Category Archives: Viewing

Forecasting the Audience Impact of Sky’s Proposed EPG Reshuffle

The announcement by Sky early last month that it was planning a radical overhaul of the increasingly complex Sky EPG, with a reshuffle target date of March 2018 after an appropriate consultation and adjustment period, will undoubtedly have set alarm … Continue reading

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Trends in Commercial Impacts – or How to Get Ahead in Television Advertising

Not only has year-on-year quarterly BARB measured Total TV viewing (i.e. how many people, on average, are watching TV at any given point in time) in the UK risen for the first time in over 3 years from 8.25 million … Continue reading

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Expectations versus Reality: TV Viewing by Age Group

Over the last decade in particular, our industry has been plagued by poor predictions resulting from an overestimation of the disruptive viewing impact of technological change. To counter this, it has been suggested that any new forecast should be accompanied … Continue reading

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Forecasting the Total TV Audience in 2020

Annual BARB measured television viewing levels in the UK have fallen again significantly for the second year running, further highlighting the end of the exceptionally high and stable levels of Total TV viewing that were a hallmark of the new … Continue reading

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Total TV Viewing Trends (2010 – 2013)

Annual BARB measured television viewing levels in the UK have fallen significantly for the first time since the advent of the new BARB panel in January 2010. Having fluctuated at just over 240 minutes a day during the three year … Continue reading

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EPG Prominence Back in the Spotlight

The long awaited communications strategy paper (published by the DCMS at the end of July) has reconfirmed the government’s support for the abolition of PSB retransmission fees, which was also the topic of my previous research note. Another topic of … Continue reading

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The Retransmission Fees Debate: Terrestrials vs. Sky

The on-going row over retransmission fees (also often referred to as carriage fees) between Sky and the terrestrial PSBs (public service broadcasters) began when former BBC director general Mark Thompson argued that Sky should start paying for carrying PSB channels … Continue reading

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Ad-Skipping Drama: House versus Downton

In my last research note I compared the levels of live versus timeshifted viewing for medical drama House, going out on Sky1, and period drama Downton Abbey, going out on ITV1 (now of course rebranded to just ITV). With a … Continue reading

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House versus Downton: Timeshifting Drama

The ease with which viewers can now timeshift their television viewing has resulted in live viewing levels in the UK dropping from 98.2 % of total consolidated (i.e. live + timeshifted combined) BARB measured TV viewing in 2006 to just … Continue reading

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Predicting Future TV Viewing Patterns

The rapid evolution and proliferation of screen and internet based technologies has left many in the television industry feeling under siege. I have lost count of the number of media executives who tell me that they hardly ever watch live … Continue reading

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