Sky Atlantic is not available. ITV Encore is exclusive to Sky. There are also several channels where the HD version is only on Sky due to exclusive deals. There are also 30 odd free-to-air satellite channels not on Virgin (they are not effectively on Sky either as satellite is an open platform & Sky cannot stop you receiving them). You can also only get the regional BBC & ITV channel designated for your area (with a few exceptions) plus BBC1 Wales, Scotland & NI.
Cable customer since 1993. Services: FH TV, Sky Sports & Movies (2xV6), Talk Anytime Phone, VIVID 350, Virgin PAYG Mobile
Many thanks for your reply please can you let me know if all the sports channels that are available on Sky are also available with Virgin? And also all the movie channels? Also do you have any idea on cost? We currently pay £110 a month for the full sky package, including 3 separate Sky boxes for multi room and HD. There is also an app called Sky GO which is particularly useful when going on holiday as I can download any number of films before I travel to watch offline when abroad and this app can be used on a maximum of 4 devices.
If you have a Sky Q 2TB box and the Sky Q Multiscreen subscription you can watch sports events such as football and F1, TV shows or films.
In contrast, Virgin Media's V6 has apps for Netflix and YouTube which enable streaming of 4K content. Even though this is obviously far more limiting than Sky's offering, having an app is better than for getting 5.1 audio to play through your AVR than using something such as ARC from a TV.
I've heard of more than one or two teething problems with Sky Q so it may be a question of grass is greener. Safest bet is what I'm doing and just hold off buying a new TV until the standards bed-in or my eyesight deteriorates with age to the point that 4K becomes a moot point.
One thing which is rarely asked is this: do you watch or play a lot of standard definition content? If so, you need to be aware that SD looks worse, and often a lot worse, on a 4K TV compared with a 1080p full HD TV due to the scaling required from 576i to 2160p. If you are happy with your FHD TV, be in no rush to upgrade to a 4K TV.
I think the main reasons for getting a 4K TV are:
Your TV broke, you want a new one but are struggling to find a suitable FHD.
You want to watch a lot of 4K content from sources such as UHD Blu-ray Discs, Sky, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.