Cartoon Network launching UK HD channel

Turner Broadcasting is launching a high definition version of its kids channel Cartoon Network. The Cartoon Network HD service will roll out on the BSkyB pay TV platform in the UK on September 14. It marks the first HD channel launch from Turner in the UK. Shows that will be transmitted in HD include Ben […]

UK TV viewing at its highest

UK viewers watched an average of four hours and three minutes of TV each day in the first half of the year, according to industry marketing group Thinkbox. That figure is up by 51 seconds a day year-on-year and a new high. In DVR households, 14.7% of viewing was time-shifted during the first during the […]

PBS to launch UK channel in November

PBS, the US Public Broadcast Service, is to launch a channel in the UK on November 1 on the BSkyB pay TV platform. PBS has secured a licence from media regulator Ofcom for the channel, which will be managed by Richard Kingsbury, previously the head of thematic channel provider UKTV’s Good Food and Yesterday channels. […]

UKTV poaches Tennant

British thematic channel operator UKTV has poached ITV executive Emma Tennant to become controller. Tennant was previously controller of digital channels at the free-to-air commercial broadcaster, where she looked after channels including ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4. She will be in charge of UKTV’s portfolio of 10 channels as well as its digital activities. She will […]

Hunt unveils local TV map

UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has unveiled 65 areas across the UK that could be eligible for local digital-terrestrial TV services. Hunt published a map of eligible areas identified by media regulator Ofcom where it would be technically possible to launch local TV services using so-called ‘interleaved’ spectrum on the digital-terrestrial network, and Hunt has […]

Harvard Int’l to launch ‘UK’s first HbbTV box’

Set-top box manufacturer Harvard International is to launch a range of internet-connected set-top boxes for the UK Freeview and Freesat markets based on the HbbTV standard. Harvard International has teamed up with middleware specialist ANT to develop the platform for the View21 range of set-tops. The HD DVR box, set to be launched in time […]

ESPN Goals app now available

Sports channel ESPN’s ESPN Goals app is now available to download for iPhone and Android-based devices free of charge. ESPN Goals allows sports fans to view all goals from English Premier League matches within a few minutes of the action taking place. The enhanced app features video clips of all goals and other highlights, pre-match […]

Orange offers free weekly iTunes film download

Orange is offering its UK customers a free film download from iTunes each week as part of a new promotion. Every Thursday, Orange Home Broadband and mobile customers on pay as you go, pay monthly, mobile broadband or business tariffs will be able to download a film worth £4.99 (€5.70) free of charge. The titles […]

Virgin Media to expand fibre network

Virgin Media’s high-speed fibre network will pass at least 100,000 additional homes by the end of 2011. During the first six months of the year Virgin Media has extended the infrastructure to an additional 73,000 homes and the network now reaches half of the UK. The cable operator said a “substantial new construction project” is […]

Rovi in Channel 4 connected TV ad trial

Digital TV technology company Rovi is carrying out interactive advertising trials in the UK, using ads from Twentieth Century Fox and Channel 4. The movie studio and UK broadcaster will use Rovi’s advertising technologies to run advertising campaigns on connected TVs, Blu-ray players and other internet connected devices. They will offer interactive capabilities including multimedia […]