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Sunday 08 November 2009, AM

Greg Dyke thinks the unthinkable on the BBC licence fee |Media |The Observer

The BBC, of course, sees the licence fee as its badge of independence. Technology is taking us near to the end of the line already and Greg is a moving, not static, target. To find out more information about driving traffic to your content or to place this widget on your site, visit - link
Saturday 07 November 2009, AM

Innovate within the mainstream, documentary makers are told |Media |

That was the question at the heart of a session at the Sheffield Documentary Festival today that was packed with independent producers eager to find out how and where best to pitch their film ideas to broadcasters. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the commissioners professed to be interested in programmes that would enhance their reputation as well as ratings. ITV was looking for three or four signature documentaries by top-end producers as well as cheap half-hour programmes to run against Eastenders at 7pm, she said. - link

Switching off and switching over

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Friday 06 November 2009, PM

Project canvas: an interview with Richard Halton

Richard Halton We talk about Canvas 'democratising' access to the living room. If you want to be on a tv set at the moment, you have to be a big broadcaster with Freeview or Sky. The great thing about IPTV is that it will allow different forms of content, like video on demand or web services, to get to the tv screen. - link

Humax will fix Freeview set top boxes

It is over a month since the infamous digital retune took place and for most owners of Freeview set top boxes the whole experience went off without a hitch. However, for some owners of Humax set top boxes the retune has meant a poor quality of service or in some cases no digital TV service at all. Finally, the company has decided to do something about this issue and provided that the set top box is still within its two warranty period. - link

Elgato EyeTV DTT Deluxe review | Electricpig

Its a beautifully tiny bit of kit, but can it live up to expectations Its tinier than a 10p coin, and it could be argued there was never any need to make a TV adapter this miniscule. The fact that Elgato have managed it, however, is testament to its ingenuity. - link

Sony brings HD recording to the PS3 | News | TechRadar UK

Sony has released the 1.21 firmware update to PlayTV, allowing it to record free to air HD channels. Sony has also promised better upscaling from standard definition broadcasts, meaning that if you're watching a programme in non-HD quality PlayTV will bust its little guts to polish it up before it gets to your eyeballs. Tweaked As part of the update, Sony says it has tweaked the interface slightly for mobile phones too, so users can watch the content more easily on a smaller screen. - link
Friday 06 November 2009, AM

STV to launch GBP35m action against ITV - and press ahead with Taggart |Media |

The company also reported that it expects national television ad revenues to be up 2 in the fourth quarter with November up 3 and December up 5. In the Scottish TV ad market, fourth quarter revenue will be flat, with October down 13, November down 5 and December even. STV said that the failure to secure a recommission of Taggart across the ITV network this year meant that the company will take a 2m hit in earnings - analysts had estimated that the failure to strike a deal would cost 3m. - link

Single frequency interference | - independent digital TV + switchover advice, since 2002

What to do when several channels are missing, but they are all on the same 'multiplex'Published on 30th September 2007 at 1409 by Brian Butterworth There are several different type of interference that cause problems. This page deals with the situation where Freeview reception is perfect or near-perfect most of the time Several channels are missing, but they are all on the same 'multiplex' There are two main causes of this type of intermitted interference The current Freeview mulitplexes are shown in this diagram. See, for example, How do I change the RF output channel on a Sky Digibox - link

Flogging a DAB horse |Technology |

One of the prime quotes is used as a headline Let us get on this horse or get off it. It is currently costing us over 100,000 a year and we get absolutely nothing back from it . Therefore, our proposition to Carter's Review was let us get on this horse or get off it. - link
Thursday 05 November 2009, PM

Media Talk: Lord Burns confirmed as Channel 4's new chairman link

Terry Burns appointed Chairman of Channel 4 | Ofcom

Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. 4G auction bidders announced December 20, 2012 Ofcom has today announced the bidders in the forthcoming 4G mobile spectrum auction the largest ever sale of mobile airwaves in the UK. npower fined for making abandoned calls December 6, 2012 The conclusion of an Ofcom investigation has today found npower, the gas and electricity supplier, to be in breach of rules on abandoned calls. - link

Switchover put viewers out of the picture - News - Manchester Evening News

Around 250 people contacted a special helpline to complain that yesterday's digital switchover had left them watching the wrong regional channels. Problems arose for Freeview customers after they retuned their sets following the digital switchover and were left receiving signals from transmitters outside the North West broadcasting programming from Wales and the Midlands. They added that viewers should resume watching BBC programming from the North West today. - link

Technisat Freesat PVR update released

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Long Mountain switchover underway

Digital television switchover is underway in parts of east and central Wales, bringing Freeview coverage to 24,000 households for the first time. Shortly after midnight on 4th November all TV services were temporarily switched off at the Long Mountain transmitter group. A new digital signal is being made available from Long Mountain and its relays, broadcasting the full range of BBC channels in digital form. - link
Thursday 05 November 2009, AM

ITV: ad revenue up next month |Media |

ITV promised to break an almost 18-month run of sinking revenue figures today, reporting that its TV advertising revenues will be up by 4 year on year in December and flat across the fourth quarter. The broadcaster, which controls more than 40 of UK TV advertising across its channels, said that the ad market was stabilising. It predicted that total TV ad revenue would be down 12 for the full year, and said that it expected to trade ahead of the market. - link
Wednesday 04 November 2009, PM

Rise in dumped TVs due to digital switchover, figures show |Environment |

The number of TVs thown away in Cumbria has risen by 70 in the past year. Figures from Cumbria county council, which administers a region of nearly half a million people, show that the number of TVs dumped at waste and recycling sites has risen by 70 in the past year. This year, the council has recycled 50,000 analogue TVs thrown away by households, of which 30,000 could have been upgraded to receive digital TV signals with a simple 20 set-top box. - link

Humax makes Freeview retune pledge | Electricpig

Humax has pledged to fix faulty Freeview boxes effected by the recent retune, as long as theyre within their two year warranty and cant be brought back to life by their own telephone support staff. Speaking to us after we reported faults which were still occurring a month after the retune, Humax said customers with boxes that arent working should contact them for guidance. In a statement, a Humax spokesperson told us, Humax will repair or replace any faulty products if they are within the warranty period. - link

BBC Media Show: Reporting drugs and comedy and offence - 04/11/09 link

informitv - Freesat gets iPlayer without waiting for Canvas

The BBC iPlayer online video service will soon be available to Freesat viewers over broadband. A trial service on the subscription-free satellite platform will launch before the end of November. It calls into question the need for the proposed Canvas approach. - link
Wednesday 04 November 2009, AM

Powys starts digital switchover

Instead, a new digital signal is being made available, broadcasting the full range of BBC channels in digital form. The new digital signal means thousands of homes in the area will be able to receive digital TV through their aerial - Freeview - for the first time. Terrestrial TV services will be off air for some viewers until the first stage of switchover is completed by about midday on Wednesday. - link
Tuesday 03 November 2009, PM

Media Talk USA: A new rival for the Washington Post link

freesat iPlayer beta service imminent - Crave at CNET UK

It's the worst-kept secret in the history of mankind, but freesat is finally getting access to the BBC's iPlayer service. We've known for a very long time that the plan was to make on-demand TV available on freesat since the platform launched in May 2008. For this reason, all freesat receivers have had an Ethernet socket fitted to them from launch, which means existing owners will have no extra equipment to buy. - link

Changes to the Broadcasting Code rules for promotion of Premium Rate Services (PRS) | Ofcom

Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. 4G auction bidders announced December 20, 2012 Ofcom has today announced the bidders in the forthcoming 4G mobile spectrum auction the largest ever sale of mobile airwaves in the UK. npower fined for making abandoned calls December 6, 2012 The conclusion of an Ofcom investigation has today found npower, the gas and electricity supplier, to be in breach of rules on abandoned calls. - link

iPlayer on Freesat 'testing' in November

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SeeSaw online TV service unveils idents |Media |

One of the symbols faces forwards, representing the VOD TV experience of today, and the other backwards representing more traditional television viewing. SeeSaw has refused to state when it intends to launch into the UK market. However, the company has recently accelerated its plans, appointing the ad agency Fallon and the media agency Vizeum to prepare a 5m campaign and preparing to launch a beta version of the service. - link
Tuesday 03 November 2009, AM

Internet TV Netflix Comes to Windows Media Center in Windows 7

For Windows 7, Internet TV has been updated with enhancements to the UI and features more content from new content providers. Also now available is Netflix for Windows Media Center in Windows 7 You can watch the keynote from the event on-demand from the PressPass Windows 7 Virtual Presskit site. - link
Monday 02 November 2009, PM

Freeview retune: one month on, problems persist | Electricpig

Its a month since the Freeview retune caused chaos across the country and led to us receiving a raft of complaints about lost channels and failed set top boxes. It appears that in the four weeks since we reported Freeviews apology over the retune fiasco, little has been done to make amends for lost channels and broken boxes. Users are still faced with lost channels and extra costs arising from the Freeview retune. - link

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks | InteractiveTV Today

The feature consists of a two-minute package of highlights which is billed as featuring the day's best picture stories, and which is put together by BBC News's On Demand team. Finally, from November 8th to the 16th, digital viewers will be able to press red to view highlights from the 2009 Autumn Internationals. This coverage, and all the sports coverage listed above, is offered through the BBC Sport Multiscreen, a 24/7 red-button application that provides up to five screens of extra coverage as well as round-the-clock headlines. - link

BBC iPlayer Standard Products on TV Platforms

BBC iPlayer has been a success on television. My colleague Kerstin Mogull has recently clarified how we plan to make BBC iPlayer available to audiences on other platforms and devices. The BBC intends to develop and make available standard iPlayer products. - link

Cable Forum: Third Quarter Results puts Virgin Media in Good Shape

Virgin Media reported last week that it saw a year-on-year increase in operating cash flow as it beat analysts forecasts for the third quarter, analysts had predicted OCF to be at 337m when it was actually 348m. In the third quarter, average revenue per user rose to a record 44.24 pounds from 42 pounds a year earlier. The Cable Co, sees its Broadband customer numbers increase by 39,000, VM now has 3.77 million Broadband customers. - link

Will we see Ultra HD in 2017?

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Mobile phone radio usage increasing - Digital Spy

According to figures compiled by the organisation, 13.5 of people accessed radio stations on their mobiles during the third quarter of this year, up from just 1.8 in 2002. The growth was even more marked in the 18 to 24-year-old group, in which usage stood at 32.7, up from 6 seven years ago. Total digital radio listenership held at 21.1 in Q3, up from 18.7 in the same period last year, with 13.3 accessing stations via DAB, up from 11.3. - link
Monday 02 November 2009, AM

BBC - Democracy Live - Home

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Between them, Birt and Dyke gave birth to this top-heavy BBC |Media |The Guardian

Photograph Murdo Macleod Of course it is impossible to disconnect entirely the BBC's announcement on senior management pay and staffing from the prevailing political context. General election round the corner, Tories on the warpath etc etc. But although the problem too many managers too highly paid has considerable, if on occasion overstated, symbolic significance, it is real enough. Having too many managers is a condition that tends to affect all large organisations public and private. - link

Peter Fincham interview: ITVs reluctant hero? |Media |

Peter Fincham has perfected the art of sidestepping awkward questions. The positions are vacant, and Fincham is among the favourites for both. What reassurances can Fincham offer his new star - link

Why radios grand plan has me tuning out | Jack Schofield |Media |The Guardian

You wouldn't normally know there was a fight going on in the UK's radio industry in public, they all want to keep smiling, because it discourages awkward questions. What makes it shocking is that he represents a leading industry company that has invested in DAB not some minor commercial broadcaster, analyst or journalist. UTV has quit the industry body, RadioCentre, making its displeasure plain. - link
Sunday 01 November 2009, PM

Radio Today with RCS: Two new tenants for Digital One

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Saturday 31 October 2009, PM

Seo an cothrom gu BBC Alba fhaighinn air Freeview - News

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Digital roadshows in Taunton From This is The West Country)

A team will stop off in the town to offer practical advice on how to get set for digital. Switchover will start on 24 March 2010, making digital TV through an aerial Freeview available to all 913,000 households in the West region. More than 145,000 homes served by 58 local relay transmitters will be able to receive Freeview for the first time, seeing the number of channels available through an aerial rising from four to around 15. - link
Saturday 31 October 2009, AM

A day in the life of the Head of BBC HD

Hello Everyone, I know the extended silence has been frustrating you - I've been away from the office for some of the time, and also handling a range of other issues. That identifies any technical problems with the channel - and unfortunately, as many of you will be aware, frequently highlights problems with HD transmissions. Like you, I find it deeply frustrating that more than 20 months after we launched the channel the service still doesn't always run smoothly. - link
Friday 30 October 2009, AM

Media Talk: Radio 4, Channel 4, and Ofcom takes on BSkyB link

BBC tech staff underpaid compared with private sector, says internal report |Media |

Overall the report found that the BBC offers pay packages between 20 and 80 lower in terms of total remuneration than the private sector. Total remuneration was down around 60 for executive board members and 40 for senior managers compared with private sector companies. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link
Thursday 29 October 2009, PM

Responses to Freeview HD encryption consultation

You might like to try one of the following to help find what you were looking for Make sure the address of the page you are looking for is spelled correctly. Try submitting a question to our FAQ system Go to the Ofcom homepage and navigate to the information you want. Click the 'back' button to try another link. - link

They get The Wire, we get Casualty

The breakup of the old US network cartel and competition from cable channels such as HBO has been good for competition the result is that shows have smartened up, rather than dumbed down. It's not that Britain is short of TV writing talent, reckons Jukes, but that it hasn't worked out how to use it. As a result, the US has cornered the market in the high-end stuff that bears devoted watching and repeat viewing. - link

The BBCs top 50 highest-paid senior managers |Media |

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BSkyB Launches Appeal Against ITV Stake Cut -

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BBC appoints new Director of Marketing, Communications Audiences for Future Media Tech

He will also play a role in the strategic leadership and development of MCA as a division. - link

TalkTalk to resist govt piracy plans - Digital Spy

TalkTalk has said that it will mount a legal action against the government's plan to cut off the internet connections of online copyright violators. Business secretary Lord Mandelson yesterday confirmed that the net services of persistent illegal file-sharers will be blocked from summer 2011. TalkTalk will continue to resist any attempts to make it impose technical measures on its customers unless directed to do so by a court or recognised tribunal. - link

BBC Radio Labs: Immersive audio for Planet B

Planet B is a science fiction series on BBC 7, the second series starts on the 29th November. You can read more about series two of Planet B on the Radio 4 blog. Before you read on, you should put your headphones on and listen to this... - link
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