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ITV’s Emmerdale gets social: Characters come to life with own blogs

ITV has hired agency Somethin’ Else to take its popular soap opera Emmerdale into the "social and digital arena". The project aims to extend Emmerdale storylines "beyond the television screen and into the digital universe." Major storylines from the soap will now also develop off-air as characters come to life outside the soap's weekly episodes.

10/02/2012  |  Full story...

Sky to launch online TV for non-subscribers

Broadcaster BSkyB is to launch an online television service to non-Sky customers to combat a sharp slowdown in growth of its customer base. The channel will launch the online TV service in the first half of 2012, giving users access to Sky movies and eventually Sky Sports, on flexible tariffs, without signing a contract. The new Sky internet TV service will stream content to computers, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles and smart TVs.

31/01/2012  |  Full story...

LoveFilm to stream ITV and BBC shows

Amazon-owned LoveFilm has signed new streaming deals with ITV and the BBC, as the online video service looks to boosting its UK television archive ahead of Netflix’s launch in the UK. The deals mark the biggest two TV content agreements signed by LoveFilm to date and covers hundreds of recent and archive titles.

10/01/2012  |  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  |  Full story...

4oD app coming to iPhone as C4 takes on iPlayer

Channel 4 is launching an iPhone version of its 4OD application, as the broadcaster ramps up its online and mobile services. The app, which has been available on the iPad since April, will be released for the iPhone and iPod touch in September to mark the launch of a revamped 4OD service. Users will have 30-day access to Channel 4 broadcasts, as well as archived episodes from shows such as The Inbetweeners and The IT Crowd.


31/08/2011  |  Full story...

Top 10 UK companies for Facebook and Twitter followers

The UK’s corporate giants are finally signing up to Twitter and Facebook after years of wariness, according to the latest findings of The Social Media Leaders tracking study by The Group. The last six months have seen a rapid increase in the number of FTSE 100 companies signing up to Facebook and to Twitter signalling that the need to communicate with audiences flexibly and in real time is increasingly accepted in the Square Mile.

20/07/2011  |  Full story...

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  |  Full story...

ITV Player launches on Android

ITV has launched its catch-up TV service ITV Player for Android, with plans to launch on the iPhone making later this year. Viewers can watch all ITV programmes of which the rights to show on mobile are cleared, for up to seven days after broadcast. ITV Player works on Android mobile and tablet devices that run Android 2.2 (or higher), Adobe Air 2.6 (or higher) and are connected to wireless internet.


22/06/2011  |  Full story...

Google debuts first UK TV commercial

Google has broadcast its first advert on UK TV, during the Champions League Final last weekend. The advert promoted the firm's own web browser, Chrome, using an advert that has been previously seen in the US as a father documents the life of his daughter.

Google's advertising in the UK has until now been limited to billboards and posters but the new 90 second prime time advert shows the firm is serious about capturing additional market share for Google products and services. The advert shows the girl's father recording the life of his growing daughter using a variety of Google services including Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps.



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  |  Full story...

First product placement appears on UK TV

ITV show ‘This Morning’ was the first UK TV programme to feature product placement under new advertising rules last week. A Nescafe coffee machine appeared on ITV programme This Morning after the company paid a £100,000 fee.

The three-month deal is the first instance of product placement on a British show since television regulations were relaxed. Viewers watching shows featuring product placement will now see a P logo appear before the show to alert them.


07/03/2011  |  Full story...

X Factor to allow Facebook voting

Popular ITV talent show The X Factor will allow Facebook voting during the competition for the first time. While the deal is said to still be in negotiations, but the plan is to reserve Facebook voting for the final round of the singing competition.

Fans will be able to vote via their own Facebook pages or an X Factor application, and traditional phone voting will still be place. The new tool will be part of a global partnership with the social networking site that would include all versions of X Factor around the world, including the US version which debuts this Autumn.


01/03/2011  |  Full story...

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  |  Full story...

PS3 gets on-demand ITV and Channel 4

TV catch-up services ITV Player and Channel 4's 4oD have joined existing service BBC iPlayer on the PS3 console. The move means PS3 users will be able to catch up on popular shows from ITV, such as Coronation Street, Gossip Girl and Emmerdale, and some of Channel 4's content which includes Peep Show, Hollyoaks and Misfits.

The ITV Player and Channel 4’s 4oD service will launch the first commercial TV video content that can be watched via the PS3, available to users who have broadband access. The BBC’s iPlayer launched on the PS3 console last year.


15/12/2010  |  Full story...

Ofcom rejects YouView ‘anti-competitive’ complaints

Ofcom will not investigate YouView, despite claims from rivals that the TV-on-demand scheme from BBC, ITV, C4 and Five is anti-competitive. However, You View, previously know as Project Canvas was warned that the communications watchdog will act if it blocks rival platforms and services in future.

YouView is a collaboration of seven broadcasters and telecommunication companies including BBC, ITV, BT and TalkTalk. It plans to use a branded interface to bring on-demand web services to set-top boxes. Set to launch next year, YouView will develop a standard framework from which broadcasters and other providers can build TV-accessible online services, such as BBC iPlayer, and which hardware makers can incorporate.


20/10/2010  |  Full story...

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  |  Full story...

Project Canvas to launch Web TV next year as ‘YouView’ brand

Project Canvas, the on-demand TV service backed by BBC ITV, BT and Channel 4, has offially rebranded as YouView, and is set to launch as a beta test in the first quarter of next year.The site aims to bring video-on-demand programming and services to Freeview and Freesat.

From next year viewers will have the choice of a subscription-free YouView set top box that will combine their favourite digital TV channels with the last seven days' catch up TV, as well as bringing a full range of on-demand services and interactive extras straight to the living room. The seven partners in the venture, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, TalkTalk, BT, Arqiva and Channel 5 – have now formed YouView TV Ltd, pledging about £18m each to cover the first four years of operation from April 2010.


16/09/2010  |  Full story...

Five rejoins Project Canvas

Channel Five has reversed its decision, made only six weeks ago, to pull out of the UK television industry’s project to allow consumers to see video programmes via the internet. Project Canvas now includes again all the terrestrial broadcasters – the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 remained involved when Channel Five left for financial reasons last month – as well as BT, Carphone Warehouse and the infrastructure owner Arqiva. It is looking for further partners.

The reversal was expected following the purchase of Five by Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell group from RTL, the pan-European broadcaster, earlier this month. “Project Canvas is set to shape the future of broadcasting and open up new and exciting possibilities for viewers,” Mr Desmond said in a statement on Tuesday.


01/09/2010  |  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  |  Full story...

Project Canvas gets green light from BBC Trust

Project Canvas, the online TV project involving BBC, ITV, BT, Five, Channel 4 and TalkTalk given approval from the BBC Trust, providing the project sticks to certain agreements. The news follows the go-ahead by the Office of Fair Trading last month.

Concerning a partnership between BBC, ITV, BT, Five, Channel 4 and TalkTalk the BBC Trust gave its approval after extensive consultation. It will now review the BBC's involvement in Project Canvas twelve months after it's launched to consumers.


28/06/2010  |  Full story...

ITV to stream England World Cup matches online- with dual screens

ITV has unveiled its World Cup coverage plans, include matches streamed live online and a ‘dual screen ‘platform that lets viewers chat and watch replays and stats simultaneously. ITV said the dual screen tool will be based on its popular multimedia coverage of the general election campaign.

The initiative, called ITV Live, will allow viewers with laptops to customise with a range of interactive elements from a chat service – which can link to Facebook – to polls, quizzes and statistics on teams and players. will also be simulcasting matches, with live match streaming and a range of action replays from multiple camera angles. Meanwhile, Apple iPhone owners will be able to download a free ITV World Cup app which will have news, match highlights and a TV guide as well as a links to a live mobile streaming service. ITV will also be running podcasts.


01/06/2010  |  Full story...

ITV turns to digital product placement tool to protect TV ad spend

ITV is reportedly studying its results after conducting trials of digital product placement technology, which inserts brands and clickable ads in online versions of shows.Broadcast magazine reports that the broadcaster is aiming to boost income streams via a trial to insert digital product placement and clickable ads into the online version of Coronation Street.

Broadcast magazine cited a source saying :“It’s early days but we have to look at all the options and the strength of advertiser demand. "We’re investigating if there’s an appetite and whether the cost warrants the investment,” the source said.



ITV web revenues up £6m, but still trails competitors

ITV has reported online revenue growth of £6m for 2009 on the back of an overall profit of £25m last year. The news comes as a welcome relief to the broadcaster, which made a staggering loss loss of 2.55 billion pounds in 2008. ITV attributed much of the growth to cost cutting and increasing its share of a declining TV advertising market.

The broadcaster increased its online revenues to £24m, excluding Friends Reunited, in 2009. Video views across reached 215m, up from 85m in 2008, and monthly unique users grew by 33% to 8.7m.


04/03/2010  |  Full story...

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  |  Full story...

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