Discovery furthers Euro expansion in BT deal

Editor | 16-11-2012

Days after announcing a partnership with TF1, Discovery Networks has spread its net across The Channel and has signed a distribution agreement with BT Vision.

The new deal will see Discovery Networks UK add Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Real Time to the rapidly increasing linear TV line-up of the UK IPTV supplier. The agreement with Discovery Networks UK also includes multiple hours of video on demand (VOD) each week.

Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Real Time will join a host of other recently announced linear channels on BT Vision including British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2, FX, National Geographic, National Geographic WILD and UKTV’s Gold, Watch and Alibi. Further content is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Commenting on its arrival on the IPTV service, Susanna Dinnage, general manager Discovery Networks UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have completed this deal which gives us the opportunity to share three of our key channels with BT Vision's customers. Discovery Channel is the most popular factual channel in pay-TV and we are delighted that it is now also available on BT Vision."

BT Vision is on a mission to produce as compelling an offer as it can in time for its big push with Premier League football from August 2013. “The new channels are a great addition to our line-up. We’re really excited about the deal with Discovery Networks. Marc Watson, chief executive BT Vision, said: “It will offer BT Vision viewers some of the most well known and popular factual programmes in the UK.”