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It was another big week for Sky and Virgin Media with both of the TV and broadband firms making major announcements.
Competition continues to grow with customers constantly looking for new and cheaper alternatives get their fix of TV and internet.
To keep pace, Sky and Virgin are bringing more features to their services and making it easier to pay for extras such as Netflix.
So, if you subscribe to Sky or Virgin, here’s everything you need to know about what’s coming soon.
Sky has had a pretty impressive year so far with a swathe of updates and new features coming to its latest Sky Q box.
There’s already been a refreshed design to the on screen interface and Spotify integration is also now available on the service.
The satellite TV firm has also announced that Netflix will finally arrive in 2018 with subscribers soon able to see Sky and Netflix content side-by-side for the first time in the redesigned Sky Q menu.
Those who pay for Netflix will also be able to add it to their Sky bill making it easier to pay.
Sky has also announced more 4K content is coming to UK living rooms via a deal with the BBC
This means Sky customers with a 2TB Sky Q box will be able to watch the latter stages of Wimbledon in full 4K resolution.
Speaking about the coverage Jon Simkin, Director of Channels & Operations at Sky, said: “Offering the BBC’s coverage of the Wimbledon semi-finals and final in Ultra HD is another major addition to our Ultra HD sports offering this summer.”
Sky continues to boost its Ultra HD coverage with football, F1 and cricket now available.
Unlike Sky, Virgin already gives access to Netflix via its Tivo set-top box but this feature is about to get more convenient.
That’s because the firm has just revealed it will soon let customers add the service to their bill.
This will be the first time Netflix will be integrated into one payment on Virgin.
Virgin says that, from October, all new and existing TV customers who don’t yet have Netflix will be able to instantly add and pay for it through their Virgin Media bill, giving them an easier way to access thousands more TV shows and movies including original series, documentaries and feature films on Netflix.
Jeff Dodds, Managing Director of Consumer and Mobile at Virgin Media said: “Virgin TV has always been about giving our customers the TV they love all in one place.
“We were the first to embrace this open philosophy by embedding Netflix into our platform back in 2013 and it’s clearly something that our customers absolutely love.”
Another update that was announced earlier this year was new speeds from Virgin Media.
Customers can now download movies, games and TV shows at much faster speeds thanks to the company’s latest upgrade.
The broadband supplier has just announced it’s rolling out a new 350Mbps service which will allow customers to download a 5GB movie file in a matter of minutes.
AND DON’T FORGET BT
BT has revealed that customers who subscribe to their TV service will now get access to Amazon Prime Video via their set-top box.
This is the first time a major UK provider has offered Prime and it could be hugely popular with customers.
With shows including The Grand Tour, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, and Prime’s upcoming live & exclusive coverage of The US Open Tennis Championships this streaming service is growing in popularity.
The move also means BT TV customers will be able to access every Premier League match from the 2019/20 season, with customers able to sign-up for Amazon Prime as well as BT Sport and Sky Sports via their set-top box.