Can you get Sky Atlantic on Virgin Media?

By Charlotte Whyatt - Tue 22nd Jan 2019 Guides

Learn how you can watch all of Sky Atlantic's crtically-acclaimed US imports without a Sky subscription. 

Sky Atlantic Game of Thrones Season 8

For a long time, the only way you could enjoy Sky Atlantic was with a Sky subscription but there's now a nicely inexpensive alternative available, read on to find out more.

Can I watch Sky Atlantic on Virgin Media?

At the moment the answer to this question is a resounding “no”. Sky Atlantic is exclusively available to Sky TV customers. However at some point in the future, if Sky and Virgin can come to some kind of agreement, you might be able to get Sky Atlantic with Virgin bundles.

However there are some workarounds that will ensure you’ll be able to see Game of Thrones season 8 when it starts in the spring. 

Can I watch Sky Atlantic on BT TV, TalkTalk TV and Freesat?

Again we’re afraid that the answer is a big fat “no”. There’s no way of accessing any Sky content on Freesat and although you can pay extra to add a selection of Sky channels onto your BT or TalkTalk package, Sky Atlantic unfortunately isn’t included on that list.

But, as with Virgin Media, there is a way to watch Sky Atlantic that doesn't involve switching over to Sky.

Ways to watch Sky Atlantic if you do not have Sky

One way Virgin Media, BT TV, Freeview and TalkTalk TV customers can enjoy Sky Atlantic is through Sky’s own NOW TV service.

NOW TV works via four different passes which you’ll need to individually purchase to access the corresponding content. The Entertainment pass, priced at £7.99 a month, will give you access to both the live Sky Atlantic channel and a large library of on-demand content where you’ll find past seasons of many of its most popular shows like Big Little Lies and Westworld

There’s no contracts involved with NOW TV which gives you the freedom to renew or a cancel a pass at anytime. If you wanted to watch the current series of True Detective for example, you can just buy the Entertainment pass for two months and then cancel.

You can watch NOW TV in one of three ways, via the free app you can download on a huge range of different devices, the NOW TV smart box or the budget-friendly NOW TV streaming stick which has a smaller selection of third party apps available.

Which devices can I watch NOW TV on?

Here is a list of all the devices that are currently compatible with the NOW TV app.

Desktop devices

Mac - OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) or later is required

Windows PC - Those with Windows 8 or later are all compatible with NOW TV.

Other Devices

  • Android devices bought in the UK (not including Kindle Fire HD devices)
  • Windows tablets with Windows 7 or later
  • Apple iPhone 4S and upwards 
  • iPad 2nd generation and upwards
  • iPod Touch 4th generation and upwards
  • If a device has iOS 8 and upwards it will be supported
  • Microsoft Xbox 360
  • Microsoft Xbox One
  • Sony PlayStation 3
  • Sony PlayStation 4
  • YouView set top box
  • Roku 2, LT (purple), XS & Roku 3
  • EE TV set top box 
  • Apple TV 3rd generation and upwards
  • Selected LG Smart TVs
  • Selected LG Blu-ray players & sound bars
  • 2015 Samsung Smart TVs

Devices not supported by NOW TV

  • Kindle Fire HD
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Amazon TV Fire Stick
  • Google Chromebook
  • All Windows Phone smartphones

Can I watch Sky Atlantic in High Definition on NOW TV?

No, one of the few drawbacks of watching Sky Atlantic on NOW TV rather than through a Sky box is the on-screen resolution which still only goes up to 720p. 

Type of device Device Maximum Resolution
Tablets & Phones Android & iOS 720p HD
Windows Tablets (using the app) 720p HD
Windows Tablets (using the browser) Standard Definition Only
Desktop Devices PC (using browser) Standard Definition Only
PC (using the app) 720p HD
Apple Mac (with NOW TV Player) 720p HD
YouView Standard Definition Only
Games Console Sony PlayStation 4 720p HD
Sony PlayStation 3 720p HD
Microsoft Xbox One 720p HD
Microsoft Xbox 360 720p HD
Other (Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Smart TVs) 720p HD