ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster, operating the largest commercial family of channels in the UK. In addition to traditional broadcasting on our channels, we deliver our content on demand through numerous platforms, both directly and via ITV Player. Through ITV Studios we produce content for both our own channels and third parties in the UK and increasingly overseas. Our distribution business sells finished programmes and formats worldwide.
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ITV broadcasts a wide variety of content on its family of free to air and pay channels, consisting of ITV, the largest commercial television channel in the UK, and the digital channels including ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITV Encore and CITV. In 2014 we will launch ITVBe, our new free to air lifestyle and reality channel. The family of channels attracted a total share of viewing of 23.1% in 2013, the largest audience of any UK commercial broadcaster. Programming is primarily funded by television advertising revenues. ITV has the largest share of our estimate of the UK television advertising market at 45.4% in 2013.
In addition to linear broadcast, ITV delivers its content across multiple platforms. This is either through ITV Player, available on ITV’s website, itv.com, and platforms such as Virgin and Sky, or through direct content deals with services such as Lovefilm and Netflix. ITV’s content is now available on 20 platforms.
ITV Studios is the Group's international content business. It is the largest production company in the UK and produces programming for ITV’s own channels and for other broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky. ITV Studios also operates in five international locations, the US, Australia, Germany, France and the Nordics, producing content for local broadcasters in these regions. This content is either locally created IP or created elsewhere by ITV, mainly the UK. We have made a number of acquisitions in the UK, US and the Nordics as we look to build our international business. Global Entertainment, ITV’s distribution business, licenses ITV’s finished programmes and formats and third party content internationally.
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