Got a BT Vision+ or YouView TV box? You’ll soon be able to add a Sky Movies subscription to your BT package - but to watch the film channels live you’ll need superfast Infinity fibre optic broadband...
BT has announced it will soon offer Sky Movies for a monthly subscription, which existing customers will be able to add to their package from the end of this month.
In a surprise move, fierce rivals Sky and BT - still jostling for UK TV supremacy after the launch of BT Sport this summer - have reached an agreement as to how Sky's film channels can be made available on BT TV, like they already are on TalkTalk TV.
BT customers with a Vision+ or YouView set-top box will be able to pay extra to watch 11 Sky Movies channels from Saturday 26 October, but only households with superfast BT Infinity broadband will be able to watch live as the films are being broadcast.
Those with slower BT broadband will only be able to watch Sky Movies on-demand.
Alex Green, director of BT TV, said: "We're delighted to have reached this agreement with Sky to enable our TV customers to enjoy Sky Movies and its superb offering of films for every taste, including the latest blockbusters.
"We believe this gives a tremendous boost to our BT TV film offering."
Currently, BT's Vision Film service, a library of over 200 movies to watch anytime, is only included with the most expensive TV Unlimited Extra package, although 'box office' films are available to all on a pay-per-view basis for £3.50 each.
BT hasn't yet announced any price details, but it's likely a subscription to Sky Movies will cost around £15 per month, the same as Sky Movies on TalkTalk TV.
Sky Movies is the UK's most popular subscription film service and gets the vast majority of new releases at least 12 months before Netflix and LOVEFiLM. This month, for example, sees the premieres of Argo, Les Miserables and Django Unchained.
It's worth pointing out that, unlike Sky, neither BT nor TalkTalk can offer Sky Movies channels in high-definition (HD) and, because the films are streamed over your broadband, you'll need a superfast connection for the best experience.
To stream movies as they're shown on TV, those with regular BT broadband will need to upgrade to Infinity, BT's fibre optic broadband with superfast speeds of up to 76Mb.
BT Infinity is now available to more than two-thirds of the UK, and you can easily find out whether it's arrived in your area with the postcode checker on our website.