Advanced Television


UKTV Ventures signs Raffolux deal

Raffolux, the digital raffle operator, has secured a £1.5 million (€1.7m) investment through a unique fundraising initiative with media company UKTV Ventures. The partnership involves an investment in premium advertising on UKTV linear TV channels in exchange for minority equity stakes in direct-to-consumer start-ups. They aim to help the business scale at pace to become […]

October 16, 2023

UKTV commissions red Flag for W, UKTV Play

UKTV has announced its first true crime commission for free-to-air entertainment channel W and streaming service UKTV Play. Red Flag (8 x 60’) is a UKTV Original series produced by First Look TV and will air in 2024.  Over eight compelling episodes, the stories of people who have been catfished, gaslit and deceived are told […]

October 11, 2023

UKTV launches 4 FAST channels

Commercial broadcaster UKTV has announced the launch of four Free Ad-supported Streaming TV (FAST) channels on Samsung TV Plus and Pluto TV. The news marks the broadcaster’s debut in the FAST market with further plans to build on the offer with FAST channels to launch on its free streaming service UKTV Play. The new channels […]

August 23, 2023

Brown Bob announces new Cardiff base

Brown Bob, the independent production company based in London and founded in 2013 by Jacqueline Hewer and Nicki Gottlieb, has announced they are expanding with the opening of its Cardiff base, Brown Bob Cymru. The indie, whose ethos is “smart entertainment” has carved out a reputation in delivering high volume, returnable programmes. From fixed-rig factual […]

August 15, 2023

Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over USA returns for second season

Documentary maker Stacey Dooley and UKTV’s free-to-air channel W will return to explore more unusual lifestyles of families overseas in a second season of Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over USA (3×60’). Filming for the UKTV Original series, produced by Firecracker Films, will begin later this year and will air on W and UKTV Play in 2024. […]

July 3, 2023

UKTV’s W commissions Gemma and Gorka: Life Behind the Lens

UKTV’s free-to-air entertainment channel W and catch-up service UKTV Play have commissioned a brand-new documentary series which follows the unfiltered lives of celebrity couple, actress and radio presenter, Gemma Atkinson, and professional dancer, Gorka Márquez. Produced by Two Rivers Media, Gemma and Gorka: Life Behind the Lens (3×60’) will air on W and UKTV Play […]

June 26, 2023

Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over: Family and Me on W and UKTV Play

UKTV’s free-to-air channel W and on-demand service UKTV Play have secured exclusive access to award-winning documentary maker, Stacey Dooley MBE at home, after the recent birth of her first child. A special one-off episode, Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over: Family and Me will see Dooley reflect on episodes from previous series of W’s Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over, with a new perspective on family life and […]

May 17, 2023

Katie Piper: Babies Behind Bars docuseries for W

UKTV’s free-to-air entertainment channel W has commissioned new UKTV original series, Katie Piper: Babies Behind Bars (5 x 60’). Broadcaster, author and philanthropist, Katie Piper immerses herself in the US judicial system to follow the delivery and often complicated processing of babies and children in some of the most talked about prisons in the US. […]

January 26, 2023

UKTV Play user base up 27% YOY

Figures from commercial broadcaster UKTV indicate that following a year of increased investment and focus on its free streaming service UKTV Play, it has grown direct-to-consumer views by over a quarter and added a further one million registered users. The network also achieved record SOCI (share of commercial impacts) in 2022, up 2.1 per cent […]

January 12, 2023By Colin Mann

UKTV Play unveils rebrand

UKTV, the commercial multichannel broadcaster, has revealed a full rebrand for its free streaming service UKTV Play. After an intensive market research process consulting current users and new target audiences, UKTV Play will relaunch with a renewed digital-first brand direction and a fresh look and feel. “This rebrand marks the beginning of a real step […]

September 28, 2022By Colin Mann