Belgacom secures BBC domestic channels

March 3, 2009 | 15:15 UK

In a landmark agreement, the Belgian IPTV operator Belgacom TV has secured the rights to distribute all the BBC domestic channels on its network. Until now these channels were only available on cablenets in the country.

Subscribers to the Belgacom TV Classic bouquet, the basic tier, will receive BBC One, BBC Two and the internationally available BBC World News. Subscribers to the Belgacom TV Select bouquet receive an additional six channels: BBC Three, BBC Four, Cbeebies, CBBC, BBC Prime and BBC HD.

Previously, Belgacom TV only distributed the two international channels, BBC World News and BBC Prime. The domestic BBC channels used to be exclusive to cable thanks to an official distribution contract regulating the so-called “overspill” reception of, at the time, BBC One and BBC Two.