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Saturday 10 August 2013, AM link icon  Ofcom wants to make broadband switching quicker and easier in the UK
There may be issues getting hold of the necessary authorization code, or the dreaded period of downtime as one ISP takes over from another. All this could be set to change, for the UK at least, if Ofcom's proposed new measures have the desired effect. To help make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible, Ofcom is eliminating one potential bottleneck. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 10 - 17 August
The festival season continues here on the Red Button with Edinburgh taking its turn in the limelight. Theres an exclusive film of Scottish Ballet's Dance Odysseys and a selection of the best comedy from the Fringe this year. In this personal and insightful exploration, discover how against all odds, the creative spirit can sing. -

Thursday 08 August 2013, PM link icon  Channel 4 network loses biggest audience reach among PSBs - Media -
Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham was sent a letter from Ofcom voicing concerns about issues including its network share. Channel 4's main network has seen a fall in its average weekly reach across all homes from 59 in 2007 to 51 at the end of 2012, excluding its one hour time-shifted service Channel 41, according to Ofcom's annual public service broadcasting report. On this basis, the average weekly reach for Channel 4's total portfolio has dipped only very slightly since 2007 67 to 66. -

Thursday 08 August 2013, AM link icon  Ofcom - Ofcom publishes the Public Service Broadcasting Annual Report
The report looks at audience opinions, viewing figures, spend on programmes and output, of the UKs PSB channels. The information in the report is used to assess how the PSB channels are delivering against their public service purposes, as defined in the Communications Act 20031. Ofcoms research shows that 85 of viewers place high importance on the provision of trustworthy news, compared to 81 last year. - link icon  YouView plans over 130 IP channels
YouView has received applications from over 130 IP-delivered channels that it expects to launch over the next year. There was some debate over the demand for IP-delivered channels. Arqiva also runs its own IP-delivered channel business Connect TV. - link icon  Details of 11B/Wolvton Shrop DAB multiplex - - 11 years of independent, free dig…
Stations on Wolvton multiplex Masts transmitting Wolvton multiplex map is loading, please wait... The coloured area on the map represents the locations where DAB reception should be possible in a car, or using a DAB receiver where the aerial is above ground-floor level. Inside the area with the thick coloured line, indoor domestic reception even at ground level should be highly reliable. -

Wednesday 07 August 2013, PM link icon  The squawking seagulls that could transform the radio industry
The shrill cry of the seagull might not be everyone's idea of easy listening but it is the basis of a broadcasting experiment that could transform the British radio industry by showing how stations can be set up at minimal cost. Brighton-based radio engineer Rashid Mustapha recorded the gulls as part of his personal mission to show that DAB broadcasting could be done on a shoestring with software he downloaded for free. What this means is that Mustapha - who was among the pioneers of internet radio and has worked in the radio sector for 20 years - spent 3,000 of his own money pursuing his thesis that a DAB multiplex allowing several stations to broadcast, including community and student networks could be built far cheaper than previously thought. - link icon  Channel 5s Demand 5 now available on free time
- link icon  Vodafone to switch on 4G network on 29 August - August - 2013 - Which? News
07 August 2013 Vodafone is to launch its 4G network in London on 29 August. The superfast network will then be rolled out to 12 more cities by the end of the year. Customers will be able to sign up to Vodafone's new Red 4G-ready price plans from 12 August. -

Tuesday 06 August 2013, PM link icon  Ofcom - Television Broadcast Licensing Update July 2013
Television services that have ceased to be licensed handed back or revoked in this period The following services are no longer licensed. The relevant licence is either no longer required by the licensee so has been handed back, or the service has been removed from a licence covering multiple services, or revoked as a matter of routine usually for non-payment of the annual licence fee. Licence transfers The following licences have been transferred to a new company who is now the legal licensee. -

Tuesday 06 August 2013, AM link icon  Ofcom s low-cost DAB test hailed a success : Radio Today
A whole new tier of small-scale radio stations could be launched on DAB digital radio, new research from Ofcom suggests. The research report even suggests that rather than being a cost as at present, small FM community or commercial stations could make money from operating the new muxes themselves, and selling surplus capacity to other operators. Although the regulator does not set out a timetable for this work, The Times is reporting that Ofcom will now launch an industry-wide consultation on whether the system could be a lifeline for local radio. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - The BBC and plurality in the media
Last week, the Culture Secretary Maria Miller, announced her intention to undertake an assessment of UK media plurality, informed by a measurement framework to be developed with industry. Overall, the UK has one of the healthiest, most competitive news markets in the world. Its because, as the polling consistently shows, they rate the BBC significantly higher than other UK news providers for trust, accuracy and impartiality. -

Monday 05 August 2013, PM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - New exhibition uncovers the history of the Radio Times
The Radio Times is 90 years old this year. To markthis key anniversary,the Museum of London has curated an exhibition charting the story of the publication from inception to the present day. It is the first day of Cover Story 90 years of the Radio Times which runs until November 3rd. - link icon  End of an era as Smash Hits Radio closes : Radio Today
Smash Hits Radio is to close after 11 years of online and digital broadcasting, to make way for Kiss Fresh on Freeview. The station launched in 2002 and received record audience figures, attracting over a million listeners soon after launch. It was removed from DAB in 2007/8 and from Sky in 2009. - link icon  Local broadcaster Made TV seeks £5m in funding - Media -
Made TV, which counts former Emap chief executive Tom Moloney as a director, has sent out an information memorandum to prospective investors seeking 5m in funding ahead of the expected launch of the channels in early 2014. The 38-page investment memorandum, which has been seen by MediaGuardian, forecasts profits of 5.6m on revenue of 13.8m by its fifth year of operations. Made TV reckons it will make almost 2m from local TV ads in its first year, rising to 8.3m in year five, with other revenues from areas including sponsorship, product placement and offering channel management. - link icon  Kiss Fresh launches on Freeview to reach 20m homes - Music Week
Bauer Media UKs Kiss Fresh has become available in almost 20 million homes today after the commercial radio station launched on Freeview. Kiss channel 713 is already available on the Freeview platform, as is Kiss Freshs sister digital station Kisstory. Kiss Fresh will be available on channel 712, where it will replace Smash Hits Radio. - link icon  Ofcom - Report on a possible low-cost DAB platform for small stations
As no similar study had previously been carried out, the test was a valuable exercise to inform policy makers of the practicalities of low cost DAB solutions when used to serve small areas, particularly from a single transmitter. As well as testing the viability and reliability of new wireless techniques for generating a Eureka 147 DAB compliant signal in a real world scenario and it also allowed various measurements, and comparisons with existing multiplexes to be made. The experiment successfully demonstrated that much of the infrastructure can now easily be implemented in software, and that integration with public IP networks improves accessibility while reducing the capital and operating costs quite dramatically. - link icon  informitv - BBC and Sky lead UK Ultra HD Forum
The group will co-ordinate national requirements to enable interoperability and examine whether there is a requirement for an Ultra HD profile for the United Kingdom. With some 4K resolution displays already on the market, a key requirement will be agreement on specifications to ensure that they are fully compatible with any future services. It will also be desirable to avoid the confusion caused by the rush to launch 3D displays and services, with competing approaches to delivery and presentation, which compromised quality and the consumer experience. -

Monday 05 August 2013, AM link icon  Making TVs smart: why Google and Netflix want to reinvent the remote control Tech News a…
Making TVs smartis a three-part series that looks at why smart TVs have failed to take off and what needs to happen for these devices to realize their vast potential. When Google TV debuted back in 2010, it represented a radical take on smart TVs. Google wanted to combine live TV with internet content, and offer viewers a seamless way to switch from an ABC broadcast to a Netflix stream. - link icon  Channel 4 is still waiting for its creative renewal
If Channel 5 was mocking, how must Channel 4s founding chief executive Jeremy Isaacs have felt about such a depressing exercise in freak-show television, even if it delivered one of its few ratings successes of the year Frows swagger was no doubt based partly on Channel 5 having briefly overtaken its rival in the ratings, buoyed by its cricket rights and the popularity of Big Brother. These are very difficult times for Channel 4 and the chief creative officer Jay Hunt tried to come back fighting last week with an interview in The Times. - link icon  Chromecast, Simply and Cheaply, Flings Web Video to TVs -
We are engaged in a great civil movement, testing whether that business, or any business so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. The number of people who cut the cord, or cancel the satellite, in favor of getting all their TV from the Internet is still small maybe 1 percent of us a year. It looks like a portly flash drive or maybe a fat keychain and it costs 35. -

Sunday 04 August 2013, PM link icon  Your TV might be watching you - Aug. 1, 2013
Samsung sent a software update to all affected TVs. Without proper security controls, there's little to stop hackers from invading users' privacy, stealing personal information or spying on people. That gave hackers access to all the functions controlled by the browser, including the TV's built-in camera. - link icon  TiVo, media center PC makers alarmed by CableCard-cutting bill - Ars Technica
The CableCardthat small slab that lets a TiVo tune into cable by authenticating its connectionwould lose a regulatory safeguard under a bill nearing introduction in Congress. He predicted higher prices for CableCards that will be left out of new features. Nobody here seems to love CableCard all that muchit had one job, to promote an open market for cable gear, and it hasn't done that. -

Saturday 03 August 2013, AM link icon  BT Sport peaks with 200k on launch - News - Broadcast
BT Sport peaked with 207,500 (1.21%) viewers on its opening night as sports fans tuned in to see Bayern Munich versus Manchester City. The peak was reached during the five minutes from 7:35pm, just after the friendly kicked off on BT Sport 1. - link icon  BT and Vodafone among telecoms companies passing details to GCHQ - Business - The Guardian…
It emerged GCHQ was able to tap into fibre-optic cables and store huge volumes of data for up to 30 days. That operation, codenamed Tempora, has been running for 20 months. The paper said it had seen a copy of an internal GCHQ powerpoint presentation from 2009 discussing Tempora. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 3 - 10 August
The school holidays are finally here and the BBC Red Button has something for all ages this week. CBeebies kicks off the summertime with a jam-packed offering of adventure and intrigue, alongside our usual generous portion of sporting action and unmissable live music. Ensure you dont miss a moment of the fun with this weeks Red Button highlights. - link icon  TV viewing habit changes push bandwidth demands - Advanced Television
However, for those who are under age 35, the figure jumps to 70 per cent. For example, one-third of survey respondents said they own both a smart-phone and a tablet device, and members of that group reported that they are using at least one of those devices during almost half the time they are watching television. More than 80 per cent of these heavy users of mobile devices say they connect them to their broadband service via Wi-Fi when they are using them at home. -

Friday 02 August 2013, PM link icon  BBC News - Ofcom: Many Britons have no plans to use 4G
Just under a quarter of UK smartphone users have no intention of signing up to 4G, according to an Ofcom report. Although many people are aware of the existence of 4G mobile data services, they have no immediate plans to upgrade. People are unsure of the benefits of 4G and may have been put off by jargon, according to analysts. - link icon  DTG :: News :: O2 switches on 4G network
O2 sets out its plans for its 4G network launch at the end of August. The 4G network will be switched on in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29th August, reaching up to five million people from launch. By the end of the year, O2's 4G network will be live in 13 cities. -

Friday 02 August 2013, AM link icon  BT loses battle over Sky Sports wholesale deal - Telegraph
The decision, announced on the day BTs own sport channels go on air, means subscribers to BTs YouView packages will not be able to watch the majority of live televised football for the foreseeable future. Ofcom has not rejected the complaint outright, but said today it does not believe BT will be damaged enough to justify emergency action. It said it will not make a full decision for months and potentially not until next year. - link icon  Sky's roving reporter tries to down BT Sport in whirl of rotor blades - Rob Bagchi - Footb…
She paid for her selflessness and gallantry with her life but her sacrifice ensured that the 20 million people listening to the Ambridge conflagration on the Light Programme were not watching Independent Television's launch. Sky Sports News gave itself an 11-hour start on the broadcaster's new rival with White opening proceedings at 7am in radiant sunshine on a balcony at company HQ in west London, the presenter seemingly more enthusiastic than ever. If at times this seemed to involve frequent strolls down vibrantly painted brick corridors, thrumming commercial-scale drying machines and displays of formation lawn-mowing there was the occasional scoop, none bigger than Doncaster Rovers' signing of One Direction's Louis Tomlinson on non-contract terms. - link icon…
The grand ceremony at Elstree Studios, near London, will be broadcast simultaneously to the United States. The Doctor, who famously has the ability to travel through time, also possesses the means to bring the nation to a standstill, the BBC believes. Since William Hartnell made his debut as the first Doctor in 1963 the character has grown to become the most famous science fiction role in television. - link icon  Dish Hit With 53-Station Blackout in Fight With Raycom - Variety
Satcaster claims Raycom is demanding a fourfold increase in retrans payments over their previous deal, which expired at midnight Eastern on July 31. The Montgomery, Ala.-based broadcaster has said it is asking Dish for retrans fees comparable to what other pay-TV providers pay it. We are ready to listen to a fair proposal from Raycom to bring this impasse to a swift end, Sruta Vootukuru, Dish director of programming, said in a statement released early Thursday morning. - link icon  Review: Sky's ten-quid NOW TV box
It's an interesting time for people who want a little more from their television. It's smaller than a few CD cases stacked on top of one another, and bright white. Plug it in, and after a few tedious minutes connecting it to my wifi using an on-screen keyboard, it downloaded its software, rebooted, and then insisted I sign in with a NOW TV account. -

Thursday 01 August 2013, PM link icon  BT Sport to launch at 6pm today with Jake Humphrey, Clare Balding and more! - Sports Broad…
The action starts at 6pm tonight with a first night special live show featuring most of the channels new presenters, experts, commentators and special guests. The show will take place in BT Sports brand new studios, giving viewers a taste of what is to come from BT Sport. There will also be 30 exclusively live football Conference matches from the Skrill Premier including the play offs and the Promotion final at Wembley. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Digital Radio crosses 50% listening barrier
RAJAR, the official body in charge of measuring radio audiences in the UK, released new figures for the consumption of digital radio. For three months to the end of March digital penetration was up from 49.6 to 52.5 in the last quarter. However, the platform accounted for fewer than 37 of the 1bn hours of radio consumed over the period. - link icon  Digital radio listening breaks 50% barrier - News - Broadcast
Rajar: The last three months have seen more than half of the UK’s adult population listen to radio via digital platforms for the first time, as 28m tuned in. Digital penetration was up from 49.6% for the three months to the end of March, to 52.5% in the last quarter. But the platform accounted for just under 37% of the 1bn hours consumed over the period. - link icon  Ariel - BBC Four controller role scrapped
This means the channel will no longer commission original UK drama or history programmes for the foreseeable future. Factual output will focus on specialist subjects, and the channel will continue to show new comedies and foreign language dramas. -

Thursday 01 August 2013, AM link icon  Ofcom - The Communications Market Report: United Kingdom
Huge growth in take-up of smartphones and tablets is creating a nation of media multi-taskers, transforming the traditionalliving room of our parents and grandparents into a digital media hub. However, an increasing array of digital media are now vying for their attention. People are streaming videos, firing off instant messages and updating their social media status - all while watching more TV than before. - link icon  Sky in PSB talks over retransmission fees - News - Broadcast
BSkyB is hoping to hammer out commercial agreements with each of the public service broadcasters in a bid to defuse the row over retransmission fees. The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) this week said it “does not expect” Sky to “charge the PSBs any costs associated with transmission” and threatened to change broadcasting legislation if the matter is not resolved. - link icon  A 'nation of media multi-taskers': The latest Ofcom communications results - News - thegua…
Four in five parents said their children used a tablet computer at least weekly, in the latest Ofcom communications report. More and more of us are regularly engaging in media multi-tasking' according to the latest Ofcom communications market report, with more than half of UK adults regularly using other media whilst watching TV. In fact, live TV accounted for 90 of all viewing in 2012, with the average time spent watching TV increasing to just over four hours per person. - link icon  Mobile networks hand small fortune to shareholders – but little to taxpayers - Busi…
On 27 April 2000, after seven tense weeks, the British government's largest ever auction of a national asset came to a spectacular end. In the dizzy days of the dotcom boom, five mobile phone networks had offered to pay a total of 22.5bn for the right to operate the 3G licences that would bring the internet to mobile phones. However, while the ability of networks to invest in the masts needed to broadcast 3G around the country was undoubtedly hampered, 13 years later it is the British taxpayer rather than the industry that is counting the cost. - link icon  Tax breaks used by mobile phone networks face scrutiny - Business - The Guardian
Parliament is to open a new front in the corporation tax war by asking auditors to lift the lid on the tax breaks exploited by multinationals in sectors ranging from the internet to infrastructure. She is asking government accountants to investigate whether the vast array of reliefs offered by the taxman are being misused. Her comments were in response to a Guardian investigation published on Wednesday, which reveals that three of the UK's four networks are paying little or no corporation tax while sharing billions in dividends, management fees and royalties with their multinational owners. - link icon  RAJAR - radio's new listening figures, with graphs back to 1999
Discovering the real stories behind the latest RAJAR figures couldn't be easier. Get a simple overview Get the best and simplest overview on our radio data pages. See stations ranked by audience, hours or share or see the winners and losers this time around. - link icon  BBC News - Living room TV is making a comeback, says Ofcom
Communications regulator Ofcom said 91 of adults watched their main TV set once a week - up from 88 in 2002 - but their attention may be distracted. Most family members now multi-tasked while sitting in front of the TV, the survey of 3,700 over 16s found. Family members are being brought together just as they were in the 1950s when a TV was likely to be a home's only screen. - link icon  BBC News - O2 4G mobile network launch date announced for the UK
The service - offering higher mobile data speeds than 3G - will initially be available in London, Leeds and Bradford. O2 said it planned to extend the service to a further 10 cities by the year's end. It will compete against EE, which is already offering 4G data to 15 cities and has a cheaper basic tariff than O2's lowest-cost option. - link icon  Digital Radio listening continues to rise : Radio Today
RAJAR figures for Quarter 2, 2013 show 91 of the adult population are listening to the radio, with 1.5 million more since this time last year. Average hours remains static at 21.3 per week, and the share of all radio listening via digital radio now stands at 36.8 compared with 34.3 last quarter. The share of analogue listening in the UK is now at its lowest ever, at 58.6 of listening hours, including in-car listening. - link icon  The living room makes a comeback, and it has technology to thank - Technology - The Guardi…
With an array of smaller screens on hand, the average home has more than three types of internet device. A study by the communications watchdog Ofcom has found families are once again gathering around the main television set, but they are bringing their tablets and smartphones with them. Viewing has been steadily rising, and we now spend an average of four hours a day watching television, 18 minutes more than in 2004. -

Wednesday 31 July 2013, PM link icon  BT Sport’s opening night free on Freeview and Sky - Recombu
Coverage kicks off at 6pm on August 1, on Freeview channel 57, Sky channel 413, BT Vision channel 945 and online, with free coverage until 12.45am. We have some tremendously talented presenters and experts who are passionate about sport. The customers are the ones that matter and now they will be able to see the programmes for themselves. - link icon  Channel 4 rapped for airing alcohol ads when kids were likely to be watching - Media - the…
The Big Bang Theory Channel 4 was criticised for running alcohol ads during the hit show. Other broadcasters including Discovery and Comedy Central have also fallen foul of rules on alcohol advertising to children. The Advertising Standards Authority found seven cases of broadcasters breaking the rules relating to alcohol advertising which bans ads in or around programmes targeted or likely to appeal to under-18s after acting on research from an Ofcom investigation. - link icon  Microsoft forced to rename SkyDrive following trademark case with broadcaster - The Verge
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the name change to The Verge. Although the case never made it to court, German company Metro AG took issue with Microsoft's use of the word Metro throughout its marketing and branding. - link icon  BBC News - Google Chromecast takes on streaming content to TV
Google's Chromecast is a device which plugs into your television, allowing users to stream content like web video and music wirelessly from a mobile device or laptop. The dongle was released last week at an aggressive price of 35 23, and represents yet another foray for the firm into television hardware, having previously struggled to make much impact with its separate Google TV project. The device currently only works with a few mobile apps, but many more are expected to come on stream shortly. - link icon  BBC iPlayer - Help - Can I use BBC iPlayer with Android 4.3?
If you have both the apps installed before upgrading to Android 4.3 from Android 4.2 iPlayer should continue to work. If you don't have the apps installed the apps will not be visible in the Google Play store until the next updates. As such, be aware that if you have Android 4.3 and iPlayer is working, uninstalling any of the apps will cause problems. -

Wednesday 31 July 2013, AM link icon  BBC gets green light for pre-watershed 'shagging' - Media Monkey - Media -…
- link icon  Connectivity, Content and Consumers Britain’s digital platform for growth
It can, at times, be hard to remember what life was like before smartphones, social networking and catch-up television. The internet has transformed our lives and, as well as changing the way we interact with each other, new technologies like these – and the digital infrastructure upon which they rely – underpin the UK’s economic ambitions for the future. The UK has built strong digital foundations, and we are reaping the benefits, but in the face of rapid change, we cannot afford to be complacent. Following a two year review of the media and telecommunications sectors, this paper identifies four areas for action: - link icon  Ofcom approves South Wales DAB extension : Radio Today
Now Digitals request to extend the coverage area and change the frequency of its local DAB multiplex for Cardiff Newport has been approved. Two responses were made to the consultation by Ofcom, both of which were in support of the request. This move is part of a wider expansion of DAB digital radio coverage across Wales during the next year. - link icon  DCMS to abolish retransmission fees - News - Broadcast
The government plans to abolish retransmission fees and has set out plans to preserve the prominence of PSB broadcasters in a wide-ranging policy paper. The 46-page report, titled Connectivity, Content and Consumers, sets out a number of changes the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) wants to make to the 2003 Communications Act. - link icon  BBC News - UK completes digital switchover for 4G mobile networks
Engineers are expected to sign off on work in the north-east of Scotland and the Western Isles, paving the way for more 4G super-fast mobile networks. More than 270 transmitters have had their signals realigned. Despite the achievement, most of the UK's networks have yet to set a date for the launch of their 4G services. - link icon  BBC News - Plan to tackle UK rural mobile black spots revealed
30 July 2013 Last updated at 1103 ET The government has published details of its plan to provide mobile coverage to 60,000 homes and businesses currently in black spots before the end of 2015. It has named which parts of the country will share cash set aside for the project, and the order in which they will receive this investment. The Scottish Highlands are among areas where the work will be completed last. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - BBC R D in session: IP based future in broadcasting
We started this at the end of 2012, with a day looking at broadcasting in 2020 - where the industry is headed and what the pitfalls are along the way. Last week, we held the second event - focusing on the move to an IP based future in broadcasting, looking at content creation, consumption, and distribution. The event was chaired by BBC News senior correspondent Nick Higham. - link icon  Ariel - Countryfile breached guidelines on product prominence
In editions on 18 November and 9 December, both presenters wore items from the outdoor gear company Rab. Extra measures were taken to avoid undue prominence when the problem emerged in the final stages of editing. Countryfile, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last Sunday, is one of the BBC's most popular factual programmes and draws an average of six million viewers. - link icon  Newspapers cannot be trusted to regulate themselves, say readers
Newspapers that are vehemently opposed to a Parliament-approved royal charter on press regulation are at odds with the views of their own readers, a YouGov survey has found. Among readers of The Times and the Telegraph, there was backing of more than three-to-one in favour of Parliaments charter 62 per cent to 18 per cent. Among tabloid newspapers, support for the politicians charter was almost as great, with 48 per cent of Daily Mail readers favouring the Parliament model compared to 17 per cent for the press industry charter, and similar splits among readers of the Mirror 48-16 per cent and The Sun 38-17 per cent. -

Tuesday 30 July 2013, PM link icon  BBC - BBC Trust - Trust to examine BBC's participation in YouView
The approval was given subject to a number of conditions which would be reviewed 12 months after launch, to ensure that BBC participation remains consistent with the terms of the Trust's approval. - link icon  Arqiva to provide local TV distribution
Comux has selected Arqiva to provide transmission services for the UKs new network of local TV stations. The first 19 channels are being launched between the end of the year and the start of 2014. They have been allocated Freeview Channel 8 in England and Wales. -

Tuesday 30 July 2013, AM link icon  VCR's Past Is Guiding Television's Future -
The last few weeks have been a rugged legal stretch for incumbent television companies. First, an appeals court declined to rehear a case in which broadcasters sought to close down Aereo, a company that allows users to record and play back broadcast television over the Internet. The cases are far from settled, but the stakes could not be bigger. - link icon  Twitter / CNBC: BREAKING: Time Warner Cable ...
- link icon  Demand 5 comes to Roku in Britain
Roku is on a bit of a roll lately, with the release of the brand new version 3 hardware, and the continuous addition of new channels and content. Now it brings Demand 5 to British customers, adding to the plethora of content already available on thelittle system. This brings the total to more than 450 channels -- and that is just within Great Britain. -

Monday 29 July 2013, PM link icon  DCMS aims to protect PSB content on digital platforms - News - Broadcast
The DCMS will set out measures to protect the prominence of PSBs on new content platforms in the long-awaited Communications Act strategy paper this week. The Department for Culture Media & Sport will publish its plans on Tuesday in a paper titled "Connectivity, Content and Consumers". - link icon  D Love: Share the Love - Digital Radio Promo - YouTube
- link icon  BT Sport set to strike Virgin Media carriage deal - News - Broadcast
Virgin Media is poised to close a deal to carry BT Sport’s three sports channels on its cable TV platform, making them available to a further 4m potential customers. The two companies have been in negotiations for a number of months but both have been keen to strike a deal ahead of BT Sport’s launch on Thursday 1 August. -

Monday 29 July 2013, AM link icon  BBC News - BT online archive: Talking to each other through the ages
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets CSS enabled. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets CSS if you are able to do so. - link icon  Regional DAB signals commence shut-down : Radio Today
The Yorkshire multiplex will continue for another couple of years, closing in 2015, but the regional multiplex in Scotland will continue as this is owned by Switch Digital. More local multiplexes are being launched and existing ones extended to make up for the loss of regional slots, using frequencies previously used by MXR. Tags dab, featured, full-image, mxr Category Digital Radio News, Industry News - link icon  It's the end of the world – and ITV is smiling
ITV is expected to confirm that an advertising recovery is boosting profit when the Broadchurch broadcaster reports half-year results on Tuesday. Every 1 per cent rise in ITV's ad revenues is worth 15m in profit. -

Friday 26 July 2013, PM link icon  Digital One arrives in Northern Ireland : Radio Today
One of the stations, Premier Christian Radio will also broadcast its breakfast show live from Belfast all next week to mark the occasion. - link icon  Now TV box is cheap alternative to Apple TV for UK viewers, but with a catch
Like the idea of Apple TV but feel the hardware is a little expensive This is significantly cheaper than Apple's flagship streaming device, and even manages to undercut Google's Chromecast. There's also the option of using apps such as Spotify and Facebook to transform a regular TV into a smart TV. - link icon  Google Chromecast -- greatness in its infancy [Review]
There are too many devices on the market that do similar things but in different ways. When Google announced the Chromecast, I was a bit skeptical -- surely I didn't need yet another device. However, the low price of the product 35 and the fear of it selling out caused me to order it anyway. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 28 July - 3 August
From butterflies to crime dramas with plenty of sports action sprinkled on top, the BBC Red Button has something for everyone this week. Make sure you dont miss the best of the action with this weeks Red Button highlights. As the BBC's Summer of Wildlife continues, discover why it has never been more important to give them a helping hand and how it's possible for all of us to create a butterfly-friendly haven, even in the smallest of back gardens. - link icon  Ofcom - UHF and VHF spectrum planning - Call for inputs to Ofcom’s plans for the po…
- link icon  Ofcom - Change Request: Cardiff Newport. Request to extend coverage area and change freque…
These statutory provisions require Ofcom to consult on any such requests before it makes a decision, and so a public consultation was held between 21 June and 19 July. Ofcom has published a general policy for exercising our section 54A powers. Where a request for a licence variation requires a change to the existing frequency, Ofcom's general policy is to approve such requests subject to the availability of a suitable alternative frequency and consideration of the knock-on implications to the frequencies of other multiplexes and the stations they carry. -

Friday 26 July 2013, AM link icon  British Sky Broadcasting Group plc : Convert your TV into a 'smart TV' for under £10 with…
They can also access other popular online services such as Facebook and Spotify - all delivered over broadband to the big screen TV. Simply plug the box into your TV set via the HDMI cable provided, connect to your wireless internet connection and you're away. Sky News Stay up-to-date with all the latest breaking news from Sky News. - link icon  News -
Although the German analogue switch-off in April 2012 limits the comparison with the prior year period, the underlying growth has accelerated. We launched, and will shortly bring into service, SES-6, an important satellite supporting our future growth. Revenue from these regions increased by 9.3 compared to H1 2012. - link icon  Why Chromecast is such a big deal for Google, and a threat to Apple Tech News and Analys…
Both executives have been heading Google TV that other foray into the living room that didnt fare so well. Chromecast wasnt just demoed by Queiroz and Chandra. Add to that the ability to turn on your TV simply by starting video playback on your tablet, and youve got something that looks a bit like the anti-Google TV. - link icon  Googles TV BuzzMachine
Nevermind smart TVs and cable boxes the net is now in charge. Theres no more awkward searching using the worlds slowest typing via my cable box or a web-connected TV. If its as advertised, Ill just click on my browser and up it comes on my TV. - link icon  Official Android Blog: From TVs to tablets: Everything you love, across all your screens
- link icon  DTG :: News :: Report: DTT boom extends beyond Europe
The growth, so the report, will principally be fuelled by the emerging markets such as China, Brazil and India. Western Europe will lose market share over the forecast period, down from 40 at the end of 2012 to 19 by 2018, according to the report. The report predicts that this decline will occur despite the total number of homes receiving DTT signals growing by 20 over the same period to 105 million. - link icon  Google Chromecast, a $35 device to stream media, web to any HDTV
Google just announced the new device, and what it does is simple, yet so veryimportant to how we watch media. Simply put, Chromecast is a tiny dongle that plugs into your HDTV to stream your media from any Chrome-connected device. Some have said its a perfect marriage of the Nexus Q and the Google TV, but Google is touting this as simply a practically setup-free, easy-to-use experience. - link icon  Review: Pinell Go portable DAB+/FM radio
It's possibly, the first radio I've seen which highlights the company's design credentials throughout - taking cues from the master of industrial design, Apple, while adding a Norwegian twist. The packaging - a forgotten part of the consumer experience by almost every company - is beautifully produced two sides of the box contain hand-drawn images that reflect Norwegian country life I can identify pine cones, mushrooms, a traditional Norwegian wooden house, an axe, a warm jacket, a wellington boot. It has an AUX input, and a headphone output. -

Thursday 25 July 2013, PM link icon  Ofcom - Renewal of the Channel 4 licence
- link icon  Ofcom - Review of Sky’s Access Control Services Regulation

Wednesday 24 July 2013, PM link icon  Fox Loses Appeal Asking for Injunction Against Dishs Hopper Ad-Skipper
Today, an appeals court says the judge didn't abuse the discretion in finding that the record hadn't established that the broadcaster would win its direct and contributory infringement claims. Fox challenged the technology as directly infringing its copyrighted programming. Looking at that ruling, Ninth Circuit judge Sidney Thomas writes that the district court didn't abuse discretion. -

Wednesday 24 July 2013, AM link icon  Credit Suisse Increases ITV Price Target to GBX 180 (ITV) - Daily Political - Part 1
The firm currently has an outperform rating on the stock. Credit Suisses target price indicates a potential upside of 13.64 from the companys current price. Several other analysts have also recently commented on the stock. -

Tuesday 23 July 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - Royal baby coverage draws 247 complaints
23 July 2013 Last updated at 1450 More than 250 people contacted the BBC on Monday to complain the corporation was broadcasting excessive coverage about the royal baby. The BBC received 247 official complaints and 72 comments about airtime on the birth of a son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. BBC One's News at Ten also drew a below-average 3.97m 20 share of viewers. - link icon  Channel 5 edges past Channel 4 in weekly share of viewing - Media -
Channel 5's ratings were boosted by drama in Big Brother last week. Photograph Channel 5 Channel 5 has outperformed Channel 4 across a week in terms of total share of viewing by the tiniest of margins for the first time since launching in 1997. Last week Channel 5's flagship channel managed just shy of a 5 share of total viewing, including its 1 timeshift service. -

Tuesday 23 July 2013, AM link icon  The Web s longest nightmare ends: Eolas patents are dead on appeal - Ars Technica
The Eolas patents were uniquely threatening to the Web, and drew Tim Berners-Lee's personal attention. The inventor of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, had never testified in court before last year. In February 2012, he left Cambridge to fly down to Tyler, an east Texas city of about 100,000, to testify at a patent trial. - link icon  Staff shocked as UTV head of news is made redundant -

Monday 22 July 2013, PM link icon  TV Foresees Its Future. Netflix Is There. -
Apple and Google were back making waves in the television world last week, with reports suggesting they were renewing efforts to use technology to transform the box in your living room. Its worth remembering that it managed to go from the largest user of the Postal Service to the largest source of download traffic on the Web in the span of months, not years. After a big stumble on pricing in 2011, Netflix recovered and then some, using its expertise in technology and algorithms to accrue over 36 million users worldwide, a number that will probably grow when it announces its earnings on Monday. - link icon  Dish Networks Cuts Service to Web TV Startup NimbleTV - Peter Kafka - Media - AllThingsD
NimbleTV wants to deliver pay TV, over the Web, to any device, anywhere in the world. NimbleTV says it is working around the clock to fix things with Dish and restore service, which has been out for more than a week. In the meantime, it says it has provided refunds to its customers. - link icon  Freeview retune in run up to mobile broadband roll-out - The Orcadian Online
More information is available at web address and through digital UKs advice line on 08456 505050. -

Monday 22 July 2013, AM link icon  Keeping TV free is more crucial than the right to vote, say Britons - Metro News
Nine out of ten Britons believed in universal access to the main TV channels, according to a poll of 2,000 adults for Freeview. When asked what they would hypothetically give up to keep free access to the main broadcaster, four per cent said the right to vote in elections. Freeview TV also scored higher than unrestricted motorway travel 86 per cent, non-emergency healthcare 81 per cent, access to museums 77 per cent, University education for 18 to 21-year-olds 61 per cent and access to home broadband 33 per cent. -

Sunday 21 July 2013, PM link icon  SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones - Forbes
Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally found encryption and software flaws that could affect millions of SIMcards, and open up another route on mobile phones for surveillance and fraud. The two-part flaw, based on an old security standard and badly configured code, could allow hackers to remotely infect a SIM with a virus that sends premium text messagesdraining a mobile phone bill, surreptitiously re-direct and record calls, and with the right combination of bugs carry out payment system fraud. Payment fraud could be a particular problem for mobile phone users in Africa, where SIM-card based payments are widespread. -