TalkTalk TV might not offer quite the same breadth as content as the likes of Sky and Virgin Media. But it’s very well priced, flexible and its set top box supports Netflix, Prime Video and NOW. We take a close look at what it’s got to offer.
Our best TalkTalk TV and broadband deals this week
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What can I get from TalkTalk TV?
As you’d probably expect from a company that’s known for low cost broadband, TalkTalk TV is cheap and represents pretty good value.
All packages come with a TalkTalk TV set top box that allows you to pause and rewind live TV, and offer seven-day catch-up and 80+ live TV and radio channels as standard.
TalkTalk’s smartphone and tablets app, use of which come at no extra cost, mean you can watch TV on the go and there’s the option of multi-room viewing too.
This requires an extra TV box (price £25) and you’ll need to pay a one-off charge for installation, after which point the multi-room functionality is free of charge.
However, it’s worth noting that you can’t get TalkTalk TV unless you also sign up for TalkTalk standard ADSL broadband or fibre broadband. You’ll also need to take a landline.
What's TalkTalk broadband like?
You can expect average speeds of 11Mbps with TalkTalk’s cheapest ADSL Fast Broadband service.
Opt for TalkTalk’s Fibre 35, Fibre 65 and Fibre 150 and you’ll get average speeds of 38Mbps, 67Mbps or 145Mbps respectively.
Whichever TalkTalk broadband service you sign up for, it’ll be ‘truly unlimited’. That means you can use the internet as much as you like without racking up extra charges. And you won’t have to worry about TalkTalk deliberately slowing down your service at peak times either.
TalkTalk TV and broadband deals at a glance
Here’s a snapshot of what you get with each of TalkTalk’s broadband and TV deals:
- Fibre 35 with TalkTalk TV: 80+ channels and fibre broadband with average speed of 38Mbps. Includes TV Lite Box and landline with pay as you go calls.
- Fibre 65 with TalkTalk TV: 80+ channels and fibre broadband with average speed of 67Mbps. Includes TV Lite Box and landline with pay as you go calls and the Wi-Fi Hub.
- Fibre 150 with TalkTalk TV: 80+ channels and fibre broadband with average speed of 145Mbps. Includes TV Lite Box and landline with pay as you go calls and the Wi-Fi Hub.
What are the alternatives to TalkTalk TV?
As you might expect, though, Sky and Virgin Media are significantly more expensive. But that extra outlay gets you set top boxes with a host of features that the TalkTalk TV does not offer.
Not least among them is video recording and the capacity to store shows and films.
The Virgin TV 360 box and Sky Q box also enable you to pause-and-pick-up TV shows on multiple screens around the home.
TalkTalk compares well with BT for price. But although BT TV uses the same YouView technology, it differs from TalkTalk because it offers a set top box with a recording capabilities and storage space.
Now Broadband’s TV and broadband bundles are probably the closest alternative to TalkTalk, in the sense that they’re cheap, flexible and come with a fairly no-frills set top box.
What are the pros and cons of TalkTalk TV?
Read on for everything that’s good about TalkTalk. And everything that’s not so good…
- Really good value for money
- Broadband speeds are fair
- One-off charge only for multi-room TV
- TV box set lets you pause live TV and includes Freeview channels
- Can add Netflix and Prime Video and pay for them via your TalkTalk account
- Option to add NOW and Britbox too
- Set top TV box is quite limited in functionality compared to Sky Q and Virgin TV 360
- Selection of channels could be better
- You can’t get TalkTalk TV without TalkTalk broadband
How do I switch to TalkTalk?
It’s easy to switch to TalkTalk. If you’re switching from the likes of BT, Sky, EE and Vodafone, all you need to do is sign up to TalkTalk. TalkTalk will then take care of cancelling your service with your current provider and co-ordinate start and dates on your behalf.
If you’re switching to TalkTalk from Virgin Media, the process is a bit more complicated. But not by much.
After signing up for TalkTalk, you’ll just need to call Virgin Media to tell them you’re cancelling. You’ll then need to co-ordinate the start and end dates, so you won’t be left without a service.
Can I watch Netflix on TalkTalk TV?
You can. And handily you can add your Netflix subscription to your TalkTalk account, so you’ll only have a single bill to pay and it’s easier to keep track of your outgoings.