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Monday 27 October 2008, PM

informitv - Satellite faces perfect storm as Sky falls in value

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

informitv - NDS profits halved in changing media landscape

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

Black Triangle Blog Archive BBC Churnalism

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

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

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

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

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

Digital switchover date is launched (From Warrington Guardian)

Switchover campaign mascot Digital Al was in the Golden Square on Tuesday to formally announce the process of turning off the analogue signal. The switchover is due to take place on November 4, 2009, in the Granada region. Most households will have 48 channels available on Freeview via an aerial. - link
Saturday 25 October 2008, PM

A Closer Look At Humax FOXSAT-HDR and freesat+ Features | PVR Junction

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Friday 24 October 2008, PM

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Freeview lite row not helping public | News | TechRadar UK

A war of words is developing after culture secretary Andy Burnham suggested that Borders residents who wanted access to more than just the core TV channels should get satellite. If I was living in an area where I cannot get the full set of channels then I will have Freesat or Sky or a different option. - link

BBC iPlayer on Wii: new BigScreen interface

Six months ago, we made BBC iPlayer available on Nintendo Wii. In other words, we made a new video stream for Wii, but we didn't optimise the user interface for the Wii's screen resolution or Wiimote remote control. In fact, one of the reasons why we didn't create a custom Wii interface was because our user interface team was hard at work on the new-look BBC iPlayer 2.0 site, which was to launch in June. - link

Panasonic denies existence of Freesat Blu-ray recorder

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Pressure mounting for Gaelic channel on Freeview - Stornoway Today

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Thursday 23 October 2008, PM

ITV shares under 30p for first time |Media |

The broadcaster hit an all-time low of 28.25 at 10.35am this morning, leaving ITV's market capitalisation at just 1.2bn. Concerns were raised yesterday over the extent of ITV's pension fund deficit, which stood at 221m at the end of June and could result in the broadcaster having to inject more than it agreed last year and potentially cut its dividend. Later in the day, ITV's share price rallied a little to 29.25p at 4.15pm, down 0.75p or 2.5 on yesterday's closing price. - link


Andy Burnham Mr Burnham said it was not a priority for public money to be spent on infrastructure to ensure solely commercial channels were made available to everyone. His comments came after it was revealed that just 53 per cent of viewers in the Border region will be able to receive all 48 Freeview channels when the switchover happens next year. Speaking to the News Star, Mr Burnham said In all parts of the country people have the chance to have whatever channels they want. - link

Andy Burnham criticised for telling switchover viewers to get Sky TV |Politics |

Border, which covers Cumbria and the Scottish Borders, is due to begin switching from analogue to digital terrestrial television from midnight on November 5 in the Selkirk area. People pay the licence fee and they get the core offer of the channels and that will be available. If I was living in an area where I cannot get the full set of channels then I will have Freesat or Sky or a different option. - link
Thursday 23 October 2008, AM

France to allocate broadcast spectrum for mobile services - International Herald Tribune

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Wednesday 22 October 2008, PM

The Media Show: 22/10/2008 link

The Press Association: Report signals pay-TV slowdown

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Wednesday 22 October 2008, AM

Woe for Virgin and Sky as credit crunch turns viewers off pay-TV cost -

22 Oct 2008 0000 Almost a quarter of pay-TV customers are considering cutting their subscription package because of the credit crunch. Six per cent of TV viewers had already decided not to buy additional services, such as movies and sports, directly because of the economic slowdown. A further 18 per cent were planning changes soon, according to the survey of more than 1,000 people by Continental Research. - link
Tuesday 21 October 2008, PM

Quarter of pay-TV customers thinking of cutting back services |Media |

The report found 24 of the pay-TV customers surveyed said they planned to reduce the amount they spent on services such as movie and sports channels over the next year. Continental Research, which conducted the survey of 1,022 people, found that 6 of TV viewers had decided not to buy additional services directly because of the economic slowdown. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 7239 9857. - link
Monday 20 October 2008, PM

Carter revisits C4 privitisation plan

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

DTG News: 55 HD channels now on ASTRA

With the new channels we further improve the impressive HD channel line-up and build a very attractive HD neighbourhood on our main orbital positions. DTG Staff 20.10.2008 Links open in a new window. - link
Monday 20 October 2008, AM

ITV faces Ofcom fines of 80m a year if it surrenders PSB licences | Media |

Michael Grade said ITV could foresee a future as a full commercial body. The broadcaster's net advertising revenue during 2007 was 1.22bn, meaning ITV fines could start at 80m a year and rise until its licences expire in 2014. Ofcom has confirmed that under Section 424 of the 1990 Broadcasting Act, PSB licence holders who fail to provide the service they are contracted to do face a financial penalty. - link

BBC strikes iPlayer deal with BSkyB |Media |

From today, visitors to will be able to access the 400 weekly hours of BBC programming that is available through the iPlayer. BBC programmes will be distributed within Sky Player's existing genres - such as entertainment and kids - and will be free to air. Once viewers select a BBC programme they will be transferred to the iPlayer website to watch videos. - link

informitv - BBC opens Canvas for platform-neutral publishing

The BBC is hoping to establish an open industry platform to enable internet television services. The problem that the BBC faces lies in making a different version available for every possible device. Can there be an open IPTV standard that device makers can adopt to enable direct to consumer delivery of on-demand content in the living room he asked. - link

Forget about scuzzy sex shows the arts are our future, says Sky - Media, News - The Ind

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Conservatives back licence fee

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

Question of the week: What if ITV hands back its licences? |Media |The Guardian

If the government and regulators want ITV to carry non-profitable public service programming in the future they will have to use bribery rather than the traditional stick to get ITV to do it. That is why Ofcom's public service fund is a good idea so long as it doesn't mean the BBC receiving less money. We need more imaginative ways of paying for the fund and the money in the fund shouldn't automatically go to Channel 4 - some of the fund should go to support regional news on ITV and some to create truly local television. - link

Third of S4C to be in HD - WalesOnline

The move follows Ofcoms decision to reserve capacity for HD services after a joint bid between the channel and Channel 4. The joint Channel 4/S4C proposal may also offer in the future an on-demand service, or sub-let during overnight hours. The freeview HD service will be broadcast through S4Cs digital channel digidol. - link

Digital TV switchover will hit rural viewers |Media |The Guardian

The culture secretary, Andy Burnham, has been accused of neglecting 2.5 million households in rural areas after it emerged they would get less than half the number of TV channels broadcast to the rest of Britain after the switch to digital services. Opposition MPs believe the government is discriminating against rural communities because ministers have refused to make sure that all the broadcasters using the digital service Freeview offer a full service for every home, once the analogue television signal is finally switched off in 2012. The problem is most keenly felt in the Borders TV region, which covers southern Scotland, Cumbria and parts of Northumberland. - link
Friday 17 October 2008, PM

MediaTalk: BBC, Channel 4 Radio fallout, newspaper apocalypse link

DTG News: Care home residents to get more switchover help

Its always been our aim to make sure those people who may find the process of digital switchover most difficult receive the best help possible. When the Help Scheme was first developed we recognised that care homes may require special arrangements and the change announced today is recognition of our ongoing commitment to this. People in the Scottish Borders can be reassured theyll get all the help they need to switch. - link

Panasonic quashes Freesat Blu-ray PVR rumours - What Satellite Digital TV

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Elgato prepping live Freeview TV for iPhone | Electricpig

October 17, 2008 1130 am If youve got a Mac, youve probably heard of Elgato. The company makes ultra-slick Freeview adapters for Apple computers, but soon itll be bringing its telly tech to the iPhone too. We caught up with Lars Felber, Elgatos Product Marketing Manager, earlier this week. - link
Friday 17 October 2008, AM

BetaNews | New legislation could postpone February DTV transition

Legislation now proposed in the US Congress would effectively postpone the February 17, 2009 date for the switchover to all-digital TV. That same day, the National Association of Broadcasters endorsed proposed legislation in the US Congress that would enable an extension of the quickly encroaching deadline, now only four months away. Still, lots of progress seems to have emerged over the past 10 months. - link

BBC Common Platform: Should the BBC recapitalise British Culture?

15Oct Is Mark Thompson a good proxy for Gordon Brown Should the BBC move to rescue struggling media companies as the government is saving struggling banks Should the BBC recapitalise British culture by taking stakes in bust public service providers - link

MediaTalk: DAB radio special link

Media Show: DAB, China, Nick Robinson link
Thursday 16 October 2008, PM

Trading Standards warns of digital switchover aerial rip-off - Computeractive

computing/computing-06-12-07/satellite-dish People could be ripped off by unscrupulous aerial installers in the run up to the digital switchover, Trading Standards TS has warned. Research by Ofcom found that most aerials will continue to work after the switchover and only five to ten per cent of households will need an aerial upgrade. However, in a mystery shopping telephone exercise of 31 installers, Leicestershire TS found more than a quarter of aerial installers were prepared to mislead consumers, claiming a new TV aerial would be needed without even looking at their existing one. - link
Thursday 16 October 2008, AM

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Highlands and Islands | Call to put Gaelic TV on Freeview

The culture minister said she would support efforts to secure the coverage. - link

Is TV on track for the digital revolution? - Brand Republic News - Brand Republic

On 14 November 2007, about 250 homes in the former Cumbrian fishing port of Whitehaven, located in the shadow of the Sellafield nuclear plant, lost their TV signal and their screens went blank. Fortunately for those responsible for conveying the digital switchover message in the UK's first all-digital community in the Copeland area, the rest of the district's 25,000 households made sure their sets could receive a digital signal before the analogue service was switched off. They were now watching television on satellite, cable, broadband or Freeview. - link

Talks At Mod To Seek BBC Alba Expansion (from The Herald )

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Wednesday 15 October 2008, PM

SacredFacts: TV v online

New Zealand broadcasting has been through some tumultuous times in terms of funding and status. However the most extraordinary thing Rik told us was that more people now watch programmes time shifted through broadband than watch through their TV. The online on-demand service was only launched 18 months ago but has already overtaken conventional TV viewing with 30,000 hours a month consumed over broadband. - link

BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons warns Ofcom over PSB proposals |Media |

Sir Michael Lyons said the television industry should 'stop looking to Ofcom for answers'. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 7239 9857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 7278 2332. - link

Liberal Democrats - TV switchover - Dont lose the remote, Moore tells government

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Media facing carnage, warns Guardian News Medias Emily Bell |Media |

As many as five national newspapers could fold within two years in a worst-case scenario as the media suffers unprecedented carnage, Guardian News Media executive Emily Bell has warned. Bell, the GNM director of digital content, warned that broadcasters, national and regional media were in the middle of a systemic collapse in advertising and not a cyclical downturn. Bell pointed out that the New York Times' revenues fell 12 before the current credit crunch took hold and merchant bank Lehman Brothers collapsed. - link
Wednesday 15 October 2008, AM

The Scourge Of SCART

I thought it was time to give you a quick update on some of the technical issues that have come up around BBC High Definition over the last couple of months and what has been happening since the Olympics. We have taken some time to look at a lot of the issues bought up by you and a few of the things I wanted to investigate myself. It's now working, but not as well as we would like - for example, we still have more work to do before we can move between stereo and surround programmes without having to put silence between them. - link

Roy Greenslade: Why Jeff Jarvis is wrong to blame British journalists |Media |

Jeff Jarvis has taken me to task twice, in yesterday's print section, and last week on his blog, because he disagrees with my contention that journalists are not responsible for the decline of newspapers. The truth is that we are being assailed by revolutionary technological forces completely outside of our control... It is our fault we did not see change coming soon enough and ready our craft for its transition. - link

BBC - Press Office - "Over the air" download from BBC iPlayer to mobile devices

The system, which debuted on the Nokia N96, will be compatibility tested with other mobile devices with the intention to roll out on more devices in the future. The service is now available on the Nokia N96. For more information please go to What is BBC iPlayer - link

BBCs future bleak, says John Simpson - Media, News - The Independent

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