BT has signed deals with three entertainment giants to provide programmes, music and films for its planned TV-over-broadband service
The telecoms company announced today that the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, along with film giant Paramount and Warner Music Group are the first companies it’s signed up to provide content for the service, which is due to be launched next summer.
To get access, you’ll have to buy a set-top box, expected to cost around GBP 100, and have BT broadband, which currently costs GBP 17.99 per month. For this, you’ll get free-to-air programmes, along with films, further TV shows and music videos on a pay-per-view basis.
The box will combine a Freeview decoder with a video recorder and will give access to films over the internet. BT aims to offer a ‘catch-up’ facility whereby you could watch any programme broadcast during the previous week without having recorded it.
BBC Worldwide exports BBC programmes such as Teletubbies, Walking with Dinosaurs, and natural history series to foreign networks. Chief Executive John Smith said: ‘With video-on-demand rapidly shaping the future of television, we are very pleased to be part of BT’s TV service from the outset, providing subscribers with blue-chip programmes and high-quality viewing.’
BT is targeting the service at the 50 per cent of UK households that don’t subscribe to Sky or cable services.