So, I've had emails and now a postcard from TalkTalk warning me that they are soon to scrap their Entertainment Boost add-ons. The mailings suggest switching to a NowTV Entertainment Pass instead but I have serious concerns about this.
Well, I have two questions really;
1) Is there any way to continue getting both the W and Alibi (UKTV) pay-TV channels from TalkTalk as NowTV's package seems to be missing these and possibly a few other channels by comparison?
2) If there *isn't* a way to keep any pay-TV channels then does this mean our TalkTalk Box will essentially become a basic, run-of-the-mill Free/Youview box?
Given our Smart TV actually already has FreeSat built-in and gets all the terrestrial HD channels anyhow what's the point then in choosing TalkTalk over any other broadband provider as essentially that is all they would then be offering?
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Answers are 1-no, 2- yes, but with access to the TalkTalk store.
TalkTalk have made a commercial decision to remove the boosts soon, so when your contract is up, yes you can look for other deals if TV is of prime concern as an add-on.
Many thanks for confirming my suspicions/worries. Your comment about 'TV as an add-on' strikes me as odd because for us (like a lot of friends and family) it was TalkTalk's brilliant value TV package that was our whole reason for switching across from being Sky customers a few years ago. As we already have Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney Plus we've never had a call to use the 'TalkTalk Store' (or the Ratuken Store built-in to our TV either) and so that's not really relevant to us.
It really looks like a terrible decision commercially as there is now no obvious value to be had from TalkTalk's packages now they are becoming simply another of the myriad telecoms companies. Actually, looking at U-Switch if we now decide to go all-in with 'Now Broadband' too then we could actually get over 60MB fibre broadband plus anytime calls for the same price as just 60-odd MB Fibre broadband from TalkTalk!?
It's a real shame as we've absolutely loved our TalkTalk TV and other things like this freindly community forum really did set it apart. 😕
We have some great discounts towards Now TV content and our teams are working to redevelop our TV offerings for the near future. There are some great plans in the works.
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