Category archives for: Catch Up

iPlayer glitch blocks F1 highlights

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A number of iPlayer users were prevented from watching certain BBC shows over the weekend, when the corporation’s popular catch-up service was hit by a technical glitch. The problems began on Saturday morning and continued into Sunday, affecting the iPlayer and other online services including the BBC.co.uk homepage. Users of the iPlayer took to social media to complain about not […]

BBC World News launches VoD content

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BBC World News has unveiled a new suite of VoD content, meaning that its international distribution partners can now offer their customers a raft of the channel’s programmes wherever and whenever they want it. The package includes over 120 hours of the channel’s best-known long-form content strands, including HARDtalk, Click, The Travel Show and Our World each year. The package […]

C4 Chief: BBC should encrypt iPlayer for licence-fee payers

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Channel 4 chairman Lord Burns has said the BBC should encrypt the iPlayer for licence fee payers only as a first step towards subscription, with the licence fee unsustainable in the long term. Burns criticised the BBC for being too wedded to the £145.50 licence fee and said it had ignored alternative forms of funding such as subscription – or […]

UK’s first catch-up TV pub launched by TalkTalk TV

Sporting moments are the most memorable on TV, with Andy Murray’s win at Wimbledon in 2013 and England’s 5-1 win over Germany in 2001 leading the list, according to new research from TalkTalk. However, with this year’s World Cup matches often starting at 5pm, many of us have struggled to see all the action – over a fifth of us […]

iPlayer PC requests driven by radio growth

Requests to BBC iPlayer increased last month to 273 million, up 6 per cent on May 2013, and higher than at any point last year. May also saw the first increase in

Tablets become main device for TV catch-up

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Data from Kantar Media’s syndicated study, futurePROOF, shows that tablets have become mainstream consumer devices with more than half of 16-44s now having access to them. Forty-five per cent of all UK adults

4oD goes mobile

Channel 4 has launched a fully mobile 4oD, enabling viewers to stream content wherever they are via 3G and 4G on iOS and Android devices – and watch exclusive original short form content in a new dedicated shorts hub. Reflecting the growing viewer demand for snackable videos, 4oD’s shorts hub curates a diverse selection of new and exclusive shorts – […]

BBC Trust: iPlayer users should pay licence fee

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Diane Coyle, the acting chair of the BBC Trust, says the corporation will put forward proposals that people who only watch its content via the iPlayer should still pay the licence fee. Coyle, the BBC Trust vice-chair who has applied to become Lord Patten’s full-time replacement, also defended the existing licence fee system, saying it remains the best funding model […]

TalkTalk rolls out new TV player

TalkTalk has launched a new TV player to bring better functionality to its one million plus YouView TV customers. The new TalkTalk Player will be the home of on-demand movies and entertainment. It will house TalkTalk’s movie rental service, TalkTalk Box Office, which has been improved to include more of the latest blockbusters to rent (from £4 per title), with […]

Wimbledon to share highlights via social media

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Grabyo, the real-time video company, has agreed a deal with The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) to bring near-live highlights from Wimbledon to a global digital audience of billions. The partnership will see the AELTC share real-time video highlights to tennis fans on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube, in order to engage social media users and drive tune-in for […]

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