If you are looking for the cheapest TV, Broadband and Home Phone package there are usually special offers or discounts available from both Sky and Virgin Media.
How do Sky and Virgin Media Broadband and TV bundles compare on price – and what do you get for your money?
These two companies are the biggest digital TV subscription providers in Ireland. We have compared Sky with Virgin Media and picked their best deals available.
Virgin Media provides its TV, broadband and phone services via its 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 provides its TV via satellite dishes and its 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 most places where Virgin Media is available.
We made a comparison of the deals on offer in May 2023 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.
Cheapest TV and Broadband Bundles
We found a package on Virgin Media – the “500Mb Broadband + Big TV” . It comes with
- Average broadband speed of 490Mb,
- Unlimited data
- Free calls to Irish landlines and mobiles 24 hours a day
- 65 TV channels
The price is €99 per month with the first 12 months at €59 a month. Total cost in the first year: €758 including set up fees..
Sky Ireland Bundle
We found a bundle
It comes with unlimited data, free calls to landlines all day, and 83 TV channels. The total cost of this in year one would be €750 (€62.50 a month for 12 months then €118.50 per month plus set up fee .
See more Bundles and offers on the Sky Ireland Switcher Page
What are the differences between the Virgin Media and Sky bundles?
Broadband : Sky Vs Virgin Media
Sky Ireland uses phone lines for broadband, just like Eir and Vodafone.
Virgin uses its own cable network.
Virgin used to have faster speeds, abut Sky can match them in most locations now with the spread of fibre broadband .
TV: Sky Vs Virgin Media
The difference in TV channels at Sky Vs Virgin Media is significant. (83 on Sky vs 65 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.
Phone: Sky Vs Virgin Media
Virgin gives you free anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles plus 400 minutes per month of calls to landlines in 22 countries and USA mobiles.
With Sky you get unlimited anytime calls to Irish landlines, plus anytime calls to numbers in 20 international locations.
These prices were correct in May 2023
Do your own comparison at Switcher. Don’t pay more than you have to – switch now!”
You should also check out our Comparison of Broadband and Phone bundles where there are also some good offers.