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Standard User Axolotl
(regular) Mon 24-Sep-12 16:16:26
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BT Vision and non-BT routers?


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I'm considering getting the new YouView box via BT, which involves signing up for BT Vision essentials (at least).

I am already a BT Broadband customer, but I use my own Netgear Router quite happily on ADSL2+ c. 12.Mbps download throughput. I'm on BB Option 1, with a 10 Gigabyte monthly cap.

As I understand it, TV content downloaded via BT Vision is not included in your normal monthly data allowance, but does that require the use of the BT Home Hub to distinguish the data streams for billing purposes, or is that done at the exchange regardless of the router in use?

i.e., if I sign up for BT Vision can I continue to use the router I'm happy with and still not get billed for TV downloads?

Thx,

Cheers,

Axolotl
Standard User johnmackenzie
(newbie) Mon 24-Sep-12 16:28:42
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Re: BT Vision and non-BT routers?


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The BTV traffic is decided in the network, not on your router. Therefore you could use another router (ie not a BT Home Hub). I have not used a Home Hub with my BTV for many years with no problems. I currently use a 2wire 2701 (ie the BT Business one).

Regards

John
Standard User Axolotl
(regular) Mon 24-Sep-12 16:37:46
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Re: BT Vision and non-BT routers?


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Thanks for your quick reply.

..and you don't get charged for the TV downloads via BTV, is that right?

Cheers,

Axolotl


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Standard User johnmackenzie
(newbie) Mon 24-Sep-12 17:14:02
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Re: BT Vision and non-BT routers?


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In general, BTV traffic does not count towards your monthly allowance. However, I believe that for some reason BBC iPlayer RADIO traffic does (!). Don't ask me why. When using BTV streaming the line will have QOS applied to ensure the box has at least 1.6Mbps (assuming the old service). Some of the catchup services are chargable, it depends which BTV contract you are on. Mine is an original free contract (with PAYG downloads) as I used to be BT staff, but I'm not too sure what applies these days.

Regards

John
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