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Growth in RDK adoption

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:44:38 +0000

RDK told the Connected TV World Summit 2018 today that there are now more than 40 million devices running RDK (Reference Design Kit) deployed by operators worldwide.

Steve Heeb, President and General Manager of RDK said: "With more than 40 million RDK-based set-top boxes and broadband gateways deployed globally, it’s clear that service providers, and their suppliers, have found a prime open source software development platform upon which to drive future growth and innovation."

RDK added that there are now more than 350 companies involved as members, up 17% from 2017.

hayu available on Roku streaming players in the UK

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:13:51 +0000

The subscription video-on-demand service offers subscribers 5,000+ episodes of binge-worthy US and UK reality TV shows including Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spin-offs, including Life of Kylie – along with The Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listing franchises.

hayu can be added from the Roku Channel Store in the TV & Films category and offers a free one-month trial for customers after which the monthly subscription cost is £3.99.

DTG Chairman Dr David Docherty OBE named Honorary Fellow

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:47:29 +0000

Dr David Docherty OBE, chief executive officer of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and Chairman of the Digital Television Group (DTG), has been named an Honorary Fellow of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

He will join the School in May for a term of five years.

While at the School, Dr Docherty plans to complete a book tentatively titled Knowing and Doing: The Once and Future University, which will consider the ways in which universities have been a battleground for complex ethical and political questions, including the autonomy of the learner and institution, the moral responsibility of higher education, and the civic accountability of the academy. He will explore how a changing world is forging new ways of knowing and doing, and whether universities can survive without fundamental change.

Dr Docherty will also offer seminar talks on media, digital media, innovation and skills systems, and business-university collaboration.

As chief executive of the NCUB, a unique not-for-profit organisation with a mission to develop world-class collaboration between universities and business, Dr Docherty works with executives of some of the UK’s largest companies and universities on their innovation and graduate talent challenges. He also advises government and devolved administrations on their skills and innovation agendas.

Dr Docherty was the first BBC Director of New Media and Deputy Managing Director of BBC Television. He was on the management board of a FTSE 100 cable company and CEO of two television and interactive media companies.

He was Chair of Governors at the University of Bedfordshire and has served on government advisory panels on new media, technology, and higher education. He is a Board member of the Digital Catapult and has also served on the Research Excellence Framework Panel and the Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects Committees for the Higher Education Funding Council of England. He sat on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Digital Economy Panel and on the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Economy Board.

Dr Docherty has also served on the management board of The Society of Authors; written extensively on media and technology convergence for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and other national newspapers; and is in regular demand as a speaker at the world’s leading media and education conferences. He is the author of four novels.

He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and honorary doctorates from Brunel University, the University of South Wales, and the University of Bedfordshire.

‘Universities have been drivers of knowing and doing for over a thousand years, and I want to explore what the past can teach us about the future in these transformational times’, Dr Docherty said. ‘What better place to do so than at the School of Advanced Study, which is itself rich in the practice of knowing and doing?’

‘David is a mover and doer, and remarkably innovative’, said Professor Rick Rylance, dean of the School of Advanced Study. ‘He is also a pleasure to work with. He is well connected in policy, business, and broadcasting circles and we’re delighted that he will be collaborating with our staff and working with our students. His research project is exciting and links with interests across the School and its Fellowship. It’s exciting to look forward to working with him.’

BBC halts FM radio switch off

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:41:21 +0000

The BBC has cancelled its planned FM radio switch off with concerns that not enough listeners have made the switch to Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) radios.

Bob Shennan Director, Radio and Music, BBC, BBC told the Radiodays Europe conference in Vienna that the BBC opposes a forced switch-off of FM broadcasts, arguing instead for a 'hybrid' future: "We all once thought that DAB was the only future of radio, but audiences want choice. We now know DAB is important, but is only a part of the story, along with FM and IP. We need to do more before we consider a switchover in the UK, and for that to be genuinely audience-led. For now, we believe audiences are best served by a mixed economy. Radio is also better served by a mixed economy."

Shennan also urged commercial broadcasters to collaborate on initiatives to ensure that radio remains relevant in an era of 5G connectivity as Ofcom's spectrum auction gets underway, saying: "How can radio make the most of this technology? Or more pressing still, how can we protect the critical radio space in cars, where we need to work with suppliers to ensure that radio thrives as part of the connected dashboard?"

Disney streaming and VOD appointment

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:32:49 +0000

Disney has promoted its strategy chief Kevin Mayer to oversee a transition to on-demand viewing and direct-to-consumer services.

The long serving Disney executive will head a newly created division, called Direct-to-Consumer and International, that will handle new and planned streaming and VoD services.

Vice's Shane Smith steps down

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:30:24 +0000

Vice's co-founder of the media site has confirmed that he will become executive chairman and focus on content development and strategic deals.

The new CEO will be Nancy Dubuc and Smith said of his successor 'She is better than me at everything'.

Dubuc was previously CEO of A+E Networks and sat on Vice's board of directors.

BBC appoints Virgin Media exec

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:29:48 +0000

Kerris Bright will join the BBC this Summer in the new role of Chief Customer Officer.

Bright will be responsible for developing a “closer, more personal relationship” with BBC viewers and people signing into BBC services and will report to the BBC’s deputy director general, Anne Bulford.

Bright will also sit on the BBC executive committee.

Over 55 bingewatching

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:27:24 +0000

Research from Ampere Analytics shows that although over-55s remain staunch supporters of linear television, they are now waking up to binge viewing through SVOD platforms.

Ampere Director, Richard Broughton said: "It’s long been held that an ageing population offers a ready audience for broadcast TV, but our analysis shows that it’s time for a reality check. Subscription video-on-demand services like Netflix and Amazon are not exclusively for the younger viewer, they are just taking longer to convince 55- to 64-year olds of the value of a paid-for TV content subscription.”

Best month on record for iPlayer

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:24:11 +0000

Just a month after claiming 2017 was 'the best year ever for iPlayer' the BBC has reported a record 328 million programme requests on iPlayer in January, marking “the best month on record” for the catch-up service.

Dan McGolpin, Controller of Programming and Daytime at the BBC said: “2018 has got off to a flying start, thanks in no small part to a range of gripping BBC dramas. McMafia, Hard Sun and Silent Witness dominate our most popular programmes on iPlayer for January, as does the always strong-performing EastEnders. It was also impressive to see the wildlife series Big Cats make this month’s top five performing series with an average of over 1 million requests per episode. It’s been a great start to the year, and we’re aiming to build on that success in the coming months.”

Netflix viewing on TVs

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:23:38 +0000

Netflix says that 70% of its streams end up on connected TVs rather than phones, tablets or PCs. While subscribers may sign up from a PC (40% of signups) or a mobile (30% of signups) over time viewing patterns change.

Six months into a subscription, most viewers have moved from their smaller screens to the biggest one in their house.