Digital UK appoints Channel 4 veteran pair as chief product officers

Freeview operator Digital UK has announced the appointment of Sarah Milton and Carl Pfeiffer into the newly created role of chief product officer, on a job-share basis. The pair will be charged with leading product development for Freeview and Freesat, while managing the day-to-day running of TV services.  Milton and Pfeiffer will start the new […]

Bloomberg launches on Freeview via Channelbox

Financial news service Bloomberg and business channel Bloomberg Quicktake have launched on Freeview channel 271 in the UK via the Channelbox platform.  Bloomberg’s channel delivers business and markets news, data, analysis, and video, featuring stories from Businessweek and Bloomberg News. Originated in 2017 as a social-only news platform, Bloomberg Quicktake launched as a global, 24/7 video business […]

Digital UK names former C4 CTO as technology chief

Digital UK, the organisation behind UK free-to-view TV platforms Freeview and Freesat, has appointed Orpheus Warr as its chief technology officer, a newly created role for the organisation. Reporting to CEO Jonathan Thompson, the appointment will see Warr take on responsibility for shaping and delivering the technology strategy for the free-to-view platforms. Warr was formerly […]

Freeview Play strengthens relationship with LG

UK free-to-view broadcast platform Freeview’s connected TV division Freeview Play has strengthened its relationship with TV manufacturer LG with a new five-year agreement. The deal means that all new LG TVs will come with Freeview Play built in as standard. Freeview and LG will also work together on future product updates to continue to innovate […]

Rotana channels coming to Freeview via Channelbox

Arabic language entertainment channels from Rotana Group are to launch on Freeview, the UK digital-terrestrial service, via Channelbox. The Middle Eastern group is bring a range of Arabic entertainment TV channels including, for the first time, Rotana Cinema and Rotana Khalijia, to the UK. Both TV channels premium content from the largest library of Arabic […]

Vision247 launches HbbTV app on Freeview devices

Channel aggregator Vision247, which distributes a range of services via connected devices on the UK Freeview platform, has launched an  HbbTV offering that will run alongside its legacy MHEG apps. VisionTV went live as an HbbTV App one week ago and can be found on Freeview channel 264.  The MHEG version of the service has been available […]

10 million milestone for Freeview Play

Freeview’s on-demand platform Freeview Play has reached a milestone of 10 million homes using the streamer. Freeview Play offers access to 80 live TV channels alongside 10 on demand players; BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK, Horror Bites, POP Player, STV Player and BBC Sounds. Overall, the platform […]

UK broadcasters ‘close’ to single unified streaming app

UK broadcasters are hopeful of reaching agreement by November to create a single streaming app that would act as a gateway to their catch-up and on-demand services, according to a report in the Telegraph newspaper. According to the newspaper, the UK public service broadcasters – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – began […]

Channelbox adds three new channels to Freeview FAST platform

Freeview OTT platform Channelbox has added additional channels to its roster. Channelbox is a free ad-supported TV (FAST) platform available on Freeview channel 271 in the UK, and presents viewers with a range of channels which are streamed to their connected TV.  The new channels added to the lineup include stand-up comedy channel NextUp Comedy, […]

UK government extends Freeview UK multiplex licences until 2034

The UK government has extended the multiplex licences for the Freeview DTT platform through to 2034. The renewal will guarantee prime spectrum for pubcasters such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 in order to enable them to reach the maximum number of viewers. The announcement comes after the government launched a consultation […]