BT Vision the broadband based IPTV service which combines terrestrial UK Freeview TV channels with VOD content delivered via its ISP, is readying itself to show content directly from the BBC iPlayer VOD service.
BT and the BBC are already working closely on the forthcoming YouView, and the two will now collaborate on iPlayer for the former’s BT Vision television over internet platform.
BT Vision is going to introduce the BBC iPlayer service over the next 5 months, in a phased release starting in early December 2010. All customers should be able to access the service by April 2011.Once complete, the service can be accessed by selecting BBC iPlayer from BT Vision’s programme menu.
Marc Watson, BT’s CEO of TV and Online services, said: “We are really excited to be partnering with the BBC to bring the BBC iPlayer service to BT Vision customers. The launch of BBC iPlayer on BT Vision adds to the vast range of quality entertainment already available to our customers.
Daniel Danker, BBC General Manager for Programmes and On Demand, said: “October was a record month for BBC iPlayer with a total of 139 million programme requests on computers, TVs and mobiles. Over 20 million of those requests were delivered to TVs. Licence-fee payers love the option of enjoying BBC iPlayer’s high-quality experience and vast choice of programmes on the living-room TV, and we’re delighted to be able to bring the service to BT Vision. he added”
All BT Vision customers will be able to enjoy the selected 50 hours of BBC programmes available within TV Replay for free.