Nielsen aims to Gauge online viewing

The Gauge, a new monthly viewing measure from Nielsen, shows that online video usage has risen to over a quarter of all time spent viewing television in the United States. 64% of television viewing is still to broadcast and cable channels. Nielsen describes it as the first tangible example of putting together streaming and television in one picture, giving a much better understanding of how everything fits together across the television environment.
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250 channels left the United Kingdom

250 broadcasting licences migrated from the United Kingdom to European countries due to its departure from the European Union. Half of the channels available in Europe outside their country of origin fell under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom in 2018, declining to 10% at the end of 2020. Over a quarter of international channels in Europe are now licensed in The Netherlands, with a fifth licensed in Luxembourg.
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Prospects for public service broadcasting

The United Kingdom Government says it is committed to legislation later in the year to preserve the prominence of public service broadcasters. It will consider all options to ensure the future of the public broadcasting system, including the role of Channel 4 and licence fee funding for the BBC.
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Energy use of video viewing

The carbon footprint in terms of electricity usage of viewing one hour of video-on-demand streaming is three times that of boiling an average electric kettle. The energy usage of viewing on a 50-inch television is 90 times that for watching on a phone. On average, the viewing device is responsible for half the overall energy usage. These are some of the notable factors identified in a paper published by the Carbon Trust on the Carbon Impact of Video Streaming, with input from the BBC, ITV, Sky and BT, funded by Netflix.
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Rising online usage in the United Kingdom

Adults in the United Kingdom spent more than three and a half hours online each day in 2020. That is more than an hour longer than those in Germany and France, and half an hour more than in Spain, but about an hour less than in the United States. Users of YouTube aged between 18 and 24 spent an average of 1 hour 16 minutes a day on the service on their computers, tablets and smartphones.
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Apple SharePlay adds shared experience

Apple will introduce a new SharePlay feature in its FaceTime video app, providing a way for multiple users in different locations to chat while watching video or listen to music. When a user plays media, playback will start for the whole group at the same time, with shared controls. The system synchronizes app playback on all participating devices so that group users can enjoy the experience simultaneously. However, they will all have to be entitled to play the media.
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