60,000 customers have BT YouView box

The unveiling of Openreach, a new multi-billion pound business rSome 60,000 BT Vision customers now have the new YouView box connected.

The telco said it had added 21,000 new customers to its IPTV service in the last quarter, which would take subscriber numbers to around 770,000.

The YouView box is ostensibly the same as the Humax-branded product available in retail. Initially Pace was slated to provide the product before supply issues forced the contract to be cancelled.

BT has been steadily building its portfolio of linear channels that will be carried to households in its high-speed ‘Infinity’ areas.

“Our fibre plans are helping to make the UK a broadband leader in Europe. More than 13 million premises can access our fibre broadband and we are passing around 100,000 additional premises every week,” said chief executive Ian Livingston. “Take-up is growing strongly with around 1.25 million homes and businesses now enjoying the benefits of faster speeds. This gives us an excellent platform for our push into TV and Sport later this year. Our pre-season training is going well. We have secured attractive new content and world-class production facilities at the Olympic Park and are building a strong team”.

On Thursday, BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch said there had been no substantive talks on the carriage of the new BT Sports channels on the satellite platform. He anticipated these would get underway in the next few weeks.