Sky Customers Overpaying For TV Packages

When it comes to TV and broadband providers, Brits are spoiled for choice. However, it is important to look carefully at each package before signing up to a deal, as some are considerably more expensive than others.

Recent research from Which? revealed Sky customers typically pay between £75 and £100 a month for their bundle. This is dramatically more expensive than those on an EE, TalkTalk or Plusnet package, who tend to pay between £25 and £50 a month.

The findings showed Virgin Media customers might also be overpaying, as a third pays £75 to £100 a month, while another third spends £50 to £75 on their TV and broadband deals.

Brits with Freeview-based providers pay the least for their packages, with 17 per cent of Plusnet customers revealing their bills are less than £25 a month. However, 75 per cent of those surveyed admitted to spending more than £50.

The reason why households are willing to pay more for the bigger providers might be down to what they offer customers.

“Both [Sky and Virgin Media] offer something special. Sky has a huge number of channels, while Virgin Media offers some of the fastest broadband speeds,” Which?’s Yvette Fletcher reported.

She went on to reveal: “[Their] customers generally pay for this privilege, though – it costs more than a fifth of Virgin Media customers and over a quarter of Sky customers more than £100 each month.”

Telly fans, these days, expect more from their channels, with head of news and current affairs at Channel 4 recently telling The Drum that British TV needs to change to better represent the population.

She said “big new ideas [are needed] to take us forward” when it comes to producing content that people want to watch.

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