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TalkTalk TV: YouView Box and TV Channels

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Not necessarily best-known for being a television provider, TalkTalk has offered TV services to its broadband customers since partnering with YouView in 2012. Is it worth considering when compared with the offers of other major providers? We’re going to take you through TalkTalk’s TV offer on this page so that you can decide for yourself.


TalkTalk is, as you might imagine, not a TV provider on the scale of Sky or Virgin Media - it has nowhere near the number of TV subscribers, and doesn’t produce any of its own content or technical equipment. Its partnership with YouView lets TalkTalk customers get their hands on a YouView TV box, build their own package and access the YouView TV app. This is a similar partnership to the one that Plusnet also has with YouView.

An important thing to note is that TV packages are not available to all TalkTalk customers. To add TV to your deal, you must be a TalkTalk Fibre customer - if you’re signed up to TalkTalk’s Fast Broadband package, you won’t be eligible. Let’s first look into the boxes available to TalkTalk fibre customers and what distinguishes them:


TalkTalk TV box

When you take out TalkTalk TV, you’ll have a choice between two YouView TV boxes. The two boxes differ in only one function, but it’s an important one - here’s what each will set you back and what you get for your money:

TalkTalk TV box TalkTalk TV Plus box
80+ Freeview channels (15 in HD) 80+ Freeview channels (15 in HD)
Ability to watch free & pay TV-on-demand services Ability to watch free & pay TV-on-demand services
Ability to rent in the TalkTalk Store Ability to rent in the TalkTalk Store
Pause & rewind live TV Pause & rewind live TV
 No record function  Lets you record TV
£4 per month £4 per month
£25 one-off fee £50 one-off fee

As you can see, you really only have to ask yourself two questions when signing up to TalkTalk TV:

  1. Do you want the ability to record and store programmes?
  2. Is it worth the extra £25 initial cost?

If you ask us, the extra cost at the setup stage is well worth having the ability to then record what you like for the length of your subscription - which is good value at £4 a month. You may decide, however, that enough of your favourite programmes are made available on demand for it not to matter to you and that it’s better to save the 25 quid.

Once you’ve decided on a box, the next thing you’ll want to know is what channels you’ll be able to watch as part of your deal. Let’s go over this now.

TalkTalk TV channels

The first thing you’ll have noticed about the above TV boxes is that, in terms of content, there’s no difference between the two. This is pretty much a basic Freeview package, which you’ll be familiar with, but in case you need clarification we’ll break down the channels available to you here:

  1. Standard definition channels: All BBC channels, all ITV channels, all Channel 4 channels, all Channel 5 channels, Dave, Really, Home, Yesterday, Drama, Pick, Quest, QVC, Blaze, Challenge, Food Network, Paramount Network, Horror Channel, Hochanda, FreeSports, TBN UK, Film4, Sony Movies, CBS Reality, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, PBS America, Smithsonian Channel, RT, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Together TV, Racing TV, Sewing Quarter, Jewellery Quarter, Forces TV, plus all their respective +1 channels, as well as radio channels
  2. High definition channels: BBC One HD, BBC Two HD. BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, ITV HD, Channel 4 HD, Channel 4 +1 HD, 4Seven HD, Channel 5 HD, QVC HD, QVC Beauty HD, RT HD, CBBC HD, CBeebies HD
  3. On demand services: BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My 5, plus pay services (if you have a subscription) such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and NOW TV

We think it’s safe to say you’d be disappointed if these channels didn’t come as standard with your TV package. There’s not much by way of premium content included here - they’re basically the channels you’re familiar with since Freeview TV was introduced. If, however, you find yourself needing a little bit more content, TalkTalk offer a series of ‘Boosts’ to subscribers looking to broaden their TV horizons. Let’s take a look at them now.

TalkTalk TV Boosts

Put simply, TalkTalk’s TV Boosts are a series of packs you can add to your deal to extend your package and make more content available to you according to your preferences. These Boosts can be added to and removed from your package on a monthly basis, so if you decide after a month that you don’t want to go on paying for your Boost, you can remove it and your next payment will be your last. Here’s a list of the Boosts you can add:

  • TV Select Boost
  • Entertainment Boost
  • Kids TV Boost
  • Sky Sports Boost
  • Sky Cinema Boost
  • BT Sport
  • Boxnation Boost
  • Asian Boost

We’ll now go through each individual Boost and the channels included in each so you can decide which one is right for you:

TV Select Boost

This Boost gives subscribers access to 15 popular Sky Entertainment channels, allowing them to watch shows like The Walking Dead and Boardwalk Empire. It will set you back an extra £7 a month. Here’s the list of channels:

  • Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Arts, Sky Witness, and Sky Sports News
  • Comedy Central
  • Fox
  • Gold (+1)
  • National Geographic
  • Crime Investigation
  • History
  • MTV

Entertainment Boost

This one is basically an extended version of the TV Select Boost, giving you access to 33 channels as well as over 100 hours of on demand shows. Notably, it also includes ABC on demand, which allows subscribers access to big US shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family. It will cost you an extra £6 a month, and includes the following:

  • Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Arts, Sky Witness, and Sky Sports News
  • Comedy Central
  • Fox
  • Gold (+1)
  • National Geographic
  • Crime Investigation
  • History
  • MTV
  • Syfy
  • E!
  • Lifetime
  • Alibi
  • Universal Channel
  • TCM
  • ABC

Kids TV Boost

The Kids TV Boost includes 10 UK Kids channels which we’ve listed below, where the little ones can watch shows like Peppa Pig, PAW Patrol and Sofia the First. Apart from the live TV channels, over 200 shows are available to watch on demand (OD). This Boost will set you back an extra £3 a month.

  • Nickelodeon (+OD), Nick Jr (+OD), and Nick Toons
  • Disney Channel, Disney Jr (+OD), and Disney XD
  • Cartoon Network and Cartoonito (+OD)
  • Boomerang (+OD)
  • Baby TV
  • Hopster OD

Sky Sports Boost

As it says on the tin, the Sky Sports Boost gives subscribers access to Sky Sports channels. The Boost includes eight channels, which we’ve listed below, and gives access to over 700 live football matches from the UK’s major leagues, international cricket and rugby, as well as golf, darts and F1 racing events. It will set you back an additional £18 a month.

  • Sky Sports Premier League
  • Sky Sports Football
  • Sky Sports Main Event
  • Sky Sports F1
  • Sky Sports Golf
  • Sky Sports Cricket
  • Sky Sports Action
  • Sky Sports Arena

Sky Cinema Boost

Another that explains itself - this Boost will add Sky Cinema channels to your package, giving access to 11 movie channels, a new film premiere every day, and more than 1,200 films on demand. It will cost you an added £9 a month. Here are the channels:

  • Sky Cinema Premiere
  • Sky Cinema Hits
  • Sky Cinema Select
  • Sky Cinema Greats
  • Sky Cinema Action & Adventure
  • Sky Cinema Drama & Romance
  • Sky Cinema Family
  • Sky Cinema Comedy
  • Sky Cinema Sci-Fi
  • Sky Cinema Crime & Thriller
  • Sky Cinema Disney

BT Sport

Sky Sports not got everything you want to watch? You can also add BT Sport to your TalkTalk deal, though it is a bit more expensive. It will add £29.99 per month to your bill, and allow you access to more Premier League football, as well as Champions and Europa League, English and European rugby, and many other sports events. Here are the channels that come with it:

  • BT Sport 1
  • BT Sport 2
  • BT Sport 3
  • BT Sport Extra
  • BT Sport // ESPN

This, not being a Boost as such, is available either on a 1-month rolling contract or a 12-month deal. The cost is the same, but the activation fee for the 1-month deal is £15 more expensive than for the 12-month equivalent - you will have to decide whether locking yourself in for that amount of time is worth paying a bit more to get set up.

Boxnation

This Boost only adds one channel to your package (Boxnation), but it will be an important one for true fans of boxing, letting them get in the ring and go toe to toe with the biggest boxing events. It’s the UK’s only 24/7 boxing channel, giving subscribers access to live boxing from all over the world, as well as classic match footage and documentaries. It will add £12 a month to your bill.

Asian Boost

This Boost will add £7.50 a month to your bill. It will get you the following four Asian channels and allow you to watch the latest Bollywood films with your package:

  • Zee TV
  • Zee Cinema
  • Sony
  • Sony TV Asia

TalkTalk TV app

You’re able to watch all the content associated with your deal (only the stuff you’re paying for) on the go on your mobile or tablet with the TalkTalk TV app. You can use the app on up to four devices, and you’re able to pause what you’re watching on one device and pick it up again on another. Here’s a summary of the sections of the app and what you can do on each:

  • Home: Gives you suggestions on what to watch and what the latest big releases are.
  • Guide: Browse through channels, plan and watch live TV.
  • My TV: Here are all the live and on-demand TV channels available to you, as well as rented films and TV.
  • My Download: Here you can access the content you’ve downloaded to watch offline.
  • More: Here you’ll find a load of extras.

Television

TalkTalk TV store

As well as Freeview channels and TalkTalk’s optional Boosts, TV customers also have access to the TalkTalk TV Store, where they can rent or buy the series and films they want to watch at their leisure. This is a handy option for those who love film and TV but only have the time to watch things occasionally and can’t justify stacking up a big monthly bill with all the add-ons they might be interested in.

In the store, now known simply as TalkTalk TV, you can buy or rent new release films and TV series, as well as classic content which is always being updated. Your bought or rented content will remain in the My TV section of your account.


TalkTalk TV Contact

Looking to get in touch with TalkTalk to add TV to your fibre broadband deal? Or are you already a TalkTalk TV subscriber and want to contact them about an issue with your service? The number to call is the same - it’s the standard line for all TalkTalk TV services. Here’s what you need to dial:

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TalkTalk TV contact
Please check with your provider if you don't know how much a call will cost.
0808 108 0366
*Monday to Sunday: 8am to 8pm

Alternatively, you can pick a deal and add it to your package online, getting help if you need it from an agent via TalkTalk’s online chat service. For more details on contacting TalkTalk, see our contact page.


Frequently asked questions

Finally, we’re going to go through a few common queries relating to TalkTalk’s TV offer, hopefully saving you a bit of time and bother in getting in touch with its customer services team. Here we go:

What if my router is in a different room to my TV?

To avoid having too many cables running through your home, you could add a couple of Powerline Adaptors to your order at checkout - these will turn your mains socket into a network connection and extend your signal.

What is a TV Boost?

TalkTalk TV Boosts are packs of channels that you can add to your base package if you want extra TV content. If you’re a sport-loving household, for example, you might want to add the Sky Sports Boost to your deal, whereas if you have a house full of kids you’ll definitely want the Kids’ Boost. They include premium channels that you won’t get as standard.

No long-term commitment!You only pay for TalkTalk TV Boosts one month at a time, so you don’t need to worry about being locked into paying for an add-on for a long period. If you decide you no longer want your Boost, you just cancel it and stop paying after that calendar month.

Will I need an extra aerial for my second TV box?

In order to watch Freeview channels, yes, you will need a second stand-alone aerial or aerial point for your second box. To watch on-demand content, your TV Boosts or rented content, however, you won’t need one.

What can I watch on my second TV box with TalkTalk multi-room?

The answer is almost everything. All Freeview content, on-demand and rented content is available to watch, as well as all TV Boosts except for the BT Sport Boost, which is only available on your primary box. You can also watch Netflix on it provided you haven’t gone over the maximum number of devices you’re able to register to your account.

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