BT TV – Digital TV Service Explored
Our look at BT TV (formerly BT Vision). On this page, you’ll find an overview of BT’s home digital TV service, which combines Freeview with a library of on-demand movies and TV shows. We also answer common questions on the service, as well as provide help and advice.
BT TV combines digital TV via a TV aerial, a digital video recorder, plus a large collection of TV shows and movies available “on demand” over BT Broadband. You can find details of the service at bt.com/tv
The BT TV service includes the BT TV box, which stores up to 600 hours of TV and lets you access thousands of hours of online TV and films.
What does BT TV offer?
- Over 70 TV channels and 20 radio channels (See BT TV channels).
- Watch a selection of TV shows from the last seven days, from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – sometimes referred to as “catch-up TV“.
- Access to streaming services: BBC iPlayer, NOW, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Britbox
- The BT TV box: A high-spec hard-disk recorder capable of storing up to 600 hours of TV shows
- A 14 day electronic programme guide, as well as an on-screen guide to allow selection of on-demand content. You can also search for TV shows and films by name or actor.
If you get your broadband from BT, you can add BT TV for just £12 a month.
Requirements: BT TV requires a BT Broadband connection and a BT Home Hub (available free with Broadband). For the video-on-demand content, you need a line speed of 2Mb or over. To check your line speed, go to www.bt.com/btbroadband
Need to switch to BT? See BT’s switching guide
BT TV Questions
- Please see our BT TV FAQ for answers to frequently-asked questions.
- Discuss BT TV in our BT TV forum
- Connecting your TV to the Internet
- BT TV Help and Advice
- BT TV Basics – Just the basics
- BT TV Set-top Box Information
- BT TV Content – A summary of what’s on offer
- More on alternative Internet TV services on our dedicated Internet TV Advice page.
- For more on Freeview and free-to-air set-top boxes, see our Freeview page.