Google launches Chromecast streaming device in Europe

Google has launched its low-price Chromecast HDMI streaming stick in 11 countries outside of its home market of the US. The device is available now in Canada and 10 European countries: the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. “Since announcing Chromecast in the US, […]

BBC confirms BBC Three 2015 closure plan

UK public broadcaster the BBC has confirmed that it is putting plans in motion to close youth-skewing digital channel BBC Three in autumn 2015. BBC management has notified the BBC Trust, the body that governs the pubcaster, of the proposed change. The Trust would need to approve the scrapping of BBC Three, which has been […]

BBC and Sky settle retransmission fee dispute

The BBC and Sky have ended a long-running dispute about retransmission fees, agreeing that the public service broadcaster will no longer have to pay to have its services carried on Sky. The agreement will see the BBC’s existing charges to the satellite operator for platform services drop from £4.5 million per-year “to zero,” following government […]

BBC passes 300 million iPlayer requests in record month

The BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service celebrated its biggest ever month in January, surpassing 300 million TV and radio programme requests for the first time. According to BBC stats, in January there was an average of 10.2 million daily iPlayer programme requests, “the highest ever seen,” with more than 315 million total TV and radio requests. […]

Netflix adds subs, plots European expansion

Netflix is set to “embark on a substantial European expansion” later this year, as it looks to build on the 10.93 million international users it recorded at the end of the fourth quarter. In a conference call to discuss its Q4 2013 earnings, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings would not comment on rumours that Netflix is […]

iPlayer notches 11 million requests in best day ever

New Year’s Day was the best day ever for the iPlayer with the 11 million programme requests lodged on the BBC’s catch up service as viewers caught up on the UK pubcaster’s line-up of festive programming. That compares with 8.1 million requests on New Year’s Day 2013 and equates to a 35% year-on-year increase in […]

iPlayer app downloaded 20 million times

The BBC’s iPlayer app has now been downloaded a total of more than 20 million times across iOS and Android devices, the corporation announced today. The BBC catch-up first went live online on Christmas Day 2007, with the dedicated iPlayer apps launching on iOS and Android in February 2011. The BBC said that the milestone […]

BBC unveils first iPlayer drama debut

BBC daytime drama Moving On will be the corporation’s first drama series to premiere on the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service, in its entirety. The BBC said that the fifth season of the show would appear online first as part of the BBC Trust’s approved trial to explore the role of first airing content on the […]

BBC agrees new terms of trade with UK indies

The BBC has agreed new terms for commissioning independent productions with UK trade association Pact (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television). The deal, which the BBC hailed as “groundbreaking,” includes the extension of the BBC iPlayer window from seven to 30 days, following BBC director general Tony Hall’s plan, announced last week, to launch an […]

BBC hunts for controller for ‘fifth channel’ iPlayer

BBC director of television Danny Cohen is set to hire a controller of iPlayer, in a bid to establish the BBC’s online catch-up service as a “fifth channel.” Announcing the newly created role at a Royal Television Society event last night, Cohen said he wanted to position the iPlayer in a similar way to the […]