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TalkTalk TV review 2017

Hannah Ricci
Friday, May 19th 2017

If you like the idea of having a cheap TV and broadband bundle with the option to add on extra channels if you fancy, then TalkTalk TV could be a good choice.

It comes with a YouView box with access to over 80 Freeview channels, plus the option to pause, rewind and record live TV when you sign up. But how much does it cost, can you get it in your area and is it worth it?

What you get

The first thing you need to know about TalkTalk TV is that it’s not a standalone product: it’s only available to new and existing TalkTalk phone and broadband customers. You cannot get TalkTalk TV without also having TalkTalk broadband and phone.

A choice between two packages

You can choose between basic TV and the premium TV Plus packages. Both include a free YouView box with access to on demand and catch up services, and the option to buy premium Sky Sports and Sky Cinema on a flexible, month-by-month basis.

A YouView+ box with TV Plus

On the TV Plus pack, you get the advanced YouView+ box. This can record around 180 hours of standard definition content, and you’ll also get an extra 30 channels, including Sky 1 Fox, and Comedy Central.

The option to add a free TalkTalk Mobile SIM

TalkTalk TV has to be bundled with TalkTalk broadband and phone, but you can also choose to add a free mobile SIM into the bundle. TalkTalk's quad-play bundles are some of the cheapest on the market.

TalkTalk TV TalkTalk TV Plus
Channels 80+ Freeview channels 100+ channels
HD ready
Pause and rewind live TV
Limited to 30 minutes
Catch up TV
Record
Storage 180 hours
Optional extras Sky Sports, Sky Cinema Sky Sports, Sky Cinema
Price from £18.95 month (including line rental) £24.95 per month (including line rental)
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TalkTalk TV
Channels
80+
HD ready
Yes
Pause and rewind live TV
Yes (Limited to 30 minutes)
Catch up TV
Yes
Record
No
Storage
None
Optional extras
Sky Sports, Sky Cinema
Price from
TalkTalk TV Plus
Channels
100+
HD ready
Yes
Pause and rewind live TV
Yes
Catch up TV
Yes
Record
Yes
Storage
180 hours
Optional extras
Sky Sports, Sky Cinema
Price from

What you don’t get

TalkTalk has one of the worst reputations in the telecoms industry, so it’s a risk as to whether you will get good customer service with your TalkTalk TV package or not. It’s received record levels of complaints and reports of poor customer service over the years, and didn’t do well in Ofcom’s table of most complained-about TV and broadband providers. However, with its low prices, it is still an appealing prospect.

No option to record with the basic TV package

You won’t be able to record programming with the basic TV pack, and you’ll only be able to pause and rewind live shows for a maximum of 30 minutes. However, if you are happy to use catch-up services this needn't be a problem. And the basic TV pack is free with any TalkTalk broadband package (just £25 installation fee is required).

Limited catch-up services

Catch-up services only run back seven days on the YouView programme guide. If you want to watch further back than seven days, you have to go through the relevant app on the YouView box – such as the BBC iPlayer, for example – where you can then watch anything from the last 30 days.

Channels

As standard, TalkTalk TV features around 80 Freeview channels, plus on demand streaming options with BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. It also comes with ten high definition channels.

Add TV boosts for extra channels

If you want a better selection of entertainment, TalkTalk offers a range of TV boosts. Choose from Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Kids, Asian TV and more.

The Kids boost includes favourites such as Disney Junior, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. The Entertainment boost (included with the TV Plus package) comes with the likes of SyFy, Gold, Comedy Central and Fox.

If you're after sport, choose from either the six Sky Sports channels or BoxNation (or both). If you want a better choice of films to watch, PictureBox offers a selection of films, or go for Sky Cinema.

You can choose any combination of boosts at any time and you are only committed for a month at a time.

Price

TalkTalk TV starts from £18.95 per month (inclusive of line rental), and includes the TV services outlined above with a basic non-recordable YouView box, plus broadband with unlimited downloads, but no calls.

TalkTalk TV Plus starts at £24.95 per month (inclusive of line rental), and includes the more advanced multifunctional YouView+ box, plus broadband with unlimited downloads, but no calls. You can choose to add an Anytime UK calls package for £5 per month.

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Alternatives

If you want a subscription TV service, but don’t fancy what TalkTalk TV has to offer, we recommend taking a look at the competition. Both Sky and Virgin Media have much more extensive TV services than TalkTalk TV, but both are more expensive options. A third option is BT, which also comes with a YouView box.

  • Broadband
    Max download speed38Mb
    Max upload speed10Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
    Digital TV
    TV channels103
    SD channels89
    HD channels14
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls11.50ppm
    Evening calls11.50ppm
    Weekend calls11.50ppm
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£25
    Contract length18 months
    First year cost £355

    £27.50
    per month
    includes line rental

    0800 083 4313 0800 083 4313
  • Broadband
    Max download speed38Mb
    Max upload speed9.5Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
    Digital TV
    TV channels379
    SD channels368
    HD channels11
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.50ppm
    Evening calls9.50ppm
    Weekend calls9.50ppm
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£39.95
    Contract length18 months
    First year cost £699.95

    £55
    per month
    includes line rental

    0800 840 5394 0203 151 2395
  • Broadband
    Max download speed100Mb
    Max upload speed6Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
    Digital TV
    TV channels79
    SD channels70
    HD channels9
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.94ppm
    Evening calls9.94ppm
    Weekend callsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£20
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost £380

    £30
    per month
    includes line rental

    0808 168 4947 0808 168 4947

Conclusion

TalkTalk TV is proving to be a popular, affordable option for customers looking to bundle TV with broadband, home phone, and a mobile SIM. The limited range of channels can be hugely enhanced by the additional of various Boosts, but then the basic price will no longer be so affordable.

Compare TalkTalk TV packages →

Prices include line rental
  • TalkTalk Broadband + TV

    • Freeview channels
    • Pay nothing today
    • TV Box & Super Router
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 103 channels
    • PAYG calls
    £19 .95
    £25 set-up cost Go
  • BT Unlimited Broadband + Calls + TV Starter & Sport

    • Freeview + BT Sport (add at checkout)
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • YouView+ box & BT Smart Hub router
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 73 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Offer ends 14th December
    £27 .49
    £59.99 set-up cost Go
  • TalkTalk Broadband + TV Plus

    • Freeview + 30 extra channels
    • Pay nothing today
    • TV Plus Box & Super Router
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 136 channels
    • PAYG calls
    Offer ends 21st December, No broadband setup fee & Fixed price for the contract length
    £25 .95
    £25 set-up cost Go
  • Virgin Media The Full House TV Bundle

    • Freeview + premium + BT Sport
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • Free TV V6 box & WiFi router
    • Up to 100Mb
    • 275 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Introductory offer & Netflix included for 6 months
    £56
    £20 set-up cost Go
  • NOW TV Unlimited Broadband + TV Entertainment

    • Freeview + premium channels (inc Sky Atlantic)
    • Pay set-up cost today
    • Free TV Smart Box & WiFi router
    • Up to 17Mb
    • 116 channels
    • PAYG calls
    Introductory offer
    £24 .99
    £22 set-up cost Go
  • BT Unlimited Infinity + Calls + TV Starter & Sport

    • Freeview + BT Sport
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • YouView+ box & BT Smart Hub router
    • Up to 52Mb
    • 79 channels
    • Inclusive calls
    Offer ends 14th December
    £35 .49
    £69.99 set-up cost Go

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