13 August 2015
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.
From this month, UKTV channels Eden, Good Food and Home, will be available via BT set top boxes, joining Gold, Alibi, Watch, Dave, Really, Yesterday and Drama already on the service. In addition, BT subscribers will be able to catch up on programmes from across UKTV's Pay channels 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 ten UKTV channels, enabling BT subscribers to watch UKTV shows they may have missed, whenever they want and wherever they are.
With new series and UK premieres of Storage Hunters UK, Dave Gorman Modern Life Is Goodish, Marley's Ghosts, Last Man on Earth, Singing in the Rainforest and Secrets and Lies just starting, BT customers will have an exciting choice of UKTV content to watch live or on demand.
The new additions of Eden, Good Food and Home support BT's strategy of offering a broad range of quality channels to customers, but at better value prices and with greater flexibility for customers.
Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport, said
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. 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.
Darren Childs, CEO, UKTV said,
UKTV's continued investment in original content has made our channels more popular with viewers than ever before. I'm delighted BT's customers will now be able to enjoy programmes from across our network and watch great entertainment on demand with UKTV Play.
Notes to editors
- UKTV's four free to air channels, Dave, Drama, Really and Yesterday are already available to BT subscribers via the UKTV Play app on YouView
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UKTV is the multi-award winning media company that reaches 42 million viewers a month.
UKTV's eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, Watch, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food - include the most popular non-PSB channel in the UK and account for 9% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £283m and EBITDA of £74.1m. It invested £123m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating its 22nd year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British television broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.