TalkTalk TV Channels, Box, App & Boost Deals Reviewed

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TalkTalk offers a variety of both free, subscription-based and streaming TV content through its TalkTalk TV service which aims to provide UK households with flexible home entertainment options as an add-on to TalkTalk Broadband. Let's take a look at what TV channels are available as well as what streaming options, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, are accessible on TalkTalk TV.


Since TalkTalk isn't primarily a TV content provider like Sky or Virgin Media. This means that TalkTalk TV isn't available as a standalone offer. Additionally, TalkTalk TV has partnered with Now TV to offer more TV content through a series of paid passes.

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TalkTalk TV Channels Overview

TalkTalk offers four types of TV content through its TalkTalk TV Deals. They are as follows:

  1. 70 Free TV Channels in Standard and High Definition.
  2. Optional monthly subscriptions for Now TV passes that cost extra.
  3. On demand players from BBC, ITV and 4
  4. Amazon Prime Video and Netflix

We think it’s safe to say you’d be disappointed if TalkTalk TV packages didn't include a decent number of free tv channels. There’s not much by way of premium content included here - they’re essentially 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 paid passes to subscribers looking to expand the channels they get through their TalkTalk TV service.

You can find the updated TalkTalk TV channels list further down on this page.

TalkTalk NOW TV Passes

Put simply, TalkTalk’s NOW TV Passes are a series of paid subscriptions you can add to your deal. Now TV Passes will extend your TV package and make premium content available to you according to your preferences. These paid TV subscription passes can be added to and removed from your TalkTalk TV package on a monthly basis, so if you decide after a month that you don’t want to go on paying for a certain pass, you can remove it and your next payment will be your last. Here is a list of the passes you can can currently add to your TalkTalk TV package:

  1. Entertainment Pass
  2. Kids Pass
  3. Sky Sports Month Pass
  4. Sky Cinema Pass

Let's go through each individual Now TV pass and the channels included in each so you can decide which one is right for you:

Entertainment Pass

The Entertainment Pass gives subscribers access to 16 popular premium channels, allowing them to watch shows like Modern Family and Westworld. The Entertaintment Pass will set you back £9.99 a month, although if you sign up for it before August 2021 you will save £4 a month for a 12 month period. Here’s the list of channels you get with the Entertainment Pass on TalkTalk TV:

  • Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky History, Sky Witness, Sky Comedy, Sky Crime, Sky Nature, and Sky Documentaries
  • Comedy Central
  • Fox
  • Gold
  • National Geographic
  • Vice
  • Discovery
  • MTV
  • SyFy

Kids Pass

The Kids Pass includes 6 channels of children's TV which we’ve listed below, where the little ones can watch shows like Cleopatra In Space, PAW Patrol and The Brilliant World of Tom Gates. Apart from the live TV channels, thousands of ad-free inspirational Kids TV episodes available to watch on demand. The Kids Pass will set you back an extra £3.99 a month.

  • Boomerang
  • Cartoon Network
  • Cartoonito
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nick Toons

Sky Sports Month Pass

The Sky Sports Month Pass includes eleven 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. Sky Sports Month Pass will set you back £33.99 a month unless you sign up before August 2021, in which case you will get a special deal and only pay £20 a month for the first 12 months.

  • 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 Sports Racing
  • Sky Sports Mix
  • Sky Sports News

Sky Cinema Pass

The Sky Cinema Pass will add Sky Cinema channels to your package, giving access to 12 movie channels, a new film premiere every day, and more than 1,000 films on demand. It will cost you £11.99 a month unless you get the 12 month deal before August 2021 with the promotional price of £6.99 per month for the first 12 months. Here are the channels that come with the Sky Cinema Pass:

  • Sky Cinema Premiere
  • Sky Cinema Hits
  • Sky Cinema Select
  • Sky Cinema Greats
  • Sky Cinema Action
  • Sky Cinema Drama
  • Sky Cinema Family
  • Sky Cinema Comedy
  • Sky Cinema Sci-Fi Horror
  • Sky Cinema Thriller
  • Sky Cinema Disney
  • Sky Cinema Animation

Now TV Boost

The Now TV Boost costs an additional £3 per month on top of the above passes but doesn't add any more channels to your TalkTalk TV package, so why add it? The Now TV Boost enhances the streaming experience of the passes listed above, by adding the following features:

  1. Full HD Streaming on devices able to display 1080p resolutions
  2. Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for a more immersive experience
  3. Couple Now TV Boost with the Sky Sports package for higher framerates on certain Sky Sports channels
  4. Enjoy these benefits on three devices simultaneously

Our verdict is that Now TV Boost is only worth it if you are on a TalkTalk TV Fibre Broadband deal to support the higher bandwidth requirement. In order to really benefit from it, you would need to have multiple large HD screens to enjoy the higher resolution and smoother 50fps frame rates.

Amazon Prime Video on TalkTalk TV

TalkTalk TV has an Amazon Prime Video app accessible from the home screen so that you can login to your existing Amazon Prime Video account through it and conveniently enjoy their exclusive content on your TV.

Netflix on TalkTalk TV

Netflix is another streaming platform that you can access with ease from the home screen of your TalkTalk TV. However, it is worth bearing in mind that Netflix has simultaneous device limits depending on the paid subscription plan you choose with them. This may mean that you have to sign off from another device such as a phone or tablet so that you can enjoy Netflix content through TalkTalk TV.

TalkTalk TV Packages and Deals

TalkTalk TV is not available on its own. In order to get it, you need to add it to an existing TalkTalk broadband or fibre broadband internet deal. Alternatively, when you sign up with TalkTalk as a new customer you can choose to pick a TalkTalk TV and Broadband deal. Let's take a look at the TalkTalk TV packages and deals currently on offer:

TalkTalk TV and Broadband

This TalkTalk TV package is for households who do not currently have access to fibre broadband due to their location. TalkTalk lists two different prices for this package deal, £23.95 per month and £26.50 per month. Both monthly prices offer the same features:

  1. Fast Broadband with average speeds of 11Mbps
  2. TalkTalk TV + TV Lite Box
  3. Pause or rewind TV shows
  4. Over 80 Freeview channels included at no extra cost with 15 of them in HD.
  5. Access to On Demand Players such as All4, iPlayer or ITV Player
  6. The option to rent movies or add extra channels for an extra cost

This is probably the weakest TalkTalk TV offer of the bunch and we strongly recommend that you check out the TV packages bundled with fibre broadband below unless your home is located in an area that prevents access to a faster connection.

TalkTalk TV and Fibre Broadband

This package combines TalkTalk TV with the Fibre 35 broadband connection. With faster connection speeds, you will be able to enjoy smoother HD quality video streaming in your home. Let's take a look at what is on offer here:

  1. Fibre 35 broadband with average speeds of 38Mbps
  2. TalkTalk TV + TV Box
  3. Over 80 Freeview channels included at no extra cost with 15 of them in HD.
  4. More than 30 radio stations
  5. Access to On Demand Players such as All4, iPlayer or ITV Player
  6. The option to rent movies or add extra channels for an extra cost

This TalkTalk TV package seems to regularly go for £25.95 a month but it can also be found for a promotional price of £22 a month which will show at check out, based on whether a promotion is currently running. If you can get the promotional price then not only is this option cheaper than the TV and regular broadband one but it also means that you are getting the TV Box and free TV channels at no extra cost when compared to the Fibre 35 only price.

UltraFibreOptic + TV

This is the TalkTalk TV flagship offer, pairing their fastest fibre connection with the TalkTalk TV benefits for £29.50 a month. Let's take a look at what you get with this deal.

  1. Fastest residential fibre broadband speeds reaching an average of 900Mbps
  2. TalkTalk TV + TV Box
  3. Pause or rewind TV shows
  4. Over 80 Freeview channels included at no extra cost with 15 of them in HD.
  5. More than 30 radio stations
  6. Access to On Demand Players such as All4, iPlayer or ITV Player
  7. The option to rent movies or add extra channels for an extra cost

TalkTalk TV Box

When you take out TalkTalk TV, you’ll be given a TV Box that connects to your router, aerial and TV. The only difference is that you may have to pay fee for the TV Box if you get the TV and Broadband deal instead of a TV and Fibre Broadband one:

TalkTalk TV Box
80+ Freeview channels (15 in HD)
Ability to watch free TV channels and pay for optional TV-on-demand services
Ability to rent in the TalkTalk Store
Pause and rewind live TV

It's worth noting, that TalkTalk have removed a key feature from their TV Box. In our last review of the TV Box features, there was the option to get a premium model that supported recording TV shows for later viewing. That option is no longer available, meaning that you will have to rely on On Demand players and streaming apps to be able to catch up on your favourite TV shows.

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TalkTalk TV App & Login

The TalkTalk TV app replaces the Youview app that previously performed the same function. You’re able to watch most of the content associated with your deal 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.
  • 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 app users have given the app pretty negative reviews on both the Google Play and Apple App stores. The main point of contention is that the latest version has taken out the Guide feature which was the main reason people had downloaded the app. TalkTalk directs TV customers to find live channel information directly from their TalkTalk TV Box.

The TalkTalk TV app does allow you to login to up to four devices using simple email and password credentials. This means that you can enjoy TalkTalk TV content, not just on your TV but also on a phone, tablet or even a computer.

TalkTalk TV Store

As well as Freeview channels and TalkTalk’s optional Now TV passes, 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.

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TalkTalk TV 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.

Is TalkTalk TV any good?

TalkTalk TV offers a reasonable amount of choice and value for money both through the Freeview channels as well as the optional Now TV pass subscriptions which often come with promotional discounts. If you don't own a Smart TV then TalkTalk TV is a good way to conveniently access free TV channels and premium content based on your interests.

However, if you already own a smart TV or games console, you will likely already have access to at least some Free TV channels, streaming apps as well as On Demand options including Now TV. In that case, you would not be particularly gaining anything for TalkTalk TV.

The other reason that TalkTalk TV might be good for you is if you want to watch TV on your tablet or phone in addition to your TV. In that case, the TalkTalk TV app is a great way to that unless a TV guide on the app is key a feature for you.

Do TalkTalk do TV packages?

TalkTalk does not do standalone TV packages. TalkTalk TV has to be bundled with a broadband or fibre broadband contract in order to get the TV options including the NOW TV pass subscriptions. TalkTalk TV is not a good option if you want to have a TV package from one company and your broadband from a different company.

Is TalkTalk TV Box Free?

The TalkTalk TV Box is only free if you get TalkTalk TV with either a Fibre 35, 65 or UltraFibreOptic deal. If you plan to get TalkTalk TV with Fast Broadband you will have to pay an additional dee for the TalkTalk TV Box.

Is Netflix free with TalkTalk?

Netflix is not free with TalkTalk instead the TalkTalk TV Box allows you login to your existing paid Netflix account and access all the content through there so you can watch it conveniently on your TV and switch between live TV and streaming content without having to change devices.

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.

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 Now TV passes 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 most Now TV passes. 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.

What channels do I get with TalkTalk TV?

In this section you can find the TalkTalk TV channels list. TalkTalk TV has both Freeview channels and paid optional Now TV passes 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 Month Pass, whereas if you have a house full of kids you’ll definitely want the Kids’ Pass. They include premium channels that you won’t get as standard.

TalkTalk TV currently offers 115 channels in total including 70 channels for free and 45 channels as part of its Now TV pass deals. Below you will find the complete list.

TalkTalk TV Free TV Channels

Once you take out the HD and time delay versions of some channels, you can see that TalkTalk TV offers about 50 distinct free channels for your viewing pleasure:

  • BBC one, BBC TWO, BBC FOUR, BBC CBeebies, CBBC
  • BBC One HD, BBC TWO HD, CBBC HD
  • ITV, ITV 2, ITV 3, ITV 4, ITV Be, CiTV, ITV hd
  • Channel 4, 4hd, E4, 4More, Film 4, 4Seven
  • Channel 5, 5 USA, 5 Star, My5
  • Spike, Moviemix, Drama, Yesterday, Really
  • BBC News, BBC Parliament
  • Sky News, RT
  • Dave, Dave ja vu, Pick
  • ideal WORLD, Create and Craft, Home
  • QVC, QVC Beauty, Jewellery Maker, GemsTV
  • Pop, tinypop
  • Crafts, Freeview, Challenge, Rocks & Co
  • CBS Reality, CBS Action, TruTV, horrorchannel, Quest
  • Food Network UK, Travel Channel, Talking Pictures TV
  • TalkTalk TV Optional Paid Channels

    Thanks to TalkTalk TV partnering with Now TV, they offer roughly 45 more channels that you can access by purchasing different paid subscriptions. Be aware that not all channels come with one Now TV pass subscription, rather you'll find them grouped into different paid passes based on genre and topic. Here is the full list of paid channels available through all the Now TV passes together:

    • Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky History, Sky Witness, Sky Comedy, Sky Crime, Sky Nature, and Sky Documentaries
    • Comedy Central
    • Fox
    • Gold
    • National Geographic
    • Vice
    • Discovery
    • MTV
    • SyFy
    • Boomerang
    • Cartoon Network
    • Cartoonito
    • Nickelodeon
    • Nick Jr.
    • Nick Toons
    • 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 Sports Racing
    • Sky Sports Mix
    • Sky Sports News
    • Sky Cinema Premiere
    • Sky Cinema Hits
    • Sky Cinema Select
    • Sky Cinema Greats
    • Sky Cinema Action
    • Sky Cinema Drama
    • Sky Cinema Family
    • Sky Cinema Comedy
    • Sky Cinema Sci-Fi Horror
    • Sky Cinema Thriller
    • Sky Cinema Disney
    • Sky Cinema Animation

No long-term commitment!You only pay for TalkTalk TV Now TV passes 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 extra paid Now TV channels, you just cancel it and stop paying after that calendar month.

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.

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