BT eyes Disney+ for “super aggregation”-focused TV service

UK telco BT is courting the Mouse House around plans to bring fledgling streaming platform Disney+ to its TV service.

According to The Sunday Times, the business is in talks to launch Disney+ on BT TV, which already offers customers Netflix and Amazon.

A senior figure with knowledge of the deal tells TBI that a potential partnership comes as BT focuses on “super aggregation” and more opportunities to get new players on board.

BT TV most recently struck a deal with Amazon that gives new and returning BT subscribers six months of Prime Video for free.

The business’s offer comes in time for Amazon Prime Video’s first Premier League games, which are set to roll out this December. The platform is to show two full Premier League rounds consisting of 20 matches for the first time this season.

Between BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video, more than 40 Premier League matches are to be shown exclusively from December to January.

The play for Disney+, which is set to launch in the UK in March, comes as BT looks to bring its entertainment titles up to the level of its sports offering, which it has built out aggressively, most recently outbidding the likes of Sky and ITV for Champions League football rights until 2021 – a deal worth £1.2bn ($1.5bn).

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