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TalkTalk laces up Sky Sports and broadband deal before new season

Budget ISP TalkTalk has announced a new broadband and TV deal, bundling Sky Sports channels with unlimited services, ahead of the 2017/18 season. New customers have the option of taking TalkTalk’s up to 18Mbps Fast Broadband ADSL service (?19.95) with Sky Sports (?8.50), for a grand total of ?28.45/month for 18 months. If you need more bandwidth, the Faster Fibre deal sees you getting TalkTalk’s up to 38Mbps VDSL service (?26.50) with Sky Sports (?8.50) for ?35/month, again for 18 months.

Both of these deals come with a Huawei-made HG635 Super Router (dual band, WiFi AC, four gigabit Ethernet ports) included, and a TalkTalk TV box, running YouView[1]. While both boxes give you access to a streamlined catch-up service, including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5, only the box you get with the Faster Fibre deal will let you record shows (up to 200 hours of SD content and 80 hours of HD content). Read next: ‘Alexa, record the Chelsea v Arsenal game’ – Amazon’s voice controls heading to YouView set-top boxes[2]

Customers already on a fixed price deal will be able to add the channels can add the Sky Sports Boost for an extra ?8.50/month. The Sky Sports channels are ‘Boosts’, packs of channels which can be bolted on to any TalkTalk TV deal on a rolling basis; this means you’re only obliged to stay signed up for a month at a time, meaning you can cancel during the two off season months – paying ?85 for ten months instead of ?102 for a year, if Premier League football is mainly what you’re about. That said, you’re still unable to take any of the Sky Sports channels in HD[3] – let alone 4k – which might be a deal breaker for those who want to watch games at the highest possible resolution.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a bleeding edge TV and you’re not bothered about the resolution so much, this money-saving deal might be what you’re after; TalkTalk’s bundles are cheaper than the nearest equivalent Sky, Virgin and BT deals, but you miss out on HD channels as standard, 100Mbps cable broadband and inclusive BT Sport channels.

You can choose to add BT Sport to TalkTalk TV, but this’ll set you back an extra ?21.99/month.

References

  1. ^ TalkTalk TV box, running YouView (uk.pcmag.com)
  2. ^ ‘Alexa, record the Chelsea v Arsenal game’ – Amazon’s voice controls heading to YouView set-top boxes (uk.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ any of the Sky Sports channels in HD (uk.pcmag.com)

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