Black Friday 2017: The broadband and TV deals to look out for
Black Friday is nearly upon us and if you’re anything like us you’ll have already started thinking about what shiny new bit of tech you’re going to snap up. But it could also be the perfect time to get a great new broadband or pay TV deal. What is now the biggest shopping day of the year takes place on Friday 24 November, the day after Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US, which is where Black Friday originated.
Amazon, which calls itself The Home of Black Friday, will be making some of its deals available this Friday, 17 November, and likes to promote its own devices so expect big savings on the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Kindle, Fire HD tablet and Fire TV Stick. But what about those broadband and TV deals, we hear you ask. Providers have been reluctant to give too much away about their plans for Black Friday 2017 but we may be able to get an idea of what to expect by looking back at last year’s deals.
BT gift cards and vouchers
BT reduced the monthly cost of all of its broadband packages last Black Friday but as is often the case with BT deals, the real savings came from the reward cards and vouchers attached to a deal.
Fibre broadband deals exclusive to Cable.co.uk came with ?100 BT reward cards and ?40 Marks & Spencer vouchers, offering significant savings on the first-year cost of both BT Infinity 1 (for speeds up to 52Mbps) and Infinity 2 (up to 76Mbps). In recent weeks BT has been offering reward cards varying between ?50 and ?150 on its fibre products and has even dropped its usual ?50 connection fee on the odd occasion. In fact, if you want BT broadband and can’t wait until Black Friday there’s a ?150 reward card on offer right now with BT Infinity 2 and weekend calls and a ?125 card for a number of other deals.
?50 cashback with Plusnet
Plusnet knocked the price of its unlimited broadband package down by about a third for Black Friday 2016 as well as offering ?50 cashback to anyone signing up online.
The provider also reduced the cost of each of its fibre broadband packages by about ?9 a month. Funnily enough, Plusnet is currently offering unlimited broadband for only a couple of quid extra a month to last year’s Black Friday deal, and there’s even the offer of ?50 cashback if you’re quick and sign up by midnight tonight. Or wait to see what happens for Black Friday 2017.
It’s up to you.
Amazon’s delivery service will be gearing up for its busiest time of the year
Early Black Friday deals from TalkTalk
TalkTalk celebrated Black Friday 2016 by offering its customers free access to Sky Sports for a month. It also dropped the set-up fees on its fibre broadband and TV packages, saving customers between ?25 and ?50 depending on the package they chose. TalkTalk has actually already got in on the Black Friday 2017 action by promoting a number of broadband deals under the Black Friday banner way back in October.
Those deals finished on 2 November but the provider is still not charging a set-up fee on any of its broadband packages.
Sky – broadband reductions and free TVs?
Sky went all out last year, offering anyone signing up to the Box Set Bundle and Sky Multiscreen the choice of either a free 43″ Ultra HD TV, an Xbox One S games console, a Lenovo laptop or a ?150 voucher. Other TV packages also came with the offer of a smaller TV, a laptop or a voucher. Sky also gave customers the chance to upgrade to either Sky Sports or Sky Cinema for half the usual cost and offered a ?75 Mastercard voucher to anyone signing up for unlimited broadband.
In terms of Black Friday 2017, Sky has already announced a number of broadband deals that will be available right through what has become known as Black Friday Week and up to Thursday 8 December. These include Sky Fibre Max down from ?43.99 to ?30 a month and Sky Fibre Unlimited down from ?38.99 to ?25 a month.
Price of Now TV passes cut?
Now TV slashed the price of its Entertainment, Sky Cinema and Sky Sports passes by up to 75% last year, and it will be worth seeing if the streaming service offers anything similar for Black Friday this year as a cut-price two or three-month pass would take you nicely to the other side of Christmas. The price of buying either a Now TV box or a Now TV Smart Box alongside a pass was also massively reduced last year so watch this space.
Black Friday reductions from Virgin Media
Virgin Media reduced the cost of its basic broadband deal as part of its Black Friday offering last year, knocking ?9 off the price of its 50Mbps package.
Virgin has since upped its speeds and now offers speeds up to 100Mbps as standard. Will we see a reduction on this package next week? In 2016, Virgin also gave away a free wireless speaker or ?125 voucher to anyone ordering a broadband, TV and phone bundle over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend.
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