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Which is the Best movie Package in 2020?

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Just when you thought there was enough work to be done to choose a TV and/or broadband provider, there’s also the job of making sure you get all the features you want in your TV package, especially movies and entertainment. There are many different ways to watch movies these days with live streaming and on-demand services, so which is the best way? Which is the cheapest way? Let’s find out.



Pay TV 2020: Which Is The Best Movie Package?

On the more expensive end of our entertainment options we have a range of different TV Packages from the following companies discussed below. If you don't know how these packages work, the simplest way is to think of them as a subscription service where you pay a monthly fee in exchange for features and services that are included in each package.

Normally, there is a “basic” or “standard” TV package and you can upgrade to more features or inclusions by paying more. These are great options for any entertainment lovers that MUST have the latest blockbusters when and wherever they want (as many of these packages include the options to stream content from any location) and on multiple devices.

To be able to purchase these packages you sometimes need to meet requirements such as having a smart TV, half decent internet speed (such as a fibre Internet over 35Mbps) and sometimes you must purchase a fancy set-top box to go with your package. If this sounds like too much work (or you just don’t want to spend the money), a pay TV package might not be for you.

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Although some of the TV packages can be quite expensive (especially if you choose the most inclusive options with the highest quality) they can also be a simple way of bundling together your entertainment, internet and phone needs as there are also options to bundle these services together at a lower price.

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BT TV Movie Packages

To get a TV and entertainment package with BT TV, you will need to have a TV, an aerial with the right cabling to plug into your BT TV Box, and BT Broadband. BT offers two types of broadband and while you can choose which one would you prefer, their SuperFast fibre broadband comes highly recommended.

With a BT TV package you will be able to record, rewind and pause your favourite content as well as catch up on any missed shows. With BT TV, you can choose between 5 TV Packages and 2 broadband deals. A great entertainment option with BT TV is to add Sky Cinema for £16 a month on top of your base package.

Best BT TV Packages with Entertainment Options
Name
Entertainment Package
Max Package
Features
20 premium channels, BT Sport Pack, AMC. Alibi, Animal Planet, Crime + Investigation, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery, E!, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, Gold, History, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, MTV, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Syfy, TLC, TLC, Universal Channel, W.
62 premium channels (21 in HD), 10 kids’ channels plus all channels of the Entertainment Package but in HD.
Prices
£39.99 a month for 18 months. Then £67.49 a month. £59.99 upfront fee.
£63.99 per month for the first 18 months. Then £82.99 a month. £59.99 upfront fee.

Virgin Media TV Packages

With all the options for entertainment, phone and broadband services Virgin has to offer, we think it’s definitely worth considering a TV Package from Virgin. Prices for these packages range from £33 per month to £79 per month, plus you have the option of adding extras such as premium channels, movies and international channels.

With Virgin, you will no doubt be able to customize and create the perfect entertainment package for you. Virgin is also known for having one of the fastest and most reliable broadbands in the UK so if you are a heavy streamer or you have many people in your household using the internet at the same time, you might even want to consider a bundle with everything from Virgin.

Best Virgin TV Packages with Entertainment Options
Name
Mix TV Bundle.
Full House TV Bundle.
VIP Bundle.
Features
Over 150 channels.
Over 230 channels. Sky Channels in HD.
Over 260 channels including Sky Cinema HD, Sky Sports HD, BT Sport in 4K.
Prices
£47 a month for 12 months then £58 a month. 12 month contract. £25 set up fee.
£57 a month for 12 months then £74 a month. 12 month contract. £25 set up fee.
£79 a month for 12 months then £129 a month. 12 month contract. £25 set up fee.

If you want even more entertainment with Virgin, you can easily add any of the following extras:

  • Movies on demand. If you don't want to commit the whole Sky Cinema Experience, you can simply add the movies you want one by one. Prices vary.
  • Asian Mela. Best of Bollywood with 11 channels including news channels. £12 per month.
  • Polish Impreza. Entertainment, sport, movie and news channels from Poland + the best of Polish cinema. £8 per month.
  • French Bouquet. Access to France Télévisions, Cartoon TV + news, culture, movies and chat shows. £6.99 per month.
  • Spanish Viva. Antena 3, AtreSeries, TVE and MIS.
  • Portuguese Coleta. TVI, TVI Ficção, Criança TV and Benfica TV.
  • Russian Premiyera. Planeta HD, Bestseller, RTR-Planeta, Moolt.

Sky Box

Sky Company Logo

Sky is another company which has some great entertainment options to consider and we have found that Sky TV packages are quite easy to understand. All customers receive the Entertainment Package which gives them 270 channels which include: Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Arts, Sky Witness, and Sky Atlantic for for £22 per month with a £20 set-up cost.

All Sky TV customers will need one of two set-top boxes available from Sky: the standard Sky Q Box or the 2TB Sky Q Box. To connect this, at the moment you need a satellite dish but the plan is to eliminate the need for a satellite dish this year.

Then, customers can choose to add one or more of 5 add-on packages. Customers will also have to choose a Sky set-top box to go with their TV package and will have the option of bundling their entertainment, phone and broadband services together with one of Sky’s bundles.

After choosing your Sky TV Package, if you still want more entertainment you can add any of the following add-ons:

  1. Sky BoxSets. Includes over 350 box sets of your favourite shows.
  2. Sky Cinema. Includes over 10 movie channels with a new movie added every single day. Great option for the family.
  3. Sky Sports. One for the sports lovers and a great package given that Sky Sports has one of the biggest selections of sports channels, events and live events compared to its competitors.
  4. Sky Kids.11 children’s channels such as Disney XD, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, as well as more than 4,500 episodes on demand. There is also a Sky Kids App which allows access to this package and streaming of TV channels and Sky movies.
  5. Sky HD (High Definition). Watch channels like Sky One and Sky Atlantic in the highest definition.

TalkTalk TV Box

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TalkTalk has slightly fewer options than the other providers but that doesn’t mean it won’t have the best Entertainment or movie package for you. TalkTalk lets you choose between two packages and then you add “Boosts” depending on the channels you want.

There is a Boost to suit everyone's needs and Boosts range from £6-£42 per month. The prices of the two base packages depend on any current promotions available at the time of purchase and the Boost chosen at the time of purchase.

Everyone will also get TalkTalk’s set-top box for free which gives you a wide range of Freeview channels (about 70), so if these are enough for you, you won’t need to spend more money on a Boost. If you do want more, we think that the Boosts are a great option especially as you can cancel anytime, penalty-free.

Name
Standard TV Package
TV Plus Package
Best TalkTalk Enetrtainment Options
Features
Free YouView box with approx. 70 freeview channels.
Same inclusions as standard package plus 13 extra entertainment channels.
Prices
Depend on current offers and boost chosen.
Depend on current offers and boost chosen.

After choosing your base package, you can add one or more of the following boosts:

  1. TV Select Boost. 5 channels, including 6 from Sky. £7 a month.
  2. Entertainment Boost. 34 channels and over 1000 shows On Demand. £12 a month.
  3. Kids Boost. Nick Jr, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network & more. £6 a month.
  4. Sky Cinema Boost. 11 Sky Cinema channels and 1200 titles On Demand. £16 a month.
  5. Sky Sports Boost. 8 Sky Sports channels. £34 a month.
  6. Sky Cinema and Sky Sports Boost. 8 Sky Sports and 11 Sky Cinema channels. £42 a month.
  7. BoxNation Boost. £12 a month.
  8. Asian TV Boost. £7.50 a month.
  9. BT Sport. £27.99 a month.

Our Verdict: The Best Pay TV Package

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As you can see, there are many options to get your entertainment fix through pay TV. We believe the best option for you depends on what you are looking for: value for money, the most budget option or you just want the latest and greatest and you don't really care how much it costs. Although there are some cheaper options, it seems like no matter the package chosen, the prices do add up and a TV package can end up being an expensive option. Not only that, with some of these packages you are obliged to meet certain requirements.

For example, if you want to get your entertainment sorted with BT TV, you must also purchase BT Broadband. On the other hand, this might be helpful for you if you prefer to get your broadband and entertaiment options sorted at the same time. This goes for all packages from each provider, although bundling can cost more per month, it might be worth considering as firstly, it can save time and hassle to have services with just one provider and also it could actually cost you less as you are not paying for broadband for one company and for entertainment from another.

In saying all this, our top pick for entertainment would be with Sky. We found that £22 a month for Sky Entertainment is quite reasonable considering you get access to over 270 channels including Sky Atlantic (for your GoT fix) and the top tier Sky Q box.

You can add even more of course by adding extras like Sky Cinema for £16 a month which gives you 11 Sky Cinema channels and a whopping 1200 titles on demand!


Movie Streaming Sites

We all know of famous streaming services like Netflix, NOW TV and HBO, but how do they compare? With streaming services you normally just pay a monthly fee and enjoy your favourite video content anytime, anywhere as well as having the option to cancel anytime.

Streaming services give you a wide range of entertainment options and new content is added on a regular basis. You also don’t need to worry about having a smart TV or a fancy set-top box like as with pay TV packages. You can watch your favourite content on your preferred portable device.

Keeping it simple with a streaming site could be the best option for you if you just want a simple monthly fee and the ability to cancel anytime should you change your mind. If you don’t want to worry about a fancy smart TV, a set-top box or calling an engineer to your house to set all this up, a streaming site could be just what you need.

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NOW TV Movies

Now TV Pass

Now TV is also considered a subscription-based streaming service like Netflix and Amazon Prime. It works with a pass system where you pick the pass that best fits your needs and interests. In the case of Entertainment, you have two options: movies and TV shows.

The Now TV Entertainment Pass includes TV shows, and is £7.99 per month. This is the one you will need if you are a Game of Thrones fan. For movies, it’s the Now TV Cinema pass which costs £9.99 per month. If you get both it will cost you £17.98.


HBO UK

Although more popular and more accessible in the USA, some people think it's worth it to get a VPN to access HBO, mainly to watch Game of Thrones. Fine, it's a good enough reason although you can also watch GoT on Now TV and Sky Atlantic.

Also, it's actually called HBO Now and was created for people to be able to access HBO content without the need for a subscription. HBO Now costs £9.50 a month and then you need to take into account the cost of the VPN which could be anything from around £2 and upwards. Some are even free which would keep your GoT addiction spendings to a minimum.


Amazon Prime Video

One of the biggest streaming services in the UK is Amazon Prime Video which has been gradually improving and is now a comprehensive go-to service for many people. Access is quite affordable at £5.99 per month or for free if you are already an Amazon Prime member. It's quite simple to set up too. All you need is an Amazon Prime account and a device to stream content.

Amazon Prime Video offers a wide rage of TV shows and movies and you can see what movies are coming up and add them to your Watchlist to be downloaded when they are available. If you want to see exactly what you can get for £5.99 per month you can see the full list of shows and movies.


Netflix

Netflix Company Logo

It goes without saying that Netflix is one of the best and most popular streaming services for all your entertainment needs. Customers enjoy the simplicity of setting up an account, the fact that you don't need to do any set-up of fancy equipment and the fact that you can cancel anytime. Netflix has three price options starting at £5.99 per month for the most basic package with the premium package costing an affordable £9.99 a month.

Netflix Plans and Prices
Plan
Basic
Standard
Premium
Price
£5.99 per month
£7.99 per month
£9.99 a month
HD Content?
 
 
 
Ultra HD Content?
 
 
 
Unlimited movies and shows
 
 
 

Our Verdict: Have Streaming Sites Really Killed Cable?

Yes, we really think they might have.

HBO is a popular streaming service in the US and Europe, although it’s harder to access in the UK, so to some viewers, it seems like an unnecessary choice. It can be used with a VPN but it seems like a bit of a hassle which could be avoided by choosing something more readily available like Netflix. Even in Netflix’s most basic package, for £7.99 you have access to unlimited movies and films.

If you can’t live without Game of Thrones, don’t despair, there are other options apart from HBO. Now TV will cost you a bit more as you have to get both the entertainment and cinema pass separately, but it will give you access to stream GoT and a whole lot more.

All these movie streaming options allow you to access your favourite entertainment via laptops, mobiles, TVs, game consoles and set-top boxes. They are perfect for anyone who wants a simple entertainment solution with no complicated setting-up of equipment, no cords, no cables or TV’s, and the ability to view content on a different range of devices with value for money.

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