Netflix and Amazon score billion pound revenue in battle with UK broadcasters

Without a major British rival, TV and film fans are turning to the Silicon Valley giants Netflix and Amazon made £1.1bn in revenues from UK streaming customers in 2018, double the amounts the UK’s biggest broadcasters were able to make from their own s…

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BBC, ITV and Channel 4 in talks to create UK streaming service

NBC Universal also believed to be involved in discussions on how to combat Netflix and AmazonThe BBC, Channel 4 and ITV have held discussions over joining forces to create a British streaming service to combat the increasing power of Netflix and Amazon…

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Missing iPlayer means your Samsung TV isn’t so smart

The televisions are supposed to offer access to the BBC’s and other channels’ catch-up services, but a licence issue is turning many customers off

Smart televisions are hugely popular among TV viewers, allowing them to watch catch-up and other on-demand programmes, usually via an app, by connecting to the internet. They replace the need to use a computer or tablet, or other devices such as Google Chromecast.

But it has emerged that Samsung has been offering smart TVs without the necessary software in place, meaning owners are missing out on the use of some apps – and the problem goes back as far as 2015.

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New TV licence to watch BBC iPlayer turned into a costly drama

The direct debit option tried to charge me £230 over the first year even though it should have cost £145.50

We’ve never owned a television, but in recent times have taken to using the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service. As this now requires a licence from 1 September, I went online to buy one and opted for the “popular” monthly direct debit. I was astounded to find that in the first year the BBC expects me to pay more than £230 in direct debit payments when the total licence fee is only £145.50, as the first five monthly payments are of £29.50.

The official website offers no explanation or justification for this overcharging. How can this “nice little earner” be justified? I was only made aware by a friend who teases us about being radio fiends. PM, London

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