There’s no shortage of great broadband and TV deals on the market, with a huge selection of different providers to pick and choose from. This plethora of options is what drives competition, giving providers no option but to keep their prices down and their customer service high. However, it can also mean that finding a provider  ideally suited to your needs can be quite the challenge. But have no fear because Hoppy is here to make finding the best broadband and TV deals quick, simple and completely hassle-free.

How to know which provider is right for you

Some of the most popular TV and broadband providers in the UK include the likes of Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk. While they all offer similar levels of service and competitive prices across their packages, knowing which provider is right for you comes down to a number of factors. It’s not as simple as just looking at which provider offers the cheapest prices. Every customer wants different things from their broadband and TV services and some providers will be a better fit than others.

But first, it’s important to check that the provider you want is offered in your area, as not all deals are available in every location. This is especially important when it comes to comparing broadband deals. Depending on the area, customers can experience very different broadband speeds. The likes of Sky, BT Infinity, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and EE all boast that their fibre optic broadband packages can deliver basic speeds of 38Mb, compared to the standard 17MB offered by ADSL broadband. However, the placement of your nearest street cabinet can have a serious impact on this speed, so it’s always a good idea to make use of online broadband speed checkers in your area before deciding to switch.

TV content is another important thing to think about when switching providers. Everyone will want a different selection of channels, as well as different benefits from their provider. For example, Sky broadband and TV packages allow customers to enjoy a basic set of channels and then upgrade their content with Entertainment, Sport or Film packages for an additional monthly cost. Virgin Media and BT offer a similar model by offering the added benefits of HD quality and the ability to watch across various different devices.

However, more content isn’t necessarily right for everyone. Freeview can be a much more affordable choice. Customers can enjoy a selection of channels with no monthly subscription cost, making it a cheaper and more flexible option.

Considerations when switching provider

When deciding to compare broadband and TV packages, customers will need to be aware of the contract they have with their current provider - most contract lengths are either 12 or 18 months. However, this doesn’t mean you need to wait until the end of this period in order to switch provider.

Often users will be allowed to end contracts early, but this is usually after a set minimum term and will usually incur an exit fee. Sometimes the savings offered when switching make this a worthwhile move regardless of termination costs, but it’s always a good idea to check these terms when entering into a new contract. It’s also worth noting that if a provider has raised their costs, or failed to deliver the service promised, customers may be able to end their contract without incurring any costs.

If you want to switch broadband and TV, you should also be aware of the time it can take for this change to be completed. While most providers try to get set-ups completed in two weeks, they can sometimes take as long as six weeks during busy periods. When an upgrade from ADSL to fibre optic broadband is due to take place, this makes for a more complicated process, and can take slightly longer. This can obviously cause a disruption in  day-to-day use of TV and internet, so customers should discuss available installation dates with their chosen provider before arranging the cancellation of their current supplier to ensure there is as little downtime as possible.

A smooth switching process

Switching broadband and TV providers can be stressful at times. But, things like landline phone numbers and email addresses can usually be transferred from one provider to the next without any downtime. Ofcom regulations allow the transfer of landline numbers and, while they do not have to accommodate your request, most providers will allow you to keep the same number with a new company.

Similarly, if your email address is registered to your old broadband and TV provider, they may allow you to keep it for a fee once you have ended your contract. However, free email services from Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo are a preferable option, as they will be unaffected by any changes to your broadband services.

How Hoppy can help

Stop trying to compare all those cheap broadband and TV deals, and let Hoppy save you time and money. Once you know the type of broadband and TV deal you want, you can enter your details on the Hoppy website and we will bring you recommendations for the best packages at competitive rates. We’ll even highlight which deals are best suited to your needs, so you can see at a glance which providers are right for you.

Additionally, we can also offer great recommendations for everything from energy suppliers to phone contracts and local tradesperson services. Plus, our digital log book can take all the hassle out of home management. We can send handy reminders, so you never have to miss those important upcoming tasks and you can store documents in one easy-to-access place – no more worrying about paperwork going missing ever again. 

So, stop settling for less when it comes to your TV and broadband and let us bring you the best providers in just a few clicks. We’re here to make you Hoppy.

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