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VoD and Originals fuel UKTV growth

Multichannel programmer UKTV has revealed that its network grew by 4 per cent in 2019, with its flagship comedy channel, Dave, ranked number one non-PSB channel for 16-34s. Bumper viewing…

WWE programming on Channel 5

WWE programming on Channel 5

WWE has announced a partnership with Channel 5 to broadcast highlights of its weekly flagship shows Raw and SmackDown on free-to-air television in the UK. Beginning February 2nd, ViacomCBS-owned Channel…

Tony Hall quits as BBC DG

Tony Hall quits as BBC DG

Tony Hall is leaving as director general of the BBC in the summer, after seven years in the role. Lord Hall said it had been “a hard decision”, adding: “If…

Analyst: SVoD stacking grows in US and Europe

In the US the proportion of TV viewers with three or more SVoD subscriptions has grown 6.6 percentage points since Q3 2018, while in Europe growth has been almost the…

Mediaset adds 13th thematic TV channel

Italian broadcaster Mediaset is adding the Cine34 channel to its free-to-air DTT offer, taking the number of thematic TV channels to 13. Cine34 is dedicated to Italian movies and is…

France ups local content investment for streamers

The French Culture ministry wants streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon, to invest at least 25 per cent of revenues generated locally into the creation of French content. It…

SK Telecom, Sinclair ATSC 3.0 JV

SK Telecom, Sinclair ATSC 3.0 JV

Korean mobile telco SK Telecom and US media company Sinclair Broadcast Group have unveiled Cast.era, a joint venture located in Arlington, Virginia focused on cloud infrastructure for broadcasting, ultra-low latency…

“The worst is yet to come” for European TV

A major pan-European review of media stocks going into 2020 from investment bank Exane/BNPP gives high marks for Europe’s two major satellite operators SES and Eutelsat, saying that it sees…

Discovery rolling out HGTV across Central Europe

Discovery rolling out HGTV across Central Europe

Discovery is launching its home and lifestyle channel HGTV as a free-to-air channel in Italy, on February 2nd  It will also be available on Italy’s streaming entertainment platform, dplay. In…

RTL-Deutschland renews FTA contract with SES

RTL-Deutschland renews FTA contract with SES

RTL-Deutschland is maintaining its existing contract for Standard Definition broadcasting of its FTA channels with SES. The complete package of the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will continue to be available via…

ATSC 3.0 set for 2020 boost

The first US consumer television receivers equipped with NEXTGEN TV capabilities are coming to retail stores later in 2020, with the announcements at CES 2020 from the biggest names in…

Channel 5 grows adult audience share

Channel 5 grows adult audience share

In its first year without Big Brother, Channel 5 , the UK commercial broadcaster, achieved 4 per cent growth in share of viewing amongst adult audiences across its entire free-to-air…

New Freeview slot for Smithsonian Channel

ViacomCBS Networks UK is to elevate its new stablemate brand, Smithsonian Channel, by over 40 slots up the Freeview EPG effective immediately, utilising an existing vacant LCN (Logistical Channel Number).…

Survey: Half of Brits want end of BBC licence

Survey: Half of Brits want end of BBC licence

A YouGov poll for The Times suggests that half of Britons support a commercial model for the BBC and would like the broadcaster to make its money through advertisements or…

Freeview hit by winter weather

Freeview hit by winter weather

Thousands of Freeview viewers across the UK have reported a loss of signal – which the free-to-air DTT broadcaster has blamed on adverse weather conditions. In a statement on its…

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