BT TV, the TV platform offered by BT to its broadband customers, is offering a new summer deal on its Entertainment package, which includes a subscription to two popular streaming services – along with BT’s 4K YouView recorder box, the BT TV Pro.
The package offers a standard Netflix subscription, a NOW Entertainment subscription, and the box – and it normally costs £17/month.
For a limited time, however, BT is offering the same package for just £9/month – with a 24 months contract, and as long you’re also a BT Broadband customer.
In addition, BT announced today it’s expanding the entertainment line-up, with a new “Asian Mix” add-on pack that’s available to BT customers for £5/month (on a monthly rolling contract).
Asian Mix features eight channels dedicated to Indian TV and cinema, including Utsav Plus, Utsav Gold, Zee TV and more (see the full list below).
BT’s TV Platform
The box is a 4K/HDR YouView-based device with streaming apps and a lot of storage for Freeview recordings.
The box supports Dolby Atmos sound, 4 tuners (so you can record up to 3 shows on separate channels and watch a fourth), 1TB of storage, a Bluetooth remote and WiFi/Ethernet connectivity.
The BT TV Box Pro also has a long list of supported streaming apps – Netflix, Amazon’s Prime Video, NOW, Britbox, BT Sport, BT Player, Milkshake and more, as well as all the standard catch-up streaming apps – BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, My5, UKTV Play, S4C, STV Player and BBC Sounds.
BT’s “Flexible” TV packages are attached to BT’s broadband plans (you can’t get BT TV on its own, except for BT Sport, which is also available as a monthly pass and on Sky and Virgin Media).
The BT TV packages, along with BT’s broadband, come with a 24-months contract – so in reality, they’re not very “flexible”.
However, the flexible part does come from being able to change your TV package every 30 days – switch from Entertainment to Sports, cancel one and add another, or just get the VIP package which includes everything (but you can’t cancel the TV contract completely, until your contract is up).
In addition to seamlessly switching between packages, customers can also attach stand-alone add-ons to their packages – such as Sky’s NOW streaming plans, Amazon’s Prime Video, and more.
BT TV’s Summer Entertainment Offer
The cheapest BT TV bundle is the “Entertainment Package”, which includes:
- Sky’s streaming service – NOW – with its Entertainment Membership, which includes Sky’s TV channels such as Sky Atlantic and Sky Max.
- Netflix’s Basic Plan (Only SD content, only on one screen at a time).
- The AMC Channel, which is exclusive to BT TV and includes American shows and films.
- The BT TV Pro Box, which lets you watch and record Freeview channels.
Until August 26, 2022, you can get this package for £9/month, instead of the usual £17/month.
If you wish, you can later add or upgrade the package (change from Netflix’s Basic plan to the 4K one, for example – at an extra cost, of course) – including with the new Asian Mix pack.
You can also add some of BT’s other packages – if you want to add sports, for example.
The offer is available to both new and existing customers (with a few caveats) – and remember, you also need to be a BT Broadband customer (which incurs an additional cost), plus sign a 24-months contract, both for broadband and the TV package.
Is The BT TV £9/Month Deal Worth It?
Without BT, the Basic Netflix plan normally costs £6.99/month (after this year’s price increase), and the NOW Entertainment membership costs £9.99/month if you buy it directly.
So, at the normal price of £17/month, you’re not really saving any money with the BT Entertainment Package – except, perhaps, if you take into account the TV Box Pro.
A similar Freeview recorder, which also includes streaming apps, like the Humax Aura (see our review), costs around £250. So you’re basically getting an expensive recorder/streaming box for “free”.
However, things are a bit different with this limited-time £9/month offer – you’re getting NOW Entertainment and Netflix (albeit the Basic plan) at almost half the normal cost of both of them together.
So looking at the price alone, it’s a good deal. BUT… remember you’re also signing up for BT’s broadband service, which may not necessarily be the cheapest or the best in your particular situation/address.
Furthermore, I’m not a big fan of long TV contracts, and you lose the flexibility that cord cutting normally gives you, when you sign up for a Netflix/NOW package for 24 months.
It’s also worth noting that back in April, BT offered this same plan for just…£6/month (for 24 months). So while still cheaper than the “regular” plan, this offer is not as good as the one from April.
So, with both pros and cons, this comes down to personal choice – if you see yourself watching Netflix and NOW for the next 24 months anyway – then you might as well pay less.
BT TV Asian Mix Add-On
The Asian Mix add-on, which is launching this week, features eight premium Asian entertainment channels with a variety of content from comedy and drama to action and family shows, including HD channels, for £5 a month on a monthly rolling contract (so you can subscribe and cancel every 30 days).
The add-on can be added to any of BT TV’s “flexible” packages and includes:
Utsav Plus HD: Utsav Plus HD from the Star Network is an award-winning premium Hindi entertainment channel, offering the best dramas, comedy and reality shows
Ultra Gold HD: Also from the Star Network, it’s a premium Bollywood channel with a huge library of exclusive movies from the latest blockbusters to iconic classics
Sony Entertainment Television HD: Fans can watch The Kapil Sharma Show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire India, Indian Idol and Super Dancer.
Sony Max HD: A South Asian movie channel that brings you eight movies a day from classics, blockbusters, and Television Premieres, including exclusives like PIKU, Baahubali, Shakuntala Devi and Kabir Singh
Colors HD: Colors is dedicated to promoting ‘Cohesive viewing’, through programmes like Udaariyan, Muskurane Ki Wajah Tum Ho, Fanaa – Ishq Mein Marjawan and Spy Bahu.
Colors Cineplex: A premium Bollywood movie channel featuring multi-genre films including the latest blockbuster hits from a wide library of films.
Zee TV HD: Zee TV’s content library delivers a variety of choices of non-fiction formats that celebrate the talent of India to fiction shows that deliver strong messages and drive positive change in society, while entertaining viewers across the UK.
Zee Cinema HD: Zee Cinema is the Home of Bollywood Blockbusters. The channel’s archives include more than 4,200 movies from varied genres including action, comedy, romance, thriller, and family entertainers.