Category Archives: Virgin Media

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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The Death of Television – Is it Finally Happening?

Although year-on-year schedule based UK television viewing, as measured by BARB’s consolidated (Live + 7-days catch-up) Total TV audience, has been in decline since 2012, it was beginning to show signs of levelling off with a very notable slowing in … 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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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

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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