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BITE launches on Freeview

Specialist 24-hour fresh food network BITE has launched in the UK, showcasing a world of culinary adventure and simple to create meals from some of the biggest names in the world of food and cooking. Available on the UK’s Freeview platform as part of the Channel Box offering (channel 271), BITE will then roll out […]

July 30, 2021

Rakuten TV adds Rakuten Stories channel

Rakuten TV has launched its new linear channel Rakuten Stories. The Rakuten Stories channel – which is available for free through ad-support – is the home of original and exclusive content on Rakuten TV. Covering subject matters that aim to inspire and excite viewers through a range of stories told through a sporting lens, the […]

July 27, 2021

Ultra HD Forum: “Hard to make business case for 8K”

There are now five 8K television services available, although the longest-established service (BS8K) is only available in Japan. The other 4 services are available internationally, and include: · NASA, an OTT service launched in 2018 · Rakuten TV, OTT launched in 2018 · The Explorers, OTT available since 2019 · YouTube, OTT, since 2013 Japan’s […]

July 15, 2021By Chris Forrester

Digital Virgo distributes ducktv in Africa, Middle East

ducktv, the edutainment children’s offering operated by Mega Max Media, has signed a partnership agreement with Digital Virgo for distribution of the linear channel on its networks in Africa and the Middle East. The channel has been launched through Molotov’s OTT service deployed by Digital Virgo in Senegal, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast and […]

July 12, 2021

Rakuten TV expands free family content

Rakuten TV has continued its free, ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channel expansion through the latest addition of two channels: the Lego channel in the UK and Planeta Junior TV in Spain. The Lego channel is available immediately in the UK, featuring hours of content varying in genres and animation styles, and series based on some […]

July 6, 2021

Filmzie launches on Rakuten TV

Free movie streaming and social platform Filmzie is to be available as a channel on Rakuten TV in the UK. Following its success as a streaming platform in the UK and Europe, the launch sees Filmzie channel on Rakuten TV in the UK. The channel will be automatically available within the Rakuten TV app, with […]

June 30, 2021

Wurl names Grant SVP Strategy & Partnerships Europe

Wurl has appointed James Grant to the newly created role of SVP, Strategy & Partnerships, Europe. Grant is based in London and will report to Wurl CEO Sean Doherty. In his new role with Wurl, Grant will spearhead the streaming TV company’s EU expansion plans while also overseeing its current distribution platform and content provider […]

June 29, 2021

WildEarth launches on Rakuten TV

WildEarth has agreed a deal with Rakuten TV to make its content available in 40 territories in Europe and in Japan. WildEarth will further extend its coverage by being available on the VoD and streaming platform which is accessible on Smart TV devices from Samsung and LG. Initial rollout of WildEarth on Rakuten TV is […]

June 24, 2021

Rakuten TV adds Tennis Channel, USGA Golf

Rakuten TV continues to expand its free ad-supported channel offering and strengthens its sports content proposition with the addition of Tennis Channel and USGA Golf. With these latest acquisitions, Rakuten TV now offers over 100 free linear channels. Sports fans can now watch USGA Golf and Tennis channel 24/7 alongside the broad portfolio of content […]

June 23, 2021

Wurl, Rakuten TV in Europe partnership

Streaming video distribution and advertising services specialist Wurl has entered into a strategic partnership with VoD platform Rakuten TV to deliver live streaming channels, as well as monetisation services to Rakuten TV and via Rakuten TV’s channel app available on Samsung TV Plus in Europe. The deal marks a significant expansion into the EU by […]

June 21, 2021