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Get your festive TV sorted

Get your festive TV sorted

Category: Broadband

Updated: 12/12/2016
First Published: 12/12/2016

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There's nothing better than curling up in front of the TV with a good boxset at this time of year, and for many, the festive entertainment options will be the highlight of the Christmas season. The TV listings are out and those must-watch shows are being circled, but are you happy with your current TV deal? If not, now's the time to switch!

Research from Freesat has found that far too many of us are unhappy with our current TV package, but carry on paying for it anyway for fear that it's too much hassle to switch. Indeed, a survey of TV subscribers found that 42% were unhappy with their deal, and that although 32% were thinking about ending the contract, the remaining 10% claimed they'd like to quit but wouldn't because of the hassle involved.

Not only that, but people are far less likely to reconsider their TV deal than they are other services – twice as many respondents (46%) had switched energy provider than TV provider in the past five years, and an even higher proportion (48%) had switched car insurance provider. Many even seem reluctant to haggle with their current TV provider, with just 30% having contacted them in the last five years to ask for a better deal – compared with 37% who'd contacted their mobile phone provider for the same reason.

But why pay for something when it isn't what you're after? Particularly when it needn't actually be that difficult to switch. All you have to do to start the process is compare alternative phone, TV and broadband packages to get an idea of what's out there, and when you see the savings that can be made, it could quickly make you realise that a phone call or two is a small price to pay.

"We've grown used to hearing horror stories about customers facing nightmare ordeals when trying to end their TV contracts," commented Freesat spokesperson Jennifer Elworthy. "It's important that these stories don't put people off switching to another more cost-effective service.

"Today, viewers have far more choice than they used to, and shouldn't simply accept high prices because of the potential difficulty they'll face quitting their contract."

What next?

Compare phone, TV and broadband deals to get your festive viewing sorted for the weeks ahead.

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