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 […]

UKTV Play launches on Samsung TVs

UKTV’s on demand and catch-up TV app is to be made available on all Samsung TVs sold from 2015 onwards. Featuring content from channel Dave, Drama, Really and Yesterday, the free UKTV Play app offers anytime viewing, access to box-sets, previews of new shows, exclusive content and personalisation with a dedicated ‘my shows’ section. Highlights […]

BBC and Discovery reportedly ‘close to agreeing break-up of UKTV’

The BBC and Discovery are close to agreeing a break up of UK channel provider UKTV following the public broadcaster’s failure to attract partners for a potential buyout of the venture, according to a report in The Guardian. According to the report, the BBC and factual giant Discovery, which inherited Scripps Networks Interactive’s 50% stake […]

Freesat adds UKTV Play to on-demand offering

Freesat, the UK’s free-to-view satellite TV platform, has added catch-up service UKTV Play to its on demand offering. Freesat customers will be able to watch shows from Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama via the UKTV Play app or directly via the rollback TV guide. The addition of UKTV Play brings catch-up content and boxsets of […]

UKTV returns to Virgin with ‘five-times as much VOD content’

UKTV’s channels returned to Virgin Media at the weekend, ending a three-week stand-off between the companies that forced networks including Dave, Gold and Alibi off the platform. The two parties agreed a new carriage deal that restores all UKTV’s channels and adds more than five-times the amount of on-demand programming – including what Virgin described […]

UKTV channels leave Virgin platforms as deadlock continues

UKTV’s portfolio of 10 channels have been removed from Virgin Media’s platform and the two parties are still in deadlock after failing to agree terms of a new carriage deal. Around four million Virgin Media households are affected by the blackout of channels, which include Dave, Alibi, Drama, Gold and Eden. Thousands of hours of […]

Virgin Media to drop UKTV channels

Virgin Media is set to drop UKTV’s portfolio of 10 channels from its platform in the UK and Ireland in a dispute over carriage fees and terms. From midnight on Saturday July 21 channels including Dave, Gold, Alibi, Drama, and Eden are due to be replaced on the Virgin Media electronic programme guide (EPG), with […]

BBC and Channel 4 reportedly planning £500m bid for UKTV

The BBC is in talks with Channel 4 (C4) to make a £500 million (€565 million) bid to take full control of UKTV, according to The Guardian. BBC Studios is already the owner of 50% of UKTV, but it wants a majority stake in the company as it is a major source of profit for […]

UKTV appears on West Midlands trains following GoMedia deal

UKTV content will be available on West Midland Railways’ trains from this week following a deal between the UK multi-channel broadcaster and onboard infotainment company GoMedia. More than 300 episodes of UKTV content from the Dave, Really and Yesterday channels will be available on the trains via the broadcaster’s on-demand service, UKTV Play. The line-up includes […]

ITV considering £1bn joint buyout plan for UKTV with BBC

ITV is considering entering a joint venture with the BBC for £1 billion (€1.1 billion) to buy out UKTV, according to reports. The BBC, which currently owns half of the business with Discovery, has the right to buy out its US partner at a set price before the end of the week, according to The Telegraph. […]