Digital UK


Freeview and Freesat to integrate

Freeview operator Digital UK will integrate with free-to-air satellite platform Freesat. Digital UK, which is run as a joint venture of the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, said that the move will ensure that viewers continue to have access to a range of free-to-view TV services in the UK, while also benefiting from technical innovations […]

Arqiva steps down as shareholder in Freeview

Broadcast network infrastructure provider Arqiva is withdrawing from Freeview operator Digital UK. Announced in an update to shareholder, Arqiva, which has been involved with Freeview since its launch in 2005, will pull out of the company from March 2021. The news follows reports that Arqiva had been reluctant to further invest in HbbTV-based hybrid platform […]

Digital UK announces new hires, creates COO job

Freeview operator Digital UK has announced the appointment of Sarah Milton to the newly created role of chief operating officer.  Milton joins from Channel 4, where she spent 15 years in a range of VOD-related roles, most recently as the head of product for streaming service All 4. She was one of the original team […]

Digital UK: DTT growing as rival platforms falter

Freeview is the only major UK broadcast platform that is growing its user base, according to digital-terrestrial TV strategy and development organisation Digital UK. Jonathan Thompson, CEO of Digital UK, said that Freeview was continuing to grow in the face of shrinking or flat satellite and cabel uptake. According to Digital UK’s annual report, the […]

Freeview to receive £125m investment to go ‘fully hybrid’

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million (€142 million) over five years to accelerate UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview’s transition to “a fully hybrid platform”. The four Digital UK shareholders said they aim to further develop Freeview Play, the DTT platform that marries free-to-view terrestrial TV and […]

Freeview announces ‘Bundle Builder’ service

Freeview has announced a new online ‘Bundle Builder’ service, as a response to growing demand for bundles of shows that are available on free TV. Speaking at the Outside the Box conference at BAFTA’s headquarters in London this morning, Freeview managing director Guy North said that Freeview Play, which underpins Freeview Bundle Builder, is becoming […]

Digital UK calls for move beyond ‘salami slicing’ DTT spectrum

Digital UK has called for a move beyond “salami slicing DTT spectrum”, after commissioning a new study on ultra high frequency (UHF) bandwidth use. ‘The defragmentation dividend’ white paper, conducted by telecoms specialists Aetha Consulting, explores the scope for a “fundamental rethink” of how UHF spectrum is used by mobile operators. With the 700Mhz band […]

Freeview Play content discovery revamp due this year

A new Freeview Play content discovery and recommendation system is currently in development and is due to launch later this year. During a panel session on ‘innovation in broadcast’ at the DTG Summit in London yesterday, Digital UK CEO Jonathan Thompson showed a picture and gave details of the in-development offering. He said it would provide […]

Digital UK: 700 MHz clearance unaffected by Brexit vote

The clearance of Freeview channels from the 700MHz spectrum band is expected to be unaffected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to Digital UK. In its annual update report on digital terrestrial television, Digital UK chair Caroline Thomson said that work has already begun to ensure the transition is completed “on time […]

Freeview Play updates on the way

Work is underway to expand the content and functionality available on connected digital terrestrial service Freeview Play, according to Digital UK. In its annual update report on digital terrestrial television, Digital UK said that Freeview Play will add new discovery features during 2016, including a search function that works across all the catch-up services on […]

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