The BT TV service BT Vision combines Freeview channels with a digital receiver and video recorder called the Vision+ box, which streams on-demand TV through your broadband, to give an enormous range of live and on-demand programmes. The TV and broadband market has been heading towards a convergence for some time and the BT TV service is a great example of this, combining as it does video on demand and TV over a broadband connection with regular Freeview broadcasts. As well as providing the extra content the Vision + box enables you to pause and rewind live Freeview channels, using the built in hard drive to temporarily store the programme and allowing the user to resume viewing from the paused moment without missing anything. You’ll find a 2 week programme guide along with an on-screen guide that enables you to choose from the content on demand.
What’s on BT TV?
Movies – BT Vision has signed deals with a range of top studios to provide pay-per-view films from classic movies to the latest blockbusters. Studios on board include;
Buena Vista International (including Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios and Miramax Films)
Sport – Sport on BT Vision is largely based around Premier League football matches. In a joint deal with BSkyB, BT has the rights to 242 same-day, but not live, Premier League matches per season – this started with the 2007-8 season and lasts through the 2008-9 and 2009-10 seasons. In addition to this BT offer on-demand coverage of 125 matches per season from the Football League and the Carling Cup – similarly these are not live but can be viewed from midnight the day after the match. ESPN can also be added as an extra to BT Vision by use of a smart card, giving access to 46 live Barclays Premier league matches and 30 live Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches during the 2009/10 season.
Music – BT Vision’s music offering spans a range of styles from rock and pop to r’n'b to opera and jazz. They have deals in place with Universal, Sony BMG and EMI Music, as well as Planet Rock and Music Mall.
Kids – Children’s TV is well represented on BT Vision with access to the following channels;
BT Vision Packages
- BT TV Broadband and Calls
- BT TV Broadband and Anytime Calls
- BT Unlimited TV Broadband and Calls
- BT Vision Bronze Pack
- BT Vision Silver Pack
- BT Vision Gold Pack
- BT TV
- BT More TV, Broadband and Calls
- BT TV, Entertainment, Broadband and Calls
- TV Essential + Broadband and Anytime Calls
- TV Essential + More Broadband and Calls
- TV Essential + Unlimited Broadband + Calls
- TV Unlimited + Broadband + Anytime Calls
- TV Unlimited + More Broadband and Calls
- TV Unlimited + Unlimited Broadband + Calls
BT Vision Starter Deal
£20 a month
£4 a month first 4 months! > Free Vision+ Box > 20Mb Broadband – 10GB usage > Freeview, Catch-Up & Pay per View > Anytime calls > Online only offer
Best Value Unlimited TV
£28.50 a month
£12.50 a month first 4 months! > Free Vision+ Box > 20Mb/10GB Broadband > Freeview, Catch-Up & On Demand > ESPN > Anytime calls > Online only
BT Unlimited TV & BB!
£40.50 a month
£32.50 a month first 3 months! > Free Vision+ Box > Unlimited Broadband > Freeview, Catch-Up & unlimited On Demand > Anytime calls > ESPN