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ITN names new technology chief

UK news production outfit ITN has named Jon Roberts as its new director of technology, production and innovation.   Roberts will join ITN’s senior leadership team and will head up technical strategy for the company, guiding the management and development of broadcast operations, technology, studios, media management and workflows. Roberts joined ITN as a trainee […]

Viaplay to launch in the UK, Germany and Canada

Nordic streamer Viaplay is to launch in the UK, Germany and Canada over the next two years. The Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group)-owned streamer will be rolled into the UK in the second half of 2022 followed by expansion into Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland during 2023. NENT has also set itself new subscriber targets, […]

DAZN ‘in advanced talks’ to take control of BT Sport

DAZN is in advanced talks to acquire BT Sport, according to a report by the Financial Times. According to the FT, citing unnamed sources, a deal could be struck within weeks, with the sale of its premium TV arm freeing BT up to focus on its 5G rollout, fibre and connectivity. The sale of BT […]

Sky ‘planning own range of smart TVs’

Sky is planning to launch its own range of smart TVs as the battle between traditional pay TV operator and streaming giants accelerates, according to press reports. According to the Financial Times, citing unnamed sources, the Comcast-owned pay TV operator could announce a move into smart TV hardware as soon as next month. Launching its […]

Virgin Media to offer Plume’s HomePass across UK

Virgin Media is working with smart home partner Plume to make the latter’s HomePass smart home service available to all UK households including those not covered by the Virgin Media network. According to Plume, HomePass works with all internet service providers. The service uses cloud-controlled adaptive WiFi pods to create a self-optimising WiFi network throughout […]

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 […]

Sky to give ‘more prominence’ to BBC in latest agreement

UK pubcaster the BBC and pay TV operator Sky today have renewed and expanded their long-term partnership with an agreement that the pair say will further enhance the visibility of the BBC’s brands and services on Sky’s TV services. Sky said that BBC content will be more prominent on Sky platforms by making it even […]

One in four UK homes now have access to full-fibre broadband

Around one in four UK homes can now get faster full-fibre internet, according to new figures from regulator Ofcom. According to the watchdog, just under seven million or 24% of all UK homes can take up full-fibre internet packages, up from 21% at the start of the year. Close to 12 million or 40% of […]

Virgin Media boosts Ofcom complaints in Q1

Complaints to UK regulator Ofcom about broadband and landline services hit a three-year high in the first quarter of this year, while complaints about pay TV services also increased in the three months to March. According to Ofcom, the increase was largely driven by Virgin Media, which was the most complained-about broadband, landline and pay TV provider. The main reason customers complained to Ofcom about Virgin Media was to do […]

Tennis Channel streaming service launches in UK

US-based Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Tennis Channel has launched in the UK as a paid-for streaming service. The Tennis Channel International streaming service debuted in the UK market yesterday following launches in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in April last year and a launch in Greece earlier this year. Claiming to be the first UK TV platform […]

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