Britbox launches on BT set-top boxes

Britbox, the joint venture SVOD from ITV and the BBC, has launched on BT TV set-top boxes, the companies have announced. The streamer, which offers homegrown shows including Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Gavin & Stacey, Classic Doctor Who, Only Fools and Horses, and Love Island, launched in November 2019 though has not yet revealed subscriber numbers. […]

BT could fund fibre rollout with Openreach sale, report claims

BT has reportedly opened talks over a possible sale of its stake in Openreach. Openreach – which was split off into its own business following a demand from Ofcom in November 2016 – has long been rumoured as being on the chopping block for BT, but a new report from the Financial Times has provided […]

BT Sports teams up with Gfinity in esports initiative

BT Sport has teamed up with UK esports business Gfinity to deliver a series of celebrity-led gaming entertainment shows and the live sports lockdown continues. Featuring sports celebrities including Robbie Savage, Joe Cole, Ugo Monye and Chelcee Grimes, the BT Sport FIFA Challenge series launched on Friday with a draft show and will be followed […]

BT cuts dividends to invest in fibre

Investments in fibre and 5G were at the centre of attention for BT as it announced a 2% dip in revenue in its quarterly results. The operator said that it is scrapping its dividend for the first time in a decade in order to spend £12 billion to boost the national rollout of its gigabit […]

Almost half of the remaining Premier League matches could be free-to-air

The English Premier League could make a large portion of the season available for free when it resumes. At a meeting last week, the premier league reiterated its intention to play out the remaining 92 games of the season, with a scheme dubbed ‘project restart’ eyeing a June 8 return. As a part of that […]

Dowden: Premier League could go FTA on return

The English Premier League could be broadcast on free-to-air TV if and when it resumes the 2019/20 season. Speaking at a meeting of the DCMS committee on Wednesday, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden said that “productive talks” were being had with sports bodies from across the country and admitted that the Premier League will likely […]

BT sells ‘selected domestic operations’ in 16 Latin America countries 

BT has announced that it is selling a number of its domestic operations and infrastructure in 16 Latin America countries to CIH Telecommunications Americas LLC.  The move is a part of what BT describes as the “ongoing transformation of its global unit”. BT also announced that it has entered into wholesale and reseller agreements with […]

BT Sport and Samsung team up for ‘UK’s first public live 8K sports broadcast’

BT Sport and Samsung have teamed up to screen what the pair say is the UK’s first public live 8K sports broadcast, with a screening of the UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and Olympiacos. BT Sport and Samsung collaborated to deliver the broadcast live from the Emirates Stadium using a bespoke BT Sport 8K […]

Jefferies: Sky more likely to team up with BT Openreach than Virgin Media for fibre

Sky is more likely to partner with BT Openreach to extend its fibre broadband reach in the UK than to sign a much-speculated on wholesale deal with Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media, according to analysts from Jefferies. Jefferies gave BT a ‘buy’ rating but predicted a cut in its dividend per share from next year to […]

Sky launches new packages with BT Sport

Sky has launched two new sports packages that combine Sky Sports and BT Sport channels for the first time. Subscribers can now sign up for a combined Sky Sports and BT Sport for £35 (€42) for existing customers on an 18-month contract, while for £47 they can combine the two sports offerings with Sky Entertainment, […]

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