CCS Insight: ‘BT to buy ITV by 2018’

BT will buy UK public broadcaster ITV by 2018 in an effort to “broaden its rights position beyond sport”, according to predictions by research firm CCS Insight. In its 2016 predictions report CCS Insight said that by buying ITV, BT would gain a “slew of rights contracts” as well as a terrestrial outlet for some […]

Discovery, BT linked to moves for Channel 4

Discovery Communications and BT are weighing moves for Channel 4 if the government decides to privatise the UK public service broadcaster. UK newspaper The Telegraph reported over the weekend that Discovery, BT and a group led by former Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson are all looking at buying Channel 4, were it to move from […]

UK consumers move to multiplay

Almost 85% of UK households will have signed up for a multiplay service – taking at least two media and telecom services from the same provider – by 2019, according to research by CCS Insight. This year, over 12 million UK households will take a bundle of three services from the same provider while a […]

Sky tipped to overtake Liberty Global in Europe

Sky’s subscriber base is expected to overtake Liberty Global’s in western Europe in 2017, according to new research by Digital TV Research. The Western Europe Pay TV Operator Forecasts report claims that Liberty Global’s subscriber count will fall in the coming years as it tries to convert its remaining analogue cable subscribers by 2020, with […]

Content companies vie to be Best Distributor

Five content sales companies have been shortlisted for the Best Content Distributor category in the first-ever Content Innovation Awards, organised by TBI and sister brand Digital TV Europe. Content Media, Endemol Shine International, Global Agency, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and TCB Media Rights will battle it out for the award, which will be given at […]

BT makes Fear-inducing play

British telecoms firm BT Group has rocked the pay TV market in the UK over the past three years. The firm has taken on Sky and Virgin Media through its assault on sports – primarily football – rights. The next battleground could be exclusive programming. First capturing Premiere League rights to 38 games in 2012 […]

Amazon hires BT TV boss for Euro video

Amazon Prime Instant Video has hired BT’s director of TV, Alex Green, to become managing director of its European operation. Green has been with BT TV for nearly four years, but is exiting this week ahead of a September start at platform Amazon, according to Digiday, which broke the news of the hire. News of […]

Exclusive AMC deal bolsters BT subs

BT added 60,000 UK television customers in the quarter to June, taking its total to 1.2 million, in part thanks to the exclusive capture of Fear the Walking Dead channel AMC. This was BT TV’s best performance since the launch of BT Sport, which the company said reflected improvements made to the TV service including […]

Virgin gets TV boost with Sky veteran hire

Virgin Media has named former Sky Italia programming chief and JimJam founder David Bouchier as its chief digital entertainment officer. The UK-based pay TV operator has tasked Bouchier with leading its content, programming and digital entertainment teams in a bid to “further develop” its television offering. Virgin Media is currently locked in a battle for […]

Discovery ‘driving hard’ on 4K

Discovery says it is ‘driving hard’ on 4K to ensure it is ready when pay TV platform operators start to demand content in the ultra high definition format. CEO and president David Zaslav and international president JB Perrette both affirmed the factual channel specialist’s commitment to the emerging format at a Discovery event in Paris. […]