BT TV explained
BT's TV offering lets you watch what you want, when you want. With a BT Vision + or YouView box, you’ll be able to pause, rewind and record all your favourite TV shows. You never need miss your favourite programme again.
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BT's digital TV service gives you complete control over digital TV programming. Not only can you to control it in much the same way as a DVD or video, with the review, pause and fast forward buttons. You can also watch any programme at any time, meaning that you’re no longer beholden to TV schedules.
Better still, though, is that BT also runs a great movie download service. This lets you choose from a selection of brand new movies to buy, which are downloaded to your Vision+ box or YouView box via your broadband connection. And perhaps even better still is that select movies are available to watch in glorious 3D.
How do the BT YouView box and BT Vision+ work?
The BT Vision + and YouView boxes are best described as digital recorders. Rather like a computer, they work by letting you store content on their onboard hard drives. They both also allow you to record up to 300 hours of TV.
BT’s gadgets also work as a freeview set top box, so you’ll be able to take control of how you watch channels on freeview. This also means that there’s no need for a separate device in your sitting room.
Installing a Vision+ box or YouView box is easy. All you have to do is connect it to your existing TV aerial to get Freeview TV. It’s then just a matter of hooking your set top box up to your broadband line via the BT Home Hub. It really is that simple.
Can anyone get BT TV?
In order to be able to get TV from BT, you need to ensure you fulfil these criteria:
1) You must have a BT residential phone line that provides a broadband connection speed of at least 2Mb. You can find this out by using uSwitch Tech's speed checker.
If you do not receive this speed, it doesn’t necessarily rule you out. You may be able to dramatically boost your speed with the Broadband Accelerator service, whereby a BT engineer will pay you a visit to maximise your connection and boost your speed.
2) If you want to control Freeview digital TV, it stands to reason that you must reside in an area where Freeview TV reception is available.
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Which programmes does BT TV offer?
Both BT YouView customers and those with Vision+ boxes can get all the Freeview channels and BT’s hoard of movies, concerts and quality drama.
However, customers who take the Vision+ box can also sign up for Sky Sports channels. Right now, you can get Sky Sports 1 and 2, meaning that you can expect live Premier League football and a host of other crown jewels sporting events.
Yet more sports programming is available from ESPN on a subscription. Or you get it free if you choose selected Vision Single packs or Value packs.
These sports offerings are not available for YouView customers. However, that's not to say that YouView isn't without its advantages. Among these is the fact that although both boxes offer the chance to watch HD movie channels, the YouView box also features 4 HD Freeview channels.
What's more, BT YouView customers also get Dolby 5.1 surround sound and a greater range of on-demand and catch-up TV services.
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