The TalkTalk TV service comes with a TalkTalk TV box which allows you to watch on-demand entertainment and to pause live television.
If you’re looking for a low-cost service that combines fibre broadband with television, you can get TalkTalk’s fibre broadband service with TalkTalk TV from £24.95 per month.
In this article, we’ll review the TalkTalk TV service. We’ll start by looking at what you’ll get on TalkTalk TV and at the best value deals that are currently available from TalkTalk. We’ll then look at the TalkTalk TV box in more detail and how you can change from your current broadband provider to TalkTalk.
|Prices From:||£24.95 per month|
|Contract Length:||18 months|
|On-Demand Players:||BBC iPlayer
(† a subscription fee applies for Netflix, Prime Video and NOW TV)
|Box:||TalkTalk TV YouView Box|
What is TalkTalk TV?
In the UK, TalkTalk TV is TalkTalk’s television service. Available with their home broadband and home phone service, you’ll get a TalkTalk TV box that uses YouView technology. It gives you access to more than 80 channels using Freeview along with the ability to pause and rewind live TV. You’ll also get access to on-demand players such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All4 and more on your box.
For customers wanting a little bit extra, TalkTalk makes a number of paid-for services available through their box. For instance, you can add Netflix for £5.99 per month and you can add Amazon Prime Video for £7.99 per month. You can also access Sky TV channels including Sky One, Sky Atlantic and all of the Sky Sports channels using a NOW TV Pass.
TalkTalk Broadband & TV Plans
At present, you can get TalkTalk’s broadband service with TalkTalk TV for as little as £24.95 per month.
|Service||Average Speed||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
Fast Broadband TV
|11Mbps download||18 month contract||£9.95||£24.95/month|
with TalkTalk TV
Fibre 35 TV
|38Mbps download||18 month contract||£4.95||£25.50/month|
with TalkTalk TV
Fibre 65 TV
|67Mbps download||18 month contract||£4.95||£28/month|
with TalkTalk TV
Fibre 150 TV
|145Mbps download||24 month contract||£4.95||£34/month|
with TalkTalk TV
The most popular combination is currently Fibre 65 with TalkTalk TV which is available for £28 per month. It gives you an average download speed of 67Mbps, which is six times faster than TalkTalk’s regular broadband service.
You can also take TalkTalk TV together with TalkTalk’s Fast Broadband service (copper broadband) or together with TalkTalk’s Fibre 150 service which makes use of G.fast technology. At present, TalkTalk TV is available for half-price on these plans so you’ll only pay an extra £2/month rather than £4/month.
A full list of TalkTalk TV deals can be seen on TalkTalk’s official website.
If you’d like to add additional services like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix or NOW TV, you’ll need to take out a separate subscription with the relevant provider. TalkTalk will only provide you with the box through which you’re able to access the relevant service.
In the past, TalkTalk also sold a number of TV Boosts including the TV Select Boost, the Entertainment Boost, the Kids TV Boost and the Sky Sports Boost.
From the 2nd November 2020 onwards, it’s no longer possible to buy a TV Boost from TalkTalk. Instead, you can simply buy the relevant NOW TV Pass for access to channels like Sky One and Sky Atlantic, as well as the Sky Cinema and Sky Sports channels with the relevant passes. This will allow you to watch Sky TV channels through NOW TV on your TalkTalk TV box, as well as on other NOW TV compatible devices like your smartphone and tablet.
TalkTalk TV Box
Customers signing up to the TalkTalk TV service will be given a TalkTalk TV box. This makes use of technology from YouView, a joint venture between some of the UK’s largest broadcasters and internet providers.
With the YouView TV box, you’ll have access to more than 80 Freeview channels, together with on-demand programming in one combined interface. For instance, you’ll be able to scroll back through the on-screen programme guide to find a show from the last 7 days and to watch it on the relevant service. In total, 15 channels are available in high-definition and you’ll also be able to pause and rewind live television for up to 30 minutes.
You’ll need to use an Ethernet cable to connect your TalkTalk TV box to your Wi-Fi Hub from TalkTalk. If your TV is in a different room to your Hub, you can add a Powerline Adapter when ordering your TalkTalk TV box.
If you’d like to watch TalkTalk TV in two rooms at the same time, you can add the TalkTalk TV multi-room service. There’s no additional monthly fee for the multi-room option, but you’ll need to pay a one-off fee of £25 to get an extra box. There’s also a mandatory engineer installation which costs £25. According to TalkTalk, the installation should take less than an hour and you’ll be provided with a Powerline Adapter as part of the installation.
In the past, TalkTalk also offered the option of getting a TalkTalk TV Plus box. This had the addition of TV recording functionality with a built-in 300GB hard drive (enough for storing 185 hours of TV in standard-definition quality). Unfortunately, the TalkTalk TV Plus box is no longer being provided to new customers and you’ll now only be able to get the regular TalkTalk TV box.
Switching to TalkTalk
If you’re currently using another broadband or TV provider, it’s easy to switch your services to TalkTalk.
Start by ordering your new TalkTalk Broadband and TalkTalk TV service from TalkTalk’s official website. At the end of the sign up process, they’ll give you a start date for the new service (typically for around 2 weeks time).
If you’re switching from most other providers with the exception of Virgin Media, TalkTalk will normally contact your old provider to cancel the old service for you. However, if you’re a Virgin Media customer, you’ll need to call them to cancel your service for the same date.
In advance of your new TalkTalk service going live, you’ll be sent a Wi-Fi Hub and a TalkTalk TV box through the post. On the day that your new service goes live, you’ll need to replace your existing router with TalkTalk’s Wi-Fi Hub. You’ll then be able to plug in the TalkTalk TV box to it.
For step-by-step instructions on how to switch to TalkTalk, please select your current broadband provider from the list below:
Switch to TalkTalk Broadband
Your step-by-step guide to switching
You can also read our full guide to switching home broadband provider.
Frequently Asked Questions
|How much does TalkTalk TV cost?||
At present, you can get TalkTalk’s fibre broadband service together with TalkTalk TV from £24.95 per month. If you want to add additional content such as the Sky TV channels (via NOW TV), Amazon Prime Video or Netflix, you’ll need to take out an additional subscription on top of this.
|What is the TalkTalk TV box?||
The TalkTalk TV Box, powered by YouView, combines the ability to pause and rewind Freeview TV channels with the ability to watch on-demand services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5. You can pause and rewind live television for up to 30 minutes and the integrated programme guide makes it seamless to find programmes on-demand.
|Which broadband packages can I get TalkTalk TV with?||
You can get TalkTalk TV with any of TalkTalk’s home broadband plans. The most popular combination is Fibre 65 TV as this gives you Fibre 65 broadband with average download speeds of 67Mbps and the TalkTalk TV service. At present, this combination is available for £28 per month. See other combinations with different broadband plans here.
|How do I access Sky TV channels on TalkTalk TV?||
You can now access Sky TV channels on TalkTalk TV by purchasing the relevant pass from NOW TV. This also allows you to access NOW TV on other compatible devices like your smartphone and tablet. It’s no longer possible to get the Sky TV channels through a TalkTalk TV Boost.
For more information about TalkTalk TV, please see TalkTalk’s official website.