BT is continuing its push in gearing up for its BT vision service that is due to launch in the Autumn. Today the company announced that it has teamed up with Universal Pictures to bring a wide range of NBC Universal content for purchase (via download-to-own) or rental (via video-on-demand) in the UK.

Content will be available for purchase and viewing on PC from the BT Vision store, a new film and television download service to be launched on 31st July and for purchase or rental on the BT Vision TV platform when BT launches its next-generation TV services in the Autumn.

From 31st July 2006, BT will launch a PC-based film and television download service, building to offer 150 Universal titles available on the same date as the UK DVD release. Consumers can purchase content for permanent ownership and will download two digital files to PC/laptop and a portable device, in conjunction with a DVD mailed by post.

With this agreement, BT Vision, the next-generation TV service, will offer NBC Universal movies on-demand in the UK, including films such as Inside Man, King Kong, Jarhead and American Dreamz, as well as a range of catalogue films and TV series.