TVCatchup, the UK internet television service for viewing free-to-air channels, has had to withdraw channels from ITV and Channel 5 following a series of court actions.
“We enjoy excellent relationships with most of those whose content we carry, but this sadly hasn’t proved to be the case with all of the public service broadcasters,” says TVCatchup. “Whilst the outcome so far of the ensuing proceedings has been undeniably favourable to TVC, the rights that have been granted in the process entail certain responsibilities on our part. We pride ourselves in always working within the law, we accordingly felt it necessary to remove a certain amount of the channels to avoid perpetuating contention.”
Adding that it will be introducing additional services (including HQ and new channels) on an ongoing basis, TVCatchup (which has over 9.35 million users) says it hopes to work with ITV and Channel 5 to restore the affected channels. “We want to work together with all the broadcasters on acceptable terms, as our partners in bringing [our customers] the best selection of shows online, and to continue to deliver their content to the widest possible audience.”