Virgin Media's iPlayer service attracts over 10m views in June

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Virgin Media claims that its subscribers watched over ten million programmes on its BBC iPlayer service during June.

As the company has around 3.5m subscribers able to access the catchup service, it means that, on average, each person watched three programmes during the month. In comparison, the BBC iPlayer web service received 20.4m requests in June.

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BBC iPlayer and YouTube popularity soars in past year

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Since the BBC’s iPlayer was launched last year, the popularity of web streaming has increased by 168%, according to web usage statistics from PlusNet’s 300,000 customers.

On Monday 30th June, between 9-10pm, 287GB of video content was watched, setting a new record for the company. Factors contributing to this may have included people catching up on other programmes following the Euro 2008 final…

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Sony adds online movies and TV rental to PlayStation 3

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At the ongoing E3 conference, Sony revealed its answer to Xbox Live Video Marketplace, adding online movie sales and rental to PlayStation 3 consoles. And to help persuade people make the most of the service, the company also confirmed that from September, current 40GB consoles would have their storage upped to 80GB.

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BBC natural history, travel, factual programmes to air on Babelgum

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BBC Worldwide has announced a deal which will see a range of the Corporation’s natural history, travel, and factual programmes placed on the Internet TV platform Babelgum.

Excerpts from shows such as David Attenborough’s documentaries, Top Gear, and Tribe, will be globally available on three new branded channels: “BBC LoveEarth”, “BBC Knowledge”, and “BBC Entertainment”…

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BBC ready to unveil iPlayer 2.0 beta, offering personalised TV and radio

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The BBC has announced version two of its phenomenally popular iPlayer web site will be available in beta from today.

The new service will feature “an all-new dynamic-page-rendering architecture” which means a much more personalised service, better integrated radio and TV listings, and higher quality for both video and audio…

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Google's finally making money off YouTube, with longer-length videos now allowed

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In an attempt to monetise YouTube, their owner Google has decided to allow longer videos to be uploaded to the site, including full-length episodes and films.

Don’t get too carried away looking up the latest Indiana Jones flick just yet, as only selected companies have been allowed to break the current 10-minutes length criteria so far. The recent release of an episode of the TV show The Tudors is an example of what will be uploaded under these new rules, with money obviously swapping hands somewhere along the way…

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Warner Bros to set up branded channels with major online video services

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Warner Brothers has announced that it has signed a number of deals with large online video networks to show ad-supported branded channels such as TheWB.com, KidsWB.com, plus two new channels showing classic and science fiction programming.

The channels will be available on Joost, TiVo, Sling Media, Daily Motion, and Veoh networks, with WB hoping to attract viewers from the 16-34 age group who are increasingly using mobile and Internet services in preference to traditional TV channels…

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BBC to create massive web archive for 81 years of radio and TV programmes

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The BBC has outlined plans to create a huge online information archive of over eight decades of its radio and television programmes.

The Corporation plans to create a web page for every programme it has ever broadcast, featuring information about the show, links, and video clips. Eventually, whole episodes could be made available via the BBC iPlayer or Kangaroo services, though of course some old programmes were either live and unrecorded, or the tapes have been lost…

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