How to Pick the Right Digital TV Package for You

When you are signing up with a new digital TV provider, choosing the right package for your family can be a challenge. There are so many great packages to choose from, but you want to find a package that will meet your needs for the least amount of money. Here are some things to consider when finding the right TV package for you.

Networks and Channels

The first thing to consider when choosing a package is to think about you and your family’s favourite types of shows. If you have children or grandchildren, then you may want a package that includes a wide array of cartoon and educational channels. On the other hand, if your TV only turns on for the latest sitcom or law drama on ITV or BBC1, you may only need a basic package.

Don’t forget to consider tailored options. Many providers allow you to add one channel for an added monthly fee. Adult-themed channels are often added to packages in this fashion.

Some providers give customers the option of themed bundles for a small price. For example, if you are a sports fan, you can add a sports bundle to your package or music fans may enjoy a wide array of music channels. Most providers will offer numerous bundles to suit your particular interests.

HD, or high definition, channels are becoming more and more common with digital TV providers. Many will offer HD options in lower priced packages, which makes HD all the more accessible, as it was exclusive to more expensive packages a few years ago.

Why bother with HD channels? If you have an HD TV, then adding something like Virgin Media’s digital TV, you will be taking full advantage of its capabilities by watching channels specially designed for it. The picture will be crisp and full of detail that would be unavailable to standard television users. Of course, if you don’t have an HD television, these channels are irrelevant to your needs.


3D TV is the next new thing in television programming. Different camera angles and geometric correction allow you to inhabit the world of your television and experience programming on a whole new level.

As with HD, however, these channels will only be of use to you if you have 3D ready TV and special 3D glasses. You will also need to have a digital receiver that is capable of 3D programming. Some providers only offer 3D through on-demand movie and sports specials, so make sure to check with your provider if you are eager to add 3D to your viewing time.

Make sure to consider all of the options your digital TV provider offers, such as local programming, tailored bundles, HD and 3D. Once you have a list of what you want, then you can find the package that will be perfect for your home without overspending.

Written by: Nathan Morgan has been a technology professional for 16 years and has diverse hands-on experience starting off with a couple of years of mobile phone SMT repair. That was followed by three years as a freelance Visual Basic developer and then a decade dedicated to Linux server security, ecommerce site management and coding in a variety of languages including PHP, SQL and Java.