What is TalkTalk TV?
TalkTalk offers a free Huawei YouView box to Plus broadband subscribers (normally £299) which will give you access to the standard YouView channels and services (BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand5) and the TalkTalk TV player too.
TalkTalk Player is the name for TalkTalk’s video on-demand portal, where users can find both on-demand films and TV shgows and live streaming TV channels including Sky 1, Sky Living and Comedy Central. Later in 2013, the live channels will be added to the main TV guide alongside Freeview channels through your TV aerial.
TalkTalk is bundling its the TalkTalk TV service with TalkTalk-branded YouView boxes. In a promotional screengrab handed out at the YouView launch, we didn’t fail to notice a TalkTalk icon tucked in the bottom right corner.
TalkTalk’s page on its new TV packages state that “Channels on all purchased TV Boosts are only available via the TalkTalk Player.” It’s therefore looking likely that the TalkTalk Player will be accessible through this part of TalkTalk YouView boxes. It's only available through the YouView box to TalkTalk broadband and line rental susbcribers.
TalkTalk TV Boosts: Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Sports and more
TV Boosts are TalkTalk’s TV channel bundles. They're rented on a rolling monthly basis, with no contract, so you can stop and start at any time:
TV Starter Boost: £5 a month - Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Living, Sky Livingit, Sky Sports News.
TV Music Boost: £5 a month - MTV Music, MTV Hits, MTV Base, MTV Classic, MTV Rocks, MTV Dance, Q, Kiss, The Box, Kerrang, Smash Hits!, Magic, 45 Linear Audio Channels (Music Choice), Music On Demand, Music Choice.
Kids Boost: £5 a month - Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jnr, Nick Toons, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Scamp, Disney Channel On Demand, Disney Junior On Demand, Disney XD On Demand, Nickelodeon On Demand, Nick Jnr On Demand, Cartoon Network On Demand (CN Now), Boomerang On Demand.
Can I combine TalkTalk TV Boosts?
Yes, but if you look at the channel line ups, it might be an idea to consider these Entertainment Boosts instead:
Entertainment Boost: £10 a month - Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky Living, Sky Livingit, Comedy Central, Alibi, E!, FX, GOLD, Sy-Fy, Universal Channel, Watch, Comedy Central On Demand, MTV, MTV On Demand, Discovery Channel, Discovery Real Time, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Sports News, Eden, Blighty, Discovery Home&Health, Good Food, Home, Nat Geo On Demand, Good Food On Demand, Eden On Demand.
Entertainment Extra Boost: £15 a month - Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky Living, Sky Livingit, Comedy Central, Alibi, E!, FX, GOLD, Sy-Fy, Universal Channel, Watch, Comedy Central On Demand, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jnr, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Nick Toons, Scamp, Disney Channel On Demand, Disney Junior On Demand, Disney XD On Demand, Nickelodeon On Demand, Nick Jnr On Demand, Cartoon Network On Demand (CN Now), Boomerang On Demand, MTV, MTV Music, MTV Hits, MTV Base, MTV Classic, MTV Rocks, MTV Dance, Q, Kiss, Kerrang, The Box, Smash Hits!, Magic 45, Linear Audio Channels (Music Choice), Music Choice, MTV On Demand, Music On Demand, Discovery Channel, Discovery Real Time, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Sports News, Eden, Blighty, Discovery Home&Health, Good Food, Home, Nat Geo On Demand, Good Food On Demand, Eden On Demand.
Star TV Boost: £5 a month - Star Plus, Star Gold, Star Jalsha, Star Life OK
Can I get Sky Movies, Sky Sports and ESPN on TalkTalk TV?
Yes. Sky Movies, Sky Sports and ESPN are available to order through TalkTalk TV. Sky Movies gives you access to the full 11 Sky Movies channels and costs £15 a month.
Sky Sports gives you access to Sky Sports 1-4 plus Sky Sports F1 and costs £30 a month. Combined, you can get both of the Sky premium packages on TalkTalk TV for £40 a month.
ESPN costs £10 a month and gives you access to Barclays Premier League football and Aviva Premiership Rugby Union.
TalkTalk is also bundling Sky Movies, Sky Sports and ESPN together for £45 a month.
Full channel line-ups detailed below:
Sky Movies: Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Showcase, Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Classics, Sky Movies Drama & Romance, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Modern Greats, Sky Movies Action & Adventure, Sky Movies Crime & Thriller, Sky Movies Indie, Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror.
Sky Sports: Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports F1
ESPN: ESPN, ESPN America
What else does TalkTalkTV have?
TalkTalk TV also has a couple of on-demand extras, the Asian TV Boost and the PictureBox Boost. There’s no channel breakdown available for Asian TV Boost (£13 a month) as of yet but it promises “an amazing line-up of shows and all the best Bollywood blockbusters.”
The PictureBox Boost will give you access to a rotating line-up of on-demand movies. Seven new movies land into the PictureBox catalogue each week. Access to PictureBox costs £5 a month.
Can I record Sky channels to my TalkTalk TV box?
Currently not. TalkTalk's page states "you will not have the ability to record any programming in the TalkTalk Player [on your TalkTalk YouView box]."
Is there going to be a TalkTalk Player app?
TalkTalk hasn’t mentioned that anything of the sort is in the pipeline. If there’s any way to access TalkTalk TV on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or Android phone/tablet we’ll let you know.