TalkTalk TV explained
Like TalkTalk's broadband and home phone offering, TalkTalk TV is ideal for cost-conscious consumers.
It's tailor-made for anyone who wants catch-up and on-demand TV, but doesn't want to pay the higher prices that some rival providers charge.
TalkTalk TV offers its own, bespoke streaming services, such as PictureBox for movies. But it also allows customers to sign up for premium channels from other providers, such as Sky Sports.
That means you can have your TV package your way and spend as much or as little as you like.
Below, we'll talk you through some of the key facets and selling points of TalkTalk TV to help you decide whether it's right for you.
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What do I get with TalkTalk TV?
TalkTalk TV is available in two options:
1) Essentials TV. This in the entry-level product with a price to match.
2) Plus TV, which is slightly more expensive but offers some attractive, extra features.
Both Essentials TV and Plus TV include a free YouView box, which lets you pause and rewind live TV and access a trove of pay-as-you-go movies and TV series.
Both boxes feature a highly rated electronic program guide (EPG) that makes it supremely easy to find what you want to watch and puts all broadcasters' output in a single location.
However, the version of the YouView box you get with Plus TV also functions as a personal video recorder with room to record and store hours and hours of programming. This feature is not available on the box that is provided with Essentials TV.
Sport on TalkTalk TV
TalkTalk TV does not broadcast its own sports channel. But customers can add Sky Sports' suite of channels to their TalkTalk TV package, giving them access to live Premier League games, as well as billboard sports events such as the US Open and The Ashes and exhausive Formula 1 coverage with Sky's dedicated F1 channel.
Movies on TalkTalk TV
For an additional monthly charge of £5, customers can sign up for TalkTalk's PictureBox movie streaming service. Like Netflix or LoveFilm, PictureBox features a selection of 60 movies, with seven new titles added weekly.
Alternatively, customers can add Sky Movies to their bundle. This offers 11 channels and access to premium movies well ahead of rivals.
Adding extra channels
Subscribing to premium channels with TalkTalk is a case of signing up for add-ons called Boosts. These are often themed, so bundle together a lot of similar channels together.
Kids Boost for example includes Disney and Nickolodeon channels. Choose the Entertainment Boost and you'll get the likes of Fox, with its array of hit US shows, such as The Walking Dead.
TalkTalk Box Office
This is best described as a movie rental service that lets you hire recent movies for a charge of £3.50 each.
Why choose TalkTalk TV over BT, Sky or Virgin Media?
TalkTalk's biggest selling point is its keen pricing. At £7.50 per month, Essentials TV is arguably the UK's best value TV product. Plus TV, which includes a YouView box with PVR functionality, isn't too much more expensive at £15.50 per month.
With many customers of some providers paying over £80 per month for their TV, broadband and home phone, it's not hard to see the appeal of TalkTalk TV.
What about the broadband facet of TalkTalk's TV deals?
TalkTalk TV customers are available with cheaper ADSL or premium fibre broadband. While the former is capable of a headline connection speed of 17Mbps, the latter features a maximum speed of 76Mbps.
Both types of connection are fine for streaming TV, but the fibre service is likely to offer a smoother service that's less prone to buffering.
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