DTG daily news: Global iPlayer closedown date, DTG UHD standards call, and pay-TV complaints plummeting

BBC Global iPlayer to close in June

BBC Worldwide will shut down its global iPlayer pay-TV service in June after almost four years to concentrate on new commercial services.

Broadband TV News reports that the service, which launched in 16 international markets but never the USA, will close down on June 26th.

DTG Summit: DTG calls for a UHD 'recipe'

The TV industry worldwide needs to agree on a recipe for Ultra HD to reduce consumer confusion and push the market forward, the DTG Summit 2015 was told.

DTG CTO Simon Gauntlett highlighted the ingredients for Ultra HD at Driving Global CollaborVation on May 12th, Digital TV Europe reports.

Pay-TV complaints at all-time low, says Ofcom

Complaints about pay-TV services have fallen to an all-time low of 3 per 100,000 customers in Ofcom's latest report on the communications industry.

The media regulator said that at the end of 2014, BT and TalkTalk still generated ten times as many complaints as Sky, but had shown a continued improvement since 2013.

Raise the licence fee: BBC drama chief

The TV Licence fee should be raised to protect the quality of British TV, claims the man behind Sherlock, Poldark and Wolf Hall.

Broadcast reports that outgoing BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson made an emotional plea against further cuts.

Freesat doubles Freetime sign-up rate

Freesat is now in 1.9 million UK homes and is adding new customers to its Freetime smart TV platform twice as fast in 2015 as it did a year ago.

Four million viewers now watch TV through Freesat, says Recombu, and the catch-up platform is now being touted as an international specification through the Free TV Alliance.

Virgin Media touts strong growth and low churn

More than two-thirds of subscribers to Virgin Media and UPC Ireland are watching their connected TV Platforms TiVo and Horizon.

Broadband TV News reports that Virgin Media added 23,000 ARPUs in the first quarter of 2015, and recorded a record low churn for the third successive quarter, at 14.3%.

DTG Staff  |  14.05.2015

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