Nothing in this world is truly free, but if you word an advert correctly you can make it seem so. BT Retail is offering a 'free' YouView set top box to its BT Infinity fibre based service customers with no requirement to have a BT Vision subscription, the catch is that activation costs £49.99, and the delivery charge is £6.95. The retail price of the YouView box is £299, and the £49.99 also includes optional powerline adapters to help get the broadband to where the TV is located.
Those living in an area where BT Infinity is not available are not ignored, those only able to receive a BT Total ADSL/ADSL2+ service (assuming connection is fast enough for IPTV delivery) can also order the YouView box but will also need to subscribe to BT Vision Essential at £4/month (rising to £5 in January 2013), in addition to the other charges.
As with the previous TalkTalk offer, it is all about registration and as such only those that have pre-registered will get a chance to order the first boxes between October 19th and 26th. The website www.bt.com/youview has more information on the detail behind the offers and the BT press release also carries a summary of the offer.