Both potential buyers had tabled a series of competing offers in recent months, prompting the Takeover Panel to convene a blind auction to resolve the contest. On Saturday the panel announced that after three rounds of bidding, Comcast had tabled an offer worth £17.28 per Sky share, significantly higher than Fox’s £15.67 per share.
The deal will see even more content from UKTV’s ten channels available in HD and available to watch via BT TV’s set top boxes and mobile apps.
As before, the show will offer members of the public the chance to win £1,000,000. Each contestant will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions on their way to winning the life changing prize, helped along the way by familiar lifelines of Ask The Audience; Phone a Friend; 50:50 and the return of new lifeline; Ask The Host.
During this summer’s World Cup, some fans watching matches on BBC iPlayer complained of hearing neighbours cheering at goals that they hadn’t yet seen because the streamed coverage lagged up to 30 seconds behind the TV broadcast.
The box bring easy access to Freeview Play, which includes broadcast channels plus access to iPlayer, All4, ITV Player, My5 and UKTV Play, as well as Amazon Prime Video and Alexa and normally costs £129 from retailers.
Plans start from £10 for 3GB of data, doubled to 6GB for subscribers to the recently launched BT Plus service, with selected plans also including free access to the BT Sport App. Customers can also connect to more than 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK.
Virgin Media has struck a “long term” deal to restore all of UKTV’’s channels and services to Virgin TV, ending a two week dispute row which started when the cable company demanded a reduction in the fees it paid to the broadcaster.