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Sky and BBC partner on tech and content

Sky and the BBC have announced a new partnership which will see the two UK broadcasters collaborate on content and technology.
The partnership means the BBC iPlayer OTT platform will be made available on the Sky Q service, giving Sky customers access to both iPlayer and the BBC’s red-button options.
The BBC already offers its channels and services on through an integrated on-demand service available on Sky Q and Sky+, but the new agreement will see an iPlayer app added to Sky Q.

The agreement also sees a number of CBBC – the British broadcaster’s children’s service – boxsets made available through Sky Q’s boxsets collection, including The Dumping Ground, The Worst Witch and Topsy & Tim.

BBC group managing director Bob Shennan said: “We’re thrilled that viewers who watch our programmes on Sky will now be able to enjoy the full BBC iPlayer experience and to access our full red-button service. BBC iPlayer is a fantastic way to watch the incredible breadth of programmes the BBC offers, including fantastic full series, terrific archive content, brilliant new dramas like His Dark Materials, landmark natural history programmes like Seven Worlds, One Planet and hilarious comedies like Motherland.”

The agreement goes beyond content, with the BBC “in early-stage exploration” of options to use PromoSmart, a platform underpinned by Sky’s targeting technology AdSmart, to offer more personalised promotional content to BBC viewers.

It would look to use the platform to offer different trailers for its content to different households depending on their interests. The BBC is looking at how to use this during breaks between programmes when watching BBC channels live.

Shennan added: “We’re also very much looking forward to experimenting with PromoSmart in the future. This agreement shows how the BBC and Sky can work together to give audiences the very best experience and support a strong UK media industry, and we look forward to continuing this relationship.”

In a statement to the press, Sky said the two broadcasters are also exploring a number of other ways they can work together, including the possibility of making BBC Sounds available on Sky and NOW TV.

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK & Ireland, Sky, said: “We are pleased to be working with the BBC on such a broad-ranging partnership – it is a great example of how UK broadcasters can work together for the benefit of viewers and the industry. We are continuing to explore, together with the BBC, how it could use Sky’s innovative technology to help it better connect with licence-fee payers for the long-term.“

Source: IBC

The FA Cup will be shown exclusively on free-to-air television from 2021 after ITV joined the BBC in winning rights to broadcast the competition.
The four-year deal means ITV will replace BT Sport in sharing rights with the BBC from the 2021-22 season.

ITV will show more than 20 matches a season and the deal also includes live coverage of the Community Shield.
In March, the BBC announced a new four-year deal with the Football Association to show the FA Cup until 2025.
Up to 18 fixtures, a season will be televised by BBC Sport plus highlights and online clips.

The BBC will have first and fourth picks of matches in the first, third and fifth rounds as well first pick of the semi-finals, with ITV having the first and fourth picks in the second and fourth rounds plus the quarter-finals.

CNBC HD joins Sky UK

Business news channel CNBC HD simulcast has now joined Sky. As of today, Sky HD and Q users will see CNBC HD on channel 505, while the standard definition version has moved to channel 890.

CNBC carries the latest from the financial markets, with live programming Monday-Friday from Asia, Europe and the USA, plus executive lifestyle and sports programmes at the weekend, alongside NBC News shows Meet The Press and NBC Nightly News.

With the acquisition of Sky last year, Comcast has now own two news channels in the UK, CNBC and Sky News, along with a stake in Euronews. Sky News business operations are moving to CNBC’s HQ in London.
The channel is not currently available in HD on Freesat, though it can be added in Non-Freesat mode.

Manual tuning details:
Satellite: Astra 2E (28.2°E)
Frequency: 12012
Polarisation: vertical
Symbol Rate: 27500
FEC: 2/3
Mode: DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID: 3902

BBC and ITV confirm proposals for BritBox

ITV has confirmed it is in the final stages of bringing its SVOD joint venture with the BBC to the UK.

ITV used its annual report to confirm that the BBC and ITV are in the “concluding phase of talks to bring BritBox, the subscription video on-demand service, which has over 500,000 subscribers in North America, to the UK.

The BBC and ITV are now working on a formal legal agreement. In a joint statement, the BBC and ITV said they anticipated that other partners will be added to BritBox and both will speak to regulators and the wider industry about their proposals.

BritBox in the UK will provide a collection of British boxsets and original series, on demand, all in one place, and would provide the biggest collection of British content available on any streaming service.

There are also plans for brand new commissions for British production companies specifically created for BritBox.

ITV’s net investment in BritBox will be up to £25 million in 2019, rising to around £40m million in 2020 and declining thereafter. This is in addition to the previously announced £40 million essential investment for 2019. Details of how much the BBC will be investing in the project remains unclear at this stage.

Responding to the announcement, Ofcom said it wanted to see broadcasters “collaborating to keep pace with global players, offering quality UK content that’s available to viewers whenever and however they want to watch it”, confirming it was “looking forward” to discussing the plans with ITV and the BBC.

Carolyn McCall, CEO of ITV, commented on the news:
“I am really pleased that ITV and the BBC are at the concluding stage of discussions to launch a new streaming service. BritBox will be the home for the best of British creativity – celebrating the best of the past, the best of today and investing in new British originated content in the future.”

BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, said:
“I am delighted that the BBC and ITV are working together on something truly special – BritBox. A new streaming service delivering the best home-grown content to the public who love it best. The service will have everything from old favourites to recent shows and brand new commissions. It’s an exciting time for the viewing public.”

Source: ITV


TV5 MONDE moves to online distribution in the UK

As of 30th November 2018 there is no need to pay for Sky or Virgin to watch TV5MONDE.
Anyone in the UK can now enjoy the same channel live 24/7 for free – and in HD. Anytime, anywhere, with French or English subtitles – or no subtitles at all at Other free French channels available on satellite include BFM TV, CNews, EuroNews (Français), France 24 (Français), LCI (La Chaîne Info) and LCP (La Chaîne Parlementaire).


Sky confirms no satellite dish required from 2019

The new plans will see the latest Sky Q TV service made available to customers without the installation of a satellite dish, with programmes instead delivered over broadband to a new set-top box.

The move was first announced as part of Sky’s latest financial results last January. But while the 2018 financial results report, released today, confirms the satellite-free experience on the company’s 2018 roadmap, it might be later rather than sooner before it launches in the UK.

The report says it will launch first in Italy, then Austria, followed by other “key markets”, so customers in the UK may not have access until late 2019. Until then, the only way to access Sky TV content without a dish is via Now TV, which offers a taste of Sky’s content delivered over the internet to an app or set-top box. You can get a NowTV Box or Stick from our friends over at


The international channel, which is the most watched in Europe, is changing. The “all in pictures” format, which was the hallmark of Euronews, is disappearing, in favour of a format with presenters, analyses and debates.

Euronews World – the English channel –  will have 1-2 hours of live broadcasting in the morning. The other nine editions (in other languages) will also have presenters for their morning show.

Sister Website secures Dish Network and DirecTV USA for yacht clients

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Discovery Channels moved and now are difficult to receive

Discovery channels have moved to the UK beam, making reception more difficult in some areas of Europe.

The Discovery group of channels, has changed frequencies and satellite beams.
They used to be on the European beam, allowing for easy reception across all of Europe. The UK beam, also known as spot beam can make things tricky for customers outside of the UK.
As a rule of thumb, if you can watch BBC and ITV, the changes should not cause any trouble.

The channels now are on:
12382 H
SR 27500
FEC 5/6

The channels affected by this move area :
Discovery Channel UK
Animal Planet Europe
Discovery Channel UK +1
TLC Ireland
Quest Red +1
Investigation Discovery Ireland
Discovery Science UK
Discovery History
Discovery Home & Health UK
Discovery Turbo UK
Discovery Channel Ireland

If you need help, contact us because we offer other TV platforms carrying this channel.

Fox News taken off Sky UK

Aug 28, 2017 – Fox News stopped broadcasting entirely from Sky UK. If this is a channel of importance and if you still want to watch Fox News via satellite in Europe, contact us because we offer TV platforms still carrying this channel. It is gone for good on Sky UK.