RIVALS British Telecom (BT) and Sky have reached an agreement that will see Sky Movies added to BT's TV service. In other news, hell has frozen over.
BT and Sky are not very good friends. Most recently, Sky refused to air adverts for BT's new Sports service, and managed to get Ofcom's backing for doing so. That's why it might surprise you that the two firms announced on Monday that they have signed a "multi-year agreement" starting 26 October that will see Sky's Movie channel added to BT TV.
Sky Movies will be available to BT customers with either a Youview or Vision+ box, and will arrive as 11 channels. These are Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Showcase, Sky Movies Greats, Sky Movies Disney, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Action & Adventure, Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Crime & Thriller, Sky Movies Drama & Romance, Sky Movies Sci Fi & Horror and Sky Movies Select.
Those who sign up soon will get to view a handful of brand new films on their tellies, Sky boasts, including Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Gangster Squad. Zero Dark Thirty and Life Of Pi will premiere in November.
BT TV director Alex Green said - probably through gritted teeth - "We are delighted to have reached this agreement with Sky to enable our TV customers to enjoy Sky Movies and its superb offering of films for every taste, including the latest blockbusters. We believe this gives a tremendous boost to our BT TV film offering."
Sky Commercial Group director Rob Webster added, "We are pleased to extend the distribution of Sky Movies to BT TV customers. Following the conclusion of commercial negotiations, BT's customers can now enjoy access to the UK's most popular subscription movies service.
"In helping even more UK homes enjoy Sky Movies this agreement also supports our wholesale content business." µ
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Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
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