Sky Broadband Essential

Sky Broadband Essential

Totally unlimited and we won’t slow you down at peak times

Perfect for Catch Up TV, browsing and downloading
Average download speeds of 11Mb
Add new Sky Broadband Boost

£20 a month for 18 months Prices may change during this period

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Line rental and Sky Pay as you Talk included. Set-up fees may apply. Sky network areas only. Prices may go up during your contract. See below for further terms.

When it comes to great entertainment and great kit, we’ve got it covered.

Sky Q 2TB Virgin
Sky Atlantic

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Store up to 1000 hours 500 hours
Record and watch shows 6 shows and watch a 7th 6 shows and watch a 7th
Ultra HD on Sky Cinema and Sky Sports

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Split screen for live sports

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Stream live TV and On Demand to a tablet 3G/4G and Wi-Fi Wi-Fi only
Best box provided with any TV Bundle

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Sky Broadband Tech Team

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Dedicated Switch Squad

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Boost Sky Broadband Wi-Fi within your home*

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Sky Talk Shield for blocking calls

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Comparison based on Sky Q 2TB box and Virgin V5 box.
* Sky Broadband and Fibre turn Sky Q boxes into Wi-Fi hotspots, improving Wi-Fi speed and coverage around your home. Sky Q Wi-Fi hotspots: can improve speed and coverage in hard to reach areas of your home compared with using a Sky Q router alone. Your wireless speeds cannot exceed the fixed line speed coming into your home.

Easy as 1, 2, 3...

 

Switching your service from BT, EE, TalkTalk, Plusnet or Vodafone

 

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Order
Place your order with Sky. We'll talk to your current provider to cancel your contract so you don't have to.
2
Switch
Around two weeks after you've ordered, your Broadband and Talk will be switched overer to Sky.
3
Activate
All you need to do now is connect your Sky Hub - you should be up and running in a matter of minutes.

 

Switching your service from Virgin Media

 

1
Order
Place your order with Sky. We'll switch on an inactive line (if you have one) or arrange for an engineer to visit and install a new Sky phone line.
2
Switch
We'll send you a text message to remind you a couple of days before your appointment.
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Cancel
You'll need to contact Virgin Media directly to cancel their services. To help avoid loss of service, it's best to let Virgin know your confirmed Sky activation date so they can cancel their service as close to your new activation date as possible.


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Compare Sky Talk

Choose from our range of Sky Talk packages.

Sky Pay as you Talk comes as standard when you buy Sky Broadband or Fibre, you'll only ever be charged for the calls you make. If you're a chatterbox, one of these other packages might be more suitable.

Evenings & Weekends Extra
Catch up with those who matter most with inclusive calls to UK mobile and landline numbers at evenings and weekends.
Anytime Extra
Enjoy unlimited inclusive calls to UK mobile and landline numbers with Sky Talk Anytime Extra.
International Extra
Keep in touch with unlimited inclusive calls to UK mobile and landline numbers, plus calls to 50 worldwide destinations.

Sky Line Rental

Do you have an active phone line?
You can still get Sky Line Rental if you already have an active phone line, plus you could keep your existing number.
Don't have an active phone line?
Sky can install a new phone line if you don't have an active line or if it is not compatible with Sky.
Find out more
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Here's the legal bit

WiFi Guarantee: Claim anytime during 18 months min term. Refund on Boost subscription (£5 per month) paid during current min term up to date of claim. One claim per address. Claim only valid using Sky router and booster(s). See sky.com/Guarantee. Further terms apply.

  • Offers

    £18 Sky Broadband Unlimited for 18 months: Available to new Sky broadband customers taking Sky Broadband Unlimited without Sky TV. New 18 month contracts apply for Sky Broadband Unlimited, Sky Talk, Sky Line Rental required. After 18 months, you will pay the standard monthly price (currently £30).

     

    £27 Sky Fibre Max for 18 months: Sky Fibre areas only. Speeds vary significantly by location. Subject to status. Available to new and existing customers without Fibre taking new 18 month subscription for Sky Fibre Max, Sky Talk and Sky Line Rental. New 18 month contracts for Sky Fibre Max, Sky Talk, Sky Line Rental required. After 18 months, you will pay the standard monthly price (currently £43.99pm).

  • Sky Broadband

    New 18 month minimum terms and separate contracts for Sky Broadband, Sky Talk and Sky Broadband Boost. Standard prices apply after 18 months (currently £25pm for Sky Broadband Essential; £32pm for Sky Broadband Superfast; £44 for Sky Broadband Ultrafast 1; £54 for Sky Broadband Ultrafast 2; £0-£12pm Sky Talk; and £5pm for Sky Broadband Boost).

    Sky Broadband Essential: Available in Sky Network Areas only. Set up fee: £0 for new to Sky Broadband customers, £10 for existing Sky Broadband & Sky TV customers adding Sky Broadband Essential.Average download speed: 11Mbps. Average upload speed: 0.8Mb.

    Sky Broadband Superfast: Available in Sky Fibre Areas only. Set up fee: £0 for new to Sky Broadband customers, £10 for existing Sky Fibre & Sky TV customers adding Sky Broadband Superfast, or £50 for existing non-Sky Fibre customers adding Sky Broadband Superfast.Average download speed:59Mb. Average upload speed: 18Mb. Speeds vary by location. You will receive the fastest Sky Fibre service available in your area.

    Sky Broadband Boost: Available to Sky Broadband Essential, Superfast or Ultrafast customers only. Remote line monitoring may involve up to 90 second daily outage. Sky Broadband Buddy app requires activation. Includes waiving surcharge for evening and weekend engineer visits. Sky Mobile customers will receive 2GB of data credited to their Sky Piggybank for each full outage of 30 mins or longer capped at three credits per calendar month and 18 credits in any 18 month period (allow 24 hours for credit to be applied).

    Sky Broadband Ultrafast: Available in Ultrafast Areas only (approx. 10% of UK properties): Speeds vary by location. Guaranteed download speeds of 100Mb: If your download speed falls below 100Mb for three consecutive days, you can exit your Sky Broadband and Talk contracts without early termination charges. Speed check must be done using sky.com/mybroadband. Further terms apply.

    Sky Broadband Buddy: Sky Broadband Buddy app requires Sky Broadband Essential, Superfact or Ultrafast and Sky Broadband Boost. Sky Broadband Buddy app required on compatible iOS or Android devices (see sky.com/buddy for software and device requirements). Sky recommends that all devices connected to the internet are protected with anti-virus software at all times.

    Speed Guarantee for Sky Broadband Superfast customers: Based on throughput speed. If the download speed to your Sky Hub drops below your Guaranteed Minimum Download Speed within the first 30 days of your service, we will give you your money back. Actual speeds may be lower. Speed check must be done using sky.com/speedguaranteehelp for more information.

    Best performing major provider: Sky received the joint fewest complaints per 100,000 customers measured by Ofcom comparing Sky, Post Office, BT, EE, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Virgin Media fixed for fixed broadband only (excludes landline) in its latest Telecoms and Pay TV Complaints Report (published 23 July 2019).

    Sky Broadband general: £9.95 router delivery charge applies. Speeds vary significantly by location. External factors such as internet congestion and home wiring can affect speed. Wi-Fi speeds vary by device and home entertainment. No traffic management policy for Sky Broadband. See sky.com/shop/terms-conditions/broadband for more details and our Usage Policies.

    Sky subscribes to Ofcom's Voluntary Code of Practice on broadband speeds.

  • Sky Talk

    Sky Talk: 18 month minimum term applies to new Sky Talk customers and to existing customers taking up Sky Line Rental. Compatible line required otherwise £20 connection charge may apply. Sky Talk is only available to customers paying by Direct Debit/continuous credit card mandate. Calls only packages not available to BT line rental customers with BT Basics or if outgoing calls are barred. Sky Line Rental required (£18.99 per month). Read our Codes of Practice for sales and marketing and premium rate/NTS services.

    Sky Talk Evenings and Weekends Extra: UK calls to 01, 02 & 03 numbers only (excludes Channel Islands, indirect access, dial-up internet and 070 numbers). Inclusive UK landline calls last up to an hour, then charged at 15.5ppm at any time of day, or hang up and redial. Calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers are subject to Sky's Access Charge of 15ppm and the owning operator's Service Charge. Inclusive calls to UK Mobile (07) numbers last up to an hour, then are charged at 19.35p per minute during the day and 18p per minute during the evening, or hang up and redial. 070 Personal Numbering and 076 Paging charge-bands do not constitute UK Mobile. Subject to Acceptable Use Policy - see sky.com/talk

    Sky Talk Anytime Extra: UK calls to 01, 02 & 03 numbers only (excludes Channel Islands, indirect access, dial-up internet and 070 numbers). Inclusive UK landline calls last up to an hour, then charged at 15.5ppm at any time of day, or hang up and redial. Calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers are subject to Sky's Access Charge of 15ppm and the owning operator's Service Charge. Inclusive calls to UK Mobile (07) numbers last up to an hour, then are charged at 19.35p per minute during the day and 18p per minute during the evening, or hang up and redial. 070 Personal Numbering and 076 Paging charge-bands do not constitute UK Mobile. A flat charge of 2p per minute applies to geographic landline calls to Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA (also includes calls to mobiles in Canada and USA) irrespective of the length of the call. A 23p connection fee applies to all international calls. Subject to Acceptable Use Policy - see sky.com/talk

    Sky Talk International Extra: UK calls to 01, 02 & 03 numbers only (excludes Channel Islands, indirect access, dial-up internet and 070 numbers). Inclusive UK landline calls last up to an hour, then charged at 15.5ppm at any time of day, or hang up and redial. Calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers are subject to Sky's Access Charge of 15ppm and the owning operator's Service Charge. Inclusive calls to UK Mobile (07) numbers last up to an hour, then are charged at 19.35p per minute during the day and 18p per minute during the evening, or hang up and redial. 070 Personal Numbering and 076 Paging charge-bands do not constitute UK Mobile. Inclusive international geographic landline calls to Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary Islands, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Irish Republic, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA (also includes calls to mobiles in Canada, Hong Kong and USA). Inclusive calls to 50 popular destinations last up to an hour after which standard Sky international rates apply, or you can hang up and redial. A 23p connection fee applies to all non-inclusive international calls. Subject to Acceptable Use Policy - see sky.com/talk

  • Sky TV

    HD channels received depend on your Sky TV/HD subscription. BBC HD Channels, ITV HD (England & Wales only), Channel 4 HD, NHK World HD and RT HD are available without subscription.

    Sky Entertainment: £22 per month (pm) with a new 18 month minimum term. Standard price applies when not signing up to a new minimum term or outside of minimum term. Standard price: currently £27pm.

    Sky TV Subscription: From £22pm. Sky Box Office and Sky Store costs extra. Sky News and Pick TV are available without subscription; Pick TV, Channel 4, Channel 5, 5 USA and 5* require a viewing card. Sky box and set-up required.

    Sky Sports: Sky Sports channels available in 1, 2 or 3 channels or get all channels with the Complete Sports Pack. From £18 - £30 extra per month. Content depends on channels chosen. If you have 1, 2 or 3 channel, you may swap the channels once every 31 days.  31 days' notice to cancel. Main Event channel is a bonus channel showing live content from the other Sky Sports channels at the same time as it is available on such channels. Only available with the Complete Sports Pack.

    If you subscribed to both Sky Sports and Sky Cinema prior to 18 July 2017, any change to your Sky TV subscription or current sports package will result in a price increase on your Sky Cinema subscription.

    Sky Sports in HD: Included as standard with any Sky Sports pack.

    Sky Sports or Cinema on a contract: Requires new minimum term on your Sky TV subscription. You must keep Sky Sports for the duration of your minimum term, unless you also add Sky Cinema on a contract, in which case your contract will end and you will enter a new contract for all your TV services (Sky TV, Sports and Cinema).

    Sky Cinema comparison: Comparison against online movie subscription services without Sky Cinema using top 100 from UK box office over 12 months. See sky.com/blockbusters

    Sky Q experience: Provides same Sky TV channels as main Sky TV subscription on another box. To receive Sky HD channels on your Sky Q experience box you need a Sky HD box and the HD pack. If you have home broadband, your Internet-enabled Sky boxes must be connected to your router if we’ve provided the equipment you need to connect (E.g. an On Demand connector). Sky Q experience includes Sky Go Extra at no extra cost. Sky Go terms apply.

    Smart Series Link: Records your chosen series then the next and subsequent series in order. Unavailable on some older Sky HD boxes.

    Remote Record / Series Link: Use sky.com or a compatible device. Requests require up to 30 minutes notice before start of programme. Series Link for compatible Sky+HD and Sky Q boxes only.

    Dolby Digital 5.1: Available on many programmes. Compatible home cinema system required.

    Sky Kids app: Available at no extra cost with the Sky Kids pack. UK, Ireland & the EU where eligible - see sky.com/streamintheEU. Selected content available to stream and download on demand at no extra cost via 3G/4G/Wi-Fi (charges may apply). To download content you also need Sky Multiscreen, Sky Q experience, or Sky Go Extra (£5 extra a month). Available on registered compatible devices. Downloaded content deleted from device 48 hours after viewing starts or no later than 30 days after download. Compatible device and software requirements at sky.com/help, and the App Store or Google Play Store. App features vary by device.

    Ultimate On Demand: Ultimate On Demand for £12 per month (pm) with Sky Entertainment Pack for £22pm. Standard price for Sky Entertainment applies when not signing up to a new minimum term or outside of minimum term: £27 pm.
    Requires Sky Q box connected to broadband – min. speed: SD: 3Mbps; HD: 8Mbps. Ultimate on Demand: 31 days’ notice to cancel. Netflix standard plan directly with Netflix costs £8.99 pm, Netflix premium plan directly with Netflix costs: £11.99 pm. Download to watch on the go: Netflix content: Download using Netflix app. Offline viewing of Netflix content is subject to the Netflix Terms of Use. Ultimate on Demand: Download using Sky Go app. Swap in a new device at any time. Concurrent viewing on up to 4 devices depending on your subscription. UK & Ireland (plus whilst visiting the EU, see sky.com/streamintheEU). 2 downloads per programme. Content deleted from device 48 hours after viewing starts or no later than 30 days after download.

    On Demand: Available to Sky TV customers with black Sky+ or Sky Q box connected to broadband (minimum recommended speed 3Mbps), On Demand self set-up using built in Wi-Fi or own cable. Downloads count towards any usage caps and may expire from your Planner. Content depends on your Sky TV/HD subscription. 3D: 3DTV and activation required. Sky Store costs extra. Sky Cinema or Sky Sports subscription required for Sky Cinema or Sky Sports. Sky subscribers without Sky TV can access BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and All 4 catch up content. Downloadable HD content takes longer to start viewing.
    Sky Box Office: Sky Box Office content costs extra. Pay per view charges apply.

    Box Sets: Selection of shows/series available varies each month. Downloadable HD content takes longer to start viewing. Box Sets or Ultimate On Demand pack required for Sky Box Sets. Box Sets and HD packs or Ultimate On Demand required to watch box sets in HD.

    Sky Store: On your Sky box: For Sky TV customers with black Sky+ or Sky Q box connected to broadband. Buy & Keep unavailable on some older boxes - see sky.com/boxcompatibility. Requires On Demand self set-up using built-in Wi-Fi or own cable or On Demand connector (£21.95 – limits apply). Downloads take several minutes or longer to start viewing if speed less than 8Mbps (HD) or 3Mbps (SD). Sky subscription needed for ongoing access to downloaded copy. On skystore.com: Requires connected compatible device and software (see skystore.com/help). Register up to 4 devices; a title can be streamed to 1 (rent) or 2 (Buy & Keep) at a time. Min required speed for streaming 3Mbps (SD) or 8Mbps (HD). HD option not available when renting and is not supported for Buy & Keep on some devices/set-ups. Rentals can’t be downloaded. Buy & Keep downloads unavailable on NOW TV, Roku and YouView boxes. General: Rent from £2.99-£9.99. Buy & Keep from £7.99-£13.99. Downloading and streaming count towards any usage caps. Buy & Keep DVD delivery usually within 5 working days from official DVD release date.

    Sky Go: Sky TV customers only. Selected live channels and on demand content available in line with your Sky TV subscription at no extra cost. UK, Ireland & the EU where eligible - see sky.com/streamintheEU. Streamed via broadband/3G/4G/Wi-Fi (charges may apply). Available on registered compatible devices (content may vary). Some live TV programmes will be unavailable (visit go.sky.com). See compatible device and software requirements.

    Sky Go Extra: Sky TV customers only. No extra cost with Sky Q experience, otherwise £5 extra a month. Allow up to 24 hours for your account to be activated. 31 days' notice to cancel. Concurrent online viewing on 2 devices. Download selected Sky Go content in the UK, Ireland & the EU where eligible - see sky.com/streamintheEU - via Wi-Fi. Content depends on your Sky TV package. Cinema/Sports Pack(s) required to download movies/sports. 2 downloads per programme. Content deleted from device 48 hours after viewing starts or no later than 30 days after download.

  • General and further terms

    Subject to status. Upfront payment may be required. Prices may go up during your subscription. Non-standard set-up may cost extra. Weekend set-up £15 extra. Prices may vary if you live in a flat. Sky functionality requires two satellite feeds. You must get any consents required (e.g. landlord's).

    UK, Channel Islands & Isle of Man residential customers only. These offers are not available with any other offers. Further terms apply. Correct at 3 December 2019.

    Calls to Sky for non-Sky Talk customers cost 7p per minute plus your provider's access charge. Calls to 080 numbers are free. Calls to non-inclusive service numbers on a Sky Talk tariff will be charged 15p per minute access charge and a service charge from the owning operator.

    Contact us if you wish to cancel during your cooling off period.

    Read the full text of our customer contracts.