What channels does BT TV offer?

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Last update: March 27, 2024
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If you are considering switching to, or buying, BT TV, one of the main questions you have is what type of channels you will be able to watch. In the article What does BT Sport offer, we briefly described some of the channels available. We’ll be going more in depth today on which packages offer which channels!

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What channels are on BT TV?

Like all digital TV services, BT TV includes access to 37 freeview channels which include:

  • Channel 5
  • Dave
  • E4
  • 4Music
  • Five USA
  • Quest
  • Sky News
  • Aljazeera (plus HD channel)
  • Food Network
  • QVC
  • CBBC
  • CBeebies
  • BBC (plus HD channels)
  • ITV (including ITV 2, ITV 3 and ITV Be)
  • Channel 4 (plus HD, +1)

BT currently has 6 different packages on offer. Here’s a table so you can see which best suits your viewing habits:


Entertainment

This package includes the NOW TV Entertainment Pass (RRP £9.99 a month) and AMC.

Extra Channels included:

  • Sky Atlantic
  • Sky One
  • Sky Witness
  • Sky Crime
  • Sky Comedy
  • Sky Documentaries
  • History Channel
  • Sky Nature
  • Gold
  • Comedy Central
  • SYFY
  • FOX
  • Discovery
  • MTV
  • National Geographic

Price: £12 a month, 24-month contract £29.99 Upfront


Classic Entertainment

If you select this TV package, you won’t be able to swap it for another one during your contract term. But you can still add and remove the following add-ons each month: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BT Sport and BT Kids.

  • Eurosport 1 & 2
  • TLC
  • E!
  • ID
  • Lifetime
  • Alibi
  • Gold
  • Comedy Central
  • SYFY
  • Discovery
  • MTV
  • National Geographic
  • History Channel
  • CNN
  • Animal Planet
  • Wild
  • Eden
  • Crime Investigation

£10 a month, 24-month contract £29.99 Upfront


Big Entertainment

This package includes the NOW TV Entertainment Pass (RRP £9.99 a month), the NOW TV Sky Cinema Pass (RRP £11.99 a month) and AMC.

  • Sky Atlantic
  • Sky One
  • Sky Witness
  • Sky Crime
  • Sky Comedy
  • Sky Documentaries
  • History Channel
  • Sky Nature
  • Gold
  • Comedy Central
  • SYFY
  • FOX
  • Discovery
  • MTV
  • National Geographic

£22 a month, 24-month contract £29.99 Upfront


Sport

This package includes all four BT Sport channels, plus Box Nation. Includes instant access to the BT Sport app.

  • BT Sport, BT Sport 1,2,3
  • BT Sport ESPN
  • AMC

£15 a month, 24-month contract £29.99 Upfront.


Big Sport

This package includes the NOW TV Sky Sports Pass (RRP £33.99 a month), all four BT Sport channels and BoxNation. Enjoy these channels on BT TV and via the NOW TV and BT Sport apps.

Also included: AMC

£40 a month, 24-month contract £29.99 Upfront.


VIP

This package includes the NOW TV Entertainment Pass (RRP £9.99 a month), NOW TV Sky Cinema Pass (RRP £11.99 a month), NOW TV Sky Sports Pass (£33.99 a month), BT Sport, and AMC.

£65 a month, 24-month contract £29.99 Upfront.


How many channels come with BT TV Essential?

The Essential package is perfect for those who are casual TV watchers who want some variety. At only £5 a month (24-month contract, £29.99 Upfront)

There are 16 extra channels on the BT TV Essential package (apart from the 37 Freeview channels already listed).

These are:

  • Sky Atlantic
  • Sky One
  • Sky Witness
  • Sky Crime
  • Sky Comedy
  • Sky Documentaries
  • History Channel
  • Sky Nature
  • Gold
  • Comedy Central
  • SYFY
  • FOX
  • Discovery
  • MTV
  • National Geographic

What is BT TV Premium?

BT TV Premium gives you 90+ Freeview channels. You'll also get access to a range of subscription entertainment, documentary and sport channels delivered through your broadband.

Like On Demand programmes, Premium TV channels come over your fibre broadband connection. You need to subscribe to get Premium channels.

You'll find them in your TV guide along with the Freeview channels. Premium TV channels are located between 300 and 599.

To view On Demand content and Premium TV channels your broadband must be working. Also check that your recordable TV box and BT Hub are connected directly with an Ethernet cable. There's less broadband speed available for other services when you're watching Premium TV channels. So, when you've finished viewing a Premium TV channel, it's best if you change to a Freeview channel or turn the TV box off.


Which package is the best for a family?

The BT Entertainment package boasts a tempting NOW TV pass which includes brand new exclusive series, the best Sky channels and a variety of documentary and comedy channels.

As you can see, there is ample variety on offer with BT TV. It’s no wonder they are one of the most popular platforms and providers in the UK!

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