Broadband ISP TalkTalk UK Launch Android TV Powered Hub UPDATE

 

TalkTalk-TV-Hub-_-Android-TV-4K-2022Broadband ISP TalkTalk UK Launch Android TV Powered Hub UPDATE
Broadband ISP TalkTalk UK Launch Android TV Powered Hub UPDATE

Budget broadband ISP TalkTalk has today launched a new Android TV powered ‘TV Hub‘ box for UK customers seeking to take a Pay TV product alongside their “Full Fibre” (FTTP) internet connectivity packages, which will cost from just £5 a month to add to your package (plus a £25 one-off fee).

At this point some readers might be scratching their heads, since it wasn’t long ago that TalkTalk introduced a new TV set-top-box by adopting the Netgem TV platform (here) and the new box has many of the same features. But a quick look on the provider’s website suggests that the Netgem kit is now being targetted at their “superfast fibre” subscribers (speeds below 100Mbps), while the new TV Hub is intended for their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) base (speeds of 150Mbps+).

NOTE:

TalkTalk’s Full Fibre packages are supplied to those covered by Openreach, Cityfibre and Freedom Fibre’s respective UK FTTP networks.

Speaking of features, the TV Hub offers over 70 live TV channels, catch-up services (e.g. BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub), a wide range of streaming & subscription services (e.g. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and NOW TV), plus Google Play with over 10,000 apps, access to Google Assistant (voice search, smart controls etc.), Ultra HD 4K, Dolby Atmos sound compatible and Chromecast built in™. But there’s no mention of HDR.

TalkTalk doesn’t attach any lengthy commitments to the new TV Hub service and customers that sign-up before 13th November 2022 will also receive a £50 Gift Code to spend on Google Play.

Susie Buckridge, TalkTalk’s GM of Product and Strategy, said:

“We know the world of TV can be confusing, which is why we’re helping to keep everything simple for our customers. We’re giving them access to the best in TV entertainment, with an interface that makes it easy to find their favourite shows, whether live or on-demand, without any complicated commitments. Plus, the freedom to personalise our TV service just the way they’d like it by adding their favourite Apps from Google Play Store. All wrapped up in our brilliant new TV Hub, for just £5 a month.”

The ISP added that the new TV Hub box is currently “available as a limited release to customers on Full Fibre packages” (full service includes linear and on demand content) and plans to roll out the new box to more customers over the coming months. The TalkTalk TV Hub hardware has been developed in partnership with Vantiva, formerly known as Technicolor, and IPTV platform YouView TV.

We can’t help but wonder whether this might put TalkTalk’s ongoing partnership with Netgem TV in future jeopardy, although for now they seem happy to be offering new customers two very similar set-top-boxes.

UPDATE 18th Oct 2022

One thing we forgot to point out above is that the new TV service is £1 per month more expensive than it was before. We understand that this reflects a general price hike that will be introduced from 1st November 2022. But since TalkTalk’s TV service is on a monthly term, then it’s easy enough to cancel if you don’t want it anymore.

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