Mediacom: 94% of UK kids now have access to OTT services

A massive 94% of children and teenagers in the UK now have access to on-demand or OTT services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, as the trend towards on-demand viewing continues to climb. This is according to new research from MediaCom, which claims that nearly half of all teens say they currently watch on-demand TV more […]

Freeview adds on-demand viewing to live TV

UK digital-terrestrial TV platform Freeview has launched an on-demand ‘content showcase’ for Freeview Play viewers on channel 100. Freeview said the launch marks the first time that it has integrated on-demand content into the linear TV guide and claimed it will make it easier for viewers to find shows and discover new ones. Viewers will […]

RTL to up investment in on-demand services

RTL has announced plans to increase investment in its on-demand services in the countries where it has strong families of channels. The launch of new services based on the French 6play platform in Belgium, Hungary and Croatia over the next few months will the “the first example” of RTL’s plans, according to CEO Bert Habets. […]

IHS Markit: linear TV viewing down in Europe last year

Linear TV viewing declined in the biggest European markets in 2016 as more TV watching moved to on-demand platforms, according to IHS Markit. The Cross-Platform Television Viewing Time 2016 report, which analyses TV consumption trends across the big five markets of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, said that online viewing continues to disrupt the […]

NPO revamps and rebrands on-demand service

Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO has revamped its on-demand service and rebranded it from Uitzending Gemist (Missed Broadcast) to NPO Start. NPO said that the new service is easier to use, with viewers able to create profiles so that they can create playlists and follow their favourite programmes on different devices. NPO Start users will get […]

Film1 to replace Sundance channel with on-demand offering

Dutch channel group Film1 has announced plans to replace its Film1 Sundance channel with an on-demand channel on the Ziggo platform. Sony Pictures Television-owned Film1 said the on-demand channel will launch on Ziggo on August 31, taking channel slot 105 on the EPG, and responds to changing viewing habits. After this date, some of the […]

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 […]

RTVC takes on Netflix with Play

Colombian pubcaster RTVC has launched Play, an on-demand service offering free access to a raft of content across different genres. The RTVC Play streaming service, which will compete with paid-for competition from Netflix, can be accessed directly via the RTVC site, or via dedicated Apple and Android apps. The content on the service can also […]

Ofcom: TV viewing time down as ‘generation gap’ widens

TV viewers in the UK now watch 26 minutes less per day than they did in 2010 and there is a “widening generational gap” in viewing habits, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Public Service Broadcasting Annual Report 2016’ claims that people under 25 are watching around 25% less broadcast TV than in 2010, while […]

Non-linear viewing to complement, not replace linear TV

Non-linear viewing of content is set to continue to grow over the next three years, but it is not as likely to cannibalise linear TV viewing as in recent years, according to new research. The Forrester report, commissioned by converged TV and video advertising firm Videology, claims that in 2016 buyers and sellers are still […]

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