EE TV launches Amazon Alexa voice control

EE TV has launched voice control through the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices, giving its TV customer the ability to ask for information about what is on TV and to record shows. The move makes the BT-owned outfit the first UK service provider to provide an Amazon Alexa skillset on its set-top boxes. Users […]

BT TV additions slow to a crawl

BT added just 8,000 TV customers in its financial first quarter, compared with net adds of 65,000 for the same period last year. BT’s TV base stood at 1.8 million at the end of June. The telco said it had now moved all its legacy Vision TV customers to the more modern YouView platform. BT […]

Virgin Media extends MVNO deal with BT

Virgin Media has extended its deal with BT to use the latter’s EE network to power its mobile offering for the next five years. The new Mobile Virtual Network Operator deal replaces an existing MVNO wholesale agreement between the two companies and covers voice and data services until the end of 2021. The agreement was […]

Netgem launches Watch on Twitter on EE

TV technology provider Netgem has launched its Watch on Twitter service as part of its #TelcoTV cloud platform, with EE the first to offer the new functionality. The new service enables viewers to see which shows are trending on Twitter, allowing them to discover and watch the most mentioned shows in real time. Taking data […]

EE launches ‘Watch with Twitter’

EE has become the first TV platform in the UK to partner with Twitter to let users see which TV programmes are trending on the social network. The launch of ‘Watch with Twitter’ lets EE customers discover and watch the most talked about programmes in real time using data provided by Twitter UK. Up to […]

NBCU’s Hayu service launches on EE in the UK

NBCUniversal International’s reality TV SVOD service, Hayu, has launched on the EE platform in the UK. Hayu for EE TV is available now for new and existing customers, and the launch forms part of a wider expansion plan for the subscription video-on-demand service. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London last week, Hendrik McDermott, […]

BT Sport to showcase VR for Arsenal-Chelsea match

BT Sport, the sport TV arm of the UK telecom operator, is providing a virtual reality experience based around this weekend’s football match between Chelsea and Arsenal in four of mobile subsidiary EE’s stores in London as part of a new trial of the technology. BT Sport will film the game using VR cameras and […]

Ofcom: Sky may have broken service cancellation rules

UK regulator Ofcom has said there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that Sky has broken rules governing the cancellation of broadband and phone contracts. Ofcom says that Sky may have broken general condition 9.3 of the rules governing contracts and has issued a notification to the pay TV operators under section 96A of the 2003 […]

Strategy Analytics: Bundled subscriptions driving UK growth

UK service providers will benefit from consolidation and multiplay strategies in the coming years, with bundled subscriptions set to grow by 20%, according to new research. The Strategy Analytics report claims that quad-play revenues will triple between 2015 and 2020, while total multi-play market revenues will grow by 34%. By 2020, quad-play is tipped to […]

EE customers to get free BT Sport access

EE mobile customers will be able to access BT Sport for free for six months, in the “first of a series of BT benefits” that will be made available to EE customers. The BT Sports App will be available for new and existing EE pay-monthly customers, with the move following BT’s £12.5 billion (€16.7 billion) […]