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ITV will soon ditch the ads on ITV Hub, as long as you pay £3.99 a month

ITV will soon ditch the ads on ITV Hub, as long as you pay £3.99 a month

By Rik Henderson

One of the biggest bugbears we have about the ITV Hub is the proliferation of adverts that play before each catch-up show. Yes, the channel needs to make money somehow and is a commercial enterprise, but there's so many of them you can be forgiven for... Read more

ITV bins ITV Player, introduces ITV Hub service instead

ITV bins ITV Player, introduces ITV Hub service instead

By Rik Henderson

UK broadcaster ITV has replaced both ITV Player and ITV.com with a new destination for catch-up content and online services.Called ITV Hub, the new service is available now online and live streaming of the ITV family of channels are "at the heart of... Read more

ITV screens top adverts remade in Lego to celebrate Lego Movie release (video)

ITV screens top adverts remade in Lego to celebrate Lego Movie release (video)

By Rik Henderson

As part of the hype for The Lego Movie, one of the commercial breaks during last night's Dancing on Ice on ITV featured some special versions of genuine adverts. They had all been remade using Lego.Recognisable ads from the British Heart Foundation, Confused.com,... Read more

ITV Encore will launch on Sky as ITV's first new channel in eight years

ITV Encore will launch on Sky as ITV's first new channel in eight years

By Luke Edwards

ITV has just announced that it will be launching a new channel called ITV Encore, its first new channel in eight years.ITV Encore will be pay to view when it arrives on Sky as part of a wider four-year partnership. That will mean ITV content is made available... Read more

ITV added to Wauki.tv line-up

ITV added to Wauki.tv line-up

By Stuart Miles

ITV is now on Wuaki.tv, the company has announced, bringing with it hundreds of hours of past and current ITV shows to enjoy.The service, owned by the same people behind Play.com and pronouced "wacky", will mean users now have access to an extensive catalogue... Read more

ITV Player launches advertisement-free catch-up app with paid subscription

ITV Player launches advertisement-free catch-up app with paid subscription

By Hunter Skipworth

ITV has announced a new version of its ITV Player app for iOS which allows you to view catch up content ad-free for £3.99 a month. The new application comes as part of the increased ITV strategy to test different methods of delivering online content.The... Read more

New ITV Player goes live, rent archive footage ad-free

New ITV Player goes live, rent archive footage ad-free

By Danny Brogan

ITV’s decision to offer paid for content ad-free on its ITV Player service has come into effect, allowing consumers to rent shows from the TV channel’s archives, as well as still being able to catch up on recent shows for free.Episodes from classic... Read more

ITV Pay Player plans revealed, but will you shell out?

ITV Pay Player plans revealed, but will you shell out?

By Danny Brogan

ITV has laid out plans for it's ITV Pay Player that will see customers pay for access to more than1,000 hours of archive TV and film content.The announcement follows a trial that saw 5,000 homes try the service, and comes a full two years after the TV... Read more

ITV Player for iPad, now with live streaming

ITV Player for iPad, now with live streaming

By Stuart Miles

The ITV Player for iPad app was given a major overhaul on Thursday allowing users of the app to now watch live television as well as on-demand shows they might have missed from the numerous ITV channels.Users of the app will now be able to watch ITV... Read more

ITV Digital website offers split screen Euro 2012 experience

ITV Digital website offers split screen Euro 2012 experience

By Danny Brogan

Football fans will be able to enjoy (or commiserate as the case made be) this summer's European Championship via a split-screen facility on ITV Digital’s dedicated Euro 2012 website.Optimised for both smartphones and tablets, the site will broadcast... Read more

Britain's Got Talent final to have Shazam-enabled adverts

Britain's Got Talent final to have Shazam-enabled adverts

By Danny Brogan

Britain’s Got Talent fans will be able to use music tagging app Shazam during the advert breaks for the series final for a chance to win a selection of prizes. By tagging the Pepsi Max and Cadbury Unwrap Gold advertisements with the Shazam app, users... Read more

Britain's Got Talent fans can vote through iPad and iPhone for first time this weekend

Britain's Got Talent fans can vote through iPad and iPhone for first time this weekend

By Rik Henderson

Viewers of Britain's Got Talent will be able to submit votes for their favourite acts via iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for the first time this weekend, as the live semi-finals, start on Sunday, work in conjunction with the BGT iOS application.The app has... Read more

ITV to exclusively show Shazam-enabled adverts

ITV to exclusively show Shazam-enabled adverts

By Rik Henderson

ITV and Shazam have signed an agreement that allows the UK broadcaster exclusively to add Shazam functionality to adverts shown on its channels. Viewers will be able to use the audio-recognising applications on their smartphones to enter competitions,... Read more

ITV and ODG bring on-demand programmes to Three mobiles

ITV and ODG bring on-demand programmes to Three mobiles

By Ben Crompton

Three has announced a deal with On Demand Group - a video-on-demand aggregator - which will allow Three customers to watch the latest ITV shows on their smartphones.The upshot of this deal is that Three subscribers will be able to watch a selection of... Read more

ITV Player beta launches on Freesat

ITV Player beta launches on Freesat

By Paul Lamkin

Freesat viewers with a Humax Foxsat-HD box can now access the ITV Player directly through the EPG after a beta trial of the video-on-demand service was announced.The move follows the addition of the BBC iPlayer to Freesat boxes last year as well as the... Read more

ITV big winner at Freesat Awards 2011

ITV big winner at Freesat Awards 2011

By Rik Henderson

ITV1 has walked away with the Best Entertainment Channel of the Year gong at the Freesat Awards 2011, beating competition from the BBC, Five and Channel 4 for its shows such as X-Factor, Downton Abbey and Penn and Teller: Fool Us.News station Al Jazeera... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - ITV Player (iPad / iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - ITV Player (iPad / iPhone)

By Rik Henderson

In the world of catch-up, UK channel ITV has, ironically, been playing catch-up for some time. The BBC's iPlayer had a firm hold on the British video-on-demand market long before ITV got its house in order. And even channel 4 got its 4oD iPad app out... Read more

ITV Player on Android hands-on

ITV Player on Android hands-on

By Chris Hall

ITV Player has just landed on Android and we’ve been playing with it to see if it can add a little excitement to your mobile TV watching.The app arrives on devices running on Android 2.2 and above, including Android 3 devices. Although it is principally... Read more

ITV Player app lands on Android

ITV Player app lands on Android

By Hunter Skipworth

ITV has launched its Player app for Android but chosen to hold out on Apple's operating system for the time being. Smartphones using Android 2.2 or later can download the application from the Android Marketplace and catch up on the last seven days of... Read more

ITV to Apple: We've "vigorously defended" our IP in the past

ITV to Apple: We've "vigorously defended" our IP in the past

By Stuart Miles

"ITV has a very strong brand, and a highly valued IP", Mike Large, acting group director of Communications at ITV, has exclusively told Pocket-lint.The comments come in light of the Apple rumours, and we stress rumours, that it is rebranding its Apple... Read more

ITV and World Cup matches live on iPhone

ITV and World Cup matches live on iPhone

By Rik Henderson

As of 11 June, the official start date of the 2010 World Cup, Red Bee Media will provide free live video streaming of ITV 1 and ITV 2 to iPhone users.That means that all matches which ITV has broadcast rights to will be able to watch on the handset for... Read more

Hulu not coming to the UK

Hulu not coming to the UK

By Stuart Miles

It's being reported that Hulu, the American web-based TV catch-up service, has abandoned its plans to launch a UK version following the collapse of talks with British broadcasters. Hulu's negotiating team are quoted by the Telegraph as saying they've... Read more

Ant and Dec star in new ITV HD advert

Ant and Dec star in new ITV HD advert

By Stuart Miles

ITV is to launch a campaign to educate TV viewers that it's now got its very own HD channel.The station, which launched on 2 April, has used ITV stalwarts Ant and Dec to tell viewers that while they might not get the idea of HD, it's basically better,... Read more

ITV to show Star Wars I to VI in HD

ITV to show Star Wars I to VI in HD

By Duncan Geere

ITV has announced that it's going to be showing Star Wars episodes I to VI in high definition on its ITV HD service that's available on Freesat. It'll be starting on 24 October with Episode I: The Phantom Menace.Then the movies will run each weekend through... Read more

ITV1 going HD before end of year

ITV1 going HD before end of year

By Duncan Geere

ITV has announced that its HD service will be available to half the population of the UK by the time that the 2010 World Cup rolls around next year. The company has reached a distribution deal with the Beeb that'll let it borrow some bandwidth to launch... Read more

What's the outcome of a newspaper paywall? Ask ITV

What's the outcome of a newspaper paywall? Ask ITV

By Stuart Miles

Want to know what happens to a site that puts up a paywall in an attempt to gain extra revenue? Ask ITV. ITV has finally off-loaded struggling website Friends Reunited for a rather low £25m and in the process losing £150m. Travel back 5 years and Friends... Read more

Friends Reunited sold for £25 million

Friends Reunited sold for £25 million

By Amy-Mae Elliott

ITV has finally off-loaded struggling website Friends Reunited. The broadcaster sold the site for a pittance compared to what it paid for it in its hey-day back in 2005. Michael Grade, ITV's executive chairman, described the sale as the "best price we... Read more

ITV attempts to remove Blu-ray copy ban

ITV attempts to remove Blu-ray copy ban

By Duncan Geere

ITV has confirmed that it's "talking" to Freesat and Panasonic over plans to make its HD content more usable to consumers by allowing them to copy to Blu-ray discs. At the time of writing, all ITV HD content is flagged as "Copy Never", meaning that it... Read more

ITV messes up The Bill's high def debut

ITV messes up The Bill's high def debut

By Amy-Mae Elliott

ITV HD's debut broadcast of The Bill on Freesat did not go to plan. The broadcaster was due to show the first episode of a brand new six-part story "Conviction Cover Up" in high definition, but this was not to be the case. Those tuning in to watch the... Read more

Freesat gets high-def footie finals

Freesat gets high-def footie finals

By Amy-Mae Elliott

Freesat, the free-to-air digital satellite TV service, is highlighting the "two biggest matches of the season" available in "pin-sharp" HD on the service this week. Freesat brings you a week of the best footballing action in high definition with both... Read more

ITV losses £2.7 billion, will cut 600 jobs

ITV losses £2.7 billion, will cut 600 jobs

By Amy-Mae Elliott

Results were expected to be bleak, but ITV has announced that write-offs from the value of its assets have meant losses of £2.7 billion. On the back of this, the broadcaster has confirmed it will be cutting jobs with some 600 positions to go in as-yet... Read more

Virgin Media viewers to get ITV Player

Virgin Media viewers to get ITV Player

By Stuart Miles

Virgin Media has announced a deal with ITV that will bring the terrestrial channels on demand service, ITV player, to Virgin Media customers. Trying to extend the gap even further in the "on-demand" sphere against Sky, the agreement between the two companies... Read more

ITV renames catch-up service ITV Player

ITV renames catch-up service ITV Player

By Amy-Mae Elliott

It's been revealed that ITV is to rename its online catch-up service the "ITV Player" apparently in an attempt "to create a more recognisable brand". Launched in March 2007, and currently called "Catch Up TV", it shows popular ITV programmes on the ITV.com... Read more

ITV signs deal with BT Vision

ITV signs deal with BT Vision

By Katie Scott

BT Vision customers will soon have access to ITV classics including The X Factor, Coronation Street and Hell's Kitchen ITV has signed a new 2-year deal with BT, which will mean that some of its current and library programming will be available to the... Read more

ITV brings vids to Friends Reunited

ITV brings vids to Friends Reunited

By Katie Scott

We knew that they were looking into it in August, but now ITV has confirmed that it is going to bring some of its video content to the networking website Friends Reunited. Videos will be added to all four of the ITV owned websites - Friends Reunited,... Read more

BSkyB ordered to sell ITV shares

BSkyB ordered to sell ITV shares

By Katie Scott

Virgin Media will be celebrating. The Competition Appeal Tribunal has upheld an earlier ruling by the Competition Commission that BSkyB must sell off some of its shares in ITV. Virgin Media was amongst the companies that claimed that the 17.9% stake held... Read more

ITV hopes Project Kangaroo will launch early 2009

ITV hopes Project Kangaroo will launch early 2009

By Amy-Mae Elliott

ITV has said that it hopes Project Kangaroo, the online video-on-demand service that is planned in conjunction with Channel 4 and the BBC, will launch in "the early part of 2009". The launch of the new service, that was penciled in for the autumn, is... Read more

Friends Reunited looks to video to boost figures

Friends Reunited looks to video to boost figures

By Katie Scott

ITV-owned Friends Reunited is hoping to pull in more visitors to its website with added video content. The social networking website has already made a radical change by scrapping the fees it used to charge subscribers before they could contact old school... Read more

ITV.com offers classic shows online

ITV.com offers classic shows online

By Amy-Mae Elliott

A raft of "classic" ITV shows will be available on ITV.com following a new deal with producers. The shows, including favourites like Upstairs, Downstairs, Poirot and On the Buses can now be seen up to 30 days after they've aired on ITV3. The ITV Catch... Read more

Friends Reunited dumps fees

Friends Reunited dumps fees

By Stuart Miles

Friends Reunited owners ITV have admitted defeat and ditched its fees to access information on the site. The site, which has since been overtaken by the likes of Facebook, MySpace and Bebo since its launch, is attempting to claw back users by removing... Read more

Old ITV programmes available on iTunes

Old ITV programmes available on iTunes

By Amy-Mae Elliott

ITV and Apple have announced a content team-up that sees over 260 hours of older ITV programming available on the iTunes store in the UK. Marking the first time ITV's content has been available via a third-party, UK customers can now "enjoy the best in... Read more

MySpace signs deal with Five

MySpace signs deal with Five

By Katie Scott

Five News, headed by Natasha Kaplinsky, is now going to be available on MySpace. The deal is claimed to be the first of its kind and will enable the social networking site and a national news channel to exchange content. A MySpace spokeswoman told Marketing... Read more

BBC, ITV and C4 confirm Project Kangaroo

BBC, ITV and C4 confirm Project Kangaroo

By Amy-Mae Elliott

We brought you news of this venture way back in June when it remained in the realms of rumour and speculation, but "Project Kangaroo" has now been officially announced. The team up, encompassing BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, is a commercial three-way... Read more

ITV to launch high-def programming in early 2008

ITV to launch high-def programming in early 2008

By Amy-Mae Elliott

Plans have been unveiled for ITV to go HD. The ITV1 channel will see some porgramming broadcast in high-definition early next year as part of "ambitious turnaround plans" for the company. Announced in conjunction with its Freesat digital satellite service... Read more

BBC, ITV and C4 join forces for Project Kangeroo?

BBC, ITV and C4 join forces for Project Kangeroo?

By Amy-Mae Elliott

The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV are in talks about a groundbreaking joint venture to develop a video downloads service that will "do for broadband what Freeview did for digital TV" reports The Guardian. Dubbed "Project Kangaroo", the new broadband service... Read more

ITV's broadband portal to go live in March

ITV's broadband portal to go live in March

By Amber Maitland

ITV today released details about its planned broadband portal, which will offer free content streamed via PC. The portal will go live in March, and will feature most of ITV's programming from its four channels for free. This separates it from Channel... Read more

ITV launch mobile TV service without adverts

ITV launch mobile TV service without adverts

By Stuart Miles

ITV has begun broadcasting its television shows to mobile phones today, however without adverts. Available on mobile network 3, it is the UK’s first live streamed terrestrial mobile channel, and will cover more than 89% of the UK’s population. However,... Read more

Friend Reunited to become TV show

Friend Reunited to become TV show

By Stuart Miles

Friends Reunited, the online reunion site that re-connected old flames as well as enemies from our school days, is to become a television show in the UK. Friends Reunited: The School Run is to be broadcast from next month on ITV Play, ITV's newly launched... Read more

ITV to participate in UK HD broadcaster trial

ITV to participate in UK HD broadcaster trial

By Stuart Miles

ITV has quietly announced it is to team up with the BBC, Channel 4 and five for the technical trial of high definition (HD) television in London this summer. The 6-month trial, using a test and development licence from Ofcom, will use local digital terrestrial... Read more

ITV and 3 team up to offer soaps via your mobile

ITV and 3 team up to offer soaps via your mobile

By Stuart Miles

ITV has announced that it plans to bring its most popular shows to mobile phones across the land allowing viewers to catch up on shows such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street. The shows will be available on the 3G network 3 and means content from ITV's... Read more