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Monday 11 November 2013, PM link icon  Gavin Patterson: the man behind BT Sport's Champions League raid - Media - The Guardian
There may be some intriguing small talk at the school gates next time Gavin Patterson and Jeremy Darroch turn up to collect their respective kids. The first of the two is BT's recently appointed 46-year-old chief executive, and the man behind this weekend's staggering 900m grab for Uefa Champions League football. The second is his principal rival BSkyB's chief executive, the man who has run the Murdoch-controlled satellite broadcaster, which has considered itself the home of football on television for a generation. - link icon  BT's Champions League deal leaves BSkyB worrying about keeping crown - Business - The Guar…
Champions League football accounts for only 3 of viewing across BSkyB's sports channels. In a battle of chequebooks, the key statistic to bear in mind is that BSkyB currently generates free cash flow of about 1bn a year whereas BT, utterly transformed over the past five years, throws off about 2.3bn. For the time being, BSkyB can console itself that Champions League football accounts for only 3 of viewing across its sports channels. - link icon  Changes to Freeview for ITV Border region - Border - ITV News
Engineering work is expected to be completed by midday and anyone who finds they are missing ITV Border should retune after this. Freeview viewers watching English services do not need to retune. Some homes in the Borders can receive services from both England and Scotland, giving them a choice of regional services. - link icon  British Sky Broadcasting Group plc Lowered to Reduce at Nomura (BSYBY) - WKRB News - WKRB …
British Sky Broadcasting Group plc has a 52-week low of 46.45 and a 52-week high of 62.02. The stocks 50-day moving average is 58.35 and its 200-day moving average is 52.80. The company has a market cap of 23.564 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.86. - link icon  ISSUU - Broadcast UKTV Special 2013 by Media Business Insight
There are 318 digital channels that have sprung up around it, but Gold endures as one of the nations favourite channels. With the same inventive disposition, UKTV has developed an outsized ambition for original programming, with notable success. Plus, this year, we will commit 110m to screen, allowing us to take an even more imaginative approach to every new series that we make or buy. -

Monday 11 November 2013, AM link icon  BT's Champions League deal hits BSkyB shares - Business -
BSkyB shares have fallen on news that BT has won the rights to show Champions League games. The loss of the contract is a major blow for BSkyB and ITV, which currently share the rights. Shares in BT, a newcomer to sports broadcasting, were trading 2 down amid fears in the City that it has massively overpaid. -

Sunday 10 November 2013, PM link icon  Television wars: U better get used to it -
- link icon  Xbox, watch TV: inside Microsoft's audacious plan to take over the living room - The Verge…
Smith and Whitten first began talking about the greater potential of the Xbox in 2007, just as Microsoft began work on adding Netflix to the 360. The heart of the TV industry beats with the blood shed from fierce negotiations between networks and cable companies, each of which have developed decades of expertise in raising prices, locking out competition, and forcing virtually all consumer-friendly innovation to go elsewhere. Movie rentals now happen entirely over the internet Blockbuster just announced that its closing its last 300 stores. -

Sunday 10 November 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button - 9-15 November
Did they really save each other's lives and is the new couple prepared for life in Walford together Kate also learns about the camera techniques used to capture the amazing footage featured in the programme. - link icon  The BBC is an institution we should cherish, not denigrate - The big issue - From the Obse…
Eamonn Butler dismisses the BBC as a taxpayer-subsidised entertainment business, which is a bit rich, but his description of the licence fee as a poll tax is not entirely unfair. Nevertheless, while advertising or pay per view are all very well for large-audience channels, can anyone think of a way to generate significant revenue from, say, BBC4 Both Hutton and Mark Damazer dwell on the ever-swelling background of political denigration of the BBC and both point out that it started with the previous government. -

Saturday 09 November 2013, PM link icon  BBC News - Can Sky bounce back from BT defeat?
Well, the newish chief executive of BT, Gavin Patterson, told me that his company's financial model of what the broadcast rights are worth would have allowed him to bid more though not much more. Meanwhile, a senior BSkyB source said that his company simply could not justify shelling out the 300m per year offered by BT. Start Quote The battle for supremacy in the broadband market just got vicious End Quote The answer is that there is probably a bit of both going on. -

Friday 08 November 2013, PM link icon  BBC executive says US TV industry is more favourable to ethnic minorities - Media - thegua…

Friday 08 November 2013, AM link icon  Mosey: consider carving up BBC licence fee - News - Broadcast
Former BBC editorial director Roger Mosey has suggested the licence fee could be carved up for the benefit of audiences -and claimed the corporation veers to the left politically. Mosey, who left the BBC in September to become the master of Selwyn College at Cambridge, said the broadcaster must confront the hard question of why, in a digital age, it should have the whole pie to itself forever link icon  James Cridland: Mobile phones: how we re using them to listen to the radio -

Thursday 07 November 2013, PM link icon  Evening Standard's London Live to air Twenty Twelve and Peep Show repeats - Media - thegua…
- link icon  BBC News - Vodafone fails on 3G mobile coverage
- link icon  Freeview highlights HD in new ad campaign - Advanced Television
- link icon  VIDEO: Connect TV on Freeview HD enables on-demand and pay-TV - Recombu
- link icon  YouView the largest catch-up provider in the UK, report / TBI Vision

Wednesday 06 November 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - Cohen: Set-up is right at BBC Four
'There should be a number of moments each year where they join up and become more than the sum of their parts.' He also dismissed any notion that BBC Four would become an arts and music channel, insisting it would remain a mixed genre channel identified by its 'characterful, very distinctive, slightly eccentric' output. 'Ripe for reinvention' Cohen told the audience of programme makers that his channels were hungry for new ideas and new kinds of storytelling. Factual on BBC One was 'ripe for reinvention', he believed, as its new controller Charlotte Moore sought to put her mark on her channel. -

Wednesday 06 November 2013, AM link icon  UTV to launch Irish TV channel - News - Broadcast
It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. -

Tuesday 05 November 2013, PM link icon  BBC News - Former BBC boss Mark Byford: Never heard Savile rumours

Tuesday 05 November 2013, AM link icon  UTV now part of U in HD by Michael Wilson
However, until today the biggest single issue in my viewer mailbag was the lack of UTV in HD on satellite services. I'd like to thank our team of engineers and transmission crew, the ITV team and all our other technology partners for delivering the service. -

Monday 04 November 2013, PM link icon  informitv - BT TV reaches over 900,000 homes
BT TV added 70,000 customers in the last quarter, taking its installed base in the United Kingdom to over 900,000. There were more net additions for BT TV in those three months than the preceding two quarters, or the three quarters before that. BT has added 154,000 television customers over the year, since the launch of YouView and following its massive investment in BT Sport. -

Monday 04 November 2013, AM link icon  Publisher Archant set for Spring TV channel launch - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage…
A regional publisher willnot start broadcasting itslocal TV station until next spring following the launch ofits online version earlier this year. The company had been expected to launch its digital TV channel on Freeview Channel 8thisautumn, but a spokesman said it had been delayed because media regulator Ofcom awarded the multiplex licence three months later than planned. The delay meant thenecessary infrastructure could not be completed in time for an autumn launch. -

Sunday 03 November 2013, AM link icon  The many challenges facing a beleaguered BBC - Comment is free - The Observer
Yes, the BBC has made mistakes, but so have the royal family, the British army and, indeed, most of us. Yet few are subject to such routine excoriation from our press, itself hardly a paragon of virtue. Once again, notwithstanding the esteem in which the BBC continues to be held by the vast majority of its viewers and listeners, it is clear that it is going to have fight for its existence over the next two years. -

Saturday 02 November 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button - 2 - 8 November
Theres also a packed schedule of sport with international rugby union and league, Formula 1, football, cycling and squash. We may never know the true version of events, but are the new couple prepared for life back in Walford together Sit tight and enjoy the ride with Wizards vs Aliens Extra, only on the Red Button. -

Friday 01 November 2013, AM link icon  Radio Today - Humberside wins BBC Station of the Year
The event was held in Windsor as BBC Radio Berkshire won the main award last year. -

Thursday 31 October 2013, PM link icon  Ofcom awards second wave of local TV licences - News - Broadcast
It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. -

Thursday 31 October 2013, AM link icon  UKTV adds on-demand to Sky carriage deal - News - Broadcast

Wednesday 30 October 2013, PM link icon  IsoHunt Resurrected Less Than Two Weeks After $110 Million MPAA Deal - TorrentFreak
The people behind the recreation of one of the worlds largest torrent sites, who are not in any way related to the old isoHunt site, say the aim was to give isoHunt refugees access to their much-loved database of torrents wrapped up in a familiar interface. The amount that owner Gary Fung would have to pay to the MPAA was publicized at 110 million, a somewhat scary quantity of money by anyones standards. Of course, Fung doesnt have that kind of money and wouldnt pay it freely to the MPAA even if he did. -

Wednesday 30 October 2013, AM link icon  Google: policing digital content for kids does not require legislation - Media - theguardi…
Google has said legislation should not play the biggest role in policing digital content for children. That's going to go away so we'll have to find another form of differentiation a 30-second clip is different to a 45-minute/one-hour long-form video, it may be that's the point of differentiation. However, Google UK public policy and government relations manager Theo Bertram said he did not think that policing digital content required legislation, pointing out there are filters available for parents to use to control their children's viewing. - link icon  MediaPost Publications Consumers Remain Indifferent To Smart TVs 10/29/2013

Tuesday 29 October 2013, PM link icon  New dawn for The Sky at Night - News - Broadcast
It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. -

Tuesday 29 October 2013, AM link icon  UK mobile phone coverage: the country's signal blackspots - interactive map - Money - theg…
We asked you to tell us if you were experiencing problems with mobile phone coverage. Here is what you have told us so far With all four UK networks launching 4G services this year, universal access to superfast internet on a mobile phone is finally becoming a reality. The response from many of those now receiving the hard sell from their network is that they would like a decent 3G internet signal, or even the ability to make a phone call or receive a text from their home or office, before upgrading to a more expensive 4G package. - link icon  Graham Norton: how BBC handed out multimillion payoffs 'defies belief' - Media - The Guard…
The presenter, who has a chatshow on BBC1 and a Saturday morning slot on Radio 2, is among the stars who have taken a pay cut in recent years but his salary is still thought to be in excess of 1m. - link icon  A gentle mauling from You and Yours
I was interviewed earlier today by You and Yours, a Radio 4 consumer-affairs programme, about DAB. Asked to come in and talk about the slow take-up of DAB, I instead was treated to some rather different questions. It's clear Winifred Robinson, the interviewer, isn't a fan of DAB. -

Monday 28 October 2013, PM link icon  BBC News - Li-fi via LED light bulb data speed breakthrough
- link icon  informitv - Ultra-HD portable screen on show
- link icon  informitv - Amazon box delays

Sunday 27 October 2013, PM link icon  BBC licence fee threat: Greg Dyke hits back at Tory chairman - Media - The Guardian
Greg Dyke, former BBC director-general and now chairman of the FA. He said Shapps's comments were a predictable attempt to whip the corporation's journalists into line before the 2015 general election. Dyke has been backed by Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader, who said it was wrong for Shapps to use his position to stop legitimate reporting of failures in government policy. - link icon…
The BBCs royal charter comes up for renewal in 2016, and Mr Shapps suggested that the corporation needed to be subject to the same scrutiny as other public bodies or risk having its 3.6 billion income from the fee cut or split with other organisations. He said that the recent scandals involving high-profile BBC presenters and pay-offs for senior executives had raised a question of credibility over decisions at all levels of the corporation. I think it is one of too much secrecy. Mr Shapps indicated that his party was prepared to look into ways of changing the licence fee system if the BBC is not able to reform. - link icon  BBC - Inside the BBC - BBC Where Next
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Friday 25 October 2013, PM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - Links: BBC iPlayer App Downloads
The BBC iPlayer app has now been downloaded more than 20 million times in the press release there's a list of the most popular programmes and days. A year ago smartphones and tablets accounted for only 25pc of viewing, compared to 47pc on computers. Three years ago only 6pc of requests for programmes came from mobile devices. -

Friday 25 October 2013, AM link icon  Radio Today - Absolute 80s reaches over 1.2m listeners
Absolute 80s, with 1.2m listeners on digital is closing the gap on Absolute Radio, which now has 1.6m after a drop in listeners this quarter. The main Absolute Radio station is up year-on-year but has lost over 300,000 listeners this quarter following its highest ever reach of almost 2m last quarter. All the digital stations combined are recording a record reach at 2.2m listeners, with 60s 203k, 80s 1.2m and 90s 522k all getting individual records. -

Thursday 24 October 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - iPlayer app hits 20 million downloads
It revealed the most popular day for downloading the app, which is only available on Apple and Android devices, was Christmas Day in 2012, when there were 385,600 downloads after many people received smartphones and tablets as gifts. It was also revealed that since iPlayer mobile downloads were launched in September 2012, Top Gear has been the most-downloaded show. -

Thursday 24 October 2013, AM link icon  DAB - BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra/ Radio 4 LW programmes - BBC - FAQs - Home
Flexibility within the DAB system means that part-time 'secondary services' can be created to allow broadcasters to transmit extra programs. Radio 4's LW output is transmitted as a side channel to Radio 4's main output. To access 'secondary services' you need to tune in when the service is actually broadcasting. -

Tuesday 22 October 2013, PM link icon…
Some of those accused are facing upwards of 20 allegations and have been moved to new jobs pending the outcome of the disciplinary process. He decried the existence of sideways managers, which he defined as people not adding value to the process of getting great programmes onto the air. The flawed technology project became known inside the BBC as Dont Mention It. - link icon  Lord Patten attempts to downplay scale of BBC severance payoffs - Media -
Lord Patten appeared in front of a committee of MPs to discuss the BBCs annual report. On severance pay he said that he felt he needed to contextualise the issue. He pointed to issues such as former deputy director general Mark Byford's almost 1m severance pay deal. - link icon  NAO set for improved BBC access - News - Broadcast
The National Audit Office is set to be granted improved access to the BBC’s books after the corporation agreed changes to its relationship with the spending watchdog. The BBC has thrashed out a deal “in principle” with the Department for Culture Media & Sport that will clear a path for the NAO to investigate pertinent issues with more freedom.- link icon  BBC News - BBC should become mutual company - Dame Tessa Jowell
So the argument would be the BBC should indeed be owned by its licence fee payers. The current royal charter allowing the BBC's licence fee expires at the end of 2016 and MPs have been discussing its future in a backbench debate. - link icon  Jowell: turn BBC into a mutual company - News - Broadcast
Former culture secretary Dame Tessa Jowell has argued that the BBC should become a “mutual company” to make it more accountable to licence fee payers. In a backbench Parliament debate on the future of the BBC, the Labour MP said remodelling the BBC would put the public “in the driving seat”, strengthen the Trust’s role as a cheerleader for licence fee payers and protect the broadcaster’s

Monday 21 October 2013, PM link icon  BBC agrees deal for extension to radio programme repeats - Media Monkey - Media - theguard…
Gardeners Question Time and other independently produced BBC shows will be available to listen to again for up to 30 days. The new deal will also allow the BBC to repeat independent productions more times such as on digital station, Radio 4 Extra and more shows will be made available as podcasts. With budgets tight at the BBC, independent producers are not getting any more cash in return. - link icon  DTG :: News :: BBC Worldwide unveils new vision for future
At its heart lies an uplift in content investment to secure the position of BBC Worldwide's premium programme assets the launch of three new core consumer brands propositions and a greater focus on digital innovation to extend the company's reach and routes to market. Davie confirmed BBC Worldwide's intention to grow content investment commitments, forecast to increase by 30m pa to some 200m. BBC Worldwide will look to invest in distinctive premium British content of the highest quality. -

Saturday 19 October 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button - 19-25 October
It'safun-filled tripfor the wholefamily on the Red Button this week. All this plus Chriss blog, horoscopes and jokes that will make you LOL. Showcasing the music that the station has championed, enjoyed and nurtured, listeners can find all the action on air, online and of course on the Red Button. -

Friday 18 October 2013, PM link icon  Radio Today - Sunshine goes digital at MuxCo DAB launch
The two local stations are joined by Heart and Gold covering 400,000 people in the area. This expansion to more than 97 of the population will include two new transmitters in Gloucestershire. Government has said they will make a decision on radio switchover at the end of 2013. -

Friday 18 October 2013, AM link icon…
Robert Peston is to move from his role as the BBCs business editor to become the corporations economics editor. Before that he was political editor and financial editor of the Financial Times and city editor of The Sunday Telegraph. He said I am excited by the prospect of trying to get underneath whats going on in the British economy and global economy, especially in the run-up to the 2015 general election. -

Thursday 17 October 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - BBC and Pact agree deal that paves way for BBC Store
At the moment about 90 of BBC content disappears after broadcast, and is rarely seen again. People in the UK will be able to pay for a classic natural history programme from the 1970s or all the episodes of Doctor Who. 'Fantastic opportunity' Bal Samra, the BBC's commercial director, whose team was instrumental in driving the deal, tells Ariel that it's a 'fantastic opportunity' for both consumers and audiences 'to take great pleasure from the content we produce now and in the past'. - link icon  Former BBC boss Mark Thompson to face MPs over £100m DMI fiasco - Media - theguardian.c…
It is possible that Thompson will give evidence via video link rather than fly to London. Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, on behalf of the BBC Trust, was expected to have completed its independent review into the failed project last month, but the deadline is now understood to have slipped to before the end of the year. Its conclusions will then be passed to MPs on the public accounts committee. -

Thursday 17 October 2013, AM link icon  Ariel - Is the set-top box dead?

Wednesday 16 October 2013, PM link icon  YouView popularity wanes - Advanced Television
- link icon  DTG :: News :: Report: Online TV video to generate $35 billion by 2018
By 2018, 520 million homes in 40 countries will watch online television and video both paid-for and ad-supported, up from 182 million in 2010. The OTT TV sector is on the brink of a huge take-off as the key players expand internationally, broadband penetration increases, technology advances and as new partnerships are announced on a daily basis, so the report. Online TV and video advertising has been the key driver for the OTT sector, with revenues of 7.4 billion expected in 2013, up from 2.4 billion in 2010. - link icon  In Aereo Fight, Are Comcast and NBCUniversal at Odds? - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ
Thats a question worth asking in the wake of Fridays petition by major broadcasters seeking a Supreme Court review of the case over the online TV-streaming service. As close watchers of the case will remember, Aereos legal defense relies in part on a precedent established several years ago in another long-running legal battle, this time between Cablevision Systems Corp. and major entertainment companies. Cablevision won the case and the Supreme Court in 2009 declined to hear the media companies appeal. - link icon  YouView makes Simon Duffy chairman - Media -
Duffy is currently non-executive chairman of digital entertainment and mobile company mBlox. YouView has been hunting for a chairman for the past seven months, following the departure of Lord Sugar that came from a boardroom showdown with Desmond in March. Sugar was paid 500,000 to chair YouView, Duffy's remuneration is not known. - link icon  BBC - Media Centre - Helen Boaden - Radio Festival 2013
Please check against delivery It is a huge pleasure to be here and thank you for doing me the immense honour of inviting me to speak today. As you may know, I have been away from the radio industry for eight years enjoying the cut and thrust of BBC News. News is a place of constant change and you certainly cant dodge the so-called digital revolution if youre in its midst. -

Wednesday 16 October 2013, AM link icon  BBC to Name Head of VOD Service, Treat It Like Fifth TV Channel - The Hollywood Reporter
The BBC is planning to name a controller of its VOD service, the BBC iPlayer, to effectively establish it as a fifth network of the U.K. public broadcaster, director of television Danny Cohen said here Tuesday evening. link icon  iPlayer: BBC to appoint controller for 'fifth channel' - Media -
The announcement comes on the back of BBC director Tony Hall's announcement that an enhanced and personalised iPlayer will pay a central role in the corporation's strategy. Under the BBC's plan, iPlayer will not only allow viewers to watch some content online before it is broadcast, it will also give them access to new iPlayer channels, some of them temporary pop-up ones covering events such as Wimbledon. To pay for Hall's vision for the BBC the corporation is looking to make savings of around 100m a year during the final two years of the current 10-year royal charter agreement, which runs to the end of 2016. -

Tuesday 15 October 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - Local radio at sharp end of public anger
She said that one of her reporters, who had gone to a local school to do an interview, had been spat at by a parent when she revealed where she worked. 'Those pay-offs were wrong,' admitted Yentob, who put them in the context, however, of finding a quick fix to a bloated management. She said she'd worked at the BBC for a quarter of a century and that 'the level we go to to be impartial and balanced in what we do is incredible'. - link icon  BBC's Alan Yentob: Mark Byford might have helped avoid Jimmy Savile crisis - Media - thegu…
The fallout of the scandal resulted in the resignation of director general George Entwistle after just 54 days. Yentob implied that Byford's experience and close links with top executives across the corporation he was a 32-year BBC veteran and close ally of ex-director general Mark Thompson before being made redundant in 2010 could have made a critical difference in decisions that were taken. Yentob admitted that he and other presenters, such as Richard Bacon who was leading the interview session on a live Radio 5 Live broadcast, are paid too much. - link icon  Smart TV to remain a complementary platform - Advanced Television
The reports author, Roger Stanyard, notes that TV is the last of the great communications and media platforms to embrace the Internet, but suggests that the exercise will take some two decades to complete. This will rise to some 1.6 million in 2017 some 15 per cent of total broadcasting revenues. We also expect that at end of the next two decade most television content will be delivered to the consumer over Internet through a combination of live streaming media and VoD, says Stanyard. - link icon  BBC director general rejects claim that corporation crushes entrepreneurs - Media - thegua…
Whatever it might look like on a piece of paper, we are able to point to what actually happens," he said, speaking at the Technology Innovators Forum (TIF) at Broadcasting House. "In practice the argument is not right. The BBC has not crushed entrepreneurs. It has done the opposite". - link icon  Now That's What I Call Music channel queued up - News - Broadcast
A Now That’s What I Call Music-branded TV channel will launch later this month as a joint venture between two major labels and All Around The World TV. The channel will air on Sky 378 and Freesat 512 and will target a wide demographic from tweens to families. link icon  Lessons from the 4K frontline - In-depth - Broadcast
Sky was quickly into digital, then HD and then 3D 4K should be next. We have to be cautious, says 3D operations and development manager Robin Broomfield. Dramas and movies are already shot in 4K, even if theyre not being mastered or transmitted that way. -

Tuesday 15 October 2013, AM link icon  BBCs Tony Hall takes on critics after attack by Rupert Murdoch
Lord Hall, speaking to an audience of tech entrepreneurs and media bosses in London, said the critics are missing the point when they say the BBC is crowding out the market. Rather, he maintained, the BBCs 5bn in annual revenue provides risk capital for independent media companies to make programmes and films that the commercial sector would not be able to fund alone. For me, the BBC is one of those amazing brands that makes Britain what it is, she said, noting creative industries are growing at twice the rate of the rest of the UK economy. -

Monday 14 October 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - Boaden: Audience not ready for switchover
On the same day that the Corporation announced plans to begin increasing DAB coverage for its network services from 94 to 97, Boaden reflected on a growing appetite for digital. DAB listening was claiming nearly a 25 share, she said, with 52 of the audience listening to something digitally each week. More new cars, meanwhile, were being fitted with digital radios, reaching just over 40 this year. - link icon  Humax new Freeview +HD box out 18 October, for £180 - CNET UK
Fans of free telly rejoice -- Humax has a new Freeview HD box, that'll be on sale later this week. Perhaps best of all, the box lets you record shows to its 500GB hard drive. It's packing twin-tuners, so you can record two channels at the same time, while pausing and rewinding TV is also on the cards. - link icon  informitv - BBC places iPlayer at the heart of its vision
In his much awaited speech to staff he described a toddler sitting up holding a magazine, trying to swipe it and bang it to make it play. To a toddler, a tablet may simply be a broken toy, if you are not careful. The perennial question, like a broken record, is whether public service broadcasting is broken and if so what can be done to fix it. - link icon  informitv - Connected televisions forecast at 760 million by 2018
The number of television sets connected to the internet is forecast to rise from around 300 million at the end of 2013 to almost 760 million by 2018. That will represent over a quarter of the television sets in the world. The latest forecast from Digital TV Research includes smart televisions, games consoles, digital media adapter devices, network connected set-top boxes and disc players. - link icon  informitv - Google TV may simply become Android TV
The Google TV brand may be quietly dropped as the focus moves to the Android platform on which it is based. There are suggestions that it may simply become Android TV. Given the success of Android for smartphones and tablets, it could become the generic operating system for television products, as part of a wider ecosystem that already supports a billion devices. - link icon  Radio Today - 40.1% of new cars now have DAB as standard
Future plans for the progress of DAB are being announced today at the Radio Festival, including that 40.1 of new cars now have digital radio as standard. It follows news earlier today that the BBC has confirmed its plans to increase DAB coverage for its national network stations from 94 to 97 with the addition of 162 new transmitters starting at the end of 2013. After the Government decision on radio switchover local DAB coverage would be further expanded to 90. -

Monday 14 October 2013, AM link icon  Mipcom: TV bosses upbeat as technology opens new opportunities - Media -
DreamWorks chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg set the tone in his keynote speech. Something that may be starting to affect the artform itself. Television as the new novel rather than the new Hollywood - link icon  Radio Today - 162 new BBC DAB transmitters in two years
The corporation says transmitters will be added at a rate of more than three every two weeks between now and Christmas 2015. Coverage at the moment is just over 93 of the UK. The fourth-phase of the roll-out will bring network BBC radio on DAB to an extra 2.5m people and improve coverage for millions of others. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - Video Factory: Transcoding Video for BBC iPlayer
It delivered 600 hours of Television programmes each week to BBC iPlayer. The experiment in delivering video over the internet was proven to work, the demand was there but the infrastructure was aging and needed replacement. In this post blog I shall be telling you about how its built and how it will allow us to continue to improve the BBCiPlayer service. -

Sunday 13 October 2013, PM link icon  London Live's head of news says it cannot be WBD – worthy but dull - Media - The Gu…
Costume drama London Live aims to arrive on the capitals TV screens with the exuberance of the Notting Hill carnival. It may be too soon for Vikki Cook, the channel's head of news and current affairs, to reveal how London Live will cover the carnival, but she hopes her station will be in full swing when the festival drums strike up. Last week the channel announced it is recruiting 50 people, including on-air talent and producers, to fill its as-yet-unfurnished studios in Derry Street, west London. -

Saturday 12 October 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 12-18 October
Showcasing the music that the station has championed, enjoyed and nurtured, listeners can find all the action on-air, online and of course on the Red Button. Our valuation game is simple, fun and free to play. Consider each of the objects featured in the programme, select an option before our experts give their valuation and see how many you get right. - link icon  Cablevision blasts broadcasters' Supreme Court filing against Aereo -
Aereo has a similar cloud-based digital recorder as part of its service. Interestingly, Cablevision had previously come out in support of broadcasters against Aereo. Last year, Cablevision filed an amicus brief in support of broadcasters saying Aereo violates copyright laws. -

Friday 11 October 2013, PM link icon  Broadcasters petition Supreme Court in Aereo fight - Internet Media - CNET News
The Supreme Court should review the case, the broadcasters argue in the petition, because courts outside the Second Circuit based in New York have been shutting down similar services, setting up court conflict. The petition also argued that the Second Circuit decision in Aereo's favor is rapidly and deeply harming the television industry. All petitions to the Supreme Court have a long shot of being granted. - link icon  BSkyB CEO took home £7m last year - Media - The Guardian
It was pointed out that Darroch's base pay was still less than former CEO James Murdoch's in 2007. Darroch's total remuneration including salary, bonus, pension and benefits for the year to the end of June remained almost flat year-on-year at 2.93m. That included a 1.82m bonus, almost the maximum 200 of his base salary, while his salary remained flat year-on-year at 935,000.He also received 175,686 in benefit payments and banked almost 4.1m from 580,000 shares awarded as part of BSkyB's long-term incentive plan. - link icon  ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 force TVCatchUp to drop their services - Media - theguardian.…
TVCatchUp, which earlier this month added catchup TV to its offering of live streaming services, posted a statement on its website acknowledging the changes to its operation following the ruling. The European court of justice ruled that websites that retransmit live TV over the internet without permission from broadcasters are in breach of copyright. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link icon  When Our News Is Gerrymandered, Too -
I read an interview this past week with someone who gets his news from a narrow band of information providers. He reads The Wall Street Journal, a really good newspaper that tilts right on its editorial page and sometimes in its news coverage. He also reads The Washington Times, a more reflexively conservative publication, and listens to the talk guys on the radio during his commute to work. - link icon  How Americans Get TV News at Home - Pew Research Centers Journalism Project
Almost three out of four U.S. adults 71 watch local television news and 65 view network newscasts over the course of a month, according to Nielsen data from February 2013. On average, the cable news audience devotes twice as much time to that news source as local and network news viewers spend on those platforms. And the heaviest cable users are far more immersed in that coveragewatching for more than an hour a daythan the most loyal viewers of broadcast television news. Even those adults who are the heaviest viewers of local and network news spend more time watching cable than those broadcast outlets. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Ofcom consults on licence fees for mobile spectrum
Ofcom has published a consultation on revising annual licence fees for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum bands, currently used by mobile network operators. These bands are used for voice calls, 3G and some 4G services. In December 2010, the Government directed Ofcom1 to revise these fees so that they reflect full market value. - link icon  Ariel - Worldwide steps in as Discovery deal ends
Worldwide is to make a 'major new investment' in BBC factual content, including natural history, science and history, working alongside a range of other co-producers around the world. The current North American co-production deal between the BBC and Discovery - who have been partners for the last 15 years - is due to end by 'mutual agreement' in 2014, having last been extended in 2010. Meanwhile, Worldwide has announced its investment in a number of new titles. - link icon  YouView shareholders mull funding options Digital TV Europe
The report claims that the BBC in particular is keen to scrutinise costs and is keen for a cheaper, stripped down, version of existing YouView boxes to launch at a price of around 50 or less. Discussions between YouViews partners are expected to conclude by the end of the year after being extended from September, said the FT. - link icon  Freeview viewers may face problems in Bradford From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
This means some viewers could experience disruption to Freeview services, including a loss of sound, blocky images or loss of some or all channels. At800 was set up, and is funded, by the leading UK mobile operators, to ensure viewers can still watch Freeview, or are offered a suitable alternative, as 4G at 800 MHz services go live. In most cases, the problem will be fixed with an At800 filter, which is available free of charge. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - Links: Tony Hall Speech, BBC Playlister and Android Update
The whole speech can be watched on the About The BBC website. The other big announcement this week was the BBC Playlister Beta. The BBC News story is where comment action can be found. -

Friday 11 October 2013, AM link icon  BBC iPlayer - Help - Where can I find the Windows Media streams to listen live to National…
The simplest way to access a radio stream is to listen live via BBC iPlayer Radio. However, you can also access the following streams directly. - link icon  Google to sunset Google TV brand as its smart TV platform merges with Android Tech News …
The move is part admission that Google TV failed, part hope that Android will eventually find its place in the living room. Google apparently isnt quite ready to announce the switch-over yet a spokesperson contacted for this story declined to comment. Sony introduced a new smart TV adapter dubbed the Bravia TV stick last month. -

Thursday 10 October 2013, AM link icon  In Digital Era, What Does 'Watching TV' Even Mean? -
We spend a full five hours and 16 minutes a day in front of a screen, and that's without even turning on a television. So says a statistic from eMarketer, a research firm that focuses on digital media and marketing. It says that for the first time we are devoting more attention each day to smartphones, computers and tablets. -