BT has launched its long-awaited next generation TV service which lets viewers watch films and programmes over the internet.
BT Vision offers customers a library of on-demand TV shows and films, as well as 40 Freeview channels, without having to pay a monthly subscription.
Viewers can access television channels and radio, via their aerial, while a broadband connection gives access to an ‘on-demand’ entertainment library.
BT has also struck a deal with Setanta to show live Premiership football matches from next summer.
BT already has the rights to 242 ‘near live’ Premiership matches, but said the Setanta deal means it will be able to screen 46 other live games.
That means customers will be able to watch 75 per cent of the season’s 380 games, as well as 60 live Scottish Premier League games and Nationwide Conference fixtures.
Dan Marks, Chief Executive at BT Television, said: ‘We’ve said that BT Vision will be offering the best in all-round entertainment and this includes the very best of sport.
‘This partnership with Setanta means BT Vision will provide customers with unparalleled coverage of both live and on-demand sport and we’re looking forward to exploring many more sports opportunities together.’
Personal video recorder
BT is giving away the set-top box – V-box – free to customers who sign up to a new contract with BT Total Broadband.
The V-box contains a personal video recorder (PVR) able to store up to 80 hours of content, pause or rewind live TV and record programmes at the touch of a button. The box is also HD ready.
There will be a £60 installation fee and a £30 connection charge, although BT plans a self-install version of BT Vision next year.
The service will include films, shows and music from Channel 4, Disney, Dreamworks, National Geographic, Sony BMG, BBC Worldwide, Paramount and a host of others.
On-demand TV will cost £6 each month, while films will be charged between £1.99 and £2.99 a time. Individual music videos will cost 29p, while access to a concert is £2.99.
It is not yet known how much the sports coverage will cost, although BT said today it expects it to be ‘competitively priced’.