Although BT is chiefly known for its broadband and phone packages, it’s also one of the most popular TV providers in the UK. It has loads of offers for new and existing customers, and all of its TV packages come with a brand spanking new YouView box.
Before we get down to the nitty-gritty though, the first thing to note is that you can’t have BT TV on its own - you can only watch it as part of a bundle that includes broadband.
While Freeview channels come through the aerial, some extra channels and on demand shows on BT TV are streamed over the internet - that means they won’t work without a broadband connection. Consequently, the better your connection, the less likelihood there is of you having to endure the jittering, pixelated head of Phil Mitchell frozen on iPlayer for hours on end.
Luckily, BT’s broadband packages are some of the best in country. Read on, and we’ll tell you how to find a broadband and TV package that best suits you:
BT TV packages
Sure, BT might not have as many channels to offer as Sky and Virgin Media, but it does have a couple of ace cards up its sleeve - chief among them is BT Sport, which hosts loads of top Premier League Football games.
And the good news is, you can add BT Sport to any of the core packages, below:
- Starter Pack + BT Sport - BT’s Starter pack comes with 80 Freeview channels, 15 of which are in HD. You can also watch catch up TV and access loads of on demand content in the BT store. Plus, you’ll also get BT Sport thrown in for free.
- Entertainment - With BT’s Entertainment package, you’ll be able to pause, rewind and record up to 300 hours of TV, as well as access over 25 Premium channels like Comedy Central, Discovery, Universal and Gold.
- Max - The great thing about BT Max is, you can record up to 600 hours’ worth of standard definition TV and access over 60 premium TV channels - a load of which are in HD - courtesy of the impressive YouView Ultra HD box. In addition, you can watch BT Sport in 4K quality - naturally you’ll need BT fibre broadband packages to get this package.
As you can see, BT has a decent amount of TV to offer. But, should you get the itch for even more channels, you can always add a Bolt-on.
Of course, this option will cost a little more each month, but fortunately you won’t be tied into a contract - you can stop and start your subscriptions as and when you want. To find out more about BT’s Bolt-ons, click here.
BT broadband packages
Aside from a decent selection of TV packages, BT also offer loads of fast and reliable broadband packages, too. Take a look below to see if any take your fancy:
- Broadband Unlimited - Not everyone needs super-quick broadband. In fact, for a lot of people, BT’s Broadband Unlimited will do the job, just fine. It’s perfect for watching the odd programme on catch-up or casually browsing the web. That said, if you live in a house full of people, or like to stream music from Apple or Spotify, you’ll be better off with a more reliable fibre package.
- Superfast Fibre - Superfast Fibre is a great option for gamers or those who stream a lot of TV programmes. It comes with 200GB worth of cloud storage, so it’s perfect for downloading music. And, for those in a large household or often work from home, it’s definitely more reliable than standard, ADSL broadband.
- Superfast Fibre 2 - For serious gamers, Netflix junkies and compulsive music streamers, there’s nothing worse than a sub-standard broadband connection. To that end, BT’s Superfast Fibre 2 is the perfect solution. With speeds of up to an eye-watering 67Mb, the chances of lags are seriously reduced, and with a hefty 1000Mb worth of storage thrown in, it’s perfect for downloading loads of content.