UKTV adds Drama to catch-up service

UK thematic channel provider UKTV, jointly owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks UK and EMEA, is launching its free-to-air Drama channel on its catch-up  and on-demand service, UKTV Play, which launched last August.  The service provides viewers with access to a mixture of catch-up and classic programming. Drama classics such as Agatha Christie, The […]

BitTorrent enters original drama series market

Peer-to-peer sharing company BitTorrent has taken the surprising step of launching an original online drama series that puts it in competition with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. The platform behind the BitTorrentprotocol is best known for allowing users to transfer huge amounts of data over the internet, which has lead various legal issues over […]

SoftBank buys Korean drama VoD site DramaFever

Japanese telco SoftBank has agreed to buy US-based DramaFever, a streaming site that offers on-demand access to Asian and Latino drama.  Founded in 2009, DramaFever initially focused on offering Korean dramas with English subtitles, later branching out into telenovelas. The site now claims to offer series and films from 70 major broadcasters and studios throughout […]

ITV Encore goes live

ITV’s new drama channel ITV Encore goes live tonight in the UK on Sky Channel 123.  The network is dedicated to “the best of contemporary British ITV drama” and at launch will air shows including Mrs Biggs, Poirot, Whitechapel and DCI Banks. From 2015, ITV said the channel will also screen original commissions, alongside successful […]

ITV to launch pay drama channel on Sky

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is to launch a pay TV channel on the BSkyB platform later this year. The new service, ITV Encore, will feature ITV drama series from recentyears and will, from next year, screen original commissions. ITV has also struck a deal with Sky that will see ITV content being made available through […]

UKTV launches networks on Virgin TV Anywhere

UKTV has launched its full network of channels on Virgin Media’s TV anywhere service, marking the first time that all 10 channels have been available together as part of a multiplatform service. UKTV’s flagship entertainment channel Watch, along with the channels Gold, Alibi, Dave, Eden, Really, Drama, Good Food, Home, and Yesterday are all now […]

Tony Hall says BBC provides value for money, outlines drama commitments

BBC director general Tony Hall has argued that though the corporation has made mistakes in the past, it is delivering better value for money than 20 years ago, and said drama is “top of the priority list” in its current budget discussions. Delivering a speech at the Voice of the Listener & Viewer Conference in […]

BBC names first drama to debut on iPlayer

BBC daytime drama Moving On will be the corporation’s first drama series to premiere on the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service, in its entirety.  The BBC said that the fifth season of the show would appear online first as part of the BBC Trust’s approved trial to explore the role of first airing content on the […]

Virgin Media adds UKTV’s Drama network

UK cable operator Virgin Media has added UKTV’s Drama channel to its lineup. The network is available to all Virgin TV customers and will air catalogue dramas such as Pride and Prejudice, The Cinder Path and Lark Rise to Candleford. Drama takes slot number 190 on the Virgin EPG with the channel also due to […]

UKTV to launch new Drama network

Multichannel broadcaster UKTV is set to launch a new British drama network on UK digital-terrestrial service Freeview.  The free channel, called Drama, is due to go live on July 8 and will broadcast a range of catalogue drama from the past 40 years, including Lark Rise to Candleford, Sharpe, Pride and Prejudice and Tipping the […]