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New BT deal gives customers access to all 10 UKTV channels

Thursday, August 13th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

BT has announced a new deal with UKTV to make its full portfolio of channels available to BT customers for the first time.

From this month, UKTV channels Eden, Good Food and Home will be available via BT set top boxes, joining Gold, Alibi, Watch, Dave, Really, Yesterday and Drama.

UKTV’s four free-to-air channels – Dave, Drama, Really and Yesterday – are already available to BT subscribers via the UKTV Play app on YouView.

The deal announced today between BT TV and UKTV also means that BT subscribers will be able to use a UKTV Play branded service, allowing them to catch up on programmes from across UKTV’s Pay channels for seven days after transmission.

The new deal also extends to internet and mobile streaming for UKTV’s 10 channels via BT’s TV Everywhere app, available on smartphones, tablets and PCs.

This includes seven-day catch-up rights for all 10 UKTV channels, allowing BT subscribers to watch UKTV shows they may have missed.

The deal comes as news series and UK premieres including Storage Hunters UK, Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish, and Secrets and Lies are starting, adding to the choice of UKTV content available for BT customers to watch live or on demand.

'Original content'

Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport, said: “BT TV is rapidly expanding and these three great new channels will help us to offer the breadth and quality of programming that our customers want.

“UKTV is a key partner for BT TV and we are delighted to have extended the relationship to offer the full span of UKTV’s popular comedy, drama, natural history and lifestyle channels, and to add these to our BT TV Everywhere service, as well as launching the excellent UKTV Play on demand service.

“This further supports our vision for providing customers with a range of great quality TV at affordable prices.”

Darren Childs, UKTV’s CEO, added: “UKTV's continued investment in original content has made our channels more popular with viewers than ever before.

“I’m delighted BT's customers will now be able to enjoy programmes from across our network and watch great entertainment on demand with UKTV Play.”

Last month, BT’s quarterly figures showed that it had gained 60,000 new BT TV customers, taking its TV customer base to 1.2m – its best performance since it launched BT Sport.

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