The Best TV deals this autumn… In our opinion!
Save money on TV with tips from Logbook Loans…
Autumn is here and it’s the time of year when we feel like just curling up on the sofa and watching TV. And why not!
But these days there are so many ways to get TV channels, and so many different packages. How can we be sure we are getting the best deal? To try and answer this question, we at Logbook Loans have been taking a look at what’s around ……
Not so very long ago, everyone used to have a television aerial on top of their home. Interestingly, this is still the most popular way to view live television. With Freeview and similar aerial-dependent services, you can usually get over 60 TV channels for free.
Disadvantages are that Freeview does not include all the channels you may want to see. There can also occasionally be some issues with signal strength, but generally Freeview provides excellent digital quality.
To watch satellite TV you need a satellite dish attached to your home. This can be purchased and installed by a satellite TV provide such as Sky. You can then either watch Freeview TV by buying a Freesat receiver, or subscribe to one of a variety of packages that provides the channels you want to watch.
Typical prices for Sky services start from around £22 per month and include your desired combination of TV, broadband and phone services. The more services you add on, the higher your price will be.
The disadvantages of satellite TV are that you do have to have a dish installed, which may be problematic on some properties, and there may be occasional problems with atmospheric conditions affecting your TV signal, but this is rare.
Cable TV is provided via underground fibre optic cables. The two main providers are Virgin Media and BT. To use the service you need to have it installed at your home, and connected to the nearest network cables belonging to the provider.
Typical prices for cable TV start from around £30 per month and – similar to satellite TV – the exact price will depend on the combination of services that you require.
Disadvantages of cable TV are that not all areas of the UK are covered, and some satellite TV channels are not available on cable.
Last but not least, it is also possible to watch TV over your home broadband. Services such as Amazon Prime and Now TV enable you to watch a variety of channels as long as you have a fast broadband service and either a smart TV, smartphone, tablet or computer.
Amazon Prime costs £7.99 per month and includes Amazon music streaming, unlimited photo storage and and free delivery of Amazon orders as well as TV services. Now TV costs from £8.99 per month, or you can subscribe to their broadband for £25 per month and the entertainment package is then £5.99 per month.
As well as a variety of movie and specialist channels, you can also view Internet TV services, such as BBC iPlayer or All4, which are subscription free. There is also increasing access to the main channels (BBC, ITV, Channel 4) via dedicated websites and apps, and the Watch Live feature on some channels enables you to live stream programming at the same time as it is being broadcast on TV..
The main disadvantage of Internet TV is that you need fast broadband, and if others are also using that broadband it can affect the quality of your TV service. Also, because it is still a relative newcomer to the world of TV, there is still an amount of having to navigate through different apps to get to different channels.
For all of the above methods of watching TV you need a TV Licence if you are either watching/recording live TV programmes on any channel, or downloading/watching BBC programmes on iPlayer. You do NOT need a TV licence if you only watch on-demand movies or TV shows via the Internet, for example Netflix or YouTube.
TV licences currently cost £154.50 for colour and £52 for black and white. You can either pay the whole amount up front or in monthly instalments. But you do not need to pay for a TV licence if you are aged 75 or over; and if you are blind or severely sight impaired people you are entitled to a 50% reduction in the licence fee.
Bear in mind that offers do change frequently so when the time comes for you to look at your TV package with a view to changing suppliers then do double check the latest deals. But we hope that the above is of some help in pointing you in the right direction.
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