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Sky leads UK catch-up market


Pay TV provider Sky leads the catch-up TV market in the UK, expanding its content offering 50% quarter-over-quarter in the last three months of 2013, according to new stats from digital media consultancy, Decipher.

The VOD Audit for Q4 2013 claims that Sky grew its catch-up TV offering to 3,181 programmes in the quarter, narrowly beating BT’s YouView service by 144 shows.

Sky also beat the number of catch-up assets offered by rival pay TV providers Talk Talk and Virgin Media, which offered 2,836 and 1,770 shows respectively, according to the report.

“Interestingly, whilst there was no significant change in Virgin Media’s own on-demand offering, the Liberty Global-owned firm have recently added Netflix access to their TiVo set top boxes, giving their TV service a boost of over 12,000 episodes and movies,” said Decipher.

However, Decipher added that its collection method meant that this content isn’t included in Virgin’s overall figures.

Other findings of the quarterly report were that, of all UK services, the most VOD is available on iTunes, with 65,063 assets – which Decipher audited for the first time in Q4 2013.

BBC celebrates ‘best ever’ iPlayer performance


New Year’s Day was the best day ever for the iPlayer with 11 million TV and radio 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 programme requests.

iPlayer boss Dan Taylor revealed the stats in a blog post. He went on to note that Doctor Who was the single most requested programme with almost two million requests, ahead of soap opera Eastenders, the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special, Call the Midwife Christmas Special and kids and family drama Gangsta Granny.

The other notable trend in iPlayer usage over the Christmas and New Year period was the increase in viewing over connected tablet devices. Having proved a popular gift on Christmas Day, iPlayer viewing on tablets overtook that of computer viewing for the first time ever on December 26. Almost a million consumers downloaded the iPlayer tablet app over the holiday season.

There was also an uptick in iPlayer usage on connected TVs and mobile devices although these trailed tablets and computers.

Across 2013, Taylor said that there were 102 million requests for TV and radio programmes (80 million of the total were for TV).

Sky to add 12 channels to its catch-up service

UK satellite TV provider Sky is due to add 12 more channels to its Catch Up TV service before the end of the year and is expanding its collection of TV series Box Sets this autumn.

Sky said that it is adding Discovery, TLC, E!, Star, Watch, Gold, Dave, Alibi, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito and Sky News to its free Catch Up TV service.

Entertainment Extra+ customers will also see almost a hundred series of TV Box Sets join the Sky service this autumn, which will be available via Sky+HD boxes with selected shows also due to be available on mobile devices with Sky Go.

Box Set series due to be added include five series of HBO drama The Wire, six seasons of The Sopranos, seasons one and two of Game of Thrones and the first three seasons of Mad Men.

British series like I’m Alan PartridgeAn Idiot AbroadExtras and The Inbetweeners will also be included as part of the expanded offering.

“We know how important it is for our customers to have the flexibility to watch the shows everyone is talking about when it suits them. That’s why this autumn we are introducing more TV series to our TV Box Set service, to ensure we have Box Sets of the latest and greatest shows ready for customers to catch up on whenever they want,” said Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s brand director of TV products.