HOUSEHOLDS looking for broadband and TV deals might want to check out Sky’s Black Friday offers to see if they can save.
The telecoms giant has a host of packages discounted by up to 50 per cent for both new and existing users.
Of course, Sky doesn’t come cheap and you can save on TV subscriptions by switching to Freeview, but if you’re on the look out for a deal it’s worth checking what’s on offer.
It’s hard to compare broadband and TV packages as all the major providers offer slightly different services with varying broadband speeds and TV channels.
So you need to weigh-up what’s important to you and then plug your details into a price comparison site, such as uSwitch, which compares TV and broadband bundles – including Black Friday sales offers.
You also need to check the set-up fees as there are a host of different charges depending on whether you’re a new or existing user and depending on what existing Sky package you have.
Existing customers should also check if they’ll be charged early exit fees to move onto different deals – we’ve asked Sky and we’ll update this story as soon as we hear back.
Often you’ll be charged a fee if you leave your deal while you’re still within the contract’s minimum term – usually the first 12 to 18 months.
Dani Warner, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said: “Sky is doing its best to turn Black Friday into Black Sky-day with an impressive 50 per cent off its TV packages and additional discounts available on broadband.
“So if you were thinking of getting a Sky package, now is a great time to take the plunge, but make sure that you’re happy signing up for an 18-month contract.”
Also, check online forums to see if these deals are decent based on historic prices – some users on the Hotukdeals forum say they spotted cheaper Sky deals last week.
You can see all the deals on Sky’s website, but we’ve rounded-up some of our top picks below.
Black Friday Mega Bundle
- Was: £85 a month. Now: £53.50 a month – save £31.50 a month (37 per cent) – buy now
With this deal you get every Sky Sports channel, over 1,000 movies on demand, Sky Box Sets, and Netflix.
There is a £20 set-up fee for new users – it might be more for existing users depending on your current package – and you’ll be tied into an 18-month contract.
On this deal, Ms Warner said: “The Black Friday mega-bundle, which includes the very best of Sky’s offering, has been slashed from £85 to £53.50, representing a significant saving.
“Customers choosing this option will save £31.50 a month – adding up to a £567 discount over the duration of the 18-month contract.”
Entertainment and Broadband
- Was: £59 a month. Now: £39 a month – save: £20 a month (34 per cent) – buy now
This package comes with superfast fibre broadband with an average download speed of 59Mb/s, plus over 300 channels on Sky TV.
There’s a £29.95 set-up fee for new users – it might be more for existing users depending on your current package – and you’re locked into an 18-month contract.
But you could, for example, opt for TalkTalk’s 18-month TV and broadband contract instead, costing £25.95 and with no set-up fees.
You get broadband speeds of 38Mb/s and 114 TV channels including Sky One.
Build your own Sky bundle
- From £22 a month – save 50 per cent off TV packages – buy now
Build your own 18-month package with Sky and you’ll get 50 per cent off all TV packages.
This brings Sky Sports, for example, down from £30 a month to £15 and Sky Cinema down from £19 a month to £9.50 a month.
Just remember to factor in the £29.95 set-up fee for new users – it might be more for existing users depending on your current package.
Ms Warner points out that Sky-owned NOW TV also has 50 per cent off, so that may be a better deal.
She said: “For those who don’t want to commit to a long contract, NOW TV’s Black Friday sale offers a 50 per cent discount on the price for a single month.
“The Sky Cinema and Entertainment Pass – which brings together premium pay TV from Sky – at NOW TV is £14.99 a month for Black Friday, rising to £20.98 a month thereafter, compared to £31.50 a month for Sky’s equivalent.
“Keep in mind, however, that this doesn’t include broadband or Freeview channels so isn’t quite like-for-like.”