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BT TV will be the only place to watch Ridley Scott's AMC original The Terror in the UK

Tuesday, February 20th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

In a fiercely competitive market, subscription TV providers are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd – and there’s been a growing trend to push exclusive content as a way of tempting you to sign up.

Sky set the bar pretty high with Game of Thrones and it’s fair to say Virgin Media and BT have been trying to emulate the success of that particular show ever since.

Back in 2015 BT struck a deal with AMC – the US cable network behind Breaking Bad and Mad Men – to launch its UK channel exclusively on BT TV, giving BT the exclusive UK premieres of new AMC shows such as Fear the Walking Dead.

AMC’s latest offering is The Terror, a 10-part anthology series based on the Royal Navy’s attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. It’s inspired by the true story of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition in the 1840s but adds a supernatural twist and no doubt uses a bit of artistic licence.

Ridley Scott is on board as an executive producer and the show stars Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men) as Captain Francis Crozier and Tobias Menzies (Outlander) as Captain James Fitzharris. Ciarán Hinds (Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones) plays Sir John Franklin.

The two-hour series premiere will be shown on AMC, BT channel 332, on Tuesday 24 April at 9pm.

Of course, in order to watch The Terror on AMC you’ll have to be a BT TV customer – that’s the whole point. And in order to get BT TV you’ll need to get BT broadband.

Right now the cheapest way of doing that is to go for BT Unlimited Broadband with the TV Starter and Sport pack. This deal is £24.99 a month and includes standard up to 17Mbps broadband and free weekend calls on an 18-month contract.

There’s a pretty hefty £69.99 a month set-up fee involved but this will eventually be offset by the £80 cashback BT is offering in the form of a pre-paid Mastercard. We say eventually because you’ll have to claim the card online once your broadband is up and running, it should then arrive within 30 days.

The TV Starter and Sport package is basically Freeview with a couple of added extras – but they are extras worth checking out. One of them is the AMC channel, which is the reason we’re talking about this in the first place.

The other is BT Sport, which gives you access to 42 Premier League football matches across the season as well as exclusive coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions. There’s also rugby union, MotoGP, UFC and more if football isn’t your thing.

You also get a YouView box, which allows you to pause and rewind (but not record) live TV and access to the BT Sport app so you can watch the football on your phone.

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