Sky and Virgin Media Broadband and TV Bundles in Ireland

If you are looking for the cheapest  “triple play bundle” of TV , Broadband and Home Phone –  there are usually some good deals available from both Sky and Virgin Media . These two companies are the two biggest digital TV subscription providers in Ireland.

Firstly –  apologies if you don’t live in an area covered by Virgin Media – because this comparison is not going to be any use to you. Virgin Media  (previously UPC) provide their TV , broadband and phone services via their own cable network – which is available in Dublin, Cork City, Galway City, Limerick City and many areas of County Dublin. (You can check if Virgin is available where you live here )

Sky provide their TV via satellite dishes  and their  broadband and phone via the national telephone network. Sky Fibre is only available in some areas of the country – but it should be available in all the places where Virgin Media is available.

So – how do Virgin Media and Sky Ireland compare on price – and what do you get for your money?

We did a comparison of the deals on offer in  mid August 2017 from Sky Ireland and Virgin Media Ireland.   We looked at packages with unlimited broadband, inclusive anytime phone calls and TV with around 50 channels.

Cheapest Bundles

We found a  package on Virgin Media – with  broadband with speeds upto 240Mb , Unlimited data, free calls to Irish landlines 24 hours a day and 50 TV channels on their Horizon box. The price is €85 per month with the first 12 months at just €49 a month. Total cost in the first year: €588. More Here

We found a similar bundle  from from Sky on Switcher.ie  including fibre broadband with speeds upto 100Mb (where available) , unlimited data and free calls to landlines all day as well as 55 TV channels.  The total cost of this in year one would be €703. (€56.50 a month for 12 months then €92 per month and a €25 set up fee) . 

The Virgin Media  deal costs €115  less over the first 12 months.  You can switch again after 12 months if there is a better deal available.


What are the differences between the Virgin Media and Sky bundles ?

Broadband :The speed on the Virgin Media deal is faster , upto 240Mb compared to a maximum of  upto 100Mb with Sky. Sky uses the same phone lines  as Eir/vodafone while Virgin use their own cable network . The Virgin speeds should be better in the majority of cases.

TV: The difference in TV channels is negligible.  The main differences we could see is that with Sky you get Sky Atlantic and with Virgin you get a few more of the HD channels , Film 4 and Discovery. Virgin throw in FREE Netflix for 6 months.

Phone – Both bundles include anytime calls to Irish landlines.
With Virgin you also get 400 minutes per month of calls to landlines in 22 countries and USA mobiles.
With Sky you get unlimited free calls to landlines in the UK, USA and 18 other countries – which could come in very handy if you have friends or relatives overseas.

Overall there is not too much difference :-   But Sky works out at a good bit more expensive when comparing over  over the first year .
These prices were correct on August 25th 2017.

An upgrade with Virgin Media to their  “Full House” TV with 100 channels would work out at  €648 in the first year.    You can  find out more about Virgin Media TV and broadband deals and even order your bundle online at Switcher.ie

You might also want to take a look at our comparison of Broadband and Phone bundles where  Pure Telecom  come out as the best priced option .

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8 thoughts on “Sky and Virgin Media Broadband and TV Bundles in Ireland

  1. the virgin contract is also for 12 months, not 18 as stated in the service description above

  2. How come Virgin don’t call their broadband ‘fibre’ with their speeds of 240/360 Mbits but everybody else claiming their speeds of 24-100Mbits do?
    Does anyone really think that the landline copper cable to your home is great? 4G is better than that…

  3. My tv/broadband/home phone contract with Virgin is due for renewal shortly. I usually sign up for a yearly contact with a discount of 6 months at half price and 6 months at full price (full price is €90). I have been with UPC/Virgin for nearly 20 years. I was told yesterday that the best they could do for me for the same package was €80 for 6 months, €90 for following 6. I told them that was too expensive and that I wouldn’t be staying with them at that price. The only response I got was did I wish to cancel my subscription there and then. It seems like Virgin no longer value their loyal customers, hence I am moving to Sky!

    • How much is Sky charging you for the next year? How does it compare to Virgin?

    • I had a similar problem with Virgin Media regarding their annual increase and because of communication problems last year I got caught in their contract before I realised it did not benefit me at all and they were unwilling to renegotiate the contract. However I got my revenge this year when they tried to increase the cost of my services again. I was making it clear from the onset I wished to cancel my services and they kept reducing their price until it was down to half the monthly cost. I was glad to be in a position to refuse as I am able to get all the broadband I can eat from 3 Mobile for €20 a month and keep my €20 for calls. It was sweet revenge.

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