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Gavin and Stacey becomes most viewed Christmas Day broadcast of 2010s

The BBC’s revival of Gavin and Stacey proved to be the UK’s most popular Christmas Day TV show of the decade.  In total, 11.6 million people tuned in to see the iconic sitcom return to screens following its cliffhanger ending in 2010. According to the broadcaster, the show captured 49.2% of all TV viewers when […]

Killing Eve tops 2019 BBC iPlayer list

The BBC has revealed the iPlayer’s most streamed shows of 2019. Topping the list by some margin is the latest season of the Phoebe Waller Bridge-created Killing Eve which generated 40.4 million requests. The show’s first season also appeared in fifth with 22.3 million requests, while Waller Bridge’s standout drama comedy series Fleabag also made […]

Ofcom: BBC sustainability at risk as ‘lost generation’ switches off

The BBC risks a “lost generation” of younger viewers as its reach among 16-24 drops below 50% for the first time, according to Ofcom’s latest annual report on the public broadcaster. The regulator said that the pubcaster will face a threat to its future sustainability if it cannot engage young people sufficiently. Ofcom’s study of […]

iPlayer extension is good news for producers, says BBC content chief

UK regulator Ofcom’s decision to allow the BBC to extend the window in which content is available on the iPlayer service to 12 months means that the on-demand offering will be at the centre of the pubcaster’s approach to commissioning content for what director of content Charlotte Moore described as a “total TV vision”. “We […]

BBC announces iPlayer revamp to launch in 2020

The BBC is working on a total overhaul of its iPlayer streaming service, the broadcaster has confirmed. This announced revamp follows Ofcom’s decision that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available from 30 days to one year.  The PSB said that it is designing a fully redesigned […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC iPlayer plan, despite concerns over BritBox

Ofcom has confirmed that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available on the BBC iPlayer service to one year, with some content, including kids content, available for longer. “We have decided that the public value of the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer justifies the adverse impact on […]

ITV chief: BBC iPlayer plans will not impact BritBox

The BBC’s plans to extend the window under which content is available on its iPlayer service will not have a major impact on BritBox, the planned new SVOD JV with ITV, according to ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. Speaking on ITV’s latest quarterly earnings call at the end of last week, McCall said that ITV […]

Virgin Media beats rivals to air Wimbledon tennis in 4K UHD and HDR

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media is to air the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 4K UHD and HDR for the first time. Virgin Media subscribers equipped with a Virgin TV V6 set-top box will be able to view 4K HDR coverage of the competition from July 1 via the BBC iPlayer app on the box. While BBC […]

Ofcom gives provisional green light to 12-month BBC iPlayer plan

UK media regulator Ofcom has provisionally given the BBC a green light for its planned changes to BBC iPlayer, subject to certain conditions and guidance. The regulator said that it accepts that the BBC needs to keep pace with changes in consumption habits. “We have provisionally found that the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer would […]

BBC submits iPlayer plans to Ofcom

The BBC has submitted its plans to make more box-sets and more content available for longer on its iPlayer service to Ofcom following completion of the public interest test ordered by the regulator. The BBC said that its public interest test had shown that the planned changes, which would see programmes made  available on BBC […]

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