TalkTalk has unveiled details of its Black Friday broadband deals and is waiving set-up costs entirely for the promotion. Among the packages being discounted as part of the pre-Christmas retail bonanza is the TalkTalk TV, Faster Fibre & Phone deal. This offers broadband speeds of up to 38Mbps and unlimited downloads, along with a free TV box that lets viewers pause and rewind TV.
Customers will also benefit from up to 80 Freeview channels and have the option of adding and removing channels, including Sky Sports and Sky Cinema, on a flexible one-month contract. This means they will have the chance to pick and mix their ideal TV package. The 18-month contract costs ?27 per month (plus ?50 in set-up costs).
Also on offer for Black Friday is the TalkTalk Faster Fibre Broadband package. This also offers broadband speeds of up to 38Mbps – which TalkTalk says is up to 4.5 times faster than standard broadband. The bundle also offers unlimited downloads, free fibre set-up, a powerful router and online security features.
Subscribers will be required to pay ?27 per month. Perhaps the best promotion of the day, though, is the option to sign up for one-month of Sky Sports (normally ?32 per month) for no charge. Live Premier League games airing on Sky Spots over the next 30 days include:
Saturday 3rd Dec – Manchester City v Chelsea (k.o.
12.30pm) Sunday 11th Dec – Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur (k.o.
2.15pm) Sunday 18th Dec – Manchester City v Arsenal (k.o.
4pm) Monday 19th Dec – Everton v Liverpool (k.o.
The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released its television audience measurements for October 2016. Included in the report is a list of the most-watched shows on SABC 1,2,3, Etv, and DStv. The BRCSA said the report does not “in any way give you a total viewership of DStv Commercial channels”, and that the figures indicated “viewership on the platform at the top tier”.
The tables below detail the top shows on the various platforms during October.
|Date||Show||Viewers||Digital DStv Viewers|
|02-10-16||Our Perfect Wedding||1202414||1544207|
|18-10-16||Greed & Desire||466287||567241|
|17-10-16||Premier League:Liverpool vs Man||446835||485738|
|29-10-16||Absa Premiership Orlando Pirates||417595||528642|
|04-10-16||Please Step in||391837||490467|
|08-10-16||The Rugby Championship||391824||409869|
|19-10-16||Uefa Champions League||361292||415009|
|23-10-16||Orange Caf Champions League||359136||433364|
|15-10-16||Absa Premiership Kaizer Chiefs||346051||423596|
|07-10-16||Greed & Desire||318621||415451|
|15-10-16||There’s a Zulu on My Stoep||316511||448094|
|23-10-16||Telkom Knockout Cup||316506||373038|
|01-10-16||The Rugby Championship||310536||352566|
|08-10-16||2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifier||305688||341201|
|16-10-16||Absa Premiership Polokwane||299142||345485|
|22-10-16||Telkom Knockout Cup||273727||319580|
|23-10-16||Premier League: Chelsea vs Man||270298||313688|
|10-10-16||Generations the Legacy||8030677|
|04-10-16||Rise Talk Show||4258622|
|12-10-16||My Perfect Family||4038047|
|23-10-16||Caf Champions League||3367873|
|29-10-16||Friends Like These||3054045|
|19-10-16||Lotto Draw Live||4273782|
|03-10-16||Ga Re Dumele||2404705|
|28-10-16||Bitso Lebe Ke Seromo||2375772|
|01-10-16||Stuart Little II||1442442|
|01-10-16||Castle Lager Rugby||1275101|
|15-10-16||Ke Ba Bolelletse||1180907|
|18-10-16||The Bold and the Beautiful||992278|
|05-10-16||Cricket Wrap up||908264|
|12-10-16||Momentum One Day||895228|
|09-10-16||The Water Horse||837300|
|11-10-16||Neil Anthony Private Chef||644922|
|16-10-16||Saving Rhino Phila||509282|
|23-10-16||Chameleons of the World||500219|
|23-10-16||Sa’s Got Talent||3219415|
|21-10-16||The Powerball Draw||2680239|
|29-10-16||Jack the Giant Slayer||2655538|
|02-10-16||E News Direct Headlines||2635331|
|22-10-16||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||2510400|
|08-10-16||Journey 2 Mysterious Island||2488208|
|23-10-16||Wwe Wrestling Raw||2477246|
|23-10-16||E News Direct||2086830|
- ^ October 2016 (www.brcsa.org.za)
- ^ How letting young children watch TV can slow down their learning (mybroadband.co.za)
Tests of York s Ultra Fibre Optic (UFO) fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network are seeing encouraging results, and ISP TalkTalk is exploring the possibility of rolling the network out on a wider basis. UFO a joint venture between fibre backhaul supplier CityFibre, and internet service providers (ISPs) Sky and TalkTalk was launched in 20151 with the intention of being the first gigabit FTTP service to be made available on a large scale in an urban area. The partners also set out to prove that such a project would be well-accepted by users and be financially viable. The network dig around the city has made steady progress, with 120km of fibre optic cable laid, connecting 500 homes. It is also testing with business customers.
According to project head Richard Sinclair, the network has already had 70,000GB of data downloaded across it. Sinclair said the work would not have been possible without the enthusiastic backing of York City Council.
The council shares TalkTalk s vision and passion that technology will transform our society, said Sinclair. The council is the de facto fourth partner in the venture and has been very supportive of our journey to make York UFO s first city. York Council head of ICT Roy Grant said the service gave his city a chance to extend the so-called Northern Powerhouse2 beyond larger urban areas, such as Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.
York already offers free city centre Wi-Fi3 and ultrafast connectivity to council facilities. Grant said he was particularly keen to beef up general connectivity to help convince more businesses to locate in the city, and to convince students at its university to build lives and careers there.
The free Wi-Fi has also proved particularly useful at attracting tourists, especially from China, where connectivity is a big factor in holidaymaker decision-making.
Why does the tech powerhouse have to be Leeds and Manchester? What can t it be here? There is no reason not to come stay, live and work in York, and this fibre footprint is a key enabler, said Grant.
Connectivity shouldn t be a lottery. It shouldn t matter where you live. It should be a given.
In a new-build suburb of York, TalkTalk has set up a demonstration property designed to show off the potential of UFO to potential customers, broadband stakeholders and politicians both local and national. It is a standard modern terrace on a pleasant estate, and it is called the Lighthouse. Inside, multiple devices tested by Computer Weekly and TalkTalk s engineers were able to sustain download speeds of well over 200Mbps, on par with other FTTP services available. The stable connection was perfectly able to stream 4K television4, while supporting general domestic usage, home working and more bandwidth-intensive activities such as gaming simultaneously.
Anecdotally, gamers connected to UFO have reported seeing themselves shooting up the performance league tables on games such as Call of Duty5, as the lack of latency now means they are able to perform as well as rivals in countries such as South Korea, where ultrafast broadband is virtually ubiquitous. Outside the Lighthouse, the diggers have been using micro-trenching6 to install the cables just below the surface of the pavement, with a connection directly into each home. TalkTalk claimed it can get the average homeowner up and running with the service in a couple of hours although so far the project is still at a limited-enough stage that more personalised installations are feasible.
According to TalkTalk, take-up among those properties included in the project s catchment area has been significantly ahead of what BT has seen on its FTTC roll-out7. Such as with many other gigabit fibre projects, the near neighbours of those that have received the service tend to become particularly vocal in demanding the service be extended. There is also talk of a positive impact on local house prices.
Resilient fibre network
According to Sinclair, one of the knockout differences TalkTalk has seen so far has been the resilience of the fibre network.
One of the service challenges TalkTalk has seen in the past is that some of the infrastructure is up to 100 years old. It fails in poor weather and suffers all sorts of faults, he said.
The fault often sits on the Openreach network, but customers buying services from TalkTalk don t care about that. With a TalkTalk-owned network, they only have one call to make.
During the winter storms, when many Openreach cabinets in York were taken out by flooding8, UFO customers opened their doors and broadband connections to their neighbours, said Sinclair. He conceded that the UFO project still had its sceptics, but argued that those saying fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) was all that was needed to guarantee superfast connectivity were plain wrong.
Demand for data and capacity is doubling every year. We need the flexibility, agility and connectivity that ultrafast brings. We re trying to create an accessible digital revolution, he said.
Its next objective will be to see if it can manage the demands of two network builds at once, so that it can decide if a large-scale roll-out is feasible.
- ^ was launched in 2015 (www.computerweekly.com)
- ^ Northern Powerhouse (www.computerweekly.com)
- ^ York already offers free city centre Wi-Fi (www.computerweekly.com)
- ^ to stream 4K television (www.computerweekly.com)
- ^ Call of Duty (www.computerweekly.com)
- ^ micro-trenching (www.bbcmag.com)
- ^ has been significantly ahead of what BT has seen on its FTTC roll-out (www.computerweekly.com)
- ^ Openreach cabinets in York were taken out by flooding (www.computerweekly.com)
- ^ inside the CityFibre network footprint (www.computerweekly.com)