BBC says channels safe as Kids iPlayer launches

UK pubcaster the BBC has launched a kids-specific version of its iPlayer on-demand service, while pledging to keep its linear channels in place. The BBC iPlayer Kids app was launched today and after the transition of BBC Three from a linear to online service, this prompted questions about whether the Cbeebies and CBBC channels were […]

European OTT video use up, trails North America

Over the top video (OTT) usage in Western Europe continues to grow, but still trails North America – particularly for subscription video on-demand (SVOD) uptake, according to Parks Associates. The research firm’s OTT Video Market Tracker report claims that 55% of UK broadband households and 51% of French internet homes watch TV programmes and movies […]

Third of UK broadband homes get OTT video

A third of UK broadband households subscribed to an over-the-top video service as of the third quarter of 2015, according to Parks Associates. The research firm’s Connected Consumer in Europe study claims that nearly 20% of UK broadband households have recently used a Netflix-style service, despite the availability of free OTT catch-up options. However, Parks […]

BBC launches iPlayer on the new Apple TV

The BBC has launched an iPlayer app for the new generation of Apple TV, and has updated its mobile iPlayer apps to include BBC Store integration. The Apple TV app goes live today, allowing users of the recently launched Apple streaming device to access BBC programming and exclusive iPlayer content. Meanwhile, the updates to the […]

BBC launches iPlayer roller derby original

The BBC has made an original doc for its streaming and catch up service iPlayer about the world of competitive roller derbies. The 20-minute doc follows two female skaters as they train and compete in the roller skating sport. The players are on different roller derby sides, and the film builds to the two teams […]

BBC launching online talkshow

The BBC is due to launch a weekly, iPlayer-focused talkshow on its online catch-up service next month, fronted by comedian Frank Skinner. The series, titled Frank Skinner On Demand With…, will feature a different celebrity guest each week who will discuss the programmes they are enjoying on the BBC iPlayer – “from hidden gems to guilty […]

BBC orders iPlayer horror film original

The BBC is expanding its move into original feature films for its iPlayer service with Fear Itself, a horror movie that will debut on the streaming and catch-up service later this month. The film comes from filmmaker and culture blogger and writer Charlie Lyne (Beyond Clueless). The film is made from footage culled from other horror […]

BBC to launch dedicated kids iPlayer next year

The BBC will launch a dedicated children’s version of the iPlayer next year and has also unveiled further details of its proposed iPlay kids digital service. Speaking in Salford on Friday, director of BBC Children’s Alice Webb said that the new children’s iPlayer service will be a standalone app that provides a “safe environment” for children […]

BBC iPlayer orders first original film

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered The Rack Pack, a comedy film for its iPlayer streaming and catch up service. The feature will be made by Endemol Shine-owned prodco Zeppotron and launch on iPlayer in December. The comedy drama will be set in the 70s and 80s snooker scene and detail the rivalry between Alex […]

Kids group welcomes BBC iPlay

The Children Media Foundation has welcomed the BBC’s proposed content and catch-up service for kids, but cautioned it must be launched in addition to the UK pubcaster’s current kids output. BBC director general Tony Hall (pictured) yesterday unveiled plans for an “open BBC for the internet age”. These included the roll out of a new […]