Virgin TV Packages: How to Get the Best Deal
Here at Selectra, we understand that choosing a TV package can be very tricky and that there are a lot of things to consider such as channels, inclusions, exclusions, prices and a lot more. We’ve been busy investigating different TV providers in order to bring you all the latest and greatest about their offers. Here we’ll be taking a close look at Virgin’s only TV-only package and helping you decide if it’s an option for you.
If you’ve been searching for a TV-only deal and are getting confused, we get it. We’ve also spent some time trying to decipher whether Virgin really offers any packages that are TV-only, without the broadband and phone like you get with a bundle.
The final answer is that Virgin does has a TV-only package but just one, the Maxit TV package. Yes we know, if you look at the bundles, you’ll see two TV package names; Maxit and Mixit but Mixit is not something you can get separately. The only TV-only package Virgin offer is the Maxit TV package and it’s not something that Virgin Media necessarily advertises. It’s almost impossible to find it on their website and of course, once you go to order it, they will always try and sell you a full bundle instead.
New channels coming to virgin media
Maxit TV isn’t exactly a new deal, it’s just had its name changed. Before it was the Full House TV package which was included in the Full House TV Bundle. It has exactly the same channels as before but if you do want new channels and more channels as part of your TV experience, the best option for you is to invest in a Virgin Media bundle. The Virgin Media bundles do indeed include a lot more channels in each package.
Virgin Media Channels in the Maxit TV package
Like with the older version of the Maxit TV, the Full House TV package included all the Freeview channels, BT Sport channels, Comedy Central, Sky One, MTV, SyFy, Fox, Discovery, National Geographic and more. Since the Maxit TV didn’t actually change, the channels are the same and you can find them in details below.
One difference is that the Full House TV package also included all the top kid's channels such as Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nick Jr, Cartoon Network, Cartoonito whereas with the Maxit package, you have to add kids channels separately for an extra monthly fee.
Virgin Media Channels in Maxit TV
With the brand new Maxit TV package, you get a wide selection of channels plus some extra treats like the Disney channels, sports channels and documentaries. Here are the channels you’ll be able to enjoy.
- 230 channels
- Over 230 channels including up to 50 channels in HD.
- BT Sport channels
- BT Sport 1
- BT Sport 2
- BT Sport 3
- BT Sport ESPN
- BT Sport 4K UHD
- National Geographic Wild in HD
Virgin Media Channels in Mixit TV
You might get a little bit confused if you see the Mixit TV package on Virgins website because it seems as though it’s also a TV-only package but we have confirmed with Virgin, more than once, that the Maxit TV is their only TV-only package.
If you do want the Mixit TV option, you’ll have to go for the only Virgin Media bundle which includes it, the Big Bundle. Through this, you’ll be able to enjoy the 110 channels that it has to offer.
Virgin Media 4k and Ultra HD channels
To make sure it's adapting to its customer's needs, Virgin is starting to incorporate Ultra HD channels and 4k-friendly options. 4K Ultra HD means you can enjoy all your favourite programmes with 4 times the resolution of standard HD. This means the clearest and most detailed picture ever.
You can enjoy the best of 4K and HD channels in the Ultimate Oomph bundle while in the TV-only Maxit option, you’ll just have BT Sport in 4K Ultra HD. There is however a separate add-on to get more programmes in Ultra HD and Virgin is calling this one it's Ultra HD channel and the purpose of this one is to give customers the best experience possible while watching series, concerts and documentaries.
Unfortunately, this really is a deal for existing customers as the only way to find out what you can watch on Ultra HD is to click ‘Up’ on your TV guide for channel 999. Existing customers can enjoy ad-free viewing as part of this option.
Virgin TV packages for new customers
New customers to Virgin TV are able to choose between Virgin's TV-only package and the three new bundles it is offering. To make an order, you’ll have to contact Virgin directly by phone or live chat. Note that if you want the Maxit package, Virgin will try and convince you to get an entire broadband deal instead so be prepared.
Can I just get Virgin TV?
As we said above, while you can get a TV-only package, Virgin really don’t make it easy. It’s almost like they don’t want you to get one. They prefer you get a bundle so you rely on Virgin for your TV experience, your broadband and your phone calls. The good thing is that when you do bundle all these services, you usually save money.
Do I need a set top box to get a Virgin Media TV package?
It’s not that you need a set-top box to get a TV package from Virgin, a set-top box will come with whichever package you choose. You do need a set-top box but you don’t need to already have one before ordering your TV package. The Maxit TV package will come with Virgins older Tivo box whereas the bundles come with the new and improved V6 box.
What kind of contract can I get?
For the TV-only package, you must start with a 12-month contract. Once the 12 months are over, you can then go into a 30-day rolling contract which is of course, more flexible. Once you are out of contract, it’s always good to check with a Customer Service agent if there are any other deals they can offer you.
How much is a Virgin TV package?
It’s not very clear on Virgins website but we’ve been able to find out that the Maxit package costs £53 a month for a 12-month contract and a one-time £25 one-time activation fee. There is also an option to get the Maxit TV + Sky Sports for £84.75 per month. Of course, if you add any of the extra channels, the price will increase depending on the price of each individual add-on.
Virgin TV packages for existing customers
If you’re an existing customer, you can add channels, remove them, upgrade or downgrade your package, customise it and of course cancel it.
Customising your Virgin TV Package with premium add-ons
If you still want more from your TV experience with Virgin, you can add even more channels through their premium add-ons. The most popular add-ons are Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and the international channels and all of them will cost you an extra monthly fee. You can also add all these extras to your Virgin Media Bundle.
Adding Sky Sports and Sky Cinema
For sports lovers, Sky Sports will cost you a significant £31.75 per month but you do get BT Sport included with some of the packages. For movie lovers, an extra £21. If you are going to get one of these, you might as well get both of them to receive a discount.
If you add-on Sky Cinema and Sky Sports, it will be £39.25 per month for both of them. That means, if you were going to get Sky Sports anyway, adding Sky Cinema will only cost you £7.50 instead of £21. It’s definitely a noteworthy difference if you get them both together.
It seems like Virgin TV also had international scene covered but unfortunately, it has removed almost all of the international channels it had like Polish Impreza, French Bouquet, Spanish Viva, Russian Premiyera and Portuguese Coleta and left us with Asian Mela only.
Virgin Media Asian channels
Enjoy the best of Bollywood and more with Asian Mela which you can add to your Maxit package for £12 per month. This package includes family-friendly Asian shows, news from the East, drama, classic and contemporary Bollywood films and documentaries.
With this add-on, you’ll get the following channels:
- Starplus HD
- StarGOLD HD
- STAR BHARAT
- Sony Max HD
- Sony SAB
- ZEETV HD
- ZEECINEMA HD
- NDTV Spice
- B4U Movies
Virgin TV Kids Collection
The kids can get excited about the fantastic range of kids shows they’ll have access to and parents can also get excited that it’s only going to cost them £5 per month to add this to their TV package. You’ll have no problem keeping the kids entertained with favourites such as Peppa Pig, SpongeBob SquarePants and a whole lot more. The Kids Collection caters for all kids who love action-packed animations, comedy, cartoons and learning about animals.
With this add-on the kids will get to enjoy the following:
- Disney XD Nickelodeon
- Nick Jr/Nick Jr Too
- Disney Channel
- Disney Junior
- ZooMoo HD
Cancelling your Virgin TV Package
Cancelling a TV package works just the same way as cancelling a TV bundle. If you want to cancel early, you will have to pay for the remainder of the contract. If you don't want to renew your contract when it finishes, you must give 30 days notice to avoid any fees. If you want to cancel your TV package, contact Virgin directly.
Our Verdict on Maxit TV
We don’t really see much point in getting a TV-only package unless you already have broadband from another provider and you aren’t willing to change. If you don’t have broadband and you’re looking for a TV experience, we highly recommend you consider one of Virgins complete bundles to enjoy considerable savings and comfort that comes with having your TV, broadband and phone together.
If you compare the Maxit TV package to a bundle, it works out to be a lot more expensive. You would be paying £53 per month just for TV whereas a mid-range bundle would cost you just £5 more per month, at £57 per month, and you would get ultrafast broadband, phone calls, over 230 channels plus BT Sport in 4K Ultra HD. As you can see, a bundle has a lot more value for money than the Maxit TV Package.
With the Maxit TV package, you’ll receive the older set-top box from Virgin, the Tivo box whereas with an almost-equivalent priced bundle, you’ll get the new and improved V6 box. Not only that, the older version of this TV bundle came with kids channels whereas now, you’ll have to add them as an extra. It is only £5 per month which to us is a relatively small price to pay to keep the kids entertained but all the costs still add up and this is just another example of how the Maxit TV package doesn’t cover everything you might need.
If you’re looking for a fantastic TV experience from Virgin, we think you’re better off with a full bundle. You’ll get ultrafast broadband for all your downloading and streaming needs, phone calls to call family and friends on weekends, a wide variety of channels to choose from and extra channels such as BT Sport in Ultra HD. The Maxit TV package is really only worth considering if you already have a broadband provider you’re happy with and just want TV channels. Apart from this, go for a full bundle instead.