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BT’s Broadband YouView TV Service Blocks Unauthorised STBs

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 (2:05 pm) - Score 2,301

Customers of BT’s YouView (IPTV) based broadband TV service can no longer access the ISPs premium content (e.g. the Discovery Channel, FOX, SyFy, MTV etc.) by using unauthorised set-top-boxes, such as those purchased from third party retailers.

At present BT TV already offers a multi-room style service called Extra Box, which automatically includes the same channel subscriptions and bolt-ons as the main box in the house. But this Extra Box service attracts a special 12-month subscription cost of £5 per month and on top of that you also need to pay another £99 (one-off) to help cover the cost of the additional STB hardware.

Prior to the ‘Extra Box’ launch (June 2014) customers could, albeit unofficially, setup a similar multiroom service by using a third party sourced STB device. But naturally BT’s new commercial add-on means they’re now incentivised to clamp down on those who got tired of waiting for the provider to offer an official solution (note: this only affects BT TV’s own premium content).

At the launch of Extra Box BT adjusted their T&C’s to read: “44. Except where you also subscribe to Extra Box, you must not access content provided on BT TV on more than one set top box on the same account.” Now seenit are reporting that BT has finally begun to enforce this restriction by blocking unauthorised devices (those not supplied by BT itself).

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar Raindrops

    Do not see how they will get away with this if you are paying a subscription. Sky tried this once by blocking viewing cards in other devices and were given a slap on the wrists for it. (People buy second hand boxes for other rooms and then pair their card to the box as and when needed)

    I assume BT are doing this by monitoring your connection and when they see more than a single box viewing premium content blocking the MAC of the box you purchased or similar.

    I wonder how many devices will get wrongly blocked (IE they block the legit box by mistake or they block other devices such as a smart TV you miracst or similar you free BT sport to at the same time as another householder watching it on you youview box).

    I bet we have not heard the end of this..

  2. Avatar Bob

    Who even pays for corporate media to support internet censorship any more?

  3. Avatar onephat

    At present if you reset any additional boxes using the BT player you can switch boxes at your choice and thus don’t need the multiroom subs. This only works with one box at a time though.

  4. Avatar adslmax

    Never go to BT, Sky or Virgin Media with setup boxes. They full of comtrol. Go and get Humax Setup box, freedom to you!

  5. Avatar john

    BT Stands for bollocks television run by these muppets

  6. Avatar Chaoss

    I’ve already bypassed this stupid restriction and I’m sure others will as well

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