Read this: Virgin Media could lose ITV programmes in long-running dispute
Summary: Virgin Media's 4 million pay-TV customers face losing hit ITV shows including Coronation Street and Love Island as a longstanding dispute with the broadcaster comes to a head. ITV is understood to have written to Virgin Media warning that it could remove its channels as soon as this weekend if an agreement cannot be reached. Virgin Media and ITV have been in protracted and at times tense talks over a range of issues including the carriage of ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, video-on-demand rights and guarantees of the prominence of its programming, as cable viewers increasingly watch programmes on demand from Netflix, Amazon and broadcasters' own streaming services. - www.theguardian.comRead full article: Virgin Media could lose ITV programmes i…
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It beggars the question what is the point of having Virgin Media control your TV viewing when ITV as one of the most popular commercial companies does not undertake to allow relay of their channels through Virgin Media? It already has a problem with UK TV. What next the BBC?
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Nick Anderson: ITV are a commercial broadcaster and will only make their channels available on cable if they can reach a commercial agreement which both parties are happy with. Only the main ITV channel has PSB status requiring it to be carried by cable operators, this does not apply to any of ITV's sister channels. Although given that this website is about free to air television and there are no free to air channels on cable (viewers are required to take a paid subscription to receive any channels) this doesn't seem like the most appropriate place for this debate.
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