Freesat adds HD category, new channels

UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat has added a dedicated HD category to the channel category list on its EPG to make it easier for users to find HD services. Freesat users with a Freetime connected TV box can select ‘list’ on their remote controls from within the TV guide to see the list of channels. […]

Ofcom renews commercial TV licences

UK regulator Ofcom has renewed the broadcasting licenses for Channel 3 – comprising ITV, Scotland’s STV and Northern Ireland’s UTV – and Channel 5 for 10 years from January 1 2015 following acceptance of new terms by the licensees. Earlier this month, Ofcom confirmed that it would renew the licences and set out the terms […]

Ofcom renews Channel 3 and 5 licences

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has renewed the licences for Channel 3 and Channel 5 for a further 10-years, beginning January 1, 2015.  The Channel 3 licenses relate to ITV and its Scottish and Northern Irish counterparts STV and UTV, with Ofcom also due to create a separate Channel 3 licence for Wales and a new […]

Ofcom sets new public service license terms for ITV, Channel 5

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has ruled that ITV must deliver more regionalised news reports as part of its new public service requirements when its current license expires at the end of 2014.  Setting out terms for the next 10-year license for ITV, STV, UTV and Channel 5, Ofcom approved proposals for a more localised Channel […]

UPC DTH teams up with Slovak broadcaster for ice hockey

Liberty Global-owned UPC DTH’s Czech and Slovak unit, freeSAT, has teamed up with Slovakian broadcaster STV to broadcast the Ice Hockey World Championship. freeSAT is broadcasting the championship in HD to equipped subscribers. The event takes place throughout the first part of May in Sweden and Finland.

STV choose Videoplaza for multiscreen advertising

Advertising management specialist Videoplaza has been selected by Scottish commercial broadcaster STV to help monetize its content across mobile and tablet devices, games consoles, connected TV and YouView set-top boxes. STV has selected Videoplaza’s ad management platform Karbon to monetise its digital platforms, enabling STV to sell to advertisers across multiple devices, including, for the […]

Ofcom awards local TV licences for Scottish cities

Ofcom has awarded local digital-terrestrial TV licences for Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland. The licences were awarded respectively to Glasgow Television and Edinburgh Television, both backed by Scottish commercial broadcaster STV. In May last year, Ofcom invited applications to run local TV services in 21 local areas. In total, 57 applications were received to run […]

STV makes YouView debut

STV, the broadcaster and Scottish ITV franchise holder, has launched a content platform on the YouView platform. STV was selected as one of the first of two initial additional content partners from over 300 expressions of interest from potential partners, with Sky’s new internet TV service Now TV being the other partner. STV Player is […]