Affluent people in Europe ‘behind the digital curve’

Europe’s most affluent people are “behind the digital curve” when it comes to smartphone and tablet adoption, according to market research firm Ipsos MORI.  The Ipsos Global Affluent Survey 2014, which measures the habits of the top-earning 13% to 20% of adults, found that ‘affluents’ in the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America were […]

Tablet shipments to outstrip PCs in 2015

Tablet shipments will outstrip PC shipments next year, despite experiencing a slowdown in 2014, according to new research by Gartner.  The research firm predicts that in 2015 global tablet shipments will reach 321.0 million units, outstripping worldwide PC unit shipments at 316.7 million. This is in spite of Gartner expecting tablet sales to slow down […]

iPlayer TV traffic from tablets exceeds PCs for the first time

BBC iPlayer TV programme requests from tablets were higher than from computers for the first time in April, according to the corporation’s latest catch-up service stats.  The BBC said that 30% of TV content requested during the month on iPlayer was from tablets, compared to 28% from computers and 18% from mobile devices. The rest […] launches in Windows 8.1 devices

Movie and TV streaming service has launched a new app that will make it available on Windows 8.1 PCs, laptops and tablets for the first time.  The free app was developed in partnership with Microsoft, and is available from today. “At, we are committed to providing the best possible user experience and HD […]

BBC iPlayer hits new record, requests up 18% in March

The BBC logged 320 million TV and radio requests through the iPlayer in March, up 18% year-on-year, marking a new record for the online catch-up service.  The traffic surpassed the BBC’s previous record of 315 million requests, set in January this year, and was helped by surging mobile traffic. The BBC said that mobiles and […]

DVD viewing drops to just 55% of UK adults

The proportion of adults in the UK that regularly watch DVDs, videos or Blu-ray discs has fallen from 63% in 2012 to 55% in 2013, according to new Ofcom research. The UK broadcast regulator’s Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report said that the use of social networking sites was higher, remaining stable at 66% – […]

Tablets driving UK connected device market

Tablets is continuing to drive the market for smart connected devices in the UK, with shipments growing by 50% in 2013, according to research by International Data Corporation (IDC). According to IDC, about 12.6 million tablets sold last year. The overall market for smart connected devices grew by 11.1% to 56 million units. Apple dominates […]

BBC passes 300 million iPlayer requests in record month

The BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service celebrated its biggest ever month in January, surpassing 300 million TV and radio programme requests for the first time.  According to BBC stats, in January there was an average of 10.2 million daily iPlayer programme requests, “the highest ever seen,” with more than 315 million total TV and radio requests. […]

More than six billion web-enabled devices to be produced this year

An estimated 6.18 billion internet-enabled devices, including smartphones, games consoles and tablets, will be produced this year, according to IHS Technology.  The new research claims that connected equipment production will grow 6% year-on-year from 5.82 billion in 2013 and will mark the “largest increase for the market in four years.” Devices expected to enjoy higher […]

BBC iPlayer requests up by a third, tablet use expands rapidly

Requests on the BBC iPlayer catch-up service grew by a third in 2013, with 2.2 billion requests for TV shows and 800 million radio requests across all platforms, according to the latest statistics released by the UK public broadcaster. Requests from tablet devices grew by 104% in the course of the year, with a total […]