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Brits pay most for premium TV

December 12, 2013

watching-footballUK viewers are paying significantly more for premium pay-TV packages than consumers in Europe and the US, according to Ofcom.

The regulator found that British consumers pay £66 (€77) a month for the “best offer” premium pay-TV subscription – defined as including the “best package of top league football” as well as films and HD TV – more than twice that paid by consumers in the cheapest nation surveyed, Germany (£27).

The UK fared the worst in a six-nation comparison, with Spain ranked second (£49), followed by the US (£47) then Italy (£40) and France (£35), according to Ofcom.

Ofcom notes that Brits do get a good deal on basic pay-TV packages, at £16 a month second only to Italians.

Ofcom also found that UK consumers get much cheaper deals than their Continental and US counterparts when it comes to mobile and broadband services. The highly competitive UK mobile market, with a large number of virtual operators such as Tesco, has meant huge savings for British consumers.

The UK also ranked cheapest for broadband, third for landline rental and in an overall comparison of all communications services topped the survey.

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