With competition heating up in the broadband and digital TV market, internet service providers are recognising the need to offer greater value broadband and TV packages. If you want to have all your home telecom services provided by a single service provider, then a broadband and digital TV bundle allows you to do just that.

When broadband is bundled with digital TV and a home phone, this can result is fewer bills to pay, and is often the cheaper option than paying separately for each service. By choosing a broadband and digital TV package that also comes with a home phone option, you could potentially save hundreds of euros per year.

Key factors to consider regarding broadband and digital TV packages

  • Quality of broadband service regarding speed and download allowance
  • How many channels are available
  • The cost of installation (if applicable)
  • The cost of a set top box (if applicable)
  • How long the contract is
  • Any additional landline costs

Broadband and digital TV in Ireland

The two most common forms of digital television in Ireland are, paid for digital TV and free digital TV. Currently Sky, Virgin Media, Vodafone and eir are the main providers of paid for digital TV in the country.

Free digital TV has become relatively popular in Ireland in recent years but it does lack many of the core benefits that paid television services can offer such as:

  • On demand TV
  • Catch up
  • Extensive selection of HD channels
  • Catch Up TV
  • Wider range of quality entertainment channels to choose from
  • Greater range of interactive facilities such as pause rewind and record digital TV capability
  • 3D TV
  • Multi-device viewing (smartphone, tablet, gaming and other devices)
  • Option to bundle broadband and home phone

Combining broadband and digital TV is easy to do when you are paying for your digital TV subscription.

Broadband and digital TV in Ireland

Virgin Media provide a wide range of broadband and digital TV bundles with the option of adding home phone as well.

In order to avail of a Virgin Media broadband and digital TV package you will need to live in an area which is supported by Virgin Media's cable fibre power broadband network. This is available in most large towns and cities in Ireland and Virgin Media is constantly upgrading and improving the availability of its network across the country.

One of Virgin Media's biggest attractions is the strength of its fibre power broadband service. With Virgin Media, you can combine your digital TV with broadband that allow for speeds of up to 360Mb, giving you superfast broadband capability.

Virgin Media broadband is also available with unlimited download capacity, which gives internet users the freedom and flexibility to download without restriction or slow down during peak times. A free wireless broadband modem comes with each digital tv and broadband bundle for new Virgin Media broadband customers.

Virgin Media digital TV, broadband and home phone highlights:

With Virgin Media you have the option to bundle digital TV and a broadband package, or a digital TV, broadband and a home phone package. Virgin Media is also a quad player provider, meaning you can add a mobile plan to any bundle too.

  • Superfast 360Mb fibre optic broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Free wireless modem
  • Over 110 channels
  • On Demand TV, with My Prime (movies & boxsets at no extra cost) and Replay TV.
  • Remote record your favourite TV programmes and films
  • Massive amount of Free minutes to Irish mobiles, landlines and selected international fixed line destinations

Sky broadband and digital TV packages

Sky also has broadband and digital TV offerings. It's broadband product, Sky Fibre, is available in over one million Irish homes and provides speeds of up to 100Mb. Sky TV customers can connect their Sky Q box to the superfast unlimited broadband to enhance the TV service they receive. With Sky Fibre Unlimited, customers can download as much as they like with no caps or hidden charges. This means it's a great solution for busy homes with high internet demands.

Sky digital TV packages start with 55 channels as standard, with the option to build a TV package tailored to your own viewing preferences. Dedicated sports focused TV deals and movies packages are available to add to your broadband and digital TV bundle.

Sky TV is received via satellite and requires the user to have a digital set-top Sky Q box. Sky TV deals come with two different set-top boxes to choose from: Sky Q 1TB box and Sky Q 2 TB box.

Sky Q Box

  • Access what's on your main box around the home. With Sky Q Mini boxes you can pause in one room and continue watching in another
  • Take charge of how you watch TV with the Sky Q box. Pause, rewind, record and store, so you’ll never miss a moment of the TV you love
  • With seamless multiroom viewing, you can now pause a show in one room, and pick up the action right where you left it on another TV screen or tablet.
  • With Sky Q Multiscreen and the Sky Q app, you can download recordings to your tablet to watch wherever you want, without 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi.
  • Watch the widest range of entertainment in Ultra HD, at up to four times the definition of HD

Sky Q 1TB box

  • Sharper images, incredibly vibrant colours and superb quality digital sound
  • Seamless multiroom viewing allows you to pause a show in one room, and pick up the action right where you left it on another TV screen or tablet
  • Record three shows and watch a fourth live
  • Store up to 500 hours of TV with 1 TB of storage space
  • Pause, rewind, record all of your favourite shows

Sky Q 2 TB box

  • Store over 1000 hours of TV with 2 TB of storage space
  • Record four shows and watch a fifth live
  • Pause, rewind, record all of your favourite shows
  • Seamless multiroom viewing allows you to pause a show in one room, and pick up the action right where you left it on another TV screen or tablet
  • Store over 1000 hours of TV with 2 TB of storage space

Each Sky broadband and digital TV package will come bundled with either Sky Talk Freetime or Sky Talk Anytime.

eir broadband and digital TV packages

The newest broadband and digital TV provider in the Irish market is eir. They offer fibre powered broadband up to 1000Mb, home phone and digital TV packages.

To avail of an eir’s eir Vision digital TV package you will need to be in an eir Fibre enabled area. This is available in many of the larger towns and cities nationwide, but eir is always upgrading its networks, so more and more people across Ireland will be able to avail of eir Fibre services.

eir Vision offers 55 channels as part of the eir Play Small package including UTV Ireland, Disney and Discovery. There are other extras available such as sports and movies packs, multiroom viewing along with the option of adding a HD add on to experience the channels in full HD.

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