BT extends partnership with UKTV to include enhanced selection of HD shows on-demand


18 September 2018

  • BT TV customers continue to enjoy channels such as Dave, Gold, W, Alibi, Good Food and Eden
  • Includes an enhanced catch-up video-on-demand (VoD) service for BT TV customers
  • Move forms part of BT's ambition to give customers the widest choice of content through partnerships with the best content providers

BT today announced a new long-term deal with UKTV that will include an enhanced catch-up video-on-demand (VoD) offering for BT TV customers.

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.

The move, following the recent launch of Amazon Prime Video on BT TV, forms part of BT's ambition to offer TV customers the widest choice of content through partnerships with the best content providers.

UKTV's 10 channel network is home to a raft of award-winning UKTV Original series, exciting premiere acquisitions and the very best of the archive from BBC, ITV, C4 and more. With new series and hugely popular shows such as Harrow, Taskmaster, Dad's Army, Judge Romesh, Red Dwarf, Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, Women on The Verge, Quantico and Carter, BT TV customers will have an exciting choice of UKTV's exclusive content to watch live or on demand.

Customers will also soon be able to receive a bigger selection of shows on VoD 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.

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About UKTV

UKTV is a commercial broadcaster reaching nearly 40m viewers every month.

The award-winning independent has eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food. These include the two most popular non-PSB channels in the UK and account for nearly 10% of the British commercial TV market.

The network delivers inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat, Amazon Fire and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.

Now celebrating over 20 years at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Studios and Discovery, Inc. - is proud to be the first British television broadcaster in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list. | | @uktvpress