Plusnet TV - What can we expect?
Plusnet (www.plus.net) is stretching its feelers out into the world of TV in the form of our good friend YouView. Right now, it’s still in the trial stage, only available to existing Unlimited Fibre and Unlimited Fibre Extra customers - though it looks likely we’ll get an official launch fairly soon.
To get Plusnet TV, you have to renew your contract for another 18 months. You’ll then have the choice of a regular YouView set top box, which lets you watch over 70 free-to-air TV and radio channels - 10 of which are HD - as well as pause and rewind live TV. Or, you can go for the fancier YouView+ box, so you can also record up to 300 hours of standard definition telly. Both have access to seven days of catch up too, from the big on demand services like BBC iPlayer and 4OD.
YouView is also known for its user-friendly and accessible interface. All those programmes on catch up can be found just by scrolling back on the TV guide, and you can search by genre, turn on subtitles or audio description easily, and zoom in on text to read it better.
With Plusnet, you can snag a few telly extras. You’ll get 15 more premium entertainment channels as standard, including Comedy Central, Discovery, Eurosport, MTV, and Syfy. And if that’s not enough, Plusnet’s launching ‘channel packs’ too. The two available off the bat are the kids TV pack and the HD pack, for more of the TV you love in stunning high definition.
Unfortunately, it’s still a way to go before Plusnet TV is available to the rest of us. But if you like the sound of YouView, and want to get some extra channels and services from it too, we recommend comparing the TV packages from BT (www.bt.com) and TalkTalk (www.talktalk.co.uk).
With BT TV you get extra entertainment channels on YouView as standard, as well as free BT Sport, and you can subscribe to ‘Bolt-ons’ for more channels or on demand services. Take a look at our guide for the lowdown.
Similarly, TalkTalk TV has ‘Boosts’ to offer, so you can get bundles of channels added to your package. These include sports, music, world TV, Sky Cinema… the whole shebang. Read our full guide to find out the details.