Blinkbox Movies may be landing on TalkTalk TV soon – the UK’s biggest ISP has just acquired the on-demand service along with Tesco’s broadband and phone business.
The streaming service has said that it’s not going to rebrand itself as ‘TalkTalk Movies’ anytime soon. Existing customers will be able to use the service as normal, access UltraViolet purchases like before and even continue to earn Tesco Clubcard points.
Adrian Letts, Blinkbox CEO and co-founder will join TalkTalk as Managing Director for TalkTalk TV and will among other things oversee development of a new app that will give subscribers access to paid content in the living room and on mobile devices.
A new Blinkbox FAQ page states: “We will be setting to work on how we best fit into the TalkTalk services from today. News will come from us once we have a real plan but rest assured YouView is on our list!”
It’s not yet clear if this also means that a Blinkbox Movies app, or a similar service will launch on iOS and Android phones – the current Blinkbox app is currently only available on iPad and Android tablets.
This will see Tesco Broadband customers moved on to TalkTalk’s network over the coming months. Customers will be able to take advantage of TalkTalk deals including the offer of free mobile SIMs with Plus TV, 12 months of free SimplyBroadband and the recently-launched Talk2Go WiFi calling service.
Dido Harding, Chief Executive of TalkTalk said: “We are excited about the opportunity that Blinkbox’s platform and technology expertise bring, and which will significantly accelerate the development of our TV platform.
“The purchase of Tesco’s broadband base is another example of TalkTalk leveraging its national network to grow faster. We are excited about the future of quad-play – fixed phone and broadband, TV and mobile – and this acquisition will help to further drive home our value for money advantage.”
TalkTalk will gain roughly 75,000 new broadband customers and 25,000 new landline phone customers as a result of the deal.