Your forum username:
Do you already have an account?
Forgot your password?
  • Log in or Sign up

    Welcome to Sky User - The Unofficial Support Forum for everything Sky! - Proudly helping over 65k members.


    Results 1 to 4 of 4
    Like Tree1Likes
    • 1 Post By bubblegun

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

    This is a discussion on New movie rental service takes on Sky and Netflix - offers 'cheapest' prices in the UK within the Entertainment forums, part of the Community channel category; TalkTalk TV Store takes on Sky and Netflix - offers 'cheapest' prices in the UK | Tech | Life & ...

    1. #1
      Scubbie's Avatar
      Scubbie is offline Sky User Moderator
      Exchange: 02392
      Broadband ISP: Sky Fibre Unlimited
      Router: Sky Q Hub ER110
      Sky TV: Sky+HD box
      Join Date
      Mar 2010
      Near Portsmouth
      Thanked 2,207 Times in 2,076 Posts

      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, 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.

    2. Advertisement
    3. #2
      lettice's Avatar
      lettice is offline Sky User Member
      Exchange: 0.4 mile away and cabinet 350 yards
      Broadband ISP: Sky Fibre Max
      Router: ER110UK Sky Q hub
      Sky TV: SkyQ2tb + minis
      Join Date
      Jun 2011
      Thanked 191 Times in 182 Posts

      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.

    4. #3
      coipu's Avatar
      coipu is offline Sky User Member
      Exchange: EADER or is it?
      Broadband ISP: Sky Fibre Unlimited
      Router: Lede on ECI Modem/pfSense
      Sky TV: Cord Cut
      Join Date
      Dec 2012
      Wherever I lay my VPN
      Thanked 38 Times in 36 Posts

      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.

      Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

    5. #4
      bubblegun's Avatar
      bubblegun is offline Sky User Member
      Exchange: near Glasgow
      Broadband ISP: Sky ADSL
      Router: Billion 7400
      Sky TV: Sky Q 2TB
      Join Date
      Mar 2007
      Thanked 123 Times in 118 Posts

      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.
      Scubbie likes this.
      Please note the views and recommendations in my posts are my own and in no way reflect the views of Sky



    Tags for this Thread

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    SkyUser - Copyright © 2006-2017. SatDish and NewsreadeR | SkyUser is in no way affiliated with Sky Broadband / BSkyB