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I currently have the Big Kahuna package with Virgin Media. I am paying £80.48 for this (I am no longer in a contract though) - XL tv, VIVID 200 optical fibre internet, and Talk unlimited (price includ… Read More
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8m, 1w agoPosted 8 months, 1 week ago
I currently have the Big Kahuna package with Virgin Media. I am paying £80.48 for this (I am no longer in a contract though) - XL tv, VIVID 200 optical fibre internet, and Talk unlimited (price includes telephone line rental). I'd really like to reduce this monthly outlay if possible. My son plays a lot on his gaming computer - XBox and live gaming, etc. I use the internet for work and I have my 16-year-old daughter using a laptop at home as well.

Is it possible to mix and match suppliers - ie, keep the VIVID 200 optical fibre internet with Virgin Media and then perhaps get my TV with perhaps SKY? I'm thinking of perhaps getting rid of the landline phone to save on the telephone line rental and talk unlimited (I have unlimited calls on my mobile tariff so could do without a landline).

When I joined Virgin Media, then installed a cable box on the sitting room wall - I have thick, white cables running into the TIVO tv box and another going around the room which plugs into the Virgin Media router box. If I get SKY, would I need another router box and/or more cables running around the room - sorry, I don't know if it is possible to have two suppliers set up in the same room with the internet and tv?

I have also been looking at the Vodaphone deal (saw it advertised on tv today), where you can have optical fibre internet and not have to pay the monthly landline fee, even though they put one in if you don't have one (you need a BT Openreach line) - they also give you a new telephone number if you want it - this cost £28 for up to 76 MBps. Has anybody actually taken up this Vodaphone deal - is the internet speed any good?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
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#1
I was on same package. Just dropped Virgin TV but kept BB (reduced BB speed to 100Mb) and rejoined Sky for TV.
As I still have a SkyHD box I got a no contract deal for Box sets bundle for £19pm.
BB only price I got at 100Mbps from Virgin is £32pm.

I also got a £50 bill credit form both Virgin and Sky.

Don't be fooled by Vodafone ...you still get charged line rental, they just don't call it as much and bundle it in with the BB price.

Virgin BB without phone line you will find actually costs more than having it with a phone line.

If you go with Sky for TV you will need a Dish on the house but Internet to the box would be Wi-fi or wired from your existing broadband router
#2
Can be done, yes more cables and as many providers as you like but it won't be cheaper and you will have twice the problems
#3
yes. I've just done exactly the same. Sky for tv . Phone and broadband with Virgin. Previously on the Big Kahuna but found it started to get far too expensive. £20 to Sky and £30 to Virgin. Switched when Sky were doing the £100 prepaid Mastercard, got that within a week of installation, also used Topcashback £110 confirmed but still waiting for payable but doubt I'll get that too with me already getting the mastercard
#4
rubytuesday0203
yes. I've just done exactly the same. Sky for tv . Phone and broadband with Virgin. Previously on the Big Kahuna but found it started to get far too expensive. £20 to Sky and £30 to Virgin. Switched when Sky were doing the £100 prepaid Mastercard, got that within a week of installation, also used Topcashback £110 confirmed but still waiting for payable but doubt I'll get that too with me already getting the mastercard


I got a £75 MasterCard when joining Sky and my £125 cashback through Quidco was approved after a claim
#5
Uridium
I was on same package. Just dropped Virgin TV but kept BB (reduced BB speed to 100Mb) and rejoined Sky for TV.
As I still have a SkyHD box I got a no contract deal for Box sets bundle for £19pm.
BB only price I got at 100Mbps from Virgin is £32pm.
I also got a £50 bill credit form both Virgin and Sky.
Don't be fooled by Vodafone ...you still get charged line rental, they just don't call it as much and bundle it in with the BB price.
Virgin BB without phone line you will find actually costs more than having it with a phone line.
If you go with Sky for TV you will need a Dish on the house but Internet to the box would be Wi-fi or wired from your existing broadband router

When you dropped the Virgin Media tv, did you have to give them 30 days notice to do that, even though you were keeping the BB and phone line? Just wish that there were kids' channels (apart from CBBC) on the £20 tv package, as there are not - I will have to pay out for the £32 variety package to get them (have a 9 year old son who likes watching some of the kids' programmes).
#6
If you wanted to get Sky TV, you would be best waiting for one of the discount offers to be available. Can usually get new deals for 70% off for 12 months, and then use this to haggle at the end of the 12 months for a similar price (love the service, not willing to pay more though, etc...). I currently pay about £35 a month for Full TV package (all entertainment channels, box sets, Sky Movies, Sky sports, and all in HD).

If you could do this and then add broadband/phone elsewhere, you would save money overall. Worth noting that Sky offer unlimited fibre (up to 38mb) for £10 per month if you have sky sports (plus £18 line rental I believe). For reference I have mine with BT and pay £42 per month for Infinity 1 (up to 52mb) and phone line, and BT sports in HD.
#7
Sophiasky
Uridium
I was on same package. Just dropped Virgin TV but kept BB (reduced BB speed to 100Mb) and rejoined Sky for TV.
As I still have a SkyHD box I got a no contract deal for Box sets bundle for £19pm.
BB only price I got at 100Mbps from Virgin is £32pm.
I also got a £50 bill credit form both Virgin and Sky.
Don't be fooled by Vodafone ...you still get charged line rental, they just don't call it as much and bundle it in with the BB price.
Virgin BB without phone line you will find actually costs more than having it with a phone line.
If you go with Sky for TV you will need a Dish on the house but Internet to the box would be Wi-fi or wired from your existing broadband router
When you dropped the Virgin Media tv, did you have to give them 30 days notice to do that, even though you were keeping the BB and phone line? Just wish that there were kids' channels (apart from CBBC) on the £20 tv package, as there are not - I will have to pay out for the £32 variety package to get them (have a 9 year old son who likes watching some of the kids' programmes).

Worth having a look at Now TV, i ditched sky for them depends what you watch etc.
#8
Sophiasky
Uridium
I was on same package. Just dropped Virgin TV but kept BB (reduced BB speed to 100Mb) and rejoined Sky for TV.
As I still have a SkyHD box I got a no contract deal for Box sets bundle for £19pm.
BB only price I got at 100Mbps from Virgin is £32pm.
I also got a £50 bill credit form both Virgin and Sky.
Don't be fooled by Vodafone ...you still get charged line rental, they just don't call it as much and bundle it in with the BB price.
Virgin BB without phone line you will find actually costs more than having it with a phone line.
If you go with Sky for TV you will need a Dish on the house but Internet to the box would be Wi-fi or wired from your existing broadband router
When you dropped the Virgin Media tv, did you have to give them 30 days notice to do that, even though you were keeping the BB and phone line? Just wish that there were kids' channels (apart from CBBC) on the £20 tv package, as there are not - I will have to pay out for the £32 variety package to get them (have a 9 year old son who likes watching some of the kids' programmes).

Yes I had to give 30 days notice on the TV cancellation. This is pretty standard with both Virgin and Sky. I wasn't too fussed a sI was happy to get out of my contract as my halfprice introductory deal was just expiring and my package was about to jump from £35pm to £75pm...the price rise allowed me to get out of contract penalty free.

After over a year with Virign Tivo I'm glad to get back to SkyHD...Tivo isn't a patch on SkyHD...it's sluggish and painful to navigate whereas SkyHD is a joy to use...

my combined SkyTV/Virgin BB package is going to be costing me just north of £50pm but I'm fairly happy considering I'm getting the box set bundle with the kids channels we wanted (my kids like the Disney Channels) as well as HD and the box sets.. I'm also fotrunate to live in a Virgin area that isn't heavily subscribed so I do get full speed from my virgin Broadband all the time. So for me a mixed Virgin/Sky package is the perfect setup.

I did look into other Broadband options but BT's fibre only gives me 25Mb max so whoever else I went with I was going to be limited to 25Mb..If you can get a decent BT Infinity speed though it may be worth looking at a bundle with BT. the customer service sucks but they are doing some pretty decent bundles right now and often have high TCB/quidco rates as well.

Edited By: Uridium on Sep 14, 2016 01:15
#9
Nobody does a package without line rental, they just hide it. The Vodafone no line rental 'deal', it's more expensive than other people's that includes line rental, figure that one out. Same with Virgin Media, there 'deal' without line rental normally costs more than there deal with line rental and a phone, people are just idiots.

Also the name gives it a way, but Sky uses a satellite so yes you'll have more cables unless you pull up the existing.

Edited By: dcx_badass on Sep 14, 2016 07:00
#10
Uridium
Sophiasky
Uridium
I was on same package. Just dropped Virgin TV but kept BB (reduced BB speed to 100Mb) and rejoined Sky for TV.
As I still have a SkyHD box I got a no contract deal for Box sets bundle for £19pm.
BB only price I got at 100Mbps from Virgin is £32pm.
I also got a £50 bill credit form both Virgin and Sky.
Don't be fooled by Vodafone ...you still get charged line rental, they just don't call it as much and bundle it in with the BB price.
Virgin BB without phone line you will find actually costs more than having it with a phone line.
If you go with Sky for TV you will need a Dish on the house but Internet to the box would be Wi-fi or wired from your existing broadband router
When you dropped the Virgin Media tv, did you have to give them 30 days notice to do that, even though you were keeping the BB and phone line? Just wish that there were kids' channels (apart from CBBC) on the £20 tv package, as there are not - I will have to pay out for the £32 variety package to get them (have a 9 year old son who likes watching some of the kids' programmes).
Yes I had to give 30 days notice on the TV cancellation. This is pretty standard with both Virgin and Sky. I wasn't too fussed a sI was happy to get out of my contract as my halfprice introductory deal was just expiring and my package was about to jump from £35pm to £75pm...the price rise allowed me to get out of contract penalty free.
After over a year with Virign Tivo I'm glad to get back to SkyHD...Tivo isn't a patch on SkyHD...it's sluggish and painful to navigate whereas SkyHD is a joy to use...
my combined SkyTV/Virgin BB package is going to be costing me just north of £50pm but I'm fairly happy considering I'm getting the box set bundle with the kids channels we wanted (my kids like the Disney Channels) as well as HD and the box sets.. I'm also fotrunate to live in a Virgin area that isn't heavily subscribed so I do get full speed from my virgin Broadband all the time. So for me a mixed Virgin/Sky package is the perfect setup.
I did look into other Broadband options but BT's fibre only gives me 25Mb max so whoever else I went with I was going to be limited to 25Mb..If you can get a decent BT Infinity speed though it may be worth looking at a bundle with BT. the customer service sucks but they are doing some pretty decent bundles right now and often have high TCB/quidco rates as well.

Hello, I'm just wondering, did you have a phone with Virgin Media as well? I was going to drop it, but somebody mentioned that it might be cheaper to keep it with the BB than just keep the BB alone (going to drop the tv package). If I drop the tv (I am no longer in a set 12/18 month contract with them), will they then start a new contract up for the BB (and possibly phone depending on the cost)? I'm just wondering if they will give me a huge price increase on the BB and phone once they realise that I want to drop the tv - I'm already paying £80.48 a month for my tv, BB and phone with them and really need to reduce this a bit if possible.
#11
Line rental goes to pay for the infrastructure that's used by the broadband. The cost of providing a phone service on top is next to nothing. The only real saving to be had there is your pre-paid calls package (talk unlimited).

Virgin are unusual in that they connect their own network to your house, so any hardware you have from them cannot be used by another ISP. Generally everyone else uses the openreach connection (what used to be the national phone network) to connect your house and their network and TV is delivered either via Broadband, Terrestrial Antenna, Satellite Dish or some combination of the three.
#12
Sophiasky
Uridium
Sophiasky
Uridium
I was on same package. Just dropped Virgin TV but kept BB (reduced BB speed to 100Mb) and rejoined Sky for TV.
As I still have a SkyHD box I got a no contract deal for Box sets bundle for £19pm.
BB only price I got at 100Mbps from Virgin is £32pm.
I also got a £50 bill credit form both Virgin and Sky.
Don't be fooled by Vodafone ...you still get charged line rental, they just don't call it as much and bundle it in with the BB price.
Virgin BB without phone line you will find actually costs more than having it with a phone line.
If you go with Sky for TV you will need a Dish on the house but Internet to the box would be Wi-fi or wired from your existing broadband router
When you dropped the Virgin Media tv, did you have to give them 30 days notice to do that, even though you were keeping the BB and phone line? Just wish that there were kids' channels (apart from CBBC) on the £20 tv package, as there are not - I will have to pay out for the £32 variety package to get them (have a 9 year old son who likes watching some of the kids' programmes).
Yes I had to give 30 days notice on the TV cancellation. This is pretty standard with both Virgin and Sky. I wasn't too fussed a sI was happy to get out of my contract as my halfprice introductory deal was just expiring and my package was about to jump from £35pm to £75pm...the price rise allowed me to get out of contract penalty free.
After over a year with Virign Tivo I'm glad to get back to SkyHD...Tivo isn't a patch on SkyHD...it's sluggish and painful to navigate whereas SkyHD is a joy to use...
my combined SkyTV/Virgin BB package is going to be costing me just north of £50pm but I'm fairly happy considering I'm getting the box set bundle with the kids channels we wanted (my kids like the Disney Channels) as well as HD and the box sets.. I'm also fotrunate to live in a Virgin area that isn't heavily subscribed so I do get full speed from my virgin Broadband all the time. So for me a mixed Virgin/Sky package is the perfect setup.
I did look into other Broadband options but BT's fibre only gives me 25Mb max so whoever else I went with I was going to be limited to 25Mb..If you can get a decent BT Infinity speed though it may be worth looking at a bundle with BT. the customer service sucks but they are doing some pretty decent bundles right now and often have high TCB/quidco rates as well.
Hello, I'm just wondering, did you have a phone with Virgin Media as well? I was going to drop it, but somebody mentioned that it might be cheaper to keep it with the BB than just keep the BB alone (going to drop the tv package). If I drop the tv (I am no longer in a set 12/18 month contract with them), will they then start a new contract up for the BB (and possibly phone depending on the cost)? I'm just wondering if they will give me a huge price increase on the BB and phone once they realise that I want to drop the tv - I'm already paying £80.48 a month for my tv, BB and phone with them and really need to reduce this a bit if possible.

Yes phone is with VM as well. Kept this as it's cheaper to have VirginBB with a phone line I don't need or want than it is to have BB without it ...
I had to resign a new contract for the BB and Phone deal but I made sure that my discounted BB price was for the length of contract
#13
Thank you all for your help and advice, much appreciated.
#14
If I ring up Virgin Media today to cancel my tv package with them (will keep the BB and phone though), I will have to give 30 days notice - if I take up the Sky deal that expires today - free TV (and there is cashback through Quidco as well), will Sky wait for my 30 days notice is up with Virgin Media before they install a dish - or can I have the dish installed say next week and just pay for the extra 30 days notice with Virgin Media (can their Tivo box be disconnected before the 30 days is up so that a Sky dish, etc, can be installed?) Thank you.
#15
Sophiasky
If I ring up Virgin Media today to cancel my tv package with them (will keep the BB and phone though), I will have to give 30 days notice - if I take up the Sky deal that expires today - free TV (and there is cashback through Quidco as well), will Sky wait for my 30 days notice is up with Virgin Media before they install a dish - or can I have the dish installed say next week and just pay for the extra 30 days notice with Virgin Media (can their Tivo box be disconnected before the 30 days is up so that a Sky dish, etc, can be installed?) Thank you.
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no u don't cancel tv services no don't need to do nothing u ring 150 and ask them to remove xl tv to m tv theres no extra charge u can still keep your TiVo and will still record u will have basic tv channels u wont get bb phone cheaper with or with out m tv
#16
darrenallsopp
Sophiasky
If I ring up Virgin Media today to cancel my tv package with them (will keep the BB and phone though), I will have to give 30 days notice - if I take up the Sky deal that expires today - free TV (and there is cashback through Quidco as well), will Sky wait for my 30 days notice is up with Virgin Media before they install a dish - or can I have the dish installed say next week and just pay for the extra 30 days notice with Virgin Media (can their Tivo box be disconnected before the 30 days is up so that a Sky dish, etc, can be installed?) Thank you.
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no u don't cancel tv services no don't need to do nothing u ring 150 and ask them to remove xl tv to m tv theres no extra charge u can still keep your TiVo and will still record u will have basic tv channels u wont get bb phone cheaper with or with out m tv

Hello, I was going to totally cancel my XL tv and not downgrade to M tv, so I should imagine the box will then have to be returned.
#17
I'm on a "trial" of your bundle but with a different phone package (had 75 mins and weekend calls) for about £46. After 6 months it will go up to your price but I am able to go back to my previous offer of £41 for 100mb, weekend calls and m TV which I will do if they don't let me stay on this offer. Anyway phone cancellations and ask for their best deals, they have scope to give really good deals

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