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ShortsTV, Condé Nast channels on Rakuten TV

Shorts International, owner of ShortsTV, the global short film network, has announced a deal with Rakuten TV to bring Shorts and Cortos, the network’s free-to-view advertising supported short film channels, to more viewers in Europe. In the latest European rollout of the relaunched Shorts brand, the free-to-view channels will become available in over 35 million […]

October 15, 2021

Rakuten TV boosts free sports channels

Rakuten TV, the European streaming platform, has added a selection of sport-focused channels to its free offering. European League of Football, PlayersTV, SportItalia, SportOutdoorTV and Unbeaten have all joined the platform. They join existing sports channels EdgeSport, ESTV, FTF For The Fans, FUEL TV, Hard Knocks Fighting Championship, Impact! Wrestling, InTrouble TV, Lax Sports Network, […]

October 7, 2021

Pure Telecom launches Pure TV

In a first of its kind move in the Irish ISP market, Irish multiplay telco Pure Telecom is launching TV services, aiming to improve its reach, ARPU and customer tenure through aggressively-positioned Fibre and TV bundles. TV-as-a-Service provider Netgem TV will be powering Pure TV, which will leverage Netgem’s smart solutions for ISPs. Netgem partners […]

September 21, 2021By Colin Mann

Rakuten TV adds Baby Shark TV, Teletubbies, Caillou

Rakuten TV now features Teletubbies, Caillou and Baby Shark TV on its Kids & Family free channel line-up. The latest additions join a number of other kids’ brands in Rakuten TV’s free channel offering include Cool School, Duck TV, Happy Kids, The Lego channel and Planeta Junior TV. Through a partnership with WildBrain, the platform […]

September 9, 2021

Rakuten TV content deal with Alchimie

Rakuten TV has sagreed a deal with Alchimie to provide a range of themed channels to the platform. The rollout of new channels under the new agreement continues Rakuten TV’s expansion of free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channels. The channels will be rolled out progressively, starting with eight channels; HUMANITY, Luxe TV, MMA TV, Big […]

September 2, 2021

LG Channels: Upgrades, global expansion

LG Electronics (LG) is upgrading its free, premium content streaming service, LG Channels, to provide an enhanced viewing experience for LG smart TV customers. In addition to the redesigned UI, the upgrade introduces more channels and a wider range of content for viewers to enjoy, including popular K-content, movies, sports, music and news, increasing its […]

August 10, 2021

Rakuten TV serves up food and culinary channels

Rakuten TV, the European VoD platform, has added a selection of food and culinary focused channels to its current portfolio. With the addition of Bon Appétit, Tastemade, Brindiamo!, L’Atelier des Chefs and iFood.tv the latest acquisitions further enhance the content offering in partnership with  number of European content creators and media groups. Rakuten TV now […]

August 3, 2021

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