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					Sometimes it pays to get all your utilities sorted into one big bundle. Not only is it
cheaper annually if you find a deal that combines your internet, television and phone
line but it's also a lot more convenient to only have a single bill instead of 3, all
demanding to be paid at a different times in the month. But this can only happen after
you compare broadband tv and phone packages. If you're interested in grabbing
everything from a single provider there's three big packages to look at from some big
names; Virgin Media, BT and Sky. Here's a run down of their broadband and TV
offerings - we've skipped the phone line part as they are all very similar.
  Virgin Media
  Broadband
  The Virgin Media package is by far the best as far as the broadband connection goes,
offering speeds of up to 50 Mbps in some areas, which is one of the fastest speeds
available in the country. There's a number of different speeds to choose from but the
fact the net uses a cable connection instead of the usual BT phone lines, you'll get
much better speeds than an equivalent ADSL line making this is a great choice for
people that want super fast internet.
  TV
  Virgin TV offers less choice than Sky but is more traditional than BT vision. Again it
comes in a number of different flavours and includes most of the major channels you
can find on Sky, with the exception of Sky's own movie and entertainment channels
and the more special interest stuff that you'll find on satellite. Overall it's a great TV
experience but if you have a special interest channel in mind or looking for more
foreign television, Sky wins out.
  Sky
  Broadband
  Sky broadband uses ADSL, so it's not as fast as Virgin but pretty comparable to BT.
The difference between Sky and BT is that Sky are far less likely to limit your
connection or drop your speed if you're downloading too much; in fact, they are well
known for being one of the fairest providers in the UK when it comes to heavy
downloaders, so if you tend to use your net connection a lot they are a great choice.
  TV
  Sky have been doing TV for a long time, and it shows. There's a great number of
channels available, a big effort to push HD, the best on demand system in the country
and some of the best entertainment and movie channels around, all of which are
exclusive to Sky. Sky TV comes in different flavours from a basic package to the full
movie, sport and entertainment offering so you only pay for what you watch.
  BT
  Broadband
  BT broadband is your run of the mill ADSL broadband and despite the name being
well known, BT is nowhere near the best when it comes to broadband. The more
expensive packages work well, but basic packages are heavily limited and usually
come with a strict bandwidth limit that you can't exceed. You'll also find speeds get
significantly slower in busy periods.
  TV
 BT Vision is an IPTV service - that means unlike Virgin (which uses cable) and Sky
(which uses satellite), Vision actual connects your television using your existing
internet connection. As such it's got its own distinct advantages and disadvantages,
including a cheaper overall price but a lack of content compared to Virgin and Sky.
The list of channels is the same as with freeview, but you also get access to various
amounts of on demand content including films.
 About Broadband Choices: Broadband Choices are an Ofcom authorized broadband
comparison website that are noted for neutral and essential advice. The site features a
lot of knowledge on various ideas for example how to get the best broadband and
phone deals and obtaining dongles for laptops.

				
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