Wallace & Gromit set for TalkTalk’s YouView

UK telco TalkTalk has secured a deal with Bristol-based Aardman Animations for shows from the latter’s much-loved British claymation property Wallace & Gromit. The shows will joins others such as Peppa Pig, Pingu and Fireman Sam on TalkTalk’s children’s TV channel Scamp, which is offered through TalkTalk’s iteration of the YouView digital platform. Scamp is […]

TalkTalk cuts FilmFlex VOD deal

UK telecom operator TalkTalk has struck a deal with white label video-on-demand aggregator FilmFlex Movies to bring additional on-demand movies to its TV platform, including day-and-date releases. Under the multi-year contract, TalkTalk will be able to offer new movies from FilmFlex to subscribers to its Essentials TV and Plus TV packages. TalkTalk will offer a […]

YouView shareholders commit with £100m funding

All seven of YouView’s shareholders have agreed to back the UK smart TV platform for at least five more years, with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva remaining equal shareholders. YouView has also announced that it has passed well over one million connected UK homes in the 18 months since […]

BBC and partners to commit £100 million to YouView

YouView’s shareholders, including the BBC, are set to sign a new agreement to secure the future of the UK connected TV service, according to press reports. According to The Guardian newspaper, YouView’s shareholders have committed to continue to back the service and will provide over £100 million (US$165.3 million) between them to finance its development […]

Premium VOD platform AOL On launching in UK

US-based digital company AOL is launching its premium web vide platform AOL On Network in the UK and has signed up a batch of content providers for its debut. The premium syndication platform included curated and original content and already operates in North America. In the UK, it will sit alongside branded content distribution business […]

TalkTalk adds Nicktoons to YouView line-up

UK operator TalkTalk has added children’s channel Nicktoons to its YouView pay TV service line-up. The Nickelodeon-owned network will be available as part of TalkTalk TV’s Kids Boost and Entertainment Extra Boost packages on YouView channel 560. The Kids Boosts package offers 16 children’s linear and on-demand channels, including Nickelodeon and Nick Jr, for £5 […]

YouView partner structure in doubt amid funding talks

UK pay TV operators BT and TalkTalk could emerge as the major shareholders in web-connected TV platform YouView as a result of current financing negotiations. According to a Guardian report, the BBC and other UK broadcasters are planning to “slash their investment” in YouView, claiming that the service has brought more benefit to the two […]

Sony Entertainment Television launches on UK’s TalkTalk

Sony Pictures Television Networks has launched its general entertainment channel, Sony Entertainment Television, through UK pay TV operator TalkTalk for the first time. The network goes live today and will be available on channel 454 of TalkTalk’s YouView pay television service as part of the operator’s Entertainment and Entertainment Extra Boost packages. SET is a […]

OSN to launch ‘first bespoke Arab ents net’ in UK

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has debuted its first international channel venture with the launch of general entertainment service OSN Ya Hala on the TalkTalk YouView platform in the UK. OSN Ya Hala is distributed by France-based Thema. According to OSN, the move marks the first time that a bespoke Arabic entertainment channel has […]

BBC to examine YouView participation

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has launched a review into the BBC’s involvement in broadband TV service YouView. The review will focus on topics such as whether the BBC’s involvement in the scheme has impacted on other public service broadcasters’ approaches to making their content available to other platforms, and the way in […]