Liberty Global’s Fries looking to Belgian merger, fixed-mobile convergence

Liberty Global is hoping part-owned Belgian operator Telenet will take advantage of the renewed sale of Wallonia-region cable operator Voo to create a national-scale player in the country, according to CEO Mike Fries.  Speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecom conference online last week,  Fries said that the acquisition of Voo by […]

Dplay to become discovery+ streaming service in UK and Ireland

Discovery UK is to rebrand its Dplay streaming service in the UK and Ireland to discovery+ next month alongside the launch of a subscription tier. The entertainment streaming service will aggregate Discovery UK’s pay TV and free-to-air brands, creating what Discovery describes as the ultimate destination for factual, lifestyle and reality content. It will be […]

Premier League introduces PPV for the first time

The English Premier League has announced an extension of its blanket broadcast rules that will see all matches continue to be available for broadcast through to the end of October, but with the controversial addition of pay-per-view for the first time in the league’s history. With fans not able to be in grounds for the […]

Freeview Play launches on Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs

Digital UK and Amazon have announced a partnership that will see Freeview Play, the online service of the UK free-to-view digital-terrestrial platform, launch on Fire TV Edition TVs sets.  The player brings together 85 freeview channels, and free access to nine on-demand players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup […]

BT extends BritBox partnership with six-month free trial

BT TV subscribers will get a six-month complimentary subscription to BritBox, the companies have announced. Expanding on a partnership initially announced in May, new and existing customers are able to take advantage of the offer which saves them just shy of £36 over the six month period. During that time, users will have access to content […]

Sky Sports sees record day with peak of 3.3 million viewers

Sunday October 4 was a record-breaking day for Sky Sports, the pay TV broadcaster has said. With a bumper lineup of sports coverage, the broadcaster cited BARB stats to say that over 14 million people watched more than 95 minutes of programming on the day. Across its channels, Sky Sports charted an average of 933,000 […]

UK SVOD viewing still strong despite lockdown lift

Any idea that OTT viewing in the UK would cool off as lockdown restrictions were lifted have been proved unfounded, with a new report showing that SVOD viewing still remains high. According to new data from Ampere Analysis covering Q3 2020, the easing of lockdown in June has not deterred people from watching streaming services […]

Premier League clubs could stream non-televised matches from October

Following the UK government’s announcement that the country is facing at least six months of further lockdown restrictions – including delays to getting fans back in stadiums – Premier League clubs are evaluating their broadcast plans for the foreseeable future. The league initially made all matches in September available for domestic broadcast and has extended this […]

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