VR for BBC Big Blue Live, on-demand catching TV, and Freesat's Freetime numbers rise: DTG daily news, August 10th 2015

VR trial for BBC's flagship nature event

Live BBC aquatic natural history event Big Blue Live will be accompanied by online virtual reality footage for a trial filmed in California’s Monterey Bay.

The three-day event in August will allow viewers to explore the location from 360 degrees, probably distributing the footage via YouTube for the low-cost Google Cardboard viewer.

On-demand video closes the gap with TV

More than half of young people regularly watch on-demand and catch-up TV on their laptop or PC, and smartphones are a more popular on-demand screen than a set-top box with traditional TV.

Ofcom's latest data on our viewing habits found that 92% of us watch TV every week, with just 21% watching film or full-length TV shows on a smartphone, but our overall time in front of the TV has fallen for the second year running, with the steepest drop among children aged 4-15 years.

Freesat triples Freetime for 2015

Subscription-free UK satellite TV service has tripled the number of users connected to its Freetime hybrid TV service since the middle of 2014, with product sales growing 48% in the first half of 2015.

Overall, Freesat has added 19,000 new homes in the first six months of the year, with four million viewers able to access its range of 200 TV and radio channels.

DTG Staff  |  10.08.2015

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