TalkTalk TV Boosts: A guide

What are Boosts?

If the 70 free-to-air channels from your YouView box aren’t quite enough, TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk) has an innovative solution: Boosts.

Boosts are bundles of channels or on demand services that you can add to your TalkTalk TV package. They all work on a monthly rolling subscription, meaning you can start and stop receiving them at any time. However, most do require a broadband connection of at least 5Mb.

What Boosts can I get?

There's a huge list of Boosts to choose from. They are:

TV Starter Boost

Included in Plus TV as standard. Gets you seven Sky entertainment channels.

Channels: Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Living, Sky Livingit, Sky Sports News HQ.

Entertainment Boost

Over 30 entertainment and factual channels, including all the Sky channels from the TV Starter Boost and four new on demand services.

Channels: Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky Living, Real Lives, Comedy Central, Comedy Central Extra, Alibi, E!, FOX, GOLD, Syfy, SET Asia, Universal, Watch, MTV, TCM, National Geographic, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Sports News HQ, Eden, H2, Crime and Investigation, History, Lifetime, Good Food, Home, Sony TV, Comedy Central On Demand, National Geographic On Demand, Good Food On Demand, Eden On Demand.

Kids Boost

Nine live channels for kids’ TV, and seven on demand too.

Channels: Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, NickToons, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Scamp, Disney On Demand, Nickelodeon On Demand, Nick Jr On Demand, CN On Demand, Boomerang On Demand.

Music Boost

13 channels of music TV.

Channels: MTV, MTV Music, MTV Hits, MTV Base, MTV Classic, MTV Rocks, MTV Dance, Heat TV, Kiss, The Box, Kerrang, Smash Hits, Magic.

Entertainment Extra Boost

A combo of everything in the Entertainment Boost, Kids Boost, and Music Boost.

ITV Collections

On demand shows and box sets from ITV.

Sky Cinema Boost

Hundreds of films live and on demand from Sky Cinema, including some of the latest blockbusters.

Channels: Premiere, Showcase, Comedy, Disney, Drama and Romance, Family, Greats, Action and Adventure, Crime and Thriller, Select, Sci-fi and Horror, Sky Cinema On Demand.

Sky Sports Boost

Six channels of all the exclusive sports coverage Sky has to offer.

Channels: Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports 5, Sky Sports F1

Sky Sports and Cinema Boost

Funnily enough, includes everything in Sky Cinema Boost and Sky Sports Boost.

BoxNation Boost

A channel dedicated to boxing 24/7.

Premier Sports Boost

Even more sports from around the globe, including Nascar, National Rugby League, and mixed martial arts.

Star TV Boost

Bollywood movies and India’s best reality TV.

Channels: Star Gold, Star Life OK, Star Jalsha.

Asian TV Boost

Bollywood blockbusters and TV shows from India.

Channels: SET Asia, Zee TV

Eros Now Boost

Bollywood and Asian movies on demand. Also available as pay-per-view.

TVBox Boost

On demand box sets of some of the biggest shows from across the Atlantic.

PictureBox Boost

Dozens of on demand movies, with seven refreshed every single week.

ITV Collections Boost

On demand box sets of your favourite comedy, drama, and chat shows from ITV.

TVBox and PictureBox Boost

Get TVBox and PictureBox together for reduced price.

How do I get Boosts?

You can subscribe to a Boost right there on your YouView box. Select the one you want from the guide and follow the onscreen instructions. Or, go to your account page on the TalkTalk website to add and remove them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I switch to a new TV service?
    Switching TV services is a breeze if you use a comparison service like ours. Simply enter your postcode, and we’ll list all your different options side by side, so you can easily compare features and price. When you find a package you like, click the link and you’ll be taken straight to the provider’s site. Fast, simple and hassle-free.
  2. Can I save money by bundling TV, phone and broadband?
    Yes you can. Providers like Sky and Virgin Media offer competitively priced bundles, comprising broadband, homephone and TV, and getting all three services from the same place often leads to significant savings. It also makes it easier to manage finances, as all services come on a single bill.
  3. What are the main TV services in the UK?

    Freeview is the most common TV service in the UK - set top boxes are affordable, and new TVs predominantly all come with Freeview tuners built-in. Once you have Freeview you can watch TV as much as you want with no additional cost. Other subscription-free TV options include YouView and satellite TV service Freesat.

    However, for the best choice of channels and on demand services, you’ll need to join a subscription-based TV service. The four big ones in the UK are from Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and TalkTalk.

  4. How do I get sports channels?

    There are multiple sports channels in the UK, with the biggest being Sky Sports and BT Sport.

    Sky Sports is available at an extra monthly cost on Sky TV, BT TV, TalkTalk TV, Virgin Media TV, and Now TV. Read our guide for more info.

    BT Sport, which also includes ESPN, is available on BT TV, and for an extra monthly cost on Sky TV and Virgin Media TV. Read our guide for more info.

  5. How do I get movie channels?

    Sky often has the first TV broadcast rights for big movies, so if you want to see the latest blockbusters first, you’ll need Sky Cinema - which you can get through Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and TalkTalk TV packages for an additional monthly charge.

    Most TV providers also offer new home entertainment releases to view on a pay-per-view basis. Bear in mind, you may need a broadband connection to access some of these services. See our guide for more info.

  6. Do I need fibre optic broadband?

    Fibre optic broadband is much faster and much more reliable than broadband through the phone line, but it’s not essential for everyone. If you just want to browse the web, check email, Facebook, Twitter etc, you’ll be fine with standard broadband through the phone line.

    However, if you stream a lot of video, download music, films and games, and other such activities, you will likely find a fibre connection hugely beneficial.

    It’s also a boon for large households, especially ones with lots of gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and computers connected up most of the time. The more people using a connection, the slower it will be, so if you have a big family where lots of people want to connect to the web at the same time, for example, a fibre connection will ensure everyone can get a good experience.