BT reaches Sky Movies carriage agreement
October 14, 2013 10.55 Europe/London By Julian Clover
Sky Movies Showcase 2010BT and Sky have signed a multi-year contract for the distribution of Sky Movies over BT TV (the former BT Vision).
From October 26 subscribers to the IPTV service will be able to add the premium channels to an existing BT package. The agreement covers both YouView and the most recent Vision + receivers.
BT TV customers will be able to enjoy the latest movies across 11 Sky Movies channels, in standard definition, both as streamed live channels and on-demand for those with BT Infinity fibre broadband. For customers with regular BT broadband Sky Movies is only available on-demand.
The agreement includes Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Showcase, Sky Movies Greats, Sky Movies Disney, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Action & Adventure, Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Crime & Thriller, Sky Movies Drama & Romance, Sky Movies Sci Fi & Horror and Sky Movies Select.
Alex Green, director of BT TV, said: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement with Sky to enable our TV customers to enjoy Sky Movies and its superb offering of films for every taste, including the latest blockbusters. We believe this gives a tremendous boost to our BT TV film offering.”
Rob Webster, Director of Sky’s Commercial Group, adds: “We are pleased to extend the distribution of Sky Movies to BT TV customers. Following the conclusion of commercial negotiations, BT’s customers can now enjoy access to the UK’s most popular subscription movies service. In helping even more UK homes enjoy Sky Movies this agreement also supports our wholesale content business.”
Unlike Sky Sports, where regulatory intevention brought in Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2, Sky Movies is subject to no such rules.