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Downtown Abbey: A New Era heading to Peacock

Streaming service Peacock has announced that the Downton Abbey: A New Era movie, from Focus Features and director Simon Curtis, will premiere on Peacock on June 24th. Before fans return to Downton for the next chapter with Downton Abbey: A New Era they can relive every moment from the franchise on Peacock, with all six […]

June 15, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Study: Prime Video gaining fast on Netflix in UK

Insights and consulting company Kantar’s Entertainment on Demand study uncovers the following behaviours within the UK VoD market over the 3 months to December 2021: Between September and December 2021, the number of VoD-enabled households that subscribed to at least one video streaming service in Great Britain grew to 17.1million, up almost 400k, quarter on […]

January 25, 2022

Serkis, Frost, Dockery join BAFTA EE Rising Star Award jury panel

BAFTA-winner Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker), who was honoured at the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, joined actresses Sadie Frost (Waiting for Anya) and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), alongside a host of other industry […]

December 1, 2021

The Gilded Age coming to Sky and NOW on Jan 25

Sky has announced that the hotly anticipated series, The Gilded Age, is coming to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW on January 25th. The series reunites writer/creator Julian Fellowes, executive producer Gareth Neame and director Michael Engler, the creative team behind both the award-winning Downton Abbey series and feature film. The stellar ensemble cast includes Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, […]

November 19, 2021

New rules to protect ‘distinctively British’ PSBs

Hours before he was sacked in a reshuffle, former Media Minister John Whittingdale announced new measures which he said will protect the creation of British TV, and help public service broadcasters (PSBs) compete with the US streaming giants in the digital age. In a keynote speech to the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, Whittingdale, a […]

September 16, 2021By Colin Mann

BritBox launches on Roku

The BritBox SVoD service is now available on Roku streaming players and Roku TV models. Existing BritBox customers can log in to BritBox on their Roku streaming device whilst Roku users who do not yet have BritBox can sign up via their remote control thanks to seamless integration with Roku Pay. BritBox UK, a joint […]

August 31, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Virgin Media O2 online tool maps iconic TV locations

Virgin Media O2 is launching an interactive online map revealing the iconic locations featured in many of the UK’s most popular TV shows. The new online tool, TV Mapper, allows users to search by show, genre or region; plan the ultimate fan route; and follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters, virtually or in […]

July 29, 2021

UK creatives call for transparent PSB discussions

Some 120 public figures, including many from the UK film and TV industries, have written an open letter to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, complaining that a government panel on the future of public service broadcasting meets in secret, with no undertaking to publish its final report. In the […]

May 21, 2021By Colin Mann

Data: UK video sector grows by 26%

Figures from trade body the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and based on data from the Official Charts Company, Futuresource Consulting and Kantar, show that the UK home entertainment sector grew by 26 per cent in 2020, bringing the total market value to £3.3 billion. In a year that saw UK consumers staying home […]

January 6, 2021

Sky Cinema on Virgin TV Go app

Customers of UK pay-TV operator Virgin Media TV can now watch Sky Cinema channels, as well as hundreds of movies on demand, via its Virgin TV Go app for the first time. Previously, Virgin Media TV customers have had to use the dedicated Sky Cinema app to watch movies on their chosen device, but this […]

July 10, 2020