If you’re upgrading from Freeview to YouView, there’s still a chance of getting TalkTalk’s Essentials and Plus TV packages installed by Christmas.
With more than half a million users signed up in its first year, TalkTalk TV has powered ahead of BT TV as the most popular way to move up from Freeview.
Combined with TalkTalk’s unlimited broadband, a choice of free YouView boxes allows TalkTalk TV subscribers to both catch-up on the week’s TV and access pay-as-you-go Sky entertainment, film and sports channels.
New customers usually take more than two weeks to switch to TalkTalk, so there’s still time before Christmas, while existing TalkTalk broadband customers can get a TV or fibre upgrade in a week.
Broadband prices start from £2.50/month plus line rental, with all the details and the latest offers available through Recombu’s dedicated TalkTalk microsite.
Now’s a great time to enjoy TalkTalk TV Boosts, with a 2-for-1 deal on the 33-channel Entertainment Boost, featuring seven Sky channels not available on BT TV.
SimplyBroadband does exactly what it says: unlimited broadband with no bundled phone calls, for just £2.50/month plus line rental (£15.40/month for all packages).
As with all TalkTalk broadband services, it comes with HomeSafe, the award-winning online security and safety service that protects every device using your home broadband connection.
You’ll also get an advanced wireless router, and if you want to add free home phone calls, these can be added from £3/month.
If you watch Freeview, then Essentials TV will put a smile on everyone’s faces this Christmas. For only £7.50/month plus line rental you’ll get TalkTalk TV and unlimited SimplyBroadband.
The compact Essentials TV box gives you the complete Freeview HD experience, with four amazing high definition channels from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
It’s also a YouView box, which means that you can pause live TV and rewind for up to 30 minutes, and you can use your broadband to catch up on the last week of TV through the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, and Demand Five.
There are also free on-demand TV players for Channel 5’s Milkshake children’s TV channel and entertainment channels Dave, Yesterday and Really, and pay-as-you-go players for Sky’s Now TV on-demand film library and adult TV channel Television X.
If you want a more exciting selection of TV channels on top of Freeview HD, you can add TV Boosts from TalkTalk, featuring the likes of Sky 1, Disney Channel, MTV, Sky Sports and Sky Movies. TV Boosts start from £5/month – keep on reading for more details.
If you’re the sort of person who likes total control over what they watch, when they want to watch it, then Plus TV is the package for you for £15.50/month.
It’s got all the great features of Essentials TV and SimplyBroadband, with the TalkTalk Plus TV box that lets you record two TV channels at the same time, so you can watch your favourite TV at your leisure.
You’ll also get Super Safe Boost, which gives you extra software to protect your PC or laptop from viruses and other online nasties, wherever you go.
TalkTalk’s TV Boosts are a unique way to get Sky’s channels without signing up to an long-term contract – you can sign up for 30 days, then cancel with 48-hours notice.
It’s all managed online through your TalkTalk account, so there’s no need to talk to a call centre robot.
TV Boosts start from £5/month for a simple package of great Sky entertainment channels, with separate children’s and music packs, or the giant Entertainment Extra Boost for £15/month.
This month you can also enjoy two months of the Entertainment Boost for the price of one – that’s £5 a month instead of £10. The 33 channels include the most talked about shows, award-winning drama and must-see TV with Elementary (Sky Living), brand new Dracula (Sky 1), Two And A Half Men (Comedy Central), and Get out Alive with Bear Grylls (Discovery)
The complete set of six Sky Sports and 11 Sky Movies channels can be snapped up for monthly rates of £30 and £15 respectively – perfect for events like The Ashes tests.
If you want to watch channels from Asia, South Africa, Japan or the Arab world, there are also other Boosts which can be added.
Superpowered Fibre Broadband
TalkTalk’s headline broadband speed of 14Mbps is good enough for streaming TV and web browsing, but if you and your family want to download lots of games and music, or stream HD video, you’ll need something more.
TalkTalk Fibre Broadband can boost your downloads to 38Mbps or even 76Mbps, both with faster uploads and a more responsive connection overall.
The 38Mbps Medium flavour costs an extra £10/month on top of your standard broadband, or £15/month for 76Mbps Large fibre broadband.
Value Line Rental
TalkTalk’s final value gift for Christmas is Value Line Rental. If you pay for a year of line rental in advance, it will cost the equivalent of £10.50/month.
This one-off payment of £126 adds up to a saving of £58.80 over a year – that’s a lot of TV Boosts.