Too little too late?
BT Vision certainly hasn’t been the runaway hit the telecoms giant was hoping for so has this all come rather too late in the day…?
Following a short trial, from this month High Definition content will at long last be coming to the struggling platform in full Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Initial releases include The Other Boleyn Girl, The Hulk and Babe with new titles costing £4.95 per download and older titles £2.95 – though I’d personally count two of its highlighted releases as ‘older’ so we could do with a better description here.
Still, those of you afflicted with a V-box will find the whole process reasonably painless as the rather handy ‘HD’ letters will be stuck beside appropriate content and while new software is required to play these movies your V-boxes have been applying this silently since August and the upgrade nationally is now expected to be complete.
On the other hand, given all HD content is downloaded not streamed a great deal will rely on the bandwidth available to each user. BT says all films are encoded in 1080i and are roughly 8GB in size meaning you’ll be in for a 9h+ wait on the average 2Mbit connection.
Could this be enough to save BT Vision? I think you’ve guessed our thoughts already…
BT Vision HD FAQ