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Facebook puts focus on video communities, not ‘passive consumption’

Facebook has again emphasised its video ambitions, but said its aim is to foster communities around content rather than encourage “passive consumption”. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted that over the next three years “the biggest trend in our products will be the growth of video”. He said […]

UKTV to replace Watch with female-focused W

UK channel provider UKTV has unveiled a new pay TV brand, W, which will replace the existing Watch service in February. The female-focused channel, targeting 30-39 year-olds, will air a mix of original shows such as ON, an authored documentary strand featuring films by radio DJ Sara Cox, musician Sophie Ellis-Bextor and journalist Grace Dent, […]

Com Hem takes TV remote to the smartwatch

Swedish cable operator Com Hem has developed a trial TV remote application for smartwatches, allowing users to control their TV using their Apple or Android watch. The app enables viewers to pause TV shows or switch channels. The beta version, which has been developed for Com Hem’s TiVo-based advanced TV platform, also enables viewers to […]

UKTV hires NBCUniversal exec for Watch

Adam Collings has joined UKTV from NBCUniversal and will oversee programming at its Watch channel. Collings will oversee programme strategy and scheduling at general entertainment channel Watch and have input into commissioning and acquisitions decisions. He will report to Watch general manager, Steve North. He joins from NBCUniversal where he was director of channels, overseeing […]

Scripps ‘offers BBCWW £500m for UKTV’

Scripps Networks International has reportedly offered the BBC as much as £500 million (US$849.2 million) to buy the latter’s commercial arm out of their joint venture channels operator, UKTV. A deal would give it full control of 10 channels such as Dave, Watch, Yesterday and Gold. UK newspaper The Guardian reports Scripps has made “multiple […]

UKTV presses Play with first digital-only service

UK multichannel operator UKTV is launching its first direct-to-consumer digital service this summer. UKTV Play will offer programming from UKTV channels such as Dave and Watch as “familiar and intuitive” curated collections, by topic, box sets and ‘staff picks’, as well advance previews of upcoming shows. Features include swipe channel selection, stop-and-resume viewing, predictive search, […]

Watch, Gold, Dave and Alibi join Sky catch-up service

UK channel provider UKTV has made its Watch, Gold, Dave and Alibi channels available view pay TV operator BSkyB’s catch-up TV service. The move follows the launch of catch-up services on the Sky Go mobile TV platform last year. The new deal means that Sky viewers can view catch-up content from the broadcaster on their […]

UKTV launches networks on Virgin TV Anywhere

UKTV has launched its full network of channels on Virgin Media’s TV anywhere service, marking the first time that all 10 channels have been available together as part of a multiplatform service. UKTV’s flagship entertainment channel Watch, along with the channels Gold, Alibi, Dave, Eden, Really, Drama, Good Food, Home, and Yesterday are all now […]