UK telco BT has signed a deal with Universal Networks International, the international channels division of NBCUniversal, to add leading channels Universal Channel, Syfy and E! Entertainment to its IPTV service ‘BT Vision’ in the coming weeks.
The three channels will be streamed live and, from early 2013, BT Vision customers will also be able to watch specific programmes on-demand.
They will join the growing roster of channels BT has signed up recently, which include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Real Time, British Eurosport 1 and 2, FX, National Geographic, National Geographic WILD and UKTV’s Gold, Watch and Alibi.
Universal Channel offers high-quality drama including UK premieres of US crime franchises such as Law&Order: Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent.
Syfy offers a blend of programming comprising drama, movies, reality and factual entertainment from the fantasy, supernatural and science fiction genres.
E! was recently refreshed with a new on-air look and “Pop of Culture” tagline, and is positioned as the destination channel for fans of celebrity, entertainment news and popular culture.
BT recently revealed that it has passed three-quarters of a million subscribers for its IPTV service ‘BT Vision’ after adding 21,000 customers in the third quarter of this year, and confirmed that it is accelerating its rollout of fibre broadband.
Editor’s note: BT Vision is beginning to look more and more like a regular managed IPTV service – despite starting out with just the Freeview channels delivered via DTT, the telco has started delivering an increasing number of channels via multicast IP, and shows no signs of abating.