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The Terror and more Toast for BBC

The BBC has acquired season one of The Terror from AMC Studios International. The series is inspired by true events and is a fictionalised account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic. It follows the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into unchartered territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced […]

February 10, 2021By Nik Roseveare

BBC orders Superworm

Building on the Christmas 2020 success of Zog and the Flying Doctors, Magic Light Pictures, the multi-Oscar nominated production company, is bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s celebrated story Superworm to BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The voice cast for the adaptation will be headlined by Olivia Colman as narrator and alongside Matt Smith playing […]

February 5, 2021

BBC reveals financial transformation results

The BBC has set out how it has transformed its finances over the past decade to ensure it continues to deliver exceptional value for all audiences. The Corporation has faced an effective real-terms reduction in income of around 30 per cent since 2010/11 as a result of increased funding obligations, such as the World Service […]

February 3, 2021By Colin Mann

BBC iPlayer checks into Bate’s Motel

The BBC has acquired all five seasons of Bates Motel from NBCUniversal Global Distribution. The series, which aired between 2013 and 2017, is a prequel tale to Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal movie Psycho and depicts the lives of a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga). Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme […]

January 29, 2021By Nik Roseveare

BBC’s Winterwatch solely powered by green hydrogen

BBC Studios Natural History Unit has announced the successful live transmission of a 60 minute episode of Winterwatch powered entirely by green hydrogen fuel and energy saving batteries. The hydrogen generator is located at Winterwatch’s outside broadcasting hub at BBC Bristol and is helping to replace the use of a diesel powered generator. Diesel generators […]

January 27, 2021

Sky unveils biggest ever slate of original content

Sky and NOW TV will air over 125 new Sky Originals throughout 2021. Sky will bring its subscribers 30 new Sky Original films and 30 new Sky Original documentaries, on top of a number of drama, comedy, entertainment and arts series. Altogether, Sky says there will be 50 per cent more original TV and film […]

January 25, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Netgem: Xmas TV viewing up 27% from 2019

In a Christmas period like no other, Netgem, the end-to-end TV service for the UK’s growing ‘Altnets’ and challenger ISPs, reveals the busiest ever Christmas season on record, with a 27 per cent year-on-year increase in TV viewing compared to Christmas  2019. This is across Freeview live and on demand as well as additional services […]

January 22, 2021

Record numbers for BBC Lockdown Learning

Last week (January 11th to 17th), children’s programming on BBC iPlayer was requested a record breaking 40.8 million times as children turn to the BBC for education and entertainment during lockdown. The figures are the highest BBC Children’s has ever achieved on iPlayer, beating last year’s record of 40.2 million requests. The BBC’s education offer, […]

January 21, 2021

BBC NI’s Season Of Arts on iPlayer

BBC Northern Ireland is to broadcast a series of specially commissioned programmes to showcase some of the best loved local artists, and delve inside what drives them. The Season Of Arts collection, which will start to be made available via the Northern Ireland category on BBC iPlayer from January 22nd, aims to provide some escapism, […]

January 15, 2021

Data: iPlayer searches outnumber Netflix

BroadbandDeals has analysed monthly average search volume data from SEMRush, to reveal which video streaming service is the most popular in the UK. BBC iPlayer is the UK’s most popular streaming service when it comes to the data, with 5,100,000 monthly average searches. In second place is Netflix, with 5,000,000 monthly average searches. Disney+ comes […]

January 12, 2021