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TalkTalk TV is a good way of expanding your viewing options without breaking the bank.

Not only is it more affordable than some pay-TV options. It also lets you add channels as and when, so you can be flexible with your viewing options each month.

It has Netflix, lets you record programmes onto your set-top box, and has an online store with a trove of fresh content.

Read on and we'll walk you the five key things you need to know.

1 It comes in two versions

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TalkTalk TV comes in two different versions. The 'lite' box is a little cheaper, and comes with TalkTalk's Essentials TV package, while the PVR box comes with its Plus TV package.

Both are YouView boxes, but the PVR box has a hard drive, so you can record TV shows and films.

Essentials customers get over 75 Freeview channels, 30 day catch-up functionality and the ability to pause and rewind all channels. On top of that, Plus TV customers get 30-day Sky catch-up, and the ability to record any channel.

The PVR box has enough space to store 185 hours of programming. Which should be more than enough to see you through a rainy weekend.

2 You can Boost your viewing as and when you like

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Maybe you've got people staying, and there's a certain film or sports event you'd all like to watch.

Instead of signing up to a pricey year-long subscription, you can add channels to your viewing on a month-by-month basis by buying one of TalkTalk's TV's Boosts.

You'll have access to the channels for a month on a rolling contract basis and can cancel the Boost whenever you like by unsubscribing.

Of course, you can always buy another Boost the next month, if you like. Or buy more than one at a time.

So what's on offer? The Entertainment Boost gives you entertainment channels like Sky 1, MTV, Sky Arts, Lifetime and National Geographic. It costs £12, or £7 on Plus TV.

You can get all six Sky Sports channels for £11 with the Sky Sports Boost, and all 11 Sky Cinema channels for £15 with the Sky Cinema Boost.

You can also nab Sky Sports and Sky Cinema for £42.

The Kids Boost gives you nine UK kids' channels – including Nickelodeon, Disney Junior and Cartoon Network – for £5. And the PictureBox Boost brings more than 60 films spanning action, romance and comedy, plus box sets of hit US shows. It costs £5.

3 TalkTalk TV Store

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You can also watch films and TV shows from the TalkTalk TV Store. This offers thousands of films to rent or buy, and TV shows to buy (but not rent).

It has a decent selection, with new releases like 'Captain America: Civil War' and 'Bad Neighbours 2' alongside more classic fare like 'Dirty Dancing' and 'Withnail & I'.

Films are grouped into collections too, so you can browse depending on what kind of film you fancy.

Film rentals start at just £3.45, which is among the cheapest in Britain.

4 It has Netflix

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Every TalkTalk YouView box has Netflix. That means you can stream films and TV shows from Netflix on your TV screen, instead of all huddling around the laptop.

You will need to subscribe though. The basic Netflix subscription costs £5.99 a month, but you can opt for the HD option for £7.49, or the premium offering (with Ultra HD and ability to watch on four screens at once) for £8.99 a month. The cost is added to your TalkTalk TV bill at the end of the month.

Netflix brings its raft of own shows like 'Orange is the New Black' and 'House of Cards', as well as thousands of films and TV shows available to watch whenever you like.

5 TalkTalk Film Club

Customers who are signed up to the Entertainment Boost also have access to the TalkTalk Film Club. This offers a rotating library of 20 films available to view. Five new join the service every week, while five leave.

The selection isn't quite on a par with the TalkTalk TV Store, but it's a great extra to have.

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