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Sky has confirmed plans to increase the cost of its satellite, broadband and home phone plans for millions of customers across the UK from April 1, 2021. Prices could increase by as much as £72 a year, although Sky claims most customers will only see rises of around £3 a month, or roughly £36 a year. As you might expect, the change in your Sky bill depends entirely on what products you’re paying for and when you signed-up.
While some of the increases are likely to impact almost every viewer, like the £1 rise to the entry-level Sky Signature telly bundle, which includes access to all the channels you’d expect, including Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Sky Comedy, MTV, and hundreds of on-demand boxsets as standard, others are a little more niche, such as the increase from £14 to £15 for the “Multiscreen” add-on, which lets you watch Sky Q wirelessly across multiple rooms in your home using the Q Mini boxes.
However, there are some bundles that will not be impacted by the latest price rise at all.
Sky Cinema, which includes access to some of the latest Hollywood blockbusters, Sky Original films at the same time they debut in UK cinemas (when they’re open), and an on-demand catalogue of 1,000 movies in High Definition and Ultra HD from a variety of different studios, will not see its price alter in April. It will remain at the existing £19 a month, unless there is a limited time discount (such as right now, when it’ll cost you £11 a month).
Sky Kids, which costs an extra £5 a month, won’t be increasing in price, either. This bundle includes access to eight dedicated children’s channels as well as on-demand shows to download and watch whenever. A separate Sky Kids app for tablets lets younger viewers stream on long journeys and flights too.
If you’re still in-contract, Sky Sports will not increase in price, Sky has confirmed. So, if you’re still within the original time-frame of your contract, you shouldn’t have to pay any extra to watch the latest sport fixtures.
You’re unlikely to know whether your bundle is impacted by the price rise – or how much extra you’ll need to pay to stick with Sky – until you receive a personalised email or letter in the post. Sky says these will be sent out to every customer impacted by the increase between Wednesday February 17 and Saturday March 27, 2021.
If you’re out-of-contract with Sky, it might be possible to speak to the company and renegotiate your deal going forwards. The satellite firm is well-known for rewarding long-term customers and almost always has an offer available to new customers that is cheaper than the RRP. However, it’s well worth waiting until you receive confirmation from Sky that your bill will be changing before getting in touch with the customer service team. Nothing is due to change for a good few weeks, so there’s plenty of time to renegotiate your terms if you’re out-of-contract with the company and would like a better deal.
The latest price change from Sky was back in February 2020. Although it’s worth pointing out that annual changes like this are pretty common across the industry.
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A spokesperson for Sky told Express.co.uk, “We appreciate the importance of keeping our customers informed, connected and entertained. We know price increases are never welcome and we try to keep prices down whilst still delivering the content our customers love, the flexibility to choose the package that suits them and with leading customer service.”
You can find a full breakdown of the new prices below…
Sky TV Price Rises in April 2021
- The entry-level Sky Signature telly bundle increases from £25 to £26 a month
- The Multiscreen add-on, which lets you watch Sky in multiple rooms around your home, will rise from £14 to £15 a month
- The High Definition add-on, which adds HD and UHD streaming and channels, increases from £6 to £7 a month
- Sky Ultimate bundle, which includes a subscription to Netflix and on-demand Sky Boxsets, rises from £4 to £5 a month
- BT Sport add-on will increase from £25 to £27 a month
Sky Broadband Price Rises in April 2021
- Sky Broadband Essential (speeds of 11Mbps) increases from £22 to £25 a month
- Sky Broadband Superfast (speeds of 59Mbps) increases from £27 to £28 a month
Sky Home Phone Price Rises in April 2021
- Sky Talk Anytime Extra rises from £10 to £12 a month
- Sky Talk International Extra rises from £12 to £14 a month
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