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Friday 15 August 2008, AM

Televisions go blank as Freeview is upgraded -

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Wednesday 13 August 2008, PM

The Press Association: Thousands of set-top boxes obsolete

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Tuesday 12 August 2008, PM

999 set to launch Freeview+ - News | THE DRUM - Advertising, Design, Media, Marketing, Digital, PR - News, Information

You might expect than anything defusing tension between North Korea and the rest of the world would be good news - but that's not what Google chief Eric Schmidt has found. Read more Press Gazette, the print trade title for UK journalists, has announced it is axing its quarterly print edition in favor of focusing its resources on a weekly digital edition, iPhone app and website. Read more International - 05/01/2013 Metro has revealed the figures from its activity during the Christmas period, seeing a notable rise in traffic to via mobile devices.... - link

The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom

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Sky reveals new look for channels

Sky will be changing the way that the three entertainment channels look at the end of the month. All three channels will now be getting their own separate identities, although by calling them Sky1, Sky2 and Sky3 it may not seem that they have thought it through, as that is what they are already called. Sky have gone in line with the changes that other channels have been making, with each of its channels following a certain theme Sky1 is solids, Sky2 is liquids and Sky3 is particles and will be for exclusive content and US imports. - link

20 ways to save 2,500 during the credit crunch -

7 Aug 2008 0000 Retailers across the country are feeling the pinch as the credit crunch takes its toll. They're serving two million more low-cost meals a month than this time last year and are recruiting 4,000 extra staff. On this page you will find some of our favourite penny-pinching tips - some may seem obvious, but added together they can save you thousands. - link

FAQ: PSB obligations |Media | The Guardian

In return the channels must provide a quota of hours of PSB programming, such as news and current affairs. ITV says the costs will outweigh the benefits by the end of this year. Media regulator Ofcom, which is conducting a second review of PSB, admits that as digital switchover nears and analogue benefits end, the costs will outweigh the benefits. - link

Is there no escape from Michael Grades Mad Hatters tea party? - Telegraph

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New look for Sky flagship channels : Broadband TV News

Sky has unveiled a new look and feel to its three entertainment channels to reflect the distinct personalities of what from August 31 will become Sky 1, Sky 2 and Sky 3. The new branding created by Sky Creative and The Moving Picture Company is described as the largest brand refresh since launch. Sky 1 evolved out of the old Sky Channel and has been through a number of rebrands over the 19 years of its existence. - link

Freeview vs. Freesat: the pros and cons | News | TechRadar UK

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SDN auctioning Freeview channel : Broadband TV News

It is believed that the capacity, being made available from 2009, is that currently used by Five, which will move its main channel to a public service multiplex as digital switchover completes. Previous auctions of DTT capacity are believed to have raised in excess of 12 million. Ofcom has now confirmed the process for the renewal of the SDN licence, due in 2010, although there will be no spectrum payments associated with the licence until 2015 at the earliest. - link

Is it time for ITV to ditch its public service mantle? - Telegraph

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Digital switch controversy: Help Scheme responds | News | TechRadar UK

The Help Scheme that chose Sky to provide the over 75s and vulnerable with help for the digital switchover has insisted that the satellite broadcaster's free trial of Sky was within the guidelines set out by the government. Accusations have been made that Sky offering Sky for two months and then sending the eldery people it has helped a letter telling them they will lose extra functionality is likely to confuse the people it's meant to help. - link

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Profits rise at Virgin Media as customers fall

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ITV aims to tear up terms of trade

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Blog: The case for Channel 6

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Hands on: Freesat on your PC - WhatPC?

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INTERVIEW: The future of DAB radio

For many then probably not the best moment to start a new job, however as Moretta explained to us as he sat in a wood panelled meeting room in the DRDB offices in London that he really rather relished the challenge. However DAB has been slow to break into the bedroom only 50 and one of the key places most of us still listen to radio - the car. So why aren't more manufacturers putting DAB in their cars as standard - link

The Press Association: Freeview viewers top TV innovation

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Tuesday 12 August 2008, AM

ITV Shares Drop on Falling Ad Sales, Slashed Dividend

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ITV cut to BB+/B after H1 results - S

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UK Competition Commission invites comment on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 joint venture -

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ITV faces revolt from regional broadcasters-paper| Industries| Technology, Media Telecommunications| Reuters

The three companies are under separate ownership from ITV but rely on it to sell advertising and provide most of their programme content. - link
Sunday 10 August 2008, AM

ITV companies in battle over cost of shared content |Business | The Observer

ITV argues it is effectively subsidising the smallest parts of the ITV network, because between them they keep 3 per cent of the advertising revenue generated from the shows, but pay only 2 per cent of their cost. It says scrapping the arrangement would save it 25m a year. The market value is difficult to determine because TVE is the only broadcaster to buy large amounts of programming from ITV. - link
Tuesday 05 August 2008, PM

Commercial radio is struggling to stop its young stars defecting to the BBC

You, the hip young gunslinger of Middle-of-Nowhere FM, have just won several best newcomer awards after untold, unpaid years slogging it out in the broadcasting backwater of student radio. Your profile remains low, but the major stations are circling overhead and the sickly-sweet scent of celebrity hangs heavy in the air. A career beckons but you're at a crossroads. - link

BBC iPlayer: Meet The Audience

We've just got the results back from our first major piece of audience research among BBC iPlayer users. It's great to have some solid evidence to back up our ideas on how people were using the service, and I've been delighted to see how positive people are about it. We also monitor our message boards to keep an eye on any problems that people are encountering, and we scan articles and blogs posts about BBC iPlayer which give us a lot of ideas and feature requests to go into upcoming site updates. - link

Yorkshire. Now available in London. - blog - James Cridland

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Raymond Snoddy on broadcasting: Camerons top-slicing plan for television means pain for the BBC - Comment, Media - The I

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Tuesday 05 August 2008, AM

BBC Interactive TV News: itvt


Compro VideoMate Vista E850F TV tuner card - Blogs - PC Advisor

The Compro card can record TV programmes to Mpeg1, Mpeg2 and Mpeg4 video and is able to show a programme as you record it. An EPG electronic programme guide provides TV listings and programme synposes, subtitles and Teletext pages. - link

Birmingham's digi-TV service is most popular in the country

Aug 4 2008 Birmingham families are big fans of pushing the red button on their remotes, making the citys local interactive digital television channel the most popular in the country. Birminghams Looking Local channel, developed by Digital Birmingham and available through interactive digital television idTV, allows residents to access a range of council and other local services via their remote control. The citys channel, launched last year as part of a national programme, has the highest reported usage in the country, with more Birmingham residents accessing council services via their TV than any other place in the UK. - link

Top Up TV Offering Setanta Free For A Season To New Customers In The UK | EPL Talk

For what is suppose to be a pay-tv service, Setanta is becoming a favorite option for television providers looking to offer an cheap incentive for customers. The box sells for either 90 or 100 pounds depending on recording space, and theres also a 20 pound connection fee charged to all customers who take any service. People who already have Top Up TV can sign up for three free months of Setanta, but cant take part in the full season offer. - link

BSkyBs remote chance of hitting 10m customer target - Telegraph

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Court give Cablevision the OK to unbox its DVR | Good Morning Silicon Valley

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Monday 04 August 2008, PM

informitv - Satellite dishes up high definition television in 1080p format

The Dish Network claims it has become the first broadcaster to offer programming in full high definition 1080 line progressively scanned format. DirecTV says it will offer movies in 1080p later this year. Both pay-television providers are competing to offer more and more high-definition channels, launching additional satellites to provide the capacity. - link

informitv - Red Bee Media retains BBC interactive services

Red Bee Media, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC and now a separate commercial company, has retained the contract to manage interactive services on behalf of the corporation for the next five years. It has also assumed responsibility for the playout of Channel 4 in addition to providing services to the BBC and other broadcasters. The BBC put the provision of its interactive services out to competitive tender earlier this year but the incumbent prevailed over other bids, including a joint venture from BT and ioko. - link
Monday 04 August 2008, AM

Digital switchover scheme is stressful, confusing and unfair |Media | The Guardian

Manufacturers and consumer groups have criticised a government scheme designed to help elderly and vulnerable viewers switch to digital television for sowing confusion and helping BSkyB market its pay-TV services. The coalition - including IT companies, telecoms groups and TV equipment suppliers - also claimed Sky's set-top boxes were less energy-efficient than rival devices, and complained that the company was being allowed to offset this by handing out low-energy light bulbs. Customers are then left to decide whether to continue receiving these services by taking out a subscription or to settle for a free package without the added benefits. - link
Friday 01 August 2008, PM

What Satellite Digital TV

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Terrestrial - News - Ireland confirms national DTT rollout - Digital Spy

The Republic of Ireland will launch a national digital terrestrial television system by Autumn 2009. The test service carried 17 television channels, 16 radio services, a high definition service, an electronic programme guide, and a digital teletext system, in the same amount of spectrum used to transmit four analogue services. - link
Friday 01 August 2008, AM

Imaginationland the Movie - South Park Studios

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Thursday 31 July 2008, PM

ITVs Fairburn named as Freesat chairman - Brand Republic News - Brand Republic

Fairbairn joined ITV as director of group development and strategy in March 2007. She has also worked at the BBC as director of strategy and distribution, and was one of the principal architects of Freeview. As well as being Freesat chairman, Davie is currently the BBC's director of marketing, communications and audiences. - link

Trust in TV crisis could rumble on all year

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Thursday 31 July 2008, AM

BSkyB to cut 250 posts to reduce costs |Media |

BSkyB is in the process of cutting about 250 posts after a review looking at how costs could be reduced across the business. Wholesale subscription revenue fell by 13 year on year to 181m, down from 208m and advertising revenue fell 7 year on year to 328m from 352m the previous year. The company added that programming costs were 1.7bn, an increase of 109m year on year, with sports costs rising by 87m to 929m year on year driven by the start of the new FA Premier League contract in August 2007. - link

Barry Fox's Inside View: Switchover USA

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Wednesday 30 July 2008, PM

Win a free view of sunny Sydney s beautiful harbour - Times Online

The man used his first public statement on the ordeal to criticise the police, who he claimed took an hour to arrive then dithered for a further 30 minutes before taking his severely injured companion, who was bleeding profusely, to hospital. Describing the two-and-a-half hour attack on the bus, he said The cruelty I saw should not be seen ever. The attack was so brutal I cant even tell you ... even animals dont behave like that. Once at hospital, he was left to sit in a corridor naked and received no treatment. - link

dB Broadcast preps Beeb for digital age - News - Telecommunications - Business Weekly - Cambridge, UK

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Wednesday 30 July 2008, AM

Media face web censorship at Beijing Olympics |World news |

Journalists at the press centre for the Beijing Olympics. The blocks on internet sites in the main press centre, which will house about 5,000 journalists, and other Olympic venues will make it difficult to retrieve information, particularly on political and human rights stories the government dislikes. Journalists at the main press centre yesterday found they were unable to access sites such as Amnesty International or any site with Tibet in the URL. - link

BBC: mobile viewing figures are fine | News | TechRadar UK

The BBC has moved to quash rumours the recent trials of streaming its mobile channels over 3G networks were a disappointment. The BBC has moved for a public consultation for permission to begin streaming its channels over 3G, and published the results of its findings over the recent 12 month trial with mobile networks, which concluded in April 2008. Included in the proposal were figures which showed few people actually used the BBC channels, peaking at 580 for daily usage in June 2007. - link

Borders Digital Switchover Looms (from The Herald )

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