BT Pro box no subscription

Hi. Will a BT Pro Box work with out a BT subscription? I currently use the BT 4K Youview box, but fancy switching to internet only TV.

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  • John LJohn L Member, Super User Posts: 924 ✭✭
    edited 9 January 2023, 3:01PM
    Hi. Will a BT Pro Box work with out a BT subscription? I currently use the BT 4K Youview box, but fancy switching to internet only TV.
    Hello @craigtvbug,
    Welcome to the Youview forum. Yes, it will still function as a pvr/internet, but you do need to subscribe to the channels & this is only via your ISP, but have a good read of all the advice given inc pros & cons. Correct me if I am wrong any users out there. John L

    Can't wait for the day when Youview get rid of the dreaded darkened banner when using fast forward/rewind recordings. 
  • craigtvbugcraigtvbug Member Posts: 2
    Thanks for your comment. I’m not interested in all the subscription channels just the free to view ones, but with an internet only option. Why can I find the pro’s and con’s? Thanks. 
  • StephenStephen Member Posts: 798 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm afraid the internet-delivered non-subscription channels are currently delivered by BT over their multicast network, so you will still need to be on a BT line and have a (any) BT TV subscription for that mode and those channels to be available on the box.

    Purchasing a BT TV Pro box and using it without a subscription or with another ISP will get you an experience similar to your T4000 (although smoother, more future-proof wrt players, and with a bluetooth remote!)
  • John LJohn L Member, Super User Posts: 924 ✭✭
    Thanks for your comment. I’m not interested in all the subscription channels just the free to view ones, but with an internet only option. Why can I find the pro’s and con’s? Thanks. 
    Might be wise to wait a little longer? As @Stephen mentions, your current pvr: T4000 model is worth staying with. Not much advantage in changing. Where to find pros & cons? You only have to read through the past year or so on various forums, inc, Youview. Just have a look & decide for yourself. John L
    Can't wait for the day when Youview get rid of the dreaded darkened banner when using fast forward/rewind recordings. 
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 17,656 ✭✭✭
    Stephen said:
    I'm afraid the internet-delivered non-subscription channels are currently delivered by BT over their multicast network, so you will still need to be on a BT line and have a (any) BT TV subscription for that mode and those channels to be available on the box.

    Purchasing a BT TV Pro box and using it without a subscription or with another ISP will get you an experience similar to your T4000 (although smoother, more future-proof wrt players, and with a bluetooth remote!)
    @craigtv @Stephen

    Plus the ability to record more programmes at once, and the option of WiFi instead of needing to run an Ethernet cable.

    Which won’t be a hardship if you are already set up for Ethernet to the T4000, of course.

    Though I live in a house dripping with prewired Ethernet, and I still run my T2100 over WiFi, with a nanorouter, as all the ports on the router are already in use, and there’s no room on the shelf it lives on for a switch 😛

    @Stephen, what’s the 4K upscaling on the Pro box like? I find the T4000 upscaling gives results slightly inferior to letting my LG GX handle it.
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