TalkTalk Boosts are extra bolt-on bundles of channels that you can customise your TalkTalk TV subscription with.
Boosts range from premium Sky Sports (£30/month) and Sky Movies (£16/month) to cheaper packages including the Kids Boost (£5/month) and the Music Boost (£5/month).
You can chop and change your packages to suit you – Boosts can be dropped after a month, so you can do things like sign up to a Premier League season’s worth of coverage on Sky Sports and get in the kids channels for the school holidays – and cancel the Boosts in the off-season and term time months.
With a TalkTalk Boost you also get access to on demand content, so you can watch the best shows whenever you feel like it.
That’s TalkTalk Boosts in a nutshell. Here’s how they work.
TalkTalk Boosts: How do they work?
Adding Boosts can be done online during sign up or through the TalkTalk Player on your TV Box. Scrolling through the various menus lets you find what you want, enter the PIN and go.
To cancel, you’ll need to sign in to your TalkTalk account online and manage things from there.
TalkTalk Boosts: What can you get?
Now, if you’re a movie fan then there are a few things at your disposal. Firstly, there’s the Sky Movies Boost.
That boost costs £15 a month and you get a month’s access to all 11 Sky Movies channels live and on-demand. This means you’ll be able to watch the latest and greatest blockbusters months before the DVDs are out and in some cases years before they’re on Netflix and Amazon.
If you want even more films, there’s also PictureBox. This gives you 60 on-demand movies for £5 a month.
It’s cheap, but there’s some good stuff: Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Supremacy, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. For next to nothing you can usually be sure there’s some decent movies on.
The Music Boost (£5/month) gets you the most popular music channels including MTV Music, The Box, Magic and more.
For younger viewers and overgrown kidults alike there’s the Kids Boost (£5/month) This gives you Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Disney Jr, Cartoon Network and more.
The Entertainment Boost (£10/month) gets you over 25 entertainment and factual channels including Sky 1, Universal Channel, Sky Living, TLC, Comedy Central, National Geographic and others.
If you want a bit of everything, the Entertainment Extra Boost gives you everything you get with Entertainment, Music and Kids for £15/month.
Sky 1 and 2, Sky Living, Sky Living It, Sky Arts 1 and 2 and Sky Sports News HQ come included with the Plus TV package (£18.50/month) as standard.
TalkTalk TV also lets expat viewers sign up for a range of international channels including South Africa, Ghana, Japan, Brazil and more.
TalkTalk Boosts: Conclusion
The best thing about all of these boosts is that you can buy them when you need them for a month at a time. And when you’re finished gorging on all that extra content then you can just cancel that monthly subscription and go back to paying next to nothing for your normal TalkTalk service.
It’s great for times like school holidays, as the Boosts can be bought for months at a time, and things like Formula 1 and Premier League seasons, or when friends and family come to visit and you want to put some films on.
There’s also a ton of World TV boosts, letting you get Bollywood films, TV from Brazil, Africa, Japan and movies and TV from all over the world.
Check ’em out for yourself and let us know which of these boosts you end up using the most.
TalkTalk TV Boosts Comparison
|TV Starter Boost||Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Living, Sky Livingit, Sky Sports News||£5/month|
|Entertainment Boost||(Entertainment) Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky Living, Sky Livingit, Comedy Central, Comedy Central Extra, Alibi, E!, FOX, GOLD, Syfy, Universal Channel, Watch, Comedy Central On Demand, MTV, TCM, Star Plus, (Factual) Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Sports News, Eden, Discovery Home&Health, Good Food, Home, Nat Geo On Demand, Good Food On Demand, Eden On Demand, Sony TV, Sony Entertainment TV Asia||£10/month|
|Entertainment Extra Boost||(Entertainment) Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky Living, Sky Livingit, Comedy Central, Comedy Central Extra, Alibi, E!, FOX, GOLD, Syfy, Universal Channel, Watch, Comedy Central On Demand, MTV, TCM, Star Plus, (Factual) Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Sports News, Eden, Discovery Home&Health, Good Food, Home, Nat Geo On Demand, Good Food On Demand, Eden On Demand, Sony TV, Sony Entertainment TV Asia (Children’s) Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Disney Channel On Demand, Disney Junior On Demand, Disney XD On Demand, CN On Demand, Boomerang On Demand, Nick Toons (Music) MTV Music, MTV Hits, MTV Base, MTV Classic, MTV Rocks, MTV Dance, Heat TV, Kiss, Kerrang, The Box, Smash Hits!, Magic||£15/month|
|Kids Boost||Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Scamp, Disney Channel On Demand, Disney Junior On Demand, Disney XD On Demand, Nickelodeon On Demand, Nick Jr On Demand, CN On Demand, Boomerang On Demand, Nicktoons||£5/month|
|Music Boost||MTV Live, MTV Music, MTV Hits, MTV Base, MTV Classic, MTV Rocks, MTV Dance, Heat TV, Kiss, The Box, Kerrang, Smash Hits!, Magic||£5/month|
|PictureBox Films||60 on-demand titles a month with new films every week||£5/month|
|TalkTalk Box Office||Hundreds of the latest blockbusters available every month||From £3.99 per movie|
TalkTalk TV World TV Boosts Comparison
|African TV Boost||Ebony Life, Soundcity, Channels, Silverbird, Nollywood movies, Citizen, Metro TV, Bukedde TV||£10/month|
|Brazilian TV Boost||Globo, PFC||£15/month|
|JSTV TV Boost (Japanese)||JSTV, JSTV 2||£30/month|
|kykNET TV Boost (Afrikaans)||kykNET, kykNET Musiek||£10/month|
|Arabic TV Boost||OSN Ya Hala!, ART CIname, Aflam 1, Aflam 2, Hekayat, Hekayat 2, Al Alhy, Al Resalah, Al Sharqiya, Baraem, Al Jazeera Arabic, Jeem TV||£15/month|
|Eros Now Boost (Indian cinema)||Unlimited on-demand movies||£5/month|
|Star TV Boost (Indian)||Star Plus, Star Gold, Star Jalsha, Star Life OK||£5/month|
|Asian TV Boost||Sony TV Asia, Zee TV||£10/month|