UK TV ad market tipped to grow strongly

TV ad revenues will increase at a healthy rate in 2014 with the soccer World Cup a key driver, according to new research. The quarterly Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure Report says that UK ad spend increased 2.9% in 2013 and will register 5.5% growth this year. Advertising on on-demand services will, meanwhile, grow 21.2% as broadcaster’s […]

Live TV dominates kids TV viewing

New research suggests that almost 90% of UK kids TV viewing is of live programming. The Telescope 2014 report was conducted by TV Licensing, the body that oversees and enforces payment of the UK TV licence fee. The scope of the report is limited to the UK. Given the penetration of connected devices in the […]

UK TV viewing still 98.5% done on traditional sets

A massive 98.5% of UK TV viewing was done on a traditional TV set last year, with viewing on devices such as tablets, smartphones and PCs accounting for only the remaining 1.5%, according to new stats. The research, by UK commercial TV marketing body Thinkbox and linear TV measurement firm BARB, claimed that the viewing […]

Sky reports ‘explosive’ connected TV growth

UK satellite TV operator Sky reported “explosive growth” in its connected TV subscriber base, adding a record 1 million web-connected Sky+HD boxes in the three months ending December 31. Announcing its fiscal Q2 and half-year results, Sky said that 4.4 million of its TV customers now have a Sky+HD box – double the figure compared […]

Microsoft signs Xbox One live sports deal with tech firm NeuLion

Online video technology firm NeuLion has signed a multi-year deal with Microsoft to support the streaming of live- and on-demand sports content to Xbox One games consoles. Neulion said it will deliver live 24/7 linear channels, stats data, and on-demand content to Xbox One consoles, with Microsoft licensing its NeuLion Sports Platform. Video will be […]

Freesat launches companion mobile app

UK free-to-air satellite operator Freesat has launched a new app that will let viewers plan what to watch and control their TVs from their mobile device. Launched today, the free Freesat App is available to download on Apple iOS devices and will act as a companion to Freesat’s connected TV platform, Freetime. Viewers will be […]

YouView searches for summer help

UK on-demand TV service YouView is hiring technology students to join its first ever internship programme this summer. “Technology and innovation is at the heart of everything we do at YouView and the internships offer a unique and valuable experience to help successfully springboard the best and brightest students into their favoured technology career,” said […]

TV and video watched by 72% of people on mobiles

Some 72% of people watch TV and video on mobile devices each week, according to respondents of Ericsson’s latest ConsumerLab report.  The report said that 42% watch mobile TV and video content outside the home, while 75% multi-task by using mobile devices at the same time as watching TV. Ericsson also noted a trend for […]

BBC Three to launch all comedies on iPlayer

UK channel BBC Three will begin premiering all of its scripted comedies on the on-demand iPlayer service as of August. The initiative will launch with the second season of Jack Whitehall-fronted Bad Education, which will be available free online a week before its TV debut. The BBC has been experimenting with a number of intiatives around […]

Virgin Media adds new 3D titles

UK cable operator Virgin Media is adding new 3D titles to its on-demand TV service.  Around 50 hours of 3D content, including 3D Dive, Kalahari Meerkats and Monster Trucks will join Virgin Media’s on demand line-up from this month. Other forthcoming 3D titles include movie Jack the Giant Slayer, available from July 22, as well […]