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    New movie rental service takes on Sky and Netflix - offers 'cheapest' prices in the UK

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      New movie rental service takes on Sky and Netflix - offers 'cheapest' prices in the UK

      TalkTalk TV Store takes on Sky and Netflix - offers 'cheapest' prices in the UK | Tech | Life & Style | Daily Express
      There is now yet another way for Britain's hordes of movie fans to access the latest blockbusters and television seasons.

      Following on from the success of Netflix, NOW TV, Google Play Movies and Amazon Prime – TalkTalk has launched its own TalkTalk TV.

      The overhauled new service is actually a refresh of BlinkBox, which the broadband supplier bought from supermarket giant Tesco last year.

      According to TalkTalk, the new movie rental platform has been completely updated and offers more than 7,000 of the latest and greatest movies and TV shows.

      Available to buy or rent, these can then be downloaded across a number of devices including mobile, desktop and TV via a selection of apps, or online video players.

      TalkTalk is bragging that its TalkTalk TV service has Britain’s lowest prices but we wouldn't get too excited.

      Renting an High Definition copy of Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens costs £4.49 on iTunes and Google Play Movies.

      The same film will set you back £4.45 via TalkTalk – a saving of 4p. Interestingly, Amazon Prime Instant video charges the same amount for Star Wars Episode VII and a number of other new releases.

      Because TalkTalk is entering an already saturated marketplace, experts are predicting it could struggle.

      Commenting on the new service, telecoms expert Cable.co.uk, Dan Howdle said: "It's difficult to see where the TalkTalk TV Store fits exactly in such a crowded market – it appears to be struggling to find a unique selling point.

      "Netflix specialises in original high-quality programming while offering a decent range of generally older movies and TV shows.

      "Conversely, Amazon Prime Instant Video does the opposite, specialising in newer movies to rent, buy or stream as part of the service, while dabbling in its own original content.

      "Parting those waves is Sky's Now TV, which offers the most up-to-date subscription-inclusive movies and TV of the three, but does not offer one-off rentals or movies 'only just out'.

      "When Tesco ran this service as Blinkbox, it struggled because it couldn't find a comfy spot between these heavyweight contenders.

      "I'm not seeing anything here beyond the average rental coming in marginally cheaper. That won't be enough."

      If you do fancy giving it a go viewers will be able to register up to five devices to their account, and watch one film or programme on their TalkTalk TV while streaming or downloading another on a different device.

      Additionally, existing TalkTalk customers can access the new service by simply using their TalkTalk log-in details, meaning no need to create another account or provide credit card details.

      At the end of the month, any purchases will be added directly to their monthly bill.

      TalkTalk recently came bottom of the list for customer service.

      The broadband supplier scored just 38 per cent in the Which? report, with the poor result due to bad customer service and lack of ease when contacting the firm.


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      Re: New movie rental service takes on Sky and Netflix - offers 'cheapest' prices in the UK

      Do use Google Play often for occasional rentals, but lately a few more because of their offers.
      They do put out a lot of offers and recently its 75% off and 99p movies, and that includes the latest released ones. Star Wars VII was one of them. Just looked and its showing that film in hd rent as £1.49 for me.
      We rented the Steve Jobs movie last week, that worked out at 79p.
      What I really like about Google Play, is it runs on anything, so you can start watching it via a chromecast on tv and then pause continue and pick up on the patio on a different tablet/phone.
      Proper fluid viewing and it works faultlessly.

      As for Blinkbox, now integrated into TalkTalkTV, I employed and managed a few contractors who had previously worked on the early stages and build of that product. It was one of those things that popped out of their CV's and they were great and loyal guys for me for a number of years and are still good friends now they have both moved on to other great IT things.
      Tesco made a bit of a mess of it from what I heard, hoping to align it with the tesco hudl, Their clubcard tv just never took off with any significant userbase, so it was looking to be offloaded early, but the tesco reorg pushed that quicker.
      Do hope TalkTalk can make something of it, as it has a good base of values for a uk audience, but its in a very compeitive world.
      They do have a good relationship with movie houses and content providers too, so that holds well for them.
      They along the way have set some good standards and wers some of the first to produce apps on games consoles and tvs, some seen high of merit.

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      Re: New movie rental service takes on Sky and Netflix - offers 'cheapest' prices in the UK

      Yay let's pay even more for an even more fragmented service.

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      Re: New movie rental service takes on Sky and Netflix - offers 'cheapest' prices in the UK

      Now TV customers can rent the latest movies from Sky Store too if they want to.
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