BT has just bagged the rights to exclusively show The Walking Dead spin-off Fear the Walking Dead later this year.
Thanks to a deal done with AMC Networks, BT TV will be the only place you’ll be able to engorge yourself on the latest zombie-filled horror series.
Perhaps taking a leaf out of the True Detective book, Fear the Walking Dead sees the action relocating from the deep south to Los Angeles. The companion series stars Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis as the heads of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive a zombie apocalypse.
A UK launch date for the undead-heavy show has yet to be confirmed, although AMC said back in March that international premieres will follow 24 hours after the original US broadcast, which will be sometime in August this year.
Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport, said: “We’re delighted to be launching AMC for the first time in the UK, enabling our viewers to watch series such as Fear the Walking Dead exclusively from BT.
“We’re confident our viewers will enjoy AMC’s cinematic approach to storytelling and look forward to offering them an outstanding selection of TV series and films in the months ahead.”
It’s unclear exaclty how you’ll be able to get Fear the Walking Dead on BT TV – prices and availability haven’t been announced. It’s expected that, as with Game of Thrones, you’ll be able to get episodes on a ‘Buy to Keep’ basis, but nothing’s been confirmed yet.
Fear the Walking Dead shuffling on to BT TV will coincide with the launch of BT Sport Europe, BT’s new European football channel, which will show UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches.
August also sees the launch of BT Sport Ultra HD, a new sports channel that’ll be streaming a selection of sports including English Premier League, UEFA Champions League football and Aviva Premiership rugby matches in 4K Ultra HD.
BT Sport Europe is being bundled for free with all BT Broadband services. Full pricing details for the new BT Sport channels for Sky and Virgin TV customers have not yet been announced.
Prices for BT Sport Ultra HD have not been announced either. What we do know is that the streaming service will only be available to customers able to get a BT Infinity – and sufficient bandwidth.