I hope this goes ahead if it means improvements to BT TV. What bugs me about BT is, no movie channel, no entertainment channel, on demand content not very good at all, you have to use apps and watch adverts. On Sky it's all in one place, and adverts can be skipped. BT TV is not that good an offering when compared to Sky. It's only for those that can't or don't want/get Sky. Hopefully it improves otherwise I will be reluctantly going back to Sky at the end of my contract. After one year it's the same price as Sky, Sky has far more content. I really hope BT can do some deals and get some good stuff. I don't really watch sports.
BT only relied on building their user base solely on sport, and AMC is failing in ratings, as it's locked on a BT paywall.
If they ever launch an entertainment channel, expect it to come on Sky, Virgin, BT and TalkTalk, though if they want extra exposure (which isn't enough on pay platforms), the Freeview platform would be a nice home for the channel. Sky basics and Fox, among other channels should be added to BT TV.
As a BT user I'm happy to see this possibility. BT are keen to get their IPTV product up to (and exceeding) SkyQ's offering. If they're prepared to put the investment in good luck. They want PPV urgently to enable them to go for big ticket items. This isn't on offer now. If they retain the UEFA deal I can see them wanting to replicate their App on TV. Pitching a much improved platform to Eurosport for their player would be a good move too.
It'd also make a link up with DAZN (there've been whispers) and other similar operators a hell of a lot easier if they controlled the entire chain of their operations.
Of the seven shareholders in YouView, only BT feels committed to moving the platform forward. PSB broadcasters and Arqiva have moved to developing Freeview Play, while TalkTalk is in a state of perpetual decline.
BT taking over YouView would bring some much needed changes to the platform, such as overhauling the UI and improving the content accessible on YouView.
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