Record quarter for BBC iPlayer

The BBC’s on-demand catch-up service BBC iPlayer has had a record start to the year. The broadcaster said that the service has seen its best quarter on record with over 1.7 billion streams between January-March. This is an increase of 22% year-over-year, with January alone being the platform’s most successful month ever (652 million streams). […]

BBC receives record number of complaints over Prince Phillip coverage

The BBC’s day-long coverage of the death of Prince Phillip across its two main TV channels on April 9 has reportedly become the most-complained about TV moment ever. According to an internal complaints log seen by The Guardian, more than 110,000 people contacted the pubcaster to complain about the wall-to-wall coverage of the event which […]

BBC updates iPlayer with redesigned interface and improved subtitles

The BBC has updated the iPlayer for TV with a new look for its playback, including a redesigned interface and improved subtitle options. In a blog post, iPlayer product manager Andrew White said that the redesign provides users with a “cleaner, sleeker and more pared-back interface.” The most visible difference is a new playback bar […]

UK’s BBC4 to end commissions & transition to archive service

UK pubcaster the BBC is to end commissions for its BBC4 channel, which will instead become an archive service, according to the corporation’s newly published annual plan. The decision, revealed in the BBC Annual Plan 2021/22, comes as part of the BBC’s push to achieve £950m in savings by next year and following the recent […]

Netflix & Amazon should share viewing data & BBC licence fee should remain, say UK lawmakers

Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon should be legally required to provide viewing data for British-made shows to UK broadcasters and the country’s media regulator Ofcom, according to a group of UK lawmakers. The British Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMSC), has said that UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 […]

Landmark deal for FA WSL as Sky Sports and BBC secure record-breaking rights deal

The FA Women’s Super League has signed a “landmark” distribution deal with Sky Sports and the BBC. The three-year deal, believed to be valued at around £8 million per year, is set to be the largest broadcast agreement of any professional women’s football league in the world.  The FA said that the rights deal will […]

BBC Three to return as linear channel after six-year online hiatus

BBC Three, the UK online network behind shows including Fleabag and Killing Eve, is to return as a linear channel in January 2022, six years after it was moved to become online-only. Last year, the BBC said that it was “considering the case” for reviving the channel and has plans to double its programming budget over the next […]

BBC to broadcast Formula E

The BBC will broadcast Formula E throughout the 2021 season, organiser FIA has announced. In a deal which covers the seventh season of the all-electric motorsport championship, the BBC will air comprehensive, live and free-to-air coverage will air on BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website, with some races also airing live […]

BBC launches standalone factual SVOD BBC Select in US and Canada

BBC Studios has launched its standalone US streaming service BBC Select. Separate from the entertainment-oriented BritBox, which is operated as a joint-venture with ITV, BBC Select specialises in factual and non-scripted content. It features documentaries from BBC mainstays such as Louis Theroux and Adam Curtis, along with content from other channels including Channel 4. The […]

UFC signs ‘groundbreaking’ deal with TikTok

Leading MMA organisation UFC has announced a ‘groundbreaking’ multi-year partnership with short-form video app TikTok. The deal will see UFC produce live content on what is claimed to be the world’s fastest-growing social media platform. This includes new weekly shows on TikTok that will be programmed around upcoming UFC live events. The UFC has promised […]

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