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



Nat Geo Wild

Animal Planet


National Geographic

British Eurosport



British Eurosport 2



Comedy Central


Universal Channel

Crime and Investigation Network



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


Crime and Investigation Network HD

Cartoon Network

Fox HD


History HD

Disney Channel


Disney Junior

Nat Geo Wild HD

Disney XD

National Geographic HD


Syfy HD

Nick Jr


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.

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