Fox strikes VOD deal with BT Vision

Consumers offered titles including 'The Happening'

LONDON -- 20th Century Fox has inked a VOD rights pact with BT, giving the U.K. telecom a range of movie titles to offer consumers via its BT Vision digital TV service.

The films, which will be offered on demand beginning Dec. 15, include "The Happening," "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who" and "Shine a Light."

Tuesday's deal means that BT Vision now has a VOD pact in place with every major studio but Sony Pictures. "We're working on that one," a spokesman said.

Fox catalog titles including "Alien Resurrection," "The Beach" and "Die Hard" also will be among those offered.

All Fox movies on BT Vision will be available on a pay-per-view basis without the need for a mandatory subscription.

Prices start at 2 pounds ($2.98) for back catalog titles, rising to 3.99 pounds ($5.95) for the newest movies. BT Vision also offers consumers HD versions for an extra pound ($1.49).