The Regulatory Implications for Second Screen Apps

2nd-screen_19291251There has been significant growth in the number of second screen applications available for handheld devices such as tablets and smartphones that allow viewers to interact with content viewed on television. To improve understanding of second screen applications, Ofcom commissioned a report from Technologia to explore the functionality and technology of these applications. The report examines how second screen applications could provide a richer TV viewing experience for viewers in future and whether they could provide new access services for hearing and visually impaired consumers.

The report was commissioned as an input into Ofcom’s longer-term, strategic thinking on the broadcasting ecosystem, access services, and EPG prominence for licensed Public Service Broadcasters. The report, which can be accessed here,  surveys the current landscape of ‘second screen’ in the UK and contextualises the technologies, use cases and commercial arrangements in place in order to identify the potential benefits to consumers, and provide a critical analysis of the wider impacts and possible regulatory implications.