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BBC bids for button on remote controls

Comcast readies NOW TV

United Kingdom online video subscriptions fall

Losing stream
After rising steadily, the number of people in the United Kingdom with access to an online video subscription appears to have settled at around two thirds of homes. It has declined over the last two quarters, which may be as good an indicator as any of economic recession. Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+ all saw small declines in the number of subscriptions. Apple TV+ continues to gain, although its numbers are smaller. NOW TV from Sky gained subscribers but has been hovering around the same level for a couple of years. Parent company Comcast is about to launch the brand as a low-cost supplement to broadband in the United States, where it has lost almost a fifth of its cable television subscribers in the last two years.

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BBC bids for button on remote controls
The BBC is calling for a dedicated button to provide a shortcut to its services on all television remote controls. The bid for a special button is part of its formal response to the Draft Media Bill, which among other things seeks to maintain the prominence of public service broadcasters. However, the idea of a special button on remote controls is not currently in its scope.
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Comcast readies NOW TV
Comcast is lining up the NOW TV online television brand developed in the United Kingdom for deployment in the United States. It will offer Comcast cable customers over 40 live television channels and the 20 online channels that are available through the Comcast Xfinity Stream app.
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United Kingdom online video subscriptions fall
The number of homes in the United Kingdom with access to an online video subscription service fell by 1.7% to 19.08 million in the first quarter of 2023. It was the second consecutive quarterly fall. There were small reductions in the number of homes with Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+ services. However, NOW and Apple TV+ saw significant quarterly gains.
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Disney+ loses subscribers

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Paramount+ reaches 60 million

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