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BT Vision gets ABC content

BT Vision customers are to receive more content following a deal with Disney-ABC to distribute their programs via the on-demand BT Vision platform. The deal means that over 650 new episodes will be available from the ABC Studios portfolio including Lost, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer, Dirt, Alias, Criminal Minds, According To Jim and My Wife and Kids.

The programming will be available on a pay-per-view basis, or via unlimited access as part of the monthly subscription to the £6 TV Pack or the £14 Value Pack.

"We are continuing to develop the quality and quantity of BT Vision's programming offering and we are very pleased to bring Disney-ABC International Television's outstanding TV series to our customers for the first time."

"So many of these series, such as Lost and Desperate Housewives, continue to catch the imagination of viewers and media alike and now all these series will be available to BT Vision customers whenever they want to see them."

Dan Marks (Chief Executive), BT Vision

The full press release is available from the BT Media centre.


Does anyone know how much the PPV model charges for each episode?

  • CaptainW
  • over 13 years ago

I looked, and found nothing re PPV pricing, so I'd be interested in an answer too. I'm going to speculate, based on the typical pricing at 4oD of around £1 a rental programme, and from what I recall of Telewest on demand pricing, that it will be too expensive to survive, just like Discovery By Broadband was too expensive. It launched at around £1.50 a programme in Feb 2004, and closed its broadband service a few days ago. Another one you won't be hearing about from the IPtv/DSL dreamers..


  • c_j_
  • over 13 years ago

Also, isn't it a shame Dan Marks didn't ask someone who can spell Torrent (the folks at work, or in the pub, or at school, etc) what the going rate is for a Lost, or Desperate Housewives, or ... series (never mind an episode) these days? The price of a blank DVD should surely cover it? I'm not in particularly in favour of copyright infringement but if he wants to pretend it doesn't affect his shiny new business model, he's a very silly man.

  • c_j_
  • over 13 years ago

I can highly recommend BT Vision - it's slick and smooth. Some of the episodes are old but the content is improving month on month (as we see here).

We watched Pirates of the Carribean 3 last week on demand and it worked really well (£2.99).

...and you get a Freeview PVR with the package.

  • stevehurcombe
  • over 13 years ago

Pay to watch an individual TV episode? BT have finally well and truely flipped their tiny little minds LOL
Even if its just £1 an episode for lost as an example thats going to be 20 odd quid...... Thanks but id sooner go rent the dvds, spend less and have behind the scenes extras to watch.
Oh and Alias... Season 1 and 2 of that is in a january sale at a famous highstreet retailer... again meaning you can own the content for less and higher quality... Good old numpty BT

  • over 13 years ago

I am sure I have seen prices as low as 29P an episode or pay the £6.00 and have as many as you want.

  • mrtweaks
  • over 13 years ago

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