On February 21 2020 we made some changes to BT TV, introducing flexible TV packages where you can upgrade, downgrade and even bolt-on content.
This includes the availability of NOW TV content for BT TV customers, which are included with some of our flexible TV packages or as bolt-ons.
Losses of channels and recordings
Existing BT TV customers who move to one of our new flexible packages may lose access to some channels they previously subscribed too, along with any recordings made from these channels. If this happens you will see a message saying 'Recording Unavailable'. The channels you lose depend on the package you move to.
Channels losses: Alibi, Animal Planet, CNN, Comedy Central, Comedy Central Extra, Crime & Investigation, Discovery, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, E!, Eden, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, History 2, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Movies 24, MTV, MTV Classic, MTV Music, National Geographic, TCM, TLC and W.
If you move from Kids Extra to NOW TV Kids you'll lose Nick Junior Too.
If you take one of our new packages: VIP, Big Sport, Big Entertainment, Sport or Entertainment and decide to move to our Classic Entertainment package, you will lose access to channels you no longer subscribe to. This means you won’t be able to play any recordings made from these channels.
TV Guide changes
To coincide with the changes, the TV Guide (or Electronic Program Guide/EPG) on BT TV boxes was updated. All BT TV customers will now see the following NOW TV channels in the EPG.
- Entertainment: 340-352, 355-367
- Sky Sports: 416-429, 439-449
- NOW TV Kids: 466-471, 473-476
- Sky Cinema: 501-511, 515-525
In order to watch these channels you’ll need to be on one of our new broadband and BT TV packages, or you can add NOW TV Passes, which work as monthly rolling contracts. You can get NOW TV via BT.com, My BT or by calling our customer service team on 0800 800 150.
Duplicate and missing channels
Following the TV Guide update, existing BT TV customers may notice some duplicate channels. This is because some of the new NOW TV channels are available through BT TV.
For instance, Cartoonito is available with our BT TV Kids bolt-on on channel 488, but you can also get it through the NOW TV Kids Pass on channel 471.
If you can no longer watch one of the BT TV channels listed below, you may be watching the NOW TV version, so try the other channel.
|Channel||NOW TV/BT||Channel number|
|Comedy Central||NOW TV||344|
|Comedy Central HD||NOW TV||359|
|Comedy Central HD||BT TV||370|
|Discovery HD||NOW TV||365|
|GOLD HD||NOW TV||358|
|MTV HD||NOW TV||366|
|Nat Geo Wild||NOW TV||352|
|Nat Geo Wild||BT||318|
|Nat Geo Wild HD||NOW TV||367|
|Nat Geo Wild HD||BT||374|
|Nick Junior||NOW TV||470|
|Nick Toons||NOW TV||469|
|Sky Cinema Action||NOW TV||507|
|Sky Cinema Action||BT||507|
|Sky Cinema Comedy||NOW TV||508|
|Sky Cinema Comedy||BT||508|
|Sky Cinema Drama||NOW TV||510|
|Sky Cinema Drama||BT||510|
|Sky Cinema Family||NOW TV||506|
|Sky Cinema Family||BT||506|
|Sky Cinema Greats||NOW TV||504|
|Sky Cinema Greats||BT||504|
|Sky Cinema Hits||NOW TV||503|
|Sky Cinema Hits||BT||503|
|Sky Cinema Premiere||NOW TV||501|
|Sky Cinema Premiere||BT||501|
|Sky Cinema Sci-Fi & Horror||NOW TV||511|
|Sky Cinema Sci-Fi & Horror||BT||511|
|Sky Cinema Select||NOW TV||502|
|Sky Cinema Select||BT||502|
|Sky Cinema Thriller||NOW TV||509|
|Sky Cinema Thriller||BT||509|
|Sky Sports Main Event||NOW TV||420|
|Sky Sports Main Event||BT||402|
|Sky Sports Main Event HD||NOW TV||440|
|Sky Sports Main Event HD||BT||437|
|SYFY HD||NOW TV||361|