UK telecommunications giant BT have revealed an expansion to their channel line-up after agreeing a ‘distribution deal’ with pay-TV factual content specialists Discovery Networks, seeing the broadcaster’s range of channels become available on the BT Vision digital/internet TV platform.
Covering the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Real Time, the arrangement also sees BT Vision subscribers (who are expected to also be in line for a chance to watch dedicated sports content by this time next year) gain access to a selection of on-demand content from the networks each week, and follows on from a deal recently conducted between BT and Eurosport for a similar purpose.
The main attraction of the deal (which BT claim will be put into action ‘shortly’) is naturally the Discovery Channel, which airs documentaries and ‘factual entertainment’ programming such as How We Invented The World and Gold Rush. As the name implies, Animal Planet is dedicated to programming highlighting nature’s finest, while Real Time is offers further factual entertainment including reality series Auction Kings and Cake Boss.
Susanna Dinnage, the general manager of ‘Discovery Networks UK & Ireland’, said of their latest broadcasting platform in the UK region: “We are delighted to have completed this deal which gives us the opportunity to share three of our key channels with BT Vision’s customers. Discovery Channel is the most popular factual channel in pay-TV and we are delighted that it is now also available on BT Vision.”
BT Vision’s chief executive Marc Watson summarized his company’s recent efforts to develop their television offerings, stating: “The new channels are a great addition to our lineup. We’re really excited about the deal with Discovery Networks. It will offer BT Vision viewers some of the most well-known and popular factual programs in the UK.”