BSkyB and BT have announced the signing of a contract to provide Sky Sports channels to BT customers. The deal will allow BT Vision customers to watch the channels from 1st of August, in time for the start of the Premier League football season which starts later in the month. The deal follows a 3 year review and ruling by Ofcom in March which forced Sky to reduce the costs at wholesale of selling its Sports channels. Sky set out an appeal to suspend the Ofcom ruling whilst it prepared a full appeal which it thought might take around 9 months to complete. Ofcom agreed to this which would see other TV operators pay full price with some money placed in an escrow account pending the appeal.
"We are delighted to have reached this milestone, which means that we can be certain of offering Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to our customers before the football season kicks off. We know our customers will be keen to sign up for the two channels."Gavin Patterson ,(Chief Executive) BT Retail
Although BT have announced the new channels will be available on their BT Vision IPTV platform, they have yet to provide pricing details for the service.