TVCatchUp withdraws PSBs

October 14, 2013 10.40 Europe/London By Julian Clover

tvcatchupTVCatchUp says it has been forced to withdraw content from the UK’s public broadcasters following a series of court actions. It has pulled channels from ITV and Channel 5, replacing its own video with a link to the broadcasters’ websites.

“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,” said 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.”

In March a European Court Ruling, also taken by the broadcasters to be a victory, returned the case to the High Court. At the time ITV said it was now free to pursue legal action against unauthorised sites that sought to broadcast its content.

TVCatchUp, which has 9.35 million users, says it hopes to work with the broadcasters concerned to restore any channels that have been affected. “We want to work together with all the broadcasters on acceptable terms, as our partners in bringing you the best selection of shows online, and to continue to deliver their content to the widest possible audience.”

In August TVCatchup reached a retransmission agreement with Welsh broadcaster S4C.