UK telecoms giant BT has announced four new video-on-demand film, television and music deals with independent producers and distributors for its next-generation TV-via-broadband service, BT Vision, which is scheduled to make its debut in the autumn.
The agreements are with Entertainment Rights, a media group specialising in the ownership of children's and family programming; NBD Television, producer and distributor of drama, children's TV, music, entertainment and documentary programming; factual and drama programming producer Wall to Wall Television; and Portman Film and Television, an independent film and TV distribution company.
Entertainment Rights will provide BT Vision with access to children's series Postman Pat and Basil Brush, while NBD Television will supply around 60 hours of concerts and factual music shows, including Oasis Live by the Sea and Duran Duran Live at Wembley 2004.
Portman offering is to be the successful comedy drama series Doc Martin, and Wall to Wall will provide a mixture of lifestyle and documentary titles, including Rosemary: Queen of the Kitchen.
BT Vision CEO Dan Marks said: "We are delighted to have concluded these deals, which ensure that we are able to offer a wide range of films and TV programming to our customers".
He added: "We look forward to working with these leading independent producers and distributors to develop on-demand opportunities and additional revenue streams for their programming".
Last month, BT signed digital distribution agreements that will see the telco offering movie and TV downloads via BT Vision.
Lovelace Consulting | 17.08.2006