TalkTalk halves price of pay-TV service

TalkTalk halves price of pay-TV service

TalkTalk has mounted the second stage of its push into pay-TV with a cheaper set-top box targeting lower-income households and those watching their spending as Britain climbs out of recession.

By Christopher Williams, Technology, Media and Telecoms Editor

3:49PM BST 25 Sep 2013

The new “essentials” package halves the monthly cost of TalkTalk’s internet-based television service and makes it available to the majority of its broadband and phone subscribers for the first time. For £7.50 per month it offers broadband and phone, plus all the Freeview channels with a seven-day catch-up facility and the chance to bolt on premium channels such as Sky Sports and Sky Movies on a pay-as-you-go basis. Line rental is not included.The service is based on YouView, the set-top box technology TalkTalk developed in collaboration with BT and the main terrestrial broadcasters.

TalkTalk entered the pay-TV market last year and has attracted half a million of its upper tier of 1.1 million “plus” customers to its service. It has roughly three million lower-tier broadband and phone customers and said it is targeting the a similar degree of take-up.

Chief executive Dido Harding said: “We’re the fastest-growing TV service in the country. This is really exciting for the business over the next few years.”

In the last quarter, TalkTalk recruited 160,000 households to its television service, compared to only 23,000 who joined BT’s.

BT is pursuing higher-income pay-TV households with its heavy investment in BT Sport and live Premier League football rights to challenge BSkyB.

Ms Harding said: “I think you are seeing genuine segmentation in the market. We are going after the freeview households who couldn’t afford pay-TV before.

“The YouView platform makes that possible now.”

TalkTalk’s new package comes with a basic set-top box that does not allow recording but means a smaller hardware subsidy is required within the monthly fee.

Like BSkyB, talkTalk has so far not reached a wholesale deal to carry BT Sport. Ms Harding said BT “puts a higher valuie on those channels than we do”.

Continuing its push down market, TalkTalk also introduced a new £2.50 per month, broadband-only package on Wednesday, also aimed at lower-income households and the growing numbers who do not use their home phone line.

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