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  • NOW TV Smart Stick - UK's cheapest streaming stick

    Launched today Sky says that the new Now TV Streaming Smart Stick priced at £14.99 is the UK’s cheapest TV Smart Stick.

    Viewers can get the Streaming Smart Stick bundled with a Now TV Pass starting at £19.99 which includes either one month of Cinema or two months of Entertainment.

    Gidon Katz, Managing Director, NOW TV, said: “If you’re looking for a flexible way to stream great TV, contract free, our plug-and-play NOW TV Smart Stick is the cheapest in the UK. Just add one of our content passes to stream premium live sports, binge over 300 Box Sets, watch a new movie premiere every day, or keep the family entertained with thousands of kids episodes.”

  • TV Licence Fee Rise

    The TV Licence fee has risen to £150.50.

    The £3.50 (2.4%) rise to £150.50 means that licence fee payers will now pay £2.89 a week or £12.54 a month.

    Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or reminder when the next payment is due on 1st April 2018.

    Anyone buying or renewing a licence will be liable for the new fee which is applicable to anyone using a traditional TV, computer or any other piece of equipment to watch or record programmes.

    Blind viewers are entitled to a 50% discount.

    The BBC said that 95% of the funds it gained from the licence fee last year went on content and delivery for audiences, with the remainder spent on the running of the organisation.

  • Channel 4 Move Plans

    The FT reports that ministers have given Channel 4 until 12th March 2018 to submit plans to shift a 'material' proportion of its operations outside of London.

    A DDCMS spokesman said discussions about a possible relocation 'are ongoing and we will make an announcement in the near future', while Channel 4 said it is in talks about 'how we can build on the substantial impact Channel 4 already makes in the nations and regions'.

    The Government would need to pass legislation if Channel 4 refuses to relocate voluntarily, which could prove difficult given the congested parliamentary timetable.

    Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, has said attracting Channel 4 to the region has become a priority and that the broadcaster will be a better and a stronger organisation if it relocates its headquarters.

  • Keith Underwood IBC2018 Guest Chair

    Channel 4 Director of Strategy and Technology Keith Underwood has taken on the newly-created role of Guest Chair of the IBC2018 Conference.

    The position involves acting as the figurehead and brand ambassador for IBC, setting the vision for the programme and increasing awareness and engagement with IBC across both traditional and converging media markets.

    Underwood said: “The media industry is experiencing profound shifts in consumer behaviour, competitive dynamics, and technological innovation. Relentless disruption of established business models presents new opportunities and challenges for players across the value chain. In this context, I am excited to help bring together a broad and diverse range of contributors at IBC who will share practical learnings of how best to harness the power of disruptive forces.”

    IBC Chief Executive Michael Crimp added: “We are delighted Keith has accepted this key role. Keith brings invaluable experience of broadcast and new media. His strategic thinking around business and technology opportunities will add enormous value as IBC continues to grow its world class content programme.”

  • UKTV Play launches on NOW TV and Roku streaming players

    NOW TV and Roku users now have easy access to UKTV's top boxsets.

    The free TV on demand service is now available on NOW TV and Roku streaming players and can be downloaded from the App Store for viewers who already own a NOW TV streaming device.

    Roku users can add UKTV Play from the Film & TV category in the Roku Channel Store.

  • ITV adds box-sets to enhance viewer experience

    ITV has begun a push into series stacking and acquiring box sets as it looks to emulate the binge-viewing model adopted by the SVoD giants.

    ITV managing director of online Paul Kanareck said: “Public excitement around big dramas can often peak as they build towards a conclusion and it can be very frustrating if you are locked out from joining in.”

  • Churches to boost wifi connectivity

    To boost digital connectivity in rural areas of the UK, Church spires are being used as part of an agreement between the Church of England and the Government.

    Matt Hancock, DCMS Minister, said, "Churches are central features and valued assets for local communities up and down the country. This agreement with the Church of England will mean that even a 15th century building can help make Britain fit for the future improving people’s lives by boosting connectivity in some of our hardest-to-reach areas."

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