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April 26, 2010

U.K. Online Video Viewing Up 37 Percent During Past Year

Channel 4 Shows a Skew Towards 15-24 Year old Brits Watching Long-form Content Online

LONDON, U.K., April 26, 2010 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore Video Metrix service indicating that 5.5 billion videos were viewed online in the U.K. in February 2010, up 37 percent versus the previous year.

Google Sites Most Popular Online Video Destination in U.K.
Driven by the popularity of YouTube.com (which accounted for 99.6 percent of all videos viewed on the property), Google Sites grew 17 percent versus a year ago to further solidify its position as the leading online video viewing property in the U.K., with 2.5 billion videos viewed in February 2010. BBC Sites ranked second with 140 million videos viewed on its sites followed by Megavideo.com with 53 million videos.

Facebook ranked as the fastest growing video property in the top 10, surging 205 percent in the past year to 43 million videos viewed. Blinkx was the second fastest, growing 204 percent to nearly 29 million videos viewed. BBC Sites (up 143 percent), ITV sites (up 134 percent) and Sky Sites (up 139 percent) also achieved triple-digit growth rates over the past year.

Top U.K. Online Video Content Properties* by Videos Viewed
February 2010 vs. February 2009
Total U.K., Age 15+ – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore Video Metrix
Property Videos Viewed (000)
Feb-09 Feb-10 % Change
Total Internet : Total Audience 4,017,400 5,504,984 37
Google Sites 2,111,012 2,477,398 17
BBC Sites 57,567 139,788 143
Megavideo.com 26,289 53,485 103
Facebook.com 14,001 42,674 205
Microsoft Sites 36,899 41,424 12
Channel4 31,335 39,364 26
Dailymotion.com 17,804 31,360 76
ITV Sites 12,085 28,245 134
Blinkx 9,501 28,840 204
Sky Sites 8,171 19,541 139

*Rankings based on video content sites; excludes video server networks. Online video includes both streaming and progressive download video. Growth for Top 10 Sites not fastest growing sites within category.

“The U.K. online video market continues to soar and is attracting a greater and greater share of Internet users’ attention,” said Mike Read, SVP and Managing Director, comScore Europe. “In particular, we’ve seen eyeballs move towards the online channel to watch more long-form, professional video content, such as popular broadcast network TV shows. This trend presents a significant opportunity to advertisers, as comScore research has consistently shown that online video advertising is effective at building brands.”

Channel 4’s Young Audience Consumes Highest Number of Videos per Viewer
The online video viewing audience at the sites of the U.K.’s leading TV stations exhibit significantly different skews by age and gender. While the BBC’s video viewing audience tends to be male (index of 110) and spread between the ages of 25 and 54, Channel 4 skews heavily toward the 15-24 year old age group with an index of 154. The site was visited evenly by males and females but women watched five more videos (21.7) then male viewers on the site during the month. ITV Sites had the least appeal to males (index 84) and captured a larger proportion of female viewers of all three sites (index 119).

Comparison of Top 3 TV Broadcast Network Content Sites
February 2010
Total U.K., Age 6+ – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore Video Metrix
Target Audience BBC Sites Channel 4 ITV Sites
Composition Index for Unique Viewers* Videos per Viewer Composition Index for Unique Viewers Videos per Viewer Composition Index for Unique Viewers Videos per Viewer
Total Audience 100 15.7 100 18.8 100 13.5
All Males 110 15.8 100 16.3 84 12.7
All Females 90 15.5 99 21.7 119 14.1
Persons - Age            
15-24 88 15.2 154 21.5 92 16.7
25-34 112 15.0 121 17.4 98 12.1
35-44 113 17.5 80 20.9 104 13.5
45-54 110 15.1 82 14.4 115 13.1
55+ 89 14.9 65 17.0 101 11.7

*Composition Index = % of Viewers at a Site from a Particular Demo Segment / % of Total Internet Population from the Demo Segment x 100; Index of 100 indicates average representation.

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Ayaan Mohamud
comScore, Inc.
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