On 12 December 2013, Ofcom, the converged regulator in the UK, published its eighth International Communications Market Report. The report examines the availability, take-up, price and use of TV, radio, broadband, telephone and postal services.
The aim of the report is to benchmark the UK communications sector against a range of comparator countries in order to assess how the UK is performing in an international context. The report covers the year 2012 and compares the UK with 16 countries: France, Germany, Italy, the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Concerning TV and audiovisual, the 2012 report inter alia reveals that The UK is one of only three countries (with Spain and Italy) to have 100% of all main TV sets receiving digital TV (DTV) in 2012. UK consumers are the most likely to access TV content over the internet, with over a third (36%) of internet users claiming to do this every week. Online TV and video revenue in the UK has risen by 298% in three years, from £87m in 2009 to £345m in 2012 - the US is by far the largest online TV and video market among the comparator countries. Despite the increase in online TV, scheduled linear television remains popular, with viewing either up or unchanged in the majority of comparator countries. At four hours per day, the UK has one of the highest levels of scheduled linear TV viewing among comparator countries, 19 minutes more than the average for all 17 countries.