Depending on your budget, you can choose from broadband plus standard TV channels or spend a bit more and sign up for a triple-play bundle with 100’s of TV channels, Sports, Cinema and get a dedicated TV box like Apple or Sky Q.
Why should you bundle broadband and TV together?
You can make great savings by getting both from the same provider. It also means you will have just one provider to deal with and only one bill coming in each month.
How much does broadband & TV cost?
All the large Irish providers, including eir, Sky, Virgin Media and Vodafone, offer combined broadband and TV packages.
Year 1 Cost
eir TV Plus & Broadband plus Off-Peak
Simply Broadband, TV & Talk
Sky Signature with Sky Broadband Superfast & Talk Freetime
250Mb Broadband + Big TV
*1st Year Total cost includes any upfront costs such as installation fees.
Which providers offer sports channels?
Sky, Virgin Media, eir & Vodafone all offer sports packages.
Sky Sports can be added to any Sky TV plan for an additional monthly charge.
Virgin Media Sport is standard for all Virgin Media TV customers. Their main TV plans also come with Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports News as standard and Sky Sports can be added for a monthly fee.
Vodafone add Sky Sports, BT/Premier Sport Pack, or both to your TV package for an additional charge.
There are lots of optional extras depending on your provider and what you’re interested in, for example:
An extra TV box to give you the ability to watch TV in more than one room. Usually, you will have to pay for the extra box, and there’ll be an additional monthly subscription for multiroom viewing, too.
HD channels and boxsets to supplement the standard channels and content. Some providers offer this as standard, while with others there will be an additional monthly cost.
The ability to stream online players like RTE Player and Virgin Media Player, through your set-top box. Several providers have this option and there’s no extra charge.
On-demand content like movies and TV shows that you can order through your set-top box and pay a once-off fee for.
Sports add-ons like Sky Sports, or Virgin Media Sports. Virgin Media TV customers get Virgin Media Sport as standard with their packages. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription.
A Sky Cinema add-on with 12 dedicated channels, a new premiere every day, and access to 1,000 movies on demand. There are some other movie channels available as standard from some providers, so be sure to compare these before choosing your deal.
What about Broadband, TV & phone packages?
If you want to opt for broadband and TV, but also require a home phone, you could go for what’s known as a ‘triple-play’ deal. These are usually the best value deals on the market.
Who offers triple-play bundles?
Bundling these services will usually save you money when compared to getting them all from separate providers. Dealing with one provider for all services is also more convenient and less hassle.
Yes, however, TV only or standalone deals are only available through Sky. To get a TV plan with eir, Virgin Media or Vodafone you need to sign up to one of their broadband plans.
Paying separately for your broadband and TV package usually works out more expensive than bundling them with the same provider. You’ll also find there’s a lot more choice if you sign up for triple-play package including a home phone.
How to compare broadband & TV deals
Price: For most people, price will be the most important factor when it comes to choosing a broadband package.
Broadband speed: The speed you can get will depend on the broadband provider you go for and the type of broadband available where you live.
TV channels: You will need to decide what channels you would like and whether or not you want any extras, like sports channels or Sky Cinema.
Contract length: Most broadband and TV packages have 12-18 month contracts. Check this before you sign up and how much you will pay after your discount period ends.
Installation costs: Look at the installation costs, as well as the monthly costs when you’re comparing deals. Some providers offer free installation, but others may need an upfront charge.
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