EE personalises ‘mobile first’ TV service

UK mobile operator EE is set to add personalisation and social sharing features to its EE TV service, in an update that was developed “with mobile front of mind.” The new features for the EE TV app are designed to give users a personalised TV experience that they can control through their phone or tablet, […]

iPlayer TV requests up 18% in July

TV requests to the BBC’s iPlayer online service were up 18% year-on-year, and increased slightly month-on-month in July, even though TV viewing typically dips in the summer. According to BBC stats, 196 million TV programming requests were logged in July, compared to 165 million a year earlier and up 1% from 194 million in June […]

Mobile video traffic to increase eight-fold

Video traffic over smartphones will increase by nearly eight times between 2014 and 2019, according to Juniper research.  The new ‘mobile data offload and onload’ report estimates that the average monthly data usage by smartphone and tablet users will double over the next four years, bolstered by the rise in 4G adoption and factors such […]

BBC iPlayer records strongest month ever

BBC iPlayer, the UK public broadcaster’s catch-up service, saw a record 343 million requests in January, a month in which usage has habitually increased sharply, with requests from mobiles and tablets growing to almost half the total requests. January was the iPlayer’s best month ever for TV viewing, with TV requests numbering 264 million. Overall, […]

‘Significant increase’ in no-TV households, says Ofcom

Digital TVs can now be found in 96% of UK homes, but there has been a “significant increase” in the proportion of homes without, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Consumer Experience of 2014’ research report claims that that since 2013 the proportion of households with digital TVs has fallen from 98% to 96%. […]

BBC reports record-breaking 2014 for iPlayer

The BBC reported a record-breaking 3.5 billion TV and radio programme requests on the iPlayer in 2014, with mobile and tablet traffic driving much of the growth.  Traffic to the online catch-up service broke down to 2.6 billion TV requests and more than 860 million radio requests across all devices, according to official BBC stats, […]

Tablet user numbers to top one billion in 2015, says eMarketer

More than 1 billion people, nearly 15% of the world’s population, will use a tablet computer in 2015, according to new stats from eMarketer.  The research firm predicted that this year there will be 1.06 billion tablet users, more than double the figure recorded three years ago, with growth set to continue in the coming […]

BBC reports record-breaking Christmas for iPlayer

The BBC reported a record-breaking 227 million programme requests for its iPlayer catch-up service during December, up 25% year-on-year.  Revealing the most recent stats, head of TV content for BBC iPlayer Victoria Jaye said that Christmas week figures were also at a high this year with 54.5m requests logged. Meanwhile, New Year’s Day was “the […]

Consumer interest in HDTVs and tablets slowing

The pace of growth in sales of video display devices including HDTVs and tablets could be set to slow down as the market matures, while consumers are becoming excited about new devices including wearable and smart home devices, according to a survey by Accenture. According to Accenture’s report, Engaging the Digital Consumer in the New […]

Tablet ownership growing faster than other connected devices

Tablet ownership among US consumers is growing at a faster rate than that of any other connected device, with video viewing helping to drive usage, according to NPD Group.  The research firm’s Connected Intelligence, Connected Home Report claims that as of Q3 2014 there were 109 million tablets in use, up 35 million compared to […]