TalkTalk has been steadily rolling out its next-gen YouView update to its customer base. Currently, TalkTalk is over halfway through upgrading its current customers, and more will be getting it soon.
When choosing what updates to prioritise, TalkTalk used customer feedback to determine the number one priority of this upgrade: Quality content available at affordable prices.
So instead of updating its hardware, the provider reworked its UI software, making it easier to find and watch the shows you want. TalkTalk also expanded its catalogue of films and boxsets on the TalkTalk TV Store and made its flexible TV Boosts even easier to buy and watch.
The new menu
TalkTalk’s new menu is much smaller, taking up only about a third of the screen so you can continue watching live TV while looking for the shows you want to watch next.
The menu makes it easy to jump to between live TV, recordings, TalkTalk’s TV store and all of your favourite players and apps, including Netflix.
Each of these screens can be viewed in mini format, which uses image tiles to show you the highlights of each section, or an expanded full screen option to show you all the content available.
Upgrades to TalkTalk TV Store
The TalkTalk TV Store — which is available on the set-top box under the More TV section or online, with or without a TalkTalk subscription — has over 7,000 films and box sets to buy or rent, many of which are available first on TalkTalk.
Films and boxsets range from kids’ fare to the latest blockbusters and premium content from the likes of Netflix and HBO, which make its series boxsets available on TalkTalk the day after the final episode of the series airs on Sky Atlantic.
Through the TalkTalk TV store, you can also buy TV Boosts for your TalkTalk TV package. TV Boosts are flexible 30-day subscriptions that give you access to pay TV channels and are grouped together by the content you want to watch. You can mix and match Boosts to get the exact channels you want, then cancel them when you don’t want to watch them anymore.
During the summer, for example, you might sign up for the Kids Boost to keep your kids entertained during their school break, then cancel it once classes start up again in September. Or if you’re a football fan, you can sign up for the Sky Sports Boost now, then cancel it when the Premier League season ends in May — and then sign up again for the new season in August.
With all these viewing options of live shows, catch-up TV, streaming apps, recordings and films and boxsets from the TV Store, the amount of choice can be overwhelming. Where do you even begin to look for the TV you want to watch?
Luckily the new UI has an improved search capability that lets you search for shows and films across all of these options.
The search feature pulls results together from all of the various services available to you so you can quickly find the series you’re after. If a programme is available on something that’s not included in your package, it still lets you know it’s available and tells you which Boost it’s on so you can quickly and easily subscribe to it through your TalkTalk TV box.