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What channels do I get on BT Vision?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions from those considering getting BT Vision. Here, we explain how BT Vision works.
BT Vision - What you need to know:
First, the five things you need to know about BT Vision:
- To get BT Vision, you need to get your broadband from BT
- With BT Vision, you get a special box called the Vision+ box
- Your Vision+ box is connected to the Internet, for on-demand content
- Your Vision+ box also needs to be connected to a TV aerial
- You can choose to get BT Vision on subscription, or go subscription-free
What channels are available?
With BT Vision, you get over 50 channels of live TV, plus a number of radio stations. The live TV channels are actually provided using Freeview (via your TV aerial). Channels include:
- The BBC channels (BBC 1,2,3,4, CBBC, Cbeebies, BBC News Channel)
- The ITV channels (ITV 1,2,3,4)
- Channel 4's channels (Channel 4, E4, More 4, Film 4, 4Music)
- Channel 5's channels (Channel 5, 5*, 5 USA)
- Dave, Quest, Pick TV, Sky News, Yesterday, CNN
- ESPN UK Sport
- Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2
- Various gaming and shopping channels.
Some of the top TV Vision channels
For the full list of Freeview channels available on BT Vision, see our Freeview channel list
BT Vision's extra content...
So, if the live channels are all on Freeview... what's special about BT Vision? That's easy - the extra content.
The BT Vision V+ box is connected to the Internet, and a huge library of TV shows, movies, sporting content, kids TV shows, documentaries and music videos, all available on-demand.
- Catch-up TV: Missed a show in the last 7 days? BT Vision has content from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5
- TV Shows: A large back-catalogue of shows to keep serious telly addicts hooked - Content from the BBC, ITV, 4 on Demand, ABC, E!, HBO, National Geographic, The History Channel, Warner TV, MTV, Sony Entertainment, Discovery on Demand, TV Box, CBS, TX, Chanimal, Battlefield Channel, Comedy Central, Discovery and Adult Swim.
- Movies: Over 600 of on-demand films, from £1.99 - Action, comedy, drama, family, horror, musicals, sci-fi, thriller, war and world cinema.
- Sports: As well as live sporting action from Sky Sports and ESPN (including Premier League football action), there's an archive of classic sporting moments and documentaries. FREE ESPN subscription with any value pack.
- Kids: Hundreds of kids shows from the BBC and Channel 5, including Bob the Builder, Power Rangers, Noddy, Thomas, Rupert, Spongebob and a bucketload more.
- Music: Videos, concerts and documentaries on demand
- Adult: Pin-protected adult movies are also available on BT Vision
Screenshot of BT Vision's on demand screen
The BT Vision+ Box, with remote control
Want more info on BT Vision?
- Can I get BT Vision where I live? Check BT Vision Availability
- Tell me more about the content available: BT Vision on-demand content explored
- How much does BT Vision cost? Visit BT Vision's site for the latest prices
- How does BT Vision work? Check out our BT Vision Basics page
PODCAST FEATURE: We featured BT Vision in Show 53 of our radio show, FrequencyCast
Listen to the show online, or download it to your MP3 player.
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Other BT Vision links:
- BT Vision Review - our take on BT Vision's service (also, try our audio review)
- Your questions answered on our BT Vision FAQ
- Discuss BT Vision in our BT Vision forum
- More on alternative Internet TV and TV-on-demand on our Internet TV section.