Opinion: tech is game for TV takeover

With analysts this week claiming sports remains the critical factor in pay TV subscriptions, Iain McDonald from Lewis Silkin argues the battle for sports rights offers a glimpse into the future of television. With the arrival of US tech giants onto the scene, television has undergone a radical transformation over the last decade – a […]

Ampere: sports fans ‘significantly more likely’ to take pay TV

Sports fans typically watch more TV than other consumers and are “significantly more likely” to have pay TV and subscribe to premium channels, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm found that in the UK some 74% of sports fans have pay TV compared to 62% of other viewers, with viewers over the age of […]

BT strikes deal with Sky for Now TV and sports

BT has agreed a deal to sell Sky’s low-cost OTT TV service Now TV to BT TV customers. Sky will make the full Now TV service, which includes content such as Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and the Sky Atlantic channel, available via BT TV set-tops. BT will be able to sell Now TV subscriptions direct […]

AMC set to go free for Snatch premiere

BT and AMC will broadcast the channel free of charge in the UK from October 28 to November 5 via the Sky digital satellite platform. During the period, Sky subscribers can catch a host of series marathons as well as the exclusive UK premiere of new drama series Snatch (pictured), which stars Harry Potter star […]

BT/AMC snatch Rupert Grint crime caper for UK

The Rupert Grint television remake of crime caper Snatch is headed exclusively for BT-distributed network AMC in the UK. The ten-episode original drama debuted recently on Sony Pictures Television (SPT)’s VOD service, Crackle, and is now headed for the UK. It will launch there on October 31 in a 10pm slot on the BT pay […]

Ofcom: UK now a ‘nation of binge viewers’

The UK has become “a nation of binge viewers” but there are stark differences between how older and younger people watch TV, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s annual Communications Market Report 2017 claims that 79% of UK adults, some 40 million people, now use catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer, or subscription services […]

BT TV boss departs after three years

The managing director of BT Sport and BT TV, Delia Bushell, has announced plans to step down following a three-year stint at the UK telecoms operator. Bushell will stay at BT until the start of June to oversee a handover of responsibilities and is due to announce her future plans “in the coming weeks”. “This […]

Football costs weigh on Sky profits

Sky saw its operating profit fall by 11% to £1.013 billion (US$1.3 billion) in the first nine months of its current financial year as the increased cost of Premier League football rights took its toll. The pay TV giant nevertheless saw revenue grow by 11% to £9.6 billion in the same period. Operationally, Sky grew […]

Sweeping price increases at BT’s pay TV

BT is due to start charging its customers to access BT Sport for the first time, as part of wide-ranging set of price increases by the UK telco. From August 1, BT TV customers will have to pay £3.50 (US$4.35) per month to access BT Sport. Previously all BT TV customers – who have to […]

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 […]

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