BT have announced a deal today that will bring ABC TV programmes to BT Vision, their TV on demand service, on the 15th September. 'ABC TV On Demand' will give viewers access to popular US series from Disney's TV production company ABC Studios. This will bring programmes such as Desperate Housewives, Private Practice and Brothers & Sisters being made available through the service after they have had their first UK airing on broadcast television. Customers will also be able to watch past series of hit shows such as Lost, Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty.
"ABC TV On Demand is Disney's first launch of an ABC-branded on demand entertainment service outside of the US. BT Vision customers will be able to start, pause or rewind their favourite shows whenever they want without having to fit in with a broadcaster's schedule or missing an episode. This is just the latest addition to BT Vision's array of on-demand channels including Discovery, National Geographic and MTV."Marc Watson, (Chief Executive of television and online services) BT Retail
"The ABC brand stands for innovative, high quality US television production. Leveraging this to launch an ABC TV On Demand branded service is a logical next step in our digital distribution strategy. Through partnering with successful and like-minded digital media platforms, such as BT, we are able to offer choice to consumers in how and when they enjoy our programming, while maintaining the highest quality of viewing experience."Catherine Powell, (SVP/GM, Media Distribution) The Walt Disney Company EMEA
The service will cost £6.99 a month with individual episodes priced at just 99p.