Friday, October 17, 2014

Top 15 sports pirate sites hit 45.2 million unique visitors this week

The KLipcorp IP Sentinel system continues to deliver some very interesting data and this week the combined unique visitors from the Top 15 sports pirate sites hit 45.2 million.

To set this in some kind of context we thought it might be interesting to compare the Alexa rankings of some of the top pirate sites (the lower the ranking the more popular the site - Google is frequently number 1). SkySports.com is used as a reference point.

SkySports.com : 952


Pirate 1 : 1937

Pirate 2 : 3722

Pirate 3 : 6456

The top 15 pirate sites combined generate more unique visitors than SkySports.com.


The audeince growth rates of some of the pirates is astonishing:

Pirate 3 ranking in July 2014: 3.4 million

Pirate 3 ranking in October 2014 : 6456

This very rapid growth is illustrated on the chart below from Alexa;


 For further infromation please contact peter@klipcorp.com.
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Competition Heats Up For Netflix

Netflix and BSkyB announced their results on the same day, and it seems that the latter business is in ruder health than the former.

The British broadcaster's strategy of launching everywhere premium services seems to have been astonishingly successful, especially considering how creaky its core sports portfolio now is (last night the only live sports on any of the five Sky Sports channels was greyhound racing...).

Meanwhile, the news that HBO is to launch its own OTT service must be of great concern to Netflix (although it will be interesting to see how this pans out in territories like the UK where Sky has a buy out with HBO for its content - it remains to be seen if the HBO plans are domestic to the US only for now).

Meanwhile Blinkbox is up for sale and Amazon seems to be making scant inroads with its service. So, all eyes on Cupertino this afternoon to see if Apple will make any announcements about its Apple TV service.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dear Netflix

Like millions of other users, I suck up the resources of the Internet in consuming your services and think it's great (but not brilliant). Probably a third of my copious consumption of moving media entertainment is now on your service.

Indeed, many people exalt your service, but I feel that there are a few things you could be doing better.

1) Remove What I've Seen - or at least tag it as viewed. I've probably viewed around 5% of all your content and around 60% of anything I'll ever watch. Starting a movie and realising I saw it two years ago is just annoying...

2) Improve your suggestions - I keep being recommended vampire stuff and I've never watched or been interested in this or anything related to it.

3) Vary your lists - many of my suggested lists are very similar, the same. Intent comes up time and again, so 

4) Improve your content - the perennial complaint: the range of content is really poor and it seems that very little is added or changed.

I'm beginning to think that the thing to do is to subscribe to Blinkbox for a few months, Amazon for a few months and then Netflix for a few months and then rotate again...

I hope you find this useful and can do sow thing about it.

Yours faithfully,

Iolo Jones

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BBC Go Lo

There are many things that make me mad. The TV industry is full of stupidity and vicissitudes, But nothing is more idiotic than the helicopter noises that replace local TV coverage on BBC HD regularly during the day. Run a HD service or don't bother, fat cats.

This organisation gets hundreds of millions from a tax and programme sales and has been incapable of delivering local news in HD for years for unfathomable reasons.

This is sheer broadcasting madness and the BBC should have their Charter reviewed if they can't do something this easy and simple.

And of politicians can find the will to sponsor local TV stations, surely, they can find a will to sort this mess out.


Defenestration

The "rights window" has been the fundamental building block of creative content for over a century.

The idea that you release to one medium and then another. (Did you know that the UK got movies after Europe because they got US prints, whereas subtitled prints could be released earlier).

Today, anything can be released to any platform in any country almost immediately, with perhaps a pause to translate and subtitle of a day or so.

But the challenge for content investors and owners is how the maximise the return on their investments. As rights windows collapse this becomes more complex and difficult.

It reminds me of how, in 18th century England, the government introduced a tax on windows - yes the physical kind. You still find boarded up windows all over London in older buildings.

So, as things change fundamentally in the content industry, how do you cope with the changing windows ? Well, that's what we're figuring out and investing in at TV Everywhere.

Monday, October 13, 2014

NFL viewing figures (pirate): 895,000 unique visitors

Continuing our review of viewing figures by KLipcorp IP across the top 16 pirate sites being analysed by the Sentinel we reviewed the NFL fixtures last week on Monday, Thursday and across 3 time slots on Sunday.

Our systems identified continuous coverage of all fixtures being supported by the usual group of bookmakers and digital ad agencies. Approximately 80% of the identified traffic was USA based.

The figures were a total of 895,000 unique visitors split as follows:

Monday: 110,000 uniques

Thursday: 135,000 uniques

Sunday 6pm: 250,000 uniques

Sunday 9pm ; 300,000 uniques

Sunday / Monday 1am : 100,000 uniques

For further information please contact peter@klipcorp.com


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

EE By Gum, It's A New TV Service !

The company that named itself after a Yorkshire epithet has launched a television service in the UK because, apparently, "Britain needs a whole new way of watching television, and EE is the firm that will drag the TV industry kicking and screaming into the mobile era."  and we need "a user interface that stands out." (These are, apparently, company quotes from the BBC Tech correspondent).

I've been trying to use the EE website to upgrade my phone recently and, unbelievably, it's even worse than that of its predecessor, Orange. Add to that the fact that I can't get data coverage in sparsely populated areas of the world such as Camden Town, you wonder what the heck these guys are doing when they have no idea how to run a decent mobile telephone service.

The service seems little more than a local multicast of Freeview over WiFi and has not a single feature that can rival many free and paid for services, apps and boxes out there. Add to this the fact that BT will be running the infrastructure to deliver the service, it seems a bit pointless, even if it is 'free'.

However, it does lay down the gauntlet to the likes of Vodafone and O2 who have TV services in other countries but not in the UK, and it increases competition (at least in those parts of the country that have decent broadband).

EE should stick to sorting out its branding and its core service, if you ask me. But it shows how really, really difficult reinventing the TV industry is.


Monday, October 06, 2014

Weekend Premier League Viewing Figures (pirate)

Our Sentinel systems (top 16 pirate sites) monitored the viewing figures for 4 Premier League fixtures over the weekend past;

1. Liverpool v West Brom (3pm) - pirates used NBC feed
2. Aston Villa v Man City (Sky game)
3. Everton v Man U (BT Sport game)
4. Chelsea v Arsenal (Sky game)

In advance of the games pirate site Frombar was seized but re-directly activity via alternate URL's.

The figures were for worldwide viewing which @40% is in the UK

1. Liverpool v West Brom: 120,000 unique visitors
2. Aston Villa v Man City (Sky game) ; 72,000 unique visitors
3. Everton v Man U (BT Sport game) ; 240,000 unique visitors
4. Chelsea v Arsenal (Sky game) ; 505,000 unique visitors

It appears that the pirate audience are not simply accessing games they cannot view elsewhere but are choosing to access free content. This explains the high figures for Chelsea v Arsenal compared to the 3pm game not available on UK television Liverpool v West Brom.

For further information please contact peter@klipcorp.com.

We will be analysing some mid-week Premier League fixtures and also NFL activity shortly.