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Who makes the best TV? Which screen should you go for? Which is the best type of TV tech? Do you need a widescreen TV?

There's so much to consider when buying a new TV these days, that many people are actually scared away. Do you go for Full HD 1080p or HD-ready? Do you go with LCD or LED? How about 3D TV or 4K – is it worth the extra money?

In this article, we have put together all of the key info.

So if you want to buy the best TV for you, read on.


Best TVs 2019: budget to premium 4K Ultra HD TVs

Best 4K TV Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best 4K TVs you can buy in 2019.

Wondering where to start with a 4K TV? We've done the hard work for you, running the rule over all the major televisions we've tested to sort the wheat from the chaff. Here we're highlighting only the best of the best, so you know you're getting top bang for your buck.

After all, there's no better way to feast your eyes on all the Ultra HD content that's becoming more common - you can now watch it on Amazon, Netflix, Sky Q and BT Sport Ultra HD. Plus you can buy 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays. Basically, there's never been a better time to go 4K.

Below you'll find TVs of various sizes, budgets and technologies, from 55 inch TVs to OLED TVssmall TVs to cheap TVs, and even 8K TVs. Do take a look at our guide on how to choose the right TV for your needs, and check out our round-up of the best TV wall mounts if you're looking to get your set on the wall. 

And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday a few short weeks away, it's a good time to be keeping an eye out for 4K TV deals. Scroll down to find your next TV!


The best OLED there's ever been.


Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 86 x 145 x 25cm

Reasons to Buy

Lovely, subtle design
Rich but natural pictures
Fabulous contrast
Strong sound

Reasons to Avoid

Samsung Q90 is brighter
Missing some dark detail
Can be beaten for motion
Some confusing menus

Last year's LG C8 was our TV Product of the Year, and its successor, the C9 is very much in contention for the same Award this year. The panel for this LG TV is broadly the same, but extra processing power and AI smarts have brought unexpected picture improvements, making the best even better. Contrast is glorious, colours are rich and vibrant, and detail levels are exemplary.

Considering it's around the bottom of the 2019 range in terms of its speaker system, it sounds really rather good, too - although we would, as ever, recommend buying a quality sound system to do justice to the fabulous picture.

Also check out the OLED65C9SLC, which is the same but for the design of the pedestal stand.

Read the full LG OLED65C9PLA (65in) review

Read the full LG OLED55C9PLA (55in) review

2. Samsung UE43RU7470

The best budget 'small' TV around right now - and a 2019 What Hi-Fi Award-winner.


Type: LCD with edge LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | HDMI inputs: 3 | HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 56 x 97 x 5.8cm

Reasons to Buy

Budget price
Excellent 1080p upscaling
Impressive HDR performance

Reasons to Avoid

Panel could be brighter

The Samsung UE43RU7470 seems like impossibly good value. It ticks all the right tech boxes – 4K, HDR (including HDR10+), and peerless selection of streaming apps that includes the brilliant Apple TV and arguably the best user experience in the business. All of this wrapped up into a lifestyle-friendly 43 inches and priced at a wallet-friendly £429.

To top it all off, the performance is excellent. A more premium (and therefore almost certainly bigger) TV will go even brighter than this, but the RU7470 is punchy in its own right and takes a much more sophisticated and subtle approach to colours and definition than you might expect. All told, it's a lovely TV to watch and to live with.

It’s worth noting that UE43RU7470 is a Currys exclusive, but that Samsung says its performance is identical to that of the UE43RU7400 and UE43RU7410, with the only differences between the three models being aesthetics. Having not tested all variants we can't vouch for that, but there's little reason to doubt Samsung's claim.

Read the full Samsung UE43RU7470 review

3. Samsung QE65Q90R

Is this 2019 QLED better than OLED? Possibly.


Type: QLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 92 x 145 x 28cm

Reasons to Buy

Natural, authentic colours
Deep, detailed blacks
Wide viewing angles

Reasons to Avoid

Motion processing not perfect
Others sound better

Only the very best will do for Samsung. That’s why, despite its 2018 4K flagship being the best TV it had ever produced, with a performance way beyond that of any other backlit set, Samsung fixated on the few flaws that prevented it from winning a What Hi-Fi? Award. Sure enough, the new Q90R QLED is every bit the belter that the Q9FN was, but with practically all of its flaws fixed. 

The Q90 is a backlit TV that goes almost as black as an OLED and has OLED-like viewing angles, while retaining its own advantage of greater brightness. It also boasts brilliantly judged colours and excellent dark detail, not to mention an excellent operating system packed with apps. Better than OLED? It's mighty close.

Read the full Samsung QE65Q90R (65in) review

Read the full Samsung QE55Q90R (55in) review

4. Sony KD-49XG9005

A ‘small’ TV with more flagship pedigree than most.


Type: LCD with direct LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 70 x 110 x 27.4cm

Reasons to Buy

Crisp and punchy picture
Brilliant colours
Excellent motion
Solid sound

Reasons to Avoid

Blacks could be deeper

If you're looking for a high-end TV at a smaller size than 55in, the Sony KD-49XG9005 should be at the top of your list. It doesn't get every feature of its bigger XG9505 siblings (hence the slight difference in model number), but it does get most and delivers an excellent picture for its size and price. A worthy 2019 What Hi-Fi? Award-winner.

Brilliantly balanced, natural colours, lots of detail and super-sharp edges combine to deliver a picture that's both authentic and enticing, not to mention consistent across all sources. And it requires almost no tweaking to get the TV performing at its best.

The Android TV operating system, while still a bit behind the Samsung and LG alternatives, is steadily improving and boasts all of the apps you're likely to need. Sony has also added YouView to ensure all of the usual UK catch-up services are on board.

Read the full Sony KD-49XG9005 review

5. Panasonic TX-58GX800B

A big, budget TV with excellent features and an impressive, natural picture performance. What’s not to like?


Type: LCD with edge LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | HDMI inputs: 3 | HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG | Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 76 x 130 x 6.5cm

Reasons to Buy

Detailed, subtle and natural
HDR10+ and Dolby Vision
Superb value

Reasons to Avoid

Rivals go brighter
Imperfect viewing angles
Average sound

Looking to go big for relatively little money? Then you simply have to check out the TX-58GX800B. The 50in version of this TV is already good value, but for just a little extra cash you can add an extra 8in of screen, turning an engaging viewing experience into something really cinematic.

Not that size and price are the only things that this Panasonic has going for it. It also boasts both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, an operating system that looks a bit basic but is very simple to use and contains all of the vital apps, and a performance that's effortlessly natural and detailed.

The viewing angles aren't amazing and you really need to add a soundbar to get an audio performance worthy of the picture, but for the money this is an absolute belter.

Read the full review: Panasonic TX-58GX800B

6. Samsung UE49RU8000

Ideal if you want a quality 49in TV, but can’t stretch to a QLED.


Type: LCD with edge-lit LED backlight | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 70.1 x 110 x 23.7cm

Reasons to Buy

Brilliantly sharp and detailed
Nicely balanced colours
Intuitive OS packed with apps

Reasons to Avoid

Could go blacker
More premium models go brighter

Samsung's QLED TVs might grab the headlines, but there's loads of value to be had further down the company's TV ranges. Take the UE49RU8000 - it's a fantastic 49in set that offers a big chunk of the performance of its more expensive models at a fraction of the price.

It boasts one of the best operating systems in the business, caters for all major flavours of HDR, including HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, and has no fewer than four HDMI inputs for all your sources. And picture quality isn't bad, either. Crisply drawn edges, impressive detail levels and punchy bright colours are the order of the day here, especially with 4K content. Sound quality is decent enough, but you'll benefit by adding a properly sorted soundbar.

Read the full Samsung UE49RU8000 review

7. Panasonic TX-55GZ950B

An OLED that undercuts the C9 on price and betters it for sound.


Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 77 x 123 x 30cm

Reasons to Buy

Impressive sound for a TV
Balanced, natural picture
Dolby Vision and HDR10+

Reasons to Avoid

Some rivals are punchier
Bland operating system
Lacks some apps

Let's get this out of the way: the Panasonic GZ950 OLED is not quite as good as the LG C9 in terms of picture quality. It's just that little bit less punchy and eye-popping.

That said, it is a fair bit more affordable than the C9, it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and it sounds significantly better.

In its own right, it also produces a great picture, with brilliantly natural colours and perfectly deep blacks, plus a very accomplished upscaler. In other words, this is a great option when choosing your next TV.

Read the full Panasonic TX-55GZ950B review

8. Samsung QE49Q70R

Stunning colours, intricate blacks and surprisingly good sound from this 49in QLED.


Type: QLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 71 x 110 x 25cm

Reasons to Buy

Textured & detailed blacks
Huge breadth of colour
Vast app selection

Reasons to Avoid

No Dolby Vision support
Slightly exaggerated reds


A 49in premium TV is something of a rarity. OLEDs don't currently go below 55in, and neither does Samsung's flagship Q90R (or the Q85R and Q80R, for that matter).

With the Q70R series, though, Samsung has opened up the options and is offering a 49in version. In other words, this is the best (or, at least, most advanced) TV that Samsung will sell you if you can't squeeze in a 55incher or the excellent QE65Q70R. That alone makes it a tasty proposition.

Thankfully, this is more than just a great on-paper proposition. Punchy and vibrant QLED colours, great detail and sharpness, and a great operating system bursting with apps (including Apple TV) make this an excellent option if 49in is as big as you're willing or able to go.

Read the full Samsung QE49Q70R review

Read the full Samsung QE65Q70R review

9. Panasonic TX-50GX800B

Broad format support and a natural performance make this a great budget TV.


Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 3 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 65 x 112 x 6.2cm

Reasons to Buy

HDR10+ and Dolby Vision
Smooth, natural performance
Lots of detail

Reasons to Avoid

Weak viewing angles
Others are punchier
Average sound

The GX800 range is one of the first we’ve tested that supports both of the two competing dynamic metadata-based HDR formats, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and this 50in set comes at a bargain price. Panasonic (and other brands) claim that HDR formats with dynamic metadata are of more use to lower-end sets than flagship models, as they tailor the image to the specific capabilities of the set. It’s a compelling argument, and while this TV can't match the premium TVs, this is an undeniably great budget TV for the money.

Amazon and Netflix are here, in all their HDR 4K glory, as well as a whole host of the usual catch-up streaming TV apps, but no sign of Now TV or Spotify. There are enough HDMI and USB connections, plus optical and headphone outputs. The picture produced is natural, clean and free from motion judder. Black levels are pretty good, though they're let down by poor viewing angles, the picture losing brightness off-axis. 

Still, despite typically lightweight sound from a flat TV (even with 'Atmos' mode on board) we still think the performance here is good enough to make it a great deal at this price. A simple but effective 50 inch 4K TV and its 58in sibling is just as brilliant (not to mention a 2019 What Hi-Fi? Award-winner).

Read the full Panasonic TX-50GX800B (50in) review

Read the full Panasonic TX-58GX800B (58in) review


An impressive OLED picture with the sound to match.


Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 75.3 x 122.6 x 5cm

Reasons to Buy

Deep, rich blacks
Superb sense of realism
Solid, weighty sound

Reasons to Avoid

Motion could be more natural
Not the last word in black detail
No HDR10+ support

Our advice when reviewing televisions tends to be buy a flatscreen and then add a soundbar, but this LG proves one of the exceptions to that rule. It produces just the kind of picture we'd hope for and supplements it with excellent sound quality.

This E9 has more speakers than its 2019 sibling, the also five-star C9 (4.2ch compared with 2.2ch), more amplifier power (60W against 40W) and slightly different positioning (forward-firing vs down-firing). The result is a sonic performance unmatched by any soundbar we've tested below £500, and with no extra boxes or cables!

Read the full LG OLED55E9PLA review

11. Sony KD-65XG9505

Another upper-midrange killer from Sony.


Type: LCD | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 90 x 145 x 33cm

Reasons to Buy

Detailed, nuanced images
Bright, vibrant and natural
Excellent motion

Reasons to Avoid

Blacks could be deeper
Some backlight blooming
Poor viewing angles

Just below Sony's Master Series is this 4K LCD cracker. What this TV offers is a very watchable and forgiving picture with wonderfully balanced colours, superb detail and simply the best motion processing tech around at the moment. It's smooth and sharp and without either flicker or any of the ‘soap opera effect’. 

It's exceptionally bright and vibrant for the price. It may not have the black levels, viewing angles or extreme contrast abilities of the far more expensive Samsung QLEDs and LGs OLEDs but you simply will not find such a beautifully performing TV without paying much, much more. Full marks.

Read the full Sony KD-65XG9505 review


Last year's best TV is still available - and with huge discounts.


Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 76 x 123 x 23cm

Reasons to Buy

Bright, punchy and sharp picture
Fantastically natural images
Amazing upscaling
Great value

Reasons to Avoid

Motion could be better
Some menus are confusing
So-so sound

Our favourite TV of 2018 is still great and still available. This 55in model started out life at £3000, but can now be yours for well under £1500. The new C9 is better, but the C8 still produces an image that’s wonderfully bright, punchy and detailed, and  manages to maintain that black depth and naturalism we've come to love from OLED. At this price, it's an amazing buy.

Read the full LG OLED55C8PLA review

13. Sony KD-85ZG9

A barnstorming 8K entry for Sony.


Type: LCD | Resolution: 8K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 123 x 191 x 43cm

Reasons to Buy

8K is utterly stunning
Punchy, vibrant and natural
Excellent motion
Very good sound

Reasons to Avoid

No 8K content
Hugely expensive
Blacks could be deeper

There's not many 8K TVs around just now and that's partly because 8K content is in exceedingly short supply. Nonetheless, what Sony has produced with the ZG9 points to a bright future.

The extra resolution comes at little-to-no cost in performance compared to the 4K members of the Sony family. The picture is stunning, balanced and the sound quality is right up there too. Of course, £14k is a lot to pay for a whole load of resolution that's largely unavailable right now but, with the 2020 Olympics coming up in Japan, it's only a matter of time.

We wouldn't necessarily advise going down the 8K route much before then but, if you must, then do it with the ZG9; 85in or 98in for you?

Read the full Sony KD-85ZG9 review


One of the most affordable 4K OLED TVs out there - it's a brilliant bargain.


Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 75 x 123 x 22cm

Reasons to Buy

Rich, refined colour palette
'Lights-out' black levels
Vast HDR format support - including Dolby Vision

Reasons to Avoid

Peak brightness can be bettered

What a time for couch potatoes to be alive. This 2018 LG 4K OLED TV can now be yours for just under £1200 - a very attractive price for a television that's capable of delivering such a stunningly good picture. The 55in C8 in this list boasts a more powerful processing engine and does deliver a better picture, but if you're running to a tight budget, this B8 model is irresistible.

Read the full LG OLED55B8PLA review

15. Sony KD-65XF9005

Flagship features and midrange price make for a stunning Sony TV.


Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 90 x 145 x 30cm

Reasons to Buy

Fantastic detail across the board
Stunning but natural colours
Clear sound

Reasons to Avoid

Minor backlight blooming
Can be beaten for viewing angles
Android OS is frustratingly sluggish

It can be hard to generate excitement around midrange TVs. But there are rare occasions when they throw up something rather special – a television that combines some of the best features of the top-end with a price that’s affordable to more people. That’s what we’ve got on our hands here. Strong colours, smooth motion processing, impressive black levels. It may not be a bells and whistles OLED, but this Sony LCD set is a great all-round option. And look at that price for a 65-inch screen.

Read the full Sony KD-65XF9005 review


A big and beautiful TV with a vibrant picture rich in detail.


Type: OLED | Resolution: 4K | HDR support: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision | HDMI inputs: 4 | Dimensions (hwd, with stand): 88 x 145 x 23cm

Reasons to Buy

Sensational 4K picture
Impressive upscaling
Easy to use OS

Reasons to Avoid

Motion processing can be bettered
Fussy menus

Within the C8's elegant table-top stand lies a wide, recessed and ridged channel that helps direct the sound from the downward-firing speakers out towards the listener. The speakers and the TVs connections (including four HDMIs) are all contained inside a wide, chunky enclosure that takes up around a quarter of the TV’s back panel. There's support for HDR 10 and Dolby Vision, too. Ultimately there's a jaw-dropping level of detail and clarity on show here, with punchy bright whites and colours, good viewing angles, and decent motion processing.

Read the full LG OLED65C8PLA review



Footie TV packages

The new football season's here, with live matches aplenty. With the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and more, there's lots to follow. But sadly, no one channel shows them all. Here's a rundown of what's likely to be on where:

The main events

  • Premier League: You'll find most games on Sky Sports channels, including big matches like Chelsea vs. Arsenal. About a quarter are on ESPN, but Sky tends to have the flagship games.

  • Champions League: Again, many matches are on Sky. The good news if you've only got terrestrial TV is about half will be on ITV1 or ITV4.

  • FA Cup: You'll find around half of these matches on ITV1, with some likely to be on Sky and ESPN.

  • Europa League: Formerly known as the UEFA Cup, these matches can be found on ESPN, as well as ITV, Five and some of the smaller sports channels.

As live matches are announced periodically, you may only find which channels they're on a few weeks ahead. Sites such as LiveSportOnTV are worth checking for listings.

TV packages: Sky Sports

You can get Sky Sports from a range of different providers, but each offers a slightly different package. As it's not always possible to do a like-for-like comparison, we've looked at the cheapest ways to get the most basic pack - either Sky Sports 1 or 2 - as well as the full Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 and ESPN.

Sky: from £22/mth

Sky Entertainment £22pm, 18-month minimum term. Prices may change during this period. Sky Q kit is loaned at no cost & must be returned at end of your subscription.  Broadband: Sky Fibre areas only. Separate 18 month contracts apply. Speeds vary by location. Set up: £9.95 router deliver and £10 connection fee. Sky Talk: Compatible line required otherwise £20 connection charge may apply. Standard monthly prices apply after 18 months (currently: Entertainment £27; Broadband Superfast £32; Broadband Essential: £25;Talk Anytime £10; Cinema £19; Sports £30; Ultimate On Demand £12; HD £5; Kids £5)


From September 2019, Sky's* packages range from £22 for either Sky Sports 1 or 2, up to £54 for the full Sky Sports HD package (includes Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 and Sky Sports News). 

Unlike some providers, you don't have to take its home phone and broadband, though basic broadband can be included at no extra charge.

If you go for its home phone option you'll also need to pay for line rental, which costs £11/month.

  • Package: TV, optional broadband & phone, 12 mths

  • Cheapest total price with Sky Sports 1 or 2: £40/mth (£29 without line rental)

  • All Sky Sports channels, ESPN & HD: £74/mth (£63 without line rental)

Virgin Media: from £30/mth


Unlike some of the other providers, you don't need to take Virgin Media's* broadband and home phone to get Sky Sports.

As its prices are going up on 1 October 2010, you'd pay £12.50/mth for its M+ TV package, £40 for installation, and then £14.50/mth for Sky Sports 1 or 2 or £22.50 for Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Sky Sports News also comes with the TV package), plus £6 extra for ESPN.

This means it'd be an average of £30.33/mth for Sky Sports 1 or 2, or £44.33/mth for Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 and ESPN.

  • Package: TV, 12 mths

  • Cheapest total price with Sky Sports 1 or 2: £30.33/mth

  • Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 & ESPN: £44.33/mth

BT: from £40/mth


You'll need to have BT's* phone, broadband and TV (BT Vision) to get its Sky Sports deals, but if you're on a 24 month contract it includes ESPN as standard, as well as BT Vision Sports.

It doesn't yet have an HD option for sports, and it only offers two Sky Sports channels, so this is only good if you're looking for a basic package.

On a 24-month contract it's £17.99 for the bundle, plus £12.79 monthly line rental and a £60 one-off Vision Box charge (BT's connection charge is free with the 24 month contract). You'll need to add £6.99 extra per month for either Sky Sports 1 or 2, or £11.99 extra for both, though Sky Sports News isn't included.

In total, it'd be £40.27/mth for one Sky Sports channel and ESPN, or £45.27 for Sky Sports 1, 2 and ESPN. It's possible to get the above on a 12 month contract, though do this and it'd be an extra £5 on top for each of its Sky Sports channels, and this option wouldn't include ESPN or BT Vision Sports as standard.

  • Package: TV, broadband & phone, 24 mths

  • Cheapest total price with Sky Sports 1 or 2 & ESPN (inc. line rental): £40.27/mth

  • Sky Sports 1, 2 & ESPN (inc. line rental): £45.27/mth

TalkTalk: from £51.64/mth


To get Sky Sports with TalkTalk you'll need its TV, broadband and phone package. It doesn't currently offer HD, but a subscription to Sky Sports 1 or 2 is £23.50/mth, plus £11.49 line rental and £14.98 for the bundle.

Factoring in the £30 installation fee, this works out at £51.64 per month on an 18-month contract for one Sky Sports channel. If you're after all the bells and whistles, Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 & ESPN is £36.99/mth, or £65.13 all-in. Sky Sports News is also provided as part of the base pack.

  • Package: TV, broadband & phone, 18 mths

  • Cheapest total price with Sky Sports 1 or 2 (inc. line rental): £51.64/mth

  • Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 & ESPN (inc. line rental): £65.13/mth

Top Up TV

If you don't want to go through the big providers above, there's another option. If you've got a Freeview digital set-top box with a card slot you can also subscribe to ESPN through Top Up TV for around £9.99/mth, or Sky Sports 1 or 2 for £19.99/mth each (plus connection fee).


Without HD channels: £19/month

The cheapest option comes with Sky's 'variety pack', comprising over 240 channels. As with all Sky deals, you'll need to pay BT (from £9.49/mth) or Sky Talk (£11/mth) line rental to get it.

There's currently no set up or installation fee for new customers. However, if you switch to Sky Talk it's also possible to get free broadband, though there can be a hefty installation fee for this (see below).

Here's what you get for an effective £19/mth:

  • Sky+ HD box (generally top-rated, records up to 60 hrs HD or 185 standard)

  • Variety pack (over 240 digital TV channels, see list)

With HD channels: £29/month

Opt for Sky's HD pack and you get access to the HD channels in the pack you subscribed to, as well as access to 'free to air' HD channels, which you'll obviously need an HD telly to make the most of. The HD pack costs £10/month, though Sky does have more HD channels than its competitors.

  • Sky+ HD box

  • Variety pack (over 240 digital TV channels, see list)

  • HD Pack (up to 46 HD channels depending on the pack, see list)

  • £50 M&S Voucher

Is it worth getting Sky Talk too?

Sky's home phone service, Sky Talk, charges £11/month for line rental and gets you free evening and weekend UK landline calls. Outside of the freebie calls its charges aren't particularly competitive, but switching to it also gets you £5/month off all Sky broadband packages, and it's here that some will find potential savings.

With Sky Talk, the base up to 20Mb with 2GB monthly limit broadband package can be had for free, and its unlimited up to 20Mb package for £7.50/mth. However, the first package carries a big sting in the tail, with an installation fee of £60.

Yet the superfast unlimited deal is free to install for new or existing Sky TV customers, and compares quite favourably to similar-spec packages (see
Cheap Broadband). As with other providers, you'll need to be in a Sky network area to get these cheap.

Alternative deals.

It's possible to up the gain if you're willing to play:

Up to £80 Cashback: It's possible to grab up to £80 cashback by joining Sky and getting its HD pack and broadband via cashback sites
Topcashback* and Quidco*. These deals can't be used in combination with others else you won't be paid. The cashback's substantially less on the non-HD packages.

Cashback sites are websites that list retailers and product providers and get paid if you click through them. Importantly, they then give some or all of this cash to you.

If you're new to this concept, please read the Best Cashback Sites guide before continuing, as while there shouldn't be a problem with these deals, the payout on cashback sites is never guaranteed; if there's a dispute with the retailer and the cashback site doesn't get paid, you don't either.


TVicon</span> What about Freeview?

Of course, you needn't pay for digital telly at all. All modern TVs come with tuners for free-to-air digital channels, and those with older sets can buy a Freeview box for around a tenner (the big supermarkets are usually cheapest).

There are currently up to about 50 TV channels (depending on your location), and 24 radio stations; not a bad haul for nothing!

Freeview HD: It's also possible to get HD channels down your antenna in some areas, (
check) but you'll need a Freeview HD box. Currently these are not expensive - around £89 - and there are only a few proper HD channels: BBC HD, ITV1 HD and 4 HD.

However, as availability becomes more widespread the price of the equipment will fall and more channels will be added, so this is one to watch.


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