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UK broadcasters launch The Big TV Festival

UK commercial broadcasters Channel 4, ITV and Sky are joining forces to launch The Big TV Festival, an unprecedented collaboration between the broadcasters. Co-produced with Thinkbox, the marketing body for…

BBC merges Worldwide and Studios

BBC merges Worldwide and Studios

The BBC is to merge BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide to form a single commercial organisation, to be called BBC Studios, suggesting that at a time of an increasingly competitive and…

iPlayer to deliver Christmas box-sets

iPlayer to deliver Christmas box-sets

In a move that pitches it in competition to SVoD rivals such as Netflix and Amazon, Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Director of Content, has revealed plans to bring a host…

53% Arab FTA satellite TV channels have online presence

During October 2017, the Arab Advisors Group examined 975 fully operational FTA satellite TV channels targeting the Arab World, to research their online presence. Of the analysed stations, 53.6 per…

Freeview bosses warn of SVoD challenge

Freeview bosses warn of SVoD challenge

The companies responsible for UK free-to-air DTT platform Freeview have called on industry and policy makers to ‘step up’ to meet the profound changes in television being driven by American tech…

Spain: Record pay-TV revenues

Pay-TV revenues are overtaking FTA advertising revenues for the first time in Spain, according to the latest report from regulatory body CNMC. Total pay-TV revenues grew by 14.8 per cent…

UTECA: Spain Government ‘favours pay-TV’

UTECA, the largest private TV Association in Spain, has accused the Administration of discrimination against FTA TV to the benefit of pay-TV and new OTT platforms. The president of UTECA,…

FCC approves Next Gen TV plan

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved (in a 3:2 vote) voluntary use by broadcasters of the new ATSC 3.0 advanced TV transmission scheme for the USA. The FCC, in its…

BBC buying out Scripps at UKTV?

The BBC’s commercial division is looking at stumping up £500 million (€560m) to take full control of its UKTV joint-venture with Scripps Networks Interactive, according to a report in The…

SES holds onto ProSiebenSat.1

SES has renewed a valuable distribution agreement with key client ProSiebenSat.1. Part of deal covers all of the broadcasting group’s FTA standard definition transmissions. SES-owned facility and playout division MX1…