BT will soon be offering a free YouView PVR to customers who take out a new subscription to its BT Vision Essential or BT Vision Unlimited streaming video services, along with a BT Infinity or BT Broadband subscription.

Tl_extracted 1

BT will soon be offering a free YouView PVR to customers who take out a new subscription to its BT Vision Essential or BT Vision Unlimited streaming video services, along with a BT Infinity or BT Broadband subscription.

As you may have seen on the current TV advertising campaign, YouView is a hard disk-based personal video recorder for Freeview that, in addition to the usual pause and rewind functions for live TV, also incorporates catch-up TV viewing over a broadband connection.

In other words, if you forget to record something in the usual way for later viewing, you can simply skip back through the programme schedules for the last seven days and watch it via the appropriate channel’s video streaming service (BBC iPlayer, 4OD and so on) — a feature YouView calls “ScrollBack TV”.

A YouView box normally costs a hefty £249.99, although no ongoing subscription is required other than the usual TV Licence.

BT’s offer only applies to new customers and existing customers who are no longer bound by a BT Vision or BT Internet contract — but they must sign up to a new one as part of the offer. Existing customers still bound by a BT contract appear to be out of luck.

The “free” offer actually costs £55.65 once the delivery charge and inevitable ‘activation’ fee have also been applied, but it’s still a good deal.

BT Vision starts at £4 per month and the cheapest BT Internet subscription is £13, and BT line rental can be had for £10.75 a month.

Better still, BT Internet customers also get unlimited use of BT OpenZone Wi-Fi hotspots, which can be very useful when you’re away in the ‘van and can’t get 3G mobile internet coverage.

See BT’s YouView page for more details.

Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent caravan reviews

The Practical Caravan 2017 Coachman VIP 565 review – 1 - The VIP’s looks have stayed fairly constant since 2012, yet it remains a desirable luxury tourer – plus, the front gas locker door boasts double locks (© Phil Russell/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Caravelair Antarès 476 review – 1 - The Caravelair Antarès 476's quirky, one 'eye' looks hint at the unusual layout inside – it has an MTPLM of 1200kg (© Phil Russell/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Buccaneer Galera review – 1 - The silver sides are new and give the 2017-season Buccaneer caravans a distinctive, upmarket look (© Andy Jenkinson/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Hymer Nova GL 470 review – 1 - Its external styling is a little boxy and retro, but there's no getting away from the Hymer Nova GL 470's £27,690 price and 1700kg MTPLM (© Practical Caravan)

Xplore 554

£15,599

The Practical Caravan Xplore 554 review – 1 - The new-for-2017 Xplore 554 is aimed at couples and has a 1335kg MTPLM (© Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Knaus StarClass 480 review – 1 - A Continental van with its door on the UK nearside, shows that Knaus is committed to wooing British caravanners – does it work with the StarClass 480? (© Peter Baber/Practical Caravan)