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Arqiva to build Freeview connected TV service

Digital UK has confirmed the signing of major contracts to build and test a new Freeview-branded connected TV service. Following a competitive selection process, Arqiva has been awarded the contract to provide the metadata system at the heart of the new service. It will enable viewers to move seamlessly between live programmes and on-demand shows using Freeview’s new ‘backwards EPG’. […]

Freeview launches ‘Left Behinds’ campaign

This weekend Freeview is launching the latest instalment of its campaign: ‘Entertainment. It’s even better when it’s free.’ The campaign, called ‘Left Behinds’, focuses on the items left behind after a jumble sale; a crew of well-used toys, ornaments and stuffed animals who haven’t been given a new home. As everything is packed up, Ted the Teddy sings Foreigner’s classic, […]

UKTV Play launches on PC and YouView

Cable and satellite broadcaster UKTV has launched digital brand UKTV Play on PC and connected on-demand platform YouView. UKTV Play, which celebrated a successful launch on iOS earlier this year, is an intuitively-designed TV application that gives viewers easy access to their favourite shows from UKTV’s popular free-to-air channels, including the UK’s most watched non-PSB channel, Dave and popular entertainment […]

NAB to FCC: ‘Let’s grasp OTT opportunity’

NAB Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning Rick Kaplan has written a Blog Post regarding the FCC’s proposal to extend the definition of multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to online video providers, suggesting it presents “exciting opportunities” for consumers. In the Blog Post, Kaplan addresses FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s assertion that broadcasters were able to stop Aereo in court, in […]

Tivùsat adds Arte to FTA

Franco-German cultural channel Arte has been added to Italy’s growing Tivùsat free-to-view bouquet. Tivùsat, which had 2.2 million issued smart-card ‘subscribers’ as at July 31st, up 100,000 in the three months to July. Tivùsat launched five years ago, and offers 68 ‘free’ TV channels including the complete output from public broadcaster RAI and the free-to-air channels from Mediaset. Tivùsat also transmits 32 […]

Mediapro lines up LatAm F1 channel

Spanish multimedia communications group Mediapro is to launch a 24 hour Formula One channel for the entire Latin American region (except Brazil) in 2015 devoted to everything surrounding and related to the championship. The new channel, which will be produced and distributed with Direct TV, will offer live broadcasts of all the Grand Prix races, 10 of which will be […]

ITV online revenues up 24%

ITV has reported a strong performance in terms of online, pay and interactive revenues in the first 9 months of the year, counterbalancing a decline in main channel ratings. Adam Crozier, chief executive, said that online, pay and interactive revenues would show double-digit growth again next year. VoD viewing also grew strongly, up 24 per cent to £497 million (€627m) […]

VisionTV now on Freeview

TV technology specialist Vision247 has confirmed it will stream more than 20 free-to-air channels to connected Freeview HD set top boxes and TVs. Supporting TVs, set top boxes and digital TV recorders from brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Toshiba and Sharp, users just need to connect these devices to a broadband connection to access the free channels – including […]

Sky: What does ITV want from retrans?

A senior executive at satellite operator BSkyB has suggested that the occasion of commercial Public Service broadcaster ITV’s latest financial results may see the company give further details of its call for pay-TV platforms to start paying fees to the UK’s PSBs for the right to carry their main channels. In a Blog post, Graham McWilliam, Group Director of Corporate […]

FTA Justice Network for US

A gang of veteran TV execs have teamed to launch Justice Network, a free-to-air US multicast channel that will focus on true-crime programming. The team includes founder Lonnie Cooper, a founder of Bounce TV. Steve Schiffman, former president of National Geographic Channels is acting as CEO of the company whilst the head of distribution is Barry Wallach, former president of […]

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