UK leads Europe in number of VoD services

The UK had 145 active VoD/Catch up TV services at the end of December last year, according to a new study published by The European Audiovisual Observatory.

The Video on Demand and Catch-Up Television in Europe study identified that the UK had more services than any other European country, followed by France with 106 services and Italy with 93. In total 696 services from 366 providers were found to be fully operational in Europe at the end of 2008. More than half these services were delivered via the internet, 30% on a DSL network (in the IPTV mode), 7% on cable and less than 3% by satellite say the report.

The Observatory's survey does not take account of services distributed on mobile phones or websites devoted solely to the provision of information, trailers or adult programmes. Nor does it consider the channels set up by commercial undertakings in the context of video sharing sites such as YouTube or Dailymotion.

The Observatory said that the number of new services has not stopped growing in 2009 and therefore assume that there are currently more than 700 services operating in Europe.

DTG Staff  |  19.10.2009

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