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Wednesday 04 June 2008, PM

Channel 4: EU minded to block BBC aid for digital switchover | Media |

It is understood that the culture secretary, Andy Burnham, and media regulator Ofcom will also be lobbying on Channel 4's behalf in Brussels on this issue. However, the EC ruling, if confirmed, could potentially spell trouble for Ofcom's public service broadcasting review and in particular the unresolved issue of Channel 4's future funding. Channel 4 has argued that it faces a potential 150m a year funding shortfall as the growth of digital media squeezes its ad revenue and is lobbying for some form of assistance to bridge this financial gap. - link
Wednesday 04 June 2008, AM

DTG News: Switchover Roadshow to begin tour of Border

The roadshow kicks off in Duns, in the Scottish Borders, on Thursday June 5th. After Duns, the roadshow will head to other towns served by the Selkirk transmitter group, which will begin the switch to digital on November 6th this year. Visitors to the roadshow will have the opportunity to find out what they need to do for switchover, what help is available in their area and will be able to put general or technical questions to Digital UKs specially trained advisors. - link
Tuesday 03 June 2008, PM

Trust says BBC is paying its stars the market rate - Media, News - The Independent

There are about 40 television and radio stars who earn more than 1m a year, an independent report into how much the BBC pays talent has revealed. Out of that elite group of comedians, actors and lifestyle and cookery presenters, the top 10 earn 2m from appearance fees, while most of the top 40 who work for the BBC and commercial broadcasters can earn an additional 1m from tie-in publishing deals and royalties from repeats and DVDs. Critics seized on the findings, saying the BBC had failed to address concerns over the salaries of stars such as Ross, who is reportedly being paid 18m in a three-year deal. - link
Tuesday 03 June 2008, AM

Budget-busting threatens digital revolution, says Telegraph chief | PDA: The Digital Content Blog | guardian.c

The world's biggest news and entertainment website breached its 2007/2008 budget by a staggering 48. In part, because no one, it turns out, is in charge of the sprawling network. Instead, the trust's recommendation is simply to accept the overspend, integrate it into the budget and add an extra 4.4m of additional padding. - link

BetaNews | Dish, EchoStar sue TiVo to keep their DVR offerings afloat

Dish Network says their new software no longer infringes on TiVo's patents, but the DVR maker disagrees. On Friday, EchoStar responded by launching a new suit, essentially asking the court to validate its software as legal and non-infringing. Such a ruling would give EchoStar and Dish a leg to stand on in the nearly four year old battle between the two companies. - link
Monday 02 June 2008, PM

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Monday 02 June 2008, AM


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Marketing News: Amazon overtakes Google as most respected brand in UK - Marketing Week

The online retailer pushed Google, last year's winner, into second place, with the BBC coming third and Freeview in fourth place. Amazon scored a total of 60 points, compared with Google's 57 and the BBC's 52. The rankings are based on the average BrandIndex scores over the fourth quarter of 2007. - link

informitv - Zattoo claims copyright case for channel carriage

Zattoo, which is now offering live online streams of the leading British terrestrial television channels, is claiming it has the right to do so under the United Kingdom Copyright Act. Zattoo says it operates strictly legitimately on the basis of agreements with broadcasters and the copyright law but the British broadcasters say they have no agreements with the streaming startup company. Zattoo issued a press release saying that it had extended its channel line up in the UK, showing all five UK terrestrial channels online via one media player for the first time ever. - link

informitv - French mobile television channels are announced

The French media authority has announced the winning channels for a new broadcast mobile television service to start transmitting later this year. Following auditions in April, the CSA selected 13 channels from 36 applicants for the service. The mobile television service will be available using the DVB-H standard by the end of 2008. - link

The one to watch | Media | The Guardian

In the seven weeks after its launch on Christmas Day last year, it was used to watch 17m programmes, and was chiefly responsible for a 29 increase in traffic to In April, the iPlayer had, according to the BBC, 21m requests for downloaded and streamed programmes. About 200,000 users watched 6,000 hours of streamed content the following day, according to the broadband provider Plus Net. - link

Are ads on children's social networking sites harmless child's play or virtual insanity?

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Sunday 01 June 2008, AM

Google - defender of the net, or an infringement factory? - Media, News - The Independent

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Friday 30 May 2008, PM

thinkbroadband :: Enterprising soul creates BBC iPlayer download app for Mac

The iPlayer Downloader can be downloaded from or We assume the software is creating the files by accessing the Flash based iPlayer website, so video quality will not match the full PC version, but file sizes will be smaller. How long this software will be available is unclear, given the fact the BBC acted over someone publishing knitting patterns for Doctor Who monsters, circumventing its copyright protection mechanisms may result in another action. - link
Friday 30 May 2008, AM

Canwest is open to offers for stations - Telegraph

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Ready for digital TV? - News - Manchester Evening News

ONE in three Manchester households is not fully prepared for the switchover to digital TV. A survey by Digital UK warned that thousands will face blank screens when the traditional analogue signal is switched off next year. The organisation, which is leading the switchover, said a survey found that 35 per cent of people in Manchester had a TV which could not receive digital. - link
Thursday 29 May 2008, PM

Thinking Digital conference: Greg Dyke

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Panasonic Chooses S

Bei einer Sanierung kommt nicht selten die Frage nach einer moderneren Heizungsanlage auf diese in ein bestehendes Haus zu integrieren erfordert oft Umbaumanahmen, die innerhalb eines Gebudes sehr aufwendig sind. Einfacher ist es, eine Fertiggarage zu errichten, die als ausdrckliches Heizgebude neben dem Wohnhaus gnstig und mit geringem Aufwand zu errichten ist. Wurde dies erledigt, kann die Fertiggarage fr ein modernes Heizsystem, etwa mit Pell Billiger ist besser, und je weniger Geld man ausgeben muss, umso toller finden es die Menschen. - link

BBC misallocates 25m of funds

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Thursday 29 May 2008, AM

TV deception scandal prompts C4 and Five to issue joint guidelines | Media |

Between them, the two broadcasters have been fined almost 1.8m in the past year for misleading viewers in premium-rate phone-ins. Early next month, Channel 4 and Five will unveil what they are calling the result of their collaboration, the Independent Producer Handbook. For the first time, the two broadcasters' own internal procedures for editorial compliance and upward referral of potential problems will be made public. - link
Wednesday 28 May 2008, PM

Disney Channel says free-to-air move in Spain will not be repeated in UK | Media |

In the UK there is a well developed pay market so we decided to stick to a model there of basic subscription. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 7278 2332. - link

BBC iPlayer to roll out on Virgin Media cable next week | Media |

A more limited version of the iPlayer service has been available to Virgin Media subscribers via red button since late last month. On-demand programming has been a focus for Virgin Media, which also works with the film provider FilmFlex on its on-demand film channel, and said half its customer base used its interactive service. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 7239 9857. - link

Gigabyte GSmart t600: Freeview on a phone - Crave at

You can't get enough of people sitting on sofas talking in a coma- inducing manner. Unfortunately for you, you're trapped in an office all day. Your Jeremy Kyle-loving self is going to want the t600 because it lets you watch Freeview. - link
Wednesday 28 May 2008, AM

Millions of British digital television viewers 'dissatisfied' with service

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Digital TV leaves one in four wanting more

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Tuesday 27 May 2008, PM

More Locals Make Digital Switch (from This Is Wiltshire)

The latest Digital UK/Ofcom Tracker Survey shows that 86 of residents in the region have already converted their main set to digital. Meanwhile, 60 have converted other sets and 64 have converted their full household. More than nine out of ten people in the West region are aware of the switch to digital television which will see analogue services replaced with a boosted digital signal providing Freeview channels to the whole of the West region. - link

Vodafone Germany s scepticism on mobile TV using DVB-H may not be generalisable at Connected TV

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Tuesday 27 May 2008, AM

Panasonic DMR-EX88 DVD/HDD Recorder - TrustedReviews

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Setanta angers fans trying to cancel -

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Friday 23 May 2008, PM

Television - charts | Ofcom

Note The BBC changed the way it calculated its spend figures from 2005 onwards. The figures for 2002 - 2004 are based on cost per hour averages, while those for 2005 - 2007 are actual spend figures. Comparisons over the period 2002-2007 should therefore be exercised with caution. - link

Eyre: Privatise Radio 1 and 2

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Thursday 22 May 2008, PM

BBC iPlayer chalks up 75m downloads -

The BBC iPlayer online, on-demand TV service has hit 75 million in streamed or downloaded programmes since it launched last year. According to BBC figures, iPlayer enjoyed another month of growth in April, with around 21 million programme requests a 20 percent increase on March. Average users per week were 1.4 million, up 300,000 on March and almost double January's figure. - link

Panasonic TV launched with freesat HD built-in. A worlds first.

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Thursday 22 May 2008, AM

ITV job cuts in Manchester and Leeds

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Satellite - News - Freesat to add all regions during June - Digital Spy

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ITV faces fines over non-London content | Media | The Guardian

ITV is facing another investigation after it failed to match its quota for programmes to be made outside London for two years running. The network is required by the government to spend half its budget on productions made outside the capital. Figures to be revealed by Ofcom today show that it fell well short of that at 44 last year. - link
Wednesday 21 May 2008, PM

Sky One drama under fire

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BBC NEWS | Technology | Design revamp for $100 laptop

The XO2 looks and acts like an electronic book The wraps have been taken off the new version of the XO laptop designed for schoolchildren in developing countries. The first XO2 machines should be ready to deliver to children in 2010. Mr Negroponte said he hoped the design would also be used by other manufacturers. - link

Ionoco unveils phone-in graphics innovation

20 May, 2008 By Nicola Brittain Software developer Ionoco has come-up with a new technology for television phone-ins that it says will help to both restore public trust in broadcasters and act as entertainment. 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
Wednesday 21 May 2008, AM

Q Radio hires comedian

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Frosty Jacks ramps up comedy sponsorships - Talking Retail

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Ofcom update signals likely launch delay for Skys Picnic - Brand Republic Login - Brand Republic

This is the first time the regulator has indicated it is merging its assessment of Picnic with that of the wider pay-TV market. According to some of Sky's rivals, Ofcom already has enough evidence to refer the News Corporation-backed company to the Competition Commission. According to Ofcom data, Sky is taken by nearly one in three UK homes. - link
Tuesday 20 May 2008, PM

Microsofts Ballmer pelted with eggs | Business |

Microsoft's chief executive, Steve Ballmer, narrowly avoided getting egg on his face on Monday when a furious Hungarian student began pelting him with missiles during a lecture at a university in Budapest. In an incident caught on video which has fast become a YouTube hit, the boss of the world's biggest software company was obliged to take cover under a desk at Corvinus University to avoid a one-man protest by a portly, bespectacled individual in a white shirt. The interruption happened just as Ballmer began addressing the students by asking, in avuncular fashion, how many of them were studying for imminent exams. - link

BBC NEWS | UK | Phone calls database considered

The plans, reported in the Times, are at an early stage and may be included in the draft Communications Bill later this year, the Home Office confirmed. Ministers have not seen the plans which were drawn up by Home Office officials. We have real doubts that such a measure can be justified, or is proportionate or desirable. - link

Satellite - News - Q

Some of the key tasks - checking the specification and making sure the receivers work - have been entrusted to the Digital TV Group. Freesat and its specification and technologies appear to be a quite closely managed compared with Freeview. So if you want to use the Freesat logo, you will still have to go through all the hoops. - link

The 5-minute Interview: Gavin Esler, journalist and television presenter

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BBC iPlayer hits 75 million downloads - Networks - Breaking Business and Technology News at

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PC Pro: Product Reviews: Hauppauge WinTV-Nova-S-USB2

To receive the Freesat channels you can pick up a new box and satellite yourself or buy a card for an existing Sky Digital box and dish. Alternatively, you can pick up one of Hauppauge's new USB digital satellite TV tuners to use with an existing dish installation. After a rather lengthy setup - scanning for channels took an inordinate two hours on our test dish - you'll find that, in addition to the core TV channels and digital radio stations available on terrestrial Freeview, there's a raft of extras here too. - link
Saturday 17 May 2008, AM

Bad Science In which I attempt to become, like, poetic.

They explained that lobbying MPs would have a negative impact and might actually be counter-productive on their softly softly approach. They couldnt support people who went, and if attending they should make it clear they have nothing to do with the MRC. Since I may one day be applying to them for a grant myself Id like to clarify formally that I have no opinions. - link

FreeSat - New digital satellite service

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