The subscription video on-demand (SVOD) agreement will enable the Amazon-owned LoveFilm to offer its subscribers in the UK and Germany streaming access to titles from independent studio Miramax. From this summer, customers will be able to watch films such as Oscar-winning epic drama There Will Be Blood and Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator on multiple devices, as well as the likes of Sin City and Quentin Tarantino's cult classics Kill Bill, Kill Bill Part 2and Jackie Brown.
According to iProspect, a large British digital marketing agency, and Carat, a media agency, Twitter was the favourite social media site for 97% of all online conversations about the opening ceremony. The study discovered that 60% of all social media interactions about the opening ceremony were positive - while 14% were negative. The rest were mediocre. The majority of tweets about the ceremony and British sentiment (58%) were from the UK - while 22% originated from the US. The rest were from around the world.
The switch to digital television is not yet complete, but UK households could be forced to adjust their sets again with a parliamentary inquiry now forecasting a second wave of switchover, this time from the airwaves to the internet. The government should draw up plans to have every channel, including those from the BBC, broadcast over the internet, freeing up the spectrum for other uses such as mobile phones, the House of Lords suggested on Tuesday.
Released Tuesday, BBC Online's first stats for its Olympic coverage revealed that BBC.co.uk/sport attracted 7.8 million global browsers on Saturday (July 28), a worldwide record for the day, and 5.6 million UK browsers. The following day, the BBC Sport site attracted 8.3 million global browsers and 6.1 million UK browsers - both a UK and global record. The BBC announced on Friday that its BBC Olympics mobile app had generated 500,000 downloads on iPhone and Android, but that more than doubled over the weekend to 1.15 million. On Saturday, 55% of browsers to the BBC Sport site came from non-desktop ...
In an interim management statement, covering the 10 months to 31 July, Future cited further increases in digital edition sales on the iPad and other tablet devices. The magazine publisher says it has now sold more than 1.7 million editions through Apple's Newsstand since its launch in October 2011. The company has also launched US versions of TechRadar and BikeRadar. TechRadar's US unique users now stand at 3.3 million a month, up 228% year-on-year, while BikeRadar's US unique users are up 47% year-on-year.
Twitter Inc. reinstated the account of Guy Adams, a journalist for the Independent newspaper, after he had been kicked off for what Twitter said a violation of its privacy guidelines for publishing the email address of an executive from Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal. "Our interest was in protecting our executive, not suspending the user from Twitter," an NBC spokesman said Tuesday. "We didn't initially understand the repercussions of our complaint, but now that we do, we have rescinded it."
The BBC blamed the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) for the lack of information which left commentator Chris Boardman using his own watch to estimate timings. But the International Olympic Committee said fans sending updates to Twitter while watching the race had in effect jammed transmissions of race information. The tweets led to the failure of electronic race updates reaching TV commentators.
Google has admitted that it had not deleted users' personal data gathered during surveys for its Street View service. The data should have been wiped almost 18 months ago as part of a deal signed by the firm in November 2010. Google has been told to give the data to the UK's Information Commissioner (ICO) for forensic analysis. The ICO said it was co-ordinating its response with other European privacy bodies.
Here is a list of just 16 examples of interactive features which have been produced by UK news outlets in the run up to the Olympics; from interactive maps collecting multimedia snippets of the torch relay and virtual tours of the Olympic Park, to fact-packed guides to the sports and athletes and personalised interactives letting the user pitch themselves against sporting champions.
The latest results report that FT.com subscriptions were up 31% year-on-year to 301,471, with a 29% rise in registered users to 4.8 million. This compared to an average daily print circulation of 297,227 for the same period of 2 April to 1 July 2012, based on Audit Bureau of Circulation reports. In its end-of-year results for 2011 FT.com reported 267,000 digital subscribers. The latest figures show a total global paid-for circulation of 598,698, with an average daily global audience of "close to 2.1 million".