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Court TV expands to UK’s Freeview

Legal news channel Court TV will launch on Freeview in the UK later this month. The network provides viewers with in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of high-profile trials in the US. Its expansion to Freeview follows a launch on Freesat in November 2020. Court TV will be available from February 15 on Freeview channel […]

Digital UK’s Jonathan Thompson on the challenges facing new BBC chief Tim Davie

Jonathan Thompson, who leads the development of the UK’s digital terrestrial TV platform Freeview, reflects on the immense challenges facing new BBC chief Tim Davie and explores how he might tackle them. Tim Davie will today be contemplating the end of his first full week as the 17th Director General of the BBC. General consensus […]

Freeview joins YouTube as headline sponsor for Edinburgh TV Festival

Freeview has joined YouTube as joint headline sponsor of August’s Edinburgh TV Festival.  The year-long deal begins with immediate effect and will see the companies share branding across the event and its various sessions, including the high-profile MacTaggart Lecture. Freeview and YouTube will also work with festival organisers to advise on new trends within the industry, […]

Freeview to receive £125m investment to go ‘fully hybrid’

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million over five years to accelerate UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview’s transition to “a fully hybrid platform”. The four Digital UK shareholders said they aim to further develop Freeview Play, the DTT platform that marries free-to-view terrestrial TV and catch-up services […]

Sony Movie Channel to go live on UK platforms

Sony Pictures Television Networks UK is due to launch a rebranded Sony Movie Channel on the Freeview and Virgin Media in the UK next month. The flagship channel will consolidate Movie Mix, which is already available on Freeview and Virgin, and Sony Movie Channel, which is available on Sky. The Sony Movie Channel, which currently […]

AT&T launches OTT service DirecTV Now

AT&T will launch its much-anticipated OTT TV service DirecTV Now tomorrow, along with two other streaming options – FreeVIEW and Fullscreen. DirecTV Now, which like rival service Sling TV from Dish Network is intended to appeal to cord-cutters, will offer four packages with a starting price of US$35 for 60 channels, branded as ‘Live a […]

AT&T launches OTT service DirecTV Now

AT&T will launch its much-anticipated OTT TV service DirecTV Now tomorrow, along with two other streaming options – FreeVIEW and Fullscreen. DirecTV Now, which like rival service Sling TV from Dish Network is intended to appeal to cord-cutters, will offer four packages with a starting price of US$35 for 60 channels, branded as ‘Live a […]

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 […]

First kids on-demand service launches on Freeview

The first free on-demand service for kids, Ketchup TV, has launched on the Freeview platform in the UK. Ketchup targets 2-to-11s with a line-up that includes acquired kids series Noddy, Casper, George of the Jungle, Olivia and LittleBabyBum. Its launch marks the first rollout of a kids on-demand service on free to air digital terrestrial service […]

CBS Drama joins Freeview in the UK

CBS Drama is to launch on digital free-to-air platform Freeview in the UK, and has acquired three library titles from CBS Studios International. The network is currently carried on the Sky and Virgin Media pay TV satellite platforms and Freesat. The new deal means it will now be available in 90% of the UK’s television […]