If you are looking for the cheapest “triple play bundle” of TV, Broadband and Home Phone – there are sometimes good deals available from both Sky and Virgin Media.
These companies are the two biggest digital TV subscription providers in Ireland. We have compared Sky Vs Virgin Media and picked their best deals available. We also checked Vodafone’s TV/Broadband and Phone bundle as an alternative.
Firstly, if you don’t live in an area covered by Virgin Media then this comparison is not going to be much use to you. Virgin Media provide their TV , broadband and phone services via their own cable network. It is currently only 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. Although Sky Fibre is not available in all areas of the country – it should be available in all the places where Virgin Media is available.
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 August 2020 from Sky Ireland and Virgin Media Ireland. We only looked at packages with unlimited broadband, inclusive anytime phone calls and TV with the lowest number of channels.
We found a package on Virgin Media – with broadband speeds up to 250Mb, Unlimited data, free calls to Irish landlines and mobiles 24 hours a day and 66 TV channels on their Horizon box. The price is €89 per month with the first 12 months at €59 a month. Total cost in the first year: €708. More Details Here
We found a similar bundle
The Virgin Media deal costs €62 less than Sky over the first 12 months .
What are the differences between the Virgin Media and Sky bundles ?
Virgin Media have faster speeds,
Sky use 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.
The difference in TV channels at Sky Vs Virgin Media is significant. ( 90 on Sky vs 66 on Virgin). 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.
Both bundles include anytime calls to Irish landlines.
Virgin gives you free anytime calls to Irish landlines plus 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
These prices were correct on August 22nd 2020
An Alternative to Virgin and Sky
If you want a cheaper
You should also check out our comparison of Broadband and Phone bundles where there are also some good offers.
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