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Entertainment on Demand - UK - May 2009

UK television viewers are now more empowered with their entertainment options than ever. The rising penetration of broadband has enabled major national broadcasters to provide compelling TV catch-up sites like the BBC’s iPlayer for consumers that missed previously scheduled programming.

Innovative technology in the form of personal video recorders has also made it possible to schedule and watch content on demand in viewers’ living rooms. The likes of Virgin’s V+ and Sky Anytime provide users with a ready fix of entertainment that can be accessed 24/7.

The market for telecoms and digital TV offerings is also more competitive than ever, pushing down the price of a whole menu of services, which consumers can get as part of triple or quad-play deals. This has helped reinforce the trend towards consumers’ use of entertainment on demand.

Key themes

  • With online catch-up services like the iPlayer more prevalent than ever (online and via TV services like Virgin Media’s) is there still a role for live TV watching?

  • What sort of things do consumers watch via online catch-up sites, is this any different from the type of content demanded via TV service offerings?

  • How digitally savvy are consumers when it comes to watching on-demand content on other devices, such as mobile phones and PlayStation portable (PSP) games consoles?

  • Is online catch-up TV still the preserve of the very young? Which online catch-up sites resonate the most with older viewers?

  • Is entertainment on demand a positive move for advertisers, especially by enabling them to target specific, engaged audiences?

  • What does the average TV viewer want from an on-demand service?

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Table of contents

  1. Issues in the Market

      • Key themes
        • Definition
          • Abbreviations
          • Future Opportunities

            • Instantly gratifying
              • Trial without error
                • Becoming more controlling
                • Market in Brief

                  • More TV options and more control
                    • No longer a niche market
                      • TV-based services have greatest appeal
                        • The future is almost now
                        • Internal Market Environment

                          • Key points
                            • Growth in digital TV viewing
                              • Figure 1: Take-up of digital TV services, by platform, 2002-08
                            • On-demand access increases
                              • More accessing content online
                                • Figure 2: Top ten online video viewing properties ranked, by total UK unique visitors*, 2008 and 2009
                            • Broader Market Environment

                              • Key points
                                • Greater penetration of faster broadband
                                  • Figure 3: UK broadband penetration, 2004-09
                                  • Figure 4: Broadband access speeds, 2007-08
                                • Personal disposable income stagnates
                                  • Figure 5: Trends in personal disposable income and consumer expenditure, 2004-14
                              • Competitive Context

                                • Key points
                                  • Challenge from established user-generated sites
                                    • Figure 7: How consumers obtain new music and video content, October 2008
                                  • Illegal video downloads
                                    • Consumers more digital than ever
                                      • Figure 8: Trends in digital device usage, 2007-09
                                    • Don’t count out live TV just yet
                                    • Strengths and Weaknesses in the Market

                                      • Strengths
                                        • Weaknesses
                                        • Who’s Innovating?

                                          • Key points
                                            • Freeview: Mark 2
                                              • Adobe makes streaming web TV easier
                                              • Companies and Products

                                                • BBC iPlayer
                                                  • 4oD
                                                    • ITV Player
                                                      • BT Vision
                                                        • Virgin Media – Catch Up and On Demand
                                                        • Brand Communication and Promotion

                                                          • Key points
                                                            • BT Vision biggest spender
                                                              • Figure 9: Advertising spend amongst selected entertainment on-demand providers, 2006-08
                                                            • Direct mail receives a boost
                                                              • Figure 10: Advertising spend amongst selected entertainment on-demand providers, by media type, 2006-08
                                                          • Who Uses On-Demand and What’s Viewed?

                                                            • Key points
                                                              • Majority have used on-demand services
                                                                • Figure 11: Usage of on-demand services* in the last 12 months, by gender and age, March 2009
                                                              • ITV Player and BBC iPlayer leading growth rates on and offline
                                                                • Figure 12: Usage of on-demand channels, 2008 and 2009
                                                              • Full-length TV shows dominate
                                                                • Figure 13: Type of content consumed, by on demand, by gender and age, March 2009
                                                            • How Do Viewers Watch On-Demand TV?

                                                              • Key points
                                                                • Terrestrial channels drive the on-demand revolution
                                                                  • Figure 14: Usage of on-demand channels, March 2009
                                                                • iPlayer has broadest appeal across age groups
                                                                  • Figure 15: Usage of leading on-demand channels in the last 12 months, by age, March 2009
                                                              • Ways of Consuming Entertainment By Device

                                                                • Key points
                                                                  • Device limitations dictate type of content consumed
                                                                    • Figure 16: On-demand content consumed, by type of device used to consume on-demand content, March 2009
                                                                  • Portable on-demand access struggles
                                                                  • How Consumers View Different Methods of Watching Television

                                                                    • Key points
                                                                      • Simplest route to entertainment the most popular
                                                                        • Figure 17: Words that consumers use when describing ways of watching television, March 2009
                                                                      • Younger viewers: Most enthusiastic about online catch-up
                                                                        • Still open to watching TV as it airs
                                                                        • What Consumers Want from an On-Demand Service

                                                                          • Key points
                                                                            • Increased TV access a priority
                                                                              • Figure 18: Functions that consumers think are important for an on-demand service to have, March 2009
                                                                            • Free and HD support not so important – but for how long?
                                                                            • Appendix – Internal Market Environment

                                                                                • Figure 19: Type of TV reception recieved at home, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                            • Appendix – Who Uses On-demand and What’s Viewed?

                                                                                • Figure 20: Overall usage of on-demand services, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 21: Type of content consumed, by on-demand users, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                            • Appendix – How Do Viewers Watch On-Demand TV?

                                                                                • Figure 22: Catch-up services viewed, by frequency of use, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 23: Catch-up services viewed, by frequency of use, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 24: Catch-up services viewed, by frequency of use, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 25: Catch-up services viewed, by frequency of use, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 26: Catch-up services viewed, by frequency of use, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                            • Appendix – Ways of Consuming Entertainment by Device

                                                                                • Figure 27: Ways of consuming entertainment, by type of device, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 28: Ways of consuming entertainment, by type of device, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 29: Ways of consuming entertainment, by type of device, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                            • Appendix – How Consumers View Different Methods of Watching Television

                                                                                • Figure 30: How consumers percieve watching TV catch-up services online, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 31: How consumers percieve watching on-demand services via the TV, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 32: How consumers percieve watching TV recordings via a PVR, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 33: How consumers percieve watching TV as it airs, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                            • Appendix – What Consumers Want from an On-Demand Service?

                                                                                • Figure 34: What functions consumers think an on-demand catch-up service should have, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 35: What functions consumers think an on-demand catch-up service should have, by detailed demographics, March 2009
                                                                                • Figure 36: What functions consumers think an on-demand catch-up service should have, by detailed demographics, March 2009

                                                                            Companies Covered

                                                                            • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                            • Archos
                                                                            • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                            • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
                                                                            • British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (BSkyB)
                                                                            • BT Group plc
                                                                            • Co-operative Group
                                                                            • Facebook, Inc.
                                                                            • Google UK
                                                                            • Government Actuary's Department (GAD)
                                                                            • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                            • HomeChoice
                                                                            • J. Sainsbury
                                                                            • Lidl (UK)
                                                                            • Marks & Spencer
                                                                            • Microsoft Ltd (UK)
                                                                            • Ofcom
                                                                            • Office for National Statistics
                                                                            • T-Mobile (UK) Ltd
                                                                            • Tesco Plc
                                                                            • Tiscali UK
                                                                            • Virgin Media Ltd
                                                                            • Virgin Mobile
                                                                            • Vodafone Group Plc (UK)
                                                                            • Waitrose
                                                                            • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                            • Yahoo! UK & Ireland
                                                                            • YouTube, Inc.

                                                                            Entertainment on Demand - UK - May 2009

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