HD support, catchup services and on demand TV for new Infinity and TV Essential customers
BT is to give away YouView digital boxes to people that sign up to its Infinity fibre broadband or TV Essential service.
The Humax YouView box will give access to free digital channels as well as pay per view from Sky and catch up and other video on-demand services.
New customers will have to pay a £49 activation charge and £6.95 postage and packing. Those who are not able able to get the BT Infinity service and are on BT's ADSL broadband service must subscribe to BT's TV Essentials service, which costs £4 per month.
YouView is a subscription free digital TV service and the Humax set-top boxes normally cost £299. The service is collaboration between the BBC, BT, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, Arqiva and TalkTalk.
The YouView set-top box integrates content delivered by broadband and television aerial and users don't have to be a subscriber to any particular internet service provider.
Customers will need a broadband service of at least 3 Mbits/sec for the service to work well according to YouView. An app to test download is available.
Programmes viewed over the broadband connection using YouView will not count against BT customers' download allowance stipulated in terms of the broadband contract providing they have BT Vision. However it would affect users of other ISPs, so prospective viewers are always advised to monitor broadband usage.
The YouView box from BT has a 500 GB hard drive and is able to store up to 300 hours of SD TV or around 125 hours of HD TV. The offer also lets customers access to BT's Vision library of video on-demand with over five thousand programmes, including blockbuster and classic films, children's shows and sports.
BT has set up a webpage where people can place an order between 19th and 26th October and be sent an e-mail invitation with a link to a special web site.
Alex Green, director of TV at BT Retail, said: "Customers will now be able to enjoy BT's super-fast fibre broadband with a YouView box and TV Essential pack all for £18 per month.
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