How Sky customers could get Netflix ‘FREE’ with their broadband as bills rise across the board

A NEW Sky contract means customers could get away with not paying a dime for Netflix, as monthly bills have already skyrocketed for broadband and streaming services.

Netflix increased its subscription prices to £24 a year last month.

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New Sky package means Netflix is ​​’free’Credit: Getty

Meanwhile, Sky increased bills for most customers by £43 a year at the start of April.

It was not the only broadband provider to do so, as BT, Virgin Media and many others quickly followed suit, raising prices for customers.

But Sky’s new bundle could be the answer to cutting your costs across the board, by bundling a few bundles into one.

The catch, of course, is that you’ll have to shell out a bit more than a standard Sky contract for the package.

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But if you compare it to other products Sky has to offer, you’re essentially getting the streaming service added on for free.

What’s included is Sky’s super-fast broadband with 36Mbps downloads, plus the handy addition of Netflix – which costs £39 a month for the whole package.

A standard Sky contract with Netflix currently costs £26 a month, but that doesn’t include any broadband access.

Sky’s basic internet access alone costs £25 a month.

So if you were looking for the two services otherwise (internet and Netflix plus Sky channels) you’d be paying £51 a month, which is £12 more than the new deal.

You’ll need to be quick to cash in on the offer though, as it won’t stick around forever.

But it’s also worth having a store first to ensure you get the best value – another supplier might offer a better and cheaper deal.

You also need to assess whether the benefits are right for you, because there’s no point paying for something you won’t be using anyway.

Also keep in mind that with Sky’s deal you’ll be tied to the contract for 18 months – so make sure you’re ready to commit to paying long before you buy.

Plus, there’s a setup fee of up to £49 that you’ll also have to pay upfront.

If not, how can I save on my subscriptions?

If you don’t want to shell out for the Sky package to keep your Netflix costs down, there are other ways to maintain your subscriptions without hurting your bank.

If you pay annually rather than monthly, you could save money in the long run.

You can also test a service before paying with a free trial – that way you’ll see if there are any programs or products you’ll actually use.

Just be sure to set a calendar reminder for when the trials end, as you’ll automatically switch to a monthly subscription if you fail to cancel in time.

And keep an eye on whether you’re actually using a service you’re also paying for.

If not, you might be better off canceling or downgrading your services.

If you only watch Netflix on one device for example, you can upgrade to the cheapest basic plan at £6.99.

And there are also other ways to watch the box for free.

Traditional TV channels such as Channel 4, ITV and 5 have their own free apps that offer live TV and an extensive back catalog that can be watched on a computer, smartphone or through a set-top box.

You can also access BBC shows via iPlayer, as long as you have a TV license.

If not, how can I save on my broadband?

If you’re out of contract, you should always shop around and see if switching to a competitor will lower your costs.

You don’t have to stay with your current provider after your time is up, so if someone else offers something cheaper, you could save yourself unnecessary expense each month.

Consumer group Which? found that broadband customers who switch from ‘Big Four’ providers, which include BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, can typically save around £190 a year.

You can also try haggling with your current supplier to see if they’ll cut costs for you.

It’s not guaranteed to work, but it’s okay to try.

A Virgin Media customer saved up to £210 on his bill by trying the method.

For low-income households struggling with broadband bills, there is also help.

Millions of beneficiary households could save £100 on their broadband bills if they qualified for cheaper social rates.

BT, Community Fibre, G.Network, Hyperoptic, KCOM and Virgin Media O2 all have social tariffs, which get you cheaper deals.

You will need to apply directly to the provider, who will assess your eligibility.

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Ofcom estimates the deals could save struggling households up to £150 a year.

But to apply, you will usually need to receive either Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit.

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Christy J. Olson