AVForums is now not only the number 1 online community for discussing home electronics, it can also compare broadband and digital TV deals. We have collated thousands of deals from top broadband and digital TV providers to help our community save money on broadband and digital TV subscriptions.
We know that AVForums members often demand the very best from their tech, so our system will only recommend deals from providers that serve your local area. All you need to do is put your postcode into the field above, choose your package, the type of broadband you want and if you are happy with your usage allowance. We will do the rest.
The type of broadband you should choose really depends on what you are willing to spend and what sort of download speed you are looking for.
“Standard Broadband” refers to ADSL broadband delivered through phone lines with an average speed of around 8Mbps. Speeds vary depending on a number of factors including where you live and how far your house or flat is from your nearest telephone exchange.
ADSL lines can achieve speeds of around 15Mbps in urban areas with a solid broadband infrastructure, but rural user may get very slow speeds of around 2Mbps.
Fibre-optic broadband provides much faster download speeds than standard ADSL broadband. On average, fibre-optic is around five times faster than ADSL broadband, but the gap is much larger depending on what tier of fibre broadband you subscribe to. For example, according to OFCOM people who subscribe to a 200Mbps broadband tier get an average of 174Mbps, but subscribers to the 50Mbps tier get an average speed of around 50.5Mbps.
Fibre broadband is really for heavy downloaders and people who want to stream a lot of 4K or HD content, or for homes where there are a large number people accessing the same broadband connection.
We feature deals from the following top UK broadband and digital TV providers.
Sky is famous for its TV service and new innovations like Sky Q. It has a huge number of programming exclusives, like Game of Thrones and Westworld, but also offers a strong consumer broadband service with Sky Broadband.
Sky consistently ranks well in overall customer service satisfaction levels and offers a large number of broadband and TV packages to suit a variety of budgets. The Sky Go service, included as part of many packages, is also more robust than some of Sky’s main competitors. So if you want access to Sky Q and solid broadband then Sky is definitely worth considering. The provider also offers a fast fibre tier with Sky Fibre, so if you are a heavy internet user you can get a fast package, if it is available in your area.
BT is one of the UK’s largest providers of broadband, phone and TV services. BT has also branched out in recent years and now has a huge range TV entertainment options for its customers. BT Sport, available with a large number of BT packages, has live Premier League matches and exclusive rights to the UEFA Champions League.
BT can also provide fast broadband to customers with its BT Infinity broadband package. On average it does not quite scale the heights of fibre broadband (according to OFCOM) but the BT Infinity 2 package can offer very rapid download speeds of around 76Mbps.
TalkTalk broadband has become very popular in the UK, largely down to its reliable broadband speeds and its lower, competitive prices.
Talktalk also offers combined packages with TV, if you do not want to have to pay separate bills, and there’s a fast, fibre broadband tier with a maximum speed of 76Mbps.
Talktalk is a great option for customers who need affordable broadband but still want a certain level of speed. With Talktalk you can stream, browse the web and download quite happily.
Virgin Media led way the in improving the UK’s fibre-optic broadband infrastructure over the last few years. They are continually making cable broadband available in new areas and have made 200Mbps broadband available to a large portion of the UK’s population.
Virgin Media has also won customer service awards and currently has a very low number of complaints for their broadband service (according to OFCOM). So if you need high speed broadband and are a heavy downloader and streamer, Virgin Media is definitely a provider that should be considered.
Plusnet offers a range of broadband-only or combined broadband and phone packages without usage limits. The provider also offers fibre broadband to customers who need extra speed, and there are business tariffs as well.
Plusnet is also well known for its offers and incentives. Plusnet regularly offers half-price broadband for the first few months of your contract and other useful benefits, such as free security software and free wireless router.
EE is best known as a mobile phone network, but it also offer a range of different broadband packages. These can be taken whether you are an EE mobile customer or not, though existing customers tend to get attractive incentives like extra mobile data.
EE also offers unlimited downloads on all of its packages and a fibre broadband tier, should you really need high speed broadband. You can also get access to EE TV through most EE broadband packages, and this offers over 70 Freeview channels as well as access to catch-up services like BBC iPlayer and Wuaki TV. You can integrate the EE TV set-top box with Plex, so you can organise your photos and entertainment across several devices.
Direct Save Telecom specialises in flexible, cost-effective broadband packages designed to suit a range of different budgets. Direct Save offers ADSL and Fibre Broadband packages, if you live in an area that is covered, but the big hook for many customers is Direct Save’s no-contract broadband.
No-contract broadband is more expensive but it does offer a high degree of flexibility. You can pick up broadband on a rolling one-month contract with a free wireless router. You can also choose to have unlimited broadband or take your broadband with a 20GB usage cap to save a bit of extra money.
If you are looking for mobile broadband, Three has a range of competitive offers that could suit your needs with different methods of accessing your connection. You can pick up a dongle, MiFi or tablet SIM, which then connect to the Three network for web access on the go.
Usage limits on Three mobile broadband range from 1GB of data per month all the way up to 20GB per month. There is no unlimited tier, so it is not a product for heavy downloaders to replace their fixed home connection, but these usage limits will suit the majority of people who want to browse the internet away from home.
A leading mobile network provider, O2 also offers several tariff options if you want broadband on the move.
O2’s range of dongles and MiFi devices isn’t extensive but there should be something to suit everyone. You can get a standard dongle, in-car Wi-Fi device and a pocket Wi-Fi device that can provide a mobile broadband signal to several devices at once.
O2 offers three separate data tiers to its customers: 750MB, 3GB or 10GB of data per month.
Vodafone offers mobile broadband with a range of different options for getting online. You can purchase a tablet SIM, a data-only SIM, a standard USB dongle or a pocket Wi-Fi device.
Usage limits go all the way from 2GB per month up to 50GB per month, with 2GB of inclusive roaming data which is useful if you travel frequently.
If you want access to a huge library of entertainment, including shows such as Game of Thrones and Westworld, but do not want a contract, NOW TV could be a great option for you.
NOW TV lets you pick your own packages so you only pay for programming that you want to watch, and this comes in the form of NOW TV passes. There is an entertainment pass, a Sky Cinema pass, a kids pass and a Sky Sports pass. You can also pick up a 24-hour pass for sports and movies, if there is something you really want to watch.
You can watch NOW TV through a set-top box that connects to your Wi-Fi network or through a number of other devices, including a tablet phone or games console such as a PlayStation 4.
Recent changes enforced by OFCOM have made the whole switching process much easier. The process to change broadband is quite simple:
If you are still under contract with your current TV and broadband provider, you may have to wait until you can switch, unless you have completed the minimum term of your contract. If you are still under contract you may have to pay a large cancellation fee.
Put your postcode in the box at the top and we will suggest deals that you can get in your area. But there are a few things to remember depending on which providers you are switching to and from:
This is very simple; if you are moving from one ADSL provider to another, everything will be taken care of for you. Your new provider will contact your existing broadband provider and you’ll be sent notification letters confirming what is going on and when the change will take place.
If you are leaving a cable network you will have to contact your current provider to cancel your contract and then your new provider to arrange your new service. You will then receive a cancellation notice (along with a bill for any cancellation charges) from your current provider.
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