The BT TV box is one of the most advanced around at the moment, especially in the way it seamlessly integrates catch-up TV services into its guide.
With so many features, there are lots of extra tricks that you can use to get to the TV you want or speed up the way you move around its menus. Here are some of the best.
Tip 1: Find more episodes of the show you’re watching
When browsing the guide, there’s an easy way to find more episodes of the show that you’re currently watching.
Simply highlight the programme in the guide and then press the ‘i’ button on your remote control. Now scroll across the toolbar to select ‘More Episodes’ and press OK on the episode you want to watch.
Tip 2: Show only HD channels in the guide
If you’ve got an HD TV, then all those fuzzy standard-definition channels are just getting in the way.
You can use filters in the guide to show only certain channels, such as HD channels. Press the Guide button on the remote to open the guide. Now press the Blue button, scroll right and choose HD, then press the Blue button again to apply the filter.
Tip 3: Skip forward or back in the guide by a day
When navigating the TV guide, you can use the fast forward and rewind buttons on your remote to jump forwards or backwards by a day. If you want to quickly return to what’s on right now just press the Green button.
You can also move up or down in the guide by a page of programming at a time using the Channel Up and Down buttons. These shortcuts are a great way to speed up navigating the guide.
Tip 4: Hide unwanted channels from the guide
No-one wants to watch all of the channels in the TV Guide, and with BT TV you can hide what you don’t watch.
Press the Guide and then press the Yellow button to activate Edit Channels mode. Enter your PIN number (this is usually ‘1234’ if you haven’t changed it). Scroll up or down to the channel you would like to hide and press OK. A cross will appear next to the channel name, and to apply the change press the Yellow button.
Once channels are hidden they will no longer be selectable using the channel up and down buttons, entering the channel number or viewable in the programme guide.
Tip 5: Use your BT TV remote to control your TV
You can set up your BT TV remote to control your TV, so can change the volume and switch it on and off without the original remote.
First go to bt.com/help/remote and use the list of television codes to find the right code for your brand of TV.
Turn your TV on and hold down the TV button on your BT TV remote for three seconds until the button light stays on. Enter the three-digit code that matches the make and model of your television. If you have entered the right code, the button light will blink twice and your TV should then switch off.
Press the OK button on your BT TV remote control and the TV button will blink three times. You should now be able to control your TV via your BT TV remote.
Tip 6: The Search, Back, Close and i buttons
To find any programme available on BT TV just press the Search button.
To move back a step in the BT TV menus hit the Back button.
The Close button always takes you out of the menus and back to live TV.
The ‘i’ button shows information about the show you’re currently watching and opens up extra options.
Tip 7: Reduce the startup time
By adjusting the Eco-Mode settings you can get your box to start up faster. Press the Home button on your remote and then go to Settings, then Device Management, then Eco-Mode. Switch the Eco-Mode to Low and press OK.
If you’re already using the mobile app, the Eco-Mode will automatically be set to Low for faster start up and you won’t be able to change it without disconnecting mobile devices from your box.
Tip 8: Play on-demand videos in HD
The BT TV box is not set up to play on-demand shows and movies in HD by default, but it’s easy to change this.
Press the Home button – Settings – TV Signal & Quality. Scroll down to Play in High Definition and change the setting from No to Yes.
Tip 9: Create music playlists
The BT Music app comes with many pre-selected playlists, but you can also create your own selections.
To create playlists for on-demand music tracks, press the BT Player button on your remote. Select Library – BT Music – Top 40 Hits and then choose a track you want to add to playlist. Press the Yellow button and then choose Add to a Playlist. You can select an existing playlist or enter the name for a new playlist, such as ‘Dad’.
You can add more songs to the playlist just by selecting them and pressing the Yellow button. When you’re finished adding tracks return to main BT TV menu and select Playlists to start playing your music.
Tip 10: Bookmark recommendations to watch later
BT TV also provides recommendations for films you might want to watch based on movies you’ve previously viewed. You can easily bookmark films from these recommendations to watch later.
Go to BT Player – Library – BT Film. Scroll down to Recommended for You and you’ll see a list of the recommended movies. Press the Green button on your remote to bookmark any of these recommendations so you can quickly find them again later.
To see the list, return to the main BT TV menu and select Bookmarks.
Tip 11: Use the mobile app to set up recordings remotely
There should be a word for the frustration of finding out you’ve forgotten to record a programme you won’t be at home to watch, but if there were, BT TV viewers wouldn’t need to use it anyway – with BT TV you can set up a recording from anywhere with the BT TV app.
You can pair your phone with your BT TV box and set up recordings when you’re away, as easily as if you’re sitting on your sofa at home.