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Strictly Come Dancing

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. 


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

Ripper Street

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.


BT strikes Netflix deal


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

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.

Zoella, Ruth Crilly & Tanya Burr for Daily Mix in Dubai

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.

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.

Ripper Street

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.

BBC red button

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.

Nick Wrenn

Facebook hires CNN exec for content push


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


Masterclass: Using Microvideo

BBC Academy’s Paul Buller talks to three microvideo producers.

Million Pound Drop second screen

Broadcast Digital: playalong apps

After seemingly falling through a trapdoor, the second-screen app is on the rise again.


Broadcast Digital: Viewing trends

The big screen remains the most popular way to view content but tablets and other devices are gaining ground


Broadcast Digital: MCN evolution

As multichannel networks grow, their their success is attracting the attention of the major content players

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  • 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.

  • Endemol boosts Beyond with gaming channel


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

  • 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.

  • Screenz and Maverick seek interactive formats


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Netflix strikes landmark Gotham deal Video


    Netflix and Warner Bros have struck a landmark global rights deal for Batman prequel Gotham.

  • Now TV turns on ITV Encore


    ITV Encore, the broadcaster’s dedicated drama channel, has expanded its reach after launching on Sky’s IPTV service Now TV.

  • BBC Children's boots up coding initiative


    The BBC initiative to teach the nation how to write computer code has booted up with an ambitious partnership between its Children’s and Learning divisions.