Streaming services overtake UK pay TV as viewing revolution gathers pace

Subscriptions to OTT TV services Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV have overtaken traditional pay TV services in the UK, according to figures compiled by media and telecom regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report, which covers major trends in UK television, pay TV revenues also declined last year after a period […]

Ofcom names strategy and research director

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has named Yih-Choung Teh as group director for strategy and research. He has been a director in Ofcom’s competition group since 2007, working on a wide range of media and telecoms issues. Over the last three years, he has been responsible for leading on the competition aspects in Ofcom’s […]

Ofcom predicts ‘Kangaroo 2’ collaboration between UK broadcasters

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has called on the UK’s public service broadcasters to collaborate in order to compete with global giants like Netflix, describing a previous regulatory block on such efforts as a “tragedy”. Speaking at the DTG Summit in London this morning, Ofcom group director and board member, Steve Unger, predicted that something along […]

Ofcom opens seven new investigations into RT in wake of Salisbury attack

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has opened seven new investigations into Russian overseas news channel RT following the nerve agent attack on a Russian exile and his daughter in the city of Salisbury. Ofcom said that RT parent TV Novosti’s overall compliance record with its licence had not previously been out of line with […]

BT is most complained-about UK pay TV provider

BT was the UK’s most complained about pay TV provider in regulator Ofcom’s latest quarterly league table of complaints relating to service providers. The report eveals the number of complaints made to Ofcom about the UK’s largest providers of home broadband, landline telephone, pay-monthly mobile and pay TV services, between October and December last year. […]

COBA warns of threat to kids content as Ofcom mulls EPG change

UK multichannel broadcasters’ association COBA has issued a warning that changes to regulations governing the prominence of channels on electronic programme guides could threaten its members’ willingness to invest in kids programming. COBA said that multichannel broadcasters invested an average of £15.6 million (€17.8 million) per year over the last three years in new UK […]

Ofcom ready to act on RT licence if required

UK media regulator Ofcom has signaled its readiness to act against Russian government-backed information channel RT pending prime minister Theresa May’s update on the nerve gas attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on Wednesday. May has given the Russian government till the end of today to explain how the former spy […]

Ofcom calls on UK PSBs to ‘collaborate to compete’ in digital age

The UK’s public service broadcasters (PSBs) will increasingly need to collaborate in order to compete in an age of changing viewing habits and large digital rivals like Netflix and Amazon, according to Ofcom. Speaking at Deloitte and Enders Analysis’ ‘Media and Telecoms 2018 & Beyond’ conference in London yesterday, Ofcom CEO Sharon White called on the […]

Ofcom tightens up ISP requirements on broadband speeds

Ofcom has announced new measures that will require internet service providers (ISPs) to be “more realistic” about broadband speeds and meet minimum speed guarantees within a month. The UK broadcast regulator said that from March 1, 2019, ISPs must provide more realistic peak-time speed information upfront, reflecting the fact that broadband is typically not as […]

Ofcom outlines plans to up fibre broadband investment

Ofcom has outlined a range of measures designed to increase investment in full-fibre broadband in the UK. The UK broadcast regulator said that it is cutting the wholesale price that BT’s infrastructure arm Openreach can charge telecoms companies for its basic superfast broadband service in an effort to ensure “affordable access to superfast broadband for people […]

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