Netflix introduces ‘smart downloads’

Netflix has introduced a new ‘smart downloads’ feature that will see the service automatically delete an episode once it has been watched and then download the next one. The new functionality is initially available on Android phones and tablets running the latest version of the Netflix app and kicks in when a user is connected […]

UK online video spend to overtake DVDs for first time

UK consumers will spend more money on SVOD services and film and TV downloads than on buying and renting DVDs for the first time this year, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm predicts that consumers in the UK will spend £1.31 billion on streaming and downloading in 2016 compared to £956 million on DVDs […]

Half of millennials now more likely to download content

Some 49% of millennials said they are now more likely to download digital content than a year ago, according to research by content delivery network firm Limelight Networks. The Limelight study said that 58% of millennials chose their mobile phone as their primary device for downloading content, compared to 42% of overall respondents. In total, […]

Dutch block on pirate downloads

The Dutch government has reportedly put a ban on downloads of pirated content following a European Court of Justice ruling this week on unlawful reproductions of copyrighted works. Previously the Netherlands required importers and manufacturers of blank data media such as CDs and CD-Rs to pay ‘fair compensation’ to copyright holders to for use of […]

BBC iPlayer reaches 20 million app downloads

The BBC’s iPlayer app has now been downloaded a total of more than 20 million times across iOS and Android devices, the corporation announced today. The BBC catch-up first went live online on Christmas Day 2007, with the dedicated iPlayer apps launching on iOS and Android in February 2011. The BBC said that the milestone […]