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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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Friday 15 December 2017, PM link icon  BT strikes deal with Sky for Now TV and sports

Sky will make the full Now TV service, which includes content such as Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and the Sky Atlantic channel, available via BT TV set-tops. Sky customers will now be able to buy BT Sport from Sky as well as from BT. Carrying Now TV means that BT customers will have direct access to Sky Sports. -

Thursday 14 December 2017, AM link icon  Bribes for TV soccer rights allegedly paid with 'agreement and support' of Murdoch's Fox e…

Senior executives at Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox corporation are alleged to have agreed for millions of dollars in bribes to be paid to South American soccer officials to secure major broadcast deals, according to US prosecution documents. It identified Carlos Martinez, the chief executive of Fox Networks in Latin America Hernan Lopez, who departed last year as head of Fox International Channels and James Ganley, the former chief operating officer at Fox Pan American Sports, which has been wholly owned by Fox since 2011 and was partly owned by Fox before then. -

Monday 04 December 2017, PM link icon  Consultation: EPG Accessibility

Ofcom previously published an initial consultation in 2015 and has taken into account the responses to that consultation, together with other relevant factors, in developing the proposals outlined in this document. Please submit responses using the consultation responses form. -

Thursday 30 November 2017, PM link icon  TV channels have 'up to 10 years' to meet tech threat

Under UK broadcasting regulations, public service channels must be prominently displayed in the electronic programme guides of cable and satellite providers. Freeview, the UK's free digital television service owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Arqiva, is working towards getting its Freeview Play, a live and on-demand service, built into every TV set sold in the UK - which would ensure that viewers have easy access to PSB channels and the programming they produce. -

Wednesday 29 November 2017, AM link icon  HDMI 2.1 can support 10K resolution, assuming devices ever catch up

The HDMI Forum, the governing organization that creates specifications for HDMI cables, has officially released the next version of the HDMI standard HDMI 2.1. As my colleague James Vincent pointed out when he first covered the specification back in January, HDMI 2.1 is more a future-facing update than one that will directly affect current devices, seeing as we're still just starting to reach the point where 4K video is becoming commonplace, to say nothing of 8K resolution or technologies like dynamic HDR video that HDMI 2.1 in theory will be able to support. -

Friday 24 November 2017, AM link icon…

Eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/uriCELEX32016D0687fromEN 1 Use of 694 to 703 MHz band by audio PMSE Decision sets out uses for which the 700 MHz band may be made available by Member States, including the option of use of the guard band by PMSE. 1.6 We consider that there are benefits in allowing PMSE users to have continued access to the guard band. Our response Making available the guard band and unknown spectrum quality 3.16 We acknowledged in the consultation on the proposed use of the guard band that there may be some risk to PMSE users operating in the guard band from mobile uplink data services in the adjacent band, 703 to 733 MHz. It remains our view that PMSE users would, in most cases, be unlikely to operate immediately adjacent to the 703 MHz boundary and could apply a suitable frequency separation to ensure the necessary quality of service while maximising the utility of the guard band. - link icon  4K internet TV boxes from Amazon, Apple, Google and Roku are all here – but are they any…

With the release of the new and improved Amazon Fire TV with 4K the whole gang is here, which also includes Apple TV 4K, Google Chromecast Ultra and Roku Streaming Stick. Amazon Fire TV with 4K70. While this may have been the last big name model we were waiting for, this isn't actually Amazon's first 4K streamer. -

Thursday 23 November 2017, PM link icon  BBC News channel 20th anniversary special - 9.11.2017 1729 - YouTube

- link icon  Freeview bosses warn of SVoD challenge |

The companies responsible for UK free-to-air DTT platform Freeview have called on industry and policy makers to 'step up' to meet the profound changes in television being driven by American tech firms. To this end, he revealed a new online Freeview 'Bundle Builder' service as a response to growing demand for skinny bundles based on free TV. North suggested that Freeview Play was becoming increasingly important in the growth of on-demand viewing. -

Thursday 23 November 2017, AM link icon  Which? campaign win: Broadband providers told to advertise more realistic speeds – Which…

This is also a win for our Broadband Speed Guaranteed campaign, supported by more than 120,000 people who signed our petition calling for broadband providers to be more transparent with their advertising. Our Fix Bad Broadband campaign calls on providers to do more to fix the problems people suffer with their home internet and deliver the speeds they've promised. -

Tuesday 21 November 2017, PM link icon  Google to 'derank' Russia Today and Sputnik

He then named two of Russia's biggest media outlets RT, a TV and online news organisation, and Sputnik, an online media network. Russia has repeatedly denied claims that it interfered in the 2016 presidential elections. -

Thursday 16 November 2017, PM link icon  BBC plots £500m debt-fuelled bid for full control of Dave broadcaster UKTV

The BBC is manoeuvring towards a 500m bid for full control of UKTV, the broadcaster behind the Dave and Gold channels, in what would be a major expansion into the advertising and pay-TV markets. Under a change of control clause in the UKTV joint venture agreement, the BBC will have the right to buy out Discovery when the Scripps deal is completed early next year. - link icon…

Cost savings from operating fewer bands Following the award of the 700MHz band, most UK operators are likely to have spectrum in two or three low-frequency bands. Figure 5-3 Summary of key constraints 1-Large FDD band 2 - Three TDD bands 3 - One TDD band Transitional licencing o o o Technical constraints o o Migration costs - o/- -- All of the proposed options will require transitional licencing as they include changes to the current band plans. -

Tuesday 14 November 2017, PM link icon  GroupM: young will 'erode TV viewing' as they age - TBI Vision TBI Vision


Wednesday 08 November 2017, PM link icon  BBC keen to take World News free-to-air | News | Broadcast

BBC keen to take World News free-to-airTony Hall has urged the government to provide financial support to enable it to offer BBC World News free to viewers across Europe as Brexit negotiations gather pace.The international news channel is currently distributed as part of pay-TV packages but Hall said he was keen to bring it in front of paywalls to enable larger audiences to access its coverage of issues such as the UK’s exit from the EU.He added that going free-to-air in highly-populated regions such as sub-Saharan Africa would have a significant impact on viewing levels, while the channel could also help bring trade benefits to the UK in other regions.Appearing in front of a DCMS committee on Tuesday (7 November), director general Hall said that he was keen for the distribution of World News to mirror BBC Radio World Service but warned such a move would require public investment.Hall said the extra funding was required to improve the service’s editorial output and make up the shortfall which would result from moving out of a pay-TV environment.“The World Service is a great export for us in the UK and highlights the need for us to be out there. So we’ve approached DCMS and others to see whether there is a different way of funding world television news,” said Hall.“In some territories it goes against interests of the BBC and the broader UK to try to make money. In Europe for example, if we removed the subscription barrier then people would be able to see what we were reporting on Brexit.”He said the extra investment would be used to expand the channel into territories in which many of its competitors from China and Russia were being funded by the state. -

Tuesday 07 November 2017, PM link icon  Analysis: why would Fox sell to Disney? - TBI Vision TBI Vision


Tuesday 07 November 2017, AM link icon  Virgin Media subscribers could face losing ITV should the two companies not agree on £80m…

Virgin Media currently pays for smaller ITV channels such as ITV2 and ITVBe, but now would be faced with a hefty bill in order to carry the main channel. Should the unthinkable happen and Virgin Media and ITV do ungraciously part ways, then it certainly seems like you would, in theory, no longer be able to watch ITV via your Virgin Media PVR. The bad news is you'd need a new way to watch ITV. The good news is that there's no shortage of ways to do so, and it shouldn't cost you much either. -

Monday 06 November 2017, PM link icon  U.S. radio's biggest opportunity in years

No local studios, no local voices, no local office, no local address, no local telephone number. They can invest in the biggest and best radio programming, junk all these pointless old-fashioned local callsigns and horrible underinvested office space to offer a great-sounding, national, real, and relevant radio station. - link icon  BBC extends Met Office weather contract due to delays in switch to rival

The BBC has been forced to turn back to the Met Office for its weather information after a high-profile switch to a new provider was beset by delays. The Met Office has provided data for the BBC's weather forecasts since the corporation's first radio weather bulletin in November 1922. -

Friday 03 November 2017, AM link icon  DTG :: News :: THE DTG'S D-BOOK 10 DEFINES LATEST UK TV REQUIREMENTS

The DTG's D-Book 10 is the industry determined, next generation, universally deployed specification which supports future interactive services and enables the continuing transition towards HbbTV. Where D-Book 9 introduced HbbTV references for Freeview Play at the MHEG to HbbTV transition which included the introduction of support for HEVC and HDR for IP delivered services, D-Book 10 continues to support the development of HD products and services with the introduction of Single Frequency Network support for the migration of COM 78 T2 multiplexes into the 700 MHz band. An IP Software Upgrade Option has been included in response to the requirements of manufacturers handling software upgrades to today's complex TVs, avoiding the need for SSU Broadcast updates. -

Wednesday 01 November 2017, PM link icon  Freeview blames air pressure for TV disruption

Freeview has said that high air pressure is the cause of disruption being experienced by some of its users in England and Wales. Freeview said it was unable to remedy the problem until weather conditions changed. -

Tuesday 31 October 2017, AM link icon  John Humphrys says Thought for the Day message 'deeply boring'

In an interview for the Radio Times, Humphrys and his Today co-presenters were asked how it felt to have to pause the programme for Thought for the Day. The majority of contributors to Thought for the Day are Christian, although there are regular Muslim and Jewish contributors and occasional Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. -

Monday 30 October 2017, PM link icon  Ghostwatch: The BBC spoof that duped a nation

In the studio, Parkinson urged viewers to phone in with their own ghost stories on 081 811 8181 - the standard number for BBC phone-ins at the time, used on shows including Crimewatch and Going Live Volk went on to write an episode of Ghosts for the BBC in 1995, created ITV series Afterlife starring Andrew Lincoln and Lesley Sharp, and was also behind the 2011 film The Awakening. -

Friday 27 October 2017, AM link icon  BBC GEL | Typography


Wednesday 25 October 2017, PM link icon  Apple hires ex-BBC and Channel 4 executive Jay Hunt

Apple has hired Jay Hunt - the former controller of BBC One and chief creative officer of Channel Four - to join its video team. When Jay Hunt missed out on the job of chief executive at Channel 4, where as chief creative officer she had overseen a series of big hits and bought Great British Bake Off from the BBC, everyone in the industry asked the same question. -

Tuesday 24 October 2017, PM link icon  BBC apologises over interview with climate sceptic Lord Lawson

The BBC has apologised for an interview with the climate sceptic Lord Lawson after admitting it had breached its own editorial guidelines for allowing him to claim that global temperatures have not risen in the past decade. The programme in August featuring the interview with Lawson also included an interview with Al Gore, the former US vice president and climate campaigner, who discussed his new film An Inconvenient Sequel Truth to Power, and another interview with the director Fisher Stevens, who made Before the Flood, also about climate change, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. -

Monday 23 October 2017, PM link icon  TV tower firm Arqiva eyes £6bn UK listing

The UK's largest owner of TV transmitters, Arqiva, is planning a 6bn float on the London Stock Exchange expected to be the biggest this year. Arqiva traces its roots back to the BBC's first radio broadcast in 1922, and its masts are used by TV channels, radio stations and mobile networks. -

Thursday 12 October 2017, PM link icon  Rocket wins £15m Freeview media

Freeview, the UK's biggest TV platform, has awarded its 15m media account to Rocket. Rocket is part of Omnicom's five-strong line-up of media agencies in the UK. Rocket now lines up with creative agency Anomaly and digital shop NMPi. -

Thursday 12 October 2017, AM link icon  TV access services 2017: Q1 and Q2

The first bi-annual report for 2017 on the provision of access services by broadcasters under the Code on Television Access Services shows the cumulative position from January to June 2017. All Channel 3 services are required to meet the same quotas, although there may be slight variations in the total percentage of access services provided on these channels. -

Wednesday 27 September 2017, AM link icon  Roberts Radio launches digital radio adapter – RadioToday

Roberts Radio announced that they would be entering the automotive market for the first time with the launch of a Roberts Radio digital radio car adapter, launched later this year. The digital radio car adapter market across Europe has been significantly boosted by the Norwegian switchover, the first in the world, which is underway and completes at the end of this year the planned Switzerland switchover which is scheduled for 2020 and the UK's on-going digital radio progress. - link icon  Minister wants radio to be digital by default – RadioToday

The Drive to Digital conference, which is organised by Digital Radio UK, heard about the progress being made in transitioning UK radio to digital with speeches from leading audio and radio brands, including Roberts Radio, Ruark and Pure, as well as Amazon Alexa and Sonos ,and vehicle manufacturer, Audi. Drive to Digital was chaired by award-winning presenter, Magic Radio's Harriet Scott, and featured presentions from leading broadcasters including Paul Rodgers, Head of BBC 6 Music Tony Moorey, Content Director, Absolute Radio and Magic Radio John Cushing, Head of News Operations, Global and presenter and radio legend Tony Blackburn, who was joined by Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1, to mark the launch of new BBC digital pop-up station, BBC Radio 1 Vintage, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of Radio 1 on 30 September. -

Friday 15 September 2017, PM link icon  it's an offer we can't refuse from the Murdochs

Ofcom - so wet that it's the regulatory equivalent of Ross from Friends - had advised her to refer the bid to the competition watchdog on grounds of plurality, a situation the Murdochs would easily have handled. So with the Murdochs, whose populist papers pushed relentlessly against the dastardly EU for decades, yet are now keen to point out how much the country is going to need the Murdochs' business now Brexit's pushing it towards the financial shitter only they can fix us. -

Friday 15 September 2017, AM link icon  How big tech became the new titan of television

The geeks are raiding their digital vaults to transform themselves into lords of entertainment - or at least owners of content - and in the process shape what we watch and how we watch. The tech company will inhabit Hollywood history if its original content division moves into The Culver Studios, a possibility first reported by the Financial Times. -

Tuesday 12 September 2017, PM link icon  Statement from the Culture Secretary on the proposed Sky plc / 21st Century Fox Inc. merge…

Mr Speaker, I am here to give an update on the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky Plc, and my decision whether or not to refer the transaction for a full 6 month investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority. The first concern was raised in Ofcom's public interest report that Fox did not have adequate compliance procedures in place for the broadcast of Fox News in the UK and only took action to improve its approach to compliance after Ofcom expressed concerns. -

Thursday 07 September 2017, PM link icon  Cage Warriors hits free-to-air UK TV with FreeSports partnership

The new deal will see FreeSports broadcast Cage Warriors shows live and for free, bringing Europe's leading mixed martial arts promotion to free TV, with the first live event of the partnership featuring Cage Warriors 86 on Saturday September 16 from Indigo at The O2, London and the remaining 3 shows this year already in the Freesports schedule. The partnership will sit alongside Cage Warriors' existing live broadcast partnership with BT Sport in the UK, and joins a comprehensive list of premium broadcast partners including UFC Fight Pass, Viasat, Eleven Sports Network, Setanta, PPTV and Discovery's D-Sports. -

Monday 04 September 2017, PM link icon  5 Best TV Guide Apps for Freeview, Sky, and Netflix

That's were TV guide apps can come in handy, as they provide a simple way to know when all your favourite programmes are on. When you first launch Discover TV you're not presented with the standard TV schedule, instead there are a selection of curated lists offering, among other things, the '10 Best Today', '10 Best Catch-Up', and '5 Best Free Films'. -

Saturday 02 September 2017, PM link icon  Freesat considers next-gen options

Freesat has invited set top box manufacturers to submit their views on the next iteration of their platform. The company has invited discussion on a number of possible enhancements to the platform, including support for ultra-high-definition content and the ability for users to stream recordings to multiple rooms. -

Wednesday 30 August 2017, PM link icon  ITV submits plans for South Bank redevelopment

ITV has submitted its plans for the redevelopment of its South Bank site to Lambeth Council. ITV has submitted its planning application to Lambeth Council and hopes to start construction in 2019. - link icon  FreeSports

- link icon  New free sports TV channel launched showing 10 live football games per week

A new free-to-air TV channel launches tomorrow showing live football, rugby league, motorsport, ice hockey and more. Barca TV Bayern TV AC Milan TV Borussia Dortmund TV. That will involve showing the whole game, normally 24 hours afterwards, plus one hour of club news per week. -

Thursday 24 August 2017, AM link icon  New free-to-air sports channel to launch next month

A new free-to-air sports channel is to set to launch in the UK next month. A number of sporting events are classed as UK 'listed' events - those in Group A should be shown live on either BBC 1, BBC 2, ITV 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, while Group B events must at least have highlights offered to those channels. -

Monday 14 August 2017, PM link icon  DVB approves new subtitling specification - TVBEurope


Sunday 13 August 2017, PM link icon  BBC to turn off 13 medium wave transmitters – RadioToday

BBC Radio Sussex, Surrey, Humberside, Wiltshire, Nottingham, Kent, and Lincolnshire will no longer be accessible on medium wave, whilst BBC Radio Devon, Radio Lancashire and BBC Essex will reduce their frequencies. The BBC has trialled the switch-off of a number of medium-wave transmitters over the past few years and made the decision to turn off 13 more transmitters following audience feedback. -

Wednesday 09 August 2017, AM link icon  Sony Rebrands Kix, Launches Channel on Freeview, Sky, Freesat

Sony Pictures Television Networks is rebranding Kix to Pop Max, with the kids' channel set to launch across Freeview, Sky and Freesat on August 30. Pop Max comes from SPTN UK and joins Pop and Tiny Pop in SPTN's kids' channel portfolio. - link icon  My Media Week: Owen Jenkinson, Freeview

As well as putting the finishing touches to the media pitch briefing, I have a lengthy meeting with an interesting consultancy we've been working with, Verbalisation. Consequently the commute home and evening media consumption is relatively bubble gum - Evening Standard and comedy on BBC iPlayer. -

Thursday 03 August 2017, PM link icon  KMTV channel director James Brindle says local TV is a 'win, win, win' for Kent

KMTV is the 30th channel to get off the ground, in a joint venture between the KM Group and the University of Kent. Tune in for half an hour every Wednesday from 6.30pm. HOW TO WATCH. KMTV will be available on Freeview Channel 7 and Virgin Channel 159 from 5.30pm today. -

Thursday 27 July 2017, AM link icon  ITV readies hefty bill for Virgin Media as advertising sales dive

ITV is poised to hit Virgin Media with a hefty bill for carrying its main channel backed with a tacit threat of a blackout if it refuses to pay up. ITV will rely on new laws that come into force next week and scrap a copyright exemption that allows Virgin Media to carry its main public service channel for free without fear of legal action. -

Monday 24 July 2017, AM link icon  York TV is on the air! Everything you need to know about city's new television channel

That's York is now broadcasting to the Greater York area via Freeview Channel 8. To mark its official launch, the Lord Mayor of York Cllr Barbara Boyce toured the offices and studios base at York St John University, meeting the team behind the channel. - link icon  MXF: Bigger And Better To Meet Business Needs

SMPTE published the MXF standard in 2004, and since that time it has been continually refined to improve the business of cinema and broadcast worldwide. The more feedback SMPTE receives on the report and its conclusions, the better SMPTE can use real-world data to improve MXF and make it an even more useful means of handling media content. - link icon  BBC is paying too much for talent it can afford to lose

The dogmatic insistence that the BBC had to pay higher salaries or lose talent had been spiked by presenter John Humphrys on Radio 4's Media Show, when he was asked if he would do his job for less money. The BBC can afford to lose established talent, but it cannot afford to lose its place as the engine of the British creative digital economy. -

Tuesday 18 July 2017, PM 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. -

Monday 17 July 2017, PM 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. -

Monday 17 July 2017, AM link icon…

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. - 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. -

Friday 14 July 2017, AM 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. -

Thursday 13 July 2017, PM 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. -

Tuesday 11 July 2017, AM link icon  Digital radio progress welcomed at event – 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. -

Monday 10 July 2017, PM 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. - 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. -

Friday 07 July 2017, PM 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. - link icon  New transmitters turned on in Leicestershire – 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. -

Thursday 06 July 2017, AM 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. -

Monday 26 June 2017, AM 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. -

Friday 23 June 2017, AM link icon  BBC Radio Cymru 2 set to launch on digital radio – 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. -

Thursday 22 June 2017, AM 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. -

Wednesday 21 June 2017, PM 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. -

Tuesday 20 June 2017, PM 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. -

Monday 19 June 2017, AM 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. -

Wednesday 07 June 2017, AM 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. -

Saturday 27 May 2017, PM link icon


Thursday 25 May 2017, PM 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.. -

Wednesday 24 May 2017, AM 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. - 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. -

Wednesday 17 May 2017, PM 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. - link icon  BBC News


Thursday 11 May 2017, PM 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. -

Thursday 11 May 2017, AM link icon  Radio music use on Amazon Echo set to grow – 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. -

Monday 08 May 2017, PM link icon  Global pay TV revenues 'to peak in 2017' - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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Thursday 04 May 2017, AM link icon  Radio professionals celebrate DAB in Birmingham – 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. -

Wednesday 03 May 2017, PM link icon  New transmitters for Wolverhampton Shropshire – 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. -

Tuesday 02 May 2017, PM 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. - 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. - link icon  Amol Rajan to host Radio 4's The Media Show – 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. -

Saturday 29 April 2017, PM link icon  Royal Assent for Radio Multiplex Services Bill – 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. -

Friday 28 April 2017, AM link icon  YouGov: 5m UK viewers use pirate streaming services » 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. - link icon  STV Watch Live


Monday 24 April 2017, PM 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. -

Thursday 20 April 2017, AM 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. -