BBC secures rights to UCI’s ‘biggest ever’ cycling event

UK public broadcaster the BBC has secured full broadcasting rights to the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, which will take place in Glasgow and across Scotland. The deal extends a long term partnership between the BBC and cycling’s world governing body – and will involve coverage across TV, online and social. The 2023 UCI Cycling […]

Warner Bros. Discovery names UK and Ireland leadership team

Warner Bros. Discovery has confirmed its senior leadership team for the UK & Ireland, to be headed up by new general manager Antonio Ruiz. Ruiz was appointed to his role in June, reporting into EMEA president and MD Priya Dogra, and has now selected his top execs. As part of the restructure, long-time Discovery exec Simon Downing, head […]

Paramount+ commits to 150 international originals by 2025

Ahead of Wednesday’s launch in the UK and Ireland, Paramount+ has unveiled plans to commission 150 international originals by 2025. The streamer said it would take the first step towards realising a plan to commission the line-up of originals in partnership with VIS, Paramount’s international studio, a division of the company’s worldwide studio footprint that […]

Ireland’s Pure Telecom taps Netgem TV for new TV launch

Irish ISP Pure Telecom has launched a TV service powered by Netgem TV. Netgem TV said the new branded TV service was the first such launch in the country in more than four years, since the debut of Vodafone TV. Pure Telecom has turned to TV-as-a-Service provider Netgem TV to deliver the Pure TV offering. […]

Dplay to become discovery+ streaming service in UK and Ireland

Discovery UK is to rebrand its Dplay streaming service in the UK and Ireland to discovery+ next month alongside the launch of a subscription tier. The entertainment streaming service will aggregate Discovery UK’s pay TV and free-to-air brands, creating what Discovery describes as the ultimate destination for factual, lifestyle and reality content. It will be […]

Virgin Media launches Gigabit broadband across Ireland

Virgin Media Ireland has switched on Gigabit Broadband services across its entire network in Ireland, bringing fast internet services to towns and cities across the country in what it describes as a significant national development.  The launch of 1Gbps services across its entire Irish footprint makes Virgin Media the country’s largest gigabit broadband provider, surpassing […]

Liberty Global hit by UK subscriber decline

Liberty Global’s fourth quarter results were hit by accelerating TV losses and an overall decline in customer numbers, with the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland all contributing to the decline. Virgin Media lost 110,900 revenue-generating units in the UK and Ireland and its customer base declined by 9,400, compared with a customer gain of 9,000 […]

Discovery expands Dplay into the UK and Ireland

Discovery is expanding its streaming service Dplay into the UK and Ireland. The AVOD service, which is currently available out of 10 countries including Italy and the Nordics, will unite content from Discovery’s six free-to-air channels, including Quest, Really, Quest Red, Home, Food Network and DMAX. The platform includes popular franchises from Discovery’s flagship free-to-air […]

Virgin Media and eir to carry each other’s sports channels

Irish telco eir and Virgin Media have penned a deal that will see an exchange of sports channels.  Virgin Media customers will receive eir sport, while eir customers will get Virgin Media Sport as a part of their sport pack. In Ireland, Virgin Media Sport carries over 300 matches of the UEFA Champions League, the […]

Irish court orders IP block of illegal EPL streams

Irish viewers who attempt to watch illegal streams of English Premier League (EPL) matches will find the service blocked, starting from the 2019/20 season.  The country has passed its first ever order compelling ISPs to block illegal live streams of matches. Ireland’s Commercial Court has ordered Eircom/Eir, Sky Ireland, Sky Subscriber Services, Virgin Media Ireland […]

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