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Wednesday 09 July 2008, PM

Borkowski appointed for Freesat account - PRWeek UK

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Wednesday 09 July 2008, AM


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HD News - Freesat set-top boxes in short supply

The amount of consumer interest generated by the new free to air Satellite service 'Freesat' has led to a shortage of set-top boxes, an essential item of kit required to connect to the new service. They say every cloud has a silver lining and Panasonic have witnessed strong demand for their Freesat equipped PZ81 series of plasma TV's which are currently available in 42in, 46in and 50in sizes. Panasonic are planning to release a further three 'Freesat' equipped TV's later this year and other manufacturers are being encouraged to release their own 'Freesat' equipped TV's to alleviate supply problems. - link

BetaNews | Television is king, although younger viewers turn to the Web

The stereotypical picture of senior citizens spending their days in front of the television is not far off from the truth, although the nation's youth is increasingly turning to the Internet, Nielsen finds. The average American 65 and older watches nearly 178 hours of television a month, far above the national average of 127 hours a month, up 4 from the previous year, according to findings published today by the Nielsen Company. Made popular by TiVo, and now a staple of DVR offerings industry-wide, usage was up 56 to nearly 6 hours per month. - link

BBC chiefs cash in after year of turmoil - Media, News - The Independent

The director general, Mark Thompson, and nine other corporation bosses earned 4.96m in 2007-08, a rise of 17 per cent on the previous year. Most BBC employees received pay increases of 4 per cent over the same period, broadly in line with inflation. Mr Thompson's salary rose from 788,000 last year to 816,000, while that of Mark Byford, his deputy, rose from 437,000 to 513,000. - link

Boycott Viacom

fromhttp// Petition Background Preamble Viacom was founded in 1971 and was refound in 2006. In 2007 Viacom raked in over thirteen billion dollars and has 9,500 employees. YouTube complied and Viacom then made a deal with Joost, an online video service just like YouTube. - link

Hauppauge puts Freeview in your pocket -- Electronics NEWS -

Were a tad sceptical about how good reception will be via the extendable antenna as Freeview is notoriously temperamental on portable devices, but there is at least an SD card slotif you move out of coverage. They should be pretty watchable on the generously large 3.6in screen too, although the QVGA resolution wont worry the iPod Touchs 480320 display. - link
Tuesday 08 July 2008, PM

Letter to ITV Regions staff

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ITV unveils new regional current affairs show Here and Now to rival BBCs Inside Out | Media |

The commercial broadcaster will roll out Here and Now early next year across its different English regions. The use of the Here and Now name has surprised some, as the BBC had a current affairs programme under the same moniker in the 1990s. Here and Now, which launched in 1994 as a BBC1 networked show, was fronted by Sue Lawley and featured regional reports from across the country, although it was axed several years later. - link

Barry Fox's Inside View: T2: Judgement Day

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Tuesday 08 July 2008, AM

Elgato transmits MacBook Air-friendly Freeview tuner | Register Hardware

TV-on-Mac specialist Elgato has rolled out its first truly MacBook Air-friendly digital tuner. There's no analogue tuner on board, but Elgato indicated the new unit packs in improved signal processing hardware, allowing it to deliver a lossless image straight to the screen. - link
Monday 07 July 2008, PM

BBC NEWS | Technology | Making punishment fit the crime

Some suspected copyright pirates could have their net connection pulled Regular columnist Bill Thompson asks how severely we should punish those who infringe copyright. Making laws in the European Union is a long, complicated and often tedious process that involves a delicate ballet featuring the Council of Ministers, the Parliament and the Commission. Before a Directive is passed there will be numerous committees, occasional votes, multitudinous amendments and many, many occasions for lobbyists, campaigning groups and special interests to try to influence things in their favour. - link

DTG News: Growth in sales of set-top boxes in the UK

Value sales also grew significantly from 169.1 million to 172.9 million. Over the same period, average prices of these devices have fallen from 31 to 24. Gfk report that this had a negative effect on value sales, which decreased from 155.7 million to 104.9 million. - link

Sky set to miss its customer target as pay TV sector slows

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Monday 07 July 2008, AM

To keep its licence fee, the BBC needs to stop being so shy - Media, News - The Independent

The licence fee is under more serious attack than it has been for a long while. The BBC needs not only to perform well but to remind us that what it does and how it does it could only come from licence fee funding. On the evidence of last year's report there will be 60 pages of detailed financial information, the most thumbed pages of which tell us how much the executive get paid. - link

Exclusive: Thousands of Scots face TV blackout after Freeview signal change - The Daily Record

Bosses at Freeview decided to bring in a new transmitter signal which doesn't work on several types of set-top boxes. It's believed that around 16,000 Scots who get their telly through Freeview are now saddled with useless boxes. Millions of viewers signed up for Freeview on the promise that they would be guaranteed TV for life. - link

Watch, record, avoid? | Media | The Guardian

Deciding what to watch on TV used to be a romantic affair happy nuclear families huddled around the Radio Times in their sepia-tinted living rooms, circling next week's appointment TV. Even with the introduction of the remote control, couch potatoes slowly flicked through the channels, tasting everything on offer before deciding to tuck in. A single push of the button pulls up a grid containing the title of everything that is on - and they go all out to attract your attention. - link
Sunday 06 July 2008, PM

BSkyB considers bid for Spains Digital+

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Thursday 03 July 2008, PM

BBC Worldwide plans to close troubled Audiocall subsidiary | Media |

Worldwide chief executive John Smith has told staff he wants to shut down the business, which provides premium-rate phone lines to many BBC shows and those on other channels. Audiocall hit the headlines in May after it emerged that it banked more than 100,000 earned from two dozen shows. The money should have been given to charity. - link

Channel 4 in talks over regional news service

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Wednesday 02 July 2008, PM

Freesat moves into Virgin territory

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BetaNews | TiVo cleverly converts commercial skipping into a commercial feature

Approximately everyone who has ever used one of TiVo Inc.'s digital video recorders has skipped over commercials. However, the devices also report, anonymously, every click of a remote back to the main offices, and track that aggregated information for clients of the company's StopWatch service, which it has offered since 2006. For example, the first and last commercials in a group are most likely to be watched, at least partially, as people leap for the remote. - link

Podcasts help boost live radio audiences, Rajar-commissioned report reveals | Media |

This means that internet listening was up by 2.5 million people on the previous survey, which was conducted in October and November 2007. In the 2007 survey, listen again use was 8.1 million in any given week, 1.3 million fewer than the latest survey's figure. In the latest research, Ipsos Mori found that podcast listening occured throughout the day, with an evening peak when 44 of podcast users click on the play button. - link

Saturday slump for ITV1

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Wednesday 02 July 2008, AM

Terrestrial - News - Freeview NIT change rollout continues - Digital Spy

The method of broadcasting the network information table, which tells equipment which services are carried Freeview, is being altered region-by-region to accommodate more channels and stations. Some early receivers are unable read the new-format NIT. The change was first carried out in the West Midlands on June 2 and, though no timetable has yet been given, it is expected to continue UK wide. - link
Tuesday 01 July 2008, PM

Goodmans GFSAT200HD HD Freesat Receiver - TrustedReviews

In the meantime, you can enjoy over 80 standard-def channels and radio stations available on the platform, all of which can be accessed without having to pay any ongoing subscription costs. - link

BMB beats two for 5m Freeview brief - Brand Republic News - Brand Republic

BMB's first task will be to develop a campaign for Freeview's digital TV recorders in the run-up to Christmas. The brief will also be to raise brand awareness of the service ahead of the completion of the digital switchover in 2012. - link

Row brewing on television over internet

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Tech Digest: Hyundai intros BlueH HM22D multi-function monitor

The monitor uses under three watts of power even at full brightness 300cd/m2, can handle 1080i high definition content, has a 1,680 x 1,050 resolution, 1,0001 contrast ratio, and 5ms response time. Related posts Asus monitor with DisplayLink NEC 19-inch monitor with carbon footprint meter - link

Tech Digest: TVonics MFR-300 - teeny tiny Freeview box for even the oldest TVs

Naturally, it has an apparently easy to use remote control and retails at 59.99, although I have just spied the more basic MFR-200 for 39.99 that doesn't appear to be a whole lot different. - link

Sky attacks BBC blockbuster film bids in Ofcom submission | Media |

Sky also said the assumption that ITV and Channel Five should be able to drop their public service broadcasting obligations as the value of analogue spectrum subsidies dwindle needs to be looked at more closely. BSkyB also pointed out the value of PSB privileges, such as prominent electronic programming guide listings. The satellite broadcaster is also sceptical of Channel 4's claim that it cannot continue to deliver its PSB obligations without the equivalent of as much as 150m a year in support. - link
Tuesday 01 July 2008, AM

informitv - Interactive standards debate promotes war of words

He claims that MHEG-5 has only been successful in the United Kingdom because manufacturers have no choice, not because broadcasters really use it or even offer sophisticated interactive services. MHEG-5 was originally developed in the mid-1990s and was accepted as an open ISO standard. It provides primitive support for basic interactive television functions but is regarded by some as rather limited compared to more complete programming languages. - link

BBC starts HD Freeview test trials | Absolute Gadget

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BBC - Newsbeat - Technology - Freeview HD without a satellite

The trial in south-east England will let engineers test out a new signal that works through a standard aerial and HD set-top box. If successful the first full HD transmission could start in 2009. Four, free high definition channels will be available, including the BBC's own HD service. - link
Thursday 26 June 2008, AM

BBC iPlayer 2.0: Sneak Preview - BBC Internet Blog

It's time to let the cat out of the bag and tell you about the next big thing that we're working on an all-new iPlayer website. The existing iPlayer website works really well, and has proven hugely successful. However, in Internet Land nothing stays still for long and the iPlayer site that you see now is based on a somewhat inflexible static-page-rendering platform that's now over a year old. - link
Friday 20 June 2008, PM

BBC Internet Blog

I started this blog post when I was on paternity leave with my first child, thinking I'd get it finished over a few days in my spare time. So, here I am now, having lived with - and used when I can - an Ubuntu Linux laptop for the last couple of months. Firstly, the most obvious advantage of Linux is that it's free as in cost. - link

Woman Gets Tv Licence Bill For Her Dead Husband (from Evening Times)

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Friday 20 June 2008, AM

ITVs web video figures rocket | Media |

Headcases, ITV1's animated satire show, had the single most popular episode viewed on the channel's catch-up service. Euro 2008 football is driving June traffic, with on average 51,000 views per day of matches, so far, in the tournament. This month Euro 2008 has knocked Coronation Street off the top of's list of most popular shows for video requests, with more than 500,000 views of tournament action to date. - link
Thursday 19 June 2008, PM

Ofcom public service broadcasting review: deadline day | Organgrinder |

Today was due to be the deadline for responses to Ofcom's ponderous but important second public service broadcasting review, launched in April, in the belief that the UK TV industry was at a crossroads, facing crisis. Actually, I understand the deadline has been put back to early next week to allow broadcasters to get their homework completed. As scores of interested lobbyists scramble to submit their proposals, trying to bend their prose to fit Ofcom's string of nine carefully structured questions, here are clues about some of the potential solutions that have emerged from the seminars, convergence think tank and private debates I have attended on the PSB review. - link
Thursday 19 June 2008, AM

Marketing News: Freeview reviews 5m ad account after nine months - Marketing Week

The broadcaster is seeking an agency to promote its service in the run-up to digital switchover in 2012 and to drive sales of its recordable digital TV service, Freeview Playback. Farmer joined Freeview in April and is a former partner at CHI. - link

Japans outrageous Human Tetris show to be remade for the BBC - Media, News - The Independent

A cult Japanese series in which Spandex-clad contestants in hard hats try to hurl themselves though a series of holes in a wall is being adapted for the BBC. The BBC said a production company, Talkback Thames, has bought the rights and was creating a series based on the original. It will be aired on BBC1 this year. - link
Wednesday 18 June 2008, AM

Manufacturers starting to lose confidence

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Tuesday 17 June 2008, PM

Culture secretary damns ITVs regional quota failure | Media |

Only 44 of ITVs network budget was spent outside the M25 in 2007. The commercial broadcaster faces an Ofcom investigation after admitting it had missed its licence quota of spending 50 of its network programme budget outside the M25 for the past two years. They are important legal requirements that have not been met. - link

Sky wins TV licence cash to aid digital switchover | Media |

At the end of two months, people can opt in to Sky's pay-TV channels or continue to get the free TV and radio services the satellite broadcaster offers. The deal with Sky will only be valid for the ITV Border region. People yet to switch from analogue terrestrial TV will be offered the help if they are 75 or over or are eligible for certain disability benefits. - link

UKTV plots younger Gold channel - Brand Republic Login - Brand Republic

The broadcaster, a joint venture between the BBC and Virgin Media, plans to launch the as-yet-unnamed channel in October. It will not join successful lads' channel Dave on the Freeview platform. UKTV Gold1 currently attracts about five million viewers a week, in addition to 6.5 million for the core channel. - link

Thompson: Regional newsrooms holding back best stories

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Tuesday 17 June 2008, AM

How to save money on phone, broadband digital TV | Money | The Guardian

For example, the Primus Saver 2 tariff offers free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines without any monthly fee most companies charge around 4 per month. To sign up you need a BT line call Primus on 0800 036 0094 or visit Alternatively, you can save a small fortune by signing up to service such as 1899 or 18185, which charges a flat fee of about 5p per call to a UK landline. Go to or Advanced saving tips 1. - link
Monday 16 June 2008, PM

Four years to digi switch - Whitby Gazette

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Goodmans GHD2521F2 Twin-Tuner PVR - TrustedReviews

Despite the unit's budget background, its design is surprisingly attractive. The sloping fascia is another nice touch, and Goodmans keeps it relatively uncluttered with only a few essential buttons adorning the front. From the outset it's clear that the GHD2521F2 is designed with ease of use in mind. - link

Philips 7603D Ambilight TVs: 2008 LCD range invades Blighty - Crave at

The range is made up of four models, starting with the 32-inch 32PFL7603D. It's a 720p TV and Philips claims it'll cost 800, but we've seen it online for less than 650. The other three screen sizes are all 1080p models. - link
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