of Sky?
Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.
No short contracts - Sky’s contracts have a minimum of 18 months, which can be a problem for those who have short tenancies or do not want the commitment of a year-long contract. The lack of one-month contracts is not necessarily a problem however, as the long contracts can be a plus to those who live in one place and do not wish to renew on a regular basis.
Expensive for the full deal - A full Sky TV package can get pretty expensive, especially if you only want to watch certain shows or channels. Check our guide on the best value pay TV services to see if you can get it cheaper elsewhere.
Sky Talk line rental required - Unlike with Virgin Media, a phoneline is required to access Sky's standard and fibre broadband products, there's also no option to pay one provider for phone services while taking only broadband from Sky, although Sky TV can be combined with other broadband providers. Sky's combined broadband and line rental packages are competitively priced though, with optional call plans for cheaper calling if required.
Many flagship TV features cost more - A number of Sky Q's widely advertised features actually require the additional Sky Q Multiscreen subscription, which adds £12 to your monthly cost. This includes the ability to watch live TV and recordings on tablet computers, where you can stop watching on one device and pick up from the same point on another, and support for watching shows in 4K Ultra HD on a 2TB Sky Q box.
Satellite TV can be affected by storms - Viewing and recording of live TV can be negatively affected by heavy rain, although On Demand services will be unaffected. Other TV providers use underground cables or internet streaming to provide TV channels so don't have this limitation. However, most if the time satellite TV will be superior to internet streamed content that may be prone to buffering or drops in quality at peak times.