ITV threatens DCMS over iPlayer TV Licence; PlusNet adds BT Sport; and Virgin grows TiVo fans: DTG daily news, August 5th 2015

ITV threatens to sue over iPlayer TV Licence

The DCMS has been warned that ITV will take legal action if proposals to require a TV Licence for watching BBC iPlayer result in consumers being charged to access ITV Player.

ITV chief executive Adam Crozier has told the government that he fears the proposal, which could net the BBC £150m a year in lost revenue, could affect all the other PSBs' catch-up TV services.

BT Sport Lite lands on PlusNet's YouView service

ISP PlusNet has added BT Sport 1 to its £5/month YouView TV service at no extra cost for customers taking the Unlimited Fibre broadband and phone package.

The full BT Sport package of five channels is also available for £5/month, but although PlusNet is owned by BT, customers can't sign up to the new BT Sport Ultra HD channel.

Virgin adds 80,000 TiVo homes in Q2

Liberty Global's Virgin Media subsidiary signed up 80,000 more homes for the TiVo advanced TV service from April to June, although it lost 12,200 TV subscribers overall.

Virgin's TV decline was moderated by an extra 6,600 broadband subscribers as Liberty promised to begin testing EuroDocsis 3.1 broadband technology this year, which will lead to Gigabit speeds.

DTG Staff  |  05.08.2015

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