The most asked question about BT’s new AMC channel is whether the channel is really exclusive to BT or is simply launching on its TV platform first, before arriving on the Virgin Media and Sky programme guides shortly after.
A raft of major new dramas are heading to BT’s TV service after the ISP struck a deal to become the exclusive UK home of AMC, the US cable network. AMC’s past hits include Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Walking Dead. Today’s deal means Fear the Walking Dead, a spin-off of the last of these, will premiere in the UK exclusively on BT TV.
Last month the pay-TV broadcaster and ISP added the hit show’s first four seasons to its buy to keep download store which is available via its YouView set top boxes. Other shows available include HBO’s True Detective and Entourage, plus Jame Spader’s The Blacklist and popular spy drama Homeland.
There was a plenty of confidence and swagger on show from BT bosses when the media returned to the BT Sport studios this week to discover how the firm planned to monetise its exclusive Champions League rights.
The cable company has a wholesale deal with BT for the firm’s original three BT Sport channels which it provides to customers taking its XL TV pack. Virgin Customers with lower tier packages can buy the channels as a separate add-on.
At a packed media briefing at their Olympic park studios, BT bosses ended months of speculation by confirming pricing for a new BT Sport Europe channel which will serve as the contest’s home for the next three years.
Previous rights holders Sky and ITV ended their association with the Champions League on Saturday when they screened Barcelona’s triumph over Juventus at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.