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BT secures UKTV HD on-demand content

BT has secured ongoing access to UKTV channels, plus extra on-demand content in HD.

UKTV, the biggest multichannel broadcaster in Britain, has been a BT TV partner since launch and this new deal means BT TV customers will continue to get some of the UK’s best loved comedy on Gold, brand new and exclusive entertainment on Dave, as well as premium programming on W, Alibi, Good Food and Eden.

Customers will also soon be able to receive a bigger selection of shows on-demand with customers able to watch these in high definition (HD) via their BT TV set-top boxes for the first time. A selection of shows will also be available to download and play on the new BT TV app that now gives customers the ability to download and access content on the go as well as access to a range of TV platforms.

Tony Singh, Content and Business Development Director for BT’s Consumer division, said:
“Our continued UKTV partnership allows us to keep giving our customers a brilliant range of entertainment, comedy, drama, and lifestyle channels. Our customers love those channels and can, uniquely to BT TV, combine them with services like Netflix, Amazon and NOW TV to give them the flexibility to view a wide range of fantastic content.”

Simon Michaelides, Chief Commercial Officer, UKTV, said:
“We’re very pleased to be building on our already strong relationship with BT. UKTV channels play a significant role for BT TV customers, so it’s great to be able to extend our VoD services and give them more of the shows that they love, as well as an exciting and expanding portfolio of original new shows and exclusive acquisitions.”

BT TV is a hybrid service, combining Freeview with content delivered via IP. Of the ten UKTV channel brands available via BT TV, five are delivered free-to-air terrestrially  (Dave, Really, Yesterday, Drama and Home) and five (Gold, alibi, Eden, Good Food and W) via BT broadband connections.