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    BT Vision

    So we decided to ditch Sky after no end of troubles trying to upgrade to HD - they musn't have wanted our money....

    As an alternative we have ordered BT Vision. It's cheap, allows you to watch what you want when you want, and so far has had much better customer service than Sky. Anyhow, our box arrives this week and I'm actually quite excited about getting it in.

    Even the aerial guy said BT Vision would be a match for Sky in a year or two. The only thing we are going to miss is Sky Sports, as we watched football constantly. That said, we have ordered ESPN so we will still have some football coverage.

    Anyhow, long story short, we chose BT Vision a bit blindly - I know it might seem a bit too late now, but can anybody tell us what it is like (quality, show available etc etc) - more in anticipation than anything else.

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    No-one got it then?!

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    Had it for 3 months, as it was free, with 1 month contract. Cancelled it when they wanted to start charging. Didn't seem that great. Movies were expensive and the limited time was annoying. It'll be alright if it was include in your expensive broadband package, like BT openzone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Had it for 3 months, as it was free, with 1 month contract. Cancelled it when they wanted to start charging. Didn't seem that great. Movies were expensive and the limited time was annoying. It'll be alright if it was include in your expensive broadband package, like BT openzone.
    I know they do PPV, but we're paying 12 a month which apparently gets us all the TV, movies, music & kids, along with free ESPN.

    Without that, it does seem very expensive for PPV.

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    Unhappy

    I had BT Vision for 3 months, then got rid and went back to Sky+ HD - It just wasnt worth paying for.

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    I've got BT Vision. Love it for the TV shows (i love comedy, so a constant supply of on demand shows is good). Movies are a little pricey, yes, but if you're super lazy like me, i'd rather get them than wander up the road to the dvd shop. And my movie watching habits don't call for me to rent as many as any of the postal service ones offer.

    It wouldn't be for everyone though. It is still a relatively new service.

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    Suppose to be able to get your BT vision's stuff on your XBOX soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I've got BT Vision. Love it for the TV shows (i love comedy, so a constant supply of on demand shows is good). Movies are a little pricey, yes, but if you're super lazy like me, i'd rather get them than wander up the road to the dvd shop. And my movie watching habits don't call for me to rent as many as any of the postal service ones offer.

    It wouldn't be for everyone though. It is still a relatively new service.
    So you musn't subscribe to the movies pack - we've opted to subscribe (FULL HOUSE it's called) and we get them free. It's 12 a month but seems well worth it to me.

    Is there any lag when watching the shows? How many of the movies are in HD? What's the general quality of TV shows (i.e. does it look like a normal tele with freeview or can you tell it's streamed online?).

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Suppose to be able to get your BT vision's stuff on your XBOX soon.
    I doubt it. This was announced years ago (in the days of the old dashboard!) but never came to fruition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    So you musn't subscribe to the movies pack - we've opted to subscribe (FULL HOUSE it's called) and we get them free. It's 12 a month but seems well worth it to me.

    Is there any lag when watching the shows? How many of the movies are in HD? What's the general quality of TV shows (i.e. does it look like a normal tele with freeview or can you tell it's streamed online?).

    Thanks,
    Hmm... Might look into that actually, it would make sense!

    I've only had lag once - and that was due to them actually having technical problems.

    HD, I'd say all new movies going on are in HD now (as an option, they also have the same ones in SD). Older movies not so many. Quality is fine I'd say, better than freeview in most cases, although there can occasionally be a bit of motion blurring but this is very very rare...

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    Quote Originally Posted by binky View Post
    I doubt it. This was announced years ago (in the days of the old dashboard!) but never came to fruition.
    No, it was announced last year that MS and BT were teaming up to make the Xbox 360 a BT Vision client also. The BT Vision boxes are running Windows anyway, so there is very little that needs doing to manage this.

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    Thanks for your help localzuk - really looking forward to getting it in now!

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    How does BT Vision work? Do they install a 2nd ADSL line that is actually fast enough to stream video between 6 and midnight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    How does BT Vision work? Do they install a 2nd ADSL line that is actually fast enough to stream video between 6 and midnight?
    No. It is on your single ADSL line, BT Vision traffic is QoS'd to ensure it gets priority over everything else on their network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    No. It is on your single ADSL line, BT Vision traffic is QoS'd to ensure it gets priority over everything else on their network.
    I think he was being sarcastic! But never-the-less you answered his question hehe.

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