There has never been a better time to snap up an amazing deal on your digital TV, broadband and home phone services.
This Christmas, you the consumer are well and truly in charge, as the top UK digital providers are competing very hard for your custom, so some of the deals on offer are terrific value!
Whether you’re looking for fibre-optic broadband; a cracking home phone calls package or a top-of-the-range digital TV package with sports, movies and high definition TV – there are some amazing deals to choose from.
Here is our pick of the Christmas digital deals…
High definition TV (HDTV)
High definition TV (HDTV) is the big seller this Christmas. It provides stunning pictures in 4 times the detail of a standard TV programme. HDTV is particularly impressive for sporting events, documentaries, movies and dramas.
Football in HD for example is a huge improvement on the standard TV experience – with players (and the crowd!) visible in extraordinary clarity. In addition, HDTV signals are also broadcast in surround sound making for a much richer sound, as well as visual experience.
In a nutshell, to enjoy HDTV you will need to make sure you have an HD Ready TV; a receiver that can decode the high definition signal, (such as a Sky+HD box, HD Freesat box, or Virgin's V+ box); and a TV package that includes high definition programming.
The best high definition TV deals this Christmas come from Sky and Freesat.
Sky has by far the largest range of digital TV channels to choose from in the UK, with 35 HDTV channels on offer including Sky OneHD, documentaries, drama, Sky SportsHD, Sky MoviesHD and more. This Christmas Sky is offering a terrific deal on Sky HD with Sky Movies. The deal offers Sky 1 Mix, Sky HD pack and Sky Movies from £44 per month – plus a free Sky+HD box. There is a £30 set up cost.
Freesat on the other hand offers over 140 channels with no monthly subscription, including ITV and BBC in high definition.
As Charlie Ponsonby, CEO of Simplifydigital comments:
“HDTV is the next big revolution in TV entertainment in the UK. It has moved from a niche luxury for the few, to an affordable mass-market entertainment phenomenon – as such it will be one of the big sellers this Christmas.”
Best value digital bundle deals – digital TV, broadband and home phone
All the top UK providers offer great “triple play” bundle deals. These are typically the cheapest way to buy your digital TV, broadband and phone services.
In fact Simplifydigital’s recent research show that customers save an average of over £460 per year by switching to the best value bundle deals.
These deals come in all shapes and sizes. At the value end of the market, Tiscali is offering the best deal of all this Christmas.
The Tiscali package is just £9 per month (excluding line rental) for digital TV, broadband and home phone services!
The package offers 65 digital TV channels including Sky One and a range of on-demand TV content; up to 8 Mb/sec broadband with unlimited downloads; and free weekend calls. Tiscali is also throwing in a Tiscali+ box for free – normal price £100! The Tiscali+ box is a PVR (like Sky+), which allows you to pause and record your favourite TV programmes.
At the top end, you can get Sky’s market leading HD service with Sky Movies; up to 10 Mb broadband and free evening and weekend calls from £54 per month. The Sky+HD box is free with a £30 set up cost.
Alternatively Virgin Media offer super-fast, up to 20 Mb/s fibre-optic broadband size (XL); 175 TV channels (size XL); and free daytime, evening and weekend calls for £5.50 for the first 2 months and then £47 per month. The package has a £35 set up fee and is only available in cable areas.
Best value broadband and home phone bundle deals
Again there is lots to choose from in the crowded broadband market. At the value end of the market, TalkTalk is offering a cracking deal this Christmas.
TalkTalk already offers one of the best value broadband and home phone services, offering up to 8 Mbs wireless broadband for £6.49 per month (excluding line rental of £11.25). The package is exceptional value and includes free evening and weekend calls. What’s more TalkTalk is offering £30 of gift vouchers to every new customer.
At the other end of the spectrum, for the ultimate Christmas treat, why not go for Virgin Media’s unbelievably fast XXL broadband service. This up to 50 Mb/sec fibre-optic broadband service is by far the fastest available in the UK from the top UK providers.
It doesn’t come cheap, but the speed has to be seen to be believed. Virgin XXL Broadband costs £28 per month (excluding £11 line rental). This is reduced from £35 per month.
Simplifydigital.co.uk offers a unique service in the UK, providing a free and impartial consultation for anyone looking to save money and compare broadband, compare digital TV, or compare home phone services.
Simplifydigital cuts through the confusion; offers the widest range of digital service providers available (including Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, AOL, Orange, 02, Top UpTV etc); and manages the customer through the install of the services.
It is the only retailer of digital TV, broadband and home phone services in the UK to have been accredited by Ofcom as impartial and transparent and on average saves customers over £300 pa by finding them better deals. Customers call free on 0800 1 388 388 or use their online service at www.simplifydigital.co.uk