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iPlayer licence fee law comes into effect

A change to UK law requiring viewers to buy a licence fee in order to watch programmes on-demand from the BBC iPlayer comes into effect today. The law change marks the first time that UK viewers are required to pay to access non-live BBC programming via the web – with the licence fee previously only […]

Ex-BT channels boss joins Virgin content push

UK pay TV provider Virgin Media has hired a former content chief at BT TV as it pushes further into original and exclusive programming, TBI has learned. David Twallin has joined the Liberty Global-owned cable service as head of programming after a three-year spell as head of channels at BT TV, a role that saw […]

EE teams with BT Sport

EE mobile customers will be able to access BT Sport for free for six months, in the “first of a series of BT benefits” that will be made available to EE customers. The BT Sports App will be available for new and existing EE pay-monthly customers, with the move following BT’s £12.5 billion (€16.2 billion) […]

Telcos target TV

Telecoms operators are increasingly looking to TV to drive new subs, increase customer loyalty and create a new revenue stream. Mark Newman, consultant and former chief research officer at Ovum, looks at which operator is doing what and where… and why. Hong Kong’s PCCW is beginning to feel more like a television company than a […]

BT to stream Champions League final on YouTube

UK pay TV provider BT will stream the finals of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League on video platform YouTube. A deal with the Google-owned aggregator will see the Freeview BT Sport Showcase channel streamed and made available to non-paying viewers. The Champions League final, which is European club football’s biggest game, sees two […]

BT’s TV growth labelled ‘disappointing’

BT’s TV base grew by 66,000 in the first three months of the year, and by 28% year-on-year, to reach 1.5 million at the end of the company’s fourth financial quarter, a level of growth analysts said was ‘disappointing’. BT Sport’s average daily audience figures increased 45% year on year, from the start of the […]

BT ‘most complained-about’ UK pay TV service

BT was the most complained about pay TV service provider in the UK during the fourth quarter of 2015, according to new research by Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator said that BT received 15 complaints for every 100,000 pay TV customers in the quarter, compared to an industry average of just four. TalkTalk was the […]

Sky launching basic tier Premier League net

Sky is launching Sky Sports Mix, a new basic tier channel that will have some Premier League football among its line-up. The channel will be available to all of UK pay TV service Sky’s twelve million customers in the UK. Traditionally, Premier League football has been the preserve of the premium Sky Sports channels. The […]

Ofcom: BT must open up Openreach

BT must open up its Openreach infrastructure arm to competitors, but for now will not be forced to shed the unit entirely, according to Ofcom. The speed of broadband directly impacts how fast content can be downloaded and streamed, and debate over infrustructure in the UK has raged for some time. Publishing the initial conclusions […]

BT updates TV app with more channels, content

UK telco BT is updating its TV app for Apple and Android devices, adding a dedicated kids’ on-demand section, seven more channels and an expanded collection of catch-up content. The BT TV app’s new kids section will include programmes like Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Entertainment One’s Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and Doc McStuffins (pictured) from […]