TalkTalk joins big-hitters Sky and Virgin Media in offering digital TV alongside its broadband service. It offers a cheap basic TV package with YouView's Freeview HD, catch-up and on-demand TV content, with the flexibility to add optional movies and sports fixtures, including ESPN, Premier League matches and Sky Sports. So is TalkTalk's TV and broadband service worth a look?
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TalkTalk's TV service is only available as part of a broadband and phone package. You don't need a cable or satellite connection – you watch TV over Freeview or through your internet connection.
While all Freeview channels are transmitted to your TV through your aerial, all catch-up TV and specialist channels are delivered to the YouView Box that TalkTalk supplies, via your broadband connection. To watch these, you need to be in an area that can receive TalkTalk broadband at speeds of 2Mbps or more (5Mbps to get premium channels).
With TalkTalk, you add TV service to your broadband contract and the minimum commitment is 30 days. Access to up to 80 Freeview channels is included, and you can add in additional services such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Now TV for an extra fee.
Unlike some other providers, TalkTalk allows customers of its standard-speed broadband deals (average speed 11Mbps) to add TV to their service – not just fibre customers.
TalkTalk currently only supplies a TalkTalk Box – a fairly standard YouView set-top box which allows you to pause and rewind live TV, and access seven days worth of catch-up services. However, it doesn't let you record TV – for this you'll need a separate PVR.