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BBC reportedly looking at £500m UKTV/Scripps buyout

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is considering a £500 million (€557 million) bid to take full control of UKTV, currently a joint venture with Scripps Networks Interactive. BBCWW is talking with advisers about borrowing millions of pounds from private investors to buy Scripps out from its half, according to the Daily Telegraph. […]

FACT: illicit streaming boxes a fire risk

Illicit streaming devices in the UK market present a significant fire risk to users, according to a study by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and Electrical Safety First. According to the study, 100% of illicit boxes entering the UK market fail to meet national electrical safety regulations. None of the illicit streaming devices that […]

Viacom launches MTV Play app in UK

Viacom International Media Networks has launched its MTV Play mobile app in the UK, allowing music fans to stream this year’s MTV European Music Awards, which were held at London’s Wembley Arena last night, to their smartphones. The free-to-download app will also enable users to view short-form clips from MTV content including Catfish, Geordie Shore, […]

Sky threatens to cut Sky News ties to ease Fox deal

Sky has threatened to review its ownership of Sky News if were to impede Fox’s planned £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) takeover of the pay TV provider. In a statement made to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) last month, but published yesterday, Sky said that the CMA should not “simply assume” its continued provision of […]

Sky rubbishes BBC’s ‘bizarre’ SVOD concerns

Sky’s content chief, Gary Davey, has slammed the BBC’s “bizarre” concerns over the arrival of SVOD players Netflix and Amazon in the UK market. Sky Content managing director Davey said, “the golden age of television is just getting started”, and considered the entrance of on-demand players an example of giving “customers more choice” and writers, […]

BBC launches interactive voice drama

The BBC has launched what it describes as its first “interactive voice drama” – an experimental experience for Amazon Alexa devices called The Inspection Chamber. The sci-fi comedy drama, which the BBC claims was inspired by authors like Douglas Adams and Franz Kafka, goes live today today via BBC Taster and the Alexa Skill Store […]

BBC using new streaming tech to expand sports offering

The BBC is to make 1,000 extra hours of sport available on its online platforms via the BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer websites. The BBC said it was working with sports organisations including the Football Association,  the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the International Tennis Federation, British Swimming and British Basketball, with the aim of […]

Liberty Global likely to move to common UI ‘at some point’

Liberty Global intends “at some point to have [its] entire European digital footprint operating on a common platform and perhaps a common UI”, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts after Liberty announced its Q3 results, Fries said that the company was “heading towards a common video platform everywhere in Europe, which […]

BBC chief: SVOD won’t stop £500m content spend shortfall

BBC chief Tony Hall (pictured) has warned a potential £500 million (€565 million) shortfall in spend of original UK content is up ahead, and that Netflix and Amazon’s models will not help alleviate the problem. The director general of the UK’s pubcaster said results of a Mediatique report the BBC has commissioned reveal a “really […]

Arqiva shelves IPO plans

Arqiva has announced plans to postpone its initial public offering, citing “IPO market uncertainty”. The UK broadcast infrastructure firm said in a statement that pursing a listing at this time is “not in the interests of the company and its stakeholders”. However it said it would “revisit the listing” once IPO conditions improve. Arqiva announced […]

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