Spending on Satellite and Cable TV encompasses various satellite, cable and streaming services.

The most common provider in the UK is Sky, via satellite, who also offer the subscription streaming service Now TV.

Virgin Media is the most common cable provider, while various streaming subscription services from BT, Apple, Amazon and Netflix make up the rest of the market.

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There are a multitude of streaming services: for instance Amazon, Disney+, Netflix, Apple TV, BT Sport and Britbox. A lot of these services have free introductory offers that turn in to recurring billing relationships. Many people bought subscriptions to watch one show or series and continue to pay for them. Reviewing your Pay TV subscriptions is an easy way to make savings, and often these services can be cancelled instantly.

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Last updated: April 2022

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