BT has announced plans to transform the BT TV service in 2017 with a 'Next Generation' YouView service and a host of new features including a new BT TV App.
The new BT TV will have an image-rich user experience with easy access to channels and on demand content and an app that allows customers to manage their recordings, stream live and on demand on mobile and provide a seamless viewer experience in and out of the home.
BT TV's new on-screen guide and TV app will be provided as free upgrades across all of BT TV’s packages - even ones costing as little as £3 a month.
It was also was revealed that BT will be the first UK broadcaster to launch Dolby Atmos sound, adding it to its BT Sport 4K UHD TV packages in January.
From this season, BT has doubled the number of sports events broadcast in Ultra HD. Dolby Atmos sound is planned to be combined with Ultra HD for select events to deliver the most immersive experience possible, allowing customers to feel as if they are in the stadium. This will be available for no extra cost with BT TV’s Total Entertainment pack.
BT also confirmed a new sports right deal with BoxNation, which means BT Sport will be showing boxing on Saturday nights from early 2017.
All BT Sport customers will gain access to top level boxing events from early 2017, with the BoxNation channel being made available for free to BT Sport subscribers. At least 20 Saturday night events, including World, European, British and Commonwealth title fights promoted by Frank Warren, will be shown on BT Sport channels, and boxing fans will also be able to follow their heroes 24/7.
"BT's mission has always been to provide a high quality, premium TV service at prices that give unbeatable value to UK consumers," said Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport.
"We will keep driving the pace of innovation in content, broadcasting and our customers’ experience.
"In 2017 we’re going to further shake up the market by releasing our new viewing experience across our TV guide and on demand, our new TV app and on our BT Sport channels, provided as a free upgrade for our customers.
"And our expanding list of sports rights will now include BoxNation and access to boxing world title bouts, all included in the price of the BT Sport subscription. We are taking the fight to our rivals in 2017 and we’ll be in great shape."
BT TV’s next generation YouView TV service will be downloaded to its customers’' set top boxes during early 2017, making it even easier for customers to navigate straight to the programmes they want.
Customers will enjoy a faster and slicker experience with easy, image-rich surfing of on demand choices, and will be able to find their way around much more intuitively. This new look design and usability will be carried through to a new BT TV App launching next summer that will give a seamless TV experience in and out of the home on tablets, smartphones and online.