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BT Vision to deliver first channels via IP multicast

UK telco BT has signed a three-year agreement with multichannel broadcaster UKTV to add VOD content and a portfolio of linear, paid-for television channels to its hybrid IP+DTT television service ‘BT Vision’.

The really significant part of this agreement is that it marks the first time that BT Vision will deliver live television channels to subscribers via IP multicast, rather than DTT.

The telco is currently engaged in a massive network upgrade project, and is preparing for the launch of a CDN-type service for live television called ‘TV Connect’ later this year (Simon Orme, Director of Content Services at BT, discussed this in an exclusive interview with IPTV News – for more information please click here).

The live channels from UKTV (a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive) include Watch, Gold and Alibi, and will be available from late 2012.

Video-on-demand titles covered by the agreement are available immediately, and include television from Really, Eden, Good Food and Home’s new and exclusive commissioned and acquired programme catalogue.

BT Vision won the award ‘Best Service Growth Achievement’ at this year’s IP&TV Awards, held earlier this week at the London Film Museum (full results here).

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