BBC and ITV favourites to retain Six Nations

The BBC and ITV are set to retain the rights to rugby union’s Six Nations, ensuring the pre-eminent tournament remains on free-to-air TV in the UK.  CVC Capital, which has invested £300 million for a 15% stake in the tournament, is seeking contract improved from the combined £90 million paid previously by the pubcasters. That […]

Harrison in as BritBox UK managing director

ITV and BBC streaming service BritBox has hired Will Harrison as its UK managing director. Harrison joins from TV and film investment firm Ingenious Media, where he has been managing director since May 2018. Before that he worked at Warner Bros. as chief commercial officer for Warner Bros. as chief commercial officer for the Harry […]

BT and ITV in talks over Champions League sublicensing

British pubcaster ITV is reportedly in talks with BT Sport over a sub-licencing deal for the Uefa Champions League. As reported by The Sunday Times, execs at ITV are seeking a package of games from BT, with BT successfully retaining the rights in November. It is believed that ITV and Sky launched an ultimately futile […]

ITV Hub hits 500 million hours viewed in 2019

In a sign of its continued growth, British PSB ITV has announced that viewing hours of its ITV Hub catch up service grew by 13% in 2019.  In total, the service saw over 500 million hours of video consumption in 2019. The broadcaster partly attributed this success to ITV Hub’s ubiquity, with the streamer being […]

BritBox expands device range, now available on Chromecast

BritBox, the new UK streamer from ITV and the BBC, has increased the range of devices on which the service is available.  Most noteworthy among the additions is Google Chromecast sticks, with smart TVs from Panasonic and Vestel also being included. With availability on these devices, in addition to other TV devices such as Apple […]

Sky cools on BritBox

Sky has reportedly lost interest in a distribution deal with the ITV-BBC joint venture Britbox.  According to a report in the Sunday Times, the operator feels that Britbox would not offer significant additional value to its customers, cooling off hopes that the new SVOD could join the likes of Netflix and BBC iPlayer on its […]

ITV betting big on personalisation of Hub

UK broadcaster ITV is aiming to more double average monthly users to its ITV Hub on-demand service and increase the average number of hours spent by 75% through initiatives including a much greater degree of personalisation of the offering, according to Stuart Jones, head of product, AVOD. Speaking at the Video Exchange Streaming event in […]

BritBox launches, signs up Channel 4 and secures EE distribution deal

Channel 4 has joined the BBC and ITV’s joint streaming service BritBox as it launches in the UK almost nine months after plans were first confirmed. The fledgling platform has struck a three-year deal with C4 for more than 1,000 hours of content from catch-up service All 4, including comedy, drama and non-scripted programmes, as […]

England vs South Africa becomes most watched TV moment of the year

England’s defeat to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final on ITV was the most watched TV moment of 2019 in the UK. The PSB said that coverage for the final reached an audience peak of 12.8 million viewers. This means that it was the most watched TV moment of the year on any […]

ITV Hub hits 30 million registered users ahead of BritBox launch

ITV’s ad-supported on-demand service ITV Hub has surpassed 30 million registered users. The milestone was hit two years ahead of the British PSB’s initial target, with the broadcaster launching a strategy in July 2018 that aimed to increase registered users from 25 million to 30 million by 2021. The platform had 21 million registered users […]

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