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LG extends Freeview Play deal

Freeview and LG have announced an extension of their partnership that will see all new LG Smart TVs come with Freeview Play built in as standard for at least the next five years. The Freeview Play platform combines live linear broadcast channels with on-demand and catch-up content from subscription-free apps such as iPlayer, ITV Hub, […]

March 17, 2022

My5 reports best ever week

My5, the on-demand service of Channel 5, has reported its best ever week of viewing hours, by a margin of 40 per cent year-on-year, following the launch of drama series The Teacher starring Sheridan Smith. During Week 5 (31 January – 6 February 2022): The Teacher became My5’s strongest drama launch to date, ahead of […]

February 10, 2022

Channel 5 delivers highest ABC1 viewers in 15 years

Channel 5 grew its share of individuals viewing, ABC1 viewers and free-to-air portfolio more than any other terrestrial channel in 2021, according to BARB data. Channel 5’s share of viewing increased by 5 per cent year-on-year, overall. The channel’s share of primetime viewing was a key factor behind its success, increasing 11 per cent year-on-year […]

January 6, 2022

Freeview Play hits 10m users

UK FTA digital service Freeview has revealed that its connected TV platform Freeview Play is now used in over 10 million homes. This follows over 14 million sales, with Freeview saying the milestone cements its position as the fastest-growing TV platform in the UK. Launched in 2015, Freeview Play is built into the majority of […]

October 27, 2021By Colin Mann

Unified UK broadcaster VoD app?

BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are said to be discussing a combined app for their catch-up VoD services as they seek to maintain visibility and share against global streamers. The Telegraph reports that detailed talks have been held under the banner of Freeview and could come to fruition as early as this autumn. […]

September 20, 2021

BET TV going digital-only on My5, Pluto TV

BET International has announced that My5, Channel 5’s on-demand streaming platform, will be the official home of BET UK as it transitions to a digital-first brand on April 8th in the UK. The global brand will also launch a dedicated BET channel on Pluto TV in the UK on April 5th, following recent launches in […]

March 30, 2021

The Drowning pulls record Channel 5, My5 audience

Channel 5 has announced that the forst episode of The Drowning consolidated at 5.1 million viewers with a 21.9 per cent share, overtaking All Creatures Great and Small to become the channel’s highest ever commissioned drama to date. The series consolidated with an average audience of 4.6 million and an 18.4 per cent share, and […]

February 16, 2021

ViacomCBS UK new streaming partnerships unit

ViacomCBS Networks UK (VCN UK) has accelerated its streaming business with the launch of a new growth and partnerships division, tasked with increasing streaming revenue and expanding its range of partnerships in the UK. The newly formed unit will be led by Dan Fahy, who has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Head of Emerging […]

February 4, 2021

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

Hapless acquired by ViacomCBS Networks UK for MY5

ViacomCBS Networks UK has acquired the broadcasting rights to the first series of new British comedy Hapless for Channel 5’s VOD service, MY5. Written and directed by Sinyor, the deal was agreed by Damian O’Hara, Acquisitions Manager at ViacomCBS Networks UK, and ‘Hapless’ will be available on MY5 in March. Starring Tim Downie (The King’s […]

January 19, 2021