Virgin Media’s Bigger Bundle includes 190+ TV channels and M100 Fibre Broadband. Read our review.

In the UK, Bigger Bundle is Virgin Media’s mid-range TV and broadband package. Currently available from £81 per month, it includes more than 190 television channels including most Sky entertainment channels and BT Sport. You’ll also get Virgin Media’s M100 Fibre Broadband included, with an average download speed of 108Mbps.

You can upgrade your Bigger Bundle package to add the Sky Sports channels (with Bigger Bundle + Sports) or to add the Sky Cinema channels (with Bigger Bundle + Movies). Alternatively, you can upgrade to the Biggest TV Bundle and you’ll get Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and Netflix on your plan.

In this article, we’ll review Virgin Media’s Bigger Bundle and what you’ll get with it, both in terms of television channels and the fibre broadband. We’ll then compare the Bigger Bundle to rival packages from Sky and BT before looking at how you can switch your TV and broadband service to Virgin Media.

Plans From: From £81 per month
TV Channels: 190+ channels including Sky Entertainment & BT Sport
Upgrades:
Broadband: M100 Fibre Broadband (108Mbps average download speed)
Contract Length: 18 months
Box: Virgin TV 360 Box
Availability: 53% of UK homes
(check your postcode)

Bigger Bundle Plans & Channels

In the UK, Bigger Bundle is Virgin Media’s mid-range broadband and TV bundle. It comes with 190+ television channels as standard (Maxit TV) with the ability to add Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and Netflix to your plan.

You’ll also get Virgin Media’s M100 fibre broadband included on the Bigger Bundle, along with a home phone service with weekend calls. There’s also a Bigger Volt Bundle with an O2 SIM card included.

Bigger Bundle

If you choose Virgin Media’s Bigger Bundle, you’ll get more than 190 television channels included as standard. This includes the Sky Entertainment channels such as Sky Showcase, Sky Witness and Sky Max (though you won’t get have access to Sky Atlantic). You’ll also get the BT Sport and Eurosport channels included, along with other favourites like Discovery, Nat Geo and more.

The following table shows a list of channels you’ll get included on the Bigger Bundle from Virgin Media:

Entertainment Channels:

  • BBC ONE (101)
  • BBC TWO HD (102)
  • ITV (103)
  • Channel 4 (104)
  • Channel 5 (105)
  • E4 (106)
  • BBC FOUR HD (107)
  • BBC ONE HD (108)
  • Sky Showcase HD (109)
  • Sky Showcase (110)
  • Sky Witness HD (111)
  • Sky Witness (112)
  • ITV HD (113)
  • ITV +1 (114)
  • ITV2 (115)
  • ITV2 +1 (116)
  • ITV3 (117)
  • ITV4 (118)
  • ITVBe (119)
  • ITVBe +1 (120)
  • Sky Comedy HD (121)
  • Sky Max HD (121)
  • Sky Replay (121)
  • Sky Arts (122)
  • Sky Comedy (122)
  • Sky Max (122)
  • Pick (123)
  • GOLD HD (124)
  • W (125)
  • alibi (126)
  • Dave (127)
  • Really (128)
  • Drama (130)
  • Dave ja vu (131)
  • Comedy Central (132)
  • Comedy Central +1 (133)
  • MTV (134)
  • Sky Crime HD (135)
  • Syfy (135)
  • E! (136)
  • Syfy +1 (136)
  • Challenge (139)
  • Sky Witness +1 (140)
  • Channel 4 HD (141)
  • Channel 4 +1 (142)
  • 4Seven (143)
  • E4 HD (145)
  • E4 +1 (146)
  • More 4 (147)
  • CBS Reality (148)
  • Horror Channel (149)
  • Channel 5 HD (150)
  • 5Star (151)
  • 5Select (152)
  • 5 USA (153)
  • Channel 5+1 (155)
  • Sky Crime (160)
  • BBC ALBA (161)
  • BBC Scotland HD (162)
  • Syfy HD (165)
  • S4C HD (166)
  • TLC HD (168)
  • TLC+1 (169)
  • Quest +1 (173)
  • ITV3 +1 (174)
  • ITV4 +1 (175)
  • ITV2 HD (176)
  • ITV3 HD (177)
  • ITV4 HD (178)
  • ITVBe HD (179)
  • Comedy Central HD (181)
  • Comedy Central Extra (182)
  • MTV HD (183)
  • 5 USA +1 (185)
  • 5Star +1 (186)
  • Paramount Network HD (187)
  • Paramount Network (188)
  • Great! TV (189)
  • W +1 (190)
  • alibi +1 (191)
  • CBS Justice (192)
  • GOLD +1 (194)
  • More 4 HD (195)
  • More 4 +1 (196)
  • CBS Drama (197)
  • Yesterday +1 (200)
  • CBS Reality +1 (201)
  • Horror Channel +1 (202)
  • 4Seven HD (203)
  • Sky Arts HD (206)
  • Sky Crime +1 (207)
  • W HD (211)
  • DMAX (213)
  • DMAX +1 (214)
  • Quest Red (215)
  • Blaze (216)
  • Quest HD (217)
  • Your TV (218)
  • alibi HD (226)
  • Dave HD (227)
  • History HD (270)
  • Forces TV (277)
  • Love Nature (294)
  • Virgin Ultra HD 4K (999)
  • plus more...

Movies:

  • TCM (415)
  • TCM HD (416)
  • TCM +1 (417)
  • Movies 24 (419)
  • Movies 24+ (420)
  • Great! Movies Classic (424)
  • Great! Movies (425)
  • Great! Movies Action (426)
  • Film4 (428)
  • Film4 HD (429)
  • Film4 +1 (430)
  • Talking Pictures TV (445)

Sports:

  • Sky Sports News HD (509)
  • Sky Sports Mix HD (510)
  • Sky Sports News (519)
  • Sky Sports Mix (520)
  • Eurosport 1 HD (521)
  • Eurosport 2 HD (522)
  • BT Sport 1 HD (527)
  • BT Sport 2 HD (528)
  • BT Sport 3 HD (529)
  • BT Sport ESPN HD (530)
  • BT Sport Ultimate (531)
  • Sky Sports Racing (535)
  • Freesports HD (553)

Factual & Lifestyle:

  • Yesterday (129)
  • I.D. (170)
  • I.D.+1 (171)
  • Lifetime HD (208)
  • Crime & Investigation HD (209)
  • Crime & Investigation +1 (222)
  • Eden (245)
  • Eden +1 (246)
  • Eden HD (247)
  • Discovery HD (251)
  • Discovery Channel +1 (252)
  • Animal Planet HD (257)
  • Animal Planet +1 (258)
  • Discovery Science (259)
  • Discovery Science +1 (260)
  • Discovery Turbo (261)
  • Discovery History (262)
  • Discovery History +1 (263)
  • Nat Geo Wild HD (265)
  • National Geographic (266)
  • National Geographic+1 (267)
  • National Geographic HD (268)
  • Together (269)
  • History +1 (271)
  • H2 HD (272)
  • PBS America (276)
  • Sky Documentaries HD (277)
  • Sky Nature HD (279)
  • HGTV (281)
  • Home & Health (284)
  • Home & Health +1 (285)
  • Discovery Shed (286)
  • God Channel (287)
  • Food Network (291)
  • Smithsonian HD (295)

Childrens TV:

  • CBBC HD (701)
  • CBeebies HD (702)
  • CITV (734)
  • POP (736)
  • Tiny Pop (737)
  • Pop Power (738)

Music:

  • MTV MUSIC (310)
  • MTV Live HD (311)
  • MTV HITS (312)
  • MTV BASE (313)
  • The Box (335)
  • Box Hits (336)
  • 4Music (337)
  • Kiss (338)
  • Magic (340)
  • Kerrang (342)
  • Clubland TV (345)
  • Now 80s (346)
  • Now 90s (347)

Other TV Channels:

  • Local TV (159)
  • BBC NEWS HD (601)
  • Sky News (602)
  • Sky News HD (603)
  • BBC Parliament (605)
  • CNN International (607)
  • Bloomberg HD (609)
  • CNBC (613)
  • euronews (620)
  • NDTV 24x7 (621)
  • Al Jazeera English (622)
  • France 24 English HD (624)
  • NHK World-Japan (625)
  • GB News (626)
  • QVC (740)
  • QVC Beauty (741)
  • QVC Style (742)
  • Ideal World (747)
  • Create & Craft (748)
  • Gems TV (755)
  • Shopping Quarter (756)
  • TJC (757)
  • B4U Music (816)
  • Al Jazeera Arabic (831)
  • Islam Channel English (838)
  • Islam Channel Urdu (839)
  • plus more...

See all Bigger Bundle channels →

At present, you can get the Bigger Bundle from £81 per month:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionMobileMonthly Price
Virgin Media
Bigger Bundle

108Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseBT Sport
190+ channels

Maxit TV

No SIM
£81/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

Bigger Bundle + Sports

If you’d also like access to the Sky Sports channels, you’ll need to upgrade to Bigger Bundle + Sports. This is currently available for £104 per month. It gives you everything that’s included on the Bigger Bundle, as well as access to the following Sky Sports channels:

All of the channels included on the Bigger package, plus the following sport channels:

Sports:

  • Sky Sports Main Event HD (501)
  • Sky Sports Premier League HD (502)
  • Sky Sports Football HD (503)
  • Sky Sports Cricket HD (504)
  • Sky Sports Golf HD (505)
  • Sky Sports F1 HD (506)
  • Sky Sports Action HD (507)
  • Sky Sports Arena HD (508)
  • Sky Sports Main Event (511)
  • Sky Sports Premier League (512)
  • Sky Sports Football (513)
  • Sky Sports Cricket (514)
  • Sky Sports Golf (515)
  • Sky Sports F1 (516)
  • Sky Sports NFL (517)
  • Sky Sports Arena (518)

See all Bigger Bundle + Sports channels →

This package is normally advertised as having 195+ TV channels in total.

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionMobileMonthly Price
Virgin Media
Bigger + Sports

108Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky SportsBT Sport
195+ channels

Maxit TV + Sky Sports

No SIM
£104/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront
Virgin Media
Bigger Volt Bundle + Sports HD

213Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky SportsBT Sport
195+ channels

Maxit TV + Sky Sports
O2 SIM card
10GB Data
mobile SIM card
£116/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

If you only want access to BT Sport and Eurosport, there’s no need to get the Bigger Bundle + Sports. That’s because you’re able to get them on the regular Bigger Bundle without adding Sky Sports.

Bigger Bundle + Movies

If you want access to the Sky Cinema channels, this is available on Bigger Bundle + Movies. Currently available from £97 per month, it gives you everything that’s on the regular Bigger Bundle, plus the following Sky Cinema channels on top:

All of the channels included on the Bigger package, plus the following movie channels:

Movies:

  • Sky Cinema Animation (401)
  • Sky Cinema Premiere HD (401)
  • Sky Premiere 1hr (402)
  • Sky Cinema Hits HD (403)
  • Sky Cinema Greats HD (404)
  • Sky Cinema Family HD (406)
  • Sky Cinema Action & Adventure HD (407)
  • Sky Cinema Comedy HD (408)
  • Sky Cinema Crime & Thriller HD (409)
  • Sky Cinema Drama & Romance HD (410)
  • Sky Cinema Sci Fi & Horror HD (411)
  • Sky Cinema Select HD (412)
  • Sky Cinema Premiere (431)
  • Sky Cinema Hits (433)
  • Sky Cinema Greats (434)
  • Sky Cinema Family (436)
  • Sky Cinema Action & Adventure (437)
  • Sky Cinema Comedy (438)
  • Sky Cinema Crime & Thriller (439)
  • Sky Cinema Drama & Romance (440)
  • Sky Cinema Sci Fi & Horror (441)
  • Sky Cinema Select (442)

See all Bigger Bundle + Movies channels →

The Bigger Bundle + Movies package is normally advertised as having 200+ channels included.

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionMobileMonthly Price
Virgin Media
Bigger Bundle + Movies

108Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky Cinema
200+ channels

Maxit TV + Sky Cinema

No SIM
£97/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront
Virgin Media
Bigger Volt Bundle + Movies

213Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky Cinema
200+ channels

Maxit TV + Sky Cinema
O2 SIM card
10GB Data
mobile SIM card
£106/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

You’ll get a speed boost on your broadband and an inclusive O2 SIM Card when you upgrade to the Bigger Volt Bundle + Movies.

Biggest TV Bundle

If you upgrade to the Biggest TV Bundle (previously known as the Bigger Bundle + Sports and Movies), you’ll get both Sky Sports and Sky Cinema included on your plan. You’ll also get a Netflix Standard subscription included (worth £10.99 per month). This gives you access to the entire Netflix catalogue with the ability to stream shows and movies on-demand in HD.

The Biggest TV Bundle also comes with Virgin's M100 Fibre Broadband included (with an average download speed of 108Mbps:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionMobileMonthly Price
Virgin Media
Biggest TV Bundle

108Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky SportsBT SportSky CinemaNetflix
210+ channels

Maxit TV + Sky Sports + Sky Cinema + Netflix

No SIM
£126/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

For the ultimate experience, you can upgrade this to the flagship Ultimate Volt Bundle which costs £136 per month. With the Ultimate Volt Bundle, you’ll get an upgrade to Gig1 fibre broadband (with an average download speed of 1,130Mbps). You’ll also get children’s TV channels included, along with anytime calls on your landline and an O2 SIM card with unlimited data.

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionMobileMonthly Price
Virgin Media
Ultimate Volt Bundle

1130Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky SportsBT SportSky CinemaNetflix
230+ channels

Maxit TV + Sky Sports + Sky Cinema + Netflix + Kids Pick
O2 SIM card
Unlimited Data
mobile SIM card
£136/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

Broadband on Bigger Bundle

When you choose a Bigger Bundle plan on Virgin Media, you’ll get M100 Fibre Broadband included as standard. This is delivered over Virgin Media’s cable network and it gives you an average download speed of 108Mbps.

The download speeds on M100 Fibre Broadband should be enough for the majority of households. It will allow you to watch high definition video on up to 20 devices at the same time, or 4K ultra-HD video on up to 4 devices. You can also download a HD-quality film in around 5 minutes on M100 Fibre.

For comparison, the most widely-available plans on BT and Sky will only give you an average download speed of 67Mbps and 59Mbps. This is unless you’re able to get full fibre (FTTP) broadband where you live.

If you upgrade to a Bigger Volt Bundle, you’ll also get an O2 SIM card included with 10GB data per month (or unlimited data if you upgrade to the Ultimate Volt Bundle). You’ll also get a speed boost on your broadband up to the M200 Fibre Broadband plan which has an average download speed of 213Mbps (or Gig1 Fibre Broadband if you upgrade to the Ultimate Volt Bundle). Volt customers will also get Intelligent Wi-Fi Plus, with up to three Intelligent WiFi Pods to boost the Wi-Fi signal through your home.

Alongside the broadband service, you’ll also get a home phone service included on all Bigger Bundle plans. You’ll get Virgin’s Talk Weekends package as standard, giving you unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile customers.

Alternatives

Sky TV & Broadband

The closest alternative to Virgin Media’s Bigger Bundle is Sky’s TV and broadband plans. On Sky, you’ll currently pay £26/month for Sky TV with Superfast Broadband (or £26/month for Ultimate TV which also comes with Netflix).

On Sky, you’ll get a average download speed of either 36Mbps or 59Mbps, depending on the plan you choose. You also won’t get BT Sport included in the basic package as this is a separate chargeable add-on for Sky TV customers. However, you’ll get 300+ TV channels included on your plan, with all of Sky’s Entertainment channels (including Sky Atlantic).

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionMonthly Price
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Netflix and Superfast 35 Broadband

36Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticNetflix
Sky TV with Netflix

300+ channels included
£26/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
£26/month
for 18 months
plus £29.95 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Superfast 35 Broadband

36Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky Atlantic
Sky TV

300+ channels included
£39/month
for 18 months
plus £29.95 upfront
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 Sky Sports & Superfast Broadband

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

300+ channels included
£62/month
for 18 months
plus £29.95 upfront
Sky Broadband
Sky TV with Sky Sports, BT Sport & Superfast Broadband

59Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticSky SportsBT Sport
Sky TV with Sky Sports & BT Sport

300+ channels included
£87/month
for 18 months
plus £29.95 upfront

In selected postcodes, you’ll have the option to upgrade this to an Ultrafast or Gigafast broadband plan.

BT TV & Broadband

Another alternative that’s worth considering is BT’s TV and broadband plans.

For instance, you can choose BT’s Fibre 2 + Entertainment plan for an average download speeds of 67Mbps, along with Netflix and Sky’s Entertainment channels (including Sky Atlantic). There are also a range of Sports packages available on BT.

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionMonthly Price
BT
Fibre 2 + Sport

67Mbps
average download
BT Sport
Sport

95+ channels included
£49.99/month
with £100 reward card

for 24 months
plus £39.99 upfront
BT
Fibre 2 + Entertainment

67Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticNetflix
Entertainment

111+ channels included
£50.99/month
with £100 reward card

for 24 months
plus £39.99 upfront
BT
Fibre 2 + Big Entertainment

67Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticSky CinemaNetflix
Big Entertainment

123+ channels included
£60.99/month
with £100 reward card

for 24 months
plus £39.99 upfront
BT
Fibre 2 + Big Sport

67Mbps
average download
Sky SportsBT Sport
Big Sport

108+ channels included
£74.99/month
with £100 reward card

for 24 months
plus £39.99 upfront
BT
Fibre 2 + VIP

67Mbps
average download
Sky ShowcaseSky AtlanticSky SportsBT SportSky CinemaNetflix
VIP

141+ channels included
£107.99/month
with £100 reward card

for 24 months
plus £39.99 upfront

In selected postcodes, you’ll have the option to upgrade to BT’s full fibre broadband. This can give you average download speeds of up to 900Mbps.

Switching to Virgin Media

If you’re currently using another broadband & TV provider, it’s easy to switch your service to Virgin Media.

Start by ordering your new Virgin Media package online. When you do this, you’ll be given a choice of possible installation dates. Normally, a Virgin Media engineer will come around to install the service for you, unless you’ve recently been connected to the Virgin Media network (in which case, you might be able to install it yourself using a QuickStart kit).

You’ll need to tell your old provider that you’re moving to Virgin Media and that you’d like to cancel the old service with them.

For step-by-step instructions on how to switch, please select your current provider below:

Switch to Virgin Media
Your step-by-step guide to switching

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For more information, see our full guide to switching broadband provider in the UK.

More Information

For more information about the Bigger Bundle package, please see Virgin Media’s official website. You can also read our Virgin Media review and our guide to Virgin TV 360.

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