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UKTV launches live streaming of channels

UK multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has now introduced live streaming of five channels on its UKTV Play website, with availability on TV and mobile apps to follow. From today, viewers will be able to watch Dave, Drama, Yesterday, Really and Home, live on the UKTV Play website. The channel streams will also be available on UKTV Play’s mobile and TV apps in the […]

BBC to stream FA Cup in UHD on iPlayer

The UK’s FA Cup football semi-final this Saturday and the final on May 18 is to be streamed on the BBC iPlayer service in the Ultra HD format for the first time, the pubcaster has said. The BBC has also revealed that 18% of the eight million requests for blockbuster natural history series Dynasties on […]

Arcade Cloud launches on TVPlayer

Blue Ant Media-owned Arcade Cloud, a multi-platform entertainment channel for gamers, has launched on UK OTT service TVPlayer. Available outside the paywall of TVPlayer’s basic tier, gamers can access Arcade Cloud wherever TVPlayer is available, including branded internet-based platforms and mobile applications, according to Blue Ant Arcade Cloud showcases an array of short and long-form animated […]

ITV’s McCall defends BritBox UK project

ITV boss Carolyn McCall has defended the broadcaster’s SVOD tie-up with the BBC, BritBox UK, saying the endeavour is sufficiently “distinctive” and will be “liberating” for producers. Unveiled a month ago by McCall, BritBox UK is intended to be the British equivalent of the eponymous two-year-old US SVOD, offering both archive content and originals. However, its […]

BBC Studios takes boxsets to Sky and Now TV

Sky and BBC Studios have struck a deal to bring a list of BBC comedy and drama box sets to Sky and Now TV. From April, Sky subscribers will be able to binge on “hundreds of hours” of BBC content including classic series such as The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses, The Royle […]

Netflix and BBFC agree age ratings partnership

Netflix and the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) have agreed a new age ratings partnership for content to meet what they say is demand from parents for greater consistency across video on demand and online games platforms. The BBFC will work with Netflix to move towards classifying all content on the streaming service using BBFC […]

Sky launches new safety tool for parents of young children

Sky has launched a Kids Safe Mode on its Sky Q advanced set-top boxes. The new setting will allow parents to lock their Sky Q box in the Kids section by selecting the setting and entering their TV PIN. Once activated, all non-kids’ content including live TV channels, recordings, on-demand shows and apps will be […]

Culture secretary: UK broadcasters need ‘level playing field’ with SVOD outfits

Greater regulatory oversight of subscription video-on-demand and online content services may be necessary in order to create a “level playing field” with domestic broadcasters and media companies, according to digital, culture, media and sport secretary of state Jeremy Wright. Speaking at the London Media and Technology conference at the end of last week, Wright gave […]

Discovery’s Quest secures MotoGP highlights

Discovery-owned UK free-to-air channel Quest has struck a two-year agreement to screen exclusive free-to-air next-day highlights from every round of the MotoGP Championship, starting from the 2019 season.  The agreement also includes rights to broadcast highlights from the Moto2 and Moto3 championships. Quest will also deliver a digital offer with viewers able to access coverage […]

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