UK TV’s supply challenge – How COVID-19 affects programming and scheduling

Report Overview

UK TV’s supply challenge – How COVID-19 affects programming and scheduling

Already a Subscriber? Login here to view Full Report

UK TV’s supply challenge – How COVID-19 affects programming and scheduling
Although increases are moderate so far, it is inevitable that overall video viewing will rise given a reduction in competition for people’s time. So far, unsurprisingly, TV news consumption has ballooned while unmatched viewing—a proxy for SVOD usage—has increased
However, disruption to production of TV content and cancellation of live events will leave holes to fill in the schedule  
Flexibility is built into some types of programming, however nothing can replace live sport, while disruption in the production of scripted programming—especially high-volume soaps—will have knock-on effects that continue for years

Contents

Different types of programmes are presented with different challenges

Pay-TV is overly affected by the loss of sport

What we’ve seen so far in terms of viewing

List of charts/tables

Figure 1: Top 100 programmes* on British TV, March to August

Figure 2: Top 1,000 performing programmes* on British television, March to August

Figure 3: Effect of and response to COVID-19 by programme type

Figure 4: Top 1,000 programmes breakdown by viewing, volume and cost

Figure 5: Top performing programmes* on pay-TV-only channels, March-Aug 2019

Figure 6: BBC share of all television viewing, February to March 2020

Figure 7: Peak audiences for news, individuals 4+, February-March 2020 (m)

Figure 8: TV set use, individuals 4+, 28 February-19 March 2020 (mins/person)