Saturday, August 8, 2009

Ofcom UK Communications Report

Ofcom issued a 334 page Communications Report that discusses TV, Radio, Telecommunications, and convergence.

It has a lot of interesting information. Three points that stuck out were:
  • More than a quarter of consumers (27%) claimed to use a DVR at the end of Q1
    2009, equivalent to 7 million homes, according to Ofcom research. This rose to
    nearly a third of consumers (31%) in multichannel television homes. These figures
    are a little lower than those from operator and sales data, which suggest that nearly 9
    million DVRs had been sold in the UK at the end of Q1 2009.
  • High-definition television gained traction over the past 12 months, as new HD
    channels launched and more platforms developed their HD propositions. By the end
    of the first quarter of 2009, 2.3 million homes (9%) had reception equipment capable
    of accessing linear or on-demand HD content. Thirty-three per cent of UK homes
    claimed to have HD-ready television sets at the end of 2008, according to its
  • Online catch-up TV began to enter the mainstream in 2008, largely thanks to the
    growing popularity of the BBC iPlayer. Twenty-three per cent of households claim to
    watch programmes online, rising to 33% among 15-24s. But 10% of people aged 65+
    reported that someone in their household watched catch-up TV online.

We should all thank Ofcom for continuing to publish these comprehensive reports that shed light on important trends.