Commenting on the deal, Marc Watson, BT’s chief executive of TV, said: "Universal Channel, Syfy and E! make a fantastic contribution to our channels offering at launch. They offer the best quality drama, hit supernatural thrillers and popular entertainment shows that viewers love.
As we expand the number of channels available soon for BT Vision customers, we hope that there will be something there for everyone. We will cater for drama lovers, comedy addicts and sports fans in equal measure. We are not finished yet and we will be announcing some more much-loved channels to complete our roster."
In contrast, programmes from NBC Universal were pulled from Top Up TV in early November.
BT's confirmed line up of linear channels delivered by broadband internet now includes:
- Discovery Channel,
- Animal Planet,
- Real Time,
- British Eurosport 1 and 2,
- FOX (FX),
- National Geographic,
- National Geographic WILD
- plus BT Sports channels when they launch.
According to some reports, the NBC Universal content will not be available for those with BT Vision YouView boxes.
Coinciding with the forthcoming introduction of a linear TV service, BT has also acquired a licence from Ofcom for its IPTV Electronic Programme Guide.