Broadcasting, Platforms, Channels
The Isle of Man wrote broadcasting history, with pirate station Radio Caroline transmitting from the MV Caroline, anchored in Ramsey Bay from 1964. It inspired the movie ‘The Boat That Rocked’. The same year, Manx Radio started its broadcasting operation, almost ten years ahead before commercial radio was licensed in the United Kingdom.
Today, the three Island radio stations plus Radio TT are accompanied by a local presence of teams from the BBC and ITV, producing news coverage in television, radio, web and social media. 3FM as a multi-media platform producing even commercials for third parties, is one the leading innovators for local radio in the British Isles. This competitive environment with podcasts, video features and radio/TV broadcasts is complemented by several Island produced channels on Youtube, like Isle of Man TV (news), LovelyGreens (organic gardening), RalfyDotCom (whisky reviews), BigClive (Electronics), CultureVannin (Manx culture) and several podcasts like 3Wheeling (F1).
The world largest online poker platform Pokerstars, operating Pokerstars TV, has its headquarter here, OTT platform Motorsport Network operates local branch Duke Video, and new streaming platforms like Immortalize TV (classic movies) and Waterbear Network (interactive VOD dedicated to the planet) are at the start.
Your international channel launch on satellite, cable, freeview, Sky or as OTT can find support from the world largest hybrid video distributor SES Satellites. SES has a worldwide reach of more than 355 million homes, distributing more than 8,200 channels via satellite. On a daily basis, SES delivers more than 8,400 hours of online video streaming, including over 620 hours of premium sports and live events. On the Isle of Man SES is present with its entrepreneurial investment arm SES Satellite Leasing which also operates the Isle of Man teleport, SNG uplink and streaming service for the TT TV broadcasts.