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TV Packages: Too Much Choice?

July 13, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Broadband Internet

With so many different TV packages available, it can be difficult to navigate your way around the digital market. The great digital switchover has happened and there’s a Freeview box in every home, but the prospect of even more choice will always be appealing. Now, more than ever, companies are offering not only a whole host of personally tailored television packages but with mottos such as “believe in better”, there’s a sense that these companies are attempting to offer us a little more than just scheduled programming.

Shopping around on the internet is, of course, a great way to save money. However, it can be easy to be drawn in by the offers that companies such as Sky and BT offer for online buyers. Before entering your credit card details, it can be worth taking a minute to consider if you really need those promised M&S vouchers from Sky, or if perhaps it’d be more beneficial to receive the ?100 off your first bill that Virgin media offer.

In the BT vs Sky packages debate it seems that although there are a huge variety of packages available, many of the basic offers are exactly the same. Both offer the box needed to get started for free, as well as the ability to pause, record and rewind live TV. Sky charges an installation fee, whereas BT charges an activation fee, both at ?30. BT perhaps have a slight edge depending on what you want, in the fact that they offer a pay as you go service, allowing you to watch shows on demand without paying for an entire channel.
When it comes to Virgin vs Sky TV there seems to be less room for debate. Simply by comparing both of their websites you see that whereas Sky TV appears to be infinitely adaptable, allowing you to create your own package or choose from a variety of pre-made packages, Virgin falls somewhat short. Although the prices may seem small and the offers appealing, with a choice of only three packages, Virgin’s scope is somewhat limited. Film and music rentals are cheap, but perhaps not worth the relatively small selection of channels available.

Bundles are another factor to consider when making this decision. TV, broadband and calls are offered from all three companies, each at ?20 or less per month for the most basic of packages. The convenience of paying everything at once may be tempting, but this perhaps isn’t always cost effective. Once again, shopping around for the best deal is a must as you’ll need to consider line rental and the possibility of having to go without phone usage whilst changes are taking place.

Ultimately, choosing a digital package is a very personal choice and I would suggest dedicating a good amount of time to finding the right deal for you. Don’t be lured in by good advertising and false promises of an altogether enhanced way of living. Instead, decide what is best for you rather than buying into a somewhat questionable ideal.

If you’re still baffled by the Virgin vs Sky TV debate then Digital Choices is a great resource for finding out more. Making an educated decision between BT vs Sky packages will seem like a breeze with all their useful information.

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