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DTG’s D-Book 7 approves HbbTV specs

The Digital TV Group (DTG), the standards organisation that represents over 100 UK TV companies, has approved HbbTV-based connected TV specifications in the latest version of the D-Book, its digital-terrestrial TV technology specifications. D-Book 7, which was published in draft earlier this year, defines the critical interoperable coexistence of broadcast and broadband services and devices […]

4oD continues to grow

4oD, the on-demand platform operated by UK broadcaster Channel 4, attracted 31 million long-form views in August, up from 29 million a year earlier. The platform had a total of 273 million views of Channel 4 content in the year to the end-August, a 20.6% year-on-year increase. Viewers spent an average of 25.4 minutes watching […]

Sports Tonight Live claims Freeview OTT first

A new sports channel has become the first OTT-delivered channel on the UK’s Freeview platform. Sports Tonight Live, fronted by former TalkSport Radio presenter Mike Parry, claims to be the first UK channel to be available on the Freeview HD platform with content delivered exclusively via broadband to set-top boxes. The channel is using VisionIPTV’s […]

YouView reveals user interface details

YouView has revealed details of how its user interface will look and feel when it launches next year. The joint venture online streaming service has published its draft User Interface and Search Policy for consultation with the industry, which sets out how content will be presented to viewers in a way that makes it easy for […]

Film 4 takes on iTunes with movie download service

Film 4, the movie channel operated by UK broadcaster Channel 4, has launched a download-to-rent service that it claims will offer more new releases than any other service, including iTunes, Lovefilm and Blinkbox. Users of Film4oD are charged between £0.99 (€0.86) and £3.99 per download. Films are viewable as soon as they start downloading and […]

Pace adds Helium software for home networking

Pace has launched new software called Helium for gateways and set-top boxes. The set-top specialist said Helium enables operators to manage their services through any gateway or next generation ‘smartbox’ system, regardless of vendor, and provides advanced home networking services to consumers in an operator-defined environment. 
Helium, a new addition to Pace’s Elements platform, is […]

Bid Shopping TV launches online services

UK shopping channel provider Bid Shopping TV has begun streaming its three channels live to the internet using a content delivery network provided by Sharpstream. The channels – Bid, Price Drop and Speed Auction – each broadcast live for over 18 hours daily and are also available on the Sky, Virgin, Freeview and Freesat platforms. […]

UK cinemagoers unimpressed by 3D

Only one in five UK cinemagoers believe that 3D improves the film viewing experience, according to a poll by YouGov. According to the survey, 22% of UK cinemagoers believe that 3D has a positive impact on the experience, while 47% thought it made no difference or had a negative impact. Only 19% felt that 3D […]

BBC Knowledge to launch Lonely Planet block

BBC Knowledge, the British public broadcaster’s international factual channel, is launching a Lonely Planet programming block from November 1. The branded programming block is the first time the travel brand, which was fully acquired by the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide in September, has been integrated into its international channels group. The block will launch […]

YouView poaches Sky architect


YouView, the online joint venture streaming service, has hired Sky executive Chris Bramley as chief technology officer. Bramley was previously chief architect at BSkyB and lead the company’s Sky Anytime, Sky Player and Sky Go initiatives. YouView is a joint venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva and is […]