BT’s rugby deal threatened by Sky rights row

English rugby body the European Rugby Cup (ERC) has claimed that BT’s deal to air Aviva Premiership Rugby, including European matches, is in breach of regulations. BT yesterday announced a landmark £152 million (€190) deal to air rugby coverage, the latest move into premium sports rights by the telco following its Premier League football deal. […]

BT secures exclusive rugby rights

BT has secured rights to Aviva Premiership Rugby and the JP Morgan Asset Management Sevens over a four-year period in a £152 million (€190) deal. BT will also have exclusive live broadcast rights to matches played by Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs in any future European competitions from 2014-15 for three years. The deal is the […]

ITV wants Premier League matches from BT

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is trying to strike a deal with telco BT that will enable it to show Premier League football matches for the first time. The broadcaster is in talks with BT to show some of the 154 matches that the telco has the rights to on one of its terrestrial channels, according […]

Now TV goes live on YouView

BSkyB’s Now TV service has launched on UK connected TV service YouView. An app for Now TV, which provides on-demand movies, is on the YouView homepage and once customers have registered they will be able to access the service and stream feature films direct to their smart TVs. À la carte movie purchases cost between […]

BT confirms YouView launch this autumn

BT has confirmed that it will begin offering the YouView TV service in the autumn. The telco is one of seven launch partners for YouView, the UK’s connected TV service that launched earlier this month. It said the service would appeal to customers “looking for the next evolution of the Freeview service” but did not […]

YouView to launch for £299 this month, Sky’s Now TV will join

UK connected TV service YouView will be available for consumers to buy by the end of the month. The announcement was made by YouView chairman Alan Sugar and managing director Richard Halton at a press briefing this morning. The much-delayed service will retail for £299 (€373), offering a mix of linear broadcast and internet delivered […]

BT preps interactive sports channel for EPL matches

BT will launch a new interactive sports channel to carry the live English Premier League (EPL) matches that it has won the rights to. The UK telco beat competition from current rights holder ESPN to secure two packages of rights for the 2013/14 to 2015/16 seasons. BSkyB retained the rights to its five packages, the […]

BT adds 39,000 Vision customers

BT added 39,000 BT Vision pay TV customers in the third quarter ending December 31. The additions mean the telco ended 2011 with a total of 678,000 BT Vision subscribers. Consumer ARPU was up 5% to £337 (€405) reflecting the increased take up of broadband and BT Vision. BT added 146,000 retail broadband customers during […]

BT preps FTTP-on-demand

BT is preparing to roll out an FTTP-on-demand service following the completion of trials. The telco’s solution enables additional fibre to be run on -demand to a home or business in a fibre-to-the-cabinet-enabled area, providing the customer with fast Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) broadband. The solution takes advantage of fibre that has already been […]

Miramax inks on demand deal with BT

US movie producer and distributor Miramax has inked a content deal with BT Vision, the IPTV service operated by UK telco BT.
 The agreement gives subscribers to the BT Vision Unlimited package access to Miramax titles including Chicago, Pulp Fiction and Scream. Customers will access the movies via a branded Miramax area on the BT […]