On-demand arthouse cinema gives BT TV customers best of both worlds

Films from Curzon Home Cinema are now available on BT TV, which means if you’re a movie buff you can now watch independent and world cinema as well as blockbusters on the telecom giant’s television service.

Movies from arthouse cinema chain Curzon's on-demand service, Curzon Home Cinema, are now available on BT TV.

If you have BT TV this means not only can you watch independent and world cinema whenever you want, but you'll also be able to see certain films on television the same day as they hit the big screen.

The first major film to appear simultaneously on BT TV and in cinemas will be The Selfish Giant, a "contemporary fable" about two teenage boys who get mixed up in metal theft, based on the Oscar Wilde story of the same name, on 25 October, 2013.

Telecom giant BT's exclusive deal with Curzon means that films just coming out on DVD will also be shown on BT TV on the day they're released. Curated seasons and retrospectives will also be available.

"Films are fantastically popular with BT TV customers - they watch well over two million movies on demand every month," said Alex Green, director of TV at BT Consumer.

"This exciting deal will give our customers the opportunity to see some of the very best films from Britain and around the world - many on the same day they go on release in the cinema."

These films are scheduled to be shown on BT TV the same time as they are first shown in cinemas:

  • The Selfish Giant - The two young stars of the film, Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas, have been nominated for Best British Newcomer at this year's London Film Festival - 25 October, 2013
  • Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's - A documentary about the iconic New York department store featuring Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani and more - 6 December, 2013
  • Fill The Void - A drama from first-time director Rama Burshtein about a young Hasidic Jewish woman pressured into an arranged levirate marriage with a widower - 13 December, 2013

And these films are among those available to BT TV customers from Curzon Home Cinema:

  • Mister John - Critically-acclaimed thriller set in Singapore, starring Aidan Gillen of Game of Thrones and The Wire
  • The Pervert's Guide To Ideology - An in-depth look at cinema from a psychoanalytic perspective by philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek, who casts his eye over A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket and more
  • What Masie Knew - A contemporary adaption of the Henry James novel based in New York, starring Steve Coogan, Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgard

However, if you want to watch films from Curzon Home Cinema on BT TV it's going to cost you. Films screened on the same day as they come out at the cinema are priced at £10 in both standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD), new releases are £4 in HD and £3.50 in SD and flicks from the back catalogue are £3 in HD and £2.50 in SD.

Still, the deal means you can now get the best of both worlds on BT TV if you're a movie buff, as it now offers arthouse films on-demand alongside the blockbusters available via BT's on-demand service, BT Vision Player, and the Sky-powered NOW TV, which offers Sky Movies on a pay-monthly basis.

Film fanatics are increasingly well served by their broadband connection, with the BFI Player, the brand new on-demand service from the British Film Institute, also available from tomorrow. With this, you'll be able to watch hundreds of films, some for free, as well as a host of documentaries, interviews and rare footage.

But if you do fancy yourself as a fledgling Claudia Winkleman, keep one eye on your monthly usage limit if you don't have unlimited broadband.

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