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UKTV launches live streaming of channels

UK multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has now introduced live streaming of five channels on its UKTV Play website, with availability on TV and mobile apps to follow. From today, viewers will be able to watch Dave, Drama, Yesterday, Really and Home, live on the UKTV Play website. The channel streams will also be available on UKTV Play’s mobile and TV apps in the […]

UKTV’s Alibi channel moves into originals

Crime drama channel Alibi has commissioned its first scripted drama with six-part series Traces. The 6 x 60-minute drama, written by Amelia Bullmore and produced by Studiocanal-backed Red, is based on an original idea by crime writer Val McDermid. The crime thriller is set in Scotland and follows three women who must use the rigors […]

UKTV’s Darren Childs to step down

UKTV boss Darren Childs is to step down from his role as CEO of the British multichannel broadcaster.  The exec will remain until 1 July while the board explores new leadership options. He is believed to be a top contender for the role of Premier League CEO – a role recently turned down by BBC Studios […]

UKTV updates on-demand app

UKTV has updated its on-demand service, UKTV Play, adding new features including increased personalisation and full Chromecast support. The new version of the app offers synchronised viewing history and favourites, allowing viewers to pause on one device and resume on another. It also uses artificial intelligence to learn viewing preferences and interests to serve a […]

UKTV highlights success of Originals and on-demand growth

UKTV Originals topped 2018 ratings on six of the UK channel provider’s channels – Dave, W, Gold, Drama, Yesterday and Really and on UKTV Play – last year, while the top three shows on UKTV’s network were UKTV Originals, with Taskmaster, Death on the Tyne and Murder on The Blackpool Express attracting viewers, according to the company. Taskmaster was the most watched show on UKTV’s free on […]

Freeview to launch ‘one-stop-shop’ app for UK television

UK TV platform Freeview is due to launch a new mobile app on January 22, 2019 that it says will act as a “one-stop-shop” for the nation’s most-watched content. The free-to-use app will let viewers stream live channels from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and access on-demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All […]

UKTV to launch Leeds tech hub

UKTV is set to launch a regional office in Leeds later this month, which will act as a technology hub for the broadcaster. The office will initially house a team of 10 staff members that will be tasked with enhancing the broadcaster’s content distribution capabilities. UKTV said that its first round of recruitment is at […]

UKTV makes airtime-for-equity investment in Hopster

UKTV has struck its first deal through its innovation fund, UKTV Ventures, with an airtime-for-equity investment in kids TV app Hopster. UKTV launched The Innovation Fund in April 2017 in partnership with Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund to invest and take equity stakes in businesses in return for advertising airtime on UKTV channels. Hopster will be the […]

UKTV’s Drama and Really launch on Virgin Media Ireland

UKTV’s Drama and Really channels are due to launch on Virgin Media Ireland for the first time, with the operator and channel provider expanding their partnership in the country in the wake of their public spat this summer. Drama will be available on channel number 164 of the electronic programme guide and will air shows like […]

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