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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

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

Amazon Fire TV adds ‘Live’ tab in UK

Amazon is adding a new ‘Live’ tab in the top navigation menu on all Fire TV devices in the UK, making it easier for users to discover live TV apps and content. The option was previously only available in the US. The ‘Live’ tab builds upon the existing live TV experiences on Fire TV, making […]

January 12, 2021

Freeview extends Vestel deal

Freeview has renewed its contract with Vestel, the biggest manufacturer of TV sets in Europe, for a further five years. The deal means that the Freeview Play service will have prominence on all new Vestel manufactured TV sets. As well as being Europe’s largest set manufacturer, Vestel is a market leader in the UK, producing […]

November 10, 2020

My5 adds CBS Reality and Horror Channel

Channel 5 has signed a content partnership deal with AMC Networks International – UK (AMCNI UK) for two of its branded channels, CBS Reality and Horror Channel, to launch on its AVoD service My5. Effective immediately, CBS Reality and Horror Channel, which are part of a joint venture between ViacomCBS and AMCNI UK in the […]

October 1, 2020

Survey: Gen Z streaming less entertainment, more education

VOXI, owned by Vodafone, has published research that shows 16-24 year olds’ appetite for streaming online content isn’t always just for entertainment. The research shows an insatiable thirst for knowledge and self-improvement, with 70 per cent of 16-24 year olds looking to learn something from video content, in comparison to just 1 in 5 streaming […]

September 15, 2020

My5 content deal with

Channel 5 has signed a content partnership deal with, for an array of short form content that will debut on its My5 streaming platform. The content will be refreshed on a monthly basis.’s short form programming spans a range of genres including movies, entertainment programming, ‘feel good’ comedies, drama and sci-fi. Award-winning titles […]

August 20, 2020

Report: UK is Europe’s leading BVoD market

A study using Ampere Analysis’s most recent AVoD revenue data has revealed that European broadcasters are no longer playing catch-up when it comes to first run VoD content. Broadcaster VoD (BVoD) audiences tend to be younger and more affluent than those who watch linear television, which has contributed to an increase in digital-only commissions. Investment […]

July 20, 2020

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

ViacomCBS launches My5 on Virgin Media

ViacomCBS Networks UK (VCN UK) has announced the launch of its first branded app on Virgin Media. Channel 5’s VoD service, My5, is now available on the app section of Virgin Media’s TV user interface. In addition to offering catch-up and extended on-demand access to a range of Channel 5 content, My5 is home to […]

June 3, 2020