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TV Packages: 9 Key Tips

How can you make the most of TV packages? Find out in these TV package tips by

Many television consumers in Switzerland can enjoy a better TV experience while saving on TV package fees. Here, lists the most important TV package tips.

Tip 1: Use the replay function

Many TV packages now include a practical replay function. This function lets you watch TV broadcasts hours or days after they have been broadcasted. You do not even need to select the shows you want to watch in advance. Limitation: Depending on which TV package you use you can watch TV shows up to 30 hours or 7 days after they broadcast. The TV package comparison from clearly shows which packages include a replay function.

Tip 2: Check video recording capacity

Many Swiss TV packages include a recording function, but there are big differences between the recording capacity offered. The packages with the most limited recorders let you record just 10 or 20 hours. On the other end of the scale are packages which allow for 1000 hours of recording. Because almost all TV packages use cloud-based TV recording, you can typically also watch recorded movies or shows on your smartphone or tablet using an app.

Tip 3: Does it deliver on the sports front?

If you are primarily interested in sports broadcasts, make sure that the TV package you choose shares your love for sports.

Teleclub (a Swisscom subsidiary) and MySports (from UPC Switzerland) are the two leading pay TV services in German-speaking Switzerland. Canal+ and MySports lead in French-speaking Switzerland. Swisscom TV and Sunrise TV customers can watch individual Teleclub sports broadcasts on a pay-per-view basis, while subscribers to other TV packages need to get a separate Teleclub subscription. MySports is primarily available to customers of cable TV providers like UPC and Quickline, but is not offered by Swisscom and Sunrise.

If you only want to watch sports broadcasts which are available on free TV channels like SRF, ARD, ZDF and ORF (German) or RTS, TF1, France 2 (French), then it does not make any difference which TV package you use. Teleclub and MySports each offer one channel which can be viewed free of charge. The free channel offered by MySports, for example, delivers Swiss ice hockey tournaments among other sports broadcasts.

Tip 4: You may not need a decoder

If you have a newer TV set, you should not need a separate decoder because modern TVs can receive digital TV directly. Particularly cable TV service providers like UPC and Quickline offer TV packages without the need for a decoder. Swisscom TV and many other TV packages, on the other hand, require a decoder for technical reasons.

Disadvantage: Not all channels can be viewed without a decoder. The high definition (HD) channels of many private broadcasters like RTL, Sat 1 and ProSieben, for example, can only be accessed with a decoder.

Solution: Many cable TV providers offer what is known as a CI+ card. This device lets you access private TV channels like those mentioned above without using a decoder. However, you will still need a decoder in order to use supplemental features like replay functions.

Tip 5: Consider Apple TV

The Apple TV device is small and can be used in conjunction with many different TV services. You can use it to access Zattoo, Teleboy or Wilmaa, enjoy movies and series through the Netflix app, watch videos on Youtube or follow sports broadcasts over DAZN or the Sky app. The TV package comparison clearly shows which TV packages are compatible with Apple TV.

Tip 6: Use apps to watch TV on the go

Apps for smartphones and tablets let you watch TV while traveling within Switzerland. Many TV packages include this option, as shown in the TV package comparison. Most TV package providers do not let you use the app to watch TV when traveling outside of Switzerland. Important: Only watch TV via app if you have a mobile subscription with a flat fee or when you have access to a network because streaming TV involves large data transactions.

Tip 7: Watch TV in high definition

HD channels deliver images at a much higher resolution than standard-definition (SD) TV. Almost all TV sets sold in the past 10 years are capable of displaying HD video. But many TV channels are still only broadcast in SD. Even some highly popular TV channels like RTL, Sat 1 and ProSieben are only included in their SD versions in some TV packages.

Many modern TV sets are capable of displaying broadcasts in 4k, ultra-high definition (UHD) quality. However, with the exception of a few test channels, no TV channels are available in UHD as of yet. Still, the decoders provided by some telecom service providers already support UHD video. Swisscom customers can view several movies and one football match per week in UHD quality.

Tip 8: Consider offers from smaller TV service providers

TV packages from smaller service providers often deliver very good value for money compared to those offered by large telecom companies. TV packages which are broadcast over the Internet, in particular, are worth a mention. TV packages from Zattoo, Teleboy or Wilmaa, combined with a digital video device like Apple TV, deliver numerous TV channels plus 7-day replay and video recording functionality. Some of these online TV service providers also have free offers for customers who do not need time-shift functions and are content to watch TV as it is broadcast.

Tip 9: Avoid long-term contracts

Many TV packages can only be terminated without penalty fees after a minimum term has transpired. For many packages, this minimum term is a lengthy 12 months. If you terminate the contract before the minimum term ends, you pay a hefty penalty fee. Because of this, it is important to pay attention to minimum terms and to choose packages with the shortest minimum terms. The minimum terms and the termination notice periods of different TV packages are clearly shown in the TV package comparison.

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