UKTV


Pluto TV launches on My5

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has confirmed the launch of three Pluto TV channels on Channel 5’s video-on-demand platform in the UK. The launch of the channels on My5, news of which was reported by Digital TV Europefrom the Variety TV Summit in Londonearlier this month, marks the first collaboration between the two Viacom-owned AVOD […]

UKTV announces new-look management team

UKTV has shaken up its executive leadership team, following the separation of BBC Studios’ and Discovery’s joint interest in the company, which sees BBC Studios take full ownership of UKTV. Marcus Arthur, president of BBC Studios UK & Ireland is UKTV’s new CEO, replacing Darren Childs who announced his departure earlier this year. Suzanne Burrows, […]

BBC and Discovery complete UKTV split

BBC Studios and Discovery have completed the deal to split up the channels in their joint British TV venture, UKTV. It follows an agreement between the two parties – announced in April – which sees BBC Studios take control of the venture’s seven entertainment channels, including Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, W and Yesterday, while […]

UKTV Play launches on Apple TV

UKTV has launched its on demand app on Apple TV. This will be available for Apple TV boxes, and any device where the Apple TV app is available, including Samsung smart TVs. UKTV Play’s offering is made up of programming broadcast on its range of channels. This programming is a mixture of original shows such […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC/Discovery deal for UKTV

British regulator Ofcom will not conduct a formal investigation into the BBC’s deal with Discovery to divide up UKTV. This effectively means that the proposed deal – that will see Discovery take control of three channels and the BBC take control of seven – now has official approval. Discovery, which became a co-owner of UKTV […]

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 […]

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