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Viacom’s £450m Channel 5 deal gets green light

Viacom has completed its £450m acquisition of Channel 5 from Northern & Shell Media Group, announcing the first programmes to be commissioned under the new deal.

11/09/2014  |  Full story...

Viacom buys Channel 5 for £450m

Viacom, the US TV giant behind MTV and Nickelodeon, is to buy Channel 5 in a £450m deal that will net a huge profit for Richard Desmond.

02/05/2014  |  Full story...

BARB to measure online catch-up viewing- New UK audience data for marketers

Kantar Media has been appointed by BARB (Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board) to collect and report census data for online TV viewing in the UK across all devices, providing more meaningful UK audience data for marketers.

20/06/2013  |  Full story...

TV viewing habits: Brits watched 4 hours of TV a day in 2012

New figures show that TV viewing in the UK is continuing to expand as people watch additional TV on-demand via TV sets, tablets, smartphones and laptops. In total, the average UK viewer watched 4 hours, 4 minutes of TV a day in 2012 – the year when TV in the UK became 100% digital following analogue switch-off.

21/02/2013  |  Full story...

YouView goes on sale this month- Will it be the next ‘Freeview’?

YouView is set to launch in the UK at the end of this month, with the much-delayed web TV service seen by many as a possible successor to the Freeview platform. The service was unvieled by Lord Sugar, who announced that YouView would go on sale at the end of this month for £299, a higher price than had been anticipated. “Will I be surprised in two years time if the boxes in the retail channels will be £99? Not really, you know what it’s like in the consumer electronics industry,” he said.

Watch the launch video here:

05/07/2012  |  Full story...

YouView to launch 4th July… but will set top boxes be available?

YouView is set for launch in the UK next month after much delay, but the web TV service might still be hampered by a lack of availability of set top boxes, according to a news report. YouView chairman Lord Sugar and CEO Richard Halton are to officially launch the IPTV joint venture on July 4. However, according to the Financial Times, set-top boxes will not be widely available until later this year as manufacturers plan to conduct further tests.

Watch the launch video here:

29/06/2012  |  Full story...

Big Brother Facebook fiasco: C5 to refund credits after social media vote failure

Channel 5 has agreed to refund Big Brother viewers that lost out on the broadcaster’s Facebook voting scheme last year. The move comes after UK media watchdog Ofcom upheld complaints that viewers that had purchased Facebook credits to vote on the show’s contestants were unable to use them at certain times.

07/03/2012  |  Full story...

SeeSaw video-on-demand site shuts down after 2 years

UK TV-on-demand website SeeSaw, has been closed down afer failing to renew content licenses. The website had been online less than two years, offering content from BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, Channel Five and several production companies. A group of investors led by Criterion Capital Partners took a majority stake in the business in July. CCP also owns the social network Bebo.

31/10/2011

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YouTube to offer film rentals in the UK

YouTube has started a movie rental service in the UK, providing about 1,000 films for the rental service. Video site YouTube Blockbusters such as The Dark Knight and classics including The Birds can be watched via the site. In total, about 1,000 movies have been made available. New releases will cost £3.49 to rent and library titles £2.49. Users have 30 days to begin watching a film, and 48 hours to finish it once they start. The UK is the third territory to get the movie rental service after the US and Canada.

10/10/2011

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Sony rejects YouView deal for Bravia TVs

The YouView internet TV project has hit another hurdle after Sony revealed they will not have the service on their Bravia range of connected TV sets. The BBC backed internet TV platform has been beset with delays and the loss of Thomson owned, Technicolor set-top box which jumped the YouView ship back in May.

It still leaves the project with several device manufacturers that are committed to the IPTV system in Huawei, Manhattan, Pace, Vestel, Cisco and Humax. YouView is comprised of six partners, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva.

12/07/2011

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BBC hires Alan Sugar to ‘cure or kill’ YouView

The BBC and other UK broadcasters have hired Lord Alan Sugar to attempt to save the embattled YouView internet-connected set top box venture. The business entrepreneur and star of TVs ‘The Apprentice’ was brought on board two weeks ago with a mandate to “cure or kill” the venture.

25/03/2011

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YouView web TV platform postponed until 2012

The launch of web TV service IPTV service YouView has been delayed until early 2012 due to the ‘growing scale and complexity of the project’. YouView (formely known as Project Canvas) will let viewers with broadband enabled sets access to video-on-demand content from BBC ITV and C4, in partnership with technology firms Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk.

The service was originally scheduled in to go live in the first half of 2011 but the joint venture will have a product in trial by the end of 2011, with a full consumer launch to follow by early 2012.
The service was announced as Project Canvas in December 2008 with the aim of bringing IPTV to UK households via broadband-enabled set-top boxes, in much the same way as Freeview and Freesat currently do with digital TV.

10/02/2011

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TV catch up sites: BBC’s iPlayer tops usability list, Sky Player comes last

The BBC offers viewers the most usable Video on Demand (VoD) / catch up TV website with its iPlayer service, while Sky’s Sky Player service fails to match other broadcasters in terms of usability, according to new findings released today.

The ‘Video on Demand: playing catch up’ report from user experience consultancy, Webcredible, revealed that BBC iPlayer is leading major UK broadcasters in the VoD usability stakes with a score of 88 per cent, followed by Scottish broadcaster STV with its STV Player coming in second with 76 per cent. Sky Player on the other hand scored just 55 per cent, with admittedly a more complex commercialised offering, failing to clearly explain its different subscription packages to users on the site.

04/10/2010

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Channel Five broadcasts TV shows on Facebook

Channel Five has made a deal with Facebook that means its TV-on-demand platform, 'Demand Five', will be embedded into the social-networking site.The deal will see Channel Five become the first broadcaster to show television programmes through Facebook, and apparently it will be launching in the next ten days.

Demand Five will show programmes that have been previously broadcast on Channel Five, including CSI: Miami, Home & Away, and Neighbours. Over 26 million people in the UK use Facebook, and so will have access to this TV-on-demand platform.

12/08/2010

12/08/2010  |  Full story...

Virgin Media files complaint about ‘anti-competitive’ Project Canvas

Virgin Media has lodged a complaint with Ofcom, aimed at halting the BBC-backed video-on-demand service Project Canvas. The cable giant says the project, which is developing common standards for net TV in the UK, is anti-competitive. BT, Channel 4 and ITV are partners alongside the BBC.

It was given the green light in May, when the Office of Fair Trading ruled it was not a merger, but Virgin Media said it could destroy the online TV market. It said the collaboration between the three most prominent public service broadcasters would "significantly and irreparably harm" the TV sector. Describing it as the "national health glasses" of the TV world, Virgin said it would stifle innovation.

04/08/2010

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SeeSaw launches TV site in UK

SeeSaw, a free online aggregation service offering a selection of UK broadcasters’ content, has launched after completing beta tests. So far, SeeSaw has signed content partnership deals with BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, Five and several major independent production companies. However, the company could not ink a deal with ITV.

SeeSaw is completely funded by advertising with Ikea and Kraft among the advertisers that have already signed up. The service has been trialled by 20,000 people during its beta phase. It will go live with over 3,000 hours of content. SeeSaw's owner Arquiva hopes to cash in on the growing trend of viewers watching back catalogue shows online via each broadcaster's own website.

18/02/2010

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