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Entertainment Boost

Expired: TalkTalk TV's Entertainment Boost Now 2 Months Half Price

Posted by Fiona Conner on in NewsOffersExpiredTalkTalk

TalkTalk's great value TV bundles, which include phone services, truly unlimited broadband and TV services with Freeview, YouView, catchup TV, on demand and extra channels are now even better value with a promotion offering 2 months half price on the Entertainment Boost!

For only £10 extra per month, the Entertainment Boost adds an additional 33 channels to your TV service, including Sky 1 and 2, Sky Living, FOX, Universal, Watch, GOLD, Comedy Central and Discovery. And now for a limited period, you'll get your first two months of the boost for only £5 per month!

The boost is compatible with both of TalkTalk's TV bundles:

  • TalkTalk Essentials TV - £7.50 per month - Freeview + 7 day catchup TV + 30 minutes pause and rewind TV + evening and weekend calls
  • TalkTalk Plus TV - £15.50 per month - Record Freeview + 7 day catchup TV + pause and rewind TV + anytime calls + £30 shopping voucher

Other boosts are available adding up to 65 channels that aren't available on BT TV. You can also add Sky Movies and Sky Sports, with 5 decidated sports channels and 11 movie channels available.

On Demand services allow you to rent the latest Hollywood movies for 48 hours using TalkTalk Box Office.

TV services are available to both new and existing TalkTalk customers. Boosts can be added or removed on a monthly basis, just give 48 hours notice to remove a boost. Line rental is required, save by paying for a year up front, equivalent to £9.50 per month.

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TalkTalk

Make moving broadband easier when you move house with TalkTalk's Home Move Service

Posted on in NewsFeaturesTalkTalk

Moving house is a headache, and involves a lot of paperwork, phone calls, and stress even without needing to worry about moving your broadband with you. You could always switch your supplier...but this will subject you to extra setup and cancellation fees, and ultimately prove no less of a hassle. Thankfully, TalkTalk provide a Home Move Service to make this go a lot more smoothly for you. It's all done online, so you can do it at a time to suit you, track the status of the move, and change dates if there are delays. It's also fast, if you have all the details ready already, and if you do the installation yourself, it's free. TalkTalk Home Move Service is there to make moving house that little bit simpler.

Find out more with our handy guide below.

Moving Your Broadband When Moving House With TalkTalk's Home Move Service.

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TalkTalk

A guide to TV options: TalkTalk TV vs Freesat Freetime vs Freeview+ HD

Posted on in NewsFeaturesTalkTalk

With so many choices for TV packages available for consumers today, it can be hard to decide just what's right for you. Options range from the minimal cost services, like Freeview, all the way up to the expensive multimedia packages with all the bells and whistles from Virgin Media and Sky. If you're looking for something with more options and flexibility than Freeview, but still cheaper than Virgin Media and Sky, then TalkTalk TV may be the solution for you. Check out our handy guide below.

TalkTalk TV vs Freesat Freetime vs Freeview+ HD

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EE

4G mobile broadband now available, more suppliers coming soon!

Posted by Fiona Conner on in NewsOffersEE

Fourth Generation (4G) mobile services have finally arrived in the UK, allowing users of mobile broadband to take advantage of the faster speeds now available to them. With download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upload speeds of up to 12Mbps in 4G-enabled areas, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for mobile broadband users, allowing them to potentially stream TV and HD video on the go. It's good news for gamers, too. 4G has lower latency, making games more responsive and reducing that annoying lag that can plague gamers at crucial moments.

So, where is it currently available? As of the end of March 2013, 4G coverage is available in 50 towns and cities around the UK, with plans to cover 70% of the UK by the end of 2013, and 98% by the end of 2014. Some of the areas with 4G available already include Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

To find out if 4G mobile broadband is available in your area, just pop your postcode into EE's handy coverage checker.

If you're interested in 4G, then you'll need a provider. EE are currently the only supplier of 4G services in the UK. Their services went live in October 2012, and they have a range of packages available to suit customer needs, from USB dongles for individual laptop users, to WiFi routers for multiple devices on the go, to packages including iPads for those who want the convenience of a tablet while out and about. However, EE won't be the only 4G suppliers on the market for much longer, meaning customers will have more choices for 4G suppliers available to them in the near future. BT, O2, Three and Vodaphone will also be offering 4G mobile broadband plans at some point this year, likely from the Summer onwards.

Interested in getting 4G mobile broadband? Check out our handy 4G mobile broadband comparison table to find the best deal for you!

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National Average Speeds December 2012

Average broadband speeds increase during December, Virgin Media and Plusnet see significant gains

Posted on in AnnouncementsNewsPlusnetEclipse InternetBTVirgin Media

December 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test rise by more than 2Mb in comparison to the results from November, coming in at 19.37Mb. Average upload speeds saw a smaller increase, coming in at 2.33Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speed has increased by almost 5Mb compared to last month, now coming in at 37.22Mb with upload speeds remaining stable at 2.88Mb. Despite seeing a small download speed increase, BT Broadband dropped to 4th place with download speeds averaging at 15.76Mb and upload speeds of 3.38Mb. Instead Eclipse took 2nd place with 16.63Mb average download speed and 3.11Mb average upload speed.

Plusnet came in at 3rd place with an impressive 3.9Mb increase to 11.94Mb average download speed. Plusnet also achieved the fastest average upload speed of any provider, coming in at 3.62Mb. These increases are likely due to a greater number of customers switching over to Plusnet Fibre, combined with improvements in Plusnet's traffic management policies launched in December.

Please note, Orange are now trading as EE, and speed test results only include numbers from their fixed line broadband packages, and not their 4G mobile broadband packages.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for December 2012

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National Average Speeds November 2012

Average download speeds decrease during November, big drop for Eclipse

Posted on in AnnouncementsNewsPlusnetEclipse InternetBTVirgin MediaEE

November 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop in comparison to the results from October, coming in at 17.1Mb. Average upload speeds remained stable at around 2Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds have decreased by 1Mb over last month to 32.39Mb with upload speeds remaining stable at 2.62Mb. BT Broadband takes second place with download speeds averaging at 15.57Mb (a 1Mb increase over last month) and upload speeds of 3.45Mb. Eclipse drops to third place with a 2Mb decrease to 15.1Mb for average download speeds, and a 0.5Mb decrease to 2.75Mb for average upload speeds. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 11.94Mb download, a small decrease in speed since last month.

Orange are now trading as EE, and speed test results only include numbers from their fixed line broadband packages, and not their 4G mobile broadband packages.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for November 2012

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Sky Hub Router

Enter our contest to win one of ten new Sky Hub routers!

Posted on in AnnouncementsNews

Sky Broadband recently launched the new Sky Hub, which claims to be the router with best wireless range of any major provider, based on an independent study. The Hub offers Sky Smart Signal technology which constantly scans for interference in the home and selects the best wireless signal available. It also provides easy WiFi Protected Setup for WPS enabled devices.

Sky+ customers will be able to connect the Sky Hub to their Sky+ Box to access Sky's new On Demand entertainment services, which can also be accessed when out and about with the help of the Sky Cloud WiFi app.

The Sky Hub is provided to new customers as an inclusive part of their Sky Broadband package. Existing Sky Broadband customers can upgrade to the Hub for an introductory price of £39.

We also managed to get our hands on ten Sky Hubs and five Sky Wireless Connectors to give away in a competition that ran until the 6th of December. The lucky winners will hear from us by the 13th of December.

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National Average Speeds October 2012

Average download speeds increase during October, big improvements for Eclipse

Posted on in AnnouncementsNewsPlusnetEclipse InternetBTVirgin MediaO2BEEE

October 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test rise in comparison to the results from September's result, coming in at 18.04Mb. Average upload speed remained stable at around 2Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds have increased over last month to 33.43Mb (a 0.5Mb increase) and upload speeds remain stable at 2.17Mb. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place with an impressive 3Mb increase to 17.31Mb for average download speeds, and increased by 1Mb to achieve 3.21Mb average upload speeds. BT Broadband held third place and also increased speeds, with download speeds averaging at 14.4Mb and upload speeds at 3.26Mb. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 12.58Mb download, an increase in speed since last month.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 7.33Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Orange are now trading as EE, and speed test results only include numbers from their fixed line broadband packages, and not their 4G mobile broadband packages.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for October 2012

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National Average Speeds August 2012

Average download speeds drop for most ISPS during August, Virgin speeds improve

Posted on in News

August 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop slighty in comparison to the results from July's result, coming in at 17.72Mb. Average upload speed remained stable at 2Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have increased over last month to 33.4Mb (a 2Mb increase) and 2.81Mb respectively, ahead of everyone else. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place with speeds dropping to 15.75Mb for average download speeds, and 2.65Mb for average upload speeds. BT Broadband held third place and also had a drop in speeds, with download speeds averaging at 14.17Mb and upload speeds at 2.79Mb. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 9.37Mb download, remaining stable since last month.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.06Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Due to a significant drop in overall tests by AOL users, AOL has been dropped from the list to ensure that overall results remain statistically useful.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for August 2012

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National Average Speeds July 2012

Average broadband speeds remain stable through July

Posted on in News

July 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test remaining stable in comparison to the results from June's result, coming in at 17.26Mb. Average upload speed remained at 2.1Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have increased over last month at 31.2Mb and 2.62Mb respectively, ahead of everyone else. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place with speeds holding steady at 16.1Mb for average download speeds, but dropping slightly to 2.8Mb for average upload speeds. BT Broadband held third place and also remained stable, with download speeds averaging at 14.92Mb and upload speeds at 3.28Mb. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 9.49Mb download, a solid increase in speed over last month.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.46Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for July 2012

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