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Ofcom gives provisional green light to 12-month BBC iPlayer plan

UK media regulator Ofcom has provisionally given the BBC a green light for its planned changes to BBC iPlayer, subject to certain conditions and guidance. The regulator said that it accepts that the BBC needs to keep pace with changes in consumption habits. “We have provisionally found that the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer would […]

BBC and Discovery complete UKTV split

BBC Studios and Discovery have completed the deal to split up the channels in their joint British TV venture, UKTV. It follows an agreement between the two parties – announced in April – which sees BBC Studios take control of the venture’s seven entertainment channels, including Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, W and Yesterday, while […]

Doctor Who and Antiques Roadshow channels land on Pluto TV

Following the signing of a distribution deal with the BBC earlier this year, Viacom’s Pluto TV has announced the launch of two new popup channels. The first is dedicated to classic episodes of the cult sci-fi series Doctor Who, while the second channel is solely dedicated to Antiques Roadshow. Both channels are for the US […]

BBC to start charging over-75s for licence fee

Millions of UK households will have to start paying the TV licence fee, with the BBC confirming plans to scrap free licences for over-75s. It has been estimated that 3.7 million households will lose their free TV licence. They will instead have to start paying £154.50 (€179.38) a year from June 2020 in order to […]

UKTV Play launches on Apple TV

UKTV has launched its on demand app on Apple TV. This will be available for Apple TV boxes, and any device where the Apple TV app is available, including Samsung smart TVs. UKTV Play’s offering is made up of programming broadcast on its range of channels. This programming is a mixture of original shows such […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC/Discovery deal for UKTV

British regulator Ofcom will not conduct a formal investigation into the BBC’s deal with Discovery to divide up UKTV. This effectively means that the proposed deal – that will see Discovery take control of three channels and the BBC take control of seven – now has official approval. Discovery, which became a co-owner of UKTV […]

FIFA: Women’s World Cup to reach 1 billion viewers

The upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 from France will reach “up to 1 billion viewers worldwide”, claims the organiser. The tournament is to be broadcast worldwide across a range of operators, including DAZN, BBC and beIN Sports. In a statement, FIFA said that FIFA TV will “provide broadcasters with around 1,700 hours of non-live […]

BritBox discussions ‘stalled’ as ITV and BBC agendas diverge

The future of BritBox UK could be in question as the BBC and ITV look to work their way out of a reported deadlock in discussions. The planned UK service, which is to provide British content alongside new BritBox originals commissioned from UK production companies, has been delayed due to stalled talks between the broadcasters, […]

FA Cup to be entirely free-to-air in UK

ITV has announced a broadcast deal to show the Emirates FA Cup from 2021. This, combined with the BBC’s renewed contract signed in March, will mean that the competition will be shown exclusively on free-to-air television from 2021-25.   ITV has, in effect, taken the broadcast spot that previously had been held by BT Sport. […]

BBC launches Doctor Who VR experience

The BBC has released a brand new Doctor Who virtual reality experience that allows fans to step inside the TARDIS. Launched on May 16, Doctor Who: The Runaway is a free short that is available on a range of VR headsets. Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whitaker reprises her role, and the experience features new original music […]

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