Massive global iPlayer usage; Ofcom wants to improve EPG accessibility; and UK internet users warm to legal content: DTG daily news for July 22nd 2015

iPlayer has almost 65m non-UK users

Almost 65 million people outside the UK are bypassing restrictions to view the BBC iPlayer using proxy servers and virtual private networks (VPNs).

The report from GlobalWebIndex indicates around 38.5m users in China alone, and that 75% of global iPlayer viewers subscribe to other pay-TV services.

Ofcom wants more accessible EPGs

Sky, Virgin, YouView, Freesat, Digital UK for Freeview, BT, EE and TalkTalk may have to provide more features to help visually and hearing-impaired people use their EPGs.

The media regulator has proposed making it mandatory to provide text-to-speech, filtering and highlighting programmes with audio description and signing, text magnification and high contrast display options.

UK legal streaming up 10% since 2013

Use of legal streaming media services like Netflix and Spotify has grown by more than 10% in the UK since 2013, but 20% of internet users still download content illegally.

A survey by the government's Intellectual Property Office found that 15 million UK internet users have accessed a TV programme online and 10m have accessed films.

DTG Staff  |  22.07.2015

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