British Television

I think one issue BritBox has internationally is that most BBC and ITV flagship dramas are now co-productions, already partly funded by the likes of Netflix or Amazon in return for the worldwide streaming rights. And you only have to look at the market to see that that is a far better model than trying to sell your content worldwide direct to the consumer.

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London-based distributor CAKE has picked up international rights outside the UK to a new CBBC series called Cooking Buddies, hosted by Jamie Oliver’s 13-year-old son Buddy. The 10 x 20 minutes program will be produced by The Jamie Oliver Group and will debut in the UK later this year. Buddy’s YouTube channel, also called Cooking Buddies, has over 130,000 subscribers.

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Channel 4 has announced its presenter lineup for the upcoming General Election, fronted by former Newsnight host Emily Maitlis:


Sort of crazy that the UK has dragged their heels on this for so long.

For the first time, viewers in the UK can stream live TV channels alongside on-demand content for free via their smart TVs, without the need for a dish or aerial.

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Wonder if 10 will pick this up for 10 Play / Paramount+ like they did with the other series, they may opt to air it fast tracked this time given it www pretty delayed down under last year.


Another Gavin and Stacey Christmas special this year - maybe we might finally get closure.

Or at least another cracking duet


UK networks have always been avail to stream for free on the steaming apps of bbc itv 4 5 and UKTV

What freely does is put them all together in one place along with Disney Netflix prime Apple and p+ etc

Like Hubble


Not quite. It is an interface purely for the free to air services, not the other paid for services. (It’s in the name :wink:)


Launching this August, Sky Sports+ will be transformational in the amount of choice sports fans will have access to via live streams on Sky TV, streaming service NOW and the improved Sky Sports App on mobile.

With more coverage than ever before from the EFL, both tennis Tours and men’s Super League, Sky Sports customers can enjoy more than 50% more live sport this year.

Highlights include:

  • Four times as many matches from the EFL with all 72 teams featured more than 20 times per season.
  • Every match from the men’s Super League.
  • Coverage from the ATP & WTA Tours and US Open Tennis.
  • PGA Tour golf and more.
  • Exclusive access to Sky’s great sports documentaries.
  • Sky Sports+ offers the capability to show up to 100 events concurrently.
  • Customers can enjoy over 50% more live sport this year.
  • All of this comes at no extra cost.

It’s not just greater choice that subscribers can look forward to; Sky Sports+ will give exclusive access to Sky’s great sports documentaries, such as the much-anticipated Darts documentary, two weeks before anyone else.

With new and enhanced features, the viewing experience will be more immersive for fans, giving greater optionality on how they watch their favourite sport. Live pause and rewind will be available on all concurrent streams, and the ‘Recap’ feature currently available for Premier League and Championship games will also be made available for EFL games shown on the Sky Sports+ linear channel.


Isn’t there a broadcast blackout for matches kicking off at 3pm Saturdays? Has Sky obtained exemption from the EFL to stream the Saturday 3pm matches for the opening weekend of the new season, or will Saturday matches not be scheduled for 3pm to circumvent the blackout?

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the latter.


Investor confidence in the TV & film sector is set to plummet in the wake of Great Point Media (GPM)’s administration, according to those who have been left nursing heavy losses and asking questions about the run-up to the company’s demise.

Administrator Grant Thornton took control of GPM on 26 March, a month after the death of Great Point founder Jim Reeve, since when the London-based firm – which financed shows such as the BBC’s Small Axe, ITV’s Manhunt and Channel 4’s Brexit: The Uncivil War – has been cutting staff and unwinding its investments.

GPM subsidiary, Great Point Investments (GPI), had become a key financier over the past decade to the creative industries, offering tax-efficient products through its use of the UK government’s Business Relief (BR) and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) initiatives.

It had supported hundreds of shows and production companies since being founded in 2013, but TBI understands that many investors are now expecting to be left out of pocket.

Those who put money into GPI’s Select Television Production EIS 6 have told TBI they are expecting losses of around 50%, while its Great Point Estate Planning (GPEP) fund – which had invested more than £50m ($63m) in productions over the past two years alone – is also expecting to show a considerable deficit.

Channel 4’s streaming audience jumps more than a fifth in April, boosted by returning favourites and slate of innovative new shows

Channel 4 streaming grew 22% year-on-year in April – with a total of 6.5 billion viewer minutes – according to new BARB data.

The new figures show viewing among 16-34s was up 15% year on year to 1.7 billion viewer minutes, as Channel 4 streaming reached more young viewers (16-34) than any other commercially funded broadcaster.

BARB data for April 2024 shows a range of new shows proved a hit with streamers including The Underdog: Josh must win, which attracted 101 million viewer minutes in April, and sees Nick Grimshaw, Vicky Pattison, Amber Gill and Pete Wicks secretly rig a reality show to make average guy Josh the winner among a polished cast of contestants. Other new hits included Stacey Solomon’s Renovation Rescue (53 million viewer minutes), Big Mood (49 million viewer minutes) and Murder Case: the Digital Detectives (64 million viewer minutes).

Channel 4 continues to accelerate towards a digital-first future, with a 17% jump year on year in the proportion of total viewing via streaming among all viewers, and, a 29% boost year on year among 16-34s.

These shows were complemented by returning favourites with year on year increases in viewer minutes – including Married At First Sight Australia (+33%) and Gogglebox (+14%).

The data – published as the channel pursues its Fast Forward strategy to become the first public service streamer – follows March’s record month - Channel 4’s biggest streaming month since BARB started recording in November 2021 – and underscores the channel’s digital-first approach.

Ian Katz, chief content officer, Channel 4, said: “We are delighted to see the continued growth in streaming of Channel 4 shows, fuelled by our unique blend of returning favourites and noisy new shows. As we continue to implement out Fast Forward strategy, viewers can look forward to more of the kind of shows we know they love to stream, from must watch drama and comedy to agenda-setting documentaries, eye-popping reality and some of the biggest hits from overseas.”

*Channel 4 streaming has more than 30 million registered users.

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Bumpers for the relaunch are recently out - Drama and Dave look particularly sad to be sucked into the bland new name (not a typo).


U& seems really silly. Did AI come up with this idea? What does it even mean? U as in You? Or U short for UK?

Wouldn’t it have made a lot more sense to make it UK everything. UK Dave, UK Drama etc.