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Internet vs TV

You know this already, but the BBC has some useful statistics to support the idea that young people are increasingly using the internet rather than watching broadcast TV. If YouTube is a version of TV, and Netflix obviously is, then the amount of TV watched is not so severely affected, but the means of accessing content is.

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Posted: January 26, 2016

Lads’ mags and the law

Campaigners want the removal from sale of titles such as Nuts as they are harmful to women. The sale of the magazines could mean a breach of sexual discrimination laws. Whatever the truth, it’s worth reflecting on what this would mean for all those other publications that include damaging representations of females. The lads’ mags may be a problem, but it could be argued that so too are teen girl magazines, except they aren’t as honest or transparent in their negative representations.


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Posted: May 27, 2013

Audience measurement

How do you measure the audience for a TV programme? For a long time, BARB has been the go-to body for impartial viewing figures, but how reliable are such measures in a changing consumption context? People are increasingly not using TVs to watch TV, so more innovative methods are needed to measure the success of programmes (so the makers can get more money from advertisers or prove value for money in the case of the BBC). Second Sync’s Leaderboard might be part of the solution.


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Posted: May 6, 2013

Rules of the Platinum Age of TV

Wired.com has a great feature on TV and the issues surrounding delivery, the measurement of success, how audiences are secured and lots more. Students studying the TV industry for the A2 media course should be taking careful note. Whilst the examples and statistics are American the ideas and trends are relevant.

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Why we’re watching more TV

There’s a useful overview of the reasons behind an increase in the average TV viewing time for Britons on the Guardian website.

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Posted: March 18, 2013

TV distribution: BBC iPlayer

Here’s a treat: amazing-looking graphs and charts from the BBC about the performance of the iPlayer platform. For those of you studying the TV industry for A2 media studies this is extremely useful context: think what it suggests about how your chosen texts are distributed and accessed. Also, what does it suggest about an issue like regulation?

The Guardian has a summary of the information about iPlayer performance.

The original BBC PDF is not a tricky read and is much more fun.

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Posted: March 4, 2013

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