Sky compared to Virgin Media Broadband and TV

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. We have compared some of the bundles available at the moment from Sky and Virgin …
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 Sky and Virgin Media Broadband and TV bundles compare on price – and what do you get for your money?

We did a comparison of the deals on offer in January 2019 from Sky Ireland and Virgin Media Ireland.   We looked at packages with unlimited broadband, inclusive anytime phone calls and TV with the lowest number of channels.

Cheapest Bundles

We found a  package on Virgin Media – with  broadband offering speeds upto 240Mb , Unlimited data, free calls to Irish landlines 24 hours a day and 66 TV channels on their Horizon box. The price is €89 per month with the first 12 months at  €49 a month. Total cost in the first year: €588. More Details Here

We found a similar bundle  from from Sky on  including  fibre broadband with speeds upto 100Mb (where available) , unlimited data and free calls to landlines all day as well as 90 TV channels.  The total cost of this in year one would  be €720 (€57.50 a month for 12 months then €99.50 per month plus €30 set up fee .) .  

The Virgin Media  deal costs €132 less than  Sky over the first 12 months 

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 bigger than it used to be (90 on Sky vs 60 on Virgin) – but some of these could be +1 channels or HD versions.   If there are specific channels you are interested in – you will need to check the providers details. See below for details about adding ITV channels on Sky Ireland.

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. More details on Sky Ireland here

Overall there is not too much difference :-  
These prices were correct on January 23rd 2019


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 .

cheapest broadband ireland

Tip – Adding ITV channels to Sky in Ireland:

Press the Services button, then:
with ‘Options’ highlighted press 6, and with ‘Add Channels highlighted
press select and add the channels with the details below:

Frequency: Polarity: Symbol Rate: FEC:

ITV 1 10.758 V 22.0 5/6
ITV 2 10.758 V 22.0 5/6
ITV 3 10.906 V 22.0 5/6
ITV 4 10.758 V 22.0 5/6

2 thoughts on “Sky compared to Virgin Media Broadband and TV

  1. Can you get a TV and Broadband deal with out home phone any cheaper? I have no use for a landline, the only landline I would ever call is my mam and as she lives across the street its not to often that I would call her.

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