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BBC looking into global iPlayer catchup service

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The BBC is said to be looking into offering a global service to its iPlayer service, currently available to the UK market only, with the help of its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. However, unlike the iPlayer in the UK, you are likely going to be charged to watch one single episode. The iPlayer in the UK is paid by the license fee and is advertising free – mainly because of […]

UK: ITV sells Friends Reunited for £25 million

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Television broadcaster ITV plc has sold its social networking website Friends Reunited to Brightsold, a subsidiary of publisher DC Thomson, for £25 million (AU$50.35 million) – a £10 million increase from the £15 million prediction, according to The Guardian. The new owners has bought all of the assets of the site, including its dating operation, genealogy assets and the social networking components to the brand. It also acquires the white-label […]

ITV puts UK social network Friends Reunited up for sale

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ITV is understood to have put the social networking website Friends Reunited, a site to help you find friends from your old secondary college (and recently expanded into genealogy), as part of its continuing cost cutting move initiated by falling ad revenues from its television channels. Michael Grade, executive chairman for ITV, is expected to announce the sale when it announces its annual results next month. It’s efforts to reduce […]

Project Kangaroo gets blocked by Competition Commission

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Project Kangaroo, the new joint venture between UK broadcasters ITV and Channel 4, along with BBC Worldwide – the commercial arm of the BBC, has been blocked from launching the site, similar to Hulu (owned by NBC Universal and News Corporation) by the UK Competition Commission. The venture was deemed to be a threat by the commission to the video-on-demand market in the UK. Channel 4, ITV and the BBC […]

BBC considers offering iPlayer tech to rivals ITV, Channel 4

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The BBC may consider offering free and open use of the technologies that make up the successful BBC iPlayer in a way to prevent Channel 4 to gain a stake in the profitable commercial arm of the BBC, BBC Worldwide; forming part of a response to a public service broadcasting review by Ofcom, according to The Guardian. If the plan gets approved, it would see the video on demand services […]