Apr 012019

UKTV Channels split between BBC and Discovery

(Reuters) – Discovery Inc and the BBC have agreed to split up broadcaster UKTV and strike a new 10-year agreement that will lead to the creation of a new global subscription video-on-demand service, the two companies said on Monday.

The new service, owned by Discovery, will pool the nature, science and wildlife libraries of the companies, and is aimed at viewers used to binge-watching shows on services like Netflix Inc.

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the public broadcaster, will pay Discovery 173 million pounds ($225.40 million), which include the assumption of 70 million pounds of debt, to take over seven entertainment themed channels: Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, Yesterday and W.
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Mar 282019

Recent raids on pirate TV services across the UK and Europe

Last week police forces in Spain, UK, and Denmark, carried out what is being described as the “largest ever” operation against a pirate IPTV network. Five people have been arrested, accused of crimes including IP violations, fraud, and money laundering. Police carried out 14 simultaneous raids, eight of them in Spain (in Malaga, Madrid and Alicante), four in Denmark, and two in the UK. Five people were arrested and now stand accused of a variety of crimes, from IP offenses to fraud and money laundering. Ten others gave statements to police.
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Mar 262019

IPL UK rights: BT Sport to show every game in 2019

UK broadcaster BT Sport has secured rights to every match of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament.

BT confirmed the deal via its official Twitter account just days after pay-TV rival Sky Sports revealed that it had lost coverage of the competition only one season into its multi-year agreement with global rights holder Star India.
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Mar 202019

FA Cup Semi Final UK TV Details, and BBCs FA Cup Broadcast Contract Extended

Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Brighton will be played on Saturday 6 April at 17:30 BST and broadcast live on the BBC.

The other semi-final tie between Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers will take place a day later at 16:00 BST and be broadcast on BT Sport.

Manchester City’s game with Brighton, which takes place on the same day as the Grand National, and starts just 15 minutes later, will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website.

BBC FA Cup Rights
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Mar 182019

MBC secures broadcast rights for Formula One for MENA region

The MBC Group has acquired five-year exclusive rights to the FIA Formula One race weekends.

MBC will offer F1 racing free-to-air in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) area. MBC will air all stages of the tournament, including practice sessions, qualifying as well as the Grand Prix race.

Last month, broadcaster BeIn Sports said it did not renew its Formula 1 contract for the Middle East and North Africa rights due to rampant piracy.
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Mar 132019

F1 2019. Some interesting details on the Sky and Channel 4 deal

Sky start the first year of their 5 year exclusive live deal for F1 on UK TV. Only the British Grand Prix will be shown live and free, on Channels 4. Channel 4 will show highlights of qualifying and races.

However, some details have now emerged about the deal, and what restrictions Sky have placed on Channel Fours F1 coverage.

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Mar 092019

BBC Programme Guide Problems

For the last few week, the BBC have been having problems with their programme guide data they send to Sky, Freesat and Freeview boxes.

Amongst the problems :

– BBC One HD and BBC Two HD not showing the programmes are in HD (the HD indicator is not present);

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Feb 282019

Some UK and Spanish TV Sports rights news

Indycar UK TV
As reported yesterday, Sky Sports have the UK rights for the Indycar series, taking over from BT Sports
Most races will be shown on Sky Sports F1, but perhaps on some other Sky Sports channels if and when there are some overlaps

UK Football on Spanish TV
For the next few seasons, the Premier League, The FA Cup, The EFL and EFL Cup and the Community Shield will only be available in Spain on streaming service DAZN.

MotoGP on Spanish TV
MotoGP, which used to be available on Movistar+, is now on streaming service DAZN

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Feb 272019

BT Sport loses IndyCar rights

BT Sport will not broadcast coverage of the IndyCar Series this season after losing the rights to the championship.

BT Sport have covered Indycar since 2013.

BT Sport Indycar commentator Tom Gaynor said “Unfortunately it looks like IndyCar will not be on BT Sport this year, no more information at the moment! I know a lot of you have been asking, so if it changes I’ll let you know I’m as disappointed as you are”.
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Feb 262019

Subscription based BBC-ITV, dubbed “Britflix”, Netflix rival due to be announced soon

A BBC and ITV joint venture will see the launch of a subscription based on demand service for archive content, set to rival to Netflix from the BBC and ITV could be announced as soon as Wednesday, as part of ITV annual financial results.

The service has been dubbed “Britflix”, is expected to cost £5 per month for UK households (people want to use the service outside the UK will need a VPN or Smart DNS service, such as Smarty DNS Proxy

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