Sunday 19 May 2013
This is a joint BBC and BT press release
Today the BBC and BT announced plans to bring the popular video-on-demand service, BBC iPlayer, to BT Vision.
BT Vision will introduce BBC iPlayer over the next five months, in a phased release starting in early December. All BT Vision customers will 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.
This will be the full BBC iPlayer package, offering almost all of the TV and radio programmes available online through a simple and intuitive BBC iPlayer-branded application, eventually replacing the BBC content on BT Vision's existing 50-hour "TV Replay" package, which offers a small selection of BBC TV programmes.
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."
Marc Watson, chief executive of television and online services, BT Retail, 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."
Technical information about the service upgrade
BBC iPlayer on BT Vision will be delivered automatically as a service upgrade over customers' internet connections, replacing the existing BBC TV replay package currently available.
The software will be delivered as a phased upgrade, which will start in December 2010 and conclude by April 2011. As such, some customers will be able to access BBC iPlayer service before others.
From the point BBC iPlayer application starts to be rolled out in December and until it is available to all, all BT Vision customers will be able to enjoy the selected 50 hours of BBC programmes available within TV Replay for free.
The "BBC Hits" package of classic BBC programmes, made available on commercial terms from BBC Worldwide, remains unaffected by this partnership.
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