BBC’s Storyville to launch on iPlayer ahead of TV

The latest programmes from UK net BBC Four’s flagship documentary series Storyville will launch on VOD player iPlayer before launching on linear TV. The Modern Outlaws Season, which comprises Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Smash And Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers and The Great Hip-Hop Hoax, will each premiere online on Saturday, October […]

Ofcom hails return of digital ‘1950s-style’ living room

More than half of UK adults now media multi-task while watching TV, though an increasing number still view television on their main living room screen, in what Ofcom hailed as “the reinvention of the 1950s living room”. In its 2013 Communications Market Report, published today, the UK broadcast regulator said that people are still coming […]

BBC Three to launch all comedies on iPlayer

UK channel BBC Three will begin premiering all of its scripted comedies on the on-demand iPlayer service as of August. The initiative will launch with the second season of Jack Whitehall-fronted Bad Education, which will be available free online a week before its TV debut. The BBC has been experimenting with a number of intiatives […]

iPlayer receives record mobile traffic in June

The BBC’s iPlayer video-on-demand service had a record proportion of mobile traffic in June, as viewing on PC sunk to an all-time low in terms of viewing percentage. In the month, the BBC said that a record 32% of total iPlayer programme requests for TV and radio in June came from mobile and tablet devices, […]

iPlayer usage stays flat

BBC iPlayer usage for May was flat month-on-month, with the breakdown of usage across PCs, mobiles, tablets and connected TVs also consistent with the figures for April. BBC iPlayer, the UK public broadcaster’s catch-up service, recorded 257 million requests for the month, the same number as April. Average daily requests numbered eight million. The number […]

400k UK homes tell BBC they don’t need licence

The Times has reported that the number of UK homes that have told public broadcaster the BBC they do not need a TV licence now exceeds 400,000 with the newspaper saying that consumers accessing iPlayer and other catch-up services is driving the number up. The newspaper received the figures following a Freedom of Information request, […]

BBC Future Media boss outlines ambitious plans

The BBC is set to deliver more cross-platform event coverage, programme apps and connected Red Button deployments in the coming years, according to Future Media boss Ralph Rivera. Delivering a keynote at the BBC’s Online briefing last week, Rivera outlined the BBC’s future-looking online strategy and said that last year’s coverage of the Olympics were […]

Thatcher’s funeral scores big for iPlayer

Baroness Thatcher’s funeral was the second ever most-requested live TV broadcast on the BBC’s iPlayer VOD service, topped only by last summer’s Olympics coverage. In its latest set of monthly iPlayer stats, the BBC said that 986,000 iPlayer requests were logged for Thatcher’s funeral, 832,000 of which were for the BBC’s live broadcast. However, over […]

BBC plans HD iPlayer push, questions hang over 3D

The BBC has plans to expand its HD output on the iPlayer following the closure of the BBC HD TV channel last week, though questions remain over the future of its 3D experiments. Responding to criticism about replacing the BBC’s all-purpose BBC HD channel – which previously aired selected content from across all the BBC’s […]

BBC on-demand boss Danker leaves for Shazam

Daniel Danker is leaving the BBC to become chief product officer at media recognition service Shazam. Danker has been general manager of programmes and on-demand at the UK public broadcaster since 2010 and has been responsible for strategy and delivery of the BBC’s iPlayer and red button interactive services. His role at Shazam will be […]