TalkTalk has slashed the cost of its Sky Sports Boost down to £11/month for nine months – giving you most of the 2015/16 season for a quid under £100.
Well, almost. The new deal, which starts on August 23 – in other words, after the first few games of the season – is only available to customers taking a TalkTalk TV bundle, which gives you a YouView-based digital TV service alongside landline calls and unlimited broadband.
Standard prices for both of TalkTalk’s TV packages is £10/month, although the entry-level Essentials TV service is currently being sold at £7.50/month for the first six months. Plus TV comes with seven extra Sky channels as standard and the YouView set-top box comes with a 350GB hard drive. The Essentials TV box has no recording function.
Related: How can I watch Sky Sports and How to get Sky Sports and BT Sport for lessLine rental is charged either at the standard rate of £16.70/month or £180.36/year, which works out to be roughly £20 cheaper than the usual rate.
Ignoring introductory rates and the line rental saver option, Sky Sports with TalkTalk TV comes to £37.70/month.
The aggressive price cut comes as Sky had just laced up the boots of the Now TV Monthly Pass, which lets subscribers stream all of the Sky Sports channels for £31.99/month – plus whatever you’re paying for your broadband service and/or your mobile phone contract.
This now makes TalkTalk TV one of the cheapest ways to get Sky Sports on your TV in time for the 2015-16 Premier League season. You can’t get any of the Sky Sports channels in HD through TalkTalk TV and there’s no option to add BT Sport channels either.
There is nothing to stop you from signing up for a BT Mobile SIM, which will let you stream BT Sport games live on your phone. These start at £10/month for non-BT Broadband customers.
TalkTalk TV contracts are 18 months long but the extra channels, like Sky Sports, are sold as ‘Boosts’; additional bolt-on packs of channels that can be bought for as little as a month at a time. If there aren’t any games featuring your favourite team on Sky Sports in any one month, you could always temporarily cancel to save a bit of cash.
Update: This piece was updated to reflect the start date of the promotion; August 23.