Online TV


UK TV revenues up despite changing viewing habits

The UK TV industry generated revenues of £13.2 billion (€18.9 billion) last year, up 3.1% year-on-year despite changing viewing habits and an increasing reliance on smartphones and tablets, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s twelfth annual Communications Market Report claims that the overall increase was due to gains across all revenue sources – namely […]

Universal online listings needed to help content discovery, says research

The “near unlimited” choice of online TV means that viewers need tools to make content easier to use, with 60% of people agreeing that they need a ‘universal listing’ that lets them find shows across all TV sources, according to new research. US-based Hub Entertainment Research found that 48% of respondents said they are more […]

OTT revenues to reach US$42 billion by 2020

Online TV and video revenues from fixed broadband networks will more than double in the next six years, reaching US$42.34 billion (€33 billion) globally in 2020, according to Digital TV Research.  The new report, which covers 51 countries, estimates that the fixed OTT video revenue figure will climb from just US$3.96 billion in 2010 and […]

Comcast adds Chrome support

US cable operator Comcast has added Google Chrome browser support for its Xfinity TV Go online TV service.  The firm said that the extension offers an “easy way to see what’s on and tune quickly into live streams on the Xfinity TV Go website,” with a drop down menu allowing viewers to choose between 53 […]

US online TV consumption climbs 246%, says Adobe

Online TV consumption in the US reached an all-time high in the first quarter of this year, climbing 246% year-over-year, according to new research by Adobe.  The firm’s Q1 2014 US Video Benchmark Report said that game consoles and OTT devices saw the strongest market share growth, increasing 539% compared to the first quarter of last […]

OSN launches OTT service

Middle Eastern pay TV platform OSN has launched online TV service allowing its subscribers to watch content on connected devices. Go by OSN will cost the pay TV operator’s subs US$10 (€7.30) a month and allow them to tune into content carried on the OSN channels. The pay platform has programming deals with all of […]

Online TV and video revenues to hit US$35 billion

Global revenue for online TV and video over fixed broadband networks will reach US$34.99 billion (€25.8 billion) in 2018, according to new forecasts by Digital TV Research.  The research predicts revenues in this space to almost double in the next five years, with the revenue to climb from just US$3.98 billion recorded in 2010 and […]

Channel 4 launches new 4oD with improved content discovery

UK broadcaster Channel 4 will relaunch its 4oD on-demand platform at the end of the month, with improved search and recommendation features for users that access the site via the main Channel4.com website. The site, which had 215 million video views in the first half of 2011, will launch with a faster and more efficient […]

Initial bids for Hulu due tomorrow

Initial bids for US online TV site Hulu are due tomorrow, with Amazon, DirecTV, Google and Yahoo! widely believed to in the running. Yahoo! has been tipped as a possible front runner by US-based Business Insider. However, estimates of the size of bids varies widely from US$500 million (€350 million) up to US$2 billion, depending […]