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Thursday 03 January 2013, PM link icon  Bath transmitter fire hits television and radio broadcasts - UK news -
The BBC estimates that 80,000 homes in the area around Bath have been affected. Photograph Matt Cardy/Getty Images Police are investigating whether a fire at a transmitter site that affected television and radio broadcasts to thousands of homes was started deliberately. The fire service were called to the blaze at the site in Bathampton, near Bath in north Somerset, just before 6am on Thursday. -

Tuesday 01 January 2013, AM link icon  BBC Radio Cymru cuts hours and introduces English songs in row over royalties
BBC Radio Cymru, the Welsh-language network,is ending its 25th anniversary year with the solemn announcement that it is going to pad out its schedule with English pop and rock songs. Classical and instrumental tracks will also be used to fill air time because the station claims that it will not be able to afford to play from a catalogue of more than 30,000 popular Welsh-language tracks. BBC Cymru is also threatening to reduce the length of its daily schedule because it doesnt have enough Welsh music to play. -

Saturday 29 December 2012, AM link icon  No One Uses Smart TV Internet Because It Sucks - Gadget Lab -
People arent using their internet-connected smart TVs for anything beyond, well, watching TV. It turns out, nobody wants to tweet from their TV. Worse, more than 40 percent of the people who buy a connected TV arent even using it for its ostensible primary purpose getting online video onto the biggest screen in your home. - link icon  Kiss FM appears on national Digital One : Radio Today with RCS
Kiss, which is already available via a number of local digital multiplexes across the country in stereo, is transmitting in mono nationwide at 80 kbps. Smooth Xmas, which was at the same quality, was only on-air for two months in the run-up to Christmas for the second time. Last year it morphed into Smooth 70s which is still transmitting. -

Friday 28 December 2012, PM link icon  In Boost to U.S. Plans, BBC World Service Is Added to Time Warner Cable -
Last year, the BBC began aggressively to seek American distribution for its international news channel, which it says is available full time in more than 200 million homes worldwide. Relatively few were in the United States, however, at least until Comcast signed up late last year, increasing the channels reach to about 15 million. There is still some way to go before we can say we have reached everyone but 2012 has been a year of significant breakthroughs for us in the U.S., the news organization noted earlier this month. -

Tuesday 25 December 2012, AM link icon  BBC News - Has 3D film-making had its day?
It rapidly became the biggest grossing film of all time, in part because of its ground-breaking digital 3D technology. But, in retrospect, Avatar now seems the high-point of 3D movie-making, with little since 2009 to challenge its achievement. Three years on, has the appeal of 3D gone flat -

Monday 24 December 2012, AM link icon  Ian Burrell: The arrogance of Lord Patten is damaging the BBC's reputation
Far from providing reassurance that the BBC is addressing its current crisis with the seriousness and urgency it surely merits, the avuncular peer somehow creates the impression that he thinks it's all been a bit of a fuss about nothing. Lord Patten's appointment in March 2011 received a mixed reaction. To others, there was merit in choosing a political heavyweight whose Tory credentials might help to counter the BBC's critics in the right-wing press. -

Saturday 22 December 2012, AM link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: What's on BBC Red Button 22 December-5 January
It's the last Red Button blog of the year - but with Christmas and New Year nearly upon us it's also one of the biggest. Here's a look at what's in store - and if you want to stay updated on Red Button throughout the festive season, be sure to follow us on Twitter or visit http// Join Karen Hardy on Red Button during the final for expert analysis of each couple's crucial routines. -

Friday 21 December 2012, AM link icon  BBC News - Law relaxed on digital copying
20 December 2012 Last updated at 1033 ET Making digital copies of music, films and other copyrighted material for personal use is to be made legal for the first time under government plans. - link icon  Memorandum of Understanding on Local DAB Funding for Radio Switchover
- link icon  Arqiva launches Oxford DAB multiplex to boost local digital radio services

Thursday 20 December 2012, AM link icon  BBC News - Ofcom names 4G auction bidders
20 December 2012 Last updated at 0717 ET Seven bidders for the auction of bandwidth for 4G mobile broadband services have been named by Ofcom. The telecoms regulator said the auction would increase the amount of airwave available for mobiles by more than 75. The auction is due to start next month, with licences granted by March and services launching in May and June. -

Wednesday 19 December 2012, PM link icon  Ariel - At a glance: findings on November 2 report
The Newsnight item referred to incidents at care homes in north Wales during the 1970s and 80s. Basic journalistic checks on the story were not applied. The Newsnight team did not make adequate attempts to seek validation for the story beyond what the reporter delivered. - link icon  Watch TV channels from across the world with ChrisTV Online! FREE
Lets be frank most free internet TV apps are utter rubbish, little more than a front end to a collection of web links which either dont work, or point to channels or shows which youd never want to watch anyway. One or two applications are a little more interesting, though. FREE, in particular, shows rather more ambition than most of its more basic competition. - link icon  Ariel - Trust demands change to management culture
He said that newsrooms could only operate with trust and confidence and that these were missing in this instance. 'The priority is to create a BBC that is more united and single-minded,' the corporation said. She also added that more rules and bureaucracy were not the solution. - link icon  Review: Humax DTR-T1000 Youview set-top box - Technology -
It has been around for a few months, but recent software updates make it worth taking a detailed look at now, as irritating shortcomings have been ironed out and useful functionality has been added, which means it should be a worthy piece of kit to have around during the forthcoming flopping-in-front-of-the-telly season and beyond. Humax has a good track record of making set top boxes its Freeview and Freesat receivers and recorders have won praise in the past. This one is a YouView box, which means it incorporates the familiar Freeview service with on-demand TV, both from catch-up services and from dedicated content providers. - link icon  What is ultra HD? - LED, LCD and plasma TV reviews - TV DVD - Which? Technology
Ultra high definition, or ultra HD for short, is one of the latest buzz terms in TV technology, but what does it mean and should you care A full HD TV will have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, while an ultra high definition model will have a 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution. Is a normal HD TV enough for you - link icon  BBC News - BBC criticised for Newsnight axed Jimmy Savile report
The report dismissed claims the Newsnight probe was dropped to protect tribute shows to the late TV presenter. Newsnight's editor and deputy are being replaced after another inquiry criticised a report which led to Lord McAlpine facing false claims of abuse. The BBC's head of news is returning to her job, but her deputy is to resign. -

Monday 17 December 2012, PM link icon  BBC News - Ministry of Defence to sell part of its radio spectrum
The spectrum being sold is below the 15GHz frequency, which is seen as the most useful type because it can be used for a wide range of communications. Mobile phone and broadband suppliers are seeking access to more spectrum. The sale, which will take place in 2014, will give private operators the chance to buy more spectrum to support the introduction of fourth-generation 4G mobile services to people in cities, towns and villages across the UK., which will allow much faster download speeds. - link icon  New Saturday night show for BBC Locals : Radio Today with RCS
The show will share the same name but will be hosted in each area by a local presenter, each Saturday from 8pm and will support unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar musicians. The country-wide initiative is in addition to the new networked evening show starting on January 7th 2013 with Mark Forrest on all stations. Programmes previously occupying the Saturday evening time slot will be moved to other areas of the stations output but precise details of this will vary from station to station. -

Sunday 16 December 2012, PM link icon  Freeview continues Never Miss a Moment campaign enlisting Gekko and House PR to create int…
Launched in November the campaign has since been on the road brining the Freeview experience directly to consumers across the UK. - link icon  Broadcasting in 2013: BBC must get back on track in a fully digital TV world - Media - The…
The BBC will have fewer director generals in 2013 than it did in 2012. His task is nothing less than to piece together the corporation's shattered reputation and restore morale in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal and Newsnight's catastrophic report libelling Lord McAlpine. The ease and availability of VoD will put further pressure on linear TV audiences and traditional forms of advertising revenue. -

Sunday 16 December 2012, AM link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: What's on BBC Red Button 15-22 December
Here's a look at what's in store - and if you want to stay updated on Red Button throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Twitter. Our coverage starts at 6.15pm, as Helen Skelton and Olly Foster report from the red carpet ahead of the big night. We've also got enhanced coverage of the SPOTY ceremony from 7.35pm, featuring additional information about the nominees and the opportunity to tweet your thoughts about the show, and we round off the evening with a look back at the big talking points immediately after the show finishes. -

Thursday 13 December 2012, PM link icon  BBC keen to run BBC2 afternoon archive shows in daytime overhaul - Media -
Changes to daytime schedules will be introduced from 2 January, with the full new BBC1 line-up in place from 7 January. BBC2 programmes at 1pm are still being decided, but the afternoons in January will be given over to more extended coverage of snooker, with bowls, darts and minority sports also expected to find a home there. These are expected to lead in to repeats of Antiques Road Show at 5.15pm. - link icon  Ariel - Tips on mobile journalism
13 December 2012 Last updated at 1110 In this era of instant information and misinformation, the BBC and other media outlets have provided smartphones to many of its field reporters. Below BBC staff give advice on how journalists can make the most of their iPhones for audio, images and live broadcasts. Radio 5 live reporter Nick Garnett, who is seen as being at the vanguard of mobile journalism, gives his insight into smartphone reporting. -

Wednesday 12 December 2012, PM link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Android: An update
Since then it has been downloaded to more than one million Android phones and tablets. In this short period of time we've witnessed a dramatic change in the Android platform and in BBC usage on the platform. When we launched, seven inch Android tablets weren't driving significant usage. -

Wednesday 12 December 2012, AM link icon  BBC News - Will the 4G mobile auction meet the £3.5bn target?
Will the process raise the government's 3.5bn target 4G is being introduced to ultimately replace existing 3G coverage, and will give smartphone users faster data downloads. Following the passing of Tuesday's deadline for applicants, the auction will start next month, with licences granted in February and March and services set to be launched in May and June. - link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Fifteen years of BBC Online
This week marks an important anniversary for the BBC, online. Fifteen years ago first went live to the public and BBC Online was born. Innovation is at the heart of the BBC and has been since its inception. - link icon  WSJ reports Apple has tested TV designs -- don't get too excited
In a saga that makes its lawsuit against Samsung seem like only a brief moment in time, the rumors of an Apple-built HDTV are going around again. Since this rumor will never die, and the hype will continue to flow when Apple and HDTV are mentioned in the same breath, we'll spell it out for you one more time no matter what they say or don't say, Apple is -- like nearly every other technology company -- extremely interested in developing products for your living room. Unfortunately, for reasons ranging from studio licensing agreements to DRM to a lack of access to pay-TV provider data/content, it's very difficult to do with the level of polish and control of experience Apple would like. -

Tuesday 11 December 2012, PM link icon  Robert Beveridge: A missed chance over STV - TV and Radio -
How good is the coverage beyond news into current affairs and cultural portrayal etc Are the citizens of Kelso able to access equivalent television-based information about the referendum, for example Maria Miller, the Secretary for Culture Media and Sport, has decided to renew the existing channel 3 licences without the costs and dangers of going to competitive bidding. It does give some security to the companies, though one might ask what happened to the Conservative insistence on the benefits of competition -

Monday 10 December 2012, AM link icon  The enduring Apple TV Fantasy - Monday Note
We imagine Apple will put all the pieces together. I cant say more than that. These words and similar ones in a substantial Bloomberg interview launched yet another round of frenzied speculation about the mythical Apple TV. Piper Jaffrays Gene Munster insists that an Apple TV in 2013 is a sure thing. -

Saturday 08 December 2012, PM link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: What's on BBC Red Button 8 - 15 December
It's been an exciting week for us here on the Red Button. As well as bringing you a raft of great new specials, we've also taken our first step into the future with the launch of the BBC's Connected Red Button. This reinvented version of our service brings together TV, radio and online with one, simple press of a red button. -

Friday 07 December 2012, AM link icon  D Love says buy a digital radio for Xmas : Radio Today with RCS
A new industry digital radio campaign running on TV and radio starts tomorrow, but the majority of UK radio stations are not spreading the D Love. However, the majority of UK radio stations are not running the campaign, either because they have not been asked or because they refuse to do so. Group CEO William Rogers even labels it an expensive waste of time and money saying he wants his 16 radio stations to have nothing to do with it. - link icon  BBC News - BBC finishes Radio Times archive digitisation effort
The BBC Genome project is designed to help the organisation identify shows missing from its archive. It will be used to create an online database allowing, where possible, the public access to old broadcasts - or available photos, scripts and other materials for missing shows. Missing material The project has involved scanning in the pages of about 4,500 copies of the Radio Times. - link icon  Richard O'Dwyer's two-year extradition ordeal ends in New York - UK news - The Guardian
The 24-year-old spoke only to confirm his name and his understanding of the three-page agreement, which was reached last week by his legal team and US prosecutors. Outside court, O'Dwyer and his family criticised the British government's response to the case, saying they had received little support from the Home Office. Theresa May, the home secretary, approved O'Dwyer's extradition to the US despite opposition from the public, press and some politicians. -

Thursday 06 December 2012, PM link icon  EU approval for UK local TV funding
The European Commission has given the green light to state funding towards the capital infrastructure needed for UK local television service. The multiplex will be built by the winner of the multiplex licence, which Ofcom is expected to award before the end of this year. Under the decision the BBC has also received approval for a funding agreement with the successful multiplex operator. - link icon  BBC News - BBC agrees to change squeezed TV credits
The BBC has now pledged to make sure at least one episode per series will feature the show's credits in full. It said it has introduced a range of new commitments in light of Equity's approach, and will now not squeeze the credits for ideally the first or last episode of a drama or comedy series. The broadcaster confirmed it has written to Equity to say it is willing to discuss the issue with them. -

Wednesday 05 December 2012, PM link icon  BBC News - TV makers in record 1.47bn-euro fine for price-fixing
EU regulators fined the firms for fixing prices of TV and computer monitor cathode-ray tubes for a decade. Dutch-based Philips faces the biggest penalty of 313.4m euros, followed by LG Electronics with 295.6m. Taiwanese firm Chunghwa Picture Tubes escaped a potential 17m-euro fine for blowing the whistle on the cartel. -

Wednesday 05 December 2012, AM link icon  BBC iPlayer - Help - BBC iPlayer on Sky
In addition, viewers can find and play a range of regional, signed and HD programmes. See the Sky On Demand website for details about how to get the service. -

Tuesday 04 December 2012, PM link icon  BBC News - BBCs Red Button service gets a makeover
Connected Red Button will allow viewers with internet-enabled TVs the chance to watch some channels even if they are off air and catch up with previous episodes of shows. It will launch initially with Virgin Media's Tivo service. Other internet-connected TV services will be added over the coming months. - link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Connected Red Button Launch
It enhances the traditional Red Button service by bringing TV, news, sport, radio and weather together on the big screen enabling you to Discover more shows from your favourite channel or station. Catch programmes you missed with BBC iPlayer at the press of a button. Read or watch the latest news clips and stories that matter to you. -

Monday 03 December 2012, PM link icon  Ariel - Doctor Who from 1970 gets remastered
3 December 2012 Last updated at 1540 The first Doctor Who to be filmed in colour has been digitally remastered in time for the television show's 50th anniversary next year. Spearhead from Space, first transmitted in colour in January 1970, has effectively been given a face lift with state-of-the-art tools. The four-part story is the only one from the original Doctor Who series that can be remastered into HD because it was filmed on location on 16mm due to industrial action at Television Centre in 1969. -

Sunday 02 December 2012, AM link icon  Scoop! The inside story of the news website that saved the BBC • The Register
Special report Fifteen years ago this month the BBC launched its News Online website. Remarkably, it operated at a third of the cost of rival commercial online news operations unheard of in public-sector IT projects. Devised before there were really any content management systems, the technical architecture became a template for all major news systems, and one thats still in use today. -

Saturday 01 December 2012, AM link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: What's on BBC Red Button 1 - 8 December
We've got special live music performances and exclusive footage of Bollywood celebrities who joined us during this exciting year. Join former Strictly champion and professional dancer Karen Hardy and 2010 contestant Ann Widdecombe as they commentate live on the couples' performances. Delve into his remarkable 60 years in wildlife broadcasting with specially selected clips from the collection on the Red Button. -

Thursday 29 November 2012, PM link icon…
The BBC is preparing to take more creative risks in daytime as it unveils its new-look schedule following the Delivering Quality First cuts. The changes set out last year under the savings programme mean that from the start of 2013, BBC2s daytime output will be radically scaled back and content will transfer over to its sister channel, BBC1. We have weeded out the stuff that didnt bring anything new and fresh, he said, adding that the bulk orders will allow for more experimentation with shorter runs of new programmes. -

Wednesday 28 November 2012, PM link icon  BBC praised for improving science coverage - Media -
The corporation also put a new system of training in place and measures to expand the range of voices it featured from the science community to redress a preponderance of men and institutions from the south-east of England. The corporation is also looking to recruit more female presenters of TV science programmes, pointing to three editions of BBC2's Horizon fronted by women. The trust asked the BBC to report back in 18 months on a number of issues including the gender balance of presenters and contributors. - link icon  BBC News - Piracy student Richard ODwyer avoids US extradition
Richard O'Dwyer, from Sheffield, is accused of breaking copyright laws. Mr O'Dwyer will travel to the US voluntarily in the next few weeks for the deal to be formally ratified, it is understood. The High Court heard as a result of the deal struck by Mr O'Dwyer, an appeal would no longer be necessary. -

Tuesday 27 November 2012, PM link icon  Lord Patten: BBC needs sufficient heft to take on Google and Apple - PressGazette
The peer also accused the press of trashing the reputation of former director-general George Entwistle, who quit the corporation over his handling of the Jimmy Savile and Newsnight scandals, by portraying him as a hapless or inadequate figure. Globalisation has made the world more connected than it used to be. If that promotes the free exchange of ideas, technology, and culture it can only be a good thing. Patten told the conference that an important dimension to the Lord Levesons report, which is due out on Thursday, was his examination of plurality of media ownership. But the problem may be one further down the road, as the market changes, he continued. -

Monday 26 November 2012, AM link icon  James Hunt dismisses accusations that Sky Arts is a cultural 'fig leaf' for BSkyB - Media …
Mariella's Book Show, presented by Mariella Frostrup, had the dreaded zero rating at 6pm on Sky Arts 2. The two channels' ratings tend to be well below BBC4's, where a breakout hit will be watched by a million viewers the third series of The Killing began with 1.04 million two Saturdays ago. Relatively small, then, but 1.,333 up on the slot average over the previous three months. - link icon  DTG :: News :: DTG Testing tests its first HbbTV product
DTG Staff 26.11.2012 Links open in a new window. The DTG is not responsible for the content of other web sites. -

Sunday 25 November 2012, AM link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: What's on BBC Red Button 24 November-1 December
Our valuation game is simple, fun and free to play - simply 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. Press red to see this previously unseen footage. There is also space in the consultation to raise any other points not covered by our questions. -

Friday 23 November 2012, PM link icon  Ofcom - TV white spaces - A consultation on white space device requirements
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x link icon  Ofcom delays awarding 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. - link icon  UKTV secures fourth Freeview slot - 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. - link icon  Ofcom delays local TV licence decision - Media -
Ofcom has delayed the decision on awarding the eight remaining local TV licences, including Londons, which will cater for 4.3 million households. This delay means the local TV licence for the London area, which caters for 4.3 million homes, is expected to be awarded by the end of February. The five London bidders had been told informally by Ofcom to expect a decision in November. -

Friday 23 November 2012, AM link icon  Pollard findings delayed until December - 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. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Ofcom consults on white space devices
Ofcom has published detailed proposals for a framework to allow white space technology to be used in the UK. Use of white spaces, which exist in between frequency bands that have been reserved for TV broadcasting, would allow devices to transmit and receive wireless signals for applications such as broadband access for rural communities or machine-to-machine networks. Ofcom's proposed framework is designed to ensure that the devices do not interfere with existing licensed users of the spectrum, which include DTT and wireless microphone users.As part of that framework, Ofcom proposes to allow white space devices to operate without the need for a licence. - link icon  BBC News - Hall has hands full with BBC job
Lord Patten has revealed that he talked to Lord Hall about the requirements of the post, before George Entwistle was appointed as director general in the summer. At that stage, the head of the Royal Opera House made it clear he would not apply because he was also tied up running the Cultural Olympiad, and, at 61, he also felt it was a job for someone younger. To start with there is the immediate fallout from the two separate BBC crises over Newsnight investigations into child abuse. -

Thursday 22 November 2012, PM link icon  Ariel - Tony Hall is new director general
Lord Hall is currently chief executive of the Royal Opera House, and was chairman of the board for the Cultural Olympiad. The 61-year old is expected to take charge of the Corporation as its 16th director general in early March, with acting DG Tim Davie to remain in the role until then. He believed Hall was 'the right person to lead the BBC out of its current crisis and help rebuild public trust in the organisation'. -

Wednesday 21 November 2012, PM link icon  News -
The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide. - link icon  A Peek at TV's Future, Via Google Fiber - Peter Kafka - Media - AllThingsD
The Google Fiber experiment/maybe-not-an-experiment in Kansas City is important because it shows Googles ability to compete directly with broadband providers for control of the Internet pipe itself. If Google doesnt need to rely on the Comcasts/Time Warner Cables of the world to connect with your computer, then all kinds of interesting stuff could happen if Google really does want to get into the business of becoming a broadband provider. Google says thats the case, but its hard to imagine the company really following through. -

Wednesday 21 November 2012, AM link icon  Ofcom - Ofcom sets out process for ITV, STV, UTV and Channel 5 licence renewal
This means that Ofcom can now work towards issuing new 10-year licences ahead of the expiration of the current licences at the end of 2014. However, the Secretary of State has also indicated that she is willing to extend the Channel 3 and 5 licences for a period of one year at Ofcoms request in the event that Ofcom is unable to reach renewal settlements before the required date. Ofcom will carry out an assessment of the financial terms on which the new licences should be offered with a view to publishing a statement in summer 2013. - link icon  Ofcom - Licensing of Channel 3 and Channel 5: A report to the Secretary of State under sec…
Ofcom has a duty under the Communications Act 2003 'the Act' to report to the Secretary of State about matters which are relevant to the question of renewal. 1.2 In this report, we are required to give our opinion as to whether the existing licence holders will be able to contribute, at a commercially sustainable cost, to the fulfilment of the public service broadcasting purposes in the 10 years from 2015. 1.3 The Secretary of State's powers in relation to relicensing provide for three options intervention to block licence renewal, requiring Ofcom to auction the vacant licences no intervention, so that Ofcom proceeds with the renewal process and extending the existing licences, potentially until after the Communications Bill is completed. -

Monday 19 November 2012, PM link icon  10 new HD channels for Freeview as Ofcom backs BBC plan - CNET UK
After some confusion over airwaves during the switch from old-fashioned analogue telly to 4G, Ofcom is looking far, far in advance -- to 5G,the next, next generation of super-fast mobile Internet. The telecoms watchdog already plans to sell the 700MHz frequency to mobile operators in 2018 to carry 5G signals. Peeved that they'll have to switch frequencies after spending the last couple of years getting people to switch to digital TV in the first place, the broadcasters want to start making use of 600MHz spectrum now to spread out the transition before 700MHz is sold off in 2018. - link icon  Sky magazine tax loophole saved broadcaster up to £40m a year - Media - The Guardian
Accounts show most of the income from Sky magazine was recycled back to Sky TV. The broadcaster had been saving millions in VAT by charging satellite customers a nominal 2.20 a month for the Sky magazine, using a tax loophole that has now been closed. The saving, at about 3 to 4 per person, would have amounted across Sky's 10 million subscribers to at least 30m to 40m a year. - link icon  informitv - Tablets becoming first screen for some online video
Tablets are encouraging more viewing of long-form online programming. Online video platform provider Ooyala reports that the usage it has seen highlights continued growth in mobile and tablet video consumption. The overall share of tablet video viewing has increased by 90 in over six months. - link icon  informitv - Releasing more spectrum for mobile broadband
This is in addition to the planned auction of spectrum released by the recently completed switch off of analogue television services in the United Kingdom. The latest proposals aim to draw on the 700 MHz band, currently used for digital terrestrial television, as part of future harmonised spectrum planning across Europe and the rest of the world. A final decision will be taken at the conference in 2015. - link icon  Cutting the cord UK-style: can the Brits succeed where the US has failed? - The Verge
Over in the UK, however, things are starting to look a little brighter. The past five years has seen virtually all of the major players embrace digital content in some way, while American giants like Amazon and Netflix have invested heavily to capture the attention of the worlds second-largest native English-speaking population. The state of play The UK has around 50 free-to-air, terrestrial channels that can be accessed by anyone with an aerial or a satellite dish. -

Sunday 18 November 2012, PM link icon  Ofcom - Ofcom unveils plans to avoid mobile ‘capacity crunch’
New mobile spectrum to avert a capacity crunch as usage doubles Protective measures to maintain digital terrestrial TV Ofcom today published plans to enable the release of new airwaves for future generations of mobile devices, which will help meet consumers growing demand for data on the move. Alongside the announcement, Ofcom has published new data on the UKs communications infrastructure, which shows that 20 million Gigabytes of data is now being consumed in amonth over the countrys mobile networks more than twice as much as last year 9 million Gigabytes. That is the equivalent of downloading 5 billion music tracks. - link icon  Press releases - Programme press releases - ITV reveals first details of major rebrand - I…
Therebrandwill also extend to ITVs buildings, internal branding and services. When the logo appears on coloured background, such as marketing images for ITV programmes - it will adapt and change according to the background colour scheme of the image. The on-air changes will be visible from January 2013, and in addition to new brand identities, the ITV network broadcast business will have a brand new creative style in promotional junctions. - link icon  BBC - Research and Development: IRFS Weeknotes #130
Well, I'm supposed to be across all of the work from the Internet Research and Future Services team so today's weeknotes is a look at the current state of projects. Chris Newell is currently looking at Storm for distributed and fault-tolerant data stream processing. Michael has fallen in love with the seer gem for his graphs, we've been grappling with analytics and trawling through the feedback we've received. - link icon  Ofcom admits to local TV gaffe - 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. - link icon  ITV drops '1' from channel branding - News - Broadcast
16 November, 2012 By Balihar Khalsa ITV is to drop the 1 from its main channel logo and adopt a handwritten-style design which will constantly change colour in a major re-brand. 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 icon  TVs will need retuning again to make room for mobile services - Technology - The Guardian
Some rooftop aerials will need replacing in another round of disruption for TV-lovers. Photograph Graham Turner for the Guardian You may only just have worked out how to use your set top box after the digital switchover, but there is bad news for the nation's TV lovers on the horizon it will soon be time to adjust your television sets again. It took five years of wall-to-wall advertising and engineer visits to complete the digital switchover, which saw flatscreen digital televisions replace bulky cathode ray sets. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Report: Connected TV in 55% of UK homes
The study found that more than one in ten 11 Brits intend to purchase a Connected TV in the next year. According to YouGov projections, sales of Connected TVs over the next year could equate to nearly 2.54 billion. The bad news is that there are a lot of competing technologies out there that can be confusing to the consumer. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Ofcom to release new spectrum in preparation for '5G'
Ofcom has published plans to enable the release of spectrum for future mobile services, most likely '5G'. Alongside the announcement, Ofcom has published new data which shows that 20 million Gigabytes of data is now being consumed in a year over the countrys mobile networks the equivalent of downloading 5 billion music tracks. To help meet growing demand for mobile data more mobile spectrum is needed over the long term, together with new technologies to make mobile broadband more efficient, according to Ofcom. - link icon  Ofcom - Local TV Licensing
Below you will find information on how to apply for both the local television multiplex licence and the L-DTPS licences. Applications excepting any confidential information and awards are also published below as they become available. Further information on the local television framework can be found in the stakeholders section of the website. -

Saturday 17 November 2012, AM link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: What's on BBC Red Button 17-24 November
Rock legends The Rolling Stones are 50 this year and we've got some brilliant extras coming up on the Red Button to celebrate. Speaking to Radio 2's Jo Whiley and Huey Morgan just before their 50th anniversary tour, the band reveal the highs and lows of five decades in rock 'n' roll. Press red to see this previously unbroadcast footage. -

Friday 16 November 2012, AM link icon  Google TVs killer app is simply amazing
This week, Google brought a little something from ill-fated Nexus Q to Google TV. The new YouTube for Android app installed on smartphone or tablet now acts as a remote control to Google TV, taking interaction far removed and clumsy and making it intimate, fun and easy. You open the app, which prompts with a circle to touch to sync with the TV. - link icon  ITV launches major brand overhaul - Media -
New ITV brand will have 'colour picking' facility that will allow the logo to be branded with hues that 'flex with the mood' of programmes. The rebranding, to be introduced on air in January, will lead to the introduction of a chameleon-like logo that changes colour to match different programmes. ITV is to retire the ITV1 channel brand it introduced in August 2001. -

Thursday 15 November 2012, AM link icon  YouView loses trademark appeal - Media -
YouView may be sued for infringement of the registered mark of telecomms company Total. Total registered the Your View name on 20 November 2009, before YouView made its own application in 2010. Total, which uses the Your View brand for its online billing service, intends to take further action after winning the court ruling, including a claim for damages. -

Tuesday 13 November 2012, AM link icon  BBC - Radio 4 and 4 Extra Blog: Feedback: The future of digital radio
I live in Hertfordshire, in the Chiltern Hills, less than 30 miles from London . This is hardly the back of beyond, and you would not think that hills barely 500ft high would prove an impenetrable barrier to a digital signal, but that seems to be the reality in parts of my village, though not where I am. I have a digital radio in my car and often drive up to Cumbria, losing the digital signal on parts of my journey. -

Monday 12 November 2012, PM link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: What's on BBC Red Button 10 November - 17 November
Find out on the Red Button as we host the grand final live from Blackpool. From 800 entrants, six funny hopefuls will battle it out, hoping their killer lines will deliver them the New Comedy Award 2012 title. Get more details on the 1Xtra website and, of course, don't miss a minute of it on the Red Button. - link icon  Ofcoms UK 4G Auction Plans: Entry by December 11, Rollout by June 2013
UK communications regulator Ofcom today announced the final plans for the roll out of 4G networks and services in the UK, setting the processes which operators will need to follow during the auction. The initial deadline day for submissions is December 11, 2012 ahead of a May/June rollout, the organisation has said. The auction now has confirmed reserve prices for the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands, totalling a cool 1.3 billion 2.07 billion. -

Monday 12 November 2012, AM link icon  The BBC: after Entwistle - Editorial - Comment is free - The Guardian
George Entwistle is a decent man and he did the decent thing. By the weekend it was plain that the director general was out of his depth in trying to manage the crisis gripping the BBC. As editor-in-chief, he was ultimately responsible for a catastrophic editorial misjudgment over Lord McAlpine probably worse than the original Newsnight decision over its Jimmy Savile investigation, now the subject of its own drawn-out inquiry. -

Sunday 11 November 2012, AM link icon  BBC News - George Entwistle resigns as BBC director general
Mr Entwistle took up the post of director general on 17 September, and his sudden resignation makes him the shortest-serving BBC director general. Continue reading the main story George Entwistle said he was stepping down because as director general of the BBC he was also its editor in chief. He said it was the honourable thing to do after a BBC Newsnight film alleged child abuse by an unnamed Conservative politician - which was proved to be unfounded. -

Friday 09 November 2012, PM link icon  BBC News - BBC Cymru Wales-S4C programme agreement for four years
BBC Cymru Wales said the partnership underlined its commitment to Welsh language broadcasting. It provides programmes to S4C including Pobol y Cwm and Newyddion. -

Thursday 08 November 2012, PM link icon  BBC iPlayer - Archive on 4: Tuning In
The press fulminated, the enthusiasts were frustrated, and the radio manufacturers fumed. Despite the fact that Marconi had invented radio before Queen Victoria had celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, radio in Britain took another 25 years to begin an official service to listeners. From Marconi to Savoy Hill via an old army hut in Essex, the story of the early radio in Britain. -

Tuesday 06 November 2012, AM link icon  Meet D Love digital radio s secret weapon : Radio Today with RCS
Broadcast Minister Ed Vaizey announced that the countdown to radio switchover now had inevitable momentum and that Government would announce a decision on radio switchover in 2013. The Minister said that digital listening had increased to nearly a third of all listening and that a quarter of new cars were now fitted with digital radio as standard. He said that this great progress demonstrated that listeners love digital radio and that the car industry was fully engaged with the transition to digital. -

Monday 05 November 2012, AM link icon  3D TVs plummet to as low as £150 - 3D News from 3D Focus
You can even buy an LG 3D Blu-ray player for less than 70. However, it is a different matter as to whether people will use the 3D functionality of these sets in any significant numbers, when many find 3D an uncompelling experience in the home. -

Sunday 04 November 2012, AM link icon  BSkyB wins high court trademark battle over Now TV name - Media -
However, Arnold threw out PCCW's claim on Friday, ruling that the company's registered trademark was invalid and that there was no passing off. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. To get the latest media news to your desktop or mobile, follow MediaGuardian on Twitter and Facebook. - link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: What's On BBC Red Button 3rd November - 10th November
You can also watch at or on BBC Big Screens. Watch highlights of the concert and interview on the Red Button and online from 9pm on Friday 9th November. All you have to do is 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. -

Friday 02 November 2012, AM link icon  News -
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Thursday 01 November 2012, AM link icon  4G fears as first reviews claim speeds are 'oversold' - Mail Online
Initial reviews and online comments suggested speeds were not quite as promised while some even suggested that 3G connections had been slowed down to make the new service look quicker by comparison. Customers who sign up for a contract are being promised speeds of between eight and 12 megabits per second Mbps, as fast as the average home broadband connection. It is currently offered only by the EE network, with customers paying 36 a month upwards. - link icon  BBC extends trial to switch off AM radio : Radio Today with RCS
Further trials to end transmissions on medium wave are under way at two more BBC local radio stations in England, aiming to save the corporation money. Radio Essex and Radio Hereford Worcesters AM transmitters are now broadcasting a message explaining why regular programmes are not available. As Radio Today revealed in August, the BBC is testing the switch-off of medium wave transmission for certain stations. -

Wednesday 31 October 2012, PM link icon  Freeview launches ads to boost preference - News - Marketing Week
Freeview is set to launch a festive marketing campaign to promote its premium Freeview box in a bid to increase the amount of consumers that make an active choice for its services as it marks the completion of the digital switchover. A still from the opening scene of Freeviews Christmas ad. An ad campaign will continue to feature its helium balloon creative, which will be married together with upcoming Christmas programming and will also symbolise Freeview services such as the ability to pause, rewind and record live TV. -

Tuesday 30 October 2012, PM link icon  Ariel - iPlayer catches up with Sky+
Those with a Sky HD box and broadband connection can directly access the BBC's video on demand service at no extra cost. Channel 4's 4oD is expected to be added early next year. Viewers can browse BBC content by channel, day and genre, before downloading their chosen programme directly to their Sky planner for viewing when convenient. - link icon  S4C eyes decentralised structure - News - Broadcast
30 October, 2012 By Jake Kanter S4C is assessing whether it should reorganise itself into three hubs across Wales. It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. -