If you want a good digital TV package but don’t need the full range of channels then the Sky+ starter package is what you’re looking for. It gives you the benefits of Sky+ thanks to the Sky+ Box, Sky broadband and the Sky Talk landline service too, and there’s always the option to upgrade to HD or add extra channels when you’re ready. The Sky+ starter bundle consists of the following -
- >> Sky+ box to pause, rewind and record live TV
- >> The Sky Entertainment Pack
- >> Channels including Sky Atlantic, Sky1, Sky Living, Sky Arts, FX, Comedy Central and SyFy
- >> Sky Broadband Everyday Lite – up to 20Mb speeds with 2GB monthly usage
- >> Sky Talk Freetime with unlimited evening and weekend calls to UK landlines
This costs £20 a month plus telephone line rental of £12.25.
Details of the Sky+ Starter package
The TV element of the package consists of the Sky+ Box and the Sky Entertainment Pack. First to the box, this enables you to pause and rewind live TV and to record and store content in the hard drive. Although there is a bigger box available with 1 terabyte of memory the regular Sky+ box has 500GB of storage space, and this is split in half, giving you 250GB for personal use and 250GB that the box uses to download and store Sky on-demand content.
The Entertainment Pack gives you all the channels from the Variety Pack and Style & Culture Pack - more about Sky TV packages here. If you'd like all of the channels from all 6 Sky Entertainment Packs you can upgrade to Entertainment Extra which is £25 a month. Similarly Sky Sports and Sky Movies can be added to your package as premium channels at any time.
If at any point you decided to get an HD ready TV and wanted HD channels you could add the HD Pack for an extra £10.25 a month which would enable you to watch any of the channels in your chosen package in HD if there is an HD version. So for example if the Sky Living channel is included in the pack you choose you would also be able to watch Sky Living HD.
Sky Broadband Everyday Lite has download speeds of up to 20MB and upload speeds of up to 1.3MB. It has a monthly usage cap of 2GB, which is enough for checking your emails and browsing the web. The package also comes with 24/7 technical support, free Sky wireless router worth £50 and a 3 month free trial of McAfee Internet Security.
Sky Talk Freetime comes with free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines.