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Freesat Showcase to ease Xmas viewing planning

UK subscription-free satellite TV service Freesat has expanded its editorial offering to support the busy Christmas TV schedule with the launch of two new Christmas genres in its Showcase service. Showcase takes a human-touch approach to curate a selection of shows hand-picked by Freesat’s in-house editorial team. TV viewers can get recommendations for what to watch for the week ahead […]

Free Premiership Rugby on BT Sport

Rugby Union - Aviva Premiership - Harlequins v Bath Rugby - Twickenham Stoop

BT Sport is making a selection of Aviva Premiership Rugby games available for everyone to watch over Christmas and New Year. BT Sport will make four games available for everyone starting with Sale Sharks who take on Exeter Chiefs on December 19th.  Harlequins host Northampton Saints at Twickenham on December 27th in Big Game 7, Newcastle Falcons take a trip […]

Wimbledon denies pay-TV reports


The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) – organiser of the Wimbledon Open Tennis tournament – has refuted suggestions in the UK media that coverage of the tournament is set to be shared between the BBC and BT, which would result in Wimbledon being shown on pay-TV In a statement, the AELTC said it “confirms categorically “that there is no […]

Premier League kicks off rights process


The English Premier League has issued Invitations to Tender (ITT) for its UK audiovisual broadcasting rights for seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19 which include a package that will see live coverage of Friday night football for the first time since the League’s inception in 1992. It has made available to interested parties two separate ITTs inviting bids for: Live broadcasting rights […]

Report: PSB licence gives ITV ‘significant’ net benefit

The commercial benefits of ITV’s Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) licence significantly outweigh the costs, providing ITV with a net benefit of between £87 million (€110m) and £221 million per year, according to an independent report commissioned by the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) – the trade body for digital, cable and satellite services in the UK’s commercial television and on-demand sector […]

Ofcom launches PSB review

UK comms regulator Ofcom has published a consultation on its third review of public service broadcasting against a backdrop of what it suggests is reduced viewing of and investment in such services. The latest review examines how the BBC, ITV, STV, UTV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C have fulfilled the purposes of public service broadcasting (PSB) since Ofcom’s 2008 […]

Sony’s Tiny Pop to launch on Freeview

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is extending the distribution of its pre-school children’s channel, Tiny Pop, on the national Freeview platform. Set to fully launch on January 7th 2015, Tiny Pop will be available on Freeview channel 126 across the whole UK. This extends SPT Networks’ reach of children’s programming on Freeview to two channels, with POP – aimed at older […]

Arqiva launches ARISE News on Freeview

Arqiva has announced the launch of global news and entertainment channel ARISE NEWS in standard definition on Freeview, using the more advanced Digital Video Broadcasting technology MPEG4 DVB-T2. ARISE News will be available to those Freeview viewers who are within the broadcast coverage of Arqiva’s new HD multiplex – around 72 per cent of the UK population – provided they […]

Online BBC3 to be a pathfinder for other services


Senior executives at the BBC have revealed further details of the Corporation’s proposals to close BBC as a broadcast channel and reinvent it online. The changes – which are subject to approval by the BBC Trust – will generate savings of £50 million, which will be reinvested into BBC Three online, as well as strengthening BBC One. Speaking at a […]

Tablet TV confirms UK launch

Broadcast technology specialist Motive Television has confirmed that it will start taking pre-orders for TabletTV UK (TTVUK) for Christmas delivery. Customers will be able to pre-order TabletTV UK on the TabletTV UK website to ensure they will be among the first to receive the product. Once the units are ready to ship, pre-orders will be converted to orders. Amazon […]

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