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 . We have also added in details of Vodafone’s TV/Broadband and Phone bundle at the end.

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 October 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 speeds up to 250Mb, 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  €64 a month. Total cost in the first year: €798. More Details Here

We found a similar bundle from from Sky on Switcher.ie including fibre broadband with speeds up to 100Mb (where available) , unlimited data and free calls to landlines all day as well as 101 TV channels.  The total cost of this in year one would be €924 (€74.50 a month for 12 months then €102.50 per month plus €30 set up fee .) .  

The Virgin Media  deal costs €126 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 250Mb 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 (101 on Sky vs 66 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 provider’s 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 anytime 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 October 2th 2019

Alternative to Virgin and Sky
If you want a cheaper TV , Phone and Broadband deal – you might want to consider Vodafone. If you are in an area with fast enough broadband – they are offering a bundle for €70 a month reduced to €25 for the first 6 months. That works out as €570 in the first year. (€78 less than Virgin). It comes with 60 TV channels and unlimited calls to landlines. Find out more Here

You might also want to take a look at our comparison of Broadband and Phone bundles where Vodafone 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:

UTV 10.906 V 22 5/6
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

More Sky Channels Here

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

  1. BRILLIANT…!!!
    My lovely wife has wanted to watch Ant and Dec on UTV and I could not get it – until I came across your site..
    Thank you for simple and concise instructions that enabled me to deliver…!!!

  2. You can add those channels on Sky –
    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

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