In the UK, BT has confirmed the launch of next generation TV services, to be available from this autumn. Known as BT Vision, the service will be interactive, and will combine access to digital-terrestrial channels with paid for programmes and film delivered via broadband. BT claims that customers will be able to choose from a wide variety of content, including a wide range of digital terrestrial TV, on-demand film, music and television programming.
BT's content deals include licensing programming and interactive content from TV production company Endemol as well as deals with the Cartoon Network, BBC Worldwide, Paramount and Warner Music Group and the National Geographic Channel. The ISP said it will unveil further big name deals throughout the year as it builds towards launch.
BT said there will be no mandatory monthly subscription as content such as films delivered via broadband will be on a pay as you go basis. Viewers' normal Freeview channels are delivered via the normal aerial.