BT Vision+ Box Specification

This page contains details of the standards supported by the BT Vision box, for those looking for detailed technical information.

Note that this page applies to the first version of the BT Vision box (colour grey), not the black version released in December 2009.

BT Vision V+ box with remote
The BT Vision+ Box

The BT Vision service offers live TV from Freeview, plus downloaded content over Broadband. For details of the service, please see our BT Vision Review.


BT Vision+ Box Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 360 x 220 x 55 mm
  • Weight: 1.9g
  • Disk capacity: 160 gigabytes
  • Software: Microsoft WinCE, using Microsoft Electronic Programme Guide

More details on our BT Vision V-Box Explored page.

Technical Specifications

Thanks to forum visitor ‘justsomebloke’ for extracting the following key facts from the BT Vision+ box documentation:

Video decoding

Microsoft Windows Media VC1

MPEG4 pt10 (H.264) in MPEG TS

MPEG1 Video

MPEG-2 DVB compliant up to MP@ML

Video Formats

PAL (interlaced)

4:3 & 16:9

Audio Decoding

Audio MPEG 1 Layer I, II, III (MP3)

Dolby Digital (downmix to stereo)

MPEG4 Audio AAC HE mono/stereo

High Definition

Video Decoders:

MPEG4 AVC HP@L4 for 50Hz

MPEG-2 MP@HL for 50Hz

Audio decoders:

MPEG1 Layer II (2.0)

Dolby Digital

System Resources

300MHz Processor

4Mbytes Flash Memory

128Mbytes RAM

160Gbyte Hard Disk

Terrestrial Aerial Interface

RF input – IEC169-2 Female connector, 75 Ohm impedance RF output – IEC169-2 Male connector, 75 Ohm impedance (Modulated output)

Reception – Demodulation

UHF operation

Supports 2K and 8K FFT modes

Modulation types QPSK, 16QAM 64QAM



Out – RGB or Y/C, CVBS + Audio L/R, WSS

In – CVBS + Audio L/R

Blanking / fast switch

Slow switch/4:3 & 16:9 (WSS)


Pass-through to TV SCART

RGB (inc. FB and synch), or Y/C


Audio L&R

Pin8 (if configured as input)

Output – CVBS

Audio L&R

Pin8 (if configured as output) including Wide Screen Signalling (4:3 & 16:9)

Blanking / fast switch (pass through only)

Slow switch/4:3 & 16:9 (WSS)


L & R audio outputs




RJ11 connector

REN of not greater than 1

Caller Display Modem compliant with SIN 227, SIN 242, Sin 350 compliant


4-pins S-Video

Smart Card

EMV 2000

ISO 7816-1,2,3

protocols T=1 and T=0


RJ45 connector

10/100 Base T auto sensing IEEE802.3 Compliant

USB (2 on rear panel, 1 on front panel)

USB 2.0 standard (bus master) compliant


HDMI 1.1 output (High Definition Multi-Media Interface) with HDCP copy protection

Thanks to ‘justsomebloke’ for the above info

V-Box rear
Rear of the original BT Vision V+ Box (thanks to justsomebloke)


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