BT has signed a deal with Universal Pictures to distribute its content via download-to-own or video-on-demand rental to UK customers. Content will be available for purchase and viewing on PC from the BT Vision store, a new film and TV download service to be launched on 31st July.
A BT Vision TV platform is also in the pipeline with the launch of BT TV services in the Autumn.
The BT Vision store will offer 150 Universal titles available on the same date as the UK DVD release. Consumers can purchase content for permanent ownership and will download two digital files to PC/laptop and a portable device, in conjunction with a DVD mailed by post.
The video-on-demand agreement will offer NBC Universal movies on-demand in the UK, including films such as Inside Man, King Kong, Jarhead and American Dreamz, as well as a range of catalogue films and TV series.
BT Vision is delivered on a software platform powered by Microsoft and through a set-top box made by manufacturer Philips. Unlike other pay-TV services, there will be no mandatory monthly subscription.