BritBox available on Xbox

BritBox, the joint-venture subscription streaming platform of the BBC and ITV, has launched on Xbox games consoles.  The BritBox app is now available on the Xbox Microsoft Store, and on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X models.  The streamer offers the biggest collection of British box sets, including series such as Broadchurch, Downton Abbey, […]

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 […]

ITV to broadcast England Lionesses matches

ITV has agreed a broadcast rights deal with the FA to carry the women’s national team’s matches. The pubcaster will carry England Women’s Senior team’s tournament qualifiers and friendlies, starting from the current season and running up to and including 2024/25. Matches will be broadcast live and free to air on ITV, ITV4 and ITV […]

Record month for ITV Hub 

July was the most successful month on record for UK BVOD service ITV Hub. Driven by coverage of UEFA Euro 2020, along with soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, and the return of hit reality series Love Island, viewers consumed 93.3 million hours of content in the month. This was a 221% increase on the previous […]

ITV moves playout systems to AWS

UK pubcaster ITV has confirmed a move of its simulcast channel delivery into AWS cloud. The ITV live streaming platform provides six linear channels to the ITV Hub app and delivers these channels directly to third-party distribution partners like Amazon Prime.  ITV Hub, the broadcaster’s VOD service, previously relied on 15 on-premises encoders. The broadcaster […]

ITV rules out BT Sport deal, but CEO Jansen still optimistic of sale

BT is hopeful of striking a deal for its Sport brand of channels, despite one potential suitor ruling out an acquisition. The telco had previously stated its intentions to explore the options surrounding BT Sport at a time when it is rapidly scaling up investment in its fibre network.  But while BT is open to […]

Positive streaming sales for ITV Studios

ITV Studios, the production and distribution arm of UK comcaster ITV, increased its sales to streamers by 84% over the first half of 2021, according to ITV’s H1 report, published today. The company said it was on track to double its revenue from streaming platforms this year, as compared to 2020, with the studio working […]

ITV Hub app to come to Sky Q in deal between operator and broadcaster

UK broadcaster ITV has agreed a new long-term commercial partnership with Sky. The companies said that the partnership will drive increased value for businesses and provide Sky TV customers with an enhanced viewing experience. Building on an existing advertising and carriage agreement between the companies, the deal will enable ITV to launch addressable advertising on […]

Euro final most-watched UK broadcast in 20+ years

The Euro 2020 final between England and Italy was the most-watched football match ever in the UK. According to figures from BARB, the game was watched by 29.85 million people across the BBC and ITV. Viewership peaked at 30.95 million.  The average total represented an 82% share of the available TV audience in the UK, […]

England win sets new broadcasting record

England’s semi-final Euro 2020 victory over Denmark has broken UK broadcast records. The match, which sets up the final between England and Italy on Sunday night from Wembley Stadium, was watched by a peak of 27.6 million across ITV, ITV Hub and STV. The total was a new record for a football match shown on […]

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