Why choose a standalone TV package?
You might want a standalone TV deal if you’re happy with your current broadband provider, or it’s not a good time to switch but you want to watch Sky TV.
Sky is the only TV provider in Ireland that offers standalone digital TV deals, so you can have a different broadband and home phone provider alongside your Sky TV if you wish.
Does it work out cheaper?
No, paying separately for your broadband and TV package usually works out more expensive than having them with the same provider.
Even if you don’t want a home phone for example, it could be cheaper having a package deal that includes it and simply not using it, than getting one without it.
You’ll also find there’s a lot more choice if you’re open to your package including a home phone because there are very few packages available just for broadband and TV.
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Who else offers digital TV packages in Ireland?
Sky isn’t the only TV provider in Ireland. You can also choose from these TV providers, but you’ll need to sign up for their broadband too:
- Virgin Media
Sky also offers plenty of TV packages with broadband and home phone.
Ireland’s best TV providers
Here’s what each of the TV providers offer:
eir TV offers two main TV packages. eir TV Plus comes with over 60 channels, while eir TV Extra offers up to 100. eir TV offers many of the same features and channels as Sky, Virgin Media and Vodafone.
Sky TV is one the most popular TV packages. With exclusive channels like Sky Atlantic, the Sky Q 1TB box as standard, and access to the Sky Go app. Sky Cinema, Sky Sports and Netflix can be added on to any sky TV package.
Virgin TV is available as a bundle with broadband and home phone.
Vodafone TV comes with over 80 channels where you can enjoy all of the Irish and UK channel favourites.
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Who provides 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. Sky Sports comes with 8 sports channels, including Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Golf, and Sky Sports F1 and more. Existing Sky TV customers can also add Sports Extra for an additional monthly charge. Enjoy UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, Premier League games, Scottish FA Cup, Champions Cup and Challenge Cup Rugby, plus more.
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, while Virgin Bigger TV also comes with Eurosport 1&2.
To find out more about TV sports in Ireland, visit A guide to TV Sports packages.
Who provides movie channels?
eir TV - access to Film 4 and TCM as standard. You can also choose to add on Sky Cinema, for an additional monthly charge.
Sky TV - B4U Movies and Movie 24 are included free of charge. Sky Cinema has 12 movie channels, and a new film premiere every day. Sky has hundreds of movies on demand, you can also buy and keep movies from the Sky Store, which will then be added to your Sky Q box. Or opt for the Sky Signature with Sky Cinema plan, which has dedicated Sky Cinema channels included.
Virgin Media TV - access to Virgin Movies & Box Sets as standard. You can also add on Sky Cinema for an additional monthly cost.
Vodafone TV - access to Film 4 as standard. You can also choose to add on Sky Cinema, for an additional monthly charge.
What TV boxes are available?
Each provider has its own TV box, which you use to navigate through their TV services.
- eir TV has 7 day catch up on select channels, allowing you to restart, replay & record so you don’t need to miss a thing.
- Sky Q box allows you to pause, rewind and record and the 1TB - which comes as standard on all TV plans - lets you store up to 500 hours of TV.
- Virgin TV 360 box has pause, rewind and record functionality, and you can store hundreds of hours of TV. You can also access Virgin Replay TV and built in apps, such as Netflix.
- Vodafone TV box allows you to pause, rewind and record and you can store up to 300 hours of SD TV. You can also access Restart TV and 7-day catch up, as well as Netflix.
How to choose a TV package
When you’re comparing TV deals, think about:
- Your budget
- If you want multi-room
- If you want to bundle your TV with broadband and/phone, or a standalone plan
- What channels you want - not all providers offer the same channels with their plans
- Add-ons - like Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, or additional HD channels, these will likely mean an increase in your monthly cost
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What additional TV services can you get?
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.
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