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YouTube and BBC – most preferred video apps on UK smartphones 22 June 2017

According to a research carried out for mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse, amongst the wide variety of apps used by UK consumers for watching video on their smartphones, YouTube and BBC iPlayer are the most preferred apps. About 68% of UK consumers have YouTube app installed on their phone which makes it the third most downloaded …

Apple Music growing rapidly with number of subscribers at 27 million 09 June 2017

The total number of subscribers for Apple Music has increased from 20 million as reported in December to the latest estimate of 27 million. This figure was announced at the Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose. Spotify which is Apple Music’s biggest competitor had reached 50 million paid subscribers in March. According to a …

VOD market in Europe growing at 17% each year – ITMedia Consulting 09 June 2017

According to Italian research firm ITMedia Consulting, the European VOD market as per 2017-2020 estimates will grow by an average of 17% each year with its current worth being €4.2 billion which is expected to reach until €6.7 billion in 2020. Subscription Video-On-Demand (SVOD) services will increase whereas Transactional Video on Demand (TVOD) will have …

For watching live TV, subscribers might need a TV license 29 May 2017

Subscription to live TV streaming services in the UK might require to be covered by a TV license. If subscribers watch or record live TV, either through a TV or live online, then a TV license will be required. For streaming BBC programmes on iPlayer, too, a license will be needed. A large section of …

Roku reveals key trends for Streaming Day 22 May 2017

A survey by Roku was released to celebrate Streaming Day on 20 May that was based on finding who and what influences people most when it comes to deciding what to watch. Some of its findings were: 56% of respondents felt that adverts suggesting television content was a major influencer for what they watched. Millennial …

Western Europe consumer spending driven by Online Video growth 22 May 2017

IHS Markit, research firm expects home video consumer spending in Western Europe to increase with a CAGR of 3.5% per year and estimates that by 2020, it will reach €8.7 billion. Reaching €7.9 billion, the market demonstrated a great expansion over 2016 at 2.6 percent. Physical videodisc, paid-for online video (electronic sell-through or EST and …

Is the world and our wallets ready to welcome hi-fidelity streaming? 18 May 2017

Tidal was one of the first streaming services to support high-fidelity audio streaming. It promoted hi-fi audio streaming by assuring its listeners of better audio quality. However the problem is that, despite Jay Z’s best efforts, Tidal still continues to be one of the most-ignored music streamers. Nevertheless, music labels haven’t given up on high-fidelity …

Amazon moves towards UK live music streaming, launches with Blondie London’s gig 16 May 2017

Amazon is making an entry into the live music streaming business in the UK by managing and promoting its own gigs starting with Blondie later this month. This is the their new business based on their music strategy expansion plans, called Prime Live Events wherein tickets for shows, gigs and events will be sold by …

Streaming causing more exposure to African music 15 May 2017

Social media has made it super easy for African artistes to showcase their talents to the world which is great improvement from the past whereby it was literally like a battleground for musicians and their live bands competing against each other to get their socially conscious music across to the audience. Afrobeat has more opportunities …

Amazon introduces video streaming assistant – Echo Show 11 May 2017

The Echo Show which is a variant of Amazon’s Alexa which is a voice controlled personal assistant, has been unveiled. Unlike other devices that let users stream music and make phone calls through voice commands, the Echo Show provides a built in 7 inch touchscreen for video streaming and viewing photographs. By giving voice commands …

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