There has been a proliferation in the number of second screen applications available for hand held devices such as tablets and smart phones, which facilitate interaction with content viewed on TV. In order to improve our understanding of second screen applications, Ofcom commissioned a report from Technologia. This report explores top level functionality, technologies, and the commercial landscape of second screens, and analyses the significance of second screen applications in providing new access services to consumers, and Rich EPG functionality for TV viewing. We are considering further work to keep up to date with developments in this area. The full print version of the report is available below.
Ofcom's technical programme enables us to keep up to date with technologies and trends, so that we can be in the best possible position to execute our regulatory duties. In many cases, we do not conduct investigations in-house but make use of external resources, such as private commercial organisations, university departments and government funded research institutions. These reports present the findings of technical work conducted on Ofcom’s behalf. The opinions and conclusions stated within these reports are those of the organisations who conducted the work and may not reflect the view of Ofcom or imply any future policy work in related areas. Ofcom is not responsible for the content or accuracy of these reports.