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UK ISP TalkTalk Confirms 500000 YouView Broadband TV Subscribers

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 (10:14 am) - Score 1,489
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Budget Internet and phone provider TalkTalk has announced that its YouView (IPTV) based Plus TV bundle has now managed to attract 500,000 subscribers, which comes 11 months after launching the service and represents 12.28% of their total broadband customer base (4,071,000).

The ISP claims that three-quarters of their Plus TV customers have chosen to upgrade from a standard Freeview or Freesat TV service and a quarter have purchased paid-content via the platform, with family entertainment, movies and children’s programmes proving to be the most popular.

Dido Harding, TalkTalks CEO, said:

Reaching this milestone in less than a year is a great achievement, but it’s just the beginning. Each week thousands more homes are signing up to YouView from TalkTalk. Customers tell us they love the great value entertainment we offer, plus the flexibility to watch it when and how they want. As the UK’s fastest growing TV service, we remain committed to bringing affordable pay TV to more and more families across the country.”

Meanwhile the Plus TV package is currently being offered at half-price (£7.75 a month) for the first six months of service, which includes unlimited downloads and UK anytime calls, a free wireless router, free connection, included YouView set-top-box and free HomeSafe internet security. Various TV content boosts, such as Sky Movies, are also available but you must take TalkTalk’s own line rental from £9.50 a month (if paid 12 months in advance).

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar Sledgehammer

    I think 500,000 out of 4,071,000 is nearer 25% . Or only 50,000 have taken the offer. These figures are a bit askew.

  2. Uhh 500k from 4 million is not 25%.. if it was 1 million then you’d be on the right track.

    • Avatar Sledgehammer

      Been to see Worzel Gummidge and he says he can see daylight looking from one ear through to the other. It’s time for a new head.

  3. Probably helps that the price is basically the same between their
    http://sales.talktalk.co.uk/pricing/package/plus
    and
    http://sales.talktalk.co.uk/pricing/package/tvplus
    Packages:
    £15.50 plus line rental vs. £15.50 plus line rental.

  4. Avatar Tim Nice But Dim

    Why would you pay for subpar television services when you can get the full Sky HD experience heavily discounted?

  5. Avatar Captain Cretin

    Considering the price is almost the same; and that TT have been giving out free boxes and pushing it in adverts 24/7 since it was launched – 500k is a bit of a failure.

  6. Avatar Olorin

    I’m one of the many TalkTalk + YouView customers.

    TalkTalk:
    Unlimited & unthrottled FTTC, anytime calls, line rental, all the Sky channels + Movies (excl. Sports)
    £52.25/mo introductory price
    After 6 months £64
    No installation charge, 18 month contract

    Compared to Sky:
    Unlimited & unthrottled FTTC, anytime calls, line rental, Sky Entertainment, Sky Movies
    £57.25/mo introductory price
    After 6 months £77/mo
    £249 installation charge, 24 month contract

    Over the 2 year period, including introductory rates, that’s a saving of £262.50 in TalkTalk’s favour.

    I fail to see how YouView is “dumb” or “a failure” at all, and I certainly do not see how you can justify the “subpar television services” comment. Sure it’s SD rather than HD, but it’s still perfectly clear to me.

  7. Avatar telecom engineer

    Impressive. At this rate will overtake bt tv soon.

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