The BBC’s announcement last week that it will allow users to download television programmes from iPlayer direct to their mobile handsets, via a wireless internet connection or “over the air” is based on a series of deals with technology and licensing companies CMLA, CoreMedia and Intertrust.
As a result the BBC is now allowed to use OMA DRM 2.0, a digital rights management protection system developed by the Open Mobile Alliance and offer audiences the ability to download television programmes from BBC iPlayer directly to their mobile device. Continue reading →
iPod users in the UK face a tax intended to fund unprofitable shows from Channel 4 and ITV, Ofcom has announced.
Ofcom warned that by 2012, when every household in Britain will have access to more than the five basic channels, between £145 million and £235 million of public funding would be needed to ensure ITV, Channel 4 and Five could continue producing their current level of public service programmes.
HBO has made some of its television shows available through Apple’s iTunes Store in the UK.
Available shows include ‘Entourage’, ‘The Sopranos’, ‘The Wire’, ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Rome’. The broadcaster made its debut on iTunes in the US earlier this year, when it first made its shows available in the US.
At that time Henry McGee, president of HBO Video, said: “We’re very excited to make these legendary HBO programs available on the iTunes Store. Continue reading →
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger today called on ISPs to ban people who illegally download content.
Disney owns US network ABC and produces a range of hit shows including Desperate Housewives and Lost. Iger was speaking in London.
Iger was referring to the recently-announced deal under which six of the UK’s biggest ISPs will begin sending warning letters to customers that copyright bodies claim have downloaded content. Continue reading →
Online live TV streaming company, Livestation, has signed up a new broadcaster to its service, Germany’s Deutsche Welle.
Livestation will carry Deutsche Welle TV and radio across its network into people’s homes via broadband. The German broadcaster is the ninth partner to be signed by Livestation – other broadcasters include BBC World, EuroNews (English, French, German and Italian), France 24 (French and English), Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and Russia Today. Continue reading →
Microsoft has reached a deal with Netflix under which the latter service will offer Xbox LIVE users who are also members of Netflix Gold free access to over 10,000 films and a multitude of TV shows.
It’s a significant move into digital media for Microsoft’s games console, and while sure to dent US sales of the far more limited Apple TV (after all, Xbox plays games, accesses the internet, plays DVDs and more), it’s really an attack on the PS 3. And Sony will be planning its own response, making use of its own media properties.
In related news, NBC Universal has started supplying video (Heroes etc) via Xbox Live – no great surprise given the continuing track record of partnerships between the world’s biggest software company and one of the the world’s most dominant entertainment brands…
Bigging-up the deal, John Schappert, corporate vice president of Interactive Entertainment LIVE, Software and Services Business at Microsoft trumpted: “We are creating a completely new social entertainment experience, and Xbox 360 will be the only video game system where you can access your library of instantly streamable movies from Netflix and turn any room into a virtual movie theater.”
How it works: From the Netflix website, members simply add movies and TV episodes to their individual instant Queues. Those choices will be automatically displayed on the TV screen via Xbox 360 and available to watch instantly.
The future of broadcasting is already here, with almost a third of people under the age of 25 already watching TV on the internet, a UK survey reveals this week. IPA Touchpoint asked 5,400 people about their media consumption habits, and found that 29 per cent of those between 15-25 years old and 18 per cent of adults aged 25-64 had watched TV online.
The report also found 13 per cent of mobile users watch video clips on their phones, a figure that climbed to 30 per cent in the younger, 15-24 year old age bracket.
Broadband penetration now stands at 73 per cent of all UK adults, with internet usage at an average of 45 minutes on weekdays and 1.07 hours at weekends.
During the week an average adult spends 24 per cent of their time awake watching the TV, 13 per cent listening to the radio, 7 per cent using the internet and 3 per cent reading a newspaper or magazine. In homes where the internet is used internet consumption rises to 10 per cent.
Worryingly, the notion of the digital switchover is still not understood by 20 per cent of all adults, rising to 30 per cent among over 65’s.
There’s a host of interesting additional statistics revealed by the survey: The most popular type of web pages visited in the last seven days by all internet users are banking and finance (48 per cent), followed by news headlines (42 per cent) and maps/travel news/directions/public transport (35 per cent). For 15-24s though the most visited sites are social networking (58 per cent), in comparison with all internet users (26 per cent). The most popular websites visited by all internet users in the last seven days are Google (74 per cent), BBC (37 per cent) and E-bay (33 per cent).
YouTube was accessed by 22 per cent of all internet users in the last seven days and 32 per cent in the last four weeks. This rises to 45 per cent and 59 per cent, respectively, for 15-24 year-olds. Podcasts were only downloaded by 9 per cent of internet users in the last six months.