BBC adds ‘last chance’ notifications to iPlayer

The BBC has introduced ‘last chance’ mobile notifications for its iPlayer catch-up service, notifying users when they only have a few days left to watch downloaded content. The BBC lets iPlayer users download content to watch on the move, but that content is only accessible for the same amount of time that it is hosted […]

Thinkbox: TV accounts for 75% of UK video viewing

TV accounted for 74.8% of UK video viewing last year, down slightly from 76% in 2015, though total video consumption was up year-on-year, according to Thinkbox. The UK marketing body for commercial TV said that total video consumption increased from an average of 4 hours, 35 minutes a day in 2015 to 4 hours, 37 minutes […]

Sky+ introduces new binge-watch features

Sky in the UK has introduced new features for Sky+ customers that are designed to make it easier to catch-up and binge on their favourite shows. The new features include Auto Play, which will automatically start the next episode of a series once one ends – provided the show is downloaded to a users’ planner. […]

Sky extends digital supply chain deal with Vubiquity

UK operator Sky has signed a new multi-year deal with Vubiquity, which will continue to supply Sky’s content to catch-up and on-demand services in the UK. Vubiquity has managed this content supply chain for Sky since 2012, making sure that Sky’s digital content is delivered to wholesale customers including Virgin Media, TalkTalk and BT. The company […]

Ofcom: UK TV viewers ‘most technologically advanced’ in Europe

Some 70% of UK adults will watch TV using free-to-air, catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer in December, more than in any other European country, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s research claims that UK viewers are now using TV gadgets “more than any other major country” and that catch-up viewing is ahead of […]

Telekom Romania launches catch-up and cloud DVR

Deutsche Telekom-owned Telekom Romania has launched  catch-up TV service, cloud-based DVR and home media player functionality for its interactive TV customers. The Arhiva TV service will allow viewers to watch programmes shown within the last seven days. The service is available to Telekom Romania’s interactive TV subscribers. A new Cloud Plus service will allow viewers […]

BBC extends iPlayer window to 30 days

The BBC has extended the catch-up window for its on-demand iPlayer service from seven to 30 days.  The move, which applies to BBC TV and radio programmes, was introduced over the weekend and follows approval from the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, in April. Viewers accessing the iPlayer from computers, tablets and mobile devices […]

ITV automates multi-platform content delivery

UK broadcaster ITV has migrated its content to a file-based distribution and transmission model and brought all catch-up services in house. ITV said that the move marks the completion of a “significant stage” in its content delivery modernisation (CDM) project, which is designed to automate linear, catch-up and archive content delivery to a variety of […]

EU has more than 3,000 on-demand services

As of February 2014 there were 3,088 on-demand services in the European Union, according to new research by the European Audiovisual Observatory.  Among the audiovisual services counted were 1,104 catch-up TV services, 711 branded channels of broadcasters on open platforms and 409 VoD film services. The ‘On-Demand Audiovisual Markets in the European Union’ report found […]

Globecast unveils OTT service delivery packages

Media services provider Globecast is using NAB to introduce a new OTT offering encompassing live, VoD and catch-up programming. OTT Live is for simulcast delivery of linear channels. OTT VoD ingests individual programme assets into the online video platform for VoD services and delivers the content over the Internet, and OTT Live-to-VoD creates a VoD […]