TalkTalk is introducing a formidable new manner of watching TV, and Sky will not like the value


TalkTalk is perhaps best known for its broadband service, but the company has expanded to include Sky and Virgin Media with the introduction of its new set-top box that lets you watch live television and streaming box sets. The Internet Service Provider (ISP) offers its full-fiber broadband customers the option of receiving a device called TalkTalk TV 4K Box, which is priced higher than its competitors.

The newly launched TalkTalk TV 4K box starts at just £ 4 a month and includes a range of content and over 70 live channels from services such as Freeview, Filmzie, Plex, W4 Free. As the name suggests, it is also fully compatible with 4K picture quality and can pause and rewind live television – so you won’t miss a thing (or get through a commercial break!).

In addition to Freeview’s terrestrial live channels, it also supports over 35 streaming services, catch-up and on-demand apps, providing a seamless way to watch shows, sports and films from platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hayu and. to enjoy BT sports.

Another nice feature is the integrated voice search, which is actually supported by Amazon’s chatty Alexa assistant. This means that once paired with your Alexa account, you can use any Amazon Echo device to control your TV.

The box is also fully connected to Wi-Fi, so it can be easily installed anywhere in the house. It all sounds pretty impressive for this low monthly fee, but before you sign up there are a few downsides to this new service.

First, there is no access to Sky’s most talked about channels, including Sky Atlantic (home to exclusive US box sets like Game Of Thrones, The Wire, Big Little Lies, The White Lotus, Mare Of Easttown, Euphoria, and more). ) Sky Sports or Sky Cinema. BT TV, a similar set-top box from another broadband company, has support for Sky’s NOW streaming service to enable access to these channels. So it’s a shame TalkTalk didn’t follow in his footsteps.

Next, you cannot physically record any programs on the TalkTalk TV 4K box, as there is no physical hard drive in the set-top box. While there is a “My TalkTalk TV” section in the menu which stores your favorite upcoming series, box sets and sporting events, everything you want to watch is streamed through on-demand players like the BBC iPlayer.

The box has a USB port that has limited recording (32GB) from some Freeview channels, but that option can’t compete with the massive 500GB storage from services like Sky Q.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it is only available to customers who sign up for TalkTalk’s more expensive full-fiber broadband service. If you don’t have this technology on your street, you can’t add it to your plan.

Here are the best deals on TalkTalk 4K and broadband …

TalkTalk Fiber 150 with the 4K TV Streaming Box • £ 36 per month
Includes an Eero router and 150 Mbps downloads

TalkTalk Fiber 500 with the 4K TV Streaming Box • £ 44 per month
Includes an Eero router and 500Mbps downloads

TalkTalk Fiber 1 Gb with the 4K TV Streaming Box • £ 54 per month
Includes an Eero router and 500Mbps downloads

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