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TalkTalk TV
Type Pay TV and Video on Demand
Founded 2006
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Industry Media & Telecoms
Products IPTV over ADSL, Video on demand, Broadband, Telephone
Parent The Carphone Warehouse
Website TalkTalk TV

TalkTalk TV is a UK-based consumer television and video on demand service, operated by TalkTalk, in turn part of The Carphone Warehouse.

The service, originally known as Homechoice, was provided by Video Networks Limited (VNL), based in Shepherd's Bush in West London, until it was purchased by Tiscali UK in August 2006, and became known as Tiscali TV as of 1 March 2007. On 30 June 2009, a deal for The Carphone Warehouse to purchase all the assets of Tiscali UK for its TalkTalk division was approved by the European Union.[1] The service was rebranded under the TalkTalk name on 7 January 2010.[2]

Its offering is delivered over a BT phone line, using ADSL to provide a triple-play package of IPTV, video on demand, telephony and internet access. In 2003, as Homechoice, it expanded its video services to include, via its IPTV platform, the majority of live channels that are available on the Freeview platform.

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Access

Access to the channels and the VOD is via a self branded set-top box that is connected to the customer's television set, rather than via the customer's computer. The latest set-top box features an aerial socket and a DVB-T receiver to allow the customer to receive additional channels via the Freeview platform as well as the channels received over IPTV, subject to Freeview coverage and quality of reception. A wireless router for internet access that connects to the set-top box is now also provided as standard.

TalkTalk+

TalkTalk offers 'TalkTalk+' (formerly Tiscali+), a 160 GB hard-drive Digital Video Recorder, which holds an approximate total of 50 hours of television and also acts as a replacement for the standard set-top box. The TalkTalk+ box has two DVB-T tuners and one IPTV tuner. This means the customer can simultaneously record up to three separate channels, provided that two of the channels are being received via Freeview and the third via IPTV. As the box has only one IPTV tuner, it is only possible to record or watch one IPTV channel at a time. TalkTalk+ is available subject to a one-off payment and a twelve-month contract or contract renewal.

Service area

Original Homechoice logo

TalkTalk TV was, until recently, only available in parts of London, Surrey and Hertfordshire. Each telephone exchange must be adapted to supply the service and roll-out has been completed mostly throughout London with patchy coverage extending elsewhere. Since September 2007 areas such as Central and Northern England are now TalkTalk TV enabled. Around 680 telephone exchanges are now Tiscali LLU enabled, mostly in London, Manchester, the Midlands and Yorkshire and a spattering throughout the rest of the country. TalkTalk aims to reach near-national coverage in the coming years, of which 10 million homes by the end of 2008.[3]

TV Services

The majority of standard UK channels (more than 60) are available, such as E4 and ITV2, as well as premium channels such as G.O.L.D. and National Geographic Channel, depending on the selected package and corresponding price paid per month.

A wide selection of video on demand is also available, depending on the selected package. All customers have access to a channel-specific 'catch up' service which allows customers to view a selection of programmes up to seven days after they were initially broadcast, with on-screen controls available to play/pause or skip through the programme. Channels with the catch up service are: BBC One, BBC Two, Channel 4, FX, E4, More4, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC Channel and CBeebies. All catch up programmes available can also be accessed from channel 989.

On 13 February 2007, HBO announced its new VOD service was to become available on Tiscali TV.

British Sky Broadcasting announced that it was to supply Tiscali TV with its 'basics' package of channels: Sky1, Sky2, Sky3, Sky Arts, Sky News and Sky Sports News.[4] These channels became available in the Tiscali TV variety pack on Tuesday 28 August 2007.

The current TalkTalk TV packages are:

List of channels

See also

References

  1. ^ UPDATE 1-Carphone wins EU approval for Tiscali UK buy Reuters. 30 June 2009
  2. ^ Tiscali TV rebrands as TalkTalk Digital Spy. 7 January 2010
  3. ^ Tiscali TV to launch 1 March Digital Spy. 5 February 2007
  4. ^ Judge, Elizabeth (27 June 2007). "Sky strikes deal to carry its basic channels on Tiscali". The Times, London. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/media/article1994207.ece.  

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