BBC iPlayer reports dramatic usage increase

There has been record usage of the BBC iPlayer during the coronavirus restrictions, with an increase in requests of over 60% since lockdown was announced compared to same period the previous year. April saw a record 564 million requests. The first three months of 2020 saw 1.4 billion requests, up by over a third on the same quarter a year before. Returning drama series were among the most popular programmes.
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Broadcast viewing being displaced

The average amount of time spent viewing a television set the United Kingdom in 2019 was 242 minutes a day, or just over four hours, which was the same as in 2010. However, average viewing of television programmes in 2019 was 191 minutes a day, or just over three hours. Around an hour a day was spent watching something other than a television programme.
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NBCUniversal and Sky promote partnership

NBCUniversal and Sky, both part of Comcast, have announced that advertising and partnerships opportunities will be available for both companies through the NBCUniversal One Platform. The development of the partnership between NBCUniversal and Sky sees the companies create a new advertising solution offering access to the full breadth of premium content and advanced advertising capabilities that each bring to market.
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United States television subscribers drop

The top 10 service providers in the United States collectively lost 2.33 million television subscribers in the first quarter of 2020, as reported by the informitv Multiscreen Index. All of the top 10 service providers in the United States included in the Multiscreen Index lost television subscribers. Their combined total fell below 75 million. Two years previously the top 10 accounted for just over 84 million.
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Dish sheds more subscribers

Dish Network lost 663,000 television customers in the first quarter of 2020, ending the quarter with 9.01 million DISH TV subscribers and 2.31 million Sling TV subscribers. The loss of DISH TV subscribers includes around 250,000 commercial accounts that the company has suspended as a result of coronavirus restrictions, some of which may be reactivated in the future. The number of Sling TV subscribers fell by 281,000, adding to a loss of 94,000 the previous quarter.
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Liberty and Telefonica to merge UK operations

Liberty Global and Telefonica are to merge their respective Virgin Media and O2 operations in the United Kingdom in an equal joint venture. Combining a high-speed broadband network with emerging 5G services will create a stronger fixed and mobile competitor in the market. The deal is expected close in the middle of 2021, subject to regulatory approval.
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