BT to include the Amazon Prime Video app on its YouView TV box
BT TV customers will soon be able to access the Amazon Prime Video app directly through their YouView box.
There’s no word yet on exactly when the app will be appearing, but when it does BT will become the first major British TV platform to offer Prime Video through its set top box.
It means that BT customers with a Prime subscription will be able to watch original shows like The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and The Man in the High Castle on their TV without having to use a separate device such as an Amazon Fire TV stick.
Rival streaming service Netflix is already available through BT TV, while NOW TV is expected to appear on the platform in early 2019 thanks to a deal between BT and Sky that will also see BT Sport channels offered by Sky as part of its TV packages.
The addition of Amazon Prime Video to its TV offering is something of a coup for BT, as neither Virgin nor Sky currently include the app on their platforms and all three are constantly trying to outdo the others with the addition of exclusive content.
The US cable network AMC launched on BT TV in 2015, giving customers exclusive access to hit shows from across the pond including Fear the Walking Dead and, more recently, The Terror.
BT has also poured billions of pounds into its sports coverage, paying £1.18bn to retain exclusive TV rights to the Champions League and Europa League football competitions and £885m to show 32 Premier League matches a year until 2022.
Improved BT Sport app for EE customers
BT today announced that EE customers will soon be able to access new features on the BT Sport app, including the ability to cast directly from their mobile to their TV using inclusive data.
EE mobile customers get either three or 24 months’ access to the BT Sport app free with their phone plan, but this is a different app to the one used by BT TV customers and doesn’t have all of the same features.
EE customers can also look forward to a new range of “mobile TV experiences”, the details of which will be announced later in the year, and the provider said it start stocking the Google Chromecast.
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