Sonic Boom (TV series)
Sonic Boom is a computer-animated television series, produced by Sega of America, Inc. and Technicolor Animation Productions in collaboration with Lagardère Thématiques and Jeunesse TV for Cartoon Network, Canal J, Gulli. Based on the video game franchise Sonic the Hedgehog created by Sega, the series is the fifth animated television series based on the franchise, the first to be produced in computer-generated animation and in high definition; the series premiered in November 2014. The series is a part of the Sonic Boom spin-off franchise, which consists of three video games, Rise of Lyric, Shattered Crystal and Fire & Ice, a comic series by Archie Comics, a toyline by Tomy. Sonic, Amy and Sticks reside on Seaside Island in Hedgehog Village Unnamed Village. Together, they defend the island from various threats like his robotic creations. Sega confirmed various cast and characters for Sonic Boom on February 25, 2014. On May 29, 2014, Sega announced that Nika Futterman will play the role of Sticks, a jungle badger, who joined the franchise as a major character.
Several new characters were created for Sonic Boom, such as Mayor Fink, Fastidious Beaver, Perci. Jack Fletcher works as the show's voice director, a role he has held for the video game series since 2010. Sonic the Hedgehog – The heroes' leader of the series, a 15-year-old blue hedgehog with super speed. Sonic is heroic, but can be shortsighted of others' feelings and impatient, he enjoys the benefits of being a hero and dislikes competition. Unlike most incarnations, the Sonic Boom version of Sonic has blue-furred arms and wears a brown neckerchief around his neck and athletic sports tape on his wrists and shoes. Miles "Tails" Prower – An 8-year-old two-tailed yellow fox, Sonic's sidekick, he sports goggles and a tool belt, serves as the group's mechanic and technology expert. Tails' inventions do not always work out as intended, though he's confident in his abilities, he maintains the same personality overall, though he can be blunter and more skeptical. Knuckles the Echidna – A 16-year-old red echidna and the muscle of Team Sonic, whose redesign for Sonic Boom is the most drastic of any Sega character altered for the series: Knuckles is taller than most versions of the character, appears more muscular, wears sports tape around his hands as opposed to spiked boxing gloves.
Whereas other versions of Knuckles have a history of being gullible, Boom Knuckles is clueless and annoys his teammates. Amy Rose – A 12-year-old pink female hedgehog, the peppiest member of the group. Amy wields a giant hammer in battle; as in other series, Amy has a crush on Sonic, but seems to be more cautious about it than other versions of herself. Eggman has referred to her and Sonic as if they were a married couple, to her as Sonic's girlfriend, she is the more mature member of the group, offering common sense when the rest of the team gets carried away. Sticks the Badger – A badger skilled in the use of boomerangs that comes from the jungle. Sticks is a paranoid individual of wild habits, who enjoys digging through garbage and looking at shiny objects. While she may at times seem insane, her madness does stray into genius, allowing her to find solutions that no one else could have thought of. Doctor Eggman – A mad scientist, the constant nemesis of Team Sonic and the inhabitants of Bygone Island, residing in a lair off the island's coast.
In this series, Eggman is portrayed as being rather buffoonish, with his schemes being considered annoying rather than threatening. At times, he appears to be on friendly terms with the heroes, though this leads to some scheme in which he tries to defeat them, his ambitions are to conquer the island. Orbot – Eggman's red orb-shaped robot henchman, he is the blunter, more formal of the two being honest at Eggman's expense. Cubot – Eggman's yellow cube-shaped robot henchman, he is the slower, more dimwitted of the two misunderstanding the meaning of other characters' statements. Belinda – A goat and resident of Hedgehog Village, Charlie's wife; when Charlie turns to villainy, she encourages her husband and in turn begins expressing villainous tendencies of her own. Beth – a sweet shrew who will look up to anyone for any of their positive traits, she felt sorry for Eggman when he transformed into a creature by getting angry. Charlie – A desert rat and an archaeologist living in Hedgehog Village. Knuckles tries to assist him to make up for a past misdeed, but his frustration at Knuckles' incompetence, which causes him to lose yet another job, drives him to become a villain, equipping himself with an ancient exo-suit.
In "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog," Charlie is among the villains recruited by Doctor Eggman to join Team Eggman. Comedy Chimp – A common chimpanzee resident of Hedgehog Village who hosts his own late-night talk show with his co-host Wolf Sidekick. D-Fekt – A former Eggman robot capable of manipulating objects using eco-magnets. After becoming overloaded with power and losing control, D-Fekt was given to Team Sonic, who reprogrammed him as an ally. D-Fekt first appeared in Sonic Boom: Ice before appearing during the series' second season. Dixon – A ferret and media producer, he uses
Postman Pat is a British stop-motion animated children's television series first produced by Woodland Animations. It is aimed at preschool-age children, concerns the adventures of Pat Clifton, a postman in the fictional village of Greendale. Postman Pat's first 13-episode series was screened on BBC1 in 1981. John Cunliffe wrote the original treatment and scripts, it was directed by animator Ivor Wood, who worked on The Magic Roundabout, The Wombles, Paddington Bear, The Herbs. Following the success of the first series, four TV specials and a second series of 13 episodes were produced during the 1990s. Here, Pat had a family for the first time. A new version of the series was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films from 2003, which expanded on many aspects of the original series; each episode follows the adventures of Pat Clifton, a friendly country postman, his "black and white cat" Jess, as he delivers the post through the valley of Greendale. Although he concentrates on delivering his letters, he nearly always becomes distracted by a concern of one of the villagers, is relied upon to resolve their problems.
Notable villagers include Mrs. Goggins. Postman Pat is set in the fictional village of Greendale and the nearby town of Pencaster, on the border between Cumbria and North Yorkshire. Greendale is a busy village situated in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside. Running through the centre of the village is the High Street, home to Mrs Goggins' Post Office and shop, an unofficial meeting house for the residents. Located on the edge of the village is the railway station, home to the Greendale Rocket. Nisha Bains runs a popular café there with Sara while her husband Ajay runs a regular schedule on the Greendale Rocket to the nearby town of Pencaster. In the original series, Greendale consisted of windy and narrow country roads in the valley which had some involvement as to why Pat had problems with his rounds, as the lanes would be blocked or full of snow drifts that were not passable. Pencaster is a large, modern town located within easy commuting distance for the villagers of Greendale. Situated on the waterfront, Pencaster is a hive of activity, boasting a market square in the centre surrounded by shops, houses, a large railway station, state-of-the-art buildings, a boat jetty.
It bears some resemblance to Lancaster, the county town of Lancashire, a short commute from Longsleddale, the area used as the inspiration for Greendale. In the second series of the show from the mid-90s, the area is referred to as Garner Bridge, is located in Greendale. For example, in the episode "Postman Pat and the Suit of Armour", Greendale Post Office is referred to as "Garner Bridge Post Office". Ingledale is another large, busy village town situated in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside, only seen once in a special in 1991, set to make a second appearance in the revival. Cunliffe, interviewed about the series, has said that he chose the character of a postman since he needed a character who could visit the countryside and interact with many different people; the inspiration for the post office itself comes from one located on the Kendal street where Cunliffe lived when he was writing the original treatment. The post office, at 10 Greenside, closed in 2003. Cunliffe did not retain rights to the character, was disappointed by some of the tie-in media released.
He wrote the stories to the series Rosie and Jim, which he presented, as a show which he could have tighter control of. While Cunliffe visited post offices for inspiration, he has said that the character and village was not based on any one place or person, he commented in 2015 that "I got maybe half a dozen people last year saying they were the inspiration." Lewis MacLeod as Postman Pat, Ben Taylor, Robot 1, Sat Nav, Alf Thompson, Sean McGuinness Ken Barrie as Postman Pat, Matt Clifton, Mrs. Goggins, Ted Glen, Alf Thompson, Dorothy Thompson, Bill Thompson, Peter Timms, Julia Pottage, Katy Pottage, Tom Pottage, Arthur Selby, Lucy Selby, Sylvia Gilbertson, Sarah Gilbertson, Jeff Pringle, Charlie Pringle, Rebecca Hubbard, Sam Waldron, Granny Dryden, Peter Fogg, Major Forbes, George Lancaster, Santa Claus, Train Inspector, Pumpkin Wrigglesworth, Radio Greendale Speaker, George, Countdown Sequence Voice Carole Boyd as Sara Clifton, Julian Clifton, Mrs. Goggins, Dorothy Thompson, Bill Thompson, Julia Pottage, Katy Pottage, Tom Pottage, Betty Pottage, Lucy Selby, Sylvia Gilbertson, Sarah Gilbertson, Jackie Gilbertson, Charlie Pringle, Rebecca Hubbard, George's Wife, Radio Weather Woman Kulvinder Ghir as Bill Thompson, Tom Pottage, Ajay Bains, Bessie Thompson, Michael Lam, Robot 2, Shopper-Bot 3000 Janet James as Julian Clifton, Lucy Selby, Lauren Taylor Archie Panjabi as Katy Pottage, Nisha Bains, Meera Bains Melissa Sinden as Jess Clifton, Polly Clifton, Dotty Pringle, Bonnie Goggins Anji Kreft as Additional Voices Angela Griffin as Amy Wrigglesworth, Lizzy Taylor, Rowena Roberts, Duchess of Pencaster Jimmy Hibbert as Additional Voices Bradley Clarkson as Ted Glen (serie
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia is an American computer-animated fantasy television series created for Netflix by Guillermo del Toro and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Double Dare You Productions. It follows the story of James Lake Jr. a teenage boy who finds a mysterious amulet and stumbles across a secret realm inhabited by trolls and other magical creatures. Soon afterward, he and his friends are charged with protecting our world from the dangerous monsters that lurk in the shadows of their small suburban town; the first two episodes of the series premiered on October 2016, at the New York Comic Con. The first season was released worldwide on Netflix on December 23, 2016; the second season premiered on December 15, 2017, the third and final season premiered on May 25, 2018. Since its release, Trollhunters has been praised as an ambitious and boundary-pushing animated series, with Filmink's Travis Johnson calling it "...the best children’s animation to come along since Avatar: The Last Airbender."
The series was nominated for nine Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017, winning more than any other animated or live-action television program that year. In its first two seasons, it has received or been nominated for several Annie Awards, Kidscreen Awards, a Saturn Award; the show has spawned several original children's books and has been adapted into a series of graphic novels by Marc Guggenheim and Richard Hamilton, released by Dark Horse. Anton Yelchin continued to be part of the series through the first two seasons, as he had recorded enough dialogue to complete them before his sudden death. Yelchin was able to provide a portion of dialogue for the final season, while the remaining portions of dialogue was recorded by Emile Hirsch. Following the show's success, Guillermo del Toro announced that Trollhunters would be the first chapter in a trilogy of television series entitled Tales of Arcadia; the story was continued in a science fiction inspired follow-up series entitled 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, the trilogy will be concluded in a third and final fantasy series entitled Wizards.
It premiered on Pop in the UK on September 3, 2018. After being dubbed the first human Trollhunter, James "Jim" Lake Jr. reluctantly, begins to lead a double life with best friend Tobias "Toby" Domzalski at his side, along with gaining mentors from the trolls Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!!. Jim faces hostility and resentment not just from other trolls, but from other humans during school time as well; the adventures of Jim and Toby become interrupted when Claire Nuñez gets dragged into the life and screaming, as well. Jim faces repercussions for his actions by going into the Darklands. Blinky deals with old family wounds as the rest of Trollmarket deals with a possible mole among them. Things are not made easier when Steve Palchuk and Eli Pepperjack begin to stumble upon Jim's double life, on top of the pressures of high school. It's the end of sophomore year at Arcadia High: Jim's double life has taken its toll on his mother as Claire experiences trouble from an ancient sorceress; the final battle is looming over the trio as Jim and Claire begin to grow closer in their relationship, graduation is upon them.
Anton Yelchin and Emile Hirsch as James "Jim" Lake Jr. / Trollhunter, the first human Trollhunter and a reluctant hero dealing with the pressures of leading a double life. He has a talent for cooking and sword-fighting, cares for his mother and friends. Yelchin provided the voice of Jim through portions of Part 3 before his death. Hirsch replaced him. Charlie Saxton as Tobias "Toby" Domzalski, Jim's best friend and confidant. Dorky and excitable, he embraces the secret world of trolls and aids Jim in his quests, his weapon of choice is a warhammer. Jonathan Hyde as Walter Strickler, Jim's history teacher, a Changeling; when Jim discovers the truth, he loses all respect for him and the two become bitter enemies. However, he has redeeming qualities. Kelsey Grammer as Blinkous "Blinky" Galadrigal, Jim's six-eyed troll mentor. A wise and scholarly troll with a heart of gold, he serves as the brains of the Trollhunters and becomes a sort of father figure to Jim. Fred Tatasciore as Aarghaumont "AAARRRGGHH!!!", a burly troll and close companion of Blinky who forms a deep bond with Toby.
He was kidnapped by the Gumm-Gumms as a child. Tormented by the atrocities they committed, he deserted Gunmar to live a life of peace. However, he will still fight to protect those. Lexi Medrano as Claire Nuñez, Jim's girlfriend, she is a feisty, jolly, sarcastic and intelligent tomboy who enjoys books and is a talented martial artist and gymnast. She obtains the Shadowstaff. Victor Raider-Wexler as Vendel, the leader of Trollmarket. An ancient and wizened troll, Vendel is at first suspicious of Jim and comes across as a pessimist, but shows a softer side and eventual faith in Jim. At the end of Part 2, he is killed by Usurna after she revealed herself to be working for Gunmar, but not before recording the act to warn the Trollhunters. Ron Perlman as Bular, the son of Gunmar. A brutish and powerful troll warrior, he's obsessed with freeing his father from the Darklands, he holds a special disdain for Changelings, whom he considers "impure", putting him at odds with Strickler and other Changelings who seek to free Gunmar.
He is killed by Jim in the first half of season 1, but makes appearances in the season 1 episode "Where Is My Mind" and the season 2 episode "Unbecoming". Amy Landecker as Barbara Lake, Jim's protective and overworked mother, her husband left the family. Her doctor job means she's of
Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs
Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs is a series of children's books written and drawn by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds. The series is about a 5-year-old boy named Harry. In the books the dinosaurs seem to be toys to the other characters; the other main characters are Mom, Harry's best friend Charlie and Harry's sister Sam. It was adapted into a Canadian-British 104-episode animated television series of the same name, which premiered on Teletoon in Canada on March 28, 2005 and ended in 2008, it was a co-production between CCI Entertainment in Canada and Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment Ltd. in the United Kingdom. In the TV series Harry plays with the dinosaurs by jumping into the bucket, which transports him to another world, called DinoWorld. Although the dinosaurs are toy-sized in the real world, within DinoWorld they become dinosaur-sized, while Harry retains his actual size; the TV episodes are available on DVD in two volumes. It was announced that the show would have a series of apps for the iOS and Android platform and will include some interactive elements.
In the US, Cartoon Network aired the series as part of its short lived Tickle-U block. Reruns of the series began airing on Qubo on June 30, 2012. Harry and the Dinosaurs go on holiday Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs Harry and the Dinosaurs at the Museum Harry and the Dinosaurs Make a Splash Harry and the Dinosaurs Go Wild Harry and the Dinosaurs say "Raahh" Harry and the Robots Romp in the Swamp Harry and the Dinosaurs Make a Christmas Wish Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School Harry and the Dinosaurs have a Very Busy Day Harry and the Dinosaurs Play Hide and Seek Harry and the Dinosaurs Tell the Time Harry and the Snow King Harry and the Dinosaurs and the Bucketful of StoriesA compilation of Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs and the Dinosaurs say "Raahh", Harry and the Robots, Romp in the Swamp and Harry and the Snow King Andrew Chalmers - Harry Jamie Watson - Taury the Tyrannosaurus rex Ron Rubin - Trike the Triceratops Andrew Sabiston - Pterence the Pterodactyl Stacy DePass - Patsy the Apatosaurus Juan Chioran - Sid the Scelidosaurus Jonathan Wilson - Steggy the Stegosaurus Amanda Soha - Charley Susan Roman - Harry's mother Bryn McAuley - Sam, Harry's big sister Ellen-Ray Hennessy - Nana Emma Tate - Harry/Harry's mother Jimmy Hibbert - Taury Tom Eastwood - Trike Ben Small - Pterence/Sid Lynn Cleckner - Patsy/Sam David Holt - Steggy Episode titles for season 1 are taken directly from the episodes.
Episode titles for season 2 are taken from the official Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs website. There are a number of differences between the titles as listed on the website. In all the episodes, the first words spoken are the title of the episode, a prime example of title dropping. Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs at TV.com Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs on IMDb Official site, Ian Whybrow
Sony Crime Channel
Sony Crime Channel is a British free-to-air television channel, focusing on crime television programmes and documentaries. It was launched on 6 February 2018 and it is owned by Sony Pictures Television, it airs crime programming targeted at a female audience. Sony Crime Channel 2 launched on 6 February 2018, replacing True Crime on Sky channel 184.. The channel closed on 15 November 2018, along with sister channel Scuzz; the True Crime channel was relaunched again on 12 February 2019, replacing truTV. 48 Hours Caught on Camera Cops Crime 360 Crime Town USA CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Deadly Women Dog Patrol Dog the Bounty Hunter Fatal Attraction Hustle Killer Kids Law and Order: Criminal Talent Law and Order Line of Duty Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force Orange is the New Black Paternity Court Person of Interest Police Women of Dallas Psychic Detective Real Detective Spooks Taggart The Devil You Know The People's Court Unforgettable Very Bad Men Why Did Oscar Pistorius Kill Our Daughter? Wife, Bounty Hunter Official website
Internet Protocol television is the delivery of television content over Internet Protocol networks. This is in contrast to delivery through traditional terrestrial and cable television formats. Unlike downloaded media, IPTV offers the ability to stream the source media continuously; as a result, a client media player can begin playing the content immediately. This is known as streaming media. Although IPTV uses the Internet protocol it is not limited to television streamed from the Internet. IPTV is deployed in subscriber-based telecommunications networks with high-speed access channels into end-user premises via set-top boxes or other customer-premises equipment. IPTV is used for media delivery around corporate and private networks. IPTV in the telecommunications arena is notable for its ongoing standardisation process. IPTV services may be classified into three main groups: Live television and live media, with or without related interactivity. Many different definitions of IPTV have appeared, including elementary streams over IP networks, MPEG transport streams over IP networks and a number of proprietary systems.
One official definition approved by the International Telecommunication Union focus group on IPTV is: IPTV is defined as multimedia services such as television/video/audio/text/graphics/data delivered over IP based networks managed to provide the required level of quality of service and experience, security and reliability. Another definition of IPTV, relating to the telecommunications industry, is the one given by Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions IPTV Exploratory Group in 2005: IPTV is defined as the secure and reliable delivery to subscribers of entertainment video and related services; these services may include, for example, Live TV, Video On Demand and Interactive TV. These services are delivered across an access agnostic, packet switched network that employs the IP protocol to transport the audio and control signals. In contrast to video over the public Internet, with IPTV deployments, network security and performance are managed to ensure a superior entertainment experience, resulting in a compelling business environment for content providers and customers alike.
The term IPTV first appeared in 1995 with the founding of Precept Software by Judith Estrin and Bill Carrico. Precept developed an Internet video product named IP/TV. IP/TV was an Mbone compatible Windows and Unix-based application that transmitted single and multi-source audio and video traffic, ranging from low to DVD quality, using both unicast and IP multicast Real-time Transport Protocol and Real time control protocol; the software was written by Steve Casner, Karl Auerbach, Cha Chee Kuan. Precept was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1998. Cisco retains the IP/TV trademark. Internet radio company AudioNet started the first continuous live webcasts with content from WFAA-TV in January 1998 and KCTU-LP on 10 January 1998. Kingston Communications, a regional telecommunications operator in the UK, launched Kingston Interactive Television, an IPTV over digital subscriber line service in September 1999; the operator added additional VoD service in October 2001 with a VoD content provider. Kingston was one of the first companies in the world to introduce IPTV and IP VoD over ADSL as a commercial service.
The service became the reference for various changes to UK Government regulations and policy on IPTV. In 2006, the KIT service was discontinued, subscribers having declined from a peak of 10,000 to 4,000. In 1999, NBTel was the first to commercially deploy Internet protocol television over DSL in Canada using the Alcatel 7350 DSLAM and middleware created by iMagic TV; the service was marketed under the brand VibeVision in New Brunswick, expanded into Nova Scotia in early 2000 after the formation of Aliant. IMagic TV was sold to Alcatel. In 2002, Sasktel was the second in Canada to commercially deploy IPTV over DSL, using the Lucent Stinger DSL platform. In 2005, SureWest Communications was the first North American company to offer high-definition television channels over an IPTV service. In 2005, Bredbandsbolaget launched its IPTV service as the first service provider in Sweden; as of January 2009, they are not the biggest supplier any longer. In 2007, TPG became the first internet service provider in Australia to launch IPTV.
By 2010, iiNet and Telstra launched IPTV services in conjunction to internet plans. In 2008, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited launched IPTV under the brand name of PTCL Smart TV in Pakistan; this service is available in 150 major cities of the country offering 140 live channels. In 2010, CenturyLink – after acquiring Embarq and Qwest – entered five U. S. markets with an IPTV service called Prism. This was after successful test marketing in Florida. In 2016, Korean Central Television introduced the set-top box called Manbang providing video-on-demand services in North Korea via quasi-internet protocol television. Manbang allows viewers to watch five different TV channels in real-time, read find political information regarding the Supreme Leader and Juche ideology, read articles from state-run news organizations; the technology was hindered by low broadb
Virgin Media Limited is a British company which provides telephone and internet services in the United Kingdom. Its headquarters are in Hampshire. Since 2013, Virgin Media has been a subsidiary of Liberty Global plc, an international television and telecommunications company; the company was listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and London Stock Exchange. Virgin Media is not a sister company of Virgin Mobile USA, owned by Sprint Corporation; the company was founded in March 2006 by the merger of Telewest, which created NTL: Telewest. In July 2006, the company purchased Virgin Mobile UK, creating the first "quadruple-play" media company in the United Kingdom, offering television, mobile phone and fixed-line telephone services. In November 2006, the company signed a deal with Sir Richard Branson to licence the Virgin brand for the combined business. All of the company's consumer services were rebranded under the Virgin Media name in February 2007. Virgin Media owns and operates its own fibre-optic cable network in the United Kingdom, although their optical fibre network does not reach the customer premises, rather they connect to a street cabinet.
As of 31 December 2012, it had a total of 4.8 million cable customers, of whom around 3.79 million were supplied with its television services, around 4.2 million with broadband internet services and around 4.1 million with fixed-line telephony services. At the same date, it had around 3 million mobile telephony customers. Virgin Media competes in broadband with Sky, BT Group and TalkTalk, in mobile with EE, O2, Vodafone and Three; the company's origins lie in both Telewest and NTL, which merged in March 2006. Telewest began in 1984 in Croydon under the name "Croydon Cable", was acquired by United Cable of Denver in 1988; the company expanded during the 1990s and adopted the Telewest name in 1992 following the merger of its then-parent TCI and US West. It expanded into cable television access in 1999 by purchasing the remaining 50% stake in Cable London, one of the first cable TV companies in the UK, from NTL, adding 400,000 homes in north London. In April 2000 Telewest merged with Flextech, in November extended its cable network with the acquisition of Eurobell, taking the total number of homes past 4.9 million.
NTL was established by Barclay Knapp and George Blumenthal in 1993 as "International CableTel", taking advantage of the deregulation of the UK cable market. Cabletel acquired local cable franchises covering Guildford, Northern Ireland and parts of Central Scotland and South Wales. In 1996 CableTel acquired National Transcommunications Limited, the privatised UK Independent Broadcasting Authority transmission network. In 1998 CableTel adopted "NTL" as its new name. NTL purchased the ISP Virgin.net in 2004, having operated it as a joint venture with Virgin Group since it launched in November 1996. It sold ADSL broadband services through BT landlines to those living outside areas served by NTL's cable network and offered subscription-based and subscription-free dial-up Internet access. Prior to acquiring Virgin.net, NTL offered. Telewest and NTL began discussions regarding a merger in late 2003. Thanks to their geographically distinct areas, NTL and Telewest had co-operated as in redirecting potential customers living outside their respective areas.
On 3 October 2005, NTL announced a US$16 billion purchase of Telewest, to form one of the largest media companies in the UK. The merger agreement as structured would have required NTL to negotiate with BBC Worldwide due to a change-of-ownership clause written into the agreement for UKTV, a joint venture with Telewest's Flextech content division. To prevent this, Telewest instead acquired NTL. In December 2005 NTL:Telewest and mobile virtual network operator Virgin Mobile UK announced that talks had taken place regarding a merger. Virgin Mobile's independent directors rejected the original bid of £817 million, taking the view that NTL's bid "undervalued the business". Sir Richard Branson expressed confidence that a restructured deal could go ahead, in January 2006 NTL increased its offer to £961 million. On 4 April 2006, NTL announced a £962.4 million recommended offer for Virgin Mobile. According to reports, Branson accepted a mix of shares and cash, making him a 10.7% shareholder of the combined company.
NTL and Telewest formally completed their merger on 3 March 2006, making the merged company the UK's largest cable provider, with more than 90% of the market. The combined company renamed itself NTL Incorporated, with ex-NTL shareholders controlling 75% of the stock and ex-Telewest shareholders 25%. Nine of the 11 directors of the new board came with two from Telewest. NTL:Telewest's takeover of Virgin Mobile completed on 4 July 2006, creating the UK's first'quadruple play' media company, bringing together television, mobile phone and fixed-line phone services; the deal included a 30-year exclusive branding agreement that saw NTL adopt the "Virgin" name after it completed its merger with Telewest. NTL:Telewest announced on 8 November 2006 it would change its name to "Virgin Media Inc". On 9 November 2006, NTL announced it had approached the commercial television broadcaster ITV plc about a proposed merger, after a similar announcement by ITV. BSkyB blocked the merger on 17 November 2006 by controversially buying a 17.9% stake in ITV plc, a move that attracted anger from NTL shareholder Richard Branson, an investigation from media and telecoms regulator Ofcom.
On 6 December 2006 NTL announced that it had complained to the Office of Fair Trading about BSkyB's