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BT retains Champions League rights

BT has retained the rights to the Champions League in the UK. The deal is worth a total of £1.2 billion for the three year period – £400 million per season – and is a slight increase on the previous £394 million per season contract.  Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division, said: “We’re delighted […]

Sky to challenge BT for Champions League

Comcast-owned Sky is planning to challenge BT’s ownership of the UK broadcast rights to the Champions League.  According to Bloomberg, the broadcaster is looking to re-acquire the rights that BT has solely held since 2015. The report claims that BT did not expect to be challenged in bidding for the rights from 2021-24. BT shocked […]

BritBox launches, signs up Channel 4 and secures EE distribution deal

Channel 4 has joined the BBC and ITV’s joint streaming service BritBox as it launches in the UK almost nine months after plans were first confirmed. The fledgling platform has struck a three-year deal with C4 for more than 1,000 hours of content from catch-up service All 4, including comedy, drama and non-scripted programmes, as […]

Virgin to move MVNO from BT to Vodafone, ending 20 year partnership

Liberty Global’s Virgin Media has announced that it is moving from BT to Vodafone. The MVNO move will take place in late 2021 in a five-year deal. Virgin said that this will enable the launch of new services like 5G, with Vodafone heavily investing in the new technology. Virgin Media, one of the early MVNO […]

BT Sport demos its first 8K broadcast at IBC 2019

Broadcaster BT Sport showcased live 8K for the first time at IBC 2019. Showing a match from the first day of the Rugby Sevens, COO Jamie Hindhaugh said that while the company is serious about 8K, this “doesn’t mean we’re launching 8K tomorrow”. Instead, he said that any technology is about “enhancing the capture of […]

Orange to sell BT stake

Orange Group is set to sell off its £495 million (€555 million) stake in BT. Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom (now Orange) initially launched EE as a 50:50 venture in 2010, with the company being acquired by BT in 2016.  Orange held a 4% stake in BT after the sale of EE in 2014, which […]

WWE signs deal with BT Sport, ending 30+ year relationship with Sky

WWE has announced a new multi-year exclusive pay TV agreement with BT Sport in the UK and Ireland, ending the wrestling company’s association with Sky of over three decades. WWE’s flagship shows – Raw and Smackdown – will move to BT sport beginning January 2020. “We are incredibly excited by our new partnership with WWE. […]

BT to debut HDR with free Champions League Final broadcast

The UEFA Champions League Final will be broadcast for free in the UK. The event on June 1 will also act as a debut showcase for BT Sport’s HD HDR offering. BT says that all BT Sport subscribers (including EE and Plusnet) will be able to watch the final using HDR resolution. The company also […]

EE launching UK’s first 5G service with BT Sport HD HDR as highlight

BT-owned EE is to launch the UK’s first commercial 5G mobile service at the end of this month in six cities:  London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. Consumers and businesses can pre-order 5G devices, including smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and Oppo, and EE is also announcing a 5GEE WiFi and 5GEE home broadband […]

BT tops Ofcom pay TV complaints list

BT topped UK regulator Ofcom’s list of the most complained-about pay TV service providers in the fourth quarter of last year. The telco generated 12 complaints per 100,000 subscribers in the three months to December, followed by Virgin Media with 10 and TalkTalk with seven. Sky generated the fewest complaints, with only one subscriber per […]

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