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YouTube Red orders first scripted original


YouTube has moved into original big-budget scripted programming for the first time, ordering of an adaptation of Channing Tatum film Step Up.

Facebook Live signs up content partners in US


Facebook has signed $50m (£34m) worth of deals with content creators including BuzzFeed and Gordon Ramsay to help grow its fledgling live streaming service.

Dave Gorman

UKTV strikes ‘landmark’ Virgin VoD deal


UKTV has reached a “landmark” deal to make more than 10,000 hours of entertainment programming available on Virgin Media.

Octonauts producer wins Netflix order


Netflix has ordered a children’s animation series from Silvergate Media, the creators of CBeebies’ Octonauts.

BBC Sport

Euro 2016 helps BBC Sport to record high


More than 2m fans watched England’s Euro 2016 clash with Wales via the BBC Sport website yesterday, smashing the site’s previous record.

Live From Space

Arrow blasts off with US SVoD NASA doc


Live From Space indie Arrow Media is heading back into the stratosphere with the NASA Juno Mission after securing its first SVoD commission.


TV split over online content


Broadcasters are divided on the merits of original online content commissions, but agree that experimentation is key to reaching audiences in new ways, according to a future-gazing panel at Broadcast’s Media Summit.

The Living And The Dead to premiere on iPlayer


The BBC is to premiere the entire series of a drama on iPlayer for the first time to capitalise on the trend for binge viewing.

Port Talbot

Vice orders Port Talbot film


Vice has ordered a documentary set in beleaguered steel town Port Talbot from the winners of its Rule Britannia pitch competition at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

The Mayoress

Harry Hill and Jack Dee front Kickstarter pilot


Harry Hill, Jack Dee and Michelle Collins are set to star in a political comedy funded via crowdsourcing site Kickstarter.


BuzzFeed eyes leap into TV production


BuzzFeed is eying a move into traditional TV production following the success of its short-form video strands including food site Tasty.

Virtual reality comes alive in BBC trials


The BBC’s research and development department has unveiled a raft of virtual reality experiences including an Aardman project offering a first-hand glimpse of a refugee’s journey and a spacewalk aboard the International Space Station.

Dawn Kelly

AOL staffs up for video push


AOL UK has hired a head of video to oversee an expanded in-house team that creates content for sites including The Huffington Post and TechCrunch.

Netflix replaces BBC America on The Last Kingdom


Netflix has replaced BBC America as the US co-producer of BBC2 drama The Last Kingdom.

Delia Bushell

BT eyes next wave of TV growth


BT is looking to increase its TV subscriber base following its acquisition of mobile operator EE earlier this year.

Jaack and Maates

Comedy Central eyes Snapchat in social talent push


Comedy Central has appointed former Maverick exec Claire McArdle to scout for social talent as it prepares to turbocharge its short-form programming and Snapchat presence.


Producers weigh potential of Amazon’s video move


Digital producers have claimed that the launch of Amazon’s self-publishing video service could help them monetise videos on a platform where users already have a billing relationship.

Lord Montagu

How did a Texan come to make a feature-length doc about an aristocrat he had never heard of? Luke Korem explains


Digital Video: adjusting to a digital future

As video-on-demand and catch-up become destinations in their own right, five leading digital experts debate how this development will affect broadcasters. Ann-Marie Corvin reports

Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, BBC3

Eddie Izzard’s Sport Relief challenge was an endurance test for the production team too, says executive producer Nick Catliff


Thirteen, BBC3 Video

Commissioned before BBC3’s online move was set in stone, Thirteen had to shift from a traditional production road map to one that embraced all things digital.

Broadcast Digital

BC Digital

Broadcast Digital - September 2014

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  • Netflix model questioned by Discovery


    Discovery’s top brass has raised questions about the global expansion of Netflix – claiming more localised services are more likely to succeed long-term.

  • AJ+ looks to Instagram to bolster news presence


    Facebook video pioneer AJ+, the digital arm of Al Jazeera, is to expand its presence on Instagram to keep pace with consumer habits.

  • Channel 4 inks Barcroft deal


    Channel 4 has taken another step towards future-proofing its business after investing in multimedia content company Barcroft Holdings.

  • Facebook hires media partnerships chief


    Facebook has hired Patrick Walker as director of media partnerships for EMEA.

  • Newsnight deputy joins Vice News


    BBC Newsnight deputy editor Neil Breakwell is to join Vice News as London bureau chief ahead of the launch of the youth brand’s linear channel.

  • X Factor to hold Facebook Live auditions


    The X Factor will become the latest TV brand to embrace Facebook Live after offering contestants the chance to audition via the social media platform.

  • Senior digital commissioners depart in C4 shake-up


    Channel 4 commissioners Adam Gee and Jody Smith are to leave the broadcaster after a more than a decade as part of a restructure at digital video service All 4.

  • Amazon & Netflix in line for EU levies Video


    Global digital streaming services including Netflix and Amazon could be hit with multi-million pound charges to fund European TV shows under new regulation.

  • Fox debuts Outcast on Facebook Live Video


    Fox is to debut horror thriller Outcast on Facebook Live – making it the first broadcaster in the UK to launch a show on the platform ahead of its linear TX.

  • BBC to trial subscription in major digital shake-up


    The BBC has committed to trialling subscription services as part of a far-reaching digital shake-up, which includes plans to launch an industry wide streaming service, reportedly dubbed ‘Britflix’.

  • Amazon acquires AMC thriller Preacher Video


    Amazon has acquired the UK rights to high-profile AMC drama Preacher – its latest first-run US acquisition.

  • BBC in recipe u-turn


    The BBC has rowed back on its decision to mothball 11,000 recipes as part of the closure of its BBC Food site – with the content to be transferred to its Good Food sister.

  • BBC confirms £15m online savings plan


    The BBC has confirmed plans to save £15m from its online budget by cutting duplication and retreating from “better-resourced services in the market”.

  • ITV ups stake in Nordic VoD service


    ITV has upped its investment in the Nordic VoD service Cirkus, which offers a raft of British content to international audiences.

  • BBC Food to be axed under wide-reaching online cull


    The BBC Food website is to be axed, while development spending on iPlayer will be put at risk, as the corporation aims to save £15m per year.

  • All 4 gears up prank driving series


    The Chuckle Brothers and Tinchy Stryder are some of the celebrities set to prank members of the public with dodgy driving in an ad-funded shorts series for All 4. 

  • Vice hires Louis Theroux development exec in recruitment spree


    Louis Theroux development exec Dan Louw and Objective’s Debi Roach have joined Vice as the youth media brand beefs up its production team ahead of the launch of its linear channel.

  • Amazon to co-produce BBC3's Fleabag


    US online streaming service Amazon has boarded forthcoming BBC3 comedy Fleabag.

  • BBC 'has a duty' to offer iPlayer content to Sky Go


    The BBC ‘has a duty’ to offer on-demand and live programming to a wider range of third party apps, most likely including Sky Go, according to the white paper.

  • iPlayer set to go Europe-wide


    The government has directed the BBC to make iPlayer ‘portable’, meaning UK licence fee payers will be able to access the service when they travel across Europe.

  • Vice boss to deliver MacTaggart lecture


    Vice co-founder and chief executive Shane Smith is to deliver the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival.

  • Sky and BBC trial VR in bid to reach younger viewers


    Sky Sports and the BBC have conducted virtual reality trials on Premier League football and Welsh drama Hinterland, as the broadcasters attempt to reach younger audiences.

  • Discovery cuts costs to focus on digital growth


    Discovery Communications is hoping that a major cost-cutting drive will save it up to £83m over the next 18 months as it refocuses on growing its digital services.

  • Clarkson & Co name Amazon series Video


    Amazon’s new motoring format, featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, is to be called The Grand Tour.

  • Amazon opens up to content creators


    Conde Nast and StyleHaul are among the first publishers to take advantage of a push by Amazon to allow content creators to offer videos direct to the online giant’s customers.

  • Rightster rebrand puts focus on original video


    Multi-platform video network Rightster is to place original content production at the heart of its business after rebranding as Brave Bison.

  • Netflix orders first competition format


    Netflix has ordered its first competition format - a strongman series starring and produced by Sylvester Stallone.

  • BBC reveals online sign-in stats


    Almost 6.5m people have signed in to the BBC’s online services since the launch of Tony Hall’s MyBBC strategy – offering encouragement to the corporation as it steps up plans to require all visitors to log-in.

  • Food Tube eyes fresh outlets


    Jamie Oliver-owned YouTube network Food Tube is eying expansion onto other platforms to better position the business for growth.

  • ESG digital arm eyes expansion


    Endemol Shine Beyond is drawing up plans to grow its digital channels network to include services dedicated to travel, comedy and men’s lifestyle.

  • Amazon UK acquires Hulu comedy


    Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Casual, an original comedy produced for US streaming rival Hulu.

  • Netflix boards BBC's Watership Down


    Netflix has boarded BBC1’s remake of classic children’s novel Watership Down.

  • Amazon hunts UK content chief


    Subscription VoD service Amazon is hunting for an original programming chief to run its UK production division.

  • C4 reveals how data informs commissioning


    Channel 4 data chief Pedro Cosa has provided an insight into how his team helps inform commissioning decisions.

  • Fremantle & Discovery back sport start-ups


    Traditional TV firms have continued to push into digital sports content with FremantleMedia investing in a football-based start-up and Discovery backing a rugby SVoD service.

  • BBC3 orders ‘anarchic’ music format


    BBC3 has commissioned a short-form music show from Greenbird-network indie Rumpus Media and Phil McIntyre Television.

  • The Tunnel box-set sparks 600k downloads


    Sky Atlantic drama The Tunnel: Sabotage has been downloaded almost 600,000 times after the entire series was made available on-demand to binge-watch.

  • Facebook bets on live content


    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that a “golden age” of online video is dawning and said the company is betting big on live content.

  • C4 indie wins major Netflix order


    Channel 4-backed indie Lightbox Media has won a landmark factual series from Netflix, Broadcast has learned.

  • Netflix to boost in-house production arm


    Netflix is to expand its in-house production division to compete with the likes of Amazon and HBO.

  • Clarkson, May and Hammond plan digital venture


    Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have teamed up with a co-founder of Zeebox to launch a “bold digital venture” to sit alongside their new series for Amazon Prime Video.

  • C4 and C5 ‘open’ to iPlayer distribution plan


    Channel 4 and Channel 5 have indicated that they are open to distributing their programming on iPlayer as the BBC advances plans to expand the service to third-party content providers.

  • Ralph Rivera steps down as BBC digital boss


    Ralph Rivera’s role as the BBC’s digital director has been made redundant and the online boss will take on a six-month education project for the corporation.

  • Red Bull orders adventure format Video


    Red Bull TV has commissioned an adventure series from multiplatform producer Telegraph Hill in which teams will race across Europe using cans of the fizzy drink as their currency.

  • BBC launches kids iPlayer Video


    The BBC has launched its dedicated app for children, which will serve up over 10,000 episodes of age-appropriate content.

  • BBC3's Life and Death Row gets digital twist Video


    BBC3 is to give one of its highest-profile factual formats, Life and Death Row, a digital twist – after producing a serialised version of the documentary.

  • Sky primes portrait video for Snapchat channel


    Sky is refining its Snapchat offering with a drive to feature portrait videos optimised for mobile screens – as Comedy Central unveils plans to beef up its content offering on the messaging service.

  • OTT players take Mip by storm


    Online video services including Netflix and Amazon ramped up the amount of content they acquire at Mip TV with a number of high-profile deals.

  • Sky plans Facebook Live push


    Sky is to live stream exclusive video of the build-up to Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title fight and coverage of the junior doctors’ strike via Facebook, following a series of successful trials.

  • Paul Bennun leaves Somethin' Else after 20 years


    Somethin’ Else chief creative officer Paul Bennun has left the multiplatform content business after more than 20 years.

  • Twitter to stream NFL games


    Twitter has landed the global rights to stream the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games for free across the 2016 season.

  • FMI taps into Asian SVoD revolution


    Fremantle Media International (FMI) has claimed viewing habits in Asia have “completely changed” after sealing SVoD deals for more than 1,000 hours across the continent.

  • Cuckoo to return for another two series


    BBC3 comedy Cuckoo is to return for another two series.

  • Netflix picks up ITV’s Marcella Video


    Netflix has acquired the global rights to ITV crime drama Marcella.

  • Comedy Central expands Snapchat channel


    Comedy Central is expanding its global Snapchat channel with nine new shows developed exclusively for the messaging app.

  • Shotglass ups football game


    Fremantle digital arm targets millennials with live pilots for YouTube channel Football Republic

  • BBC3 lands heavyweight Anthony Joshua access Video


    Gary Lineker’s indie Goalhanger Films has been following British boxer Anthony Joshua for a year and will detail his preparations for a world heavyweight title fight in a series of shorts for BBC3.

  • Sky moves into kids' originals with Morph reboot


    Sky will begin commissioning kids’ content for the first time after ordering a reboot of iconic animation Morph from Aardman Animations.

  • C4 loses rights to Black Mirror Video


    Channel 4 has lost a bidding war with Netflix for the right to premiere the third series of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror in the UK.

  • Vice buys stake in Pulse


    Vice Media has acquired a majority stake in Pineapple Dance Studios producer Pulse Films, Broadcast has learned.

  • All 4 signs up YouTube’s Emily Hartridge Video


    YouTube star Emily Hartridge is to create a series about the pressures of turning 30 for All 4.

  • Nokia partners with post firms for VR camera launch


    Nokia has partnered with postproduction giant Deluxe and launched a ‘Pioneer Programme’ to encourage producers and creatives to use its tools for creating virtual reality (VR) content.

  • Pioneer lands Red Bull adventure doc


    Red Bull has commissioned an Amazonian adventure documentary from Pioneer Productions.

  • Broadcast Digital Awards 2016: final call for entries


    It’s the last few days to get your entry in for the Broadcast Digital Awards.

  • Sky establishes virtual reality division


    Sky has created a dedicated in-house virtual reality production unit which is to make its debut with two films from this weekend’s Formula 1 launch.

  • Vice expands across Eastern Europe


    Vice is expanding across Eastern Europe with the launch of country-specific online services and production hubs in seven territories.

  • Fresh One exec sets up food and drink indie


    Jonathan Almond, the channel manager of Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube brand, has left Fresh One to set up a food and drink-themed content company.

  • In brief: Sky; Penguin A&E; Virgin Media


    Channel 5’s penguin documentary, Sky’s latest start-up investment and a partnership between Virgin Media and Endemol Shine are covered in today’s update.

  • Connected-TV users fuel growth in Netflix viewing


    More than a third of UK adults pay for subscription video-on-demand services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, according to a study by Mediatel.

  • Vice and Red Bull move into TV


    Digital disruptors Vice and Red Bull have both outlined their plans to move into linear television.

  • Vice to launch linear channel on Sky Video


    Vice is to launch a linear pay-TV channel in the UK in September after striking a deal with Sky.

  • Red Bull hires UK programming team Video


    Former Maverick chief executive Jim Sayer and ex-Bullseye managing director Ed Crick are to run Red Bull’s UK programming team.

  • Ripper Street cancelled by Amazon


    Ripper Street will not continue beyond series five after the detective drama which started life on BBC1 enjoyed a renaissance on Amazon.

  • Endemol Beyond boss exits


    Endemol Shine Group’s digital chief Georg Ramme is to leave the company and will be replaced by commercial boss Wim Ponnet.

  • BBC World Service experiments with chat apps


    The BBC World Service will launch two pilots this weekend distributing content via messaging apps Viber and WhatsApp.

  • BBC3 shows cut through in first week online


    Cuckoo and Life And Death Row were among the top 10 most-watched programmes online in BBC3’s first week as a digital-only proposition, according to figures from Barb.

  • New dawn for Periscope


    Dan Snow’s production company attempted to take the next step in the evolution of Periscope this week by live streaming from a drone at Stonehenge.

  • BBC calls for net neutrality


    The BBC has called on Ofcom to protect public service on-demand services such as iPlayer from being sidelined by internet providers.

  • SBTV reaches out to indies Video


    Music brand SBTV is planning to work more closely with indies to feature content aimed at its established online community after hiring Channel 4 commissioner Isaac Densu.

  • Enders: embrace short-form to reach millennials


    Media brands must create short-form video to take advantage of ‘Swiss army knife-style’ smartphones, if they are to meet millennials’ platform-switching habits.

  • Broadcast Digital Awards 2016: open for entries


    The Broadcast Digital Awards 2016 have opened for entries – with new categories including best scripted and non-scripted short.

  • Warner takes control of YouTube channels Video


    Supernanny super-indie Warner Bros Television Production UK has taken back control of its YouTube channels because of the booming popularity of the Channel 4 format.

  • Channel 5 eyes original VoD content


    Channel 5 will begin prioritising original content for its revamped video-on-demand (VoD) service as part of plans to grow its base of young and registered users.

  • Somethin' Else to run Topman YouTube channel Video


    Somethin’ Else is to produce a raft of video content for Topman’s YouTube channel after securing a deal with the high street retailer.

  • Kavanagh: BBC3’s shackles are off Video


    BBC3 boss Damian Kavanagh has claimed that “the shackles are off when it comes to creativity” as the channel shifts to become an online-only proposition from today.

  • iPlayer struggles due to lack of Top Gear


    The number of iPlayer requests in December fell for the first time in 2015, with the BBC attributing the decline to the absence of some of its biggest shows including Top Gear.

  • NBC launches reality VoD service


    NBC Universal is to launch a subscription VoD service dedicated to reality TV, offering access to over 3,000 episodes of shows including Keeping Up With the Kardashians and The Real Housewives.

  • BT Sport gears up for MotoGP trial


    BT Sport is to trial object-based broadcasting technology on its MotoGP coverage after securing a slice of a £4m investment from an EU research and innovation fund.

  • BBC3 sets out plans for post-switch innovation 


    The ex-Vice producer helping to oversee BBC3’s digital switch has plans to experiment with innovative content around established brands as the youth channel finds its feet online.

  • Vice UK staff move to unionise


    Staff at Vice UK have sent a letter to their colleagues to drum up support to “get everyone involved” in forming a union.

  • Commercial broadcasters pledge to protect kids


    The Commercial Broadcasters Association (Coba) has pledged to prioritise the protection of children around catch-up content.

  • Writers receive £1m in iPlayer royalties


    The growth in online viewing has helped Writers Digital Payments (WDP) pay out £960,000 in royalties to screenwriters whose shows have featured on BBC iPlayer.

  • StyleHaul boss points to rise of Facebook video


    StyleHaul president and chief executive Stephanie Horbaczewski has highlighted the shift in her network of 6,000 creators towards social storytelling across platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat.

  • SVoD giants on factual hunt


    Netflix and Amazon are ramping up their non-scripted plans and both online giants were seeking out new projects at Realscreen this week.

  • Sky backs sports app firm


    Sky has invested £300,000 in sports marketing company InCrowd to help maximise its sports output.

  • Ofcom finds 'significant' rise in VoD concern


    A “significant increase” in the number of teenagers concerned by on-demand and online content has been recorded by Ofcom.

  • Analysts split over TV future


    The future of television continues to divide opinion, with two studies published this week painting very different pictures of the industry in the UK.

  • Little Dot expands Formula E deal Video


    Little Dot Studios has extended its relationship with electric racing series Formula E to produce daily YouTube content updates.

  • Mulville & Thoday drop BBC3 campaign Video


    Jimmy Mulville and Jon Thoday have drawn a line under their year-long campaign to prevent BBC3 from moving online.

  • Endemol Shine acquires digital firms


    Endemol Shine UK has acquired digital production company Electric Robin and online talent management firm OP Talent.

  • Magician Ben Hart to front BBC3 Objective series


    BBC3 Killer Magic star Ben Hart is returning to the channel with a short-form series featuring a range of ‘life hacks’.

  • Fox buys Hulu's Stephen King adaptation Video


    Pay-TV channel Fox has acquired 11/22/63, the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s novel produced by Lost creator JJ Abrams.

  • Sky invests £7m in ad-tech firm


    Sky has invested £7m in advertising technology firm DataXu, continuing its spate of Silicon Valley-style deals.

  • Walter Presents hits 1m views


    Channel 4’s foreign-language VoD service Walter Presents has reached 1m views two weeks after launching.

  • BT takes first step into VR with basketball trial


    BT Sport has taken its first step into virtual reality – trialling an immersive experience at the NBA Global Games clash at the O2 arena in London last week.

  • SBTV partners with PA


    Digital music brand SBTV has partnered with the Press Association to launch an online video news service aimed at young audiences.

  • Family shows to help Netflix hit 600 original hours


    Netflix is to feature 600 hours of original programming this year and has issued a call for producers to bring it scripted family comedies and dramas.

  • Walter Presents grabs Latin American drama


    More than 100 hours of Latin American drama is to be added to Channel 4’s foreign-language service Walter Presents after it acquired six titles from HBO Latin America, Globo and SpaceWoW.

  • Sky Q bolsters on-demand video offering


    Sky has bolstered the range of short-form video content it will make available via its next-generation set-top box after signing deals with Barcroft TV, Electus and Funny Or Die.

  • All 4 Games unveils debut slate


    A sinister martial arts beat-em-up and a side-scrolling zeppelin bombing game are among the first clutch of titles to be published by Channel 4’s new gaming division.

  • BBC to personalise iPlayer for connected-TV apps


    BBC iPlayer is preparing to roll out personalisation services across its connected-TV apps in 2016 after Christmas viewing on the platform rose by a third.

  • E4 in Netflix drama co-pro deal


    E4 has struck a landmark deal with Netflix to co-produce an online gaming-inspired series from the creator of Skins, as part of plans to supercharge drama on the youth channel.

  • Digital platform TRX makes senior hires


    TRX, the online international distribution service set up by David and Matthew Frank, has made a number of hires ahead of international TV market Natpe.

  • EastEnders tops Xmas catch-up viewing


    EastEnders came out on top in the festive catch-up stakes, as the BBC reported a 32% uplift in viewing over connected TVs and games consoles.

  • Netflix expands into 130 countries Video


    Netflix has launched in 130 new countries including India, Turkey and Russia, rounding out its global expansion.

  • BBC1 tops Twitter chart with 15m messages Video


    BBC1 was the most tweeted-about channel in 2015 after racking up 15 million messages on the social media platform.

  • Vice hires UK digital content chief Video


    Vice has hired Welcome to Rio producer Wendie Ottewill to head its digital programming in the UK.

  • BBC object-based trials explained


    Alex Farber reports on four projects designed to improve efficiency and evolve storytelling

  • BBC’s future-gazing revealed


    The BBC is developing personalised dramas, radio shows that talk directly to listeners, and technology to record live events remotely, as it looks to shape the future of broadcasting.

  • BBC News pilots auto-translate tool Video


    The BBC is trialling ‘virtual voice-over’ technology around its short-form news content – allowing a report to be automatically translated into multiple languages.

  • All 4 recruits managing editor


    Channel 4 has promoted its head of viewer relationship management Charlie Palmer to be managing editor of All 4.

  • Walter Presents acquires HBO Lat Am dramas


    Channel 4-backed foreign-language drama service Walter Presents has acquired a raft of programming from Latin America.

  • iPlayer launches on Apple TV


    BBC Store customers will be able to stream their purchases via mobile and tablet devices for the first time – as iPlayer launches on Apple TV.

  • Brown Eyed Boy lands US comedy show


    Vicious indie Brown Eyed Boy is to produce a comedy-entertainment series for a major new US video-on-demand service. 

  • Frank brothers’ online sales tool targets 10,000-hour catalogue


    TRX, the online international distribution service set up by David and Matthew Frank, is aiming to build a catalogue of up to 10,000 hours by the middle of next year.

  • Ofcom: UK TV viewers most advanced in world


    The UK is the most sophisticated TV watching nation in the world, with more viewers getting their content fix online than ever before, according to Ofcom research.

  • Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney launches indie and lands Elle deal


    BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney has launched a production company and landed a series of podcasts for female-lifestyle magazine Elle UK.

  • BBC 'interested' in offering iPlayer across EU


    Licence fee payers could be able to access iPlayer while in the EU within two years amid European Commission (EC) plans to modernise copyright rules.

  • BBC Learning puts out call for VR space game


    European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake’s forthcoming journey into space has inspired the BBC to kick off a search for a major virtual reality game.

  • Amazon deal boosts Lookout


    Lookout Point’s ambitions to move into creative production were handed a boost this week after Amazon picked up its first original project, Parisian fashion drama The Collection.

  • Comms agency Way to Blue acquires Project Factory


    Communications agency Way To Blue has acquired UK and Australian-based digital creative agency The Project Factory (TPF).

  • Virgin returns to content business


    Virgin Media has returned to the content business after picking up US horror series Ash vs Evil Dead for its video on-demand service.

  • Amazon orders first UK drama original


    Amazon has ordered its first UK drama – a period fashion drama from War and Peace co-producer Lookout Point.

  • The Apprentice proves popular online


    The Apprentice has dominated online viewing over the past four weeks – accounting for four of the top 10 most-watched shows on-demand.

  • AOL takes on Vice with Huffington Post videos


    AOL is hunting for a handful of short-form video series as it aims to take on Vice News by commissioning UK content for Huffington Post for the first time.

  • BBC sets out Midlands plans


    BBC Birmingham is ready to become the centre of the corporation’s digital future, according to recently installed boss Joe Godwin.

  • BBC Store kicks off social campaign Video


    BBC Store has rolled out a social media campaign encouraging consumers to vote for their favourite drama characters to help raise awareness of the download-to-own service.

  • Somethin' Else cleans up at kids' Baftas


    Somethin’ Else was the big winner at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards, taking home three awards including best indie.

  • Sky News moves into virtual reality Video


    Sky News has released a virtual reality film designed to show what the migrant crisis is like through the eyes of a refugee.

  • ITN establishes ‘always on’ branded video service


    ITN Productions has established a branded video content service, dubbed Real Time Studios, to create an ‘always-on’ production presence for brands.

  • Sky unveils premium set-top box


    Sky has unveiled a new premium set-top box that will support ultra high-definition channels and make it easier for subscribers to access content on the move.

  • Nordic digital service Viaplay moves into originals


    Nordic subscription VoD service Viaplay is moving into original programming with its first commission, comedy Swedish Dicks.

  • App brings new audience to Agatha Christie story


    Agatha Christie short story The Mysterious Mr Quin is to be transformed into an immersive app adventure, as the novelist’s rightsholder refreshes the brand for a younger generation.

  • Jimmy Carr to record Netflix special Video


    Jimmy Carr will become the first UK comedian to record an original stand-up show for Netflix.

  • VOTE: Do you plan on making any purchases from BBC Store? Video


    Have your say

  • Panorama trials digital-only documentary


    Panorama is to tell the story of the closure of Redcar’s steelworks via a 50-day digital experiment across Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

  • Curation central to BBC Store Video


    The BBC is to tap into its heritage of curating television to help set apart its download-to-own service from rivals.

  • Vice to launch US TV channel Video


    Vice is to launch its first linear TV channel in the US after striking a deal with A+E Networks.

  • C4 against closure of iPlayer loophole


    Channel 4 has sounded concerns about government proposals to close the iPlayer loophole - but argued that if the move goes ahead it must include non-PSB services.

  • The Economist eyes TV after online video debut


    The Economist is eyeing commissions from traditional television broadcasters after releasing its first online film series.

  • Vice cements role as disruptor


    Vice Media is set to shake up the British television landscape next year as it launches a linear channel and doubles its production presence.

  • SBTV opens up in US Video


    Youth-music website SBTV is expanding into the US and has appointed a head of production to lead the charge.

  • Fulwell 73 to explore 'big' sports data


    The Class of ’92 producer Fulwell 73 is to produce an online series about sports analysis featuring contributions from Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Clive Woodward.

  • The X Factor embraces Periscope


    The X Factor has tapped into live video-streaming app Periscope to offer fans a peek backstage after Shotglass Media renewed its digital deal with Social Life.

  • Doctor Foster helps VoD jump 1m hours


    The growing popularity of BBC1 drama Doctor Foster helped grow the volume of viewing to the broadcaster’s on-demand services by over 1m hours week-on-week.

  • Leopard Films exec to lead The Space


    Leopard Films head of arts and performance Fiona Morris has been appointed chief executive and creative director of BBC and Arts Council England joint-venture The Space.

  • Frank Skinner to host weekly iPlayer talk show


    Frank Skinner is to front a weekly BBC iPlayer show designed to highlight content on the on-demand service.

  • Amazon picks up Lucifer and Into The Badlands


    Amazon has picked up dark comic book drama Lucifer and martial arts thriller Into The Badlands as it continues to grab first-run acquisitions of US shows.

  • Vice eyes UK linear channel Video


    Vice is to double the size of its production presence in the UK ahead of the launch of a linear TV channel.

  • C4 to personalise ads in All 4's live streams


    Channel 4 is to introduce personalised advertising into live streams on All 4 after signing a deal with ad-replacement service Yospace.

  • Disney launches subscription app


    Disney is launching an app which will offer consumers the ability to stream its television episodes and movies and access a range of albums and books.

  • Vice holds blackout to call for release of imprisoned journalist Video


    Vice Media imposed a two-hour blackout of its network of websites earlier today to call for the release of Mohammed Rasool, a journalist who has been imprisoned for 56 days by the Turkish authorities.  

  • Samsung sponsors All 4 supper club format


    Atomized Entertainment is to produce an ad-funded pop-up restaurant format for Channel 4’s digital service.  

  • Geordie Shore star launches YouTube channel Video


    Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby has partnered with Sassy Films to launch a YouTube channel featuring fan-suggested challenges, comedy pieces and vlogs.

  • Little Dot accesses vloggers for first TV commission


    Digital producer Little Dot has secured its first television commission – a documentary about vloggers for BBC3.

  • UK indie secures Huffington Post series


    UK indie Broad Bean Media is producing a 10-part web series for The Huffington Post, fronted by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.

  • BBC Sport app gets personal


    BBC Sport will allow fans to follow the progress of their favourite teams more closely as part of personalised functionality being introduced to its app.

  • Amazon heads Back To The Present


    Amazon has acquired a Back To The Future-themed documentary after striking a deal with Vivendi-owned distributor Can’t Stop Media and Studiocanal.

  • Netflix prepares to tackle Vice News


    Netflix is preparing to push into offering youth-skewing news and current affairs programming, putting the subscription service on a collision course with Vice News.

  • Global ambition for Mr Robot Video


    Sam Esmail, creator of the US hacking drama opens up about the Amazon deal for one of cable’s hottest shows

  • Bigballs eyes US and Asia with £7m investment Video


    Digital producer Bigballs Media (BBM) is to expand further into the US and enter the Asian market after securing £7m of investment from Liberty Global and VC firm

  • British Gas funds second C4 Short


    Phil Spencer is to front Channel 4’s latest advertiser-funded short – a six-part property format funded by British Gas.

  • iPlayer to stream Elton John concert


    BBC iPlayer is to offer visitors an exclusive Elton John performance from Cornwall’s Eden Project.

  • Liberty buys stake in Bigballs


    Liberty Global has continued its UK indie acquisition spree with the purchase of a stake in You, Me and the Apocalypse co-producer Bigballs Media.

  • Scripps eyes UKTV web shows following Poland deal


    UKTV joint owner Scripps Interactive Networks has earmarked an initial $1m to create original web commissions for TVN, the Polish broadcaster it bought earlier this year.

  • Freeview targets middle ground with Play launch


    Freeview is aiming its connected-TV proposition at the 11 million homes that fall between those firmly committed to either pay- or free-to-air TV.

  • Barb to extend TV Player Report


    Devices such as Xboxes and connected TVs are next on the agenda for Barb as it attempts to ramp up the data collection for its TV Player Report.

  • Monterosa secures £1m and appoints chairman


    Second-screen specialist Monterosa has secured £1.2m of funding and appointed The Mill chief executive Robin Shenfield as chairman.

  • Walter Presents strikes major deals ahead of launch


    Walter Presents (WP), the Channel 4-backed foreign language drama service, has acquired a raft of titles including Luc Besson’s No Limit and Swiss drama Ten.

  • YouTube stars establish indie


    YouTube stars Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg have established their own production company as they aim to produce further linear TV formats.

  • Vice eyes new channels and TV expansion Video


    Vice is to launch a number of online channels and push further into linear television over the next 12 months.

  • Princess sizes up YouTube talent to boost its slate


    Princess Productions is eyeing vlogging talent to bolster its factual entertainment slate, following its deal to produce a 12-hour Stand Up To Cancer event for YouTube.

  • C4 in foreign drama push


    Channel 4’s forthcoming foreign-language service Walter Presents will launch with around 140 hours of programming and intends to grow its catalogue to 1,000 hours within three years.

  • Rivals ‘open’ to BBC bid for British VoD service


    ITV and Channel 4 are open to discussing the BBC’s vision to create a best-of-British video-on-demand service, designed to compete with global players including Netflix and Amazon.

  • Beau Willimon talks TV disruption


    Netflix political drama House Of Cards was one of the first major online originations to disrupt the linear television ecology.

  • UKIE boss urges BBC to recognise value of gaming


    Games industry trade body boss Jo Twist has urged the BBC to recognise the cultural significance of the format.  

  • Bake Off triumphs in VoD battle Video


    UK viewers consumed 11.2m hours of on-demand content during the week ending 20 September, with The Great British Bake Off triumphing as the most-viewed show online.

  • BBC3 eyes more People Just Do Nothing


    The Kurupt FM crew is set to survive BBC3’s move online, with the youth channel keen to commission a third series of People Just Do Nothing.

  • Partners in Crime co-producer hires UK chief


    Partners In Crime co-producer RLJ Entertainment has hired former Fremantle Media exec Shane Murphy as managing director of its UK production business.

  • C4 hunts All 4 managing editor


    Channel 4 is dialling up its short-form content strategy with the creation of a managing editor role with access to a “multi-million pound” commissioning budget.

  • C4 foreign-language VoD service set for 2016 debut


    Channel 4 is to launch its foreign-language streaming service in January, with big-budget German period drama Deutschland 83 becoming its first high-profile acquisition.

  • Charlie Brooker seals Netflix deal for Black Mirror


    Charlie Brooker has inked a deal with Netflix for a 12-episode run of dystopian drama Black Mirror – although the UK and Ireland rights surrounding the series are yet to be resolved.

  • Netflix & Vimeo launch on Oculus VR headset


    Netflix, Hollywood studio Fox and VoD service Vimeo have partnered with Oculus to develop apps that will enable consumers to view their content via its virtual reality headset.

  • Amazon hacks into Mr Robot Video


    Amazon has continued its aggressive acquisition of first-run TV shows with the purchase of US hacker drama Mr Robot.

  • iPlayer orders first scripted feature film


    The BBC has commissioned its first feature-length scripted film for iPlayer – a comedy drama based on the rivalry between snooker players Alex Higgins and Steve Davis.

  • Amazon lines up pilot slate


    Amazon Prime Instant Video has unveiled its latest slate of pilots from creators including Louis CK, Sacha Baron Cohen and Diablo Cody.

  • The technology shaping TV’s future


    After previously examining the history of how broadcasting and IT have grown together, in Fujitsu’s final article for Broadcast, Haydn Jones offers a vision of where TV could be going next

  • Endemol Shine loads first PC game Video


    Endemol Shine UK has moved into PC gaming for the first time – launching a ninja fighter months after offloading games division Bossa Studios.

  • Serial podcast turns attention to US Army


    The second series of popular podcast Serial will focus on the case of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier who was captured by the Taliban after disappearing from his base in Afghanistan under mysterious circumstances in 2009.

  • UKTV shifts YouTube strategy


    UKTV has begun phasing out its individual brands on YouTube after introducing a single, broadcaster-wide channel on the video-sharing platform.

  • Family Guy leads ITV VoD revamp


    ITV is to replace its website and VoD player with ITV Hub, a single destination which will become the first broadcaster service to offer online access to Family Guy in the UK.   

  • Youview prepares rich data for partners


    Youview is to begin providing rich data from its set-top boxes to stakeholders – offering them a level of information similar to that mined by Sky.

  • ITN Productions closes YouTube channel Video


    ITN Productions has closed down its YouTube-backed citizen journalism channel Truthloader after three years and is understood to be focusing its digital work on branded content.

  • Broadcasters raise concerns over EE TV


    ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have raised major concerns about an innovative catch-up tool on fledgling television service EE TV.

  • Sky ups stake in VR firm


    Sky has extended its financial backing of Jaunt – taking the total amount it has invested in the virtual reality (VR) service to around £1m.

  • Princess to make YouTube cancer fundraiser


    Princess Productions will team up with well-known vloggers to produce a 12-hour live-streamed event on YouTube for Stand Up To Cancer.

  • BBC trials interactive Casualty


    The BBC has launched an interactive episode of Casualty via BBC Taster, its online testing ground.

  • Travel Channel trials live restart service


    Travel Channel is to become the first broadcaster to trial Arqiva’s live restart functionality, allowing viewers to instantly skip back to the start of any programme during its broadcast.

  • BBC Music drums up iPlayer formats


    BBC Music is searching for original entertainment formats for iPlayer - with a focus on shows with female-appeal.

  • Sky Sports kicks Soccer AM onto YouTube Video


    Sky Sports show Soccer AM is to launch across social media platforms including YouTube and Vine following a partnership with multiplatform network Whistle Sports.

  • MCN boss in YouTube warning


    Producers have been urged to think beyond YouTube to platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram when creating online video - but warned that there are no shortcuts to developing bespoke content.

  • BBC is blocking path to innovation


    Nigel Walley, managing director of TV consultancy Decipher asks whatever happened to the BBC’s promise to deliver its channels wherever and whenever?

  • VoD study finds 'room for improvement'


    Almost three-quarters of consumers think that there is “room for improvement” among on-demand and live streaming services, according to a study by VoD technology provider Brightcove.

  • BBC4 plans interactive pop music series


    7 Wonder is to produce a four-part interactive history format about pop music for BBC4.

  • Sky: bulk of Now TV customers new to pay-TV


    Some 90% of Sky’s Now TV subscribers have never previously considered signing up to a pay-TV service, according to its director Gidon Katz.

  • BBC invites viewers to 'remix' shows


    The BBC is offering fans of EastEnders, Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing the ability to create their own versions of the shows.

  • BBC to ‘revolutionise’ kids’ broadcasting with iPlay


    The BBC is to expand the breadth of its children’s output via iPlay - an online service that will become the front door to the corporation’s offering for kids.

  • ITV launches playalong Rugby World Cup app


    ITV has launched an interactive playalong app as a companion to its 2015 Rugby World Cup coverage.

  • BBC eyes industry-wide VoD service to rival Netflix


    The BBC has floated the idea of launching a Project Kangaroo-style online platform featuring the best of British content from a variety of sources.

  • iPlayer to allow users to ‘binge watch’ BBC drama


    Flagship BBC dramas will be made available to “binge watch” on a Netflix-style model via iPlayer as the broadcaster bids to keep pace with evolving audience demands.

  • Freeview connected TV service to launch in October


    Freeview’s connected TV service, featuring iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5, is to launch in October.

  • Google UK boss reaches out to content creators


    Head of Google EMEA Matt Brittin has pledged to work with professional content creators to help grow the level of investment in YouTube.

  • Amazon ramps up non-scripted plans


    Amazon has kicked off a hunt for a range of reality formats as the battle between SVoD platforms moves into non-scripted.

  • BBC News website under fire from newspapers


    The News Media Association (NMA) has called on the BBC to “significantly tighten” the scope of its online news service and collaborate rather than compete with the commercial news sector.

  • BBCW commissions YouTube duo


    BBC Worldwide has partnered with YouTube talent Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg to produce a feature-length programme overseen by the team behind the Top Gear specials.

  • Vice News condemns arrest of filmmakers in Turkey


    Vice News has condemned the Turkish government after two of its reporters were charged with terrorist offences.

  • Fincham: ITV not under threat from Netflix


    Peter Fincham has played down the threat of losing out on major shows to VoD services and claimed that Netflix’s £100m commission of The Crown and Amazon’s deal with Jeremy Clarkson were “exceptional things”.

  • Making virtual footy a reality


    Sky’s Monday Night Football is pushing the boundaries of live graphics, Alex Farber reports

  • BBCW reveals online strategy


    BBC Worldwide has established a dedicated Digital Studio team that will ramp up the volume of online content it creates.

  • Sky News moves into podcasts


    Sky News is to tap into the success of Sarah Koenig’s Serial with the launch of a five-part podcast.

  • EE TV launches mobile-first features


    Mobile operator EE has unveiled a host of mobile-first features designed to help personalise its fledgling TV service.

  • BBC2 tops social media study


    BBC2 has come out on top of a study into which terrestrial broadcaster is the best-performing on social media. 

  • iPlayer turns on live restart & pause & play


    iPlayer’s catch-up and personalisation features are to be extended across multiple platforms to give audiences greater control of the service.

  • Endemol Shine acquires animation firm Video


    Endemol Shine UK has acquired a majority stake in the animation firm responsible for Simon’s Cat.

  • C4 piloting Shorts on Android


    Channel 4 is piloting some short-form content via its All 4 Android app to test audience interest before rolling out wider.

  • Endemol Beyond promotes Georg Ramme to global boss


    Endemol Beyond, the digital arm of Endemol Shine Group, has appointed Georg Ramme as its global managing director.

  • Amazon reverses declines as Netflix extends lead


    Amazon Prime Instant Video reversed declines during 2014 to reach 1.2 million UK homes this year – but it remains well behind rival VoD service Netflix, according to the latest Ofcom study.

  • Channel 4 Shorts strategy revealed


    Channel 4 digital chief Richard Davidson-Houston has lifted the lid on the broadcaster’s burgeoning short-form content strategy after it spent around £1m in its first year.

  • ITV takes stake in YouTube network for mums Video


    ITV has taken a minority stake in Channel Mum, the YouTube multichannel network aimed at mothers.

  • HBO and Showtime eye global OTT launches


    US broadcasters HBO and Showtime are to begin rolling out OTT services internationally.

  • How Amazon secured the Top Gear team


    Producer Andy Wilman’s full interview, which reveals the promise of a big budget and creative freedom sealed the deal for the SVoD service

  • BBC trials VR to support blue-chip nature series


    The BBC is hoping to capture underwater virtual reality footage of some of the world’s most spectacular marine animals as part of a range of innovative content to support live natural history series Big Blue Live.

  • Endemol Shine launches Two Tribes game


    An animated Richard Osman has been created as part of an app based on Endemol Shine UK’s BBC2 gameshow Two Tribes.

  • Row breaks out over C4's Muslim Drag Queens Video


    A row has broken out over Channel 4 documentary Muslim Drag Queens, after the creator of a Guardian film with a similar title and subject area claimed to have been sidelined from the project.

  • Endemol Shine gaming arm completes MBO


    Endemol Shine UK’s games developer Bossa Studios has completed a management buyout from the mega-indie.

  • Amazon hires European video chief


    BT director of TV Alex Green is to become the European boss of Amazon Instant Video – the online service that yesterday struck a landmark deal with the former Top Gear team.   

  • Andy Wilman lifts bonnet on Top Gear team’s Amazon deal


    Andy Wilman has lifted the bonnet on the former Top Gear team’s landmark deal with Amazon Prime Video, explaining that they will be “left alone” to take the best of their old show and update it for a “new world” audience.

  • Five fast facts: Clarkson and co’s Amazon deal


    Broadcast rounds up the key facts from the former Top Gear team’s landmark deal with Amazon Prime Video.

  • Former Top Gear team to make series for Amazon


    Amazon Prime Video has emerged as the surprise home of the new motoring show from Jeremy Clarkson and his former Top Gear team.

  • Sky eyes Euro expansion for Now TV


    Sky is preparing to roll-out Now TV across Europe, aggressively taking on Netflix in the online video space.

  • BBC hunts for virtual reality ideas


    The BBC is to invest £100,000 in immersive virtual reality ideas to trial via BBC Taster - its online testing ground for innovative projects.

  • Barb prepares to publish VoD data


    Audience research organisation Barb will publish figures on the level of on-demand and live-streamed viewing for the first time in September.

  • Maker Studios asks UK indie to make GamesMaster-style pilot


    Maker Studios has commissioned its first pilot from a UK indie – a GamesMaster-style video game show produced by Somethin’ Else.

  • Little Dot poaches Maverick exec for TV push


    Little Dot Studios has set its sights on a move into linear TV production after hiring three Maverick execs, including creative director of digital Dan Jones.

  • Catch-up TV replaces PVR for connected consumers


    Broadcaster catch-up services are generating increased levels of traffic, with connected consumers more likely to use services such as iPlayer than to watch recorded TV, according to a Mediatel report.

  • Sky Sports scores online Premier League clips


    Sky Sports has won the rights to offer near live Premier League digital clips, which will also feature on The Times and The Sun website.

  • Global audiences bypass iPlayer restrictions


    A report on the viewing demographics of iPlayer has found that almost 65m people are bypassing geo-restrictions to access the platform from outside of the UK.

  • Atomized wins race to follow Atlantic Challenge


    Multiplatform producer Atomized is to follow the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge rowing race after winning a competitive pitch from ad-funded programming business Precious.

  • Somethin’ Else to bolster MTV shows’ social profile


    Somethin’ Else is to turbocharge the online profile of shows including Geordie Shore, Ex On The Beach and Judge Geordie after picking up a social media contract from MTV.

  • BBCW looks to digital future


    BBC Worldwide chief executive Tim Davie is determined not to suffer the same fate as the music industry by ensuring his distribution business remains profitable as it makes the transition to digital.

  • Extras exec steers talent from BBC3


    Veteran comedy producer Charlie Hanson has claimed that BBC3 is no longer his first port of call for pitching new comedy ideas and urged talent to produce and distribute work themselves.

  • Robert Marsh joins Sassy Films


    Sassy Films has hired former Fremantle Media and Zodiak Active exec Robert Marsh to set up a dedicated digital division.

  • Dan Snow to front Spitfire dig on YouTube Video


    Ballista Media is to livestream the unearthing of a rare MRK II Spitfire via its History Hit YouTube channel.

  • Sky commits to improving VoD subtitles


    Sky has guaranteed that all of its most popular on-demand programming will be supported by subtitles by next summer.

  • YouTube talent agency in long-form projects push


    Social media management agency Gleam Futures has kicked off talks with broadcasters and platforms about securing long-form commissions featuring its portfolio of YouTube talent.

  • Amazon's Audible orders five audio pilots


    Hunderby’s Kevin Eldon and Outnumbered’s Hugh Dennis are among the stars to have signed up to appear in a slew of comedy pilots from Amazon-backed digital audio service Audible.

  • TV viewing among young down 18%


    TV viewing among young adults has fallen by 18% over the past five years, according to Ofcom.

  • TVPlayer launches subscription service


    OTT video service Simplestream has struck deals with broadcasters including A+E Networks, Discovery, Nat Geo, Sony and UKTV to launch a subscription service.

  • BBC seeks to spark kids’ interest in digital careers


    The BBC is attempting to help bridge the digital skills gap by sparking children’s interest in career opportunities in the space.

  • iPlayer set for 'evolution'


    iPlayer is set to be transformed from its catch-up roots to a digital service that debuts shows ahead of linear TX and features an array of third-party content, after the BBC Trust approved executive plans.

  • Sky hunts for kids' boss


    Sky is to launch a dedicated app for children and is hunting for a head of kids’ content after beefing up its library of shows for youngsters.

  • Kavanagh: Vice success points way for BBC3


    Vice News’ double win at last week’s Broadcast Digital Awards has added weight to the proposals to move BBC3 online, according to channel controller Damian Kavanagh.

  • All 4 orders Foster’s-funded short


    All 4 has ordered a raft of shorts including its latest ad-funded series in partnership with Foster’s.

  • Twitter UK chief: how to succeed with Periscope


    Good timing, a strong wi-fi connection and a selfie stick are some of the secrets to getting the best out of Periscope, according to Twitter’s UK head of news and government partnerships.

  • Talpa strikes Chinese VoD deal


    ITV-owned producer Talpa Media has been commissioned to produce a reality format for Chinese digital service Tencent.

  • BBC launches Newsbeat app


    BBC Newsbeat has launched its first mobile app, featuring trending tweets, Instagram posts and YouTube clips, to serve younger audiences with relevant news.

  • Lebara launches foreign-language TV service


    Migrant community brand Lebara has launched a set-top box and multiplatform service offering access to a raft of foreign-language channels.

  • BBC social media exec joins Netflix


    BBC social media manager Rajiv Nathwani is leaving the broadcaster to join Netflix.

  • BBC partners with ABC for YouTube channel Video


    BBC current affairs has partnered with ABC News to launch a YouTube channel featuring videos about topical issues, including illegal immigrants and fast fashion.

  • BBC tests brain-controlled iPlayer Video


    The BBC has developed an internal iPlayer prototype which can be controlled by viewers’ brainwaves.

  • Dial Square unveils TV sales tool


    Dial Square 86 has put its investment strategy on hold to focus on the launch of an online trading platform designed to shake up the distribution market.

  • Believe eyes ITV co-pros Video


    Believe Entertainment Group, ITV’s first digital investment, has revealed plans to co-produce content with other ITV-owned businesses and launch a UK division.

  • Breathe Sport moves into live streaming Video


    Goal Hanger Films, the indie established last year by Gary Lineker and former ITV Sport controller Tony Pastor, has begun producing live shows for digital sport service Breathe Sport.

  • Cartoon Network launches UGC kids service


    Cartoon Network is launching a website to encourage kids to create their own characters and stories.

  • All 4 seeks 'grabby' factual shorts


    Channel 4’s on-demand service All 4 is hunting for “grabby” factual series with a budget of around £18000.

  • Online video to net 10% of UK viewing by 2020


    YouTube and its rivals are set to grow their share of UK viewing to 10% in the next five years – potentially sparking significant investment in original content by broadcasters and indies.

  • BT to offer Netflix Ultra HD on Youview


    BT is preparing to offer Netflix in ultra high definition and Sky Sports channels in high definition as it prepares to launch its latest Youview set top box.

  • Discovery launches SVoD service


    Discovery is launching a general entertainment and live sports subscription VoD service across Europe. 

  • Left Bank pitches ‘Downton meets Deadwood’ to Amazon


    The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures is in talks with Amazon about a “Downton Abbey meets Deadwood” drama.

  • BBC1 plans Instagram push Video


    The BBC is planning to turbocharge its Instagram profile after an executive claimed that it has learned more about social media from brands, including Burberry, Nike and Netflix, than rival broadcasters.

  • YouTubers eye longer formats


    Increasing opportunity exists for online talent to cross over into TV and film following the success of stars such as Zoella.

  • BBC3 to be less ‘secretive’ about production process


    BBC3 is to open up its production processes as it bids to reach audiences online, according to the channel’s digital controller.

  • ITV taps into Periscope for BGT final


    Britain’s Got Talent is preparing to use live video streaming service Periscope to offer viewers a behind the scenes glimpse of this weekend’s final.

  • iPlayer figures fall for third consecutive month Video


    BBC iPlayer requests dropped for the third consecutive month in April prompting platform boss Dan Taylor-Watt to write a blog putting the figures in context.

  • StyleHaul: Appeal of YouTube stars will not fade as fans age


    Vlogging will become a more mainstream form of video content as young fans grow up with the format, according to StyleHaul director of UK talent Jody Flanagan.

  • Half of UK homes own a tablet Video


    More than half of UK homes own a tablet just five years after the devices launched.

  • Netflix 9m subs short of competing with Sky


    Netflix must sign up a further 9m UK subscribers before it is able to compete with Sky for content rights.

  • Jamie Oliver adds family channel to YouTube network


    Jools Oliver is to feature alongside her husband Jamie in a family-themed YouTube channel produced by Fresh One.

  • Kavanagh: BBC3 can be digital pioneer for the industry


    BBC3 digital controller Damian Kavanagh has outlined his ambition for BBC3 to act as a ‘pathfinder’ for the future of digital TV.

  • Sky expands kids VoD by 600%


    Sky is to beef up its VoD library of kids content by 600% - offering subscribers access to around 4000 episodes of shows including Spongebob Squarepants and Horrible Histories.

  • Spotify moves into video


    Digital music service Spotify has agreed deals with rights holders including BBC Worldwide, Comedy Central, Maker Studios, Turner Broadcasting and Vice Media as it prepares to feature a raft of audio and video content.   

  • BBC freezes recruitment for digital content director


    The BBC has called a temporary halt to its hunt for a digital content director after it struggled to find the right candidate and to allow incoming executive Emma Swain to clarify the remit of the role.

  • Zodiak secures Versailles sales


    Versailles, the English-language Canal+ drama written by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft, has been pre-sold in Germany and Spain by Zodiak Rights.

  • Endemol Shine reveals digital plans


    Endemol Shine UK is to continue to operate its multichannel networks ChannelFlip and Endemol Beyond as separate businesses and handed responsibility for both to commercial director Laurence Jones.

  • Maker Studios appoints head of international content


    Disney-owned multichannel network (MCN) Maker Studios has hired Dubplate Drama creator Luke Hyams as head of international content.

  • Netflix update: SVoD giant hunts six shows a year


    More details have emerged of Netflix’s non-scripted commissioning push, with the SVoD giant hunting up to six shows a year.

  • Greg James pens pilot for BBC Comedy Feeds


    Radio 1 DJ Greg James has co-written a sitcom about a luckless DJ as part of the fourth wave of Comedy Feeds pilots, which will launch on BBC iPlayer later this year.

  • Netflix opens up to UK indies


    Netflix has opened its doors to the wider UK indie community for the first time, as it hunts for ambitious entertainment and fact ent formats.

  • Amazon returns to Ripper Street


    Amazon Prime Instant Video has continued its push into originations by commissioning a further two series of period crime drama Ripper Street.

  • Viewers set to increase spend on digital content


    The average UK household spends £30-35 a year on digital television and movies, with 30% expecting to “significantly increase” their spending over the next two years, according to a study by OC&C Strategy Consultants.

  • European Commission unveils digital content shake-up


    The European Commission (EC) has unveiled plans to create a Digital Single Market in a move that could have a significant impact on the way that TV series are sold across Europe and how online giants like Netflix and Amazon operate on the continent.

  • VIDEO: Danny Dyer takes on C4's Two Players Video


    Ever wondered what would happen if Danny Dyer and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson teamed up to play video games? Well wonder no more.

  • BBC Store to undergo major trial


    BBC Worldwide chief executive Tim Davie has confirmed that download-to-own service BBC Store is to enter a major beta trial in June ahead of a full autumn launch.

  • Icon’s River Monsters to hook viewers on YouTube


    Bristol-based indie Icon Films has launched a dedicated YouTube channel for River Monsters, managed by All3Media digital arm Little Dot Studios.

  • Peter Kay sitcom draws 2.8m iPlayer views


    Peter Kay’s debut BBC1 sitcom, Car Share, has become iPlayer’s most successful box-set launch after it generated 2.8m requests.

  • C4 hires viewer relationship chief


    Channel 4 has promoted Charlie Palmer to head of viewer relationship management following the departure of Steve Forde last month.

  • Sky closes 3D channel


    Sky is closing its 3D linear channel and making all the programmed available to view on-demand.

  • Simon Cowell cues up DJ format with Yahoo


    Simon Cowell has teamed up with Done + Dusted to produce a DJ competition format for online portal Yahoo.

  • i-D lands first commission from C4


    Vice Media’s fashion magazine i-D has landed its first TV series, weeks after hiring Ravi Amaratungara as its head of video.

  • C4 News creates GIF wall


    Channel 4 has launched a news site that features short stories supported by shareable animated GIFs.

  • C4 sets out model to grow games business


    Channel 4’s freshly launched games publishing arm is to take around a 15% share of revenue from developers’ apps to engineer a “win-win” situation in which it drives more traffic to its own titles.

  • Netflix turns to natural history


    The producer of Netflix’s first major natural history series has lifted the lid on how his company secured a slice of the subscription VoD service’s £2.15bn content budget.

  • BBC News opens up website to local publishers


    Local newspaper publishers will be able to submit their best stories for inclusion on the local BBC News sites following a trial in West Yorkshire and the North East.

  • C4 establishes mobile games arm


    Channel 4 is to promote mobile games from third-party developers across its All 4 platform as part of plans for a games publishing arm.

  • Netflix commissions Planet Earth creators


    Netflix has ordered an eight-part series from the makers of Planet Earth as it expands its original content push into factual programming.

  • Broadcast Digital Awards: first nominees unveiled


    The first shortlist for the Broadcast Digital Awards 2015 has been revealed – featuring nominations in categories including best app, game, original web channel and entertainment channel.

  • Wall to Wall to evolve Voice UK app for 2016 Video


    Wall to Wall Television is drawing up plans to evolve its HomeCoach app after more than 10 million virtual cards were traded over the course of The Voice UK series.

  • BBC orders study into emojis


    The BBC’s top presenters could be depicted online via a series of bespoke emojis after the corporation commissioned a report into the graphics ahead of BBC3’s proposed move online.

  • Amazon eyes international comedy push Video


    MipTV: Amazon is to open its doors to international producers as it ramps up the amount of original comedy that it commissions. 

  • Fremantle launches digital indie Shotglass


    Fremantle Media UK has relaunched its digital arm as Shotglass Media, which will produce an array of innovative digital content.

  • Endemol Shine to restructure digital divisions


    Endemol Shine Group is sizing up how to integrate its separate standalone digital divisions as it emerged Channelflip boss Claire Tavernier has stepped down and the multichannel network is to relocate to west London.

  • Battle for Number 10 tops Twitter chat


    The upcoming general election helped boost TV-related political conversation on Twitter, as The Battle For Number 10, Question Time and coverage of the budget all performed well.

  • Top Gear fuels record daily iPlayer views


    BBC iPlayer generated its highest-ever number of average daily TV requests in February, fuelled by a renewed interest in Top Gear following the controversy surrounding the show.

  • Endemol Beyond opens online style channel


    Endemol Shine Group has partnered with YouTube star Michelle Phan to launch an online channel featuring an array of lifestyle content.

  • C4 bolsters All 4 with short-form shows


    Channel 4 has bolstered its short-form video offering with five new series ahead of the launch of its digital platform All 4.

  • BBCW hires Labs head for start-up push


    BBC Worldwide has appointed Lucy Fredericks to head up its Labs initiative as it prepares to roll-out the fourth iteration of its digital media start-up initiative.

  • C4 unwraps 4oD replacement All 4


    Channel 4 has previewed All 4, the digital service which will replace 4oD, ahead of its launch on 30 March.

  • Pact warns of ‘threat’ from EU digital union


    Industry trade body Pact has described EU plans to create a single digital market across Europe as a “major threat” to the UK’s television industry.

  • Weekly iPlayer show to highlight BBC exclusives


    BBC iPlayer is planning a weekly show to direct viewers to its exclusive programming as part of a raft of commissions for the VoD service featuring Matt Berry, Frankie Boyle and Jo Brand.

  • ITV claims PVR viewing cost £100m


    ITV has estimated that viewing via PVRs cost the business £100m in ad revenue in 2014.

  • ITV swoops for C4 online exec


    ITV has recruited Channel 4’s head of viewer relationship management, Steve Forde, to become its director of marketing and experience for online and on demand.

  • Online talent firm weighs up move into television


    Social media talent management company Gleam Futures is eyeing a move into television for its roster of YouTube stars after hiring Maverick TV digital producer Claire McArdle.

  • Sky ups investment in video start-up


    Sky has ploughed an additional £3.4m into 1Mainstream, taking its total investment in the US video delivery platform to £4.8m.

  • BBC develops 'smart' radio service


    Director of radio Helen Boaden has warned the BBC risks damaging “our family silver” if it fails to innovate around its audio content and outlined plans to develop a “smart” digital radio service.

  • Zoella’s management firm hires Maverick exec


    Social media management firm Gleam Futures has hired Maverick digital producer Claire McArdle to develop a range of ideas for its YouTube talent roster.

  • BBC ties with tech giants for digital initiative


    The BBC has partnered with Google, Microsoft and Samsung to deliver its Make It Digital education initiative.

  • Microsoft plans to track sentiment around shows


    Microsoft has begun talks with a range of UK broadcasters about integrating its real-time audience sentiment tracking service into live events.

  • Maker Studios plots push into TV


    Maker Studios has begun pitching original show ideas to broadcasters as TV begins to take advantage of the YouTube talent revolution.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Twitter trends Video


    Click for the latest data from Kanter Media about who is tweeting about TV in the UK.

  • Netflix acquires US remake of The Returned


    Netflix is to offer its subscribers the US version of The Returned after striking a global rights deal with Fremantle Media International for the zombie remake.

  • Beamly targets UK after US success


    Beamly, the service previously called Zeebox, has set its sights on deals with UK broadcasters after overhauling its offering and finding success in the US.

  • ITV online 'very profitable' after VoD jumps 25%


    ITV has reported its online and interactive divisions have become “very profitable” after VoD requests jumped by over 25% year-on-year.

  • EastEnders dominates Twitter chat Video


    The 30th anniversary of EastEnders dominated the conversation on Twitter in February while The Brit Awards, Baftas and Academy Awards also sparked debate.

  • BBC to launch ‘MyBBC’ app


    The BBC will launch a personalised app this autumn that can notify users about new series launches, live sport scores, breaking news and traffic updates.

  • BBC plans data ‘revolution’


    Tony Hall will today set out plans for the BBC to harness the power of data to offer audiences Amazon-style recommendations as it bids to become a “pioneer” in the internet age.

  • iPlayer requests hit record high Video


    BBC iPlayer had a record-breaking January as requests for shows including EastEnders and Top Gear boosted the video on demand service.

  • Cave Bear scores debut order from C4's Blaps


    Ben Cavey’s fledgling label, Cave Bear Productions, has won its first piece of business - a short-form mini-series for Channel 4’s online platform Comedy Blaps.

  • Thinkbox: decline in heavy TV viewing


    Overall TV viewing fell slightly in 2014 as the number of people tuning in for more than four hours per day dipped by 7%.

  • Sky creates Twitter game to support Critical launch Video


    Sky 1 has produced a ‘choose your own adventure’-style Twitter game to support its medical drama Critical.

  • C4 to brief indies on AFP


    Channel 4 is to highlight the slots available in its schedule for ad-funded programming (AFP) as part of an overview of its strategy at an event tomorrow.

  • Dazed video chief joins Vice Media's i-D


    Dazed & Confused head of video Ravi Amaratunga is leaving the publisher to head up Vice Media-owned magazine i-D’s international video output.

  • YouTube channel Yogscast strikes TV development deal Video


    Eye/Present, the fledgling indie set up by former Cake boss Genevieve Dexter, is developing an animated series based on YouTube channel Yogscast.

  • Netflix spend in the spotlight


    Netflix is on course to become the world’s second largest buyer of content as it continues to disrupt traditional television.

  • Syco and Fremantle sign up for YouTube talent hunt


    Video analytics firm Vidiro has inked deals with Fremantle Media and Syco Entertainment to help the producers unearth emerging talent on YouTube.

  • New Form Digital backs Jack and Dean pilot


    New Form Digital, the digital studio backed by Discovery, has invested in an online short from BBC Radio 1 presenters Jack and Dean as part of a scripted pilots initiative.

  • Thunderbirds prepare to launch app


    CITV’s revamped version of Thunderbirds is to be supported by an interactive app designed to “gamify” reading for younger users.

  • Netflix spend estimated to break £3bn


    Netflix could spend as much as £3.3bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.

  • UKTV Play personalisation trial underway


    UKTV has identified three distinct groups that use its VoD service as it trials a recommendation engine to increase usage.

  • Amazon grabs Outlander for UK


    Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Left Bank Pictures’ sci-fi period drama Outlander.

  • Vice on verge of A+E deal as TV and online collide


    Vice Media, one of the pioneers of original digital content, is to shake up the US cable landscape by agreeing a deal for a programming block with A+E Networks.

  • Celebrity Big Brother takes over Twitter


    Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother steamrolled the competition on Twitter in January – accounting for eight of the top ten most tweeted about shows.

  • South Side Story trials SnapChat


    The BBC has kicked off a trial of messaging app SnapChat to support BBC3 reality show South Side Story.

  • Amazon nabs US Catastrophe rights


    Amazon Prime Instant Video has secured the exclusive US rights to Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe.

  • Idris Elba fronts BBC Taster interactive series Video


    Idris Elba is fronting a 20-part interactive series exploring the history of the world for BBC Taster, the corporation’s innovation website.

  • Analysis: Sky in Silicon Valley


    Sky will continue its spate of San Francisco acquisitions at a steady pace over the next year as the seven businesses it has already backed begin to have a direct impact on its business.

  • BBC Taster targets YouTube generation


    The BBC’s efforts to reach new audiences with digital storytelling were ratcheted up this week with the unveiling of BBC Taster.

  • Sky News and Facebook partner for election debate Video


    Sky News has partnered with Facebook as part of its Stand Up Be Counted (SUBC) initiative for an online debate in which youngsters will grill the major political leaders.

  • C4 loads up The Jump game


    Channel 4 will offer fans of The Jump the chance to get involved in the action via a mobile game.

  • BBC unveils online testing ground Video


    The BBC has launched an online proving ground to test early-stage digital content and emerging technologies.

  • BBC iPlayer commissions batch of shorts


    House of Fools indie Pett Television, Sharon Horgan’s Merman Films and Comedy Unit are among the indies responsible for a slate of iPlayer shorts.

  • Sherlock tops iPlayer chart for 2014 Video


    Sherlock was the most-watched show in iPlayer in 2014 – as drama Murdered By My Boyfriend racked up almost as many views on the VoD service as it managed on BBC3.

  • C4 assembles All 4 team


    Channel 4 has restructured its digital team ahead of the launch of its multiplatform hub All 4.

  • Short-form plan revealed for online BBC3


    The proposed online-only BBC3 will offer visitors more than 100 pieces of new-form content a month via a new Daily Stream service.

  • Hat Trick and Avalon to make BBC3 bid


    Hat Trick Productions and Avalon Entertainment are to make an audacious bid for BBC3 in an attempt to save it as a TV channel.

  • BBC unveils plans for Victoria Derbyshire show


    Victoria Derbyshire’s daytime business programme is to air simultaneously on BBC2, BBC News and online with a host of “digital-first” content.

  • BBC R&D tests virtual reality with BBC Philharmonic


    BBC R&D has produced a virtual reality pilot of a BBC Philharmonic performance as part of ongoing tests into the format.

  • Reuters to launch video app


    Reuters is planning to launch a mobile video app that will offer users a personalised news bulletin.

  • ITV trumps BBC1 for Twitter chat in December


    ITV outperformed BBC1 on Twitter in December as The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! dominated TV-related chat online.

  • Desi Rascals rushes to be ‘leaked’ on Twitter


    The rushes from Sky Living structured reality show Desi Rascals are to be ‘leaked’ on Instagram and Twitter as the broadcaster hopes to spark reaction from viewers that will help shape the show.

  • David Cameron decides against online ITV News debate Video


    Prime minister David Cameron has been accused by youth voting organisation Bite the Ballot of pulling out of a series of online leaders’ debates hosted by ITV News.

  • The X Factor & I'm A Celebrity dominate Twitter in December


    ITV outperformed BBC1 on Twitter in December as The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! dominated TV-related chat online.

  • TalkTalk to scrap Blinkbox brand


    TalkTalk has revealed plans to scrap the Blinkbox brand after acquiring the pay-per-view VoD service from Tesco earlier today.

  • TalkTalk swoops for Blinkbox


    TalkTalk has acquired pay-per-view VoD service Blinkbox from Tesco for an estimated £5m.

  • That Lot expands as TV realises power of Twitter


    Social media firm That Lot has expanded its team of writers as cofounder David Levin aims to capitalise on his belief that Twitter activity can boost a TV show’s ratings.

  • Tablet growth helps iPlayer to record December


    A week-on-week growth in tablet viewing of almost a third helped BBC iPlayer to a record-breaking Christmas week with 54.5m requests.

  • BBC hunts digital suppliers


    The BBC has kicked off a £5m hunt to find more digital producers and developers to work across its online services.

  • Cockroaches released online by ITV Video


    ITV has made the entire series of Big Talk Productions’ comedy Cockroaches available via ITV Player ahead of its linear broadcast.

  • Amazon adds US cable dramas


    Amazon has acquired a raft of high-profile US cable dramas including 1980s period thriller Halt and Catch Fire.

  • ITV invests $5m in Maker Studios founder


    ITV has taken a $5m (£3.2m) stake in Zealot Networks, the digital content business set up by Maker Studios founder Danny Zappin earlier this year.

  • Sky invests £2.6m in VoD tech firm


    Sky has invested £2.6m in multiscreen delivery company Elemental Technologies – the latest move in its strategy to partner with digital start-ups.

  • CBBC launches channel-wide app


    CBBC has launched its first channel-wide app Go CBBC.

  • Two-thirds of top shows available to view online


    Nearly two thirds of the most popular and critically acclaimed TV shows are now available to view through legal online video services like Netflix and Now TV, according to a report published by audit and consultancy firm KPMG.

  • Snowman & Snowdog takes off as paid-for game


    Channel 4 is releasing a third version of The Snowman and Snowdog game which will require users to pay to download it for the first time.

  • Amazon’s Audible seeks drama and comedy


    Amazon-backed digital audio service Audible is searching for original drama and comedy projects from traditional TV producers and writers.

  • Sky looks to virtual reality


    Sky plans to conduct immersive virtual reality (VR) trials on up to 15 shows in early 2015 to discover more about the technology’s potential.

  • BBC tool helps kids’ create online game


    The BBC has launched Make It: Technobabble, a spin-off online platform from the CBBC series that allows children to develop their own games.

  • Vodafone eyes Blinkbox acquisition


    Vodafone is eyeing the acquisition of Tesco’s VoD service Blinkbox, according to reports.

  • MCN investment hits £1bn


    More than $1.65bn (£1bn) has been invested in multi-channel networks (MCNs) this year, three times the previous total spend, according to an Enders Analysis report.

  • C4 plans online One Born Every Minute spin-off


    Dragonfly is to deliver an online spin-off of One Born Every Minute for Channel 4’s Shorts platform next spring.

  • Hollyoaks launches game app


    Hollyoaks has become the first UK soap to launch an app-based game as it attempts to build on its online interaction with its audience.

  • BBC launches interactive football drama Video


    The BBC is launching a Somethin’ Else-produced interactive football drama as part of its World War One season.

  • Radio 1 to boost video quality for iPlayer move


    BBC Radio 1 is to improve the quality of its video content following its launch on iPlayer.

  • Footballers back video sharing firm Grabyo


    Footballers Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie are among the sports stars to have invested $2m (£1.3m) in clip-sharing service Grabyo.

  • YouTube accounts for 20% of kids viewing


    A study of youngster’s media habits by Ofcom has revealed that older children watch half as much live TV as adults – but six times as much short-form content via services such as YouTube.

  • Netflix orders Tina Fey comedy


    Netflix has ordered 26 episodes of a comedy produced by 30 Rock’s Tina Fey to launch in the UK next year.

  • Bear Grylls uncovers YouTube channel Video


    Bear Grylls is to front a YouTube channel featuring a host of adventurous thrill-seekers produced by Barcroft Media.

  • LoveLive hires commercial chief


    Multiplatform indie LoveLive has hired former Babelgum and BT Vision executive Mark Cranwell as chief commercial officer.

  • Keo Films targets young viewers with launch of K2


    Keo Films has launched a division that will inherit the Keo Digital slate and produce content aimed at a young demographic for TV and other platforms.

  • StyleHaul plans for growth


    StyleHaul is to accelerate its growth plans, including the development of 10 online pilots with Fremantle Media, after RTL Group invested nearly £80m in the multichannel network (MCN).

  • ITV to host online leader debates Video


    ITV News is to host five online debates with the leaders of the main political parties to encourage young people to engage with politics.

  • Wildseed launches YouTube comedy channel Video


    Miles Bullough’s digital content company Wildseed Studios has launched its first scripted series since rolling out a dedicated comedy channel on YouTube.

  • Hat Trick in HIGNFY Twitter trial Video


    Hat Trick Productions is trialling transforming Have I Got News For You’s Twitter account into an ongoing satirical profile.

  • Rightster gears up for Formula E push Video


    Formula E has struck a deal with content network Rightster to promote the electric racing series online.

  • Netflix confirms Left Bank’s The Crown


    Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.

  • Diagonal View in long-form move


    Online network Diagonal View is planning a shift into longer-form content after revealing its revenues will pass £3m this year.

  • Youview set to launch dedicated app section


    YouTube and Spotify could be among the next wave of services to follow Netflix on to Youview, as it prepares to launch a dedicated app section.

  • Youview eyes app push


    YouTube and Spotify could be among the next wave of services to follow Netflix onto Youview, as it prepares to launch a dedicated apps section.

  • Whistle Sports scores Sky deal


    Whistle Sports is to work closely with Sky Sports to help online talent make the jump to TV after the pay-TV broadcaster invested £4.3m in the multiplatform network (MPN).

  • BBC Worldwide ready to open Store


    BBC Worldwide has revealed its launch and commercial plans for BBC Store after hiring a former Virgin Media and BT executive to lead the download-to-own service.

  • SBTV sets out TV strategy Video


    PPF: SBTV founder Jamal Edwards is keen to transfer his brand of online content to TV - both through VoD services and linear programming.

  • Netflix hires European content exec


    Netflix has hired Vuguru boss Larry Tanz to join its nascent European content acquisition team.

  • Russell Howard’s Good News gets YouTube channel Video


    Avalon Television is to launch an international YouTube channel for Russell Howard’s Good News that will make the BBC2 show available in countries including the US after it has aired in the UK.

  • Radio 1 to launch on iPlayer


    BBC Radio 1 is to be handed a dedicated channel on iPlayer after the BBC Trust green-lit proposals made by the radio station 12 months ago.  

  • Bagpuss returns with first app


    Animators Smallfilms has resurrected much-loved children’s character Bagpuss for a mobile game which includes a voiceover from Dan Postgate, the son of the show’s creator. 

  • RTL acquires majority stake in StyleHaul Video


    RTL Group has spent more than $107m (£67m) to take control of a fashion, beauty and lifestyle multi-channel network that features talent such as Zoella and Pixiwoo.

  • Strictly Come Dancing embraces Vine Video


    Strictly Come Dancing has generated a record number of Vine video views and plans to adopt Twitter’s live content editing tool for the show’s final. 

  • BT strikes Netflix deal


    BT has struck a deal with Netflix that will allow YouView customers to access the VoD service.

  • Dazed renews push for talent


    Youth publisher Dazed & Confused is entering the next phase of its online commissioning drive to unearth emerging talent and help them break through with international broadcasters.

  • Vice plans to help 1m subscribers get involved


    Vice News is drawing up plans to help viewers become actively involved in the issues raised in its reports as it passes 1 million YouTube subscribers

  • Amazon explains Ripper Street slot Video


    Amazon Prime Instant Video has revealed that its customers still want to consume content in a traditional way, and restated that its doors remain open to pitches from UK indies.

  • Maverick eyes brand-funding boost for YouTube channel Video


    Maverick TV, Little Dot Studios and talent agency Gleam are planning to create more brand-supported content on Daily Mix after the YouTube channel passed 500,000 subscribers.

  • Sky invests in US sports MCN Video


    Sky has invested $7m (£4.3m) in a US multichannel sports network as it continues its push to back tech start-up businesses.

  • Kids VoD service arrives on Freesat


    Freesat has extended its portfolio of VoD services with kids service Hopster.

  • Amazon grabs DC Comics' Constantine Video


    Amazon has acquired DC Comics’ Constantine adaptation in one of its most significant UK deals for first-run Hollywood content.

  • Amazon schedules Ripper Street weekly Video


    Amazon has opted to schedule Ripper Street, its first UK commission, in a regular weekly slot rather than follow the Netflix model of releasing the entire series all at once.

  • YouView turns on BBC red button


    YouView has rolled out BBC connected red button services and an updated version of BBC iPlayer to its 1m homes.

  • Comedy Central courts ‘tribes’


    Comedy Central is preparing an online video gaming and endurance series featuring YouTube star KSI and is hunting more ideas that will appeal to digital “tribes”.

  • Sky highlights HBO bond in wake of VoD move


    Jeremy Darroch has underlined Sky’s healthy relationship with HBO after the US premium broadcaster revealed plans to launch a direct-to-consumer VoD service.

  • Vice News plans to boost engagement Video


    Vice News is drawing up plans to help viewers actively become involved in the issues raised in its reports as it passes 1m YouTube subscribers.  

  • Jamal Edwards to speak at Production and Post Forum


    The founder of youth online broadcaster SBTV, Jamal Edwards, has joined the line-up of speakers at Broadcast’s Production and Post Forum.

  • Vice News goes global Video


    Vice News is capitalising on its rapid growth with the launch of seven local newsrooms and local language channels.

  • CBS launches SVoD service


    CBS has launched an online video service in the US which will allow subscribers to access live TV and watch series including The Good Wife, Blues Brothers and Survivor on-demand.    

  • Facebook hires CNN exec for content push


    Facebook has hired CNN veteran Nick Wren to forge partnerships with media companies.

  • AOL kickstarts original commissioning


    AOL UK has moved into commissioning for the first time, ordering online series fronted by Richard Bacon, Tess Daly and Rochelle Humes.

  • Kantar buys into audio watermarking


    Measurement firm Kantar Media has acquired the audio watermarking arm of Civolution to bolster its second screen presence.

  • ITV hires Little Dot to run YouTube channels


    ITV has agreed a deal with Little Dot Studios to manage its growing network of YouTube channels.

  • Netflix growth stalls following price hike


    Netflix has blamed its decision to hike subscription fees for lower than forecast growth recorded over the past quarter.

  • EE opens up about IPTV service


    EE is targeting its 10 million mobile customers that do not subscribe to a pay-TV provider with an EE TV set-top box.

  • BBC News condemns China over website clampdown


    BBC news boss Peter Horrocks has condemned the Chinese authorities for “deliberate censorship” after they blocked access to the BBC News website earlier today.

  • Sky backs online video start-up


    Sky has invested $500,000 (£310,000) in Los Angeles-based video aggregator Pluto.TV as it continues to back innovative emerging businesses.

  • VIDEO: Man vs Fly Video


    Click to watch a preview of Gogglebox Entertainment’s format for The Sun’s website - Man vs Fly.

  • Netflix signs European deal with CBS


    Mipcom: Netflix has stepped up its competition with traditional broadcasters, agreeing a first-look European deal with CBS Studios International for a host of series including Penny Dreadful.

  • China and crime channels launch


    UK indies Raw Cut and True North have both launched YouTube channels in the past week as they look to diversify their revenue streams.

  • ITV reveals digital strategy


    ITV plans to supercharge ITV Player as a live-streaming proposition after a number of high-profile outages during major events, according to its online boss.

  • EE readies set-top box


    Mobile operator EE has launched a set-top box, offering access to the range of Freeview channels and a host of on-demand services.

  • True North looks to China for YouTube channel Video


    True North has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to China as the indie strengthens its ties to the country.

  • BBC iPlayer extends catch-up window Video


    BBC iPlayer has extended its catch-up window for TV and radio shows to 30 days after scrapping its ‘series stacking’ feature.

  • Kantar to launch real-time TV Twitter tool


    Real-time data about the number of people tweeting about television shows is to be made available for the first time as part of a Kantar Media Twitter TV Ratings tool.

  • Barcroft hails VoD deals


    Barcroft Media boss Sam Barcroft has claimed that ad-funded long-form video-on-demand has the potential to become a lucrative revenue source for producers after striking distribution deals with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Off The Fence and Zig Zag Productions.

  • ITV signs Grantchester vicar up to Twitter


    The crime-fighting vicar in ITV’s forthcoming 1950s drama Grantchester is to get his own Twitter account as part of a social media experiment from producer Lovely Day.

  • Tesco puts Blinkbox up for sale


    Blinkbox has been put up for sale by Tesco just three years after it acquired the video streaming service.

  • Barcroft TV signs long-form docs Video


    ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Off The Fence and Zig Zag Productions have signed deals with Barcroft Media to feature a raft of long-form programming on its online video channel.

  • Rightster sets up Arts Council MCN


    Rightster has landed a £1.8m fund from The Arts Council to establish a multi-channel network (MCN) dedicated to the arts.

  • Netflix buys Peaky Blinders for US


    Netflix has acquired BBC2’s period drama Peaky Blinders in the US after striking a deal with The Weinstein Company and Endemol.

  • AJE ‘gamifies’ doc for online


    An investigative report into illegal pirate fishing is to be ‘gamified’ for an ambitious online Al Jazeera English (AJE) initiative.

  • Endemol boosts Beyond with gaming channel


    Endemol is beefing up its multichannel network Endemol Beyond with video game channel Legends Of Gaming.

  • Twitter’s TV impact revealed


    Twitter activity can increase the number of viewers tuning in to a show by up to 8%, according to a study by audience measurement firm Kantar Media.

  • Screenz and Maverick seek interactive formats


    Israeli second-screen specialist Screenz has forged a partnership with Maverick Television to help it develop interactive formats.

  • Hulu orders Stephen King adaptation of JFK assassination


    VoD service Hulu is making its first major move into original commissioning with a nine-hour adaptation of Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63 produced by Lost creator JJ Abrams.

  • Endemol launches digital gaming channel


    Endemol is beefing up its multi-channel network Endemol Beyond by launching videogame channel Legends of Gaming.

  • Got To Dance pulls in Facebook viewers


    A Got To Dance spin-off series which was distributed on Facebook notched up 17,000 views on the social media site.

  • ITV backs US digital indies


    ITV has moved quickly into digital content production after purchasing minority stakes in two burgeoning US multiplatform indies.

  • ChannelFlip extends reach


    Shine-owned multi-channel network (MCN) ChannelFlip has drawn up ambitious growth plans, including proposals to work with rival networks’ YouTube stars, the launch of a talent agency and a children’s service.

  • C4 sets out Shorts strategy Video


    Channel 4 has lifted the lid on its short-form content commissioning strategy as it looks to build its Shorts hub into a destination for young online audiences.

  • Sky Sports gets more personal


    Sky Sports is to start offering personalised VoD clips on its website after signing a deal with video streaming provider Ooyala.

  • Netflix orders Judd Apatow comedy


    Netflix has made its biggest move into comedy after ordering a 20-part sitcom from The 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up director Judd Apatow.

  • ITV US acquisitions: Believe & Indigenous videos Video


    Click for a snapshot of some of the online videos produced by ITV’s latest multiplatform US acquisitions Believe Entertainment Group and the founders of Indigenous.

  • Tom Toumazis joins Yahoo!


    Former Endemol chief commercial officer Tom Toumazis has joined Yahoo! to help the online portal develop media and entertainment partnerships.

  • ITV backs Californian digital start-up Video


    ITV has teamed up with advertising agency WPP to invest in a Californian multiplatform start-up founded by filmmakers Jon and Jake Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia.

  • BBC Earth set for online launch


    BBC Worldwide is preparing to launch a “future-focused” online natural history brand BBC Earth which will be available around the world – including in the UK.

  • Google a ‘partner not a predator’


    Google UK boss Matt Brittin has reassured the industry that the search giant is a “partner not a predator”, and pledged that Android TV will drag big screen TVs into the 21st century.

  • Doctor Who playalong quiz tests 100k


    Monterosa has created a play-along Doctor Who game for BBC America that has launched with around 100,000 players.

  • Telegraph Hill builds data team


    Multiplatform production company Telegraph Hill has hired its first head of analytics as it bids to create content rooted in data.

  • Radioplayer unveils analogue-to-digital adaptor


    Online radio station aggregator Radioplayer has developed a proto type car radio adaptor that will enable drivers to convert an analogue stereo into a digital set.

  • Channel 4 swaps 4oD for All 4


    Channel 4 is to scrap the 4oD brand after eight years as it prepares to launch an online destination featuring on-demand video, live streams and digital services.

  • Barb to peg Apple & Android tablet viewing


    Apple and Android tablet viewing is to be measured by Barb for the first time as it bolsters its multiplatform ratings data.

  • Doc/Fest exec joins Guardian as head of docs


    Sheffield Doc/Fest deputy director Charlie Phillips is to step down after seven years to take up a newly created position as head of documentaries at The Guardian.

  • INFOGRAPHIC: How people watch TV in the multiscreen era Video


    Click for a Strategy Analytics infographic identifying the six main ways in which people watch TV.

  • Twofour creates branded content business


    Twofour has merged its Arabia, Digital and Rocket Science divisions into a single business that will create branded content for a variety of platforms.

  • Vice secures £300m investment


    Silicon Valley investment firm Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) and A+E Networks have invested more than £300m in youth publisher Vice.