Rival TV content providers BT and Sky, have shaken hands on a deal that will bring the Sky Movie channels to subscribers of BT Vision+ and YouView STB’s.
The 11 channels that include Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Showcase and Sky Movies Greats will be available from October 26 for UK viewers with a YouView or Vision+ box, and marks a cooling of tensions between the two companies.
Hostilities were raised after telecoms company BT, added 2 new sports channels and struck a deal that allowed it to show 38 top Premier League football games this season, an area which has been dominated by Sky for two decades.
Users will have to pay extra for the movie channels as part of their monthly subscription, and BT broadband users also get access to streaming Sky Movies on-demand.
Speaking about the move, BT TV director Alex Green said,”We are delighted to have reached this agreement with Sky to enable our TV customers to enjoy Sky Movies and its superb offering of films for every taste, including the latest blockbusters. We believe this gives a tremendous boost to our BT TV film offering.”
For Sky, Rob Webster said, “We are pleased to extend the distribution of Sky Movies to BT TV customers. Following the conclusion of commercial negotiations, BT’s customers can now enjoy access to the UK’s most popular subscription movies service. In helping even more UK homes enjoy Sky Movies this agreement also supports our wholesale content business.”