BT boosts TV bundles with HD, kids and on-demand TV bolt-ons

You can now tailor your BT TV package to your needs with the launch of HD Extra, Kids Extra and three on-demand options - with the former essentially a free upgrade if you already pay for BT Sport in HD.

BT has made two new packs of channels and three on-demand bolt-ons available with BT TV, allowing customers to build their own TV packages, tailoring them to their own needs.

You can add either of the packs to your bundle for £3 a month each as long as you have BT Infinity fibre optic broadband and the BT TV Entertainment Pack, which costs £7 a month, and consists of 18 channels:

Entertainment Pack

Alibi

Discovery

Nat Geo Wild

Animal Planet

E!

National Geographic

British Eurosport

Fox

Syfy

British Eurosport 2

Gold

TLC

Comedy Central

History

Universal Channel

Crime and Investigation Network

MTV

Watch

The packs are named HD Extra, which features high-definition (HD) versions of eight channels in the Entertainment Pack, and Kids Extra, which is made up of nine children's channels:

HD Extra

Kids Extra

Comedy Central HD

Boomerang

Crime and Investigation Network HD

Cartoon Network

Fox HD

Cartoonito

History HD

Disney Channel

MTV HD

Disney Junior

Nat Geo Wild HD

Disney XD

National Geographic HD

Nickelodeon

Syfy HD

Nick Jr

Nicktoons

HD Extra also includes HD versions of all three BT Sport channels - BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN. This means if you already pay for BT Sport in HD, which costs £3 a month, HD Extra is essentially a free upgrade to your BT TV package as you'll be getting six extra HD channels for no extra cost.

BT has also rejigged the on-demand options for BT TV packages into flexible, monthly bolt-ons. Kids and Music - which offers music videos, karaoke, concerts and complete albums - will cost you £3 a month each, and Film and TV Box Sets will cost you £5 a month.

The on-demand bolt-ons are available to you whether you're a new or existing BT TV customer and can be added to the basic BT TV Essential pack, which offers you everything you'd get on Freeview and BT Sport for £5 a month, as well as the BT TV Entertainment pack.

As we reported last week, Sky Movies is now also available on BT TV, as is Curzon Home Cinema, arthouse cinema chain Curzon's on-demand service, meaning there are a variety of options now available to you to customise your package, especially if you're a movie buff.

Alex Green, director of TV for BT, said: "We know that customers don't like paying a fortune for hundreds of channels they never watch so we're making things easier for them and putting the choice in their hands."

However, BT is far from the only TV provider that allows you to do this. With Sky TV you can choose from three entertainment packs as well as adding Sky Movies, Sky Sports and individual channels such as MUTV to your package.

If you've got TalkTalk Plus TV or TalkTalk Essentials TV you can add eight different 'TV Boosts' to your package, which offer everything from up to 60 entertainment channels from the UK and the US to Asian channels. Sky Movies and Sky Sports can also be added.

Virgin Media's a little more straightforward when it comes to TV, offering four easily identifiable packages, although BT Sport, Sky Movies and Sky Sports can be added to any of them. The exception's TV XL, which comes with BT Sport as standard. Adult, Asian and kids TV collections are also available.

With the amount of options available now when it comes to TV, if you're looking for a new package make sure you compare before switching. That way you can to ensure that you're getting the channels and on-demand services you want, as well a good deal.

Click here to compare broadband, phone and TV deals

Will you be adding any bolt-ons to your BT TV package? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stay up to date with the latest news: Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

How would you rate broadbandchoices? Help us improve by writing a review

Suggested Pages

  • How to watch TV on games consoles

  • Sports and broadband

  • Can I get BT Sport on Sky?

  • Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video vs Now Broadband: Which is best?

  • Sky Cinema vs Now TV: Which should I get?

  • What is Freesat & is it worth it?

  • Free BT Sport means 90% of UK households now choose BT broadband

  • TalkTalk launch UK's cheapest TV bundle

  • Stream the best Sky channels with NOW TV for less than £5 a month

  • Plusnet customers can get all three BT Sport channels from next month

  • Sky Movies coming to BT TV this month

  • Watch BT Sport free on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media TV this month