Coronavirus likely to impact quality of BARB audience data

UK audience ratings organisation BARB has admitted that its ability to accurately measure what people are watching could be impacted by the government’s new restrictions on movement and work. BARB CEO Justin Sampson said that the organisation had been forced to cease allface-to-face interviewing and technician visits to panel homes early last week and that its […]

Virgin Media adds BBC Sound to TV platform

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has become the first UK pay TV provider to add the BBC Sounds app to its TV platform. BBC Sounds replaced the BBC iPlayer radio app earlier this year. From yesterday, the BBC Sounds app, which allows users to listen to all of BBC’s live and on-demand radio, music and podcasts, […]

Virgin Media to show new NBCUniversal releases as cinemas shut down

Liberty Global-owned UK service provider Virgin Media has struck a deal with NBCUniversal that will enable its customers to watch some of the studio’s new releases on the same day their cinema release. The agreement means that Virgin Media customers will be able to watch movies including DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour on April 6, the […]

Virgin Media admits data breach affecting 900,000 people

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has admitted that a database continuing personal details of 900,000 people was left unsecured and accessible on the web for a period of 10 months, opening the company up to the possibility of a large fine. The marketing database held addresses, email addresses and phone numbers, but not financial or bank […]

Matchroom Sport to launch global OTT TV service

Matchroom Sport, the UK sports promotion and programming supplier with interests in sports including boxing darts and snooker headed by Barry Hearn, is to launch a global OTT platform in the spring. The streaming service, which will provide access to its portfolio of events, is being built and powered by sports streaming and video technology […]

Virgin Media awards new network contracts in major revamp

Liberty Global-owned UK service provider Virgin Media has awarded new five-year contracts worth £500 million a year to six contractors to build and maintain its national Gigabit network and is bringing more than 700 customer-facing installation staff and engineers back in-house. Virgin Media said the new structure, which will be implemented in April, is designed […]

BT Sport and Samsung team up for ‘UK’s first public live 8K sports broadcast’

BT Sport and Samsung have teamed up to screen what the pair say is the UK’s first public live 8K sports broadcast, with a screening of the UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and Olympiacos. BT Sport and Samsung collaborated to deliver the broadcast live from the Emirates Stadium using a bespoke BT Sport 8K […]

Freesat taps CommScope for new generation of 4K boxes

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat has launched a new generation of 4K TV boxes, including three new DVR-enabled models and a zapper box. The devices will be available from Amazon from the end of February and from retailer Currys PC World shortly afterwards. The internet-connected boxes are being produced by CommScope, the first Freesat-led devices […]

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