Welcome to Focal Meter
It’s no secret that television has changed over the past decade, there are now many more ways
to watch TV programmes whether that be online or via devices that can connect to your TV.
As technology continues to develop, how we measure television viewing also needs to adapt and evolve. That is why we have created the Focal Meter, a simple box that connects directly to your broadband router and collects viewing information for the devices on your network.
We are only interested in a very few number of things online. Specifically, we are looking
at the TV programmes you watch through the following apps or players:
Broadcaster player monitoring (specifically what you are watching and how long):
BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, Sky Go, UKTV Play, STV, S4C Clic,
Premier Player, RT, BT Sport, Discovery+.
Services (a measurement of time spent in the service):
YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Twitch TV, Now TV, Apple TV Plus, Britbox, BT Sport, TVPlayer, Rakuten TV, Vevo, Yupp TV, Pluto TV, Disney Plus, Hayu, Acorn TV, BFI Player, Discovery+.
In fact, if you are watching on a tablet (like iPad) those players listed above are the only ones
whose data we can see. Our software is designed to only register when it detects these services.
We absolutely cannot read instant messages, emails or any other personal communications.
There is a filter on the Focal Meter which means only viewing of these services ever leaves
your household. We cannot see anything else that you or your household members
do on any other website or app.