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ISP TalkTalk UK Drops Sky TV Sports and Cinema Boosts UPDATE

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 (12:36 pm) - Score 8,124
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Low cost broadband ISP TalkTalk has today refreshed some of their packages and also appear to have stopped selling the Sky Sports and Sky Cinema boosts to customers via their YouView (IPTV) based Pay TV platform, which previously cost £18 and £36 extra per month respectively to add.

After digging around their website we finally found a statement, which states: “Going forward, we’ll be offering new customers great deals on NOW TV Passes instead of TalkTalk’s TV Boosts. NOW TV’s flexible monthly Passes give you access to Sky Cinema and Sky Sports.”

As most people know the NOW TV app is Sky’s sibling video streaming platform, which also offers access to some of the same on-demand and live TV content as their parent. On NOW TV a Sky Cinema pass costs £11.99 per month, while Sky Sports is £33.99 per month. Take note that the NOW TV app doesn’t work on TalkTalk’s older TV boxes.

Separately we note that TalkTalk have today made their standard broadband (11Mbps ADSL) and phone package the same price as their “faster fibre” (38Mbps FTTC) one at £22.95 per month for the first 18 months of service. Likewise their post-contract pricing is also fairly similar (£30 vs £29.95). The days of ADSL seem to be numbered.

UPDATE 3rd July 2020

We’ve had a comment from TalkTalk.

A TalkTalk Spokesperson said:

“TalkTalk TV is an award-winning marketplace for the best entertainment at great value. All current customers can retain access to their Sky Sports and Sky Cinema channels.

New customers can watch Sky Sports and Sky Cinema via NOW TV which complements our existing offering. It combines free to air channels and flexible pay monthly content, with all the best On Demand players and streaming services including Netflix and Prime Video.”

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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9 Responses
  1. Freesat has Full HD says:

    Does this not sound more like Sky want to “take back control” ?

    Isn’t NOW TV stuck in Standard Definition 576i ? So the picture quality must look fabulous when upscaled on your 4K LCD TV? No thanks, not even for free!

    We seem to be going steadily backwards with the same set of companies.

    1. Mike says:

      NowTV has been full HD since January.

    2. Freesat has Full HD says:

      Thanks Mike,

      In that case I would be interested in NowTV. I cannot watch anything not in HD. Fussy.

      I get the feeling only basic muxes will be available on satellite/terrestrial in the not too distant future.

      If they sell off the 600-700 UHF TV band to mobile companies and keep 500 Mhz band with basic broadcast, use the money to rollout more fibre, then anyone who wants extra channels can get it online?

    3. JP says:

      I was watching UHD on satellite other day, there a few demo channels from Astra and SES broadcasting FTA but dunno if anyone can pick these up on Freesat boxes, my LG TV does though and they look good.

      I also watch Now TV entertainment pass with the HD Boost and picture is stunning although only 1080P on that, streams live at around 7.8mbps and some on demand content has a bit rate as high as 12.2mbps.

    4. Mark Jackson says:

      On NOW TV they give you 720p HD by default but if you want 1080p then you have to pay a small “Boost” charge, which also gives you Dolby Digital 5.1 sound support and the ability to stream on more devices at the same time.

  2. Jason says:

    Traditional subscription models are in decline with more people opting for streaming media services like Netflix, Prime, Now TV.

    This is only going to increase in the near future. Good to see TalkTalk moving in the right direction with this.
    The Now TV passes can be used on any device so doesn’t have to be on a TalkTalk Tv box.

  3. Bob-de-builder says:

    Isn’t this the same route that BT have on their Youview boxes now, with Sky Sports being part of a Now TV pass, but the channels appearing on the epg and recordable?

  4. Jim says:

    talktalk with nowtv app is great if want to relive life in the 1970s when you either watched the program as it was broadcast or didn’t watch it at all.

    For the rest of us that have had 40 years of getting used to watching recordings of what we want to watch when it is convenient for us to watch its b£$%^y useless

  5. Dennis Rose says:

    Just gone over to NOW tv SKY SPORTS and find you cannot record or pause which was the way l watch tv having a life to live not controlled by sitting in front of the tv. Have had Talk Talk for years and found the service for the last 3 years very good despite some complaints before that,however my contract was up and they talked me into renewing for 18 months and move over to NOW tv.

    Fortunately it is easy to cancel so that will be my next step unless there is an easy way to pause and record programmes that l have yet to find.

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