Enjoy Digital TV in Time For Christmas

Christmas has become a time when families gather round the TV set to enjoy their favourite TV programmes together. From gripping drama to the finales of TV talent shows, and with a plethora of Christmas specials to choose from, many families absolutely rely on their digital TV subscriptions or boxes to provide the entertainment. For those considering fitting a new satellite dish or purchasing a new digital TV receiver in time for the festive season, there are many options to consider. Each option fulfils a different purpose; some prioritise high-definition, some have extensive on-demand options and for some the channel variety is their unique selling point. This guide examines some of the best deals out there for those considering a swap in time for Christmas.

The ultimate all-round package has to be Sky Digital. The multimedia giant that is Sky offers a great number of deals that are designed to suit a variety of different needs. Purchasing a Sky box is the first step, and the installation experts from Sky can offer advice on positioning a satellite dish, as well as assisting with placing it. The basic package which comes with the box has a bare bones Freeview-style choice of channels, but extra channel sets include Sky Movies, Sky Sports, Entertainment Extra and a HD pack, which unlocks the widest range of HD channels in the UK. Although it may be among the priciest subscriptions, Sky TV offers a complete viewing experience and is constantly updated with new channels and interactive features.

Freesat is a service specifically for those who do not want to be constrained by a yearly subscription. The variety of channels is not as broad as Sky TV, but the package is decidedly more budget-friendly, with just a one-off fee involved with the purchase of either a Freesat box, or a TV with Freesat built in. Freesat also uses the same satellite dish as the Sky system, so anyone who has previously used Sky’s service can easily install their own Freesat; for those who haven’t, the option to buy a dish and expert installation is included for an added fee.

Virgin Media also has an excellent deal for those who are tightening their budgets this Christmas. A tiny subscription fee of just £3.50 for the first six months allows access to 83 channels, including a selection of the main HD channels. Catch-up TV and access to on-demand service is included, and the entire Virgin Media service requires no satellite dishes at all; their fibre optic cables remove the need for aerials or dishes and their speed and ability to withstand harsh weather conditions make them a great choice.

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