Category Archives: Sky

The DTT Platform – Succeeding in the Face of the SVOD Challenge

In my previous note I discussed how 2017 was another challenging year for schedule based television in the UK, with the SVOD services (Netflix, Amazon, Now TV, etc.) in particular taking a bigger slice of the total video viewing pie, … Continue reading

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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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EPG Prominence and Channel Performance – It Still Matters

In the late noughties, I was at a conference where one of the delegates noted how EPGs (electronic programme guides) with their ordered lists of channels and schedule information were so archaic that they might as well be considered ‘Victorian’, … 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

Posted in Ad-Skipping, Advertising Revenue, Adverts, BARB, Catch-Up TV, Death of Television, fast-forward, ITV, Live TV, PVR, Sky, Sky Platform, Sky Plus, Tablets, Television, Timeshifted TV, Timeshifting, Total TV, TV, Viewing, VOD | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Content, DCMS, Drama, EPG, EPG Prominence, EPG Reshuffle, EPG Viewing Impact, Freeview, Impact Assessment, MTV, PBS, PSB, Retransmission Fees, Sky, Sky Platform, Television, TV, UKTV, Viewing, Virgin Media, VOD | Leave a comment

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

Posted in BBC1, BBC2, carriage fees, Channel 4, Channel 5, Content, Digital Switchover, EPG, EPG Prominence, EPG Reshuffle, ITV, London Olympics, PSB, PSB Content, Retransmission Fees, Sky, Sky Platform, Spin-off Channels, Television, Terrestrial PSB Channels, TV, TV Scheduling, Viewing | Leave a comment

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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From MTV to Sky Arts: The Long Term Value of EPG Prominence

Sky’s recent appeal against DMOL’s proposed Freeview EPG reshuffle, citing the likely negative impact on Sky News, has again brought the value of EPG prominence under the spotlight. Perhaps even more pertinent is the fact that DMOL’s proposal does not … Continue reading

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