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ITV banking on targeted programmable advertising after tough Q1

ITV is “making good progress” on delivering its strategy after turning in a Q1 performance “very much as we expected”, according to CEO Carolyn McCall. The UK commercial broadcaster’s revenues were down 4% to £743m ($964m), with modest growth from ITV Studios and 22% growth in video-on-demand revenues offset by an overall decline in spot […]

ITV boss defends “different and distinctive” BritBox UK plans

ITV boss Carolyn McCall has defended the broadcaster’s SVOD tie-up with the BBC, BritBox UK, saying the endeavour is sufficiently “distinctive” and will be “liberating” for producers. Unveiled a month ago by McCall, BritBox UK is intended to be the British equivalent of the eponymous two-year-old US SVOD, offering both archive content and originals. However, […]

BBC, ITV confirm plans for Netflix rival Britbox UK

The BBC and ITV expect to launch their joint SVOD service BritBox in the UK in the second half of this year, after agreeing a joint vision for the service. BritBox is currently available in North America and the UK version of the service will offer British content alongside new BritBox originals, commissioned from UK […]

TCAs: CuriosityStream, Nat Geo, BritBox unveil slates

CuriosityStream finds Speed with Arrow  Media Factual SVOD CuriosityStream – which made its debut at the TCAs this year – has commissioned four-part series Speed from Arrow Media. The series covers engineering breakthroughs that have transformed how fast we can travel on land, in water, through air and into space. The programme spans the 1801 invention of […]

TBI Weekly: AVOD, branding and ‘You’ discussion dominates NATPE

The aftermath of rampant consolidation was in the spotlight at this week’s NATPE market, where the uptick in AVOD models, rights ownership and branding à la Netflix-Lifetime hit You dominated the discussion. Steven Cahall, senior analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said it best early on in the week: “If you don’t work for the four […]

BritBox surpasses half million subscribers

BritBox, the SVOD owned by BBC Studios and ITV, has reached 500,000 subscribers, doubling the figure year-on-year. The service, which claims to be home to the largest collection of British streaming content in the US and Canada, launched in the US in March 2017. It says it is the fastest growing SVOD in the US […]

ITV hires Britbox exec for SVOD push

ITV has hired Britbox exec Reemah Sakaan to push new SVOD plans for the company in the UK. ITV CEO Carolyn McCall revealed the plans during the company’s Capital Markets Day in London earlier this week. Sakaan, who was previously SVP of creative and editorial for Britbox -a joint venture between the BBC, AMC and […]

Britbox sets up new original Dark Heart, adds to live offering

Britbox, the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV providing British TV in the US, is adding a slate of programming including new original drama Dark Heart and a string of live programming. Dark Heart is a TV adaptation of popular literary series featuring Detective Will Wagstaffe and by the creators of Vera and Shetland. In addition, Britbox will add drama […]

BritBox platform unveils Royal Wedding plans

BritBox, the BBC Studios/ITV SVOD platform that targets North America, has announced plans to showcase the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle. The wedding special on May 19 will allow US viewers to watch ITV’s broadcast of the wedding celebration live. Anchored from a specially constructed studio on the Long Walk […]

Britbox hits 250,000 US subs & eyes int’l expansion

Britbox, the SVOD service from BBC Worldwide, ITV and AMC Networks, claims to have gained 250,000 subscribers in the US one year after launch, as it eyes further international expansion. The service, which also launched in Canada this month, is home to a large collection of British content exceeding 4,600 episodes. In its quarterly reports, […]