UK IPTV operator BT Vision has inked a deal with BSkyB to carry its sports channels Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2. This comes weeks after the News Corp-backed satellite pay broadcaster was forced to reduce the wholesale price of its sports channels.
Both channels will be available to subscribers to BT Vision from the start of August, in time for the start of the English Premier League soccer season. However, the telco hasn’t announced its pricing, which was the central issue investigated by Ofcom. The regulator ruled in March that Sky would have to sell Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 for Â£10.63 (12.92) each or Â£17.14 for both to rival services. BSkyB has appealed the ruling and is waiting on a decision.
BT Retail chief executive Gavin Patterson said: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone, which means that we can be certain of offering Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to our customers before the football season kicks off.”
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