Magazine article Screen International

Film Worth $2.7Bn to UK Broadcasters

Magazine article Screen International

Film Worth $2.7Bn to UK Broadcasters

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Feature films were worth an estimated £1.6bn ($2.7bn) to UK broadcasters in 2013, according to new research by the British Film Institute.

While the total number of film transmissions (59,542) and total audience size (3.4 billion) dropped to five-year lows across terrestrial, pay-TV film channels and other digital multichannels, the estimated value of film increased year-on-year by £66m ($112m).

The estimate is based on a model developed by data research company Attentional and is derived from the annual revenue per channel multiplied by the percentage of broadcast hours for film.

According to the new research, published in the BFI's statistical yearbook, there were 3.4 billions viewings of feature films across all television formats (except pay-per-view) in 2013 - more than 20 times the number of cinema admissions.

This represents approximately 53 film viewings per person per year, down from 61 in 2012.

The most popular film on terrestrial TV in 2013 was Disney/Pixar's Up, with almost 7.9 million viewers tuning in to watch on New Year's Day on BBC1.

Top 10 films on UK terrestial TV, 2013TitleChannelAudience (m)1 UpBBC17.92 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesBBC15.93 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceITV5.64 Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixITV5. …

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