Subscribers to the BT Vision channel topped 750,000 after 21,000 new sign-ups. Last quarter, BT’s YouView Internet TV service also launched with its core offering to be its recently acquired football and rugby packages.
BT has reported that its pre-tax profit rose 9 per cent in the three months to September 30th to £602 million (€746m), sending shares up 5 per cent.
The group added 81,000 retail broadband customers, nearly half of net additions across the whole market.
“We now expect [high-speed fibre broadband] to be available to two-thirds of UK premises during spring 2014, more than 18 months ahead of our original schedule, and we are recruiting more than 1,000 engineers in 2012 to help deliver this,” said BT chief executive Ian Livingston.
More than 12 million homes have access to BT’s fibre broadband and more than 950,000 now connected, it said. But its second quarter revenues fell 2 per cent to £4.4 billion.