A new deal between BT and Universal Networks International, the international channel division of NBCUniversal, will bring three new channels to the telco’s TV customers.
Live streamed versions of the Universal Channel, Syfy and E! Entertainment will launch on BT Vision “in the coming weeks” with video on demand content following in early 2013.
A spokesperson for BT confirmed the channels will be available to customers with BT Vision boxes but not to BT customers with YouView boxes.
The deal means subscribers will gain access to top shows such as SyFy exclusives Haven and Warehouse and Universal Channel’s UK premieres of Law&Order: Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent.
BT has previously signed deals with deals with UKTV to bring its Gold, Watch and Alibi channels to the platform as well as FX and National Geographic.
Marc Watson, BT’s chief executive of TV, said: “Universal Channel, Syfy and E! make a fantastic contribution to our channels offering at launch. They offer the best quality drama, hit supernatural thrillers and popular entertainment shows that viewers love.
“As we expand the number of channels available soon for BT Vision customers, we hope that there will be something there for everyone. We will cater for drama lovers, comedy addicts and sports fans in equal measure. We are not finished yet and we will be announcing some more much-loved channels to complete our roster.”
Laurence Dawkin-Jones, UK MD, Universal Networks International, added: “We are delighted to be able to bring BT Vision customers three of our core channel brands and the range of high-calibre programming they boast.
“From exclusive hit dramas to the world’s most-talked about reality series, our channels will make a unique and compelling contribution to the BT Vision offering.”