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Fieldfisher acts for Everyone TV in development of brand new Freely TV service



United Kingdom

A team from European law firm Fieldfisher, led by Technology Partner Paul Barton and Regulatory/Competition Partner Nick Pimlott, has advised long-standing client, Everyone TV (formerly Digital UK), on the development of its new free service that will broadcast free to air TV channels available on Freeview, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, on the internet with no requirement for an aerial.

Director Ruth Lewis is providing corporate advice on the venture. Partner Leonie Power and Director Camille Ebden have been extensively involved on the data and privacy aspects of the deal. 

The new service will be built into the next generation of smart TVs and will allow the broadcasters to compete head-to-head with large streaming platforms.

UK TV viewers can currently watch live broadcasts over broadband through broadcasters’ individual apps but there is no comprehensive electronic programme guide for accessing linear broadcast services online. The service is expected to be introduced in new televisions from next year. This will mean British viewers will be able to watch live TV channels alongside on-demand content streamed to smart TVs via the internet.

Eric Mitchell, CFO and Director of Legal, Everyone TV, said: "We always turn to Fieldfisher on our most important projects and once again they have delivered with sound and pragmatic advice on a variety of aspects relating to the development of the Freely service”.

Nick Pimlott, partner in Fieldfisher's regulatory team, added:

"We have worked with Everyone TV (formerly known as Digital UK) for many years and are delighted to be supporting them in the development of Freely, a truly innovative service that will for the first time bring the full benefits of live linear TV onto the internet."

Fieldfisher's market-leading Technology and Data team is among the largest in the UK and Europe. Led by Partners Hazel Grant and Simon Briskman the practice comprises nearly 100 lawyers, including market-recognised specialists, working across Fieldfisher's 26 offices.