TalkTalk has taken the wraps off of the TalkTalk TV Store, the new-name, but not-so-new-look version of popular streaming service Blinkbox.
Like iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, TalkTalk TV Store is a pay per view service; you can rent or buy titles to keep instead of paying a monthly subscription.
Existing deals with studios including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, StudioCanal and others means that titles like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hotel Transylvania 2, Carol, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Legend, and, er, Pixels are available to watch now.
How to watch Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens onlineA nice feature of Blinkbox TalkTalk TV Store is that once you’ve rented or bought a title, you’re able to watch it across up to five devices, giving you the freedom to start watching something on your tablet and carry on where you left off on your laptop or phone later.
While TalkTalk TV subscribers have the added bonus of being able to stream films on their TV through their YouView set-top boxes, the iOS and Android also work with Chromecast and there’s also apps for a number of LG and Samsung smart TVs, for non-TalkTalk TV customers.
To coincide with the launch of the new on-demand store, TalkTalk says it’s taken an axe to prices, ensuring that it’s offering ‘the latest movies and hit TV shows’ at the lowest UK prices.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens for example costs £3.45 to rent in SD and £4.45 in HD, which is a hair cheaper than the asking price on iTunes and only matched by Amazon’s prices.
Aleks Habdank, managing director 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.”
The previous Blinkbox-HBO distribution deal means that individual episodes and seasons 1-5 of Game of Thrones are available to buy in SD and HD right now. When the sixth season completes its just-started run on Sky Atlantic, it’ll be available on TalkTalk TV Store as well.