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Sky unleashes biggest ever broadband upgrade at a price that BT and Virgin can’t match

Sky Broadband has unleashed its fastest-ever speed – with downloads clocking in at 500Mbps. The full-fibre plan costs £45 a month when you sign-up to an 18-month contract. For comparison, BT charges £49.99 a month for 300Mbps, while Virgin Media customers can either pay £56 a month for 350Mbps, or £62 a month for 500Mbps. That makes Sky Broadband comfortably the most affordable option for these speeds.

But that’s not the only advantage of picking Sky over its biggest rivals.

Anyone who signs-up to Sky’s Ultrafast Plus package will be guaranteed download speeds of 400Mbps. Broadband speeds usually fluctuate throughout the day, with speeds on busy streets or estates taking a hit at peak times. Sky Broadband’s Speed Guarantee means you can claim a month’s subscription back if your speed falls below the minimum guaranteed speed.

BT and Virgin Media both offer similar schemes, but neither of these rivals is seemingly as confident in their ability to maintain speeds.

For example, BT’s Full Fibre 300 package only has a speed guarantee of 150Mbps. So, in order to claim from the telecoms giant, you’ll need to be regularly getting less than half of the broadband speed you’re paying for. Yikes. Virgin Media states that its M500 plan will usually deliver between 460 and 551Mbps, which is solid. However, the speed guarantee doesn’t kick-in until you’re getting below 258Mbps for three consecutive days.

If your speeds aren’t up to scratch after 30 days with BT, the company will hand over £20. It will also offer customers the chance to exit their contract without paying a charge for cancelling early. Likewise, Virgin Media has 30 days to resolve the issue. After that, it will also let you walk away and find a deal with a competitor before the end of your contract.

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Sky’s equivalent guarantee is a little more generous. If your download speeds fall below the 400Mbps mark for three days in a row in any 30-day period, the satellite broadcaster will refund the cost of the last month. To be eligible, you’ll need be within your minimum term but can claim up to twice. If it happens within the first 30 days of your broadband being activated, Sky will also refund your money for any upfront setup costs.

The latest broadband package from Sky is only possible thanks to full-fibre connections, so you’ll need to have next-generation fibre cables running to your door to be eligible. If there are still ageing copper cables in your street, you’ll miss out.

However, Openreach – which manages the cable infrastructure used by Sky – has already connected five million homes to full-fibre cables. According to its latest estimates, it’s on track to hit 25 million premises across the UK by December 2026. 

Sky’s 500Mbps Ultrafast Plus package is more than 10x faster than the UK’s average fibre speed.

That means you should have more than enough bandwidth for video calls, software updates, streaming music, online video games, and more. Busy households are unlikely to see any slowdown – enough if everyone is binging their own Netflix show in ultra-crisp 4K Ultra HD quality in separate rooms.

As you’d expect, there are no usage caps either. So don’t worry about downloading gargantuan PlayStation 5 games, gigabits of software updates for your iPhone, and more.

Director of Propositions at Sky Broadband Aman Bhatti said: “Today’s Ultrafast Plus launch reflects our commitment to providing customers with the fastest and most reliable broadband speeds possible. This is why Ultrafast Plus comes with the UK’s fastest Speed Guarantee, so our customers can game, stream, download and work from home seamlessly.”

Ultrafast Plus is available to new and existing Sky customers right now. 

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Jeremy Clarkson unleashes fury on 'halfwits' as he vows to boycott IKEA amid GB News row

Andrew Neil, chairman of GB News, has since hit out at critics of his news channel as the veteran broadcaster claimed the opinion-led channel will “puncture the pomposity of our elites”.

Presenters include former Brexit Party candidate and The Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry, former Sky News presenter Colin Brazier, and The Sun’s former showbiz journalist Dan Wootton.

Planned segments on the show, including one called Woke Watch, have earned GB News comparisons with right-wing US TV channel Fox News which have been dismissed by Andrew.

According to the TV industry magazine Broadcast, GB News peaked in its opening minutes with 336,000 viewers.

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Freeview unleashes new design and features to thousands of Smart TVs today

Viewers with Freeview Play built into their Smart TVs should see a major update rolling out in the coming weeks. According to the team behind Freeview, the new interface, which will be available on any Smart TVs powered by the Android TV software, is designed to make it easier for viewers to explore “the full range of content available and discover new favourites”.
One of the best additions to the Android TV homescreen is the new Discover tab. This brings together suggestions of new shows and movies based on your viewing history alongside what is trending on Google. In other words, if you’re stuck for something to watch, head to the Discover tab.

With the latest update, boxsets and films available from Freeview Play with now populate the Discover tab.

Freeview Play recently hit a new milestone with over 30,000 hours of on-demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK, Horror Bites, STV Player, POP Player and BBC Sounds.  Some of these boxsets will appear in the Discover tab over time based on your tastes, but all will be available from the Search feature.

And since this is Android TV, you’ll be able to connect your Smart TV to any Google Nest smart speakers in your home. That means you’ll be able to use voice commands to the Google Assistant to pause playback on-screen or rewind if you missed a detail. Some Android TV-powered sets include microphones, so you can use the “OK, Google” voice commands without the need for a Google Nest or Android smartphone nearby.

Freeview Play is included on Android TVs from Philips, Sharp, TCL, Toshiba, Humax, and more.

Following the update, which is rolling out now, viewers will have access to the following features with Freeview Play on Android TV –

On Now: Freeview Play viewers can easily access the live TV guide, via a new tile on the ‘On Now’ row. The ‘On Now’ row has also been updated to give clearer programme information for each piece of content, to make it simpler for viewers to see what’s on at a glance.

On-Demand: To make it simpler for viewers to explore the full range of on-demand Freeview Play content, content rows on the new UI have been updated with new player tiles, linking viewers straight to the player they are interested in. 

Simon Hunt, Director of Strategy and Business Development, for Freeview Play, told Express.co.uk: “It’s so important that British viewers can easily find the content they love, whether it’s catching up on Line of Duty, or bingeing the Friday Night Dinner box set. Working closely with Android TV, we have been able to ensure that the customer journey continues to deliver for UK viewers, and ensures Android TV remains competitive in the British market.”

Ed Corn, Head of Android TV Partnerships, EMEA at Android TV commented “People in Britain cherish a helpful and smart TV experience. We are glad that through our work with Freeview Play more UK viewers will profit from an updated Android TV experience that makes it easy for them to find and watch their favourite shows.”

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WhatsApp unleashes six brand-new sticker packs to improve your chats

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging platform on the planet. Known for its simple interface and end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp is often slow to add features found on some of its closest rivals. The team at WhatsApp wasn’t quick to add support for Dark Mode on Android and iOS and was pretty late to the party when it came to Stickers too.

However, the designers at WhatsApp are now making up for that lost time.

WhatsApp has launched six new Sticker packs to add some extra visual flair to your one-on-one conversations and group chats. Unlike emoji – the small pictograms available on iOS, Android, Windows 10, macOS and more, Stickers are much larger and more detailed. They’re also only available inside WhatsApp itself, so you won’t be able to copy a Sticker from a text message and send it to someone else in an email. The six new bundles of WhatsApp Stickers are available on both Android and iOS.

Crucially, whoever you’re messaging on WhatsApp doesn’t need to have downloaded the Sticker pack to receive an image from you. However, if they want to return the favour and send one back, they’ll need to download the relevant bundle.

The six new Sticker packs include Egg And Chup, Square Cheese’s Daily Life, Woman Cactus, Realistic Rabbit, Betakkuma 2, and lastly, A Burdensome Pigeon Named Eagle.

Honestly, these are all pretty unique designs. For example, Square Cheese’s Daily Life is a SpongeBob Squarepants-like character who is picturing in a number of poses that could be handy when messaging someone – there’s one of the cartoon character jumping in celebration surrounded with hearts, one rolling with laughter, and more. Woman Cactus has some very similar poses except that instead of a square-shaped cheese slice… the cartoon character is a cactus with a woman’s legs.

All of these new WhatsApp Stickers can be accessed via the WhatsApp Sticker Store. All six are available free of charge, something that’s not always the case with some rival messaging services. To access these new cartoon characters on Mac, Windows, or WhatsApp Web, you’ll need to download and install the Stickers packs on an Android or iPhone first.

To add Stickers packs, open up a conversation in WhatsApp, then look down to the keyboard and tap Emoji > Stickers > Add. Next, you’ll need to hit the Download button next to any Sticker pack that takes your fancy. A green tick will appear next to any Sticker packs already in your collection. This means they’re ready to use in chats.

To update existing Sticker packs to make sure you’ve got the latest designs, tap Emoji > Stickers > Add. Then, in the ALL STICKERS tab, tap UPDATE next to the sticker pack that needs to be updated. If prompted, tap UPDATE again.

If you’re struggling to see any of these menus in your chat app, WhatsApp advises: “Stickers are available in the latest versions of WhatsApp. If you don’t see stickers, make sure to update to the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone’s application store.”

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