Chapter 13 Film on UK television In terms of viewer numbers, the single most important platform for film consumption is television. Viewers had a choice of almost 7,000 unique film titles across all channels in 2013, and the cumulative film audience was just under 3.4 billion. FACTS IN FOCUS: There were 6,941 unique film titles on television in 2013, including 1,800 on terrestrial channels, 1,324 on pay TV film channels and 3,817 on other digital channels. There were 1,990 film transmissions on terrestrial channels, down from 2,141 in 2012. Of these, 514 (26%) were UK films (up from 443 in 2012), 269 films (13%) were channel premieres and 47 (2%) were foreign language films (down from 71 in 2012). There were over 57,000 film transmissions on multi-channel television, of which over 41,000 were on pay TV film channels. The top film on terrestrial television was Up on BBC One, with 7.9 million viewers. There were just under 3.4 billion viewings of feature film across all television formats (except pay-perview) in 2013 – over 20 times the number of cinema admissions.
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