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.

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BT Vision – What you need to know:

BT Vision LogoFirst, the five things you need to know about BT Vision:

  1. To get BT Vision, you need to get your broadband from BT
  2. With BT Vision, you get a special box called the Vision+ box
  3. Your Vision+ box is connected to the Internet, for on-demand content
  4. Your Vision+ box also needs to be connected to a TV aerial
  5. 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.

BT Vision 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.
  • ESPN logoSports: 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

BT Vision On-demand screen
Screenshot of BT Vision’s on demand screen


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BT Vision V+ Box with remote control
The BT Vision+ Box, with remote control


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  • Shaena Gibbons

    There is no way of finding out why I can’t get ITV3
    Please tell me why I can’t get it on my BT Vision

  • I was promised by BT at the beginning of September that my package would include Eurosport by the end of September. I’ve heard noithing since and as I am a keen tennis fan I shall definitely change to SKY if this promise by BT is not fulfilled.

    There are a number of sport channels now but as far as I am concerned they are mostly useless.

  • Clare B

    the ITV channels are listed as available on BT Vision are ITV 1,2,3 and 4 what about ITV Encore and ITVBe?
    I currently have freeview which means I can get ITV 1,2,3,4 and Be and the plus one channels (which by the way do not work!)
    does this mean that BT Vision does NOT have ITV Be or ITV Encore? (yes I am THAT dumb I’m a mentally subnormal freak without a flaming clue so do me a big giant favour and dumb your responses down ok?)

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