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Trouble in paradise pervades soon-to-launch UK streaming service Britbox as broadcast collaborators the BBC and ITV are squabbling over funding, according to the FT. ITV is reported to have pledged some $82 million through 2020, while the BBC is reportedly not prepared to match this investment and is more concerned with its iPlayer platform. It suggests similar broadcaster-fronted initiatives across Europe could run into similar problems. IP-based video contribution vendor LiveU has been bought by private equity firms Francisco Partners and IGP Capital for an undisclosed fee. LiveU’s two most notable deployments are at AT&T, recently working to add 5G mobile connectivity to HEVC bonding portable broadcasting technology, and Sinclair Broadcast, where it supplies HEVC field units for newsgathering. Hulu…

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