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BT to offer YouView to Plusnet broadband customers

BT is planning to offer Plusnet broadband customers a YouView-based TV service. 

Customers would be able to get the smart TV service, which blends digital terrestrial TV with on-demand and catch-up content, along with broadband and home phone calls as part of a bundle. 

Plusnet, which is owned by BT, already offers BT Sport at half price for customers with Sky TV subscriptions. BT broadband customers can access the sports channels in standard definition for no extra cost either as part of the BT TV service, or through a Sky TV box. 

BT to offer YouView to Plusnet broadband customers
Coming soon to a Plusnet bundle near YouView

Read Recombu Digital’s guide to BT YouViewIn the FT, chief executive Gavin Patterson revealed that BT was keen on matching TalkTalk’s successes with its own YouView-based TV service. Patterson said: 

“If you want to be a scale player in the broadband industry, you have to have a triple-play offering. Providing a TV alternative for Plusnet is definitely part of our plans.” 

It’s not yet known if customers will be able to get a BT TV service with all the extras that includes, or if a service tailored for Plusnet customers will be launched. 

Yesterday it was revealed that BT plans to spend even more money on acquiring football broadcast rights and that World Cup coverage may be in the sights of the UK’s biggest ISP. 

YouView is a smart TV package that blends the same free to air terrestrial TV channels that you’d get on a Freeview HD box with integrated catch-up services for all of the PSB channels. Customers have the option of buying a standard YouView set top box on its own or getting one from BT or TalkTalk. 

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