I agree, BT TV is a piece of carp. I have BT full fibre and have BT TV and Sky Stream.
Sky Stream does have some problems if you don't have a good network. But I have six pucks and I have not had one issue because I have a solid network. With BT TV you have to set up IPTV and not all routers support it.
BT TV could be a great product but it's limited in so many ways. Only one multiroom box, no good apps like Disney, Apple, discovery, lionsgate, YouTube to name a few which Sky and Virgin have.
Their network equipment is from the dark ages as well. BT have two competitors in my area and they both offer Amazon eero pro WiFi 6 mesh networks and have done for over a year. BT kit was so unreliable for me I moved over to OPNSense and have four Ubiquiti WifI 6 access points.
Easily get WiFi speeds on my pixel 7 pro of 900 to 950 Mbits. BT used to be the leader so they for me as some work to do so hope they have a Wifi 7 system out for next year. Anything less won't cut it.
I also agree with the app situation. It's a bit of a joke to be honest, BT need to get their finger out with that.
I know it can't be an easy task but it's badly needed, look at YouTube for example.
I have had Sky Q and I know it's superior to BT TV but it was more of a budget choice for me with the current economic pressures this year.
I’ve just left Sky to return back to BT broadband and with BT Tv (Pro Box (nice piece of kit) with Now and Netflix) Sky couldn’t get anywhere near the BT price (with the deal I got, basically paying £29.99 per month for all services, we have fibre 1 (with only two of us in the house - don’t need anything more) and we have dropped the landline as we never use it and people call us on the mobile.
With TV from BT and the other apps on the Smart TV have everything we need
I would not fully say BT TV is fully rubbish but the best thing I did was cancel BT TV over 7 months ago and go with Now(Now TV) direct with discounts.
The addition of Freeview over the internet by BT TV has definitely made the product more competitive, especially for someone who lives in a Freeview Light area, but BT need a channel line up at least equivalent to Virgin Media in order to compete with Sky.
The multi room options are also poor. Just one box which doesn’t even have a recording capability ?
OK, so Sky Stream or Sky Glass doesn’t have recording capabilities either, but you can have up to 6 additional puck boxes on Sky Glass and 5 on Sky Stream. All wireless and all 4K capable.
If Sky can do this then why can’t BT ?
It’s also missing some major apps such as Disney+, Apple TV, and YouTube.
With my enigma2 satellite box I can watch live TV, setup and watch recordings etc on any android, firestick, PC etc on the network (at no charge) this is how I distribute TV around my home.
I have a feeling that the reason that the mini is limited to 1 is that BT limit you to 2 streams via internet mode, thus 1 pro and 1 mini brings you to your total.
This limit is silly, as people pay for higher speeds they should be allowed more streams, minis (or better still aps).
I have the BT TV Extra Box (before the mini box)
Its a bit slow but until BT have more channels within their IPTV package I can't justify paying another £7, as the extra box is only an extra £5 and it hasn't changed in price.
The older box is annoyingly slow and theres no point in even trying to use the apps but until I can justify paying extra I'm sticking with it!
You don't need the box at all if you have a Smart TV, just use the apps. If you don't have a smart TV then you can buy a Roku or Firestick for a one-off payment of around £30-£70 depending upon whether you want 4k or are happy with SD
The mesh system you use is totally irrelevant, the requirement is for BT to be your ISP, for example a quick shufty through this forum will show that there BT TV customers who use third party routers.
It's not a full IPTV system yet but I believe they're working on it
You can already get some Freeview channels via IPTV using the BT TV Pro box but there are still Freeview channels which are not available through IPTV.
BT are in business to make money, they wouldn't make much if they sold (say) their TV service to anyone and everyone for just £6 a month, but if they dangle the hook in the water long enough then someone will bite and they will acquire another broadband customer.
The BT TV Pro box is 4k HDR capable.