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UK to miss Boris Johnson’s ‘turbocharged’ broadband pledge 

The UK Parliament’s spending watchdog has warned that the country will miss its 2025 full-fibre rollout plan. Part of the Conservative’s 2019 election manifesto, Boris Johnson promised that the entirety of the UK would be covered by so-called ‘turbocharged’ broadband by 2025. This however is unlikely to be met, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has […]

Jeremy Darroch to step down as Sky CEO

Jeremy Darroch is to step down as group CEO of Sky after 13 years leading the company, with Comcast Cable and former Virgin Media executive Dana Strong replacing him. Darroch, the longest serving CEO in Sky’s three-decade history, will continue to serve as executive chairman through 2021 to ensure a smooth transition and will then […]

African Movie Channel debuts on Connected Freeview

Nollywood broadcaster African Movie Channel (AMC) has launched its flagship offering, also called African Movie Channel on the Freeview digital-terrestrial platform in the UK. African Movie Channel will be available on  connected Freeview boxes and TVs via Channelbox on Freeview Channel 271, makes African Movie Channel the first Nollywood channel to be distributed on Freeview. Connected Freeview is available […]

UK breaks broadband record with 50,000 Petabyte 2020

Broadband usage in the UK more than doubled in 2020 to 50,000 Petabytes (PB), according to Openreach. Openreach’s infrastructure is used by the likes of BT, Plusnet, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen. The company said that the usage for 2020 climbed massively from the 2019 total of 22,000PB – underlining the impact that the Covid-19 […]

UK broadband usage doubles in 2020

UK broadband usage more than doubled in 2020 with 50,000 Petabytes (PB) of data being consumed across the country, compared to around 22,000 in 2019, according to data released BT infrastructure arm Openreach. During 2020, the daily record for broadband use was broken 15 times, and the average property connected to Openreach’s fibre networks used […]

YourFamilyEntertainment’s RiC lands in UK on ONEHUBTV

German kids broadcaster Your Family Entertainment AG has launched its linear TV channels RiC TV and RiC on the Vision247 ONEHUBTV streaming platform in the UK. As of now, RiC’s 24-hour family friendly content can be viewed by all ONEHUBTV’s customers in the UK. The launch of RiC on ONEHUBTV is a new chapter in […]

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 […]