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BT is upgrading its TV service. It has a whole host of goodies in store for customers, including a new app, new features, a new look and better sound quality.

So what do these involve? When will they arrive? And how will it shape up to new TV set top boxes from Sky and Virgin Media? Read on, and all will be revealed.

1 New look

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First up, BT is giving its BT TV service a whole new look. We're promised an "image-rich user experience with easy access to channels and on-demand content".

BT has been a bit light on specifics, but reading between the lines, we can expect lots more pictures in the user interface.

It's also promised to be a "faster and slicker experience" and much more intuitive to navigate. So expect the layout to be rejigged, making it easier to find what you're looking for.

2 New app

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Partnering with this new look UI will be BT TV's new app. This will let customers manage their recordings and stream live and on-demand programmes to their mobile or tablet. In other words, you won't have to miss an episode just because you're nipping out.

3 Regular boxing

From the start of next year, BT will start showing boxing on Saturday nights thanks to a new partnership with the BoxNation channel. The channel will be free to all BT Sport subscribers.

At least 20 Saturday night events, including World, European, British and Commonwealth title fights promoted by Frank Warren will be shown on BT Sport channels.

Boxing fans will also be able to follow their favourite boxers 24/7.

4 Better sound quality

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BT will also add Dolby Atmos sound to its BT Sport 4K UHD TV packages. This should make it the first broadcaster to offer Dolby's service.

Dolby Atmos allows sounds to exist as individual entities, rather than constraining them to channels. This makes for a much more free flowing sound. It also adds the sensation of height, depicting the sounds of objects moving overhead, helping to make it more immersive.

The service will be combined with 4K to deliver the most immersive experience possible. This season, BT doubled the number of sports events it broadcasts in 4K, so there should be plenty to enjoy.

Dolby Atmos will be free with BT TV's Total Entertainment pack.

5 It's coming soon

Both the app and new UI will be free upgrades for all BT TV customers, even those on packages costing as little as £3 a month. They will arrive in "early 2017" – a welcome treat for the start of the new year.

Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport, said in a statement: "We are taking the fight to our rivals in 2017 and we'll be in great shape."

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