UK’s Channel 4 launches $40m content fund and unveils strategy for digital pivot

UK comcaster Channel 4 has unveiled a new corporate strategy called Future4, which will see the company accelerate its transition to digital, placing a renewed focus on its streaming services, while also launching a new £30m ($40m) content fund. Channel 4’s CEO Alex Mahon has set out the primary objectives as part of the five-year […]

Sky reveals streaming surge & ‘box-set effect’ of Covid-19 lockdown

European pay TV operator Sky has published a raft of data revealing how viewing habits have changed since the Covid-19 enforced lockdown came into effect in the UK and unveiled its most popular show during that time – Save Me Too. The Comcast-owned company said box-set consumption had increased by 26% between 17 March and […]

My5, All4 bolster services with content deal, SVOD function

Viacom-owned catch-up service My5 has struck a content deal with Israeli cable group Hot. The partnership marks the first foreign-language content deal for Channel 5’s catch-up service, which was opened up to third-party content last summer, linking with the likes of PBS America, A+E Networks’ Blaze, Together channel, Little Dot Studios and BET. Under the […]

All4 picks up NBC sitcom 30 Rock

Channel 4 has picked up hit NBC comedy 30 Rock for its streaming service All 4. The first two series will be available from this week with the remaining five arriving at a later date. Written and starring Tina Fey, 30 Rock follows Liz Lemon, a head writer for live sketch-comedy show, as she tries to […]

UK TV viewers are most ‘tech-savvy’

Some 70% of UK adults will watch TV using free-to-air, catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer in December, more than in any other European country, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s research claims that UK viewers are now using TV gadgets “more than any other major country”, and that catch-up viewing is ahead of […]