I came here to avoid clogging up the phone lines to BT.
Hope you can help.
My hardware - router and set top box are now pretty old, at least 5 years I'd say.
I have issues every time I record on the box with signals breaking up even though my tv signal is fine. All connections are sound.
Essentially, am I due any sort of free equipment replacement given that that my current hardware is now getting pretty old.
there is no longer a free replacement just because your equipment is old or when you renew your contract. however should your supplied equipment become faulty then you need to phone customer services 150 and ask for replacement
Short answer: No.
If you are nearing your contract renewal you could try and negotiate new equipment as part of the renewal.
If the equipment is faulty and you are still in contract it will be replaced free of charge.
You can either renew your contract, this may get you an upgrade or if you are out of contract you may want to consider paying to renew your equipment your self v
If you can, negotiate to get yourself the Smart Hub 2 ("Hub 7") to properly future-proof yourself first.
Quite a jump in capability over the Smart Hub 1 ("Hub 6") that BT Call Centre would probably send you out by default.
Or buy one off eBay for about £40 quid.