BBC iPlayer usage still marginal to broadcasting
The BBC iPlayer is reaching over four million online video viewers a week in the United Kingdom, which represents an impressive reach of over 6% of all television viewers in the country. However, the audience peaks at around 135,000 concurrent video viewers and just 35,000 simultaneous online radio listeners, according to the latest figures. That could change if more people are able to access the service on their television. The BBC also released images that may suggest a new native application in development for the Apple iPhone, which appears to feature the option to download video, rather than simply stream it in a browser.
Virgin wins Gemstar patent case on programme guide
A High Court judge in London has dismissed claims that Virgin Media infringed patents covering key aspects of its electronic programme guide and has ruled that the patents are invalid, at least in the United Kingdom. Gemstar-TV Guide, now part of Rovi, formerly known as Macrovision, brought the case against the cable television operator. The ruling will be carefully examined by operators around the world, some of whom have licensed what seemed to some, including the judge in this case, patently obvious features.
Virgin embraces TiVo for better television experience
Virgin Media has done a deal with TiVo to develop the interface for its next generation high-definition set-top boxes. The main cable television operator in the United Kingdom has entered into a mutually exclusive partnership with the digital video recorder pioneer. It aims to deliver the first co-branded product in 2010.
Adconion acquires Joost
Online advertising company Adconion Media Group has acquired some of the remaining assets of the online video service Joost. Adconion will continue to operate the Joost.com service, while expanding its existing video and advertising platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
UK Radioplayer for BBC and commercial networks
The BBC plans to team up with commercial radio stations to provide an online Radioplayer to offer the output of every licensed radio station in the United Kingdom. The aim is to launch the UK Radioplayer in the first half of 2010, although the involvement of the BBC is subject to approval by its Trust. There are parallels with other projects, such as the proposed Canvas television platform, although in this case the radio industry appears more united behind the initiative.