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UK Broadcaster Chastised for Airing Gory Alien Scene Immediately After Kids’ Programming

When British actor John Hurt passed away in January, news editors around the world quickly started broadcasting clips from the actor’s many iconic roles. But it was maybe not the smartest idea for one of them to air Hurt’s most gory (and memorable) movie moment immediately after kids finished watching Saturday morning television. Read More >>

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BBC and ITV Team up for BritBox Global Streaming Service

The BBC and ITV are launching a conjoined streaming attack on the US, with their BritBox service set to bring the best of the TV we produce -- and some things from ITV -- to the rest of the world. Starting with North America as they could really do with something to watch that isn't politics. Read More >>

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British Wrestling to Return to ITV

Sadly most of the classic British wrestlers of the 1970s are dead or no longer allowed to be in public for reasons to do with historic sex crimes, or both, but that's not stopping ITV from bringing Saturday wrestling back to our TV screens. Read More >>

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BBC Cooking up Paid Netflix-Style TV Service Separate to iPlayer

The BBC and ITV are reportedly cooking up a new subscription service in the same mould as Netflix. Talks between the two organisations are said to be in early stages, but it’s understood that the service would mainly feature older content no longer available through iPlayer or ITV Player. Read More >>

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Traditional TV Viewing Will Soon Be Extinct if The Kids Are All Right

"Hahaha – look at granddad with his satellite TV subscription and his 2TB PVR and his copy of the Radio Times," said little Jimmy. "I bet he doesn't even know who Zoella is or how to Netflix and chill or nothing, the old mug." Read More >>

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ITV Bites a Chunk out of UTV Media, But talkSPORT will Remain with Belfast Company

ITV is to purchase UTV Media’s TV stations and brand for £100 million, with the Belfast-based company set to makes losses of £11.5 million this year. The deal is subject to approval from the UK and Irish broadcasting regulators and Ireland's competition watchdog, and will see UTV Media keep hold of its collection of radio stations, including talkSPORT. [BBC] Read More >>

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ITV Bins ITV Player in Favour of New ITV Hub

ITV's about to rejig its internet facing streaming businesses, replacing the fairly terrible old ITV Player with a new do-it-all thing it calls ITV Hub. Read More >>

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Football Fans Give ITV Player a Red Card as World Cup Opener Livestream Stalls

ITV Player, ITV's online catch-up and live streaming service, scored an own goal last night during the opening match of the 2014 World Cup as it struggled to handle the massive influx of visitors. ITV Player's Twitter feed issued an apology, blaming "unprecedented" viewer figures, which caused the stream of the Brazil vs Croatia match to fail. Read More >>

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iPlayer Update for Windows Phone Brings Live TV to the App

How's this for a turn-around -- the BBC's iPlayer app has received an update on Windows Phone, a full day before it's expected to go live on iOS and Android. Read More >>

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Channel 5 to be Bought by US Media Giant Viacom for £450m

Richard Desmond has turned quite a profit on his investment in Channel 5, with reports suggesting he's about to sell the broadcaster he bought for £103.5m to Viacom for £450m. A bit less than the £700m he was hoping for, but still quite a nice profit in return for a few years' of peddling Big Brother to the masses. [Guardian] Read More >>

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YouView Safe for a Further Five Years as BBC Pledges Continued Support

YouView's good to go for another five years after retaining the support and investment of all its major backers. Read More >>

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Spitting Image Turns 30 — Here are Our Five Favourite Moments

If you're a bit old, you might remember Sundays in the 1980s. They weren't very good. Everything was closed. They were usually quite foggy as Morrissey once accurately pointed out, plus the TV was full of sport, pages from Ceefax and Bullseye. The highlight was 10.00pm and the coming of Spitting Image, the first time anyone had ever laughed on a Sunday. Read More >>

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Lego Took Over an Entire Ad Break and Re-Made Popular Ads Using, Yup, Lego

If you were watching ITV's Dancing On Ice on Sunday night (don't worry, we weren't either), you may've spotted something rather special -- an entire ad break taken over by Lego, to promote Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie, which is released on the 14th. Advertising within advertising? We're so confused about which products we should be buying right now! Read More >>

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ITV and Vodafone Named as Possible Buyers of Channel 5

A suite of the world's cash-richest companies are said to be in line to buy Channel 5, with the owner of the TV network looking for around £700m to hand it over. Considering Richard Desmond's media group bought the station for £103.5m back in 2010, that'd be a nice little profit for him. [FT & THR via Digital Spy] Read More >>

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Cable TV Tech Boss Joins Apple to Help Create “Something Big”

Apple has acquired itself a new employee working under the job title of Engineering Director, with Jean-Francois Mulé apparently now feeling "Challenged, inspired and part of something big" at Apple. Presumably it's the long-awaited iTV streaming set-top box thing Apple fans have been dribbling about for years. Read More >>