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Can I get BT TV?

Luke Thompson
Thursday, November 9th 2017

BT TV is only available to BT broadband and Infinity customers. Previously known as BT Vision, it is best known for BT Sport, home of the Champions League, and much more.

Formerly built around Freeview channels and on demand TV, BT is now a serious sports broadcaster in its own right. Our guide makes it easy to find out if you can get it where you are.

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Can I get BT TV without BT broadband?

No, BT TV is only available to BT Broadband or BT Infinity customers. If you already have broadband from BT, you can add BT TV at any time. If not, you’ll need to buy one of BT’s broadband services as part of a BT TV bundle.

Will I get BT Sport?

All BT broadband and BT Infinity customers can watch all the BT Sport channels on TV for free. BT broadband-only customers can access BT Sport on their computer through BTSport.com, or on other devices with the BT Sport App for £0 per month. BT Sport is not available to BT business broadband customers.

The BT Sport pack includes BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3 and ESPN.

What is the minimum download speed for BT TV?

To receive the basic on demand service you’ll need a steady download speed of at least 2Mbps. To subscribe to BT TV’s Extra premium channels, you’ll need a BT Infinity fibre connection of at least 15Mbps.

What channels and on demand content will I get?

As standard, you’ll get 80 Freeview channels that broadcast in your area, and free and unlimited access to the BT catch up TV service with the Starter package. The Entertainment package offers an extra 28 channels including Comedy Central and SyFy and a YouView+ box that allows you to record your favourite programmes.

BT’s premium TV package, Max, comes with around an extra 50+ channels including 13 in HD and nine kids' channels. You’ll also get a 1TB Youview+ box and the BT Sport Ultra HD channel, which will showcase a selection of matches.

All TV packages come with BT’s exclusive drama channel AMC – an equivalent to Sky Atlantic. It broadcasts a variety of dark and gritty US dramas.

You can boost your channel choice with bolt-ons

TV packages can be upgraded further with Kids, Music, Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and Netflix bolt-ons. However, the bolt-ons are limited to certain packages. For example, Sky Sports is only available with Infinity broadband.

You can also get access to on demand content including BT Music and BT Kids bolt-ons. This means kids can watch their favourite shows whenever they like without any adverts. Prices start from £3 per month.

What do I need?

  • An active BT landline
  • At least 2Mbps BT broadband
  • A digital-ready TV aerial
  • A BT Home Hub
  • A YouView set-top box

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