Full UKTV channel portfolio lands on BT TV
James R | On 14, Aug 2015
All of UKTV’s channels are coming to BT TV, as part of a new deal.
BT TV and UKTV today announced a new deal to make UKTV’s full portfolio of channels available to BT customers for the very first time, both live and on-demand.
UKTV’s four free to air channels – Dave, Drama, Really and Yesterday – were already available to BT subscribers via the UKTV Play app on YouView, but now the network’s full portfolio will be available to to BT customers, with Eden, Good Food and Home arriving on BT set top boxes from this month. They join other channels Alibi and Watch, with all Pay-TV channels available to catch up with on-demand for seven days after transmission, via a UKTV Play-branded service.
The new deal also extends to internet and mobile streaming for UKTV’s ten channels via BT’s TV Everywhere app, available on smartphones, tablets and PCs. This includes seven day catch up rights for all 10 UKTV channels.
The deal arrives just as UKTV enjoys a period of strong growth, with new series lined up including Storage Hunters UK, Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish, Last Man on Earth, Secrets and Lies, Taskmaster and Parks and Recreation. The Strain will also arrive on Watch later this month.
BT TV, meanwhile, has just signed an exclusive deal with AMC, which will see the US broadcaster’s new UK channel (home to Fear the Walking Dead) only available to BT TV customers.
“BT TV is rapidly expanding and these three great new channels will help us to offer the breadth and quality of programming that our customers want,” says Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport. “UKTV is a key partner for BT TV and we are delighted to have extended the relationship to offer the full span of UKTV’s popular comedy, drama, natural history & lifestyle channels, and to add these to our BT TV Everywhere service, as well as launching the excellent UKTV Play on demand service. This further supports our vision for providing customers with a range of great quality TV at affordable prices.”