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Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

superkat1111
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Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

I recently signed up for Plusnet fibre after being a VM customer for 10+ years. Until now I had no idea Youview or Plusnet TV existed so I started to do some homework.

There appears to be little information about the differences between Plusnets Youview offering and the high street offering (e.g buying a youview box from Currys), if any at all.

What is the difference in channel offerings?

Do the Plusnet boxes also offer access to Google Play store? Is there any restriction on what can be installed?

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Re: Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

You can't install ANYTHING on them, they offer the additional channels from PN (sub based).
Otherwise they are FV+ boxes.
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Re: Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

PN offers 2 different YouView boxes - one that records and one that doesn't.

The recording one you can buy in the high street (branded BT YouView box - same hardware as PN though). You can read about it online - it has access to the on demand players, Netflix (you need a subscription for that) etc. (You can buy the non recording one on the high street too).

I have one and find it to be a well featured freeview recorder with good access to on demand content. Even if I wasn't going for the PN subscription channels, I would seriously consider buying this box just for the freeview channels and on demand content (not to mention the recording capability). The box is made by Humax.

The box has the capability for multicast channels which are normally delivered through your ISP. So whilst you can use this box with any internet connection (assuming it is fast enough etc), the multicast subscription channels are tied to your ISP (Plusnet, BT etc) and are only available on the box via a subscription with your ISP. You can look at the cost of the Plusnet subscription packs but if you think that these extra channels would be an important part of your viewing, then it is worth considering getting the box through PN rather than buying it on the high street.

For example, I decided to ditch Sky and went with Plusnet TV, taking the recording box and tying in to the base channel pack (5 per month) for 2 years. With the deal I got, I have the subscription channels for 2 years for less than it would have cost me to buy the recording box on the high street. So look at the channel packs and that will help you decide how you want to get the box (buy yourself or get it through PN). Worth noting as well that there are some good deals on Ebay for these boxes.

As for the operation of the box itself, I find it to be a great replacement for Sky. Haven't missed Sky once actually, and saving some money in the process. There are plenty of reviews of the box online.

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Re: Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

The other difference is Plusnet dont do 4k/UHD. 

 

If thats your thing then you can get from ebay the BT DTR-4000 that does ultra HD, you cant get the channels still for sport but you can use it for 4k netflix if that's important to you! (most 4k tv's have 4k netflix app on them so not the cheapest way to go!)

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Re: Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

Thanks all. It is clearer now. Looking at the additional Plusnet channels I don't see any that we watch, which is partially why we are moving away from VM.

4k is another problem as that is my new year plan, maybe I'll buy a Sony TV with Youview built in.

 

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

I too am a Sky user and am considering Plusnet’s Yourvew offer. I have a top of the range large 4K tv and am wondering if the quality of the picture will be as good as Sky? Any comments would be appreciated.

 

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Re: Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

I have a 4K LG OLED and have been a Sky customer in the past.

 

We mostly watch the 5 main Freeview HD channels and I think they are perfectly watchable, but not quite as good as on Sky. SD channels are comparable in my view.

I think the subscription channels (such as BT Sport), are better than on Sky, especially in HD, although the SD channels are also slightly better quality. I think this has quite a lot to do with BT using H.264 for their encoding which is more efficient than what Sky use.

The problem you have of course is this is all subjective. Smiley

Moderator's note by Mike (Mav): Full quote of preceding post removed as per Forum rules.

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Re: Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

Many thanks Stereohaven your comments are extremely helpful. Although I am not happy about the amount of cash I spend each month on Sky having purchased a top of the range tv the picture quality is all important plus I do get 4K on Netflix and Sky Sports. Your experience indicates some compromise on picture quality would be required if I was to change from Sky so I will endeavour to negotiate a reduction on their charge and continue as is.

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Re: Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

Hi Stereohaven 

 

Further to my original post and your reply, I have two weeks ago cancelled Sky with objective of renegotiating a better deal, since then I have tuned into Freeview and to my surprise was very impressed with the picture quality of the HD channels. I would say they are without doubt superior to Sky. So having got over the picture quality issue with Freeview i am seriously considering staying with Freeview and buying a recording box. I am interested in the Youview offering but am wondering if Plusnet Youview (Picture quality) will be the same. You indicated in you reply that in your experience the quality was inferior to Sky I am wondering why that is? Does Youview stream all their channels or are they picked up the same as normal Freeview? I should say, should it be relevant that I have a  65” Samsung 9000 series model with Freeview built in.

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Re: Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

Firstly let me remind you...

The problem you have of course is this is all subjective

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So, in my experience, based on my setup, the main 5 Freeview HD channels do not look as nice to me on a consistent basis as they did when I had Sky, or for that matter Freesat (same signal).

In my case, It may simply be because I get a better quality signal from a satellite feed than I do from the Crystal Palace transmitter my rooftop aerial points at.

As for YouView, well it is simply Freeview HD, with a nicer TV Guide plus the ability to add extra channels that are streamed over the internet. 

So the Freeview picture should be comparable from the Humax YouView box as your Samsung TV, but again, you may not agree. 

Lastly, the streamed channels are broadcast in a much more efficient format than they are on Freeview or Sky, so the picture is better in my opinion for both SD and HD channels. 

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Re: Plusnet TV vs High Street Youview box?

Hi Stereohaven

Thank you very much for your prompt reply. Your comments are very helpful and I wish you prosperous New Year.

 

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Golfingman