Broadband Genie blog

  • Competition: win an Apple iPad mini or £50 Amazon voucher!

    The government is keen to shield us from the horrors lurking on the internet and so they have encouraged ISPs to enact network level content filtering which blocks sites deemed to be obscene, dangerous or unsuitable for younger viewers. If your ISP has a filter - and that includes the four biggest providers in the country - you'll have been asked at some point whether you wish to use it. ...

    by Matt on 24 July 2015 2 Comments
  • Streaming survey: Up to 50% of tele addicts cheat subscription services

    The way we watch TV and movies is changing. A huge number of us now use streaming media services for content that would have once required an aerial, satellite dish or cable connection. Netflix alone boasts more than 62 million subscribers worldwide. And it's not just video that's affected, streaming audio services like Spotify and the recently launched Apple Music are challenging broadcast radio...

    21 July 2015
  • Why fast unlimited broadband is essential for videogames

    Videogames are big, big business. In the UK alone there is an estimated 33.5m gamers, and the global market is on course to be worth in excess of 90bn by the end of 2015. And broadband is an ever more important part of gaming. Affordable and ubiquitous internet access has changed the way in which we acquire and play games, making it easier for gamers to access new titles and developers to distribute their...

    by Matt on 09 July 2015
  • Gaming survey - 25% prefer to buy online, but 27% still have slow ADSL

    With E3 taking place just a few weeks ago we recently ran a poll asking a series of questions about gaming and broadband in the UK (helped along by the chance to win a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One). Do you play online? Is lag a problem? How do you prefer to buy games? These were all things we wanted to find out about the UK's estimated 33.5 million gamers. Do you have unlimited broadband? ...

    09 July 2015
  • SSE logo SSE broadband now free for 2 years, plus half price fibre for 2 years Announced on 08 Jul 2015

    How would you like to pay nothing for broadband for the next two years? That’s the deal currently being offered by SSE. Sign up for one of SSE’s Everyday broadband packages now and you don’t...

  • Changes to premium rate and freephone calls coming soon - what it means for you

    Following the new broadband switching process introduced this month OFCOM is now updating the rules regarding premium rate and freephone calls. This comes into action from the 1st of July, but what exactly is changing and what kind of difference will it make, if any, to your monthly phone bill? Premium rate charges Right now the cost of calling a premium rate number - that is any number beginning...

    by Matt on 25 June 2015 2 Comments
  • BT logo BT Sport pack free for BT TV, and free BT Sport 1 for all BT broadband users Announced on 25 Jun 2015

    BT relaunched its sports TV offerings this month, and in addition to the Premier League matches it’s will now be showing UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games on a new BT Sport Europe channel....

  • Sky logo Sky Broadband is free for 12 months with £100 M&S voucher Announced on 25 Jun 2015

    Sky Broadband has an excellent offer right now that could save you a bundle on broadband over the next year. Sign up for Sky Broadband & Weekend Calls and for the first 12 months you’ll pay...

  • Tempting offers, speed and home moves drive most switches, but O2/Sky takeover also cited

    The desire for a TV and broadband bundle, faster connections or the lack of service at a new home are the main reasons most people switch their broadband provider. In our switching survey 1,237 of the 2,066 questioned said they had switched provider at least once before. Of those that switched, 46 said they did so because of a better value deal, 19 because they wanted faster broadband and 13...

    by Rob Hilborn on 18 June 2015
  • 28% put off switching by a bad experience with their last provider swap

    28 of broadband users who’ve switched providers would be put off swapping ISPs again due to a bad experience. That’s one of the findings from our recent broadband switching survey. In light of the forthcoming changes to the switching process we asked 2,066 of you for your opinion on swapping providers. 1,237 said they have switched provider at least once before, and of those 9...

    by Rob Hilborn on 17 June 2015