Published: 12.15 Europe/London, June 22, 2011

BT Vision customers can now watch their favourite BBC shows on demand, using the new BBC iPlayer on their TVs.

The launch of BBC’s on demand service gives Vision customers the opportunity to access more than 400 hours of their favourite BBC TV programmes, including The Apprentice, EastEnders and Top Gear, and more than 1,000 hours of radio programmes.

This replaces the smaller selection of BBC programmes previously available on BT Vision’s TV Replay service, which still offers Vision viewers the chance to catch up on programmes they have missed on other channels through ITV Net Player, 4 on demand and Demand 5. There is no charge to customers for watching shows through BBC iPlayer on BT Vision.

Marc Watson, chief executive of television and online services, BT Retail, said in a statement: “The launch of BBC iPlayer on BT Vision adds to the enormous range of quality entertainment already available to our customers. We are really excited to be partnering with the BBC to bring BBC iPlayer to our customers.”

BT Vision gives customers up to 50 Freeview television and 20 radio channels as standard and lets them pause, record and rewind live TV. Customers can catch up with the best of the last seven days’ TV from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and watch thousands of US and UK TV shows, blockbuster and classic films, kids’ shows, music videos, and sport on demand.

BT Vision also offers Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 plus ESPN and films in HD and 3D. Customers can choose how they want to pay for BT Vision; they can watch unlimited shows with pay monthly or enjoy the flexibility of pay-as-you-go.