BT.com/buyYouView – Free BT YouView Box Worth £299
BT (bt.com/buyYouView) is offering a free YouView TV box worth £299 and a free £50 Sainsbury’s voucher to new customers ordering online either BT Broadband or BT Infinity with a BT YouView TV package.
The deal means new customers can get a free YouView box by ordering online BT’s new Totally Unlimited Broadband, Weekend Calls and YouView TV Essential Pack which costs just £5 per month for the first 6 months (£21p/m after), plus BT line rental from £11.75 a month.
YouView is an innovative new digital TV service that integrates content delivered by broadband and television aerial. It is the natural upgrade for people currently using a Freeview box or those dissatisfied with their Pay TV service. It is backed by some of biggest names in British TV and Broadband including the likes of the BBC, BT, Channel 4, TalkTalk, Channel 5, ITV and Arqiva.
With the bt.com/getYouView deal, BT customers will have access to over 100 Freeview digital TV and radio channels (incl. 4 Freeview channels in HD; BBC1 HD, ITV1 HD, Channel 4 HD, BBC HD) together with a unique broadband powered Catch-Up TV service.
This service enables users to scroll back in time using the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), so they can watch shows from last night or last week even if they forgot to record them. There’s also the ability to record, pause and rewind live TV using the 500GB hard drive of the YouView box.
Further broadband powered on-demand content on YouView (over 10,000 pieces) is available from free and paid for ‘Players’ like the BBC iPlayer, ITV player, 4OD, Demand5, Milkshake and NowTV (offers chargeable Sky Movies) – with more content providers joining soon.
Users can find the on-demand content they want to watch by searching YouView by title or by genre. The search results display programmes across all the on-demand Players which means users don’t need to go into each Player separately to perform a search.
Customers taking YouView from BT will also have access to the BT Vision Player, which has an additional 10,000 programmes on demand, including the latest blockbuster films and the best UK TV shows, sport and kids entertainment.
In fact, the BT Vision Player has the largest video on demand library on YouView with Kids, Music, TV and Film. It is also the only destination on YouView where users can enjoy the lastest high definition (HD) films (on pay per view) and music videos – from which users can create their own music playlists.
Commenting on the announcement, BT Retail’s TV Director, Alex Green, said: “This is a fantastic offer. Customers will now be able to enjoy Totally Unlimited BT Broadband with a YouView box, TV Essential pack and Calls – all from just £5 per month”.
Green continued: “With YouView from BT not only can customers experience a great new way to watch TV they will also be able to access a huge range of on-demand content from the BT Vision Player. The launch of YouView from BT is another piece of exciting news about BT’s plans for TV”.
A one-off £49 activation fee applies for the YouView box which includes optional powerline adaptors to make it easy for customers to set the box up themselves.
Alternatively, customers can pay an additional £35 for a BT Engineer to set it up YouView from BT for them.
Existing BT Infinity/Broadband customers will also be able to get a free YouView box (£49 activation fee applies) when they order BT’s YouView TV Essential or Unlimited package, which costs from just £5 and £12.50 a month respectively.
Those existing BT Infinity/Broadband customers who already subscribe to BT Vision, but who are out of contract, can upgrade to YouView from BT and receive the YouView box for a one-off activation fee of £49, provided they renew both their TV and Broadband contracts.
Existing customers still in a BT Vision contract will need to pay £299 for the YouView box from BT, though it is probably worth these customers waiting to the end of their contract to avoid paying.
It’s also worth noting that with a BT YouView package all on-demand viewing on YouView (not just BT Vision programmes) is exempt from any broadband usage allowance – which means you don’t need to worry about how much you watch.
Readers can find out more information on BT’s YouView TV packages and order online at the bt.com/YouView website. Note, orders placed online by the 24th June will also qualify for a FREE £50 Sainsbury’s voucher.