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MPs seek Media Bill changes

Obligations on smart TVs, firesticks and set-top boxes to ensure public service broadcasters (PSBs) are prominent on their platforms should be strengthened, according to the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. In its report on the draft Media Bill, the Committee also wants to see current obligations on PSBs to provide programming […]

September 22, 2023By Colin Mann

BBC iPlayer adds 90s boxsets

A number of the BBC’s celebrated shows from the 1990s have been added to iPlayer, and will be broadcast on BBC Four at 10pm on Wednesdays over the coming weeks. The selection includes Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s first ever TV show, 1994 medical drama Cardiac Arrest, written under a pseudonym at a time […]

September 15, 2023

Report: UK TV sector revenues £3.9bn in 2022

The 2023 Pact Census reveals that UK TV sector revenues reached their highest ever levels in 2022, driven largely by the growth of international revenues and a significant increase in streaming commissions. Total sector revenues returned to growth levels seen before the pandemic, increasing by 21.3 per cent on 2021 to reach a record £3.94 […]

September 13, 2023

BBC iPlayer improves availability, latency

The BBC has announced ‘under the hood’ updates to its iPlayer service. There are two key improvements: Rapid availability – The BBC has introduced a bit technology they’re calling pseudo VoD – which ensures programmes are now available to watch on demand on iPlayer much more quickly than they were before. Previously, if viewers missed […]

August 11, 2023

Ofcom: Linear broadcast slump as boomers switch to streaming

The media diets of viewers and listeners in the UK appear to be more diverse and fragmented than ever, according to broadcast regulator Ofcom’s latest annual report on the TV, online video, radio and audio sectors. As competition for the nation’s attention intensifies, Media Nations 2023 finds that the proportion of viewers who tune in […]

August 3, 2023By Colin Mann

Survey: Generational divide in US entertainment use

Results from a recent Kagan US Consumer Insights survey show that the use of digital entertainment among younger Americans (Gen Z adults and millennials) and older Americans (baby boomers and seniors) is profoundly different. Gen Xers tend to bridge the gap, which makes them part of everyone’s target market. Among the key findings: Baby boomers/seniors […]

August 3, 2023

1980 Oppenheimer series on BBC iPlayer

Classic BBC series Oppenheimer, which stars Sam Waterston as atomic bomb creator J. Robert Oppenheimer, is now available to watch on iPlayer. With Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster epic of the same name proving a hit in cinemas at the moment, viewers can watch the BBC’s take on this brilliant, conflicted physicist. The seven-part series originally aired […]

August 2, 2023By Nik Roseveare

ITV H1: Digital revenue up 24%

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has released half-year results that show ITV Studios revenues up 8 per cent and digital revenue up 24 per cent, offsetting a decline in linear advertising revenues. “The continued momentum behind ITV’s strategic transformation delivered strong growth in Studios and Digital revenues in the first half of the year, largely offsetting […]

July 27, 2023By Colin Mann

FIFA+: CTV, FAST channel expansion

Football’s governing body FIFA is expanding OTT service FIFA+ as it becomes available on five new connected TV apps: Samsung TV, LG, VIDAA, Amazon Fire, and Android TV, and five new FAST channel platforms: Samsung TV Plus, LG Channels, VIDAA Channels, The Roku Channel and Rakuten TV. This move is aimed at allowing more football […]

July 26, 2023

15.3m Italians watched SVoD platforms in March

The number of unique users of SVoD platforms in Italy was 15.3 million in March 2023, stable compared to the previous month, but down from 16.7 million in the same month in 2022. A report by Italy’s National Communications Authority (AgCom), shows that Netflix maintained the leadership position with an average of 8.9 million unique […]

July 25, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome