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Monday 17 November 2008, PM

BSkyB to challenge ITV ruling : Broadband TV News

It was the November 2006 purchase of the ITV holding by Sky that effectively scuppered Virgins own plans to acquire the commercial broadcaster. BSkyB has until December 1 to make a final decision, but management thinking is said to currently favour a visit to the Court of Appeal. - link
Monday 17 November 2008, AM

informitv - Channel 4 pulls plug on red button interactive advertising

A decade after the launch of digital television in the United Kingdom, Channel 4 is to end red button interactive advertising at the end of the year, saying that there has been a decline in demand. The channel ended interactivity associated with programmes three years ago. Theres no money in interactive advertising, apparently, but dont tell Google. - link

Video: See the BBC World News promo |Media |

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Phew - Border viewers can watch Neighbours - North West Media News - How-Do

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Saturday 15 November 2008, AM

Scottish viewers left with no STV as channel goes off air for 30 minutes |Media |

Viewers in the central Scotland region, which includes Glasgow and Edinburgh, lost ITV1 coverage at around 10.45am. A logo flashed up on screen saying that programmes would be back shortly. An STV spokeswoman said a power cut was to blame for the problem. - link

BBC in talks with Google

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
Friday 14 November 2008, AM

Media Talk: The Paul Dacre dilemma link
Thursday 13 November 2008, PM

Online TV Will Only Take Two Percent Of TV Revenue Share By 2012: Report| paidContent:UK

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Thursday 13 November 2008, AM

Media Money: Freeview and recession

12 November, 2008 By Kate Bulkley As the recession bites, Freeview is increasingly the place to be. 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

Duncan has plenty on his plate at Channel 4 - Brand Republic News - Brand Republic

When Andy Duncan took over the big chair at Channel 4 in July, 2004, the broadcaster's footprint had barely expanded beyond the mother channel. E4 had launched, but was only available on pay-TV platforms. More 4's launch was just on the horizon. - link

Freeview ad exposes digital divide

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Wednesday 12 November 2008, PM

BBC Media Show: 12 Nov 08 link
Wednesday 12 November 2008, AM

BBC Video Remix Spin-Off Masher Launches After Securing Finance| paidContent:UK

Masher was conceived as a prototype by BBC Motion Gallery, the commercial video library that licenses clips to and from a number of broadcasters, but was acquired by the investors in July. The business model will be ads and sponsorship on the Masher site plus licensing fees for white-label versions of the service, Clifton said. This functionality stringing together multiple short video clips in to a single production is an area the big video sharing sites still havent added. - link

BetaNews | Status of the DTV transition in markets 6,000 miles apart

From the two furthest-flung television markets in America come updates on their respective transitions to DTV. One is being expedited for environmental reasons, and the other will remain on schedule with monthly shutdown tests. Today, it was announced that Hawaii's mandatory transition to digital broadcast will be completed a month ahead of the scheduled February 17 deadline to accommodate the nesting season of the Hawaiian Petrel, an endangered sea bird. - link

Will the recession hit pay-TV? - Brand Republic News - Brand Republic

After surveying 1022 UK consumers, the research company stated that 18 plan to reduce their spending on TV channels next year while another 6 will forego extra services because of the slowdown. Associate director Tim Barber speculated that Freeview 'will benefit at the expense of paid-for television services'. Sky contests Continental's claims, citing its latest results to back its case. The company passed the 9m subscriber mark during the three months to September, and defied tough conditions to increase average annual revenue per user ARPU by 19, to 430, reducing churn to 10.9. - link
Tuesday 11 November 2008, PM

The Freeview receivers that Digital Switch will kill - What Satellite Digital TV

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Tuesday 11 November 2008, AM

Absolute Gadget - 200811111858 | Toshiba launches upscaling Regza ZV TV | Television | News

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Hauppauge myTV Pocket Freeview PMP | Register Hardware

Hauppauge's myTV underwhelming design From the outside, the myTV is underwhelming, having a touch of the old kitchen transistor radio about it. Still, the 200g, 122 x 78 x 18.4mm device feels well built and solid, with the exception of the flip-out plastic stand on the back, which is rather flimsy and can be effortlessly pulled out of its hinge housing. The 3.6in, 320 x 240 screen certainly won't cause the folk at Archos or Cowon to lose any sleep, but it's crisp, clear and bright enough for the job in hand. - link

World Screen - Digital Days - October 2008

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Discovery and BSkyB square up in High Court over ad sales - Brand Republic News - Brand Republic

Sky Media has sold advertising for Discovery's TV channels since 2006. The current deal expires at the end of 2009. However, Discovery has taken BSkyB to the High Court over a disagreement about the companies' advertising sales contract. - link

Licence fee cut urged for areas without Freeview - Hutton Cranswick Today

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Monday 10 November 2008, AM

Did BBC News fluff its lines on a night of American history? - TV Radio, Media - The Independ

Dimblebys interview is the television equivalent of a multiple pile-up on the M6 motorway. I dont know who you are, says Vidal of the veteran BBC man. I think Nick may have had one or two drinks, I wouldnt be surprised if he hadnt enjoyed himself a little bit. These were, indeed, two very human moments on a night of high emotion. - link

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

Media Talk: Obama mania link
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

BBC Media Show: 5 November 2008 link

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
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