Sky Vs Virgin Media in Ireland

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.

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.
At the same time, we also checked Vodafone’s TV/Broadband and Phone bundle as an alternative.


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 most 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 early June 2021 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


Virgin Media

We found a package on Virgin Media – the “Big Bundle ” . It comes with

  • Average broadband speed of 245Mb,
  • Unlimited data
  • Free calls to Irish landlines and mobiles 24 hours a day
  • 66 TV channels

The price is €92 per month with the first 12 months at  €55 a month. Total cost in the first year: €660 including set up fees..

More Details On the Virgin Offer via Switcher.ie


Sky Ireland Bundle

We found a bundle from Sky that includes Ultimate TV , part fibre broadband with speeds up to 100Mb (75Mb Average).
It comes with unlimited data and free calls to landlines all day as well as 53 TV channels.  The total cost of this in year one would be €956 (€52.50 a month for 6 months then €98.50 per month plus set up fee .) This is almost €300 more than the Virgin bundle in year one.

More Bundles are available on the Sky Ireland Offers on Switcher


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 use their own cable network.
Virgin have faster speeds, an average of 254Mps compared to a maximum of 100Mb with Sky.


TV:
Sky Vs Virgin Media

The difference in TV channels at Sky Vs Virgin Media is minor. ( 53 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.

Phone: Sky Vs Virgin Media

Both bundles include anytime calls to Irish landlines.


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 also 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 July 20th 2021

A Cheaper 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 €85 a month reduced to just €45 for the first 12 months. That works out as €540 in the first year. It comes with 80 TV channels and unlimited calls to landlines. Find out more Here

You should also check out our Comparison of Broadband and Phone bundles where there are also some good offers.


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
ITV1 10.758 V 22.0 5/6
ITV2 10.758 V 22.0 5/6
ITV3 10.906 V 22.0 5/6
ITV4 10.758 V 22.0 5/6

More Sky Channel Codes Here