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Monday 10 November 2008, AM

Radio Today with United Radio..: BBC locals to remove Radio

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HD News - UK analogue to digital conversion begins

Sheduled for completion in 2012, areas of the UK have already undergone the conversion from analogue to digital. The 6th November witnessed the conversion of around 50,000 homes in the Scottish Borders to a Freeview digital only service. The transition to digital marks the end of an era which has seen over 70 years of continuous analogue broadcast into the majority of UK homes. - link

BBC NEWS | Technology | The pains of switching to digital

Analogue TV signals will be turned off from the Selkirk group of transmitters and replaced with a stronger digital signal. BBC Two will be turned off first, and the rest of the analogue channels will cease to broadcast on 20 November. The rest of the Border TV region will follow in June 2009 and switchover will continue in phases across the UK until the end of 2012. - link
Saturday 08 November 2008, AM

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Friday 07 November 2008, AM

August DTV350C Freeview media player launches | T3 magazine

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Scottish Borders makes digital TV switch |Media |

The UK's transition to digital terrestrial television took another major step forward today as the analogue transmitters in the Scottish Borders were switched off. Around 52,000 households can no longer receive BBC2 on analogue in the region after the main Selkirk mast and its 11 relay transmitters began the process of switching to digital, with the remaining analogue channels to be switched off on November 20. The Scottish Borders switchover was completed at noon today. - link
Thursday 06 November 2008, PM

BBC NEWS | Scotland | South of Scotland | Selkirks views on digital switchover

The Scottish Borders has become the first full region to move towards digital television. South of Scotland reporter Giancarlo Rinaldi assessed public opinion on the streets of Selkirk. We have had Sky here in the square for the last month at least and Freeview last week as well, there has been quite a few. - link

Company admits wind farms ruined TV reception - ChronicleLive

Its thought up to 100 households have been affected and when they complained, they were stonewalled by companies saying it was not their responsibility. EDF accepts thorough checks on the impact of turbines on digital reception were not carried out before work on the wind farm started. Lawrie Milner, 58, is one of the many who experienced problems when construction work started. - link

Freeview to drop a Virgin Media shopping channel - Brand Republic News - Brand Republic

Freeview has decided not to renew one of the licences and Virgin Media said today it was considering its options. A Virgin statement said 'In September 2008, our Sit-up business received notification that one of its two licenses to broadcast over free-to-air digital terrestrial television Freeview would not be renewed in January 2009. In the fourth quarter, management is reviewing the implications of this development on our business model and considering alternative courses of action.' Announcing results today Virgin Media said it had expanded its pay-TV subscriber base by 37,800 in Q3 with 3.58m visitors. - link

BBC HD: Picture Quality and Dolby Research

Only last week hobwell spotted the 5.1/2.0 switching had stopped some time during the evening. I hadn't watched the stereo programme concerned and I didn't see the comment until 1830 the following day but I watched the channel start and as I knew the first programme was stereo I was on the phone to the duty engineers in a few minutes. We had the problem fixed, put out an on air apology very quickly and I posted some comments in Danielle's DOG Blog - link
Thursday 06 November 2008, AM

BBC - Press Office - BBCs Red Button celebrates its 10th anniversary

From this, the service has evolved and become hugely popular, with an average of 11 million people using it a week. It has allowed the BBC to provide audiences with access to the latest news, weather and other general information, while also enabling the delivery of an enhanced experience across major sporting and entertainment events. To mark the first decade, an array of content is to be launched across the service. - link

DTG News: On-screen switchover messages start in Exeter

In six months time 6 May 2009, Exeter will become the first city in the UK to start the switchover to digital television. Exeter is served by the Stockland Hill transmitter group which also serves parts of Devon, Somerset and Dorset. During 2009, more than 100 transmitters in the West Country will switch to fully digital signals, making Freeview available across the region for the first time. - link

Advertising decline at ITV quickens - Business News, Business - The Independent

ITV is preparing for a serious fall in advertising revenues over the final three months of the year, warning yesterday that it expects sales in the final quarter to be almost a tenth down on the same period last year. The UK's largest commercial television company warned it had already begun to feel the effects of the economic slowdown, with advertising sales down in the first nine months of the year, but it now expects the decline to become much more serious. Over the nine months to the end of September, advertising revenues were down 2.5 per cent to 1.04bn, ITV said. - link

Ex-Play School presenter slams childrens TV - TV Radio, Media - The Independent

Former Play School presenter Floella Benjamin has criticised the state of children's television - and said TVs should be banned from their bedrooms. Benjamin criticised the merchandising surrounding children's TV and called on broadcasters to put more ethnic minority faces on programmes for young people. The children's presenter recounted making Coming to England for the BBC three years ago, a drama about a black girl arriving in Britain. - link


A salesman who advises the public about changing over from analogue to digital television discusses the switch-off of the analogue signal in the Borders, which begins in Selkirk today with BBC2. Are people informed of the change from analogue to digital The TV adverts have been useful but I would have put less emphasis on people buying a new television as a new digital box will suffice. - link
Wednesday 05 November 2008, PM

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BBC unapologetic over Clarkson comments - TV Radio, Media - The Independent

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Bauer closes Mojo Radio - Brand Republic News - Brand Republic

Mojo magazine spin off radio station to close The station is transmitted via Freeview, BSkyB and online. Mojo Radio, a spin-off from the succesful music magazine, launched in 2003. It recorded 279,000 listeners in the third quarter of this year, according to the latest Rajar figures. - link
Wednesday 05 November 2008, AM

TV D-Day, but what would Logie Baird say? - The Scotsman

This week, Scotland leads the way in a TV revolution that heralds not just better-quality images but, eventually, better-made programmes. Forget the game shows and tacky sit-coms and think instead of mini-series that look like they belong on the big screen. At the heart of the change is the switchover of the UK's terrestrial TV signals from analogue to digital. - link
Tuesday 04 November 2008, PM

Cable Forum: BREAKING NEWS: New deals reached Sky Basic channels to return to Virgin Media.

Virgin Media have released Breaking news this afternoon, following successful negotiations with BSkyB, they have together agreed two new channel carriage deals. The fact that an agreement has now been reached after nearly 18 months, will see Sky and Virgin Media cancel all court proceedings against each other relating to the carriage of their respective basic channels. Despite the two sides shaking hands and deciding enough is enough, what has not been disclosed is how much Virgin Media has finally agreed to pay for the new carriage of rights to carry Skys basic channels. - link

Sky and Virgin Media Kiss and Make Up After Dispute Over Channels

Both companies will be charging fixed annual carriage fees to carry their respective channels and will have capped payments which will be payed out based on performance. - link

Humax Foxsat-HDR: Finally, a way to record freesat HD - Crave at CNET UK

We've certainly had a bit of a pop at freesat in the past, but it's not because we don't like it -- we just think it could be a lot better. That's mainly to do with the standard-definition channels, which really should look better on digital satellite than they do on Freeview. As you would expect, the Foxsat-HDR is capable of recording up to 1080i video, which it stores on its internal 320GB hard drive. - link

US Election 2008: Coming to a computer near you, live, tonight |Media |

I hope you weren't planning on getting any sleep tonight, because the world and his internet-obsessed wife will be expecting you to be glued to your media screens for the next 24 hours to watch the US election drama unfold. Robert Andrews over on our sister site paidContentUK has an overview of coverage on UK news sites but we've got a few more online alternatives, just to cover all bases. You'll need to download Livestation, but it does now support Mac and Linux as well as PCs and, particularly as it's free, it's a very efficient way to flick between all this content in one place. - link

Terrestrial - News - Freeview mode switch hits old boxes, TVs - Digital Spy

TVs manufactured as late as 2004 may stop receiving digital terrestrial television due to a transmission mode change designed to improve Freeview coverage. The change, from 2k mode to 8k mode, is likely to happen at the completion of switchover in 2012 except in some parts of the UK - particularly in the south east of England - where constraints on the amount of spectrum that may be used for digital TV broadcasting may necessitate a mode switch in 2011. Although the 8k mode is generally more robust and less susceptible to impulse interference from household electrical goods, some older digital terrestrial boxes and integrated digital TVs do not support it. - link

Media Monkey: Truckers put the brakes on moral outrage over Clarkson comments |Media |

Jeremy Clarkson is the latest target for the moral busybodies following his comments on Sunday night's Top Gear - see it here at 3100 - in which he suggested that truck drivers only cared about fuel prices ... and murdering prostitutes. As of this morning the BBC has had 517 complaints and there are a fair few column inches in today's papers taking Clarkson to task. To find out more information about driving traffic to your content or to place this widget on your site, visit - link
Tuesday 04 November 2008, AM

Freeview launches PVR drive - Brand Republic News - Brand Republic

Ramsay to star in ads for Freeview The ads will promote the benefits of the offering over costlier rivals such as Sky and Virgin Media's V, and highlight that there are no monthly bills with the service. The campaign will be backed by a revamped Freeview website and a promotion with Tesco, which will be giving away a Freeview set-top box to those buying a Freeview device. Freeview marketing director Rob Farmer said 'Freeview is home to 13 of the most-watched 15 channels in the UK. - link
Monday 03 November 2008, PM

C4 hits 15 year low

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David Cameron sceptical about top-slicing BBC licence fee |Media |

David Cameron 'We should celebrate the success of British broadcasting'. The Conservatives have previously endorsed the proposal, under which other broadcasters would be entitled to apply for BBC licence fee funds. Cameron argued in the Sun today that the BBC's senior staff, including the director general, Mark Thompson, were being paid too much. - link
Monday 03 November 2008, AM

JVC breaks out PVR-packed TV | Electricpig

As logical as they are, TVs with PVR technology inside are still pretty scarce. Inside the slim chassis is a 160GB hard drive and two Freeview tuners. That means, unlike the Life TV, this model will record one programme while watching another. - link

Power Firm Gets A Good Reception To Wind Farm TV Solution (from The Herald )

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Sunday 02 November 2008, PM

Portugal opens tender for digital TV licenceTFN News | Daily News

RNA Regulatory News Announcements refers to regulatory information published by companies and organisations allowing them to comply with local market transparency legislation. RNS Regulatory News Service transmits regulatory and non-regulatory information published by companies and organisations allowing them to comply with local market transparency legislation. It is owned by the London Stock Exchange and distributes over 90 of UK company news and results announcements. - link

Year to go to digital TV switchover (From The Bolton News)

Three million homes in the region will be able to get digital channels through their TV aerials in just 12 months time. A Digital UK roadshow is running across the region until the end of November and visited Bolton town centre today to explain the switchover and the options available. Analogue signals will be turned off at the Winter Hill transmitter group for the Granada TV area on November 4, next year. - link

Radio Today with United Radio..: DRDB to market DAB Radio

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Saturday 01 November 2008, AM

Video: Watch The FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ PVR In Action | PVR Junction

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Friday 31 October 2008, PM

BBC Media Show: 29 October 2008 link

Media Talk: The rout at Radio 2 link

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Friday 31 October 2008, AM

DTG News: New ASTRA 1M satellite ready for launch on 6 November

The satellite has been fully integrated into the fairing of the launch vehicle, a Proton Breeze M rocket, and will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. DTG Staff 31.10.2008 Links open in a new window. - link
Wednesday 29 October 2008, AM

CNN International to launch on Freeview after Nuts TV axed - Brand Republic News - Brand Republic

Nuts TV, which was launched by Turner Broadcasting in September last year, will continue to run online. It has been broadcasting on Freeview channel 42 and was launched on Sky in January. CNN International will be available seven days a week in a primetime evening block, offering world, business and sports news, as well as comment, interviews and feature programming. - link

Gaelic TV is surprise hit with viewers - TV Radio, Media - The Independent

For BBC Alba is proving to be an unexpected success, pulling in more than 600,000 viewers in its first week of broadcasting, more than double the projected audience of 250,000. The figures are particularly encouraging given the channel's modest annual budget of 14m, and the fact that it only broadcasts between 5pm and 11pm each day. Currently, it is only available on Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media, and not on Freeview. - link
Tuesday 28 October 2008, PM

Terrestrial - News - CNN confirms launch on Freeview - Digital Spy

The channel's block of programming aimed at European audiences will air every night between 9pm and 1am. - link

Border Telegraph | News | Borders prepares for digital switch

With just days to go until the first analogue channel is permanently switched off, Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the process, is launching the final stage of its information campaign for the 52,000 households served by the Selkirk transmitter group. Over the coming weeks, quarter-screen warning captions on all analogue channels will increase in frequency. There will be regular reminders in the local media and the switchover roadshow will be at three locations offering face-to-face advice and practical demonstrations of digital TV equipment. - link
Tuesday 28 October 2008, AM

Gaelic channel pulls in 600,000 viewers - News

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Monday 27 October 2008, PM

The ultimate guide to Freesat | News | TechRadar UK

Indeed, Freesat owners are currently the only people who can watch ITV's limited HD programming through their red button on certain shows and sporting events. We'll answer all these questions and more, with our complete guide to everything Freesat. The successful trial of high-definition TV on Freeview in late 2006 seemed to bring the free-to-air broadcasters together again, and there were rumours that Channel 4 would be able to leave the Sky umbrella. - link

informitv - Satellite faces perfect storm as Sky falls in value

Satellite broadcaster Sky faces the combined challenges of recession, regulation and new technology. British Sky Broadcasting shares are currently trading at a ten-year low. One analyst report suggests that it will fail to meet its long term target of ten million subscribers in 2010. - link

informitv - NDS profits halved in changing media landscape

Pay-television technology company NDS reported profits down by 56 in the last quarter on revenues down 11 at 182 million. Of this 98 million was for conditional access systems, down 19 from 121 million in the same period a year ago. Although NDS shipped more smart cards in the quarter than a year ago, the results apparently reflected volume discounts on the renewal of contracts with large customers and differences in when revenues were recognised. - link
Monday 27 October 2008, AM

Black Triangle Blog Archive BBC Churnalism

Go and have a read, but this is the story that started his complaint In August, the BBC ran a story claiming that research had determined that some places in Britain were happier than others. You can see the nature of the claims in the TV news report, Britains happiest places mapped. There was a big problem with this though the research found no significant differences between places. - link

Steve Hewlett: How to get public opinion on your side: ask the right question |Media |The Guardian

A battle royal looks likely, with both sides claiming to represent the public interest. The first shots came from Ofcom's chairman, Lord Currie, who, a few months ago, questioned the corporation's assertion that the public strongly connected the BBC with the licence fee. When asked what should be done with any excess or surplus licence fee, far from supporting Ofcom's plans to give it to C4 or spend it on other PSB purposes, 62 said they'd like a rebate. - link
Sunday 26 October 2008, PM

Is satellite TV picture quality up to scratch? | News | TechRadar UK

Historically, satellite, and Sky in particular has often been at the forefront of key AV developments in the UK. Yet it was also the first broadcaster to champion HDTV. Sky's 20-year reign as the nation's first-and-foremost satellite TV provider has seldom been anything other than groundbreaking from a technical standpoint it pioneered interactive services like home-shopping and made Pay-Per-View a real alternative to movie rentals, as well as providing expanded coverage of major sporting events. - link

Digital switchover date is launched (From Warrington Guardian)

Switchover campaign mascot Digital Al was in the Golden Square on Tuesday to formally announce the process of turning off the analogue signal. The switchover is due to take place on November 4, 2009, in the Granada region. Most households will have 48 channels available on Freeview via an aerial. - link
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