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TalkTalk launches subscription-free streaming service

Tuesday, April 26th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

TalkTalk has launched a new subscription-free film and TV streaming service.

The TalkTalk TV Store allows customers to stream, rent, buy and download movies and TV shows on a pay as you go basis.

A year after acquiring the streaming service Blinkbox, TalkTalk has updated the platform and is now offering more than 7,000 films and TV programmes.

The new service, which is hoped to rival Now TV and Amazon Prime Video, is available to everyone – not just TalkTalk customers – and will allow users to choose an episode at a time or download an entire box set.

While TalkTalk TV Store is open to everyone, existing TalkTalk customers will benefit the most, the company said.

They will be able to rent or buy a show on their TV then switch to a mobile device to watch the same show.

Viewers will be able to register up to five devices to their account, and watch one film or programme on their TalkTalk TV while streaming or downloading another on their mobile, laptop or tablet.

Existing TalkTalk customers will also be able to access the new service using their existing TalkTalk login details and purchases will be added directly to their monthly bill.

There will be no changes to the service for former Blinkbox customers and personal digital libraries continue to remain the same.

'Exciting step forward'

Aleks Habdank of TalkTalk TV, said: “The launch of TalkTalk TV Store is an exciting step forward in our mission to offer the best film and TV content at Britain’s lowest price.

“It’s all about choice and flexibility – you can opt for anything from Star Wars to Game of Thrones, only pay for what you watch, and switch easily between devices.

“It puts you back in control, as you can enjoy all the shows and movies you love on your own terms.”

Figures released last year showed that TalkTalk had gained more than a million broadband, TV and mobile customers in 12 months, making it the UK’s third largest TV provider behind Sky and Virgin Media.

But following a cyber attack in October 2015, TalkTalk lost 100,000 customers in what CEO Dido Harding called a “challenging quarter” for the company.

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