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UK Free TV Trends

Keep up with the daily developments that effect free TV in the UK. This list is updated often - you can follow Briantist on Twitter for update Tweets, or use your RSS reader (such a Digg Reader) with this feed - UK Free TV Trends RSS feed.

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And here are the daily recommendations for developments with Freeview, Freesat, Freesat from Sky, Digital radio, free HD and online viewing. Summaries are done by Clipped-Your articles and documents summarized

Tuesday 18 July 2017, PM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  UKTV's Dave and Home to launch on Freesat

UKTV channels Dave and Home will join the line-up on Freesat on 1st August. The join UKTV's Drama, Yesterday and Really channels which launched on Freesat in December 2015. - www.tvbeurope.com

Monday 17 July 2017, PM

informitv.com link icon  Master specification for broadcast and online

An initiative originally established by British broadcasters is partnering with the SMPTE standards organisation to develop a specification to enable the exchange of master media for broadcast and online. DPP is partnering with SMPTE to develop an Interoperable Master Format specification for broadcast and online use. - informitv.com

Monday 17 July 2017, AM

www.ofcom.org.uk link icon  https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/104557/bbc-distinctiveness-research.p…

Satisfaction is highest with BBC radio and the BBC website and apps, followed by BBC TV. - BBC TV performs well against other PSB broadcasters, and similar to Sky. Netflix viewers rate the highest levels of satisfaction among all of the media organisations listed BBC TV viewers consider it important that the BBC delivers across the range of distinctiveness indicators tested - High quality programmes, a mix of different types of programmes, and wide audience appeal are considered particularly important. - www.ofcom.org.uk
iplayer.engineering link icon  The Tech Stack that powers BBC iPlayer

The goal of BBC iPlayer is to provide UK Licence Fee Payers with BBC TV whenever, wherever, and however they want.10 years on, our audience can watch over 3,600 hours of on-demand BBC TV content on over 10,000 different devices, from computers, smart phones and tablets to a wide range of connected TV devices. All media travels through this pipeline whether it be event streams supporting live music and sport, long form programmes on BBC iPlayer and iPlayer Radio or the short form clips used on BBC News.There is a standard media player optimising the playback experience for browser-based playback on our Web estate. - iplayer.engineering

Friday 14 July 2017, AM

www.freeview.co.uk link icon  Freeview Play users to get even more from their TV with launch of Freeview Explore

Freeview Explore will roll out on Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes this month and paves the way for Freeview to build a deeper relationship with viewers. The new feature is the latest development for Freeview Play which launched in 2015 and has now become the most widely adopted catch-up service on televisions in the UK. Latest estimates suggest around 1.5m Freeview Play devices have been sold. - www.freeview.co.uk

Thursday 13 July 2017, PM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  What next for 4K?

The broadcast industry has always been one that revolves around the latest technological innovations, and no current discussion around key trends and predictions would be complete without a look at 4K. The term '4K' was first introduced into the public vernacular largely by television manufacturers touting it as the next big thing in broadcasting. There is a strong possibility that 4K will be like HD, i.e. a technology that gives a small advantage to first movers, but does not really translate into increased revenues for broadcasters - just additional capital expenditure. - www.tvbeurope.com

Tuesday 11 July 2017, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Digital radio progress welcomed at event โ€“ RadioToday

Digital radio progress was celebrated at a special Digital Radio Summer Reception on Monday at Global in London. Over the last few years we have seen a massive expansion in choice with a raft of new stations on DAB and many more online catering for every interest. - radiotoday.co.uk

Monday 10 July 2017, PM

www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk link icon  Lightning bolt destroys television receiver

A lightning strike broke a television receiver at a Lincoln block of flats, leaving residents without freeview for days. A council spokesman confirmed that a lightning strike blew up the TV receiver. - www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk
informitv.com link icon  Dramatic decline in younger viewing

The five designated public service channels, that is BBC One and Two, the channel 3 licence, Channel 4, and Channel 5, accounted for 51 of viewing in 2016, and their associated 'portfolio' channels added a further 19. Viewing by children and young adults has fallen dramatically by about a third over that period, with an 8.8 decline for children in the course of 2016. The BBC receives about a quarter of that viewing, while non public service channels account for nearly 45. About a third of viewing in this age group is to children's programmes, of which about a third is to the dedicated CBBC and CBeebies channels from the BBC. Of around 512 hours a year of television watched on average by children, these two channels make up about 10 of their viewing. - informitv.com

Friday 07 July 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Ofcom: young people watch a third less TV on sets as they move online

Teenagers and children are watching a third less broadcast TV on traditional sets than they were in 2010, as the shift to digital viewing and the rise of services such as Netflix and Amazon gathers pace. At 344 minutes viewing per day on average, pensioners clock up more than triple the amount of traditional TV viewing of children and younger viewers. - www.theguardian.com
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  New transmitters turned on in Leicestershire โ€“ RadioToday

An official switch-on event on Friday morning marked the introduction of four new DAB digital radio transmitters for Leicestershire. The expansion of coverage means that many listeners can now receive ten further radio stations - BBC Radio Leicester, Capital East Midlands, Gem 106, Heart East Midlands, Smooth East Midlands, Gold, Chill, LRB Digital, Sabras and Sanskar Radio - on DAB digital radio for the first time. - radiotoday.co.uk

Thursday 06 July 2017, AM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  Freesat, Discovery partner on Quest

Subscription-free satellite TV platform Freesat has teamed up with Discovery Networks to launch Quest and Quest Red on the DTH service. Quest launched in 2009 and has steadily grown to become one of the biggest free to air TV channels for men. - www.tvbeurope.com

Monday 26 June 2017, AM

www.telecompaper.com link icon  Arqiva boosts DTT capacity for Wimbledon, Glastonbury

Arqiva announced it's providing expanded capacity for the BBC to show more of Wimbledon and Glastonbury. The additional DTT services launched on 21 June for Glastonbury and be available until the end of Wimbledon on 16 July. - www.telecompaper.com

Friday 23 June 2017, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  BBC Radio Cymru 2 set to launch on digital radio โ€“ RadioToday

BBC Radio Cymru 2 is getting ready to launch on DAB Digital Radio in Wales following a trial under the name of Radio Cymru Mwy last year. BBC Radio Cymru 2 will provide choice for Welsh speaking listeners as they start their day - and will be available on weekday mornings between 7am and 10am on DAB, BBC iPlayer and digital TV. While BBC Radio Cymru will continue to offer a full news service in the morning, Radio Cymru 2 will offer a mix of music and entertainment. - radiotoday.co.uk

Thursday 22 June 2017, AM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  Freeview launches new 'Explore' feature

Freeview has launched a new feature allowing viewers to get the most out of the service. Freeview Explore will roll out on Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes this month. - www.tvbeurope.com

Wednesday 21 June 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC technical glitch leaves Huw Edwards in silence on News at Ten

Huw Edwards was left sitting in silence for four minutes at the start of BBC News at Ten on Tuesday night after a technical fault delayed the start of the programme and bemused viewers. The BBC News Channel showed Edwards sitting mute for the entirety of the delay, while BBC1 put up a message apologising for the fault and played saxophone music. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 20 June 2017, PM

www.gov.uk link icon  Statement on the proposed Sky plc / 21st Century Fox Inc. merger

Today I can confirm that following my intervention in the proposed acquisition of Sky plc by 21st Century Fox Inc., I have received reports from Ofcom on two public interest grounds, and the Competition and Markets Authority on jurisdiction, as set out in the European Intervention Notice issued on 16th March 2017. Notes to Editors The Culture Secretary intervened in the proposed acquisition of Sky plc by 21st Century Fox by issuing a European Intervention Notice on Thursday 16th March. - www.gov.uk

Monday 19 June 2017, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  BBC Public Interest Test consultation on proposed TV channel for Scotland

As the new channel represents a material change to the BBC's UK Public Services, the BBC has begun a Public Interest Test of the proposal and, as part of this process, has opened a six week consultation seeking views from interested parties. The consultation is open to all, but we would particularly welcome views from industry stakeholders and other interested parties with activities in Scotland. - www.bbc.co.uk

Wednesday 07 June 2017, AM

informitv.com link icon  Rapid rise in average internet speeds

Ranked 69, sees an average connection speed of 6.5 Mbps, while the Philippines, ranked 100, sees 5.5 Mbps. There are still some countries, like Paraguay, ranked 148, where the average connection speed is 1.4 Mbps and only 2.8 of connections were above 4Mbps. Comcast ranks first in the United States, with an average of 3.92 Mbps. Virgin Media ranks first in the United Kingdom, with 3.90 Mbps, just ahead of BT with 3.81 Mbps. Even Switzerland, which ranks top, only comes in with an average of 4.28 Mbps, with the fastest service provider recording 4.37nbspMbps. - informitv.com

Saturday 27 May 2017, PM

www.consumerreports.org link icon  http://www.consumerreports.org/tv-service/free-over-the-air-tv-is-going-to-get-better/

- www.consumerreports.org

Thursday 25 May 2017, PM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  BBC Worldwide shuts BBC Store

BBC Worldwide is to close BBC Store just 18 months after it launched the download-to-own service - blaming a rapidly changing market for the decision.The service, which sells some 12000 hours of BBC Studios and indie shows including Doctor Who and Line of Duty, will stop accepting purchases from today, ahead of a full closure of the site in November.iPlayer links to the service will be removed over the next few days.Customers who have bought shows via Store will be fully refunded or offered Amazon Prime vouchers to re-download their programmes. The cost to BBCW is thought to run in to the low millions of pounds.A handful of dedicated staff have been placed into redundancy consultations as a result of the closure, with the BBC attempting to find them roles elsewhere in the organisation.. - www.broadcastnow.co.uk

Wednesday 24 May 2017, AM

www.theverge.com link icon  An interview with alleged KickassTorrents founder in his jail cell in Poland

Last Tuesday, two days before his release, The Verge sat down with Vaulin in his jail cell for a two-hour interview - the first since his arrest - to discuss his extradition fight and his life inside jail. Back at the jail, Vaulin was transferred between cells seven times he was made to carry all his possessions to a new cell in one trip books, legal papers, cups, pots, etc. - www.theverge.com
www.broadbandtvnews.com link icon  Arqiva confirms sale as EBITDA rises

Arqiva has confirmed the transmission company is for sale. Strong results for the nine-months to March 31, 2017 included 11 per cent growth in contining operations and a 12 per cent rise in EBITDA to 351 million. - www.broadbandtvnews.com

Wednesday 17 May 2017, PM

www.seenit.co.uk link icon  After dropping its legacy Vision platform, will BT's axe fall on EE TV?

Does BT's willingness to shed customers by axing its ageing Vision service offer any clues about the future of EE's TV platform Even if EE was on commission with some of those services, and I've been unable to find any hint that they are, they'd still be making very little - if anything - from the EE TV platform and certainly less than on BT TV where they have their own buy to keep and PPV store. - www.seenit.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk link icon  BBC News

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Thursday 11 May 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  iPlayer catchup service will require user login within weeks, says BBC

Users of BBC iPlayer will need to enter a password to access the online catchup service within the next few weeks, the broadcaster has announced. The changes come after rules introduced last year made watching or downloading BBC programmes through the iPlayer illegal without a TV licence. - www.theguardian.com

Thursday 11 May 2017, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Radio music use on Amazon Echo set to grow โ€“ RadioToday

A survey shows using Amazon's Echo device for listening to the radio and music is set to grow dramatically over the next 12 months. Listening to radio or on-demand music services is the most widely reported use of Echo and 71 of users say the device means they are listening more. - radiotoday.co.uk

Monday 08 May 2017, PM

tbivision.com link icon  Global pay TV revenues 'to peak in 2017' - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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squarepenguin.co.uk link icon  WARNING: Failed to download programme schedule

The RSS feed URL is https//squarepenguin.co.uk/blog/index. In all past cases the feeds have come back up after a short while, so please don't feel tempted to post any 'not working for me too' posts. - squarepenguin.co.uk

Thursday 04 May 2017, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Radio professionals celebrate DAB in Birmingham โ€“ RadioToday

Over 100 radio industry people attended the Doing the DAB Birmingham event on Wednesday night to hear about the developments of digital radio in the city. The event heard that capacity for further new DAB stations in Birmingham is now fully utilised and MuxCo's Matt Deegan called for Ofcom to create a second local DAB multiplex for Birmingham and David Timpson confirmed RT Radio's interest in launching services in the UK, including Birmingham to serve the Irish Diaspora. - radiotoday.co.uk

Wednesday 03 May 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  New transmitters for Wolverhampton Shropshire โ€“ RadioToday

Ian Perry from BBC Radio Shropshire, and Ed Nell, Home Run presenter on Free Radio, pressed the big green digital radio switch at 08.45am to signify the expansion of local DAB coverage in Telford and across Wolverhampton Shropshire in front of pupils and staff from Newdale Primary School. The expansion of coverage means that many listeners can now receive eight further radio stations - BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio West Midlands, Free Radio, Free Radio 80s, Heart West Midlands, Smooth West Midlands, Radio XL and Capital - on DAB digital radio for the first time. - radiotoday.co.uk

Tuesday 02 May 2017, PM

informitv.com link icon  Fewer viewers want to watch on TV

An international survey from Accenture suggests a dramatic drop in the proportion of viewers who prefer to watch television shows on television sets. It is difficult to reconcile the survey results with the reality of how people actually watch television programmes, which is still overwhelmingly on a television. - informitv.com
www.tvbeurope.com link icon  BBC to 'make science personal' with year-long programming campaign

The BBC is launching a year-long season of science and technology programming under the banner of Tomorrow's World. Britain's Greatest Inventions - a live show presented from the Science Museum Group's stores by Dr Hannah Fry and Ant Anstead for BBC Two where the public will vote, from a shortlist, for the invention which they feel has been of most influence and importance in their lives. - www.tvbeurope.com
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Amol Rajan to host Radio 4's The Media Show โ€“ RadioToday

Amol Rajan, Media Editor for BBC News, is the new presenter of The Media Show on BBC Radio 4, as a permanent replacement for Steve Hewlett. Amol Rajan, a former Editor of the Independent, is a familiar voice to Radio 4 listeners in his role as the Media Editor for BBC News, in which he reports on and oversees the BBC's coverage on all stories about the media industry and its impact on business, politics and culture across the world. - radiotoday.co.uk

Saturday 29 April 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Royal Assent for Radio Multiplex Services Bill โ€“ RadioToday

The Bill, officially known as the Broadcasting Bill 2016-17, is believed to be the first Private Members' Broadcasting Bill to receive Royal Assent, and makes provision for the regulation of small-scale DAB multiplex services. Dean Kavanagh, Director, Switch Radio, operator of the small-scale DAB multiplex in Birmingham, said 'We're obviously delighted that the Bill has received Royal Assent before dissolution. - radiotoday.co.uk

Friday 28 April 2017, AM

www.digitaltveurope.net link icon  YouGov: 5m UK viewers use pirate streaming services ยป Digital TV Europe

Nearly 5 million UK adults, some 10 of the population, use pirate TV streaming services or apps, according to YouGov. The research firm said that 4.9 million people currently have access to platforms such as illegal Kodi boxes, chipped Amazon Fire TV Sticks, and illegal streaming apps on smartphones and tablets. - www.digitaltveurope.net
player.stv.tv link icon  STV Watch Live

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Monday 24 April 2017, PM

informitv.com link icon  Netflix numbers and room for growth

The company failed to meet its own forecasts and is forecasting slower growth for the next quarter, so how far can Netflix continue to grow. In comparison to HBO, which Netflix has long seen as a competitor, Reed Hastings points out that they have continued growing modestly, while Netflix has grown rapidly. - informitv.com

Thursday 20 April 2017, AM

www.seenit.co.uk link icon  BT confirms legacy Vision+ boxes to be scrapped this year

From April 28th, BBC iPlayer will cease to be available on the older boxes, with broadband delivered PSB HD channels such as BBC One HD removed from May 31st. On the same day on demand content from ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 will also be axed. BT has now confirmed that this will be followed by the removal of all paid-for extra channels as well as its BT TV video on demand service which gives access to additional catch-up content and pay per view movies, plus buy to keep films and TV shows. - www.seenit.co.uk

Wednesday 12 April 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Final speakers for Doing the DAB Birmingham โ€“ RadioToday

The upcoming radio event on DAB in Birmingham will feature a large panel of radio experts from across the West Midlands. The event runs from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday 3rd May at the Hotel La Tour, and includes a welcome drink, a prize draw for a Pure digital radio and the opportunity for networking. - radiotoday.co.uk

Monday 03 April 2017, PM

informitv.com link icon  Two different views of television

Television makes up three quarters of all video viewing, with live television accounting for 60. Subscription video services, like Netflix, account for 4.1 of viewing, slightly less than online porn at 4.9. In 2016, average television viewing within seven days of broadcast was just over 3.5 hours a day, down from 4.0 hours at its peak in 2010, but only four minutes less than in 2006. Although digital video recorder penetration has risen to 60 of homes in the United Kingdom, 86 of all television viewed on a television set is watched at the time of transmission, and a further 6 is viewed on the same day, leaving just 8 viewed time-shifted. - informitv.com

Thursday 30 March 2017, PM

www.gizmodo.co.uk link icon  Your Smart TV Can Be Hacked With Fake Freeview Signals

A security researcher in Zrich has created a smart TV hack that can be executed remotely, and about 90 of current models are susceptible to it. Rafael Scheel works for ethical hacking company OneConsult, and was looking into smart TV hacking. - www.gizmodo.co.uk

Thursday 30 March 2017, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  why we should all celebrate Channel 5's birthday

You might think that congratulations are in order, but where would you send the telegram Do you even remember who owns Channel 5 these days The response to Channel 5's nightly chat flagship, The Jack Docherty Show, was so underwhelming that ratings actually rose when guest hosts filled in for its star. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 29 March 2017, AM

www.ofcom.org.uk link icon  BBC Performance

Under the new Royal Charter and Agreement, regulation of the BBC passes from the BBC Trust to Ofcom on 3 April 2017. As part of our new responsibilities, we are required to publish an operating framework containing provisions to secure effective regulation of the BBC. In relation to the BBC's performance, we must set an operating licence for the BBC, and we may set measures to assess the BBC's performance. - www.ofcom.org.uk

Tuesday 28 March 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  DAB radio coverage improved and celebrated โ€“ RadioToday

The DAB expansion has brought an additional 7,000 kilometres of the UK road network into coverage for local DAB stations and 2,300 kilometres of roads for the BBC national DAB stations. During the meeting, Digital Radio UK unveiled the new spring digital radio consumer campaign which highlights that DAB coverage is now available to over 90 of households and prompts listeners to reconsider digital radio with the message, 'if you think you know digital radio - think again. - radiotoday.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  Channel 4 to stay in public hands amid pressure to relocate

The culture secretary has ruled out privatising Channel 4 following a protracted review of its long-term future, but in return wants the state-owned broadcaster to relocate some or all of its operations outside London. The new consultation, to be published in the coming weeks, will also look at whether Channel 4's quota of original British commissions that must come from TV production companies outside London will be raised from 35 to 50. Channel 4 already exceeds its target, with more than half of original commissions in 2015 coming from outside the capital. - www.theguardian.com
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  50 million DAB receivers now sold worldwide โ€“ RadioToday

New figures have been released from WorldDAB showing over 50 million DAB Digital Radio receivers have now been sold. The UK now has total receiver sales of 31.7 million, along with an increase in the number of new cars fitted with DAB as standard to 87. Available to download here, the new version includes information on receivers sold in cars for Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands - plus details on emerging DAB markets. - radiotoday.co.uk

Tuesday 21 March 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  UK broadcasters back BBC's call for top spots on programme guides

The House of Lords will debate an amendment to the digital economy bill on Monday that would extend rules that give the UK's public service broadcasters top billing on electronic programme guides. Purnell has said that BBC channels such as CBBC and CBeebies, which account for the bulk of UK-made children's shows, should be further up the programme guide than commercial channels aimed at children, most of which show US programming. - www.theguardian.com

Monday 20 March 2017, AM

www.telegraph.co.uk link icon  BBC demands new laws to give its shows top billing over rivals in television guides

The Government argues that the move would be anti-competitive. - www.telegraph.co.uk

Friday 17 March 2017, PM

www.gov.uk link icon  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/597421/07.03.17_…

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tbivision.com link icon  PBS hits back Trump fund cut plans - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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Friday 17 March 2017, AM

www.ofcom.org.uk link icon  Invitation to comment for public interest test on the proposed acquisition of Sky plc by T…

The public interest assessment that Ofcom has been asked to make by the Secretary of State and our ongoing duty under the Communications Act to assess whether a licensee is fit and proper are separate legal processes. We propose consider these matters within the same timeframe within which Ofcom will report to the Secretary of State on the public interest assessment. - www.ofcom.org.uk

Tuesday 14 March 2017, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  The 'invisible epidemic' afflicting millions globally

The app has also won the approval of partners such as the World Health Organization and USAID. But how much should we trust such diagnostic apps, however well-intended There are 259,000 health apps available to consumers globally, according to a recent study by the health research group Research2Guidance, measuring everything from heart health to female fertility, asthma to diabetes. - www.bbc.co.uk

Monday 13 March 2017, PM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  Global TV Production Map: UK-owned consolidators

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Sunday 12 March 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Channel 4 News editor Ben De Pear: 'I see no end to Jon Snow. He's immortal'

He may have been up until 2am the night before celebrating an Oscar nomination for the film Wattani My Homeland by former colleague Marcel Mettelsiefen, but Channel 4 News' editor, Ben de Pear, is clear as a bell about his programme's mission. Channel 4 News discovered her a year ago following a film she made about a child in Aleppo who had built a model city It gave her a contract and a week of training in Turkey. - www.theguardian.com

Friday 10 March 2017, PM

tbivision.com link icon  TVPlayer calls for new OTT pubcaster rules - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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Friday 10 March 2017, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  BT strikes deal to legally separate Openreach division

The regulator had threatened to force BT to legally separate Openreach. BT chief executive Gavin Patterson said the deal, reached after two years of negotiations with Ofcom, meant Openreach would have its own board and make its own investment decisions. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.thenorthernecho.co.uk link icon  Made in Teesside

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Thursday 09 March 2017, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC focus too middle aged and middle class, says Ofcom chief

The BBC has set ambitious diversity targets for on- and off-screen staff, which it says it is on track to meet. Ofcom is in the final stages of preparing a framework to assess the BBC's performance, including its distinctiveness, which White said would involve extensive consultation with the public. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 08 March 2017, PM

www.digitaluk.co.uk link icon  Consultations

Digital UK has published a consultation on options for the allocation of Logical Channel Number 7 in the Freeview programme guide, following confirmation of the BBC's plans to transition BBC Three to an online service. Digital UK has published a consultation on the reservation of channel numbers in the General Entertainment and News genres for HD-only services. - www.digitaluk.co.uk
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Should presenters live near their station? โ€“ RadioToday

Sadly, too many local radio presenters still haven't grasped this. It's not the same role it had for the first 20-30 years of ILR. Remember when the floods in 2012 meant none of Radio Exe's presenters could get to the studio on a Sunday Heart Devon's presentation that day was coming from London but the team at Leicester Square did as much coverage as a locally-based jock would have done - thanks to technology. - radiotoday.co.uk

Sunday 05 March 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Podcast: All about loudness compression โ€“ RadioToday

This is just one of the weekly podcasts produced and published by RadioToday, hosted by Trevor Dann and sponsored by Broadcast Bionics. See our archive on the RadioToday Programme channel here. - radiotoday.co.uk

Friday 03 March 2017, AM

www.broadbandtvnews.com link icon  TVCatchup cannot distribute commercial content

Britain's commercial broadcasters have won their long-running dispute with TVCatchup over the distribution of their content over the internet. ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 argued TVCatchup was in breach of copyright and couldn't rely on UK legislation that provided for retransmission over cable networks. - www.broadbandtvnews.com

Thursday 02 March 2017, AM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  Freeview Play TV sales surpass one million

Freeview has announced sales of Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes have surpassed one million. Launched in late 2015, Freeview Play offers UK viewers a combination of live, catch-up and on demand content all in the same place and for no monthly cost. - www.tvbeurope.com
www.tvbeurope.com link icon  ITV sees fall in profits as advertising revenues also drop

ITV has reported a 14 per cent fall in its annual pre-tax profits to 533 million as it saw advertising revenues drop by three per cent. On the positive side, ITV reported a 13 per cent increase in revenue from the ITV Studios division and underlying pre-tax profit was up slightly on the year, from 843 million to 847 million. - www.tvbeurope.com

Wednesday 01 March 2017, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to formally notify EU of Sky bid

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is expected to formally notify the European competition regulator of its 11.7bn takeover offer for Sky later this week, after which the UK culture secretary will have to decide whether to launch an investigation into the extent of Murdoch's control of UK media. In 2011, Murdoch's bid for Sky resulted in a deal to spin off Sky News to quell media plurality issues before the takeover was abandoned. - www.theguardian.com
www.digitaltveurope.net link icon  http://www.digitaltveurope.net/665782/bt-rolls-out-next-generation-of-youview/

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Monday 27 February 2017, AM

www.arqiva.com link icon  Arqiva announces excellent results for the half year to 31 December 2016

During the six months to 31 December 2016, Arqiva increased the capacity of its two main DVB-T Multiplexes to 31 streams, all of which are utilised. As at 31 December 2016, Arqiva had 159 new transmitters on air helping broadcasters in reaching the targeted UK DAB network coverage of more than 97 of the population. - www.arqiva.com

Thursday 23 February 2017, AM

tbivision.com link icon  BBC ups Welsh programming investment by 50% - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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tbivision.com link icon  ITV outlook darkens as Brexit anxiety kicks in - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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tbivision.com link icon  BBC reveals new

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Wednesday 22 February 2017, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  ITV to shut London studio with 40-year history of top programming

The London television studio where some of the UK's most popular shows of the past 40 years have been filmed is to be closed by ITV. Programmes from Upstairs Downstairs to Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway have been shot at the London Studios on the capital's South Bank but it is to close as a result of plans to redevelop the broadcaster's headquarters on the same site. The tower block in which the studio is housed was built in the 1970s for London Weekend Television, with ITV securing the freehold on the site in 2003 for 56m. In December the Wembley studio where the ITV shows The X Factor and Pop Idol were shot was closed before a planned demolition. - www.theguardian.com

Monday 20 February 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  SS-GB viewers listen up! Actors should be allowed to mutter as well as shout

Until SS-GB, the BBC dramas that had faced most accusations of inaudibility were Jamaica Inn, Taboo and Happy Valley. If drama wants to be convincing, TV characters must be allowed mouths that mutter as well as shout. - www.theguardian.com
informitv.com link icon  Search for even higher efficiency compression

The search is on for improvements in video compression beyond the latest High Efficiency Video Coding standard, otherwise known as HEVC or H.265. Further details are available in the Preliminary Joint Call for Evidence on video compression with capability beyond HEVC. itu. - informitv.com

Monday 20 February 2017, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Ministers pledge to keep sport's 'crown jewels' on free TV channels

The rights for major events including the Olympics, the football World Cup and the Wimbledon tennis finals must be offered to free-to-air channels which can be received by at least 95 of the population under the current rules. Highlights of events that must be offered to free-to-air channels include England's home cricket tests, the Six Nations rugby championship involving the home nations and the Commonwealth Games. - www.theguardian.com
www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Google and Bing to demote pirate sites in UK web searches

Google and Microsoft's Bing have signed up to a voluntary code of practice and will ensure offending websites are demoted in their search results. The organisers of the new agreement say in future internet users will be more likely to be taken to bona fide providers than pirate sites where their online security could be at risk. - www.bbc.co.uk

Friday 17 February 2017, PM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  BBC iPlayer gets personal on connected TVs

Along with the new development, the BBC announced iPlayer had another record-breaking month in January. There were 304 million requests in January, the highest ever seen by the BBC. January was up eight per cent on December, BBC iPlayer's previous best ever month, and saw over 50 million requests more than the same month last year. - www.tvbeurope.com

Thursday 16 February 2017, PM

tbivision.com link icon  Discovery sees Red with new UK free TV net - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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Wednesday 15 February 2017, PM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  Discovery to launch second free-to-air UK channel

Discovery Communications will launch a second free-to-air channel in the UK this year. Discovery currently has free-to-air channel Quest which is available on Freeview as well as Sky and Virgin. - www.tvbeurope.com

Tuesday 14 February 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Opinion piece: Commercial radio deregulation โ€“ RadioToday

David Lloyd writes It's been a long time coming, but many in the commercial radio sector, but not all, will be delighted to see today's announcement from DCMS on the future regulation of commercial radio. On World Radio Day, let's celebrate another chapter for this great thing called radio - as it enters its third age. - radiotoday.co.uk

Monday 13 February 2017, PM

www.gov.uk link icon  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/591463/Radio_Der…

From 1995, commercial radio saw both a major acceleration in the licensing of new stations to fill the remaining coverage gaps and an increasing number of take-overs and mergers, leading to the emergence of major radio groups holding a large portfolio of local licences throughout the UK. The 1990 Broadcasting Act opened the way for the creation of quasi-national brands such as 'Classic Gold' and the Magic AM network and allowed the Radio Authority to advertise one national commercial FM licence and two national commercial AM licences for the first time - these would be won by Classic FM, Virgin Radio and Talk Radio. Pdf 14 Commercial Radio by Weekly Audience Reach 2007 Commercial Radio by Weekly Audience Reach 2015 Since 2007 Global and Bauer have emerged as the two largest commercial radio groups accounting for around three-quarters of all commercial radio listening and around 80 of commercial radio revenues. - www.gov.uk
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Heart ends More Music Variety slogan and logo โ€“ RadioToday

Heart has dropped the More Music Variety slogan the station has had for over 21 years. The More Music Variety was challenged by a listener in 2012, who said it was misleading because the network wasn't offering variety in its music. - radiotoday.co.uk
www.tvbeurope.com link icon  BBC plans box sets to 'reinvent' iPlayer

The BBC is due to publish a run of box-sets on its iPlayer service, as part of director general Tony Hall's plan to reinvent the service. Tom Hardy drama Taboo and psychological thriller Apple Tree Yard will be the first boxsets to be made available, with all episodes of each show to remain on iPlayer until the last episode is broadcast - and the full series box-set to be available for a further 30 days. - www.tvbeurope.com

Friday 10 February 2017, AM

www.ft.com link icon  Cross-party call for 'fit and proper' test of James Murdoch

Mr Murdoch is chief executive of 21st Century Fox, which has made a 11.7bn bid to seize full control of Sky, the UK broadcaster, which he chairs. In a letter sent to Ofcom on Thursday, Mr Miliband, an outspoken critic of the Murdoch family, writes that the regulator should investigate whether Mr Murdoch would pass the watchdog's test. - www.ft.com

Thursday 09 February 2017, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  RAJAR Q4 2016: Digital listening almost 50% โ€“ RadioToday

The figure was boosted by record levels of DAB digital listening, as hours grew by 12 or 51.3 million hours compared to Q4 2015, driven by record growth in DAB hours which increased by 23 and online hours which increased by 14. DAB digital radio now accounts for a third of all radio listening and 73 of all digital listening, with 31 million adults or 57 of the population owning a DAB radio - a year-on-year growth of 6. Digital listening via online/apps now accounts for 7.4 of all radio listening and 16 of digital listening, while digital television accounts for 4.9 of radio listening and for 11 of digital listening. Q4 2016 saw the highest-ever recorded proportion of in-car radio listening, accounting for 23.3 of all radio listening, growth supported by the increase of in-car digital radio with 87 of new cars now fitted with DAB as standard. - radiotoday.co.uk

Wednesday 08 February 2017, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Five arrests in 'fully loaded' Kodi streaming box raids

Five people have been arrested, accused of selling set-top boxes modified to stream subscription football matches, television channels and films for free. Some shops sell legal set-top boxes and TV sticks, often called Kodi boxes, preloaded with the software. - www.bbc.co.uk

Monday 06 February 2017, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Rupert Murdoch accused of enjoying 'astounding access' to Downing Street

The bulk of the meetings with Murdoch and his senior executives were with Cameron, Osborne or other minsters under the previous government. Since becoming prime minister, May has met Thomson twice and Murdoch once, the latter at the Wall Street Journal in New York. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 01 February 2017, PM

tbivision.com link icon  http://tbivision.com/news/2017/02/iplayer-treads-water-amazon-netflix-make-waves/707991/

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Monday 30 January 2017, PM

tbivision.com link icon  Discovery, Sky trade barbs as channel deadline looms - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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