Interactive TV in the UK

Interactive TV in the UK

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Inhaltsangabe:Abstract: Interactive Television (iTV) has been around for several decades. Most people have probably heard the term before. Having started in the USA with some trials it is now conquering the UK. The first interactive services on Digital TV (DTV) have been broadcasted 18 months ago and are continuously growing in number. The four platform providers Sky, NTL, ONdigital and Telewest are trying to make their interactive services as appealing as possible and are, of course, offering new advertising opportunities for advertisers on that new medium. The aims of this project are to analyse those new advertising opportunities and compare them to advertising on traditional TV and the Internet and find out whether advertising on iTV combines their strengths and overcomes some of their weaknesses. In order to achieve this, the literature review focuses on the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of advertising on traditional TV and the Internet and also provides a good overview over the iTV market in the UK and the current developments. The UK is leading the way in the development of iTV and is even supposed to be 12 to 18 months ahead of the USA. The market is highly competitive and fragmented with the four different platform providers offering three different forms of receiving DTV, of which satellite is leading in the numbers of subscribers. The predictions of the DTV uptake are very positive and the spendings for advertising on iTV are supposed to be tremendous within the next couple of years. The results of the interviews carried out with iTV experts from the platform providers, media and advertising agencies show that advertising on iTV indeed combines the strengths and overvomes some weaknesses and has the potential to be more successful than its two closest relatives. Due to the fact that it is still in its infancy and companies are just starting to test this new medium and no success stories have been published so far, advertising on iTV in its current form is not yet the killer application it was supposed to be and the uptake of T-commerce is quite questionnabel as well. It also becomes clear though that iTV does have a great potential and when the technology is creatively used to make ads more involving and engaging it will be big. Inhaltsverzeichnis:Table of Contents: 1.INTRODUCTION6 2.SETTING THE SCENE - LITERATURE REVIEW8 2.1TRADITIONAL TV ADVERTISING8 2.1.1Strengths of traditional TV advertising10 2.1.2Weaknesses of traditional TV advertising11 2.2ADVERTISING ON THE INTERNET14 2.2.1Introduction14 2.2.2Strengths of Internet advertising14 2.2.3Weaknesses of Internet advertising16 2.2.4Summary of Strengths and Weaknesses19 2.3INTERACTIVITY ON TV20 2.3.1Definition21 2.3.2Stages of interactivity on television22 interactivity23 interactivity24 2.3.3Technological considerations for iTV content24 Resolution25 dimension, colours, and lines26 and Multimedia standards26 times27 2.3.4iTV in the UK27 main players - Digital Platform Wars28 services provided in the UK32 special case: TiVo and other PVRs34 iTV market value and advertising spendings35 2.3.5Forms of advertising on iTV36 stream37 Gardens37 2.3.6The iTV audience38 2.3.7iTV in comparison41 Source: Bueno, 200042 3.METHODOLOGY44 3.1INTRODUCTION AND RESEARCH DESIGN44 3.2SECONDARY RESEARCH44 3.3PRIMARY RESEARCH45 3.3.1Interviews45 size and composition45 of the interviews46 3.3.2E-mail questionnaire48 3.3.3List of statements48 3.4LIMITATIONS AND POTENTIAL SOURCES OF ERROR49 4.DATA ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION50 4.1INTRODUCTION50 4.2FINDINGS FROM THE INTERVIEWS50 4.2.1The iTV audience50 4.2.2Interest and attitudes of advertisers52 4.2.3Advertising on iTV54 4.2.4Audience measurement - new possibilities or threats?59 4.2.5Regulations60 4.2.6The different players - what they think of each other61 4.3FINDINGS FROM THE LIST OF STATEMENTS62 5.SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS67 LIST OF APPENDICES75 LIST OF REFERENCES96ONdigital relies on the success of its ONnet boxes, which as stated in Ward (2001 ) have been taken out of the stores due ... special case: TiVo and other PVRs In the UK there are currently two providers of Personal Video Recorders ... The recording features allow the consumer to chose one or a number of programmes from the detailed EPG and record it with a simple click on the remote control.

Title:Interactive TV in the UK
Author: Barbara Katz - 2001-07-29

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