ITV signs free to air La Liga deal

British PSB ITV has signed a deal with La Liga to cover the kick off of the new season. Announced a little more than 24 hours ahead of the season-opener, the broadcaster will present one game from each of the first three match day on ITV4. ITV will also air weekly La Liga highlights throughout […]

ITV chief: BBC iPlayer plans will not impact BritBox

The BBC’s plans to extend the window under which content is available on its iPlayer service will not have a major impact on BritBox, the planned new SVOD JV with ITV, according to ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. Speaking on ITV’s latest quarterly earnings call at the end of last week, McCall said that ITV […]

KPN launches children’s portal

Dutch KPN has launched a portal on its iTV app specifically aimed at children aged 0-6.  A part of the KPN iTV app on tablets, subscribers can access a child-friendly environment for watching content such as Bob the Builder and Dora The Explorer. The move is an attempt to create a service for KPN subscribers […]

ITV looks forward to digital future with BritBox and advanced advertising

ITV believes there is “a real appetite” for a new British streaming service like BritBox, with CEO Carolyn McCall hailing the Q4 launch of the ITV-BBC JV alongside ITV’s new programmatic advertising platform as evidence of acceleration of the company’s digital and data capabilities in its latest quarterly update. In its results announcement the commercial […]

BritBox to see Q4 UK launch at £5.99 per month

ITV and BBC have confirmed that BritBox, the PSBs’ attempt at creating a ‘British Netflix’ will launch in Q4 2019 with a monthly cost of £5.99 (€6.67). The price point puts BritBox on par with the cheapest Netflix subscription BritBox’s content will be made up of a catalog of iconic British shows such as Gavin […]

Ofcom prominence measures “warmly welcomed” by UK PSBs

British PSBs have responded to Ofcom’s proposed measures to aid PSBs in the streaming era.  On Thursday, July 4, broadcast regulator Ofcom announced its measures to ensure “that PSBs continue to deliver high-quality content for UK viewers and listeners”. These include improving the prominence of PSB content on major viewing platforms, a renewed focus on […]

Ofcom sets out new PSB measures in face of “unprecedented challenges”

UK regulator Ofcom has announced a new set of measures to improve the chances of PSBs against the threat posed by international streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.  In an announcement made on July 4, Ofcom detailed that it is setting out a “package of measures, including recommendations to Government, to support PSB […]

UK partners “lifeblood” of British operation, claims Netflix drama boss

Netflix’s UK drama boss Anne Mensah has said coproductions with UK partners remain the “lifeblood” of what it does, but the CEO of rival broadcaster ITV has called for regulatory reform to even out the “very unfair” relationship it has with streamers. Mensah, who was appointed VP of content at Netflix in the UK last […]

ITV signs up M2A Media for additional 12 months

Cloud-based video solutions provider M2A Media has renewed its contract with ITV by 12 months. The company’s chosen by ITV to aid in the development of its catch-up assets for live programmes. The project was deemed such a success that it made it to the shortlist of this year’s EBU Technology & Innovation Award. Following […]

BritBox discussions ‘stalled’ as ITV and BBC agendas diverge

The future of BritBox UK could be in question as the BBC and ITV look to work their way out of a reported deadlock in discussions. The planned UK service, which is to provide British content alongside new BritBox originals commissioned from UK production companies, has been delayed due to stalled talks between the broadcasters, […]

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