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TBI Weekly: Sub success for SVOD players

A range of stories from this week highlight that a push in original content is driving paid-for VOD subscriptions higher than ever as 2017’s year-end results pile in. Last year, subscriptions to the dominant SVOD players Netflix and Amazon continued to grow in various territories alongside lesser-known and more localised platforms. BARB, the UK ratings […]

Christmas cheer for record-breaking BBC iPlayer

The BBC’s on-demand service in the UK, BBC iPlayer, enjoyed a record week over Christmas, as box-set viewing rocketed. iPlayer recorded 69.2 million requests for its programming in the week between Monday, December 25 and Sunday, December 31, according to new stats from the British pubcaster. Furthermore, some 25.6 million hours were watched over the […]

Vevo president and CEO Erik Huggers steps down

Erik Huggers has stepped down as the president and CEO of major label-backed music video and entertainment platform Vevo. In a statement Vevo said that Huggers had decided to leave to “pursue new opportunities” and thanked him for his work since joining the company in 2015. Vevo’s chief finance officer Alan Price has become interim […]

Blue Planet II is BBC iPlayer’s top series of 2017

Big-ticket natural history series Blue Planet II is the most requested show on the iPlayer this year. The David Attenborough-fronted series saw its first episode received 4.2 million requests on the streaming service of the UK’s pubcaster. This narrowly topped episode one of Tom Hardy drama Taboo, which took 4.1 million. Relationship drama Doctor Foster’s […]

Doctor Foster drives BBC iPlayer

The BBC logged 239 million requests for TV programmes on the iPlayer in September, up year-on-year, with Doctor Foster (pictured) emerging as the most popular show during the month. Episode one, season two of drama series Doctor Foster was the top performing show of September on the UK pubcaster’s VOD service with three million requests. […]

BBC iPlayer content head exits

Victoria Jaye, BBC iPlayer’s head of TV content, has decided to leave the UK’s pubcaster. Jaye will continue to pull together the digital strategy across BBC content and remain in the Corporation until March 2018. She played a leading role in the BBC’s digital commissioning strategy for over a decade. However, she is leaving after […]

BBC iPlayer unlocks programming vault

The BBC has added a section to its iPlayer catch-up service that will include a range of archive content spanning from 1946 to today. The ‘From the Archive’ category launches with 450 programmes, ranging from footage that hasn’t been shown since it was first broadcast to popular documentary strands like Horizon, Storyville and Imagine. It […]

BBC to roll out iPlayer password controls

The BBC will soon make iPlayer users create passwords and log-in in order to access the video-on-demand service. From yesterday, UK pubcaster the BBC has started to prompt iPlayer when they click to watch or listen to programmes online or via the iPlayer mobile and tablet apps. “You’ll soon need to sign in to watch. […]

BBC ups Welsh programming investment by 50%

UK pubcaster the BBC is to increase its funding in English-language programming at its Welsh operation by £8.5 million (US$10.6 million) per year. The BBC claimed the increase, which will take its total investment in English-language TV in Wales to about £30 million by 2019/2020, is “the biggest expansion of BBC Wales television output in […]

Sam Bain comedy set for iPlayer & BBC Two

An upcoming three-part comedy from Peep Show writer Sam Bain will debut on the BBC iPlayer service before airing on UK terrestrial broadcaster BBC Two. Ill Behaviour’s release model is the latest example of the UK’s pubcaster using its on-demand service as a platform to attract traditional and on- demand audiences with the same content. […]

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