NBCUniversal strikes BT Vision deal

December 5, 2012 11.15 Europe/London By Julian Clover

Universal Channel, Syfy and E! Entertainment will appear on the relaunched BT Vision as the telco continues to bolster its channel line-up.

BT has signed a deal with parent NBCUniversal that will add the channels to its growing linear channel line-up, as well as supplementing its on demand offer.

The three channels will be streamed live from early 2013. They will join an offer that already includes Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Real Time, British Eurosport 1 and 2, FOX, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild and UKTV’s Gold, Watch and Alibi.

Marc Watson, BT’s chief executive of TV, said: “Universal Channel, Syfy and E! make a fantastic contribution to our channels offering at launch. As we expand the number of channels available soon for BT Vision customers, we hope that there will be something there for everyone. We will cater for drama lovers, comedy addicts and sports fans in equal measure. We are not finished yet and we will be announcing some more much-loved channels to complete our roster.”

Laurence Dawkin-Jones, UK MD, Universal Networks International, added: “We are delighted to be able to bring BT Vision customers three of our core channel brands and the range of high-calibre programming they boast. From exclusive hit dramas to the world’s most-talked about reality series, our channels will make a unique and compelling contribution to the BT Vision offering.”

BT will be offering customers a YouView box as part of a proposition that will also include Infinity-branded high-speed broadband.