What are the best alternatives to Virgin?
Virgin Media is one of the few “quad-play” services: a provider that offers fast broadband, premium TV, landline phone, and even mobile phone deals.
But Virgin isn’t unique in that regard, and then are several direct alternatives offering a very similar package. You’ll also find that there are some cheaper options that can help reduce your costs while still providing a comparable service.
Alternatives to Virgin Media Broadband
There are two providers which directly compare to Virgin Media in terms of the range of services offered.
BT has great value TV and broadband bundles. While it doesn’t have as many channels as Virgin, you can still get the most popular entertainment, sports, and movie broadcasts. BT also has a mobile service, with bonuses for broadband and TV customers. However, BT Broadband is not usually going to be able to match Virgin Media for broadband speed as the fastest internet available to most people will be 67Mb fibre using a regular telephone line. In some areas, there is the option of speeds above 100Mb using G.fast or Fibre To The Premises (FTTP), but BT’s coverage is currently very limited.
Sky TV is a direct competitor to Virgin Media TV. It has a similar number of channels, and the Sky Q TV box provides similar features to the Virgin TV box. But, as with BT, Sky can’t match Virgin Media for broadband speed. It does also offer some ultrafast broadband deals but once again these are available to far fewer homes than Virgin.
Another provider which offers an attractive alternative to Virgin is Hyperoptic. While Hyperoptic does not have a TV option, it can provide very fast broadband up to 1Gb, which matches Virgin Media’s best speeds. And like Virgin, it can also deliver broadband without a phone line, something that most other ISPs do not offer.
Cheap alternatives to Virgin
You get a lot with Virgin, but it is one of the more expensive ISPs. Save money with a cheaper deal from one of these providers.
TalkTalk offers cheap broadband and TV bundles. You don’t get as many channels as Virgin, but there’s still a big selection. Broadband speed is limited to 67Mb unless you’re in an area with ultrafast broadband coverage.
As well as being one of the cheapest home broadband providers, NOW also has a TV service that uses short-term streaming subscriptions to give you access to popular Sky TV channels without a satellite dish or long contract.
Alternatives to Virgin TV
Sky TV is the best choice for an alternative to Virgin TV. It has roughly the same number of channels and an excellent TV box with useful features such as multiroom, recording, and built-in streaming support. Like Virgin, Sky TV is available as a standalone TV package without broadband or phone.
This is a flexible and affordable alternative to other TV services as all you need for NOW is a compatible net-connected device (such as a smartphone, computer, tablet, TV box, or smart TV) and a NOW TV pass. Passes can be purchased for as little as one day, which is handy for sporting events or short term access to movie channels during holidays.
Top three alternatives to Virgin Media
If you’re looking for a service that can deliver (almost) everything that Virgin has, then Sky is your best bet.
TalkTalk is a great budget alternative to Virgin with some cheap broadband and TV bundles. BT TV is also very similar, but TalkTalk does have the edge when it comes to sports as it’s able to get the full selection of Sky Sports channels as well as BT Sport.
NOW is our favourite option for a cheap broadband and TV service with minimal hassle. Its broadband is great value, and the TV package does not require you to sign up for a lengthy contract or get any special equipment, as you almost certainly already own a compatible device to view the NOW TV streaming service.