The Sky TV Essentials deal gives you a Sky Q box and superfast broadband for £33 per month. See the Sky TV Essentials channels.

If you’re looking for a low-cost TV and broadband deal, Sky has just launched their new TV Essentials deal in the UK.

For £33 per month, you can get a Sky Q box with Sky’s Superfast Broadband service (which has an average download speed of 59Mbps). The Sky Q box will allow you to watch catch-up TV as well as pausing, rewinding and recording live TV. You can also use applications such as Spotify and YouTube on your Sky Q box.

In this article, we’ll review the Sky TV Essentials deal which gives you a Sky Q box and Superfast Broadband. We’ll look at how the Essentials deal works, the channels you’ll included with it and how you can switch from your current broadband & TV provider to Sky.

What is Sky TV Essentials?

In the UK, Sky has just launched their new TV Essentials deal. Available exclusively to customers who are new to Sky, it gives you a Sky Q box with access to more than 200 free-to-view channels. You’ll get all of the normal functionality available on Sky Q such as apps and the ability to pause, rewind and record live television. You’ll also get a clever remote with voice control functionality built-in.

Alongside your Sky Q box, you’ll get Sky’s Superfast Broadband (worth £28 per month). This gives you an average download speed of 59Mbps. You’ll also get a speed guarantee included as standard with your broadband:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionMonthly Price
Sky Broadband
Sky TV Essentials

59Mbps
average download
Sky TV Essentials

200+ channels included
£33/month
for 18 months
plus £29.95 upfront

Other Sky TV & Broadband Deals

Unlike Sky’s other TV and broadband deals, you won’t have access to premium Sky TV channels on the Essentials deal.

If you’d like access to premium channels such as Sky Atlantic, Sky Showcase, Sky Sports or Sky Cinema, you can choose one of the following TV and broadband deals from £42 per month:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionMonthly Price
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Superfast Broadband

59Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky Atlantic
Sky TV

300+ channels included
£42/month
for 18 months
plus £29.95 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Netflix and Superfast Broadband

59Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticNetflix
Sky TV with Netflix

300+ channels included
£43/month
for 18 months
plus £29.95 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Sky Sports & Superfast Broadband

59Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticSky Sports
Sky TV with Sky Sports

300+ channels included
£64/month
for 18 months
plus £29.95 upfront

In particular, we’d recommend the £43 Sky TV with Netflix and Superfast Broadband deal. This includes a subscription to Netflix (worth £5.99 per month) along with Sky’s entertainment channels and Sky Box Sets.

Sky TV Essentials Channels

With Sky TV Essentials, you’ll have access to more than 200 free-to-view channels through a satellite dish. This includes all of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five channels. You’ll also get access to Sky Arts and channels such as CBS Drama, Food Network, Dave, Quest, Pick and more.

All of the following channels are available on Sky TV Essentials:

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • ITV
  • Channel 4
  • Five
  • ITV2
  • ITV3
  • ITV4
  • ITVBe
  • E4
  • More4
  • 4seven
  • 5*
  • 5USA
  • Paramount Network
  • CBS Drama
  • CBS Reality
  • CBS Justice
  • Challenge
  • Sky Arts
  • Food Network
  • Dave
  • Drama
  • Yesterday
  • Quest
  • Quest Red
  • Pick
  • BBC News
  • Sky News
  • CBBC
  • CBeebies
  • Film4
  • plus more…

You won’t have access to Sky’s premium TV channels such as Sky Atlantic, Sky Showcase, Sky Cinema or Sky Sports. You also won’t be able to stream from the Sky Box Sets service. You will, however, still be able to use catch-up TV apps on your Sky Q box (including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Spotify, YouTube and more).

You can also use the Netflix application to watch Netflix shows on your Sky Q box (a separate subscription to Netflix is required for this). You might, however, be better off getting a Sky TV & broadband package from £43 per month which has Netflix included in the price.

The channels available on the Sky TV Essentials package are similar to what was previously offered on the Freesat from Sky service which is now discontinued.

Switching to Sky

If you’re currently using another broadband or TV provider, it’s easy switching your service to Sky.

Start by ordering your new Essentials TV and broadband plan online. When you order, you’ll be able to schedule the installation date for your new service.

In most cases, Sky will automatically contact your old provider for you to cancel your old broadband service. However, this won’t be the case if you’re a Virgin Media customer – if so, you’ll need to contact them separately to cancel.

For step-by-step instructions on how to change your broadband & TV provider to Sky, please select your current provider from the list below:

Switch to Sky Broadband
Your step-by-step guide to switching

Select your current broadband provider:

More Options

You can also read our full guide on switching broadband providers in the UK.

More Information

For more information about the Sky TV Essentials deal, please see Sky’s official website.

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