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Broadband ISP TalkTalk Bundles Cheaper Netflix without Pay TV

Monday, November 8th, 2021 (3:12 pm) - Score 1,872
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Budget UK ISP TalkTalk has today introduced a new package that bundles a home “Fibre Broadband” (FTTC / VDSL2) service with a cheaper subscription to Netflix’s popular internet video streaming service, albeit without requiring new customers to take out a traditional Pay TV service first in order to benefit.

Essentially, customers who take out TalkTalk’s 65Mbps (average speed) Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) package on an 18-month contract term will get the Netflix Standard plan (usually £9.99 per month extra) included in the price – on one bill. If you happen to want their 4K streaming Netflix Premium tier, then that does attract an extra cost of £4 per month, which sounds a lot lower than the official subscription price of £13.99.

We figured there had to be a catch somewhere in TalkTalk’s Netflix Package and there is. For example, if you take out the Fibre 65 package today then it’s currently on offer for just £23 per month on an 18-month term, while the Netflix bundled alternative costs £31.95 per month (that’s £8.95 per month more). In other words, you’re effectively only saving £1.04 off the normal Netflix Standard plan price.

The press release mentions that it can also be taken alongside TalkTalk’s slower Fibre 35Mbps package (£29.95 per month with Netflix on an 18-month contract), but in our tests we were never actually given that as an option.

Asanga Gunatillaka, Commercial Director of TalkTalk Consumer, said:

“The broadband market is full of big-bundle offerings that can end up costing customers a lot of money. There are millions of households that simply want great broadband and great content for great value. That’s why we’ve launched the Fibre and Netflix package so there’s a value option on the market. What’s more, it’s available all on one bill, making it easier for customers to keep track of their outgoings.

The partnership marks the latest step in our mission to provide great connectivity and entertainment that is accessible for everyone.”

One other question mark concerns future price rises. Netflix tends to increase their prices quite a bit every couple of years, while TalkTalk will jack up the monthly price from April 2022 every year, by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of inflation plus 3.7%. With such a tight margin of benefit, it’s hard to know whether this will work out cheaper in the long run than just taking both services as separate products.

Finally, it’s a little disappointing to see that TalkTalk were unable to make this an option on their ultrafast and future fibre broadband packages too.

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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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10 Responses
  1. joshe says:

    But the Netgem boxes that are supposedly coming don’t have a Netflix App??

    1. Apriana says:

      The app is an option on the box, with a dedicated Netflix button on the remote too

  2. Alan says:

    Use Turkish vpn and subscribe to Netflix uhd for about £4.50 a month. Then login normally without vpn.

    1. AQX says:

      Does that need to be a new account or can you do it on renewals?

    2. Sid says:

      Can also do it on renewals. But first cancel UK subscription and keeping using Netflix until renewal date. Once renewal date has elapsed , then reactivate using Netflix Turkey (through VPN). Use a payment card such as Halifax Clarity Mastercard to avoid paying forex fees as you will be billed in Turkish Lira every month. I’m paying TL 54.99/m for their top package which works out at just over 4 quid a month.

  3. Mary Rose says:

    Netflix was released on the Netgem Platform in 2015 (Finland with Elisa TV)!

    So it’s expected to be integrated also in TalkTalk’s Netflix Packages, following this week annonce of TalkTalk and Netflix new partnership.

    (The Netflix integration into the Netgem platform improved the
    experience for Elisa customers with straightforward access to live and on demand without having to move from one service to another.)

    OTT and hybrid TV specialist Netgem aimed from 2015 to gain traction for its Telco TV platform and customers by incorporating Netflix into its service.

    (source: https://www.thebroadcastbridge.com/content/entry/3231/netgem-delivers-netflix-to-its-telco-customers)

  4. Philip says:

    Yes, Mary,

    => There are advantages to talktalk by integrating Netflix into the Netgem platform, which will be launched soon!

    See the example of Finland, with Elisa TV:

    “The integration of Netflix into the Netgem platform improves the
    experience for Elisa customers with direct access to live and on-demand without having to switch from one service to another. ”

    NETFLIX direct access button on the 4K UHD Netgem box remote control
    (in Finland – Elisa TV):
    https://tinyurl.com/djvnd4v8

    http://netgemiene.blogspot.com/2020/07/news-sur-elisa-netgem-client.html

  5. Cris says:

    At the present, in TalktALK, you need a working TV aerial plugged into your TalkTalk TV box to receive Freeview channels. The number of Freeview channels you receive could depend upon your location in the country and atmospheric conditions.

    With the 4K media streamer, the NetBox 4K, by Netgem, you can, simply, stream FREEVIEW over a internet connection!

    Netgem TV
    . Award TV service has 200+ channels including including Premier Sports, LaLigaTV, Fuel TV and 80 extra channels to Freeview all available.
    . Access live sporting action, binge-worthy box sets, box office movies with BT Sport, Prime Video, YouTube, Rakuten TV, BritBox, hayu and loads more streaming services*
    . Pause, Rewind, Record 135+ Freeview Channels including 15 in HD
    . 50,000 hours of On Demand TV from catchup services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, My5 and UKTV
    . Unlimited mobile TV with search and cast programmes straight to the TV. Watch channels on the go and connect as many devices as you like


    https://www.netgem.tv/

  6. Bler says:

    TALKTALK TV 4K BOX with jaw-dropping features!

    The ultimate viewing experience, powered by Netgem TV. With its jaw-dropping features, our TalkTalk TV 4K Box levels up entertainment for everyone. Available with Future Fibre broadband plans only.

    .30 streaming apps and On Demand players
    .One easy search covers all platforms
    .Control your TV via Amazon Alexa or Echo devices
    .4K Ultra HD viewing capabilities
    .Wi-Fi enabled – no more cables to your router
    .70+ live channels
    .Pause and rewind TV with additional USB

    See:
    https://community.talktalk.co.uk/t5/Articles/About-TalkTalk-TV/ta-p/2279095

  7. Clair says:

    (February, 22, 2022)

    ” TalkTalk TV offers two TV boxes for access to up to 30 streaming apps, 4K ultra HD, and more than 70 channels. Both boxes allow users to control their TV via Alexa or other Echo devices.

    It’s one of the TV providers other than Sky that feature pause, rewind, and record options, as well as access to Now TV and Amazon Prime Video. …”

    sOURCE:
    https://dontdisappoint.me.uk/technology/best-sky-tv-alternatives-in-the-uk/

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