Global BBC.COM figures and Twitter shares hit record high

The BBC today announced that bbc.com reached a record 96 million unique users and generated an all-time high of 1.3 billion page views in March 2014. BBC World News welcomed its five millionth Facebook fan and new figures also reveal that the BBC is by far the most-shared news brand on Twitter (source: Newswhip), with its stories shared a record 2.71 million times across the month – almost 50% more than any other publisher.  The driving factors were its coverage of major global news stories including the crisis in Ukraine and the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the increased popularity of bbc.com’s feature sections including BBC Future, BBC Travel and BBC Culture.
The site, which offers up-to-the minute international and local  news and in-depth analysis, saw unique user figures up 26% on the monthly average of 76 million, whilst page views rocketed by 35%.  Over 34 million video views were seen during the month, with a record-breaking 11 million viewed via the bbc.com apps.
James Montgomery, Director of Digital and Technology for bbc.com, said, “As the leader in global breaking news, our users rely on the BBC to provide impartial and accurate news on developing stories and significant global events, whatever their nature or location. We are incredibly proud that so many people chose us as their trusted source for news on the major stories that captivated the world last month.”
March also marked a record month for traffic across the five feature sections of bbc.com – BBC Travel, BBC Future, BBC Autos, BBC Capital and BBC Culture which together attracted 7 million visitors and 63 million page views; resulting in a month-on-month increase of 42% and year-on-year growth of 106%.  Popular articles included: BBC Future’s  ‘The Future of Safe Sex’ which received over 269,000 page views, BBC Culture’s ‘Beyond Jodorowsky’s Dune: 10 Greatest Movies Never Made’ attracted  almost 3.2 million views across the month and BBC Travel’s game ‘Geoguesser’ ‘How Well Do You Know The World’ drew an impressive 270,000 unique users.
 
Jonathan Fildes, Managing Editor, Features, BBC.com added,  “The feature sections offer users of the site an alternative and in-depth take on a variety of current and unusual topics complementing bbc.com’s news output.  We are delighted that these sections are growing in popularity and drawing record figures from fans of bbc.com.”
Bbc.com has seen a rise in mobile usage of 88% year on year to 24 million browsers per month, whilst figures for desktop have remained stable at 56 million. (Source: Press release)
 

AIB joins judges of India Radio Forum awards

Photo of Amitabh SrivastavaAmitabh Srivastava, the South Asia regional head of the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB), has been announced as one of the judges at the IRF annual awards, bringing his 20 years of broadcasting and related industry experience to judging the best in Indian radio.

 

Logo of the IRF awards The annual India Radio Forum is dedicated to advancing the role and increasing the effectiveness of promotion and marketing within the radio and media industry, related industries and the academic community. It gathers together key radio and media players to discuss radio of today and of the future. IRF presents strategic options, latest development and networking opportunities for all industry players and it attracts senior executives from within the industry and outside.

The aims are furthered through the annual Awards show, bringing together the best of talent, marketing & promotion and creative excellence in the Radio and Media industry in India every year.

The 2014 forum and awards ceremony is being held on the 30 May at The Habitat Centre, New Delhi with the theme: INSPIRE * CONNECT*SHARE

AIB welcomes euronews as new member

euronews logoeuronews have become a member of the Association for International Broadcasting.  euronews is the most-watched news channel in Europe and a full multimedia platform for viewers on the move,  It broadcasts world news in 13 different languages (Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“euronews is a major player in European and world news with its huge audience and multi-lingual coverage of so many of Europe’s major languages” said Simon Spanswick, CEO of the AIB.  “We welcome them to the AIB family where they will add to and gain from the unique networking and knowledge-sharing of our truly global association of companies and corporations involved in broadcasting.”

 

Globecast creates managed OTT services using market-leading technologies

Globecast has today announced details of its multiple OTT service delivery packages, developing three distinct packages to ensure high quality deployment, cost-effectively: OTT Live; OTT VoD; and OTT Live-to-VoD. Globecast provides either end-to-end or modular solutions, both of which can be easily and quickly deployed.

OTT – over-the-top – video delivery is a dominant industry trend and Globecast has structured its packages and modularity to reflect industry requirements. OTT Live is for simulcast delivery of linear channels; OTT VoD ingests individual programme assets into the online video platform for VOD services and delivers the content over the Internet; and OTT Live-to-VoD creates a VOD package from entire linear channels.

Depending on the precise nature of the service and the broadcaster’s commercial aims, content can be viewed on iOS and Android devices, connected TVs and PCs. Live content can be monetised with advertisements with support for any VAST or VPAID server. In-player content payment is also available as an option, supported by an easy-to-use subscriber management console.

Sonia Missul, OTT Product Manager, Globecast, says, “We are able to target all kinds of customers: big broadcasters with complex requirements where we can integrate our technology with existing infrastructure if required; to smaller customers who need end-to-end solutions that can be quickly deployed. Our customers can then satisfy audience demand for content when they want it, where they want it. Our OTT services allow broadcasters to increase their audience and monetise that reach. Our OTT solutions benefit from our powerful heritage across the broadcast market.”

As well as deploying its own expertise and existing infrastructure, Globecast has selected leading technology suppliers to create these premium quality, cost-effective OTT distribution packages. Globecast has partnered with Akamai as its preferred CDN supplier. Akamai is a leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications. At the core of the company’s solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive reach across the world.

Kaltura is supplying its OVP and app technologies as well as providing the video management (metadata, catalogue creation) layer of the solution. Anevia is supplying its Viamotion Plus solutions suite that interoperates with all transcoders currently available. Globecast is deploying technology from Thomson Video Networks and Elemental to provide transcoding solutions for linear and non-linear content.

This combination of equipment also meets two further requirements outlined by Globecast as high priority for its OTT infrastructure: massive scalability to support future service delivery and the support of new formats like HEVC and Dash.

Missul says, “Globecast has looked very closely at the rapidly expanding OTT market developing a clear understanding of the deployment challenges. The technical and business solutions that we’ve created allow broadcasters and other content providers to concentrate on what they do best: develop quality content and strong brands.” (Source: Press release)