UKTV is a multi-channel broadcaster, jointly owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive. It was formed in 26 March 1992 through a joint venture between BBC and Thames Television. It is one of the United Kingdom's largest television companies.
UKTV's channels are available via digital satellite and cable subscriptions in the UK and Ireland. Dave, Drama, Really and Yesterday channels are also available in the UK on Freeview, the free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT) service.
Most programmes on the channels are repeat broadcasts of BBC productions, although the entertainment channels also feature some programmes produced by other companies and UKTV have also in recent years, commissioned a tiny minority of their own exclusive programmes. The channels themselves are played out by Red Bee Media from their broadcast centre in west London.
The UKTV channels have broadcast in widescreen since 31 January 2008, although some programmes originally made in 16:9 format are screened in the compromise 14:9 semi-letterbox format.
UKTV, branded as Wildcat Student TV, is the student television station headquartered at the University of Kentucky, located in Lexington, Kentucky.
The station is seen on channel 49 with the university's on-campus cable system available to the campus and UK's residence halls. It can also be seen within the Metro Lexington/ Fayette County area on Time Warner Cable channel 16.