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EE TV explained: how to watch it, how to get it

EE does TV as well - and you can watch Freeview and various streaming services on the platform

EE TV with Apple TV box

EE TV is, as you might expect from the name, a TV service from EE.

It’s the service formerly known as BT TV, and its subscription streaming ties in with the company’s broadband offering, which isn’t available without it.

Additionally, EE offers a strong sports package, TNT Sport, which shows Premier League matches, Premiership Rugby, WWE, MotoGP, and more besides. Apart from sports coverage, the content you’ll find on EE TV comes from streaming services and other providers, with Netflix, iPlayer, Britbox, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV (which provides Sky content) represented through their respective apps.

This means that you can subscribe to movies and entertainment packages alongside the sport, and the ability to change your package lineup every month means it’s easy to switch if something’s not working for you.

What happened to BT?

BT announced back in 2022 that it would start using the EE brand for all its consumer products: that’s broadband, mobile phones, and now TV. British Telecom became plain old BT in 1991, then snapped up mobile network EE (born from a merger of Orange and T-Mobile) in 2016 for £12.5bn. In the world of sport, BT joined up with Warner Bros Discovery in 2022 to run BT Sport as a joint venture.

Now that venture has decided rebranding BT Sport is the way to go and TNT Sports launched in 2023. Eurosport – owned by Warner Bros Discovery, will also fall in under this same new brand over the next couple of years. Discovery+ will take over as the streaming platform for the new service.

EE launch

What do I need to watch EE TV?

For a start, you need a TV. One of the best, because you deserve it. Your screen requires an HDMI port, but this shouldn’t be too much of a problem for a telly released in the past ten years. Then you need a BT or EE broadband connection – TV isn’t available without it, but its Freeview Play functionality requires an aerial connection too. You can’t use a satellite dish and splice Freesat in, however, so your rooftop aerial needs to be working.

Once you sign up, you’ll receive a box from EE, and there’s a choice of five different ones. Which one you’ll need depends on whether you want to record TV or just rely on catchup services, whether you want 4K or are happy with lower resolutions, and whether you want a small box or a big one. You can also have extra boxes, for all the TVs in your house, and use the app on phones and tablets too.

Which EE TV box should you choose?

The EE TV Box Z4 is the smallest box, and doesn’t have recording facilities. It does, however, have a small cache that allows you to pause and rewind live TV for up to 30 minutes (for SD programming). Oddly, the EE TV Box Mini also claims to be the smallest box, but has a larger cache, meaning you can pause and rewind for up to two hours. This box doesn’t have the Freeview aerial connection, streaming the channels over the internet instead.

EE TV box lineup

The EE TV Recordable Box has a 500GB hard drive on which you can record up to 300 hours of TV, and pause and rewind for two hours. Its bigger brother, the BT TV 4K Recordable Box, has the same capacity but allows you to stream 4K content from its apps, outputting it to a compatible TV. 

The real top of the range is the EE TV Box Pro, which can do 4K, and has a 1TB hard drive to record up to 600 hours of TV. The Pro box has built-in Wi-Fi, which not all the boxes do, needing instead to be connected to your BT Hub using an Ethernet cable. BT can supply powerline adapters, which it calls Mini Connectors if running a cable all the way across your living room isn’t an idea that grabs you.

EE TV Pro box under a TV

What can I watch?

The boxes are a cross between a Freeview decoder and a smart platform and allows you to watch on-demand and catch-up services alongside live broadcasts. Things like Netflix are included in your EE subscription if you get them as an add-on, so you won’t need a separate account, and the ability to change your package every month means you can watch football all summer and movies all winter, if you want.

Sport is a major part of the TV offering, with its own TNT Sports channels, including one dedicated to ESPN, alongside Eurosport and Sky Sports. TNT Sport is also available through other platforms via a monthly pass.


An EE exclusive is the American drama channel AMC, the home of The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul. It also includes subscriptions to Britbox and Now TV, as well as all the Freeview channels, and movie fans are catered for with the Netflix add-on and Sky Cinema, so there’s always something to watch.

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Ian is a freelance writer and editor specialising in gaming, computing, science and technology publications. In the past he was a local newspaper journalist, sub-editor, page designer, photographer and magazine editor. He still disapproves of Oxford commas.