London, UK – August 2, 2016. Vistex® (UK), the leading provider of rights and royalties software solutions, today announced that UKTV, the biggest multichannel broadcaster in Britain, has chosen Vistex’s Media Maestro to handle its rights management requirements.
Tim Goff, Head of Technology at UKTV said, “More people are watching UKTV’s channels than ever before and we have significantly increased our footprint in the digital landscape, with the roll out of UKTV Play on multiple devices and platforms making our content even more accessible to viewers.
With such a complex and rapidly evolving rights landscape, we needed an industry-leading system to manage this and Media Maestro ticked all those boxes. In Vistex we have a strong partner to guide us through the ever evolving rights landscape.”
Phil Bird, Head of Sales at Vistex UK, added that “management of rights is becoming very complex, and the demands of consumers and advances in technology mean that rights holders have more to consider than just rights for the Internet. There is now a smorgasbord of options for how to exploit TV content. This means content owners rightly want to be vigilant about the rights exploitation allowable, but this also opens up a world of opportunity. Our solutions for the Film and TV sectors enable companies to take full advantage of the rights usage explosion, which will no doubt continue in the foreseeable future.”
UKTV is the latest company to become a Vistex software client, joining more than 450 customers spanning Film, Television, Music Publishing, Record Labels and brand/IP licensing. The Vistex Counterpoint Suite is the industry’s leading rights and royalty software solution. Paramount Home Entertainment, NBC Universal, BMG Rights Management, Domino Recordings, Codemasters and Unilever all utilize the advanced capabilities of Counterpoint Suite, and trust Vistex’s expertise in rights management to better serve their business needs.
UKTV is the biggest multichannel broadcaster in the UK.
The award-winning independent has eleven imaginative brands – UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food. These include the two most popular non-PSB channels in the UK and account for 9.31% of the British commercial TV market. The company’s most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £319m and EBITDA of £82m. It invested £148m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat, Amazon Fire and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating its 23rd year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV – an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) – is proud to be the only British television broadcaster in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list.
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