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Wednesday 10 September 2008, PM

Plea for more viewers to see Gaelic channel - Stornoway Today

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Digital Television Switchover Help Scheme | Welcome to the Switchover Help Scheme

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Wednesday 10 September 2008, AM

Advice group offers digital TV switch help

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Tuesday 09 September 2008, PM

BBC Trust - BBC Trust to review licence fee collection

This is a new responsibility for the BBC's governing body which is stated in the Royal Charter for the first time. For the BBC to meet its remit, and deliver the quality programmes and services the public rightly expects, it is essential it collects the funding needed. The BBC has a duty to be efficient in collecting the licence fee and to keep evasion rates as low as possible so that those people who pay are not disadvantaged by those who do not. - link
Monday 08 September 2008, AM

Mobile phone users to be able to download BBC programmes - Telegraph

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Saturday 06 September 2008, AM

Happy Birthday, | Organgrinder |

It seems like just yesterday that was born, kicking and screaming into the online world... but it was actually eight years ago on this very day. Those of you old enough to remember that and, let's face it - that's probably all of you will remember those early days of stories about last night 's ratings, multi-million pound acquisitions and Jeremy Paxman moaning about things. In September 2000, I'd just started running an art gallery. - link
Friday 05 September 2008, AM

Ross viewers insight on the big switchover - Ross-shire Journal

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Thursday 04 September 2008, PM

How to build a DVB-T2 modulator and demodulator

There are about 30 emails every day on the DVB-T2 email reflector as people from all over the world discuss detailed technical aspects of what should be in the specification. Remember it's January 2008 and at this point we have... nothing. The first goal was to produce a modulator so that we could begin transmissions at the same time as the specification is approved. - link
Thursday 04 September 2008, AM

DTG News: BBC iPlayer and Freesat fight it out for industry award

Freesat and the BBC iPlayer launch on Virgin Media. 2008 is the second year of this industry award, which seeks to recognise the project, product or service that has made, or has the potential to make, the biggest contribution to the development of digital TV in the UK. Since this date there have been over 10 million views of BBC programmes through the platform. - link

Viewers frustrated by video on demand but future looks positive, report finds |Media |

The takeup of video-on-demand services has been held back by complicated navigation, incomplete catalogues and a confusing array of competing services, research has found. Examining consumer attitudes to VoD services, the market research firm Essential Research identified a need for standardised formats and aggregation of TV content. Users reported a range of navigation problems with VoD services. - link

BBC plans power shift to regions

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Murdoch unmasked: Meeting a media mogul - Media, News - The Independent

It took a trip to Mr Murdoch's daughter, Prudence MacLeod, in the newspaperman's native Australia to get the scoop. If we are to believe hints in the Vanity Fair article, published tomorrow, Wolff has no shortage of anecdotes to make Mr Murdoch's liberal critics blanche. Meanwhile, the unapologetically right-wing Fox News has entirely upended American cable news in little more than a decade. - link

Raymond Snoddy on Broadcasting: Could the big fish at ITV learn a lesson or two from the minnows?

SMG's core television business, home of Taggart these 25 years, managed flat revenues of 56m but produced a 26 per cent rise in operating profit at 4.9m. Of particular note though was the company's 14 per cent increase in regional advertiser revenue with more promised for the future. The official line from ITV's executive chairman Michael Grade goes as follows. - link
Wednesday 03 September 2008, PM

BBC successful with HD over DTT test

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Radio Pop - social radio listening from BBC Radio Labs

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Satellite TV for Free in ITV and BBC Plan - Entertainment - redOrbit

Freesat will initially feature more than 80 TV and radio channels, a number which is expected to rise to 200 by the end of the year. Viewers will be able to watch high-definition programming with no subscription. Freesat will be available to 98-per cent of UK homes, including those who currently cannot receive Freeview, which is broadcast via terrestrial transmitters and aerials. - link

Win Setanta free for a year | The Sun |Fun|Competitions

Setanta Sports is the first and only broadcaster of premium sports on digital terrestrial television Freeview. Then there's the Setanta-enabled Freeview box pack for those with analogue TVs or without a Setanta-enabled Freeview box. To subscribe, visit or call 08712 10 20 30. - link
Wednesday 03 September 2008, AM

Digital TV Group | About the DTG | T2 Implementers

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BetaNews | Hurricane could delay North Carolinas DTV transition

The first US market to officially cease analog television broadcasting is Wilmington, North Carolina, but an approaching tropical storm could force all local stations to continue use of their analog frequencies for emergency alert. Broadcasters just arbitrarily chose a date because they were all prepared. The original schedule calls for all local affiliates to cease programming on their analog stations on September 8 and broadcast only in digital. - link
Tuesday 02 September 2008, PM

Google Chrome download

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Saturday 30 August 2008, AM

BBC NEWS | UK | Comedy producer dies in accident

He was previously a director of Hat Trick Productions, one of the UK's leading independent production companies, for eight years. On leaving the BBC, he joined Tiger Aspect productions. - link
Friday 29 August 2008, PM

PlayTV review | Games |

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IFA 2008: Humax Quietly Unveils Freesat HD FOXSAT-HDR PVR - TrustedReviews

Despite being an eminently exciting development, there was very little fanfare - just a little section of stand in the outer reaches of the Berlin Messe. If you want to watch HD broadcasts without paying Rupert Murdoch Freesat is your only hope, but who wants to sacrifice their viewing flexibility for Freesat, when you can keep it - link
Wednesday 27 August 2008, PM

Freeview? Not quite too sure... - Coventry Telegraph - Pass the Remote

Switching on my telly each day has become a lottery - the excitement is palpable. I was once sent-off in a football match for a blantant swing at the chap in the black. In my defence, he had just loudly announced a free-kick in my favour. - link

DTV Upgrade Proves Costly, Headachy | Epicenter from

Most Americans know by now that television is going digital on Feb. 17, 2009. They also know well about 70 percent of them, anyway that theyve got to buy a converter box or a digital TV in order to get basic television reception after that date. Of the estimated 21 million analog TV households, a hefty percentage is resisting the transition, according to various surveys. - link

BBC - Radio Labs - Archrs - an everyday story of web development

As a drama, each episode is split into distinct scenes - typically indicated by a fading to silence - a convention for audio drama because of its need for clear signposting. The other interesting aspect is the many distinct facets of each scene - which characters are involved, the time of day, the current location, the storylines that intersect at that moment and even the weather. So earlier this year the Radio Labs team started to design and build a prototype website for The Archers based around the drama's scenes and facets. - link
Wednesday 27 August 2008, AM

iPhone: Watchdog rules against Apple advert on net access |Media | The Guardian

Link to this video An advertisement for Apple's iPhone handset has been shelved after Britain's advertising watchdog ruled that it misled buyers. The Advertising Standards Authority said that a TV promotion had falsely suggested that iPhone users would have unfettered access to the entire internet over their mobile. Apple had argued that its decision not to support technologies such as Flash and Java only meant that individual parts of some websites - rather than entire sites themselves - were unavailable. - link
Tuesday 26 August 2008, PM

Shiny Shiny: Hauppauge offers you Freeview on the move with MyTV

Having this fab Freeview portable TV in front of me would really help, as I could catch up on my Hollyoaks oblivious to the grunting men around me. There's an extendable antenna you can adjust for the best reception perhaps don't use this on the treadmill. You can use SD cards to store music and files on the device and it takes up to 32GB. - link

TV viewers kept out of the picture | KentOnline| News

Transmission changes to the Freeview transmitter at Blue Bell Hill led to several types of set-top boxes being unable to pick up the new signal. It now offers up to 48 TV channels plus digital radio stations. - link

TV Viewers Demand Answers - RTN Costa Blancas Free Newspaper - Round Town News

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Top gadget: Sony Go!View - Times Online

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Shops under fire over TV disposal - News - Manchester Evening News

It follows an M.E.N. survey which shows stores are encouraging customers to needlessly replace their traditional analogue sets with new TVs costing hundreds of pounds. Bosses at the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority say people should keep using their old sets with set-top digital boxes at a fraction of the price. Those who do throw away old TVs should recycle them or give them to friends or charity. - link

DViCO TViX 6500a media streamer review

A range of mainstream companies have tried and failed and while offering quite capable solutions for the most part, theres always an issue or two that leaves the door open for someone to turn up with a comprehensive device that ticks all the boxes. You can add to this list the option of a digital Freeview tuner to record directly to an internal hard drive, FTP access and the ability to copy content directly across a network. Its certainly an enviable array of features on paper, but as weve seen in the past this doesnt always translate to a usable device that does what it says on the tin. - link
Monday 25 August 2008, AM

HDTV UK: Brits still misinformed about high definition, LG survey finds

British consumers still need educating in the ways of high definition, according to the latest research from LG. As we've noted before, many people still believe that if they have bought a high definition TV, that means the programmes they watch must be in HD, too. Of course we know that's not true, but LG is calling for the TV industry to step up to the challenge of educating and informing consumers about what HD is. - link
Thursday 21 August 2008, PM

DTG News: Freeview tops poll of TV innovations

35 of the 2,046 viewers polled picked Freeview as their most important TV innovation over the last decade, closely followed by PVRs at 22. Howard Davies, Deloitte media partner, commented The television industry has benefited from tremendous technological advances over the past few years. The majority of viewers still want high-quality, scheduled content. - link
Wednesday 20 August 2008, PM

Blog: QI creator on its move to BBC1

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Radio Today with United Radio..: 4Digital to launch on Digital One?

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Wogan laments decline of 'old-fashioned thoroughness' at BBC

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Conor Dignam on Broadcasting: C4 deserves support from Ofcom but not at the expense of the BBC

Ofcom's review is designed to ensure a plurality of public service providers once the British broadcasting market is fully digital. It's the watchdog's way of saying that public service broadcasting is facing a crisis in the near future, where the only supplier we might be able to rely upon would be the BBC. The review is driven primarily by the fact that the established order of analogue TV, in which broadcasters accepted public service obligations in exchange for winning licences, is over. - link
Wednesday 20 August 2008, AM

Barry Fox's Inside View: Switchover USA

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Adams Weblog: The Launch of DAB Digital Radio

Today there are over seven million DAB digital radios in use in the UK, although it's future still has a few question marks hanging over it rightly or wrongly. So amongst some of the videos I've recently been going through at Virgin Radio, I was interested to find the following. Edward Stourton tells us that the first radios won't be available for a couple of years when they'll cost 700. - link

Freeview update breaks thousands of set-top boxes - Computeractive

tv/freeview An upgrade to the Freeview digital television system has rendered thousands of digital set-top boxes useless. The upgrade is designed to allow for more channels but has prevented six models of set-top box, made by Bush, Daewoo, Labgear, Portland and Triax, from working. A list of models affected is available on the Freeview website. - link

ULTVs letter to Ofcom

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Tuesday 19 August 2008, PM

HD on Freeview plans by ITV and C4

This could happen gradually as the analogue signals are switched off around the country, or in one big pulse when the entire country turns digital. - link

Spend 20m on Gaelic TV? Its Greek to me -Times Online

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Local TV coalition attacks Ofcom

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Pubs ditch Sky football as credit crunch bites |Business | The Observer

Football fans hoping to catch this season's Premier League matches at their neighbourhood pub should check that their local is still showing the game. The group claims Sky's premium package price - around 13,000 per annum - combined with the credit crunch effect of higher utility bills and fewer customers is forcing pubs to ditch the service. This pleasure is being threatened by Sky's relentless price rises.' Vince Healy, the managing director of Ascot Inns, a small chain of five pubs, has cancelled his Sky subscription in some bars because of the cost. - link

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BetaNews | Having lost its own bid, Google advocates giving analog TV space to public

As announced last fall, over thirty other companies are working with Google through the Open Handset Alliance to develop a fully open source software stack, including the operating system, middleware, and user applications. Both sender and receiver have to know the shift is taking place, so that wireless communications devices, for instance, can change their channels. For their own part, TV broadcasters place no faith whatsoever in white space devices' ability to work. - link

BetaNews | Toshiba: Not HD-DVD, HD DVD!

Now, instead of concentrating on the next generation of hard-copy home media, Toshiba will focus on improving the 13 year-old DVD format. Toshiba announced today a DVD player with full 1080p/24 fps upconversion. Called the XD-E500 that is expected to retail for 149.99. - link
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