Channel 4

BBC loses horse racing rights to Channel 4

UK public broadcaster the BBC has lost the TV rights to several high-profile horse-racing events after being outbid by Channel 4. The commercial broadcaster has won TV rights to several premium UK horse racing events including the Grand National, the Derby and Royal Ascot. It has secured the rights in a four-year deal, starting in […]

UK’s Channel 4 launches catch-up channel

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is launching a new channel programmed with content it has aired over the previous seven days. 4seven will launch later this year, Channel 4 chief executive David Abrahams said at the FT Digital Media Conference in London. The channel will be the first new service from Channel 4 since 2005. It […]

Channel 4 to launch audio trigger iPhone app for Facejacker

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is to launch a mobile app that reacts to audio triggers within a broadcast to unlock exclusive content. Channel 4 is using technology from Intrasonics to deliver the iPhone app. The broadcaster has teamed up with Hat Trick Productions and Widebeam Digital to allow viewers with the Channel 4 app to […]

Channel 4’s Project Shuffle to offer new catch-up platform

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is lining up a new channel to offer repeats of recently aired shows. According to the Guardian newspaper, the channel will enable viewers to catch-up with popular shows that have been aired within seven days. It is expected to launch in June. Channel 4 is understood to have signed carriage deals […]

November was record month for 4oD

November 2011 was a record month for viewing on Channel 4’s 4oD on-demand service, according to the broadcaster. The VOD and catch-up service attracted 44 million views over all platforms during the month. Teen dramas Misfits and Hollyoaks were the most popular shows, with 3.5 million and three million views respectively. Scripted reality series Made […]

Channel 4 first to sign up for Rose’s Zeebox

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has teamed up with former YouView chief technology officer Anthony Rose’s Zeebox venture to deliver a social TV experience around the new E4 series Desperate Scousewives via the recently launched Zeebox app. Channel 4 and Zeebox will explore how the Zeebox app can be optimised by the introduction of specifically commissioned […]

Netflix reportedly talking to ITV and Warner Bros for UK rights

Video streaming service Netflix is in advanced talks with UK broadcaster ITV with a view to making its library content available on its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service, according to a UK press report. The report on the Guardian website also said that Netflix has also held discussions with Channel 4 and with Warner Bros.

Channel 4’s 4oD views continue to rise

Channel 4’s on-demand viewing figures continued to rise in September, with 33 million long form VOD views requested across all platforms during the month, an increase on the 31 million views recorded in August. Up to the end of September, long form VOD views numbered 308 million for the year-to-date, up 19.3% year-on-year. 4oD on […]

First brands sign up to Channel 4’s interactive ad formats

Channel 4 has signed up the first brands to use its new interactive ad formats. Confectionary company Mikado will be the first brand to run online adverts using the new Ad Bloom format, which allows the advert to develop from an in-player ad pre roll to a microsite within the player. This can be populated […]

PBS chooses Channel 4 for UK ad sales

US public service broadcaster PBS has selected Channel 4 to manage ad sales for its soon-to-launch UK channel. The channel will debut on BSkyB’s DTH platform on November 1, with Channel 4 acting as the sales house. Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s sales director said: “PBS and Channel 4 have a natural synergy – in becoming […]