U.K. telecommunications giant BT today (April 10) said it has clinched agreements to distribute more than 500 concerts and documentaries on BT Vision, its new on-demand interactive TV service. BT Visi

U.K. telecommunications giant BT today (April 10) said it has clinched agreements to distribute more than 500 concerts and documentaries on BT Vision, its new on-demand interactive TV service. BT Vision is due to launch this fall.

The programs will comprise performances and documentaries on high-profile acts supplied by U.K.-based music video specialists i-concerts and Eagle Rock Entertainment's Eagle Vision division.

Eagle Vision's portfolio features content from Alice Cooper, Beach Boys, Fatboy Slim, Miles Davis, Usher and the Who, among others.

I-concerts' potential offering includes videos and TV shows featuring Franz Ferdinand, Keane, Pixies, Bon Jovi and popular operatic tenor Pavarotti.

BT Vision is one of the growing number of new content-distribution platforms known as Internet Protocol Television, which combines digital frequencies and broadband Internet bandwidth to distribute programs via traditional copper telephone lines. Viewers can access the programs through special set-top boxes and TV sets.

The emerging IPTV technology effectively enables telecommunications companies to enter a sector that has been dominated until now by TV broadcasters.

BT is developing its service in collaboration with Microsoft Corp. software, which will include copyright-protection management, and with electronics goods giant Philips, which is supplying the set-top boxes.

Warner Music Group is among the other content producers supplying programs to BT Vision.

Details of pricing and rates are not yet available. BT says consumers will be able to purchase the music and other programs a la carte.

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