BT Vision Strikes Content Deal With Discovery Networks U.K.


The U.K. digital platform will offer Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Real Time on its service.

LONDON – U.K. digital platform BT Vision, operated by telecoms giant BT, has inked a deal with Discovery Networks U.K. to add Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Real Time to its channel offerings.

The three new channels will be rolled out on BT Vision "shortly," the digital operator said and the deal with Discovery Networks U.K. also includes "multiple hours of video on demand each week."

Shows airing on Discovery Channel include How We Invented The World, a program that examines four inventions that define the modern world, cellphones, cars, planes and skyscrapers.

Other programs include Gold Rush which follows a group of men who travel to Alaska and search for gold without any prior experience and Wheeler Dealers which sees Mike Brewer and Edd China transform rundown classic cars into sleek, gleaming vehicles to resell.

BT Vision chief executive Marc Watson said: "The new channels are a great addition to our line-up. It will offer BT Vision viewers some of the most well-known and popular factual programs in the U.K."

Susanna Dinnage, general manager Discovery Networks U.K. & Ireland, said: "We are delighted to have completed this deal which gives us the opportunity to share three of our key channels with BT Vision's customers. Discovery Channel is the most popular factual channel in pay TV and we are delighted that it is now also available on BT Vision."

Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Real Time join a host of other recently announced linear channels on BT Vision including British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2, FX, National Geographic, National Geographic WILD and UKTV’s Gold, Watch and Alibi.