As well as being Britain’s most popular broadband provider, BT boasts an impressive suite of flexible TV packages, too. Here’s everything you need to know, including advice on finding the best broadband and TV deal for you and your household…
BT TV has a lot to recommend it. For starters, BT Sport brings you Premier League football matches, Formula 1, golf majors and many other popular sports from the UK and across the pond.
And because BT TV add-ons operate on a 30-day rolling contract basis, you’ll be able to chop and change your package whenever you want.
You can also add NOW TV passes to watch Sky Sports, as well as Sky Original shows on popular channels such as Sky One and Sky Atlantic, and the full Sky Cinema collection, to boot.
BT TV packages
With five flexible TV packages to choose from, plus the option to include monthly add-ons, BT TV is a very viable alternative to Sky and Virgin Media.
Here’s what each BT TV package has to offer…
- Entertainment – With BT’s Entertainment bundle, you’ll get access to over 300 TV box sets from a NOW Entertainment Membership. You’ll also be able to watch Sky Original shows from premium channels such as Sky Atlantic and Sky One.
- Sport – One of the UK’s’ most popular sport packages, BT Sports features six dedicated sport channels, along with BoxNation. These channels showcase exclusive live Premier League games and every match of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
- Big Entertainment –See award-winning shows from the AMC network and channels such as Sky Atlantic and Sky One. There’s over 300 Box Sets and all Sky Cinema channels, too. Plus, 1,000 movies on demand and over 30 new movies added every month from NOW.
- Big Sport – Alongside all BT Sport channels, BT’s Big Sport bundle brings you all Sky Sports channels, too. Highlights include Premier League and UEFA League games, plus UFC.
- VIP – If you’re willing to pay more, BT’s VIP bundle offers all of the above, including all Sky Cinema channels and Sky Sports channels.
As you might expect, BT has a wide range of ADSL and fibre optic broadband packages on offer. What speeds you get depend on what’s available in your area.
Here’s what BT fibre packages are available:
- Fibre Essential - average speeds of 36Mbps
- Fibre 1 – average speeds of 50Mbps
- Fibre 2 – average speeds of 67Mbps
- Fibre 100 and Fibre 250 - average speeds of 145Mbps and 300Mbps respectively
Non-flexible TV packages
If you’re not too bothered about premium content from Sky and having the widest possible range of channels to choose from, BT’s Classic TV might be your best option.
You’ll get hundreds of hours of On Demand Entertainment, including National Geographic, E! and the History Channel.
Plus, there’s up to 94 Freeview channels to watch – including 16 in HD. And the BT set top box also means you can pause and rewind live TV. BT’s pricier TV and broadband bundles include a box that can record hundreds of hours of shows too.
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*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.
What can I get from BT TV?
BT’s range of optional add-ons includes the NOW Sky Sports Pass, BT TV Kids and the NOW Sky Cinema Pass. Moreover, you’ll be able to watch Amazon Prime and Netflix through BT’s set top box, too.
What channels can I get with BT TV?
Like most TV packages, BT comes with over 30 Freeview channels, including BBC (plus HD channels), ITV, ITV 2, ITV 3, ITV Be, Channel 4 (plus HD, +1), Channel 5, Dave, E4, Five USA, Quest, CBBC and CBeebies.
And the Entertainment packages comes with channels such as AMC HD, plus a host of Sky channels via a NOW membership, including Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Witness, Sky Crime, Sky Comedy and Sky Arts.
What are the alternatives to BT TV?
These days, most household-name providers offer TV alongside their broadband packages, including Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Plusnet.
If you’re looking to keep costs down, TalkTalk and Plusnet are a good bet. But if you want the widest selection of TV channels and best set top boxes, go with Sky or Virgin Media.
Fast broadband a priority for you? Virgin Media is a good option if it’s available in your area.
What are the pros and cons of BT TV?
As we say, BT TV has a lot to recommend it. But does that mean it’ll be the best choice for you and your family?
Here’s a list of pros and cons to help you make a more informed decision…
- BT Sport – boasts all Champions League matches and UEFA League football, plus a host of other popular sports.
- Free YouView set top box.
- Flexibility – you can add or subtract channels every 30 days.
- Netflix and Sky Cinema are available to watch through your TV box.
- Regularly discounts broadband and TV deals.
- Only available with a broadband and phone package.
- You’ll get faster internet with Virgin Media.