Internet tv and radio

A few facts, courtesy of Ofcom...

  • There are now more UK subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon and NOW TV than to ‘traditional’ pay TV services.
  • Pay TV revenues decline for first time, after a period of sustained growth.
  • Broadcast TV remains popular, but viewing among 16 to 34-year-olds is moving online.
  • In music, streaming revenues now outstrip physical sales.
  • The number of UK subscriptions to television streaming services like Netflix has overtaken those to traditional pay television for the first time, marking a major shift in the UK’s viewing habits.
  • The amount of revenue generated from pay TV has also fallen for the first time, after a period of sustained growth.
Spending by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, on new UK-made television programmes fell to a 20-year low. At the same time, people are spending less time watching television: average daily broadcast viewing on the television set fell by nine minutes in 2017 – and is down 38 minutes since 2012.
These findings are part of Ofcom’s recent Media Nations report, a comprehensive study of major trends in the UK’s television, radio and audio sectors. The report highlights a competitive shift within the UK television industry, driven by the rise of the major global internet companies and the changing habits and preferences of UK audiences. With more choice for viewers than ever before, UK broadcasters are competing for viewers in an increasingly fragmented landscape.
Key findings include:
  • Streaming overtakes established pay TV.
  • The total number of UK subscriptions to the three most popular online streaming services – Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky’s Now TV – reached 15.4 million in Q1 2018, overtaking, for the first time, the number of pay TV subscriptions, at 15.1 million.
  • Pay TV revenue declines for first time.
  • Following a period of sustained growth, the UK’s pay TV providers saw a 2.7% decrease in total revenue to £6.4bn. In contrast, the increasing number of streaming subscriptions contributed to a 25% growth in online audio-visual revenues, to £2.3bn in 2017. Meanwhile, television advertising income fell by 7%, to £3.9bn.
  • PSB spending down. The BBC, ITV Channel 4 and Channel 5’s £2.5bn combined network spending on original UK-made programmes in 2017 represents a record low – and is £1bn (28%) less than the 2004 peak of £3.4bn.
  • An increase in funding from third parties towards the cost of programme-making (from £147m in 2008 to £338m in 2017 across the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5) has partly helped to mitigate this decline. Broadcast TV viewing declines… The amount of time spent watching broadcast television on the TV set has continued to decline and, in 2017, stood at an average of 3 hours 23 minutes a day, down nine minutes (4.2%) on 2016, and 38 minutes (15.7%) since 2012.
  • Among children and viewers aged 16 to 34, declines were steeper, leading to the over-65s watching four times as much broadcast television as children in 2017. … As viewing habits shift online.
  • Total daily viewing time across all devices stands at 5 hours one minute, of which two-thirds (three hours 33 minutes or 71%) was to broadcast content, and 1 hour 28 minutes to non-broadcast content. However, among 16 to 34-year-olds, total daily viewing time in 2017 was 4 hours 48 minutes, of which less than half (two hours 11 minutes or 46%) was to broadcast content, while just under an hour per day was spent watching content on YouTube.


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