By Maximilian Clarke
BT and Miramax have announced a licensing agreement that will bring films from the leading independent studio to BT Vision customers in the UK.
The agreement gives BT Vision Unlimited subscribers instant access to a range of films from the Miramax collection, which has received 284 Academy Award nominations and won 68 Oscars for a host of blockbuster titles including: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, The English Patient and Good Will Hunting.
The films available will include: Academy Award Best Picture winner Chicago; Pulp Fiction, the modern classic directed by Quentin Tarantino, as well as Kill Bill 1 and 2; nine-Academy Award winner The English Patient; Good Will Hunting, written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck; The Talented Mr Ripley, starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law; The Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese; and the first three instalments of the horror franchise, Scream.
BT Vision subscribers will be able to access the Miramax films in a unique Miramax-branded environment, in the BT Vision Film area.
“Movies are very popular with Vision customers — they watch well over two million films on demand every month,” commented Marc Watson, CEO of BT Vision. “This deal will give our customers the chance to see a broad range of Miramax’s independent, ground-breaking and crowd-pleasing films and will further strengthen our position as the UK’s best on demand television provider.”
Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, said: “Partnering with BT Vision - an exciting company with a strong digital model and reach - is another important step for Miramax as digital channels continue to open up around the world. We remain laser-focused on finding new ways to make the unmatched mix of Miramax films easily accessible - and for BT Vision subscribers, we have for the first time jointly developed a special Miramax branded environment that will make finding and viewing Miramax films as easy as possible.”
BT’s broadband and digital TV service, BT Vision gives customers up to 50 Freeview television channels, lets them pause, record and rewind live TV and offers catch up and on demand content.
BT Vision customers will get Miramax movies included in the Unlimited option, which for £12.50 a month gives unlimited access to on-demand content with Vision Kids, Film Club, TV, Sport & Music as well as free ESPN and optional Sky Sports 1 and 2. The price includes BT’s Vision+ digital TV box, 70 Freeview channels and catch-up TV from the last seven days, including BBC iPlayer.
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