BT's TV offering lets you watch what you want, when you want. With a BT YouView+ box, you’ll be able to pause, rewind and record all your favourite TV shows. You never need miss your favourite programme again.
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, BT also runs a great movie download service. You can choose from a selection of brand new movies to buy, which are downloaded to your YouView box via your broadband connection. Select movies are even available to watch in glorious 3D, if your TV has that capability.
The BT 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 also allow you to record up to 600 hours of TV, depending upon which model you choose.
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 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 or Smart Hub.
In order to be able to get TV from BT, you need to ensure you fulfil these criteria:
You must have a BT residential phone line that provides a broadband connection speed of at least 2Mbps. You can find this out by using uSwitch's speed checker. If you don't 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.
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.
To see if you can get BT TV, check your broadband speed with our broadband speed test
The channels you can get with BT TV differ based on which package you sign up for. All customers get Freeview TV, BT Sport and some extra channels like MTV, Discovery, Universal and SyFy. Higher-end packages offer more channels, including children's programming and HD channels. If that's not enough for you, BT allows you to customise your package by adding other options like Netflix or Sky Sports.
BT YouView customers also get Dolby 5.1 surround sound and a range of on-demand and catch-up TV services.
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