YouView chief Halton to leave at end of year

YouView chief executive Richard Halton is to stand down at the end of this year to pursue new opportunities. The UK hybrid digital TV platform, which is jointly owned by BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva, said that Halton, who led YouView from launch, had decided the moment was right […]

YouView taps Amazon’s Alexa for voice controls

YouView is piloting Amazon’s Alexa voice service in a bid to bring voice controls to its connected set-top boxes. YouView claims to be one of the first developers worldwide to work with the new Alexa Video Skill API, and said it aims to make it easier for viewers to interact with YouView’s content and apps. Ultimately, […]

Ex-Intel TV, BBC iPlayer chief joins Vevo

Former Intel TV and BBC digital chief Erik Huggers has joined music video content company Vevo as its president and CEO. Huggers has been out of the job since leaving US telco Verizon last year. Verizon had acquired Intel’s OnCue OTT service after Intel’s new management team decided against the idea. Huggers will now oversee […]

Sky opens up movie store to non-subs

Pay TV operator Sky has opened its download-to-own movie service to all consumers in the UK and Ireland. Previously, only Sky subs could access the store, but it has now opened to everyone, meaning all consumers can now download films to connected devices. Non-Sky subs can access films on their TV via the service Now […]

BT launches TV Everywhere

BT TV has begun offering buy-to-keep movies on multiple devices in addition to the set-top box, claiming to be the first UK TV platform operator to do so, and has launched its own TV everywhere service, making pay TV channels on the service available via multiple devices. BT said that films purchased on a BT […]

Netflix launches on YouView

UK connected TV platform YouView has added Netflix access to its set-top boxes, allowing its users to click to access the subscription video-on-demand service. Rolling out today, the Netflix app will be available on Humax-made YouView boxes bought from a retailer, as well as on pay TV provider BT’s YouView-powered set-top boxes. YouView boxes provided […]

YouView ‘partnering’ with Netflix

UK connected TV platform YouView is reportedly partnering with Netflix to add access to the subscription VoD service on its set-top boxes. According to a Financial Times report, the deal has been agreed with Netflix due to be added to the YouView platform by the end of the year. The partnership would see UK service […]

YouView secures future

UK connected TV platform YouView has secured completion of an agreement between its shareholders that guarantee the venture will continue to be fully funded for the next five years. All seven of YouView’s shareholders – BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva – will contribute to funding YouView. YouView’s partners agreed […]

TalkTalk bags Sky catch-up rights, extends deal

UK telco TalkTalk has extended its arrangement with BSkyB with a new deal that hands it catch-up programming from premium channels Sky Sports and Sky Movies. The new multi-year wholsale agreement means TalkTalk will continue to offers its pay TV customers Sky Sports and Sky Movies channels, including the upcoming European football net Sky Sports […]

Buyers Briefing digital season: Will Ennett, TalkTalk

Name: Will Ennett Title: Head of pay TV content, TalkTalk Former Blinkbox and Viasat buyer Will Ennett joined UK telco TalkTalk a year ago as head of pay TV content, a role that sees him strike deals for the TalkTalk TV pay service, which is available through internet TV service YouView. He becomes the first […]

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