BT Vision launches, no one notices

Cancel the fanfare and switch the alarm to vibrate. BT's brand spanking new telly-over-Broadband service is to launch next Monday, just very, very qui

Cancel the fanfare and switch the alarm to vibrate. BT's brand spanking new telly-over-Broadband service is to launch next Monday, just very, very quietly.The telephone giant doesn't want a big rush on its hands so it's holding off on promotion ‘til the spring but we're assured that come 4th December we will be able to get our hands on its Philips-made telly box complete with PVR, Freeview and pay-per-view downloads.Vision will carry premium hi-def content from the BBC, Channel 4 and Disney. Sony BMG will be serving up the music and Universal is on hand to deliver a dose of films. FA Premiership matches will also be available without a satellite on a fee-per-game basis. Meanwhile, the Sky+ style PVR will save 80 hours of recordings.YouTube fans will also be pleased to see the Wayne's World style DIY TV features we were given a glimpse of last month, allowing individuals to stream home videos and photos to family and friends.Cost details are thin on the ground but we're told we'll only be charged for what we download, so no monthly subscription charges for just watching Freeview. Naturally you'll need a BT Broadband subscription to get Vision, and that would mean giving up Talk Talk's broadband freebie. Hmm, decisions, decisions.

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BT Vision Price: £TBA On sale: 4th December Contact: BTRelated links: BT Vision microsite  Related stories: The last set-top box you'll ever need? Fancy your own TV channel?