CES virtually shows television future

Televisions on virtual show at CES are bigger and brighter than ever. Sales of larger screens are rising and they are being used for many things beyond watching television.
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ITV Hub viewing up over Christmas

ITV Hub reported an 11% increase in online viewing over the Christmas period compared to the previous year. There were 81 million programme streams during December, which was a 5% year-on-year increase. However, the real story is a steady decline in festive television viewing. The most popular programme from the leading commercial broadcaster in the United Kingdom on Christmas Day had a total audience of 6.61 million, down 3% on the year before.
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AT&T TV Now no longer on offer

AT&T is no longer offering AT&T TV Now to new customers, following declining subscriber numbers. It has merged with the AT&T TV premium service, with pricing more like traditional cable and satellite packages but without an annual contract. AT&T is streamlining its television offering and seeking to sell off its DIRECTV satellite operation and possibly its U-verse service delivered over fibre.
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Roku passes 50 million accounts

The Roku streaming platform had 51.2 million active accounts at the end of 2020, up by 14 million in a year. It delivered 58.7 billion streaming hours in 2020, an increase of 55% on the previous year. Roku has acquired the programming from the failed Quibi platform to add to its own channel.
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Struum seeks to streamline streaming

A new steaming service co-founded by former Disney and Discovery executives aims to offer à-la-carte access to programming from niche streaming services. The Struum proposition is backed by former Disney chief executive Michael Eisner through his investment firm Tournante. The service is expected to launch in early Spring 2021.
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BBC iPlayer breaks Christmas records

The BBC iPlayer saw 245 million requests in two weeks over Christmas, which was up by 16% on the festive fortnight the previous year, despite many people being largely confined to their homes. The most popular programme was EastEnders on Christmas Day, just ahead of Call the Midwife, which nevertheless had the fewest viewers on record for the top television programme on Christmas Day in the United Kingdom.
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