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Ex-MTG, Virgin exec joins TalkTalk TV division

Former Modern Times Group and Virgin Media executive Aleks Habdank has joined TalkTalk as the UK service provider’s chief operating officer for TV. Habdank (pictured) will be tasked with growing TalkTalk’s TV business and will be responsible for strategic relationships and “providing the best possible offering to current TalkTalk TV customers”. At the same time […]

Tesco reportedly looks to sell Blinkbox, shuts ClubcardTV

Tesco has reportedly put its movie and TV streaming service Blinkbox up for sale and is said to be considering closing the business if a buyer can’t be found. According to a Times newspaper report, Tesco is reviewing “all options” for the loss-making business, though CEO Dave Lewis reportedly told senior Blinbox staff of his […]

YouView the largest catch-up provider in the UK, report

UK connected TV platform, YouView, is now the largest catch-up TV provider in the UK, according to the latest stats from digital media consultancy Decipher. The firm’s Q3 2013 audit claims that the YouView platform’s catch-up assets grew by 25% in the quarter to 2,677 programmes, beating Sky, which has 2,592 content assets. In spite […]

Tesco’s Blinkbox takes on Lovefilm, Netlflix in autumn offensive

Blinkbox is taking on Netflix and Lovefilm with its biggest ever marketing campaign. The UK streaming and electronic sell through service is owned by Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer. The autumn marketing push, launched today, highlights the Blinkbox content line-up against that of SVOD services Lovefilm and Netflix. Blinkbox says it has ten times more […]

Blinkbox offers free eps of US series in try-before-you-buy push

UK streaming service Blinkbox will offer consumers free episodes of US TV series in a marketing push it has dubbed ‘try TV on us’. Blinkbox, which is owned by UK retailer Tesco, is an electronic sell through service but has inked deals with major US studios Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. and HBO […]

Ofcom backs BSkyB in BT ads row

UK regulator Ofcom has ruled that BSkyB has not breached its broadcast code in refusing to carry ads for BT’s new rival sports channels. Following a complaint lodged by BT earlier this year, Ofcom said today that Sky was not in breach of its code on the prevention of undue discrimination between broadcast advertisers. In […]

Tesco’s TV service inks ITV deal

Clubcard TV has picked up a raft of classic ITV drama series and cooking shows. Clubcard TV is the free OTT service for UK retailer Tesco’s 16 million loyalty card holders and is run by the people behind Blinkbox, the electronic sell-through service that Tesco bought in 2011. It has inked a deal with ITV […]

2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Douglas Davis, Blinkbox

Douglas Davis is in LA this week attending the Screenings for the first time. Davis oversees buying activity across UK electronic sell through service Blinkbox as well as for the recently launched free to view Clubcard TV service from Tesco, the UK retail giant that owns Blinkbox. As the number of digital buyers heading to […]

Tesco begins Club Card TV roll out

Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, has started testing its Club Card TV streaming service and is expected to roll it out to its customers soon. The over-the-top service is in beta test mode and only available to Tesco employees. It is being run by Blinkbox, the streaming service that Tesco acquired in 2011. The Club […]

Blinkbox inks StudioCanal content deal

Streaming service Blinkbox has inked a deal with StudioCanal, giving it a range of the French distributor’s movie content. The agreement stretches to 160 classic and contemporary movies and titles include Apocalypse Now, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Hurt Locker and Mulholland Drive. The films can be accessed on connected TVs, Blu-Ray players, set top […]