Watching Netflix on your big screen TV is nothing new as many will be using the apps available for games consoles or their Smart TV but BT Consumer thinks there is a market for low cost TV packages. Today sees the launch of a new mini YouView box that while it will not record TV shows will allow you access to the full range of catch-up and streaming content and pause/rewind the FreeView TV show you are currently watching (i.e. same as the entry live Essentials TV from TalkTalk).
The new YouView box is part of the TV Starter and Infinity 1 bundle which is free for the first six months then £15 per month (plus the required voice line rental at £16.99 per month). The service has a 20GB monthly usage allowance, but any content viewed on the YouView box be it BT Sport or Netflix of catch-up TV does not count against the allowance.
Netflix is also now available as an app on the BT YouView service for an extra £5.99 per month, i.e. the standard Netflix price, the advantage of bundling with the BT service is that the data usage is not metered.
Clearly the new product is designed to compete with the TalkTalk Essentials TV with Fibre service which is also shortly due to offer a Netflix option, and can have Sky Movies and Sports added if you want. BT should soon be able to offer Sky Sports with their TV bundles following a recent ruling. One key advantage is that the TalkTalk service is unlimited data, so the kids using Netflix on their tablet in their room will not eat into the 20GB BT offer, but the downside is that the upload speed is just 2 Mbps on the TalkTalk service compared to up to 10 Mbps from BT Infinity 1.