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Alex Mahon: Pokémon Go heralds new era for VR


British broadcasters and producers can learn lessons from the success of Pokémon Go as virtual reality hits the mainstream, according to former Shine Group chief executive Alex Mahon.

Carpool Karaoke

Carpool Karaoke heads to Apple


Apple is dialling up its original content ambitions – ordering a 16-part re-make of James Corden’s viral hit Carpool Karaoke.

Euro 2016 boosts iPlayer


Wimbledon and Euro 2016 helped boost BBC iPlayer to 290m requests in June, well above the 250m generated the previous year.

ITV strikes AwesomenessTV deal for youth shows


ITV is to launch a youth programming block in association with AwesomenessTV after striking a wide-ranging partnership with the US multiplatform video network.

Mercury Prize eyes social to win back viewers


Somethin’ Else is to produce social media content for the Mercury Prize as the annual album awards look to widen its appeal.

C5 to launch on-demand style linear channel


Channel 5 is to launch a free-air-channel inspired by its on-demand catch up service My5.


BBC data starts to shape commissioning


The BBC is beginning to use data from its MyBBC project to influence commissioning decisions, according to director of MyBBC and homepage Phil Fearnley.


Amazon set for global push


Amazon is gearing up to launch its Prime Instant Video service in a slew of major new markets as its battle with Netflix intensifies. The SVoD service is reportedly in the final stages of discussions to launch in France, Italy, Spain and India.

Oona King appointed YouTube global diversity chief


Channel 4 diversity executive Oona King is leaving the broadcaster after seven years to join YouTube in a global role as director of diversity.


Sky to boost VoD after landing Late Late Show


Sky is set to ramp up the amount of exclusive content on its VoD services after buying The Late Late Show With James Corden from CBS Studios International.


EE TV axes recordings service


EE TV has quietly dropped its mobile recordings service following pressure from broadcasters.

Netflix heads to the White House with DRG deal


Netflix has acquired the UK rights to political documentary series Race for the White House after striking a deal with distributor DRG.


BBC continues personalisation push


The BBC’s personalisation strategy is continuing to gather pace with the launch of an app that aggregates relevant programmes, news and sports updates.

Star Trek

Netflix beams up Star Trek as subs growth slows


Netflix has acquired the global rights to the forthcoming Star Trek TV series as its march to global subscriber dominance slowed.


First look: Amazon's The Grand Tour


Amazon has unveiled the first images of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s new motoring format.

Maker Studios preps KSI-fronted gaming format


Maker Studios is hunting a UK buyer for a new short-form video game format produced by YouTube star KSI.

Amazon and Netflix ramp up non-scripted plans


Amazon and Netflix have redoubled efforts to commission a slew of non-scripted series from British producers.


Going live on social media

As Facebook, Twitter, YouTube et al ramp up their live video capabilities, broadcasters are jumping aboard in a bid to grow their audience and reinforce their brand, says Kate Bulkley

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

Broadcast Digital

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Broadcast Digital - September 2014

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