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Thursday 16 July 2009, PM

Consultation on sustainable, independent and impartial news in the Nations, locally and in the regions

The consultation period was 30 June- 22 September 2009 Responses to the consultation can be found online. Government response to the consultation on sustainable independent and impartial news in the nations, locally and in the regions. Government intends to trial this proposal first on a pilot basis in Scotland, Wales and one English region, with national roll out from 2013. - link

BBC carries on licence fee fight in front of select committee MPs |Media |

Lyons conceded it was a decision for parliament to make, but said sharing the licence fee with other broadcasters would be a momentous change. Meanwhile, Thompson told the committee that he expected only about 45 to 50 of staff slated to move to the BBC's new northern headquarters in Salford to actually relocate. So far, official figures show that 42 of middle managers have agreed to move north, while 15 out of 32 senior executives have agreed. - link

Teletext news to be pulled from TV |Media |

Teletext owned by Daily Mail and General Trust. In a time Light years before the internet revolution, Teletext's clunky, often derided, television text news service reigned supreme as the interactive experience of choice in UK households. It will switch off in January, putting 70 jobs at risk. - link
Thursday 16 July 2009, AM

118800 and a web revolution

The controversial mobile phone directory launched last month, but has struggled to convince the great British public that it's a good idea to have your mobile number available for people to look up. For days now the website has been down, and the service has been unavailable. After the BBC's excellent Working Lunch programme gave prolonged coverage to the story before the launch, various e-mails began circulating, warning people about it. - link

TiVo lawsuit explodes into billion-dollar stakes | Tech Policy Law News - Betanews

What is big is EchoStar's assertion that sanctions being sought against it amount to as much as 1 billion -- the first time the proverbial math has alluded to TiVo's potential jackpot. This in addition to the 104 million that the Supreme Court decided EchoStar was liable for, in its refusal to hear EchoStar's first appeal. A billion dollar grand prize, which is apparently what TiVo may seek in sanctions, is not outside of Marshall's ballpark at all. - link

Visualising Material World: the ins and outs

But, I've been around for a while and I often suspect that Cumulonimbus might be more appropriate - dark, thunderous and anvil shaped, ready to dump on you from a great height, like the endlessly doomed Wile E. shudders, visualisation is a window that can be added to a webpage or TV screen. The Console had been designed and the IP distribution had already been worked out, so despite only being a small part of the console, creating the video was going to involve the most work. - link

Series catch-up for Radio 4 programmes

Monday 13 July 2009, 1348 Sarah Prag Yesterday something small but significant happened. Which means that you can go back and listen to it before listening to Episode 2. Series catch-up means that all the episodes in a series are available until 7 days after the final episode is broadcast. - link
Monday 13 July 2009, AM

HDTV UK: Virgin Media adding four new HD channels

A little ahead of schedule, Virgin Media has announced that four new channels will be available in high definition from the end of July. - link

MediaGuardian 100, 2009

The criteria used A panel of experienced media watchers from the worlds of politics, journalism, advertising and the internet judged entrants using three criteria cultural influence, economic clout and political power of all candidates - link
Sunday 12 July 2009, PM

DTG :: News :: TeamCast and BBC to develop DVB-T2 demodulator

This firmware runs on TeamCasts Power4Cast platform, allowing the demodulator to support additional modes and features of the T2 specification through firmware upgrades. Using BBC's firmware as a starting point for developing our T2 demodulator is a reliable way to speed up our development. DTG Staff 12.06.2009 Links open in a new window. - link

Sky renews agreement with SES ASTRA

In total Sky is using 31 transponders on the ASTRA satellite system. Mike Darcey, Skys Chief Operating Officer, said Our success is driven by delivering high-quality content and services on a reliable and flexible platform. DTG Staff 30.06.2009 Links open in a new window. - link

BSkyB to fight premium channels plan - TV Radio, Media - The Independent

The watchdog said the satellite broadcaster is thought to be charging high prices to competitors for the use of its premium content. BSkyB holds the rights to many top sporting fixtures and all major Hollywood releases and Ofcom said the satellite broadcaster kept a stranglehold on the wholesale supply of channels with this premium content. Ofcom said it was considering whether splitting rights for movies on demand from standard subscription rights would improve competition. - link

TV viewers taking greater control as nine million digital video recorders sold | 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

Ofcom tells Sky the Pay TV party is over

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Pay TV phase three document | Ofcom

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Sunday 12 July 2009, AM

RadioDNS Demo Application Released

The code is written in Python and uses the wxWidgets user interface library. We are making this code available as part of our explorations with RadioDNS, and look forward to technical feedback. To download, please visit our RadioDNS project page here. - link

British Telecom sacks bitterly unpopular Phorm ad platform | Tech Policy Law News - Betanews

In an announcement this morning, British Telecom said it has decided to halt BT Webwise, its prospective targeted advertising platform, calling the move a cost-cutting measure as the company invests 1.5 billion in improved broadband deployments. In early 2008, BT, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media joined forces to build a single targeted ad platform for their respective subscribers. Unfortunately, after the service had been announced, BT admitted that it had already tested the service without telling users. - link

Visualising material world: studio set-up

Editor's note - Mark Damazer has previously written about Material World and the visualising radio trial. My role as Operations Manager for AM Factual is to manage the technical resources for our in-house factual radio production base. I look after a team of fifteen studio managers sound engineers and dedicated recording facilities - studios, workshops and the bizarrely named 'woffices' - and endeavour to enable any project envisaged to make it to air by hook or by crook. - link
Saturday 11 July 2009, AM

BBC NEWS | Technology | How well do DAB car radios work?

A government-commissioned report has called for analogue radio to be switched off within six years and replaced by Digital Audio Broadcasting transmissions. - link
Friday 10 July 2009, AM

BBC - BBC Internet Blog: BBC iPlayer now lets you link directly to your favourite scene in TV programmes

You know how you're watching a programme on TV and there's a moment that's absolutely hilarious - so funny that you just have to tell your friends about it. If only you could send them a link that took them directly to the exact moment in the programme... Well, now you can, thanks to a BBC iPlayer feature we recently introduced which allows you to create links that jump directly to any time within a programme. - link
Thursday 09 July 2009, AM

BBC Media Show: 8 July 2009 link

Media Talk Live: The digital future link
Monday 06 July 2009, PM

With all these programmes online, why watch TV? |Media |The Guardian

British TV viewers may scratch their heads when asked what Hulu is now, but later this year, if things go to plan, we will all be talking about the catchup service with the funny name. To do so it needs to overcome myriad rights issues with UK broadcasters, which are trying to come up with a homegrown alternative. This year, Project Kangaroo, the nearest UK equivalent to Hulu, failed because of competition concerns. - link
Monday 06 July 2009, AM

Question of the week: How can ITV improve its ratings? |Media |The Guardian

ITV1 has sunk to its worst audience share since it started 54 years ago - 16.1 in the week ending 18 June. Peter Bazalgette, media consultant What a relief to discuss ITV's programmes rather than its debt, pension deficit, board or new chief executive. Peter Fincham has to perform the most devilish balancing act in TV history cut programme expenditure and increase ratings. - link
Sunday 05 July 2009, PM

Geeks vs. journalists: A tale of two worldviews | Tech Policy Law News - Betanews

Some of the incurious double-digit-IQ nonsense I've heard in the newsrooms of old-line mainstream publications would make the average geek bite a mousepad in half. Frankly, a lot of people with journalism degrees are the last people who ought to become journalists. The idea of journalism as a white-collar profession, rather than a grubby old trade, is only a few decades old. - link
Friday 03 July 2009, PM

BBC Media Show: Radio Fesival Live 01/07/09 link

Media Talk: Radio Festival 2009 link
Tuesday 30 June 2009, AM

2010 will be the breakthrough year for Micro USB | Tech Policy Law News - Betanews

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New TVs PVR can save video to SD chips | Tech Gear News - Betanews

Like Vizio in the United States, Cello has grown rapidly in the last four years because of its affordable, but feature-rich products. It is equipped with two tuners and two SD slots for simultaneous Freeview recording, a built-in electronic programming guide and DVD player. There, the SD card is shown, but not mentioned in the feature list. - link

What's happening with Freeview HD?

The Editor In our recent open post we had several questions about the roll-out of Freeview HD. The plan has always been to roll Freeview HD out around the country following switchover and Winter Hill was selected as the first achievable transmitter. The March 2010 date in the Ofcom document is simply the last backstop date by when Winter Hill has to be on air to comply with our licence conditions. - link


The latest product of their efforts is the ASTOR demonstrator - aka 'the world's heaviest laptop' which is currently being tested by the archive and network media research engineers. It's big, runs pretty hot, weighs close to half a ton, and can store dozens of hours of HD content, but perhaps most amazingly is that in its brief few months of existence, it's clocked up more than 10,000 miles. The story began three years ago, when RD started looking at the best ways to store large amounts of AV content in digital form. - link

Cable DVRs are legal: Supreme Court denies appeal of Cablevision decision | Betanews

That August 2008 ruling had overturned an earlier District Court ruling in March that had been a victory for the studios. Their argument was that when a cable service provider lets its customers record and play back shows at the headend -- using the provider's own storage rather than a local DVR -- that constituted a retransmission, which was contrary to the terms of service. In other words, they could only be replayed in the context of each customer's DVR service. - link
Wednesday 24 June 2009, PM

Caldbeck TV mast - a sneak look...

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Wednesday 24 June 2009, AM

Are ESPN and Sky friends or foes? |Media |

Disney, whose TV assets include ABC, one of the big four American networks, has a market value of 42bn 25.7bn and operations in dozens of countries. However, all the talk from ESPN thus far is about partnership rather than rivalry as the company seeks to play down talk of a challenge to Sky. ESPN hasn't got the infrastructure or the expertise to set up its own UK subscription business, a costly exercise that hurt Setanta. - link

Sky's illogical ad still misleading HD newbies?

What's less clear is just how much true 720p or 1080i content you're getting, and at what quality. Yes, it says that there are 33 high definition channels available, but it doesn't say that only a modest proportion of programmes on those channels were made in high definition. No mainstream broadcaster can yet offer full 1080p high definition, which is what you expect from films on Blu-ray. - link
Tuesday 23 June 2009, PM

BBC Red Button now available via BBC HD

However, you couldn't press red to access the BBC's interactive services from this channel. All the additional video inside the BBC Red Button service will continue to be in standard definition. Our code too is built in standard definition as the majority of set top boxes don't allow us to write HD versions of our software. - link

Setanta goes into administration with loss of 200 jobs |Media |

Irish pay-TV company Setanta has today been placed into administration after rescue talks designed to secure new funding collapsed. Accountancy firm Deloitte has confirmed it has been appointed as administrator for the UK part of the business, which employs about 200 staff. The broadcaster's other wholly owned channels, including Setanta Sports 1 and 2, went off air around the same time. - link
Tuesday 23 June 2009, AM

Freesat - all you need to know - AVReview Features

It has chalked up sales of over 400,000, the number channels has grown to over 145 and there's a wide range of Freesat-equipped hardware on the market catering for all budgets. A big part of Freesat's appeal is the lack of subscription costs, but the main reason why consumers are heading towards the service in their droves is the prospect of getting high-definition channels absolutely free. To belatedly celebrate its birthday, we're taking a look at the current state of Freesat how it compares to its rivals, the various ways of getting it and what the platform has in store for the future. - link
Monday 22 June 2009, PM

Marquee opens BBC iPlayer despite Canvas problems

The idea is part of the partnership proposals presented as part of the BBC contribution to Digital Britain and is seen by some as an attempt to avoid top slicing of the licence fee revenue. The BBC has previously said that it is ready to share the iPlayer technology and brand with other public service broadcasters who could use the same technology and user experience to support their own branded, independent on-demand services supported by advertising or other means. The only problem is that most major broadcasters have already made significant investments in their own broadband video platforms. - link

Digital Britain report disappoints

The Digital Britain white paper aims to set out the importance of the digital economy to the economic future of the nation, but some see it as disappointing, lacking vision, ambition and fibre. The ground that it attempts to cover is wide ranging but in many parts it descends into a commentary on general trends and vague observations about the digital landscape. What is lacking is any inspiring aspiration or groundbreaking initiative to invest in modern digital infrastructure. - link

ITV, C4 and Five rapped for pushing products | News | Broadcast

It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. - link
Monday 22 June 2009, AM

Eexpensive TV productions that need to sell thousands of DVDs to cover their costs

A budgetary ice-age seems to be sweeping through UK television - raising fears about British broadcasting's delicate eco-stystem. The morning before Demons' fate was confirmed, the BBC instructed all six of its television networks to find record efficiency savings of 7.5 - over the next five years the channels will lose 1bn from their budgets. In March, head of programming Julian Bellamy said the broadcaster would like to commission more drama, but there was no money in the budget with which to do so. - link

BBC - Radio 4 Blog: Reith 2009 in the Twitterverse

As I've explained in my previous blog posts, the 2009 Reith Lectures team was keen to extend the reach of the programmes beyond the traditional Radio 4 and World Service listeners. A key part of our strategy was social networking site Twitter. We wanted to find people already talking about Professor Sandel and his work, or related ideas, and establish a community of listeners which could start engaging with the lectures' themes before the programmes were even broadcast. - link
Sunday 21 June 2009, PM

The BBC is serving younger audiences well but could do more

Our review shows that BBC Three, Radio 1 and 1Xtra are doing a particularly good job in serving young people. Nine out of ten young people use BBC services every week, and the BBC as a whole provides a good range of high quality content for this group. However the BBC faces growing challenges in engaging young people with its news provision and reaching teenagers on television. - link

...the Digital Britain lock-in |Media |

With cameras rolling and the temperature soaring outside, a door had to be flung open to prevent any unfortunate fainting incidents. Monkey update it has been brought to our attention that it was in fact Gideon's Standard colleague, senior reporter Amar Singh, who made the dash for freedom. The soon-to-depart government minister has dispensed with tank tops and now sports a side parting that could be modelled on the business secretary's own and he sprinkled his presentation with a few witty asides. - link

Millionaire cheque bounces | Media Monkey |Media |

Who Wants to be a Millionaire is all about the money, so one contestant who won 10,000 in the ITV quiz was bemused to find the cheque bounced when she went to cash it in. To find out more information about driving traffic to your content or to place this widget on your site, visit We welcome your feedback at or - link

Channel 5 set for licence for high definition programmes on digital terrestrial television | 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

BBC Trust responds to Digital Britain report

Our review shows that BBC Three, Radio 1 and 1Xtra are doing a particularly good job in serving young people. Nine out of ten young people use BBC services every week, and the BBC as a whole provides a good range of high quality content for this group. However the BBC faces growing challenges in engaging young people with its news provision and reaching teenagers on television. - link
Saturday 20 June 2009, PM

DAB Digital Radio in the UK, Italy, and Denmark - blog - James Cridland

Then pointed out that Ofcoms forecasts in 2006 for digital listening said that wed be at 35 by now were actually at 20. Similarly, RadioCentres forecasts have been out of kilter with where we actually are. Then he goes through a few challenges to DAB in the UK. - link

Goodbye Sky - blog - James Cridland

I got one of the first Sky Movies decoders, which was free for a Sky Pioneer like myself. I declined to buy a decoder card, when that became available. For me, the excitement was the large amount of foreign channels also on the platform nearly 32 channels, I think, including a rather peculiar comedy channel with an ident of a goldfish, I seem to remember. - link
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