TalkTalk Essentials TV: Overview of What’s Included


TalkTalk offers many services which can be ordered individually, but for those who want more than one service, the company offers Essential TV as an option. This service plan acts as a bundle, offering pay television, internet, and home telephone service. The following is an overview of exactly what is included, along with details related to pricing. Do take the time to contact TalkTalk customer service to receive the most current information regarding special deals and monthly rates.

At the moment, TalkTalk is offering Essentials TV for new customers for £7.50 per month for the first six months. After the six months have passed, the monthly rate increases to £10 per month. A line rental fee must be paid monthly, regardless of what the base rate is at the time. As part of a special deal for new customers, a £50 Love2shop voucher is provided. This is a limited time offer though, and prospective customers should contact TalkTalk or visit the company website to see exactly which perks are being offered at this time.

A YouView set top box, a £149 value, is provided to all new customers who order Essentials TV service. This box allows you to pause and rewind live TV and includes a player that will allow you to watch on demand programming. The box also allows customers to view any shows that they might have missed for up to seven days in the past after airing. An optional upgrade to a Plus TV package provides up to 200 hours and 6 Sky entertainment channels. In total, 80 Freeview channels are provided, including 12 different channel that are broadcast in HD. Optional boosts for movies, sports, entertainment, kids, and more are available at an additional cost.

Unlimited broadband is also included. This is the standard broadband service that is offered by TalkTalk, but it is possible to pay extra and upgrade to Fibre if the standard service download speeds are not fast enough to suit your needs. Fibre internet speeds are several times faster than standard broadband (according to TalkTalk, up to 10X faster). A free router is provided with the service, and there are never any limits to usage, not even during the peak times of the day. Online security comes standard for one device, but there is filter protection for any devices that is connected to your home wireless service. Additional protection is offered at a cost.

Rounding out the provided services is home phone. Unlimited evening and weekend calls to UK landlines are included in the monthly cost of the TalkTalk Essentials TV service. There is never any cost to make calls to other TalkTalk customers. Optional phone boosts can be added if you wish. These provide options such as unlimited calling at any hour, or the ability to make international calls. Any call that is placed outside of covered plan will be billed at a specific rate. Contact TalkTalk customer service to enquire about the rates that are in place at this time.