The number of UK homes watching TV on black and white sets has dropped below 12,000, according to new stats by the TV licensing body.TV Licensing said that the figure marked a 12% year-on-year drop, with demand for black and white licenses “in steady decline.”At the turn of the century, 212,000 black and white licences were issued. This shrank to 93,000 in 2003, was less than 50,00 in 2006 and now stands at 11,550, according to TV Licensing.“Today’s figures show, even in the digital age, more than 11,000 homes still watch their favourite programmes on black and white televisions. We may be on the brink of losing black and white sets to the history books, but older technology will always be replaced by exciting new ways of watching live,” said TV Licensing spokesperson Stephen Farmer.In the UK a colour TV Licence currently costs £145.50 (€175), while a black and white licence is priced at £49.00. Viewing television without a licence in the UK risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
One in seven TV viewers now get recommendations about what to from social media, with the same proportion of Facebook users “always or often” using the site to discuss the shows they’re watching, according to new research.The YouView census into national television habits for 2014, which was carried out by UK market research firm YouGov, found that 12% of TV viewers got recommendations from Facebook and 6% from Twitter.Some 14% of Facebook users questioned said they always or often use the site to talk about the TV programme they are watching, while for Twitter it was slightly higher at 16%.“Nationally, those on Twitter at the same time as watching TV was just 4% although 8% of 18-24s admitted to sending tweets while in front of the box. For 25-34s it was 10%. In the battle of the sexes, women were far more likely to always or often be on Facebook while watching TV – 41% of women vs 28% of men,” according to the research.The study also found that roughly 60% of those questioned said friends and family offered the most useful TV viewing advice, compared to just 29% who said TV critics were similarly influential.The use of TV guides also dropped year-on-year from 30% to 27%. However, 10% of TV viewers and 17% of 25 to 34 year-olds said they now use TV-related apps on mobile devices.Some 59% of UK TV viewers said they now take evasive action to avoid spoilers about TV they have recorded, planned to stream later on catch-up or on demand. This rose to 68% among 18-24s.The YouGov survey was conducted online and questioned more than 2,000 people and was carried out to mark the second birthday of UK connected TV platform, YouView. read more
Casten AlmqvistSwedish TV company TV4 Group and parent company Bonnier have the group’s broadcasting activities in a new structure that will “unleash the full potential of Bonnier Broadasting”, according to CEO Casten Almqvist.Bonnier Broadcasting will now serve as a parent company for TV4, which will be the umbrella unit for free-to-air TV, and sister unit C More, which will be responsible for pay TV activities.Mathias Berg will serve as chief operating officer for TV4 under Almqvist, while Manfred Aronsson will continue in his current role of CEO of C More.Almqvist said that the new structure would bring to the fore the importance of the pay TV business and in particular C More’s SVoD operation, which he said would grow substantially over the next few years.The new structure will see about 300 staff moved from TV4 and C More to the new parent company. In addition to the existing common purchasing of scripted content, TV4 and C More will pool resrlouces in developing sports production in a unified ‘sports hub’.In addition to content acquisition, Bonnier will take charge of engineering and technical roles, talent management, finance, policy and some elements of communication and marketing.The rest of the Bonnier management team will comprise Åsa Sjöberg as content director, Henri Caddeo as technology director, Eva-Lotta Malmfält as CFO, Åsa Jamal as HR director, Philip Lindqvist as strategy director, Ulrika Jensen as general counsel and Jarkko Nordlund as CEO of Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV.The company’s news activities are also being unified in a separate company that will supply news to TV4 and other companies and will operate at arm’s length.Details of the organisation of MTV and Bonnier’s MediaHub production unit will be unveiled in the spring. read more
[dropcap]G[/dropcap]reetings from Seville, my dear Blog.Due to crimes, in a past life, I have been sent on an enforced culture+group-socialising-holiday. Belindabelle has gone off, just now, to the long-queue museum, and I am taking a few moments, whilst in exile, to write to your good-self.Nevermind, all of the local wailers, that we saw in action last night. Think of my suffering, Blog. I was the one on the cross! Out till 2.30am (valuable reading time wasted) and sitting in such cramped conditions!!3 days to go.In other news:Meet ‘Nevado’. A literal translation, of his name, would be ‘Snowy’. He, and his owner, Manuel, took us on a ride around Seville yesterday. And I must say, it really was great fun, watching him in action. With cars and buses, tooting all around, like rowdy Punters, he remained calm, and got on with the job in hand, never distracted, and always following his master’s instructions.In the winter, Manuel, the ‘jockey’ of the carriage, spends his time, training other such, young horses, so they can then go to work. He tells me, that it’s a painstaking job. Tell me about it, Manuel! I KNOW WHERE I’LL BE SENDING THE STAFF THIS WINTER!!Over and out, B x read more