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BSkyB has reached a deal with 21st Century Fox to buy 100% of Sky Italia and 57.4% of Sky Deutschland for £4.9 billion and BSkyB’s 21% stake in the National Geographic channel, a deal worth in the region of £5.4 billion.

BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch feels that this move will make BSkyB “a world-class, multinational pay TV business” and the dominant European pay-television giant. With the acquisition, BSkyB now owns ¾ of the largest pay TV markets in Europe. Furthermore, and maybe more importantly, the company has expanded their potential customer base from roughly 30 million households to almost 100 million.

As Nick Ferguson, the chairman of BSkyB, has pointed out, the move “will deliver growth and value creation for all shareholders”. 70% of all households in Italy and Germany do not pay for their television subscription currently; therefore, BSkyB now has a market of roughly 70 million consumers (including the rest of the UK market) that they can target.

This move...
According to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, BBC iPlayer is not on the road to becoming a subscription-only service. Some feared this may have been where the service was headed following a recent decision to introduce encryption.

The encryption in question is designed to prevent BBC programmes from being accessed online by those who do not have a TV licence. According to Hall, the licence fee system "isn't broken" but it is out of date. In its current form, it leaves a loophole open for viewers to watch television programmes without paying by accessing them online shortly after broadcast. "We are saying we believe in the licence fee," Hal said, "but also saying it needs to change and modernise."

The upcoming encryption of the BBC's online catch-up service, Hall maintains, is designed simply to plug this gap and return to a situation where viewers must pay their licence fee in order to watch television. It is not, as some suspected, a first step in limiting the service on...
Thousands of BBC iPlayer viewers were unable to watch their favourite programmes throughout Saturday as a technical glitch brought down both the iPlayer service and the BBC website.

At the time, the official BBC iPlayer Twitter addressed the issue saying; “We're aware of an issue which means some people can't access certain parts of BBC Online. We're working hard to fix this as soon as possible." The issue, which started on Saturday morning, was resolved roughly 24 hours later.

A number of people took to Twitter to complain about the issues that stopped them using their iPlayer service. Many were disappointed that they could not catch up on the Grand Prix, Open Golf and the MasterChef final, which a number of people were particularly disappointed to miss on iPlayer.

Some even complained of experiencing the same issue on the Sunday as well, but it appears the issue has now been fully resolved with BBC tweeting “After a short interruption, services for all...
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The way we look at Television is changing, and it has been for the past few years. However, the On-demand services are now changing attitudes and old habits as we now have Television that fits into our lives. These On-demand services are beginning to gain some momentum and for those people who own laptops and tablets, they are fast learning that it is possible to catch up on the TV that they like whenever they want. In some cases the viewing figures are an incredible bit of evidence where it has been proven that the total audience of one show was made up of 10% of those who watched it live with the other 90% coming from the On-demand service.

Now Google have entered the market with the launch of the Google Chromecast and what this little piece of technology offers is the streaming of video from any device along with several On-demand services. Netflix and the BBC iPlayer have both adapted their software so that it can be streamed, but the other option for users is to use the...
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