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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.”
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 europe.tv5monde.com/en/live. 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 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 vpn-router.com
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 TV-For-Yachts.com secures Dish Network and DirecTV USA for yacht clients
(Services only available within the footprints and in North America as well as parts of South America)
Discovery Channels moved and now are difficult to receive
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:
The channels affected by this move area :
Discovery Channel UK
Animal Planet Europe
Discovery Channel UK +1
Quest Red +1
Investigation Discovery Ireland
Discovery Science UK
Discovery Home & Health UK
Discovery Turbo UK
Discovery Channel Ireland
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