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Monday 22 December 2008, PM

Review of the year in media |Media |The Guardian

It made several apologies during 2008, whether for showing 12 hours of sport or because the Doctor Who actor John Barrowman got his wanger out on radio. Dawn Airey wasn't especially sorry when she jumped job for the second time in 12 months, leaving ITV for Five, but there were a lot of sorry newspaper journalists, casualties of the credit crunch. News at Ten returns to the airwaves but sets the tone for the rest of the year by promptly losing out to BBC1's rival bulletin in the ratings on its debut and never recovering. - link
Saturday 20 December 2008, AM

TV killed the Movie

home networking to branch out The number of U.S. online households with home networks should quadruple by 2008, a report says, as consumers expand networks to include entertainment gear and appliances. - link

Channel 4s targeting of BBC Worldwide assets is bold and, potentially, brilliant |Media |

Johnson, remember, was effectively chosen by Ofcom's former chief executive Stephen Carter and soon-to-depart chairman Lord Currie in a bid to sort out Channel 4's financial vulnerability the fact it feels too small, and is too dependent on programmes commissioned from independent suppliers to thrive as a public service broadcaster. So far, most attempts at self-help, while trying to be a mini BBC, have rather blown up in Channel 4's face. The 28m spent on buying into the former Emap music channels last year has generated some cash, but distracted managers. - link

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Switch to digital radio could happen in 2017 - TV Radio, Media - The Independent

The UK could make the switch from analogue to digital radio as early as 2017 according to a Government-commissioned group's report today. The group singled out criteria which must be met to trigger this being able to happen, including at least 50 per cent of total radio listening taking place on digital platforms. In the UK, 31.4 per cent of adults listen every week on digital, which gives digital platforms a total share of radio listening of 18.7 per cent, according to figures from radio body Rajar. - link

Protecting consumers from unfair small print charges | 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

Sky ditches its free deal |Money |The Guardian

Until now, Sky has offered its highly-regarded but basic broadband package 2Mb/s to any customer paying for one of its satellite TV packages. From 1 March, Sky will impose a 5-a -month charge for all customers that do not take Sky Talk - although most do, as it covers unlimited calls. Those taking its Mid or Max broadband will also pay another 5 a month if they do not take Sky Talk. - link
Friday 19 December 2008, PM

Digital Radio Working Group: Final Report

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Friday 19 December 2008, AM

BBC introduces CBBC iPlayer, plus beta Mac and Linux downloads |Media |

The BBC has already set up a password-protected parental guidance lock that prevents children watching unsuitable on the standard iPlayer. It was just over one year ago, on 13 December 2007, that the BBC introduced an expanded version of the web TV catch up service that offered programmes via streaming rather than downloading. The BBC Trust had decided that the iPlayer should be limited to downloads within seven days of broadcast that could be watched for up to 30 days, which meant that digital rights management had to be used to control downloaded content. - link

Putting a price on Canvas

18 December, 2008 By Kate Bulkley Broadband-connected Freeview is a huge step forward - at a cost. 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

Panasonic LZD81 Freesat TV is better than the PZ81 - Which? News

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Thursday 18 December 2008, PM

How to get BBC iPlayer on the Mac working - blog - James Cridland

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BBC NEWS | Technology | BBC iPlayer now available on Mac

The two systems, which have been able to stream BBC programmes via the iPlayer for a year, will now be able to handle downloads. Lab edition The iPlayer is the BBC's online media player that lets viewers stream programmes for up to seven days after broadcast or download and watch them for up to 30 days. In early 2008 ISPs complained that the popularity of the iPlayer was putting a strain on their networks and forcing up their costs. - link

BSkyB - no business will be immune to challenges of 2009 - Telegraph

The company has said that it did not expect to lose customers to Freeview - and that it was on track to reach its target of 10m subscribers by the end of next year. In the three-month period to September 30, the number of homes with Sky services passed the 9m mark for the first time, with customer growth 87,000 in the period, up 5pc year on year. Neil Berkett, chief executive of competitor Virgin Media, predicted in November that take-up of pay-TV services would slow over the course of 2009. - link

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BetaNews | Nationwide DTV test hits snags with Comcast, Dish

Yesterday, local TV stations in 42 states and DC participated in the first nationwide digital television consumer readiness test. Broadcasters turned off their analog signals some time between 500 and 700 pm ET. Aside from some noteworthy exceptions, the results so far seem largely favorable. - link
Thursday 18 December 2008, AM

Ofcom names new chairman

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Live Bingo from Netplay

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Channelling anger felt by Peebles residents - Borders Today

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Tuesday 16 December 2008, AM

Zattoo streaming Freeview TV in full quality for Christmas | Electricpig

December 16, 2008 933 am You might remember Zattoo from earlier in the year. It caused a fuss when it started streaming Freeview channels online absolutely free. Despite some protests from broadcasters, its still running and just upgraded its quality for Christmas too. - link

Jeff Randall Live: BBC Director General Mark Thompson Defends Licence Fee | Business | Sky News

The Director General defended the annual 139.50 charge, saying it helps maintain the high quality of shows at a time when the rest of the broadcast sector is struggling. He pointed out that the current settlement, which runs until 2012, is currently 2.5 to 3 below inflation. Mr Thompson explained the corporation has been forced to take on extra responsibilities, such as funding schemes to ensure disadvantaged groups are not left behind in the digital switchover. - link
Monday 15 December 2008, PM

ShareCast - News you can use

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Ofcom to kick off local TV spectrum sale

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BBC drops licence fee direct mail firm

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Monday 15 December 2008, AM

Freeview HD by 2010: Ofcoms plans explained | News | TechRadar UK

When Ofcom went back and showed people HD, hi-def was a lot more popular. It's fair to say that extra SD channels and more local TV were also popular, but Ofcom had ignored those, too. The Digital Dividend will still provide a windfall before the next election but one of the six existing Freeview multiplexes will be cleared for high-definition TV channels. - link

NetPlay gets licence to operate Freeview channel| Industries| Financial Services Real Estate| Reuters

The company had previously bought spare capacity on the Freeview platform from other broadcasters such as Virgin and Nuts TV. NetPlay said Freeview is Britain's largest digital TV platform with more than 15.3 million users. At 0852 GMT, NetPlay shares were up 5.9 percent at 27 pence. - link

Channel 4 is losing in its public funding face-off with the BBC |Media |The Guardian

Channel 4 is campaigning for public cash - with the licence fee the most likely source - while the BBC is equally determined to stop the Horseferry Road hordes from getting their hands on it. Not only would it be complex to administer, but there would need to be separate governance measures to hold any recipients accountable for public funding. Do we really want to see Channel 4 becoming BBC 5 - link
Friday 12 December 2008, PM

Macdonald rejects ITV plcs single brand call - Media news - Media Week

By law, the BBC must use independent producers for at least one quarter of all of its TV programme commissions. STV hopes that gaining independent status would boost its business and enable it to deliver more local content to Scottish viewers. - link

Digital television heads for the West Country (From Gazette Series)

Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the process, said nine out of 10 people in the region are already aware of the big switchover. The changes will see digital terrestrial television Freeview available to virtually every home in the area including, for the first time, more than 140,000 households served by local relay transmitters. When analogue signals are switched off and replaced with digital broadcasts, the number of free channels will increase from four to around 20. - link

How iPlayer will become our player for your friends |Technology |The Guardian

Pricier packages would allow you to download or stream as much BBC content as you want, and cheaper ones wouldn't - rather as already happens on the limited home broadband packages which charge per gigabyte beyond a given amount. The original iPlayer, launched in December 2007 after an extended period of public tests, came in two forms. The first uses a Windows-only peer-to-peer download system, and attracted complaints from users with Mac or Linux computers more than 16,000 people signed an electronic petition asking for a more open system. - link

Keep C4 safe, McCloud and Snow urge Ofcom

12 December, 2008 By Robin Parker Two of Channel 4's highest profile presenters have urged Ofcom to find a way of securing the broadcaster's future. 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

Media Talk: The BBC rides to the rescue link
Friday 12 December 2008, AM

Digital Radio Working Group expected to predict digital radio switchover by 2020 |Media |

The body set up by the government to secure the future of digital radio in the UK is expected to predict next week that switchover for the medium could be completed by 2020. The various parties were brought together by the government to map out a timetable for digital radio, which has been beset by uncertainty over the future of one of its key methods of delivery, digital audio broadcasting DAB. This would reinforce the conclusions of the group's interim report, published in June, that recommended the establishment of a timetable for the migration of all UK radio from analogue to digital. - link

iPlayer has changed little for me -

home networking to branch out The number of U.S. online households with home networks should quadruple by 2008, a report says, as consumers expand networks to include entertainment gear and appliances. - link

BBC NEWS | Scotland | TV faces switch-over switch-off

The future of TV is a multi-channel digital world The station has been arguing that without some public funding, it will be unable to continue producing as many news and current affairs programmes in the future. Now we have a better idea of when the station will either need to be given public money or permission to cut its local output - something it insists it does not want to do. Historically, regulators were able to impose wide-ranging public service obligations on ITV stations - legal requirements to make programmes which weren't necessarily in the companies' business interests such as news and current affairs or children's programmes. - link

Spanish switchover to digital television (TDT) explained - The Euro Weekly News, Newspapers Online

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BBC plans will not help fill Channel 4s 150m funding gap, says chief executive Andy Duncan |Media |guar

They have been given a chance to look at proposals and I checked yesterday that all the PSBs had enough information. It is sensible to look at these proposals in detail. Channel Five took a positive view of the potential of the practical partnerships proposals set out by the BBC. - link

Broadcasters and ISPs cosy up for iPlayer on Freeview - The Register

They invited other public service broadcasters Channel 4 and Five, device firms and other ISPs to back the initiative. It also seems likely the involvement of BT and other ISPs indicates plans for a shared content delivery network, to soften the impact on bandwidth charges. No timescale was provided, but the announcement said plans for high definition on demand would be included. - link

Industry unites to deliver online content on TV

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Thursday 11 December 2008, AM

Call For Gaelic Channel To Be Aired On Freeview (from Evening Times)

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Recapturing colour from black and white film |Technology |The Guardian

This weekend will see the broadcast, for the first time in nearly forty years, of a vintage episode of Dad's Army it its original colour form, thanks to software developed by a former BBC employee. The episode, Room at the Bottom, was made in 1969 - but, thanks to a purge of the BBC's archives in the 1970s, had only survived in the form of a black and white film, even though it was originally recorded on early colour videotape. Manifesting as a pattern of faint dots across the picture, these 'chroma-dots' are the key to colour recovery, a process which has caught the eye of the BBC Putting the colour back into the Doctor's cheeks, March 6. - link

BBC licence fee will be even more important in 2012, says Lord Carter |Media |

Lord Carter, the new junior minister for communications, technology and broadcasting, said today that he believes that the BBC licence fee is likely to be even more necessary when it next comes up for renewal in 2012. Speaking to the Commons culture media and sport select committee in his first appearance since he became a minister in October, Carter said he imagined that 2012 would be a time with 100 digital switchover and almost complete migration of radio users to digital with even greater multimedia content. During his often heated question and answer session with the select committees MPs, Carter admitted that Ofcom was given an inappropriate name when it was created in 2003. - link

Mixed reception for digital switchover in Borders - Borders Today

I feel it's appropriate to make a couple of additional points in relation to John Askew's letter December 4 regarding the recent digital switchover and the issues myself and others have experienced with certain Freeview digital recorders. I talked to my local aerial engineer last weekend, and was advised he is getting lots of callouts to owners of DigiHome and Thomson recorders who are all experiencing similar issues. - link

Digital TV Switchover Timetable Announced (from The Herald )

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Shopping Cuts Far From Ideal - The Daily Record

11 Dec 2008 0000 THE owners of the Ideal World home shopping channel yesterday warned of steeper losses after sales dived 17 per cent in the past six weeks. THE owners of the Ideal World home shopping channel yesterday warned of steeper losses after sales dived 17 per cent in the past six weeks. Ideal Shopping Direct described trading conditions as extremely challenging and said they planned to reduce their headcount by 15 per cent - equivalent to 70 posts. - link
Wednesday 10 December 2008, PM

BBC may help out Digital One radio network |Media |

The BBC may put one or more of its digital radio stations onto the Digital One national service in a bid to help breathe new life into the struggling medium. BBC stations joining Digital One would also free up more capacity on the corporation's own national digital radio multiplex, enabling it to launch more services or improve the sound quality of one or more of its existing ones. Digital One has struggled to fill its capacity, while the second national commercial DAB multiplex, owned by the 4 Digital consortium, will now not launch at all after Channel 4, the main shareholder, pulled out. - link

Radio Today with United Radio: ZEE Radio reaches for the Sky

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Subtitles on BBC iPlayer Update

As we seek to engage with our audiences in new ways, and through new technologies, it incredibly important that the BBC does not leave disabled and elderly people behind as we design, engineer and architect the digital future. So I'd like to give our deaf and hard of hearing users an update on our work to improve the availability of subtitles on BBC iPlayer. Firstly, I'm sorry for not communicating about this more regularly. - link
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