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UK accepts 21CF-Sky terms after Disney sweetens Sky News pledge

The UK government has accepted deal terms between 21st Century Fox and Sky, following an improved commitment from Disney to operate Sky News for a period of 15 years. UK culture secretary Matt Hancock said that new deal terms had been offered that meet the criteria he laid out in parliament earlier this month – namely that […]

SVOD service TrueRoyalty.tv launches

Following on from the global popularity of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent wedding, a new on-demand TV service has launched this week that will consist entirely of royal-themed content. Called TrueRoyalty.tv, it offers subscribers a mix of documentaries and factual dramas about Royalty from around the world and through the ages, chosen by BAFTA […]

BT CEO Gavin Patterson to step down later this year

BT Group chief executive Gavin Patterson is due to step down later this year with the company claiming new leadership is needed following recent poor results. BT said it expects to have a new CEO in place during the second half of the year with Patterson set to continue in the role until a replacement […]

Viacom launches Paramount Network in the UK

Viacom International Media Networks is to launch Paramount Network in the UK in July as a new destination for scripted drama, comedy and movie content. The channel, which will launch on July 4, will be scheduled and programmed by the Channel 5 editorial team under the direction of Ben Frow, director of programmes at Viacom-owned […]

Amazon breaks into English Premier League with new deal

Amazon Prime Video has broken the hold of Sky and BT on the English Premier League by securing the rights to air two full rounds of 20 matches per season, including bank holiday fixtures, in addition to weekly highlights. Amazon will exclusively live-stream the matches for three years from the 2019-20 season. The matches, and […]

EE to stage live 5G trials in East London later this year

UK mobile operator EE is due to launch what it claims will be the country’s first live 5G trial in East London in October. The service provider said it will switch on 5G at 10 sites  in areas including City Road, Old Street, Hoxton Square and St Paul’s, connecting EE customers and businesses to 5G […]

UK sets scene for Sky bidding war between Fox and Comcast

The UK government has approved 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky on the condition that Sky News is divested, clearing the path for a Fox showdown with Sky’s other bidder, Comcast. In a statement to parliament yesterday, UK culture secretary Matt Hancock said that details will now be finalised over how Sky News can be divested “in […]

Vodafone to offer Amazon Prime Video with mobile plans

Vodafone UK has teamed up with Amazon to become the first UK mobile company to offer Amazon Prime Video as part of its mobile plans. The agreement means that Vodafone UK customers will be able to enjoy Amazon prime Video series such as The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and The Grand Tour, and forthcoming series Cloak […]

Kantar: UK large-screen TV market quadruples in five years

The British large-screen television market has quadrupled in the past five years, according to the latest TV market data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The research firm said that 32% of large-screen purchases were OLED devices and that LED screens made up 54% of large screen buys in the past six months. OLED and QLED television now account for 15% and […]

Ordeal by Innocence leads strong month for BBC iPlayer

Agatha Christie murder mystery Ordeal by Innocence was the most-watched programme on the BBC iPlayer service in April, according to the latest statistics from the public broadcaster on its catch-up and on-demand offering. The first episode of Ordeal by Innocence attracted two million requests on iPlayer, with the second episode securing 1.2 million requests. Overall, […]

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