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
dont usually leave reviews - but just wanted to share. internet service and reliability extremely poor. keeps going down. if you were considering going cheaper with Sky Broadband - I'd strongly suggest you pay the little extra for another provider.
Review based on ADSL connection and not fibre as not in the area.
Impossible to use reliably as drops out connection regularly
Diabolical speed any more than two devices and it’s like a 56k dial-up connection.
Easier to contact an MI5 agent than speak to a Sky customer service agent.
Have given this feedback direct to Sky and nothing from them not even an acknowledgment. Awful money grabbing company.
Can’t wait for my contract to end and be out of this misery.
This excuse for broadband is beyond the pale.Outages EVERY day,sometimes 20 times in an hour for several hours!!!Online gaming,streaming and computer are out of the question!Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday seem to be favourite days for maximum disruption and all this for £23 a month!I wouldn't pay £5 for this totally unreliable service.Thought of changing to BT,but their reviews are just as bad!
Abysmal everything! At night my download speed would drop to less than 1Mbps. It was like wading through treacle and as for streaming? No chance.
Customer Service were worse than useless and couldn't care less. Avoid Avoid Avoid.
Sky is horrible and their customer service is awful. The broadband keeps disconnecting every few minutes, so not even ethernet cables help. My house mates and I work in IT and have secured every cable, every box but still. At this point I dont know what I am paying for. I will try to change to BT asap.
Just recently changed onto super fast broadband after complaining to sky about the price of my package. Got talked into upgrade on broadband plus sky Q for a much reduced price. But got to say the broadband is bad. Never had so much problems with download etc the old one was so much easier and Like a previous review am now tied in for 18mths ???
Terrible. Paid extra for top broadband package, paid for delivery of boosters, paid extra for sky broadband boost and still poor WiFi and dropping signal...and this is in a modern house which is not a particularly large house. Stuck now in an 18 month contract and Sky technical say there is nothing they can do.
Sky is simply fhe worst company in the UK, fullstop. They are only ever interested in selling you something. Customer service ? Forget it. Awful company with zero record of helping customers. Will probably soon be exctinct - stay well clear!
It’s so rubbish. If your looking for good WiFi, look somewhere else. It’s unbearable. But, if you want a WiFi that’s unreliable, stops every 5 seconds, a slow connection, and a WiFi that is unreliable, then sky is what your looking for. If a bomber blew up sky and all its servers went down u would notice cause the WiFi’s that awful and u would think it’s your casual internet
Christmas is going to be a bit different this year.
Even with the hope of relaxed restrictions, it's likely that for many of us, large family gatherings will be replaced by virtual get-togethers, and nights out at pubs and parties will be swapped for nights in with a boxset.
And what does this mean? Our internet connections are going to be more important than ever.
So why not treat yourself to an early Christmas present by upgrading to a fantastic new broadband deal? If your current contract is coming to an end - or maybe it ran out a while back and you haven't got round to sorting it yet - now is the perfect time to start shopping.
There's loads of festive offers on right now, and if you act quickly there's still time to get connected before the holiday season kicks off.
You can even sign up to a premium TV service, so you can catch the latest movies, the hottest new shows, and enjoy the Premier League's hectic Christmas schedule.
Sign up to Virgin Media by 9th December for guaranteed installation by Christmas. You can get both broadband and TV, and activation is free - saving you £35!
You can still get Sky TV bundles up and running in time for Christmas.
For other TV and broadband bundles, check out the latest deals from BT and TalkTalk - TalkTalk packages still come with the promise of no mid-contract price rises.
Plusnet have seasonal offers available until 16th December.
You can get NOW Broadband with a range of TV Passes, covering your choice of entertainment, movies and sports.
When choosing a new broadband deal, always make sure you pick the right speed for your household. Put simply, the more people in it, the faster you need. So while one person making a video call or watching Netflix can get away with a relatively low speed, a few people all doing the same together will need much faster.
And keep in mind any large downloads you need to make. For example, games for the Playstation 5 or new Xbox consoles typically start at around 50GB, and can be double that. To make things a little easier, schedule these downloads to happen overnight, so they're ready and waiting the following morning.
You'll have to hurry if you want to get your broadband set up in time for Christmas. Use our postcode checker to find the best broadband bargains available where you live right now.
For the third successive quarter, Vodafone have been named as the 'big eight' broadband provider that generates the most complaints.
The unwanted title comes from Ofcom's latest complaints report for the last quarter of 2019. They show what while the industry average improved from 14 to 12 complaints per hundred thousand customers, Vodafone's number rose slightly to 27. That's around a quarter more than the next worst 'big eight' performers, Plusnet and TalkTalk.
Once again, the standout suppliers were EE and Sky with just five customers having cause to moan. They, along with BT, were the only companies to achieve below average grievance levels. Virgin Media made the biggest improvement, with their level of disgruntled users dropping from 20 in the previous quarter, to 14.
The data covers the UK's eight largest broadband suppliers, which all have at least 1.5% market share. Here's how they rank:
The report covers October to December 2019. Its publication was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak, and it also means that the data doesn't take into account the massive surge in broadband use during the lockdown. We'll have to wait and see what impact that had on customer satisfaction.
Speaking of which, Ofcom have also released their latest annual Customer Satisfaction survey. The report, for the whole of 2019, shows that an overall 85% of users are happy with the broadband service they get.
Of the 'big eight', Plusnet came out on top with an impressive 93% satisfaction rate. This is in spite of them performing pretty badly in a couple of areas. Over the year they had the second highest number of complaints, at 100 per hundred thousand customers. They also had the second longest call waiting time. Anyone phoning Plusnet for support would have to wait an average three minutes 48 for the call to be answered. By comparison, TalkTalk would answer in just 39 seconds.
This was a rare win for TalkTalk, who came out bottom of the satisfaction chart at just 78%. Only 44% of their users were happy with how complaints were handled, too.
The Customer Satisfaction report ranks the leading broadband providers across a range of categories. Here are the winners and losers:
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.