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More about Sky TV
How does Sky Digital TV work?
If you opt for Sky TV you will have a mini-dish installed somewhere on your property which receives the TV service from satellite transmitters over 22,000 miles above the earth. You will also be given as part of the Sky TV packages a Sky+HD box which allows you to select which channel you want to watch, as well as record, pause and rewind TV.
What's on Sky TV?
Sky has a huge range of channels from the basic terrestrials like BBC1, 2, 3 and 4 to Sky One, FilmFour, MTV and Sky Movies. However it's the sport coverage that attracts a lot of customers to Sky TV, as everything from Sky Sports 1 to Eurosport, At The Races and The Fight Network is available either as part of a TV package or as an added extra. More about Sky TV »
More about Virgin TV
How does Virgin Media TV work?
To receive cable TV you have to live in area where fibre-optic cables have been laid. Virgin Media will connect the cabling in your street to the V-Box which then connects to your TV, so there's no need for a dish to receive the signal. Cable TV can be better than satellite TV in built-up areas where a signal sent over the air could be obstructed by buildings, geographical features or bad weather - cable TV is unaffected by these.
What's on Virgin TV?
Virgin Media boasts up to 165 digital TV channels including ESPN, MTV, Nickelodeon and Sky 1, plus a massive library of films, TV, music available on demand. Currently they are the only TV provider to offer access to the popular BBC iPlayer. Virgin also offer the TiVo service - this uses the Virgin TiVo box to integrate your channels package with extra content on the web and enables intelligent automatic recording of programmes based on your viewing history. The box has up to 1 terabyte of storage and its own 10Mb broadband connection. More about Virgin TV »
More about BT Vision
How does BT Vision work?
The BT Vision box combines a Freeview decoder with an interface for your broadband - the Freeview channels come through your aerial as normal and the on-demand content comes through your broadband connection - the box brings it all together, a real example of 'convergence'
What's on BT Vision?
The on-demand content features Pay per View movies and sport, music TV and kids' channels as well as general viewing like Channel 4 On Demand. The great thing about the sport in particular is the flexibility - you can take a monthly package with unlimited sport or you can pay to view single events, you don't need to commit to a contract (other than the BT broadband service through which it comes). More about BT Vision »
More about Freeview
How does Freeview work?
Freeview is the UK's free-to-air digital TV service, run on a non-profit basis by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and a transmitter company Arqiva. The channels are received through a normal TV aerial and a Freeview receiver is required - either a stand-alone box or one built in to a TV or DVD recorder.
What's on Freeview?
The Freeview content depends on where you live but there are over 50 free-to-air channels available plus 5 free HD channels as well as adult content, subscription services, text and radio stations. Some paid services like BT Vision and Top Up TV are based on Freeview channels. More about Freeview »
More about Top Up TV
How does Top Up TV work?
Top Up TV is a Freeview-based service with the option to add extra channels for a monthly fee but without a long contract. You buy a Top Up TV box, from £39.99 depending on storage capacity plus £20 set-up fee, and then choose any extras you want - currently the only way to get Sky Sports without a bundle and contract.
What's on Top Up TV?
The Freeview content depends on where you live and the channels available in the area and the Top Up box enables you to pause, rewind and record. The main optional packages are TV Favourites for general on-demand telly, Picture Box for movies and ESPN for sport. Sky Sports is available from £23.99 a month. More about Top Up TV »