Ofcom reveals TV homes drop, iPlayer on the rise, Virgin Media goes back to content : DTG daily news December 1st 2015

Ofcom reveals number of TV homes continues to drop

Ofcom have revealed that homes with no TV but maintain a broadband connection have trebled between 2009 and 2014. The way in which TV is consumed is changing, due in most part to increased TV and video delivery over broadband networks, details Ofcom’s Connected Nations Report.

It is estimated that there are 1.1 million homes (4.3% of all households) that have a broadband connection but don't have a TV set.

The report also highlights the following points:

- Linear TV consumption stays strong: People care most about watching broadcast TV.

- Capacity demands on fixed mobile broadband networks are growing: Internet-delivered TV is more popular than ever, which means networks will need to update and invest in infrastructure.

- Hybrid TV platforms are hitting the market: Traditional broadcast TV platforms are becoming closely integrated with the internet, leading to platforms like Freeview launching Freeview Play.

BBC iPlayer usage continues to rise

The BBC has reported a rise of TV and radio requests for their iPlayer in October this year.

Rising to 313 million, this represents a year-on-year increase of 15 million. That number includes significant increases of access on computers (5%), mobiles (9%) and tablets (8%).

Recent top performing content on the service includes The Apprentice, Doctor Foster and The Great British Bake Off.

Virgin Media boosts VoD service with new content

Virgin Media recently acquired US horror series 'Ash vs Evil Dead', marking a return to the business of owning content.

The deal with US media firm Starz allows Virgin Media to make the first five episodes immediately available on their VoD service, with the remaining episodes added after airing in the US.

This is the first significant move back into content since the Virgin Media channels division was sold off to Sky in 2010.

“Ash vs Evil Dead marks a step-change in our TV programming strategy and demonstrates the true potential for video-on-demand,” said David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media. “By investing in original series and bringing more exclusive TV shows to Virgin Media customers, we are unlocking the power of the boxset once again.”

DTG Staff  |  02.12.2015

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