Online BT customers could be getting free YouView

September 21st, 2012 7 Comments By Andy Dawson

YouView 300x158 Online BT customers could be getting free YouViewRemember the YouView thing from a couple of months ago? Streaming catch-up TV via a box that’ll set you back £299? Yeah, we were all over that one weren’t we.

Well, if you’re a BT Broadband and/or Infinity customer, you can get one of these magical gizmos for FREE – well, apart from a £56 activation fee that includes delivery. Also, you’ll need to have seen out your initial 12 month BT contract (meaning that signing up now in order to get a YouView box will be a no-no).

Deliveries will kick off from 26th October. Talk Talk are also involved in the YouView consortium and their own possibly cack-handed offering is looming as well. Welcome to the future…

Comments (7) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Nikey Hock September 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Do you still need a TV license ?

  2. Posted by whatever September 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm


  3. Posted by Avon Barksdale September 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Woo! Free YouView!


  4. Posted by wotever September 24, 2012 at 7:55 am

    No need for a TV license if it your not watching broadcast TV….

  5. Posted by notever September 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    wotever said:
    “No need for a TV license if it your not watching broadcast TV….”

    Wrong, the BBC gives money to various other broadcasters online organisations and wrote Internet streaming into the license wording a few years ago. Which means that if you have access to one of those “free” services (Iplayer, ITVplayer, Skygo 4 & 5 ondemand, VirginMedia etc) or even the BBC’s basic website then you need a license.

    The implication means if you have an Internet connection then you need to purchase a Colour TV license, irrespective of whether you own a TV or not.

  6. Posted by Natty September 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm


    How wrong is that, put simply if you watch live broadcasts then you need a TV Licence anything else then you do not.

  7. Posted by Dick September 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm


    You are so wrong. You need a licence for LIVE streaming only. You do not need a license to read the BBC website, in the same way you do not need a licence to listen to the radio.

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