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Arqiva acquires Connect TV

UK broadcast services provider Arqiva has acquired Connect TV, the platform that brings OTT content to the UK’s Freeview platform.

Arqiva operates the UK’s DTT network and said the acquisition would enable it to offer various connected TV services on the network.

Connect TV brings internet-delivered content to the Freeview EPG. The service works on all compliant Freeview HD devices and offers live streaming and on-demand services. Connect TV launched its service with a line-up of 45 internet-delivered channels in February this year. It has deals with Racing UK and Chinese broadcaster CCTV, amongst others.

Charles Constable, managing director of digital platforms at Arqiva said: “Arqiva is dedicated to providing viewers across the UK with the best possible television experience. The acquisition of Connect TV will enable us to provide viewers with a greater choice on a much wider scale. We recognise the best in British entrepreneurial technology and look forward to working with the passionate team from Connect TV to cement the position of digital terrestrial television as the primary delivery channel in the UK.”