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Sunday 02 March 2014, PM link icon  BT YouView box (2014 model) review -
Its partly for this reason that YouView and Humax last year updated the retail version, adding a fashionable Silver/White fascia to give it a more modern look. But, beyond the new exterior, the revamped DTR-1010 was identical to its predecessor with the same specs and performance. BTs new box, though still made by Humax, is a radical departure from earlier models, being around 1/3 narrower, dropping the front scrolling LCD display and introducing a brand-new look. - link icon  Is news ruining our lives? - Snowblog - Snowblog
I thought you might be interested in my answer What is news We are amid the greatest revolution human life has ever known the liberation of communication in the hands of the many as well as that dangerous few. Yes, of course the danger is there the danger that what we call news maybe hijacked, distorted, lied about, propogandised. -

Sunday 02 March 2014, AM link icon  a516digital: BBC local radio spotted testing on Freeview in West Midlands
The test is hidden from most Freeview receivers. The BBC's plans regarding local radio in England are currently unknown. -

Friday 28 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC and BSkyB reach agreement over retransmission payments - Media -
BBC director general Tony Hall made ther issue of retransmission fees a priority. They have also agreed a new long-term carriage deal for BBC services and the iPlayer on-demand service on Sky's satellite platform. The BBC raised the stakes last year, threatening to charge Sky for its content, following a call by culture minister Ed Vaizey for the satellite broadcaster to scrap the charges earlier in 2013. - link icon  Ariel - Sky retransmission fees dropped
28 February 2014 Last updated at 1428 The BBC no longer has to pay Sky to transmit on the company's platforms. Sky currently charges the corporation 4.5 million a year, but both organisations have reached an agreement where the payment has been dropped completely. Friday's agreement follows pressure from the government and PSBs on Sky to stop charging the fees. - link icon  Cat and Bird's Duet Will Restore Your Faith in CGI-Enhanced Animals
Freeview, a UK-based free-to-air digital terrestrial service, is making a name for itself outside of its home region with this little ad. - link icon  Sky drops BBC retransmission fees - 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 27 February 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - Trust approves plans for online store
People will be able to use the iPlayer to search for shows, buy them through links to BBC Store and watch them via the catch-up service. Suzanna Taverne, lead trustee on the assessment, said 'The BBC needs to respond to significant changes in the way audiences now buy programmes. In a letter to the trust, the regulator said the service was likely to 'provide an attractive consumer proposition over time' that would increase consumer choice. - link icon  Ariel - Where would we be without the BBC?
27 February 2014 Last updated at 1010 Charter renewal negotiations may have to wait until after next year's general election, but that doesn't mean the debate isn't ramping up already. 'The last charter renewal went on for far too long,' the culture secretary told the gathering of media workers and academics. It also discovered that total TV industry revenue was likely to drop, by anything between 10-25, if the licence fee was taken away. - link icon  DTG :: News :: ZTE launches 4K p60 Ultra HD STB
H.265 is the next generation super HD code transmission specification, which delivers encoded video using half the bandwidth of the previous generation H.264, with the same quality. TheH.265 standard will gradually replace H.264 to become the mainstream standard of the next generation of video transmission. DTG Staff 27.02.2014 Links open in a new window. - link icon  BBC charter renewal talks set for 2015 - News - Broadcast
27 February, 2014 By Kate Bulkley, Jake Kanter Formal charter renewal negotiations are unlikely to begin in earnest until after the general election in 2015, it has emerged. BBC director general Tony Hall used his Oxford Media Convention address to mount a passionate defence of the licence fee and demonstrate how savings, organisational changes and digital projects will position the corporation to meet future audience needs. -

Thursday 27 February 2014, AM link icon  Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism / Study reveals how cutting BBC licence fee …
Total investment in programmes would be 5-25 lower with investment in new UK programmes likely to be 25-50 lower, which would be a severe blow to UK production companies as well as to viewers. The report says that these projections are conservative, if anything, since they assume that the BBC crowds out some of the investment in programming that would otherwise be made by commercial broadcasters. On balance, the evidence suggests that, on the contrary, the BBC probably forces commercial channels to spend more on programmes in order to attract viewers. - link icon  ITV can play on the world stage, Adam Crozier has shown - Business - The Guardian
Adam Crozier has strategic problems other CEO's would envy. It may be churlish of investors to ask the question of ITV's chief executive, Adam Crozier, but that's what happens when a share price doubles in little more than a year. These are nice strategic problems to have, of course, and Crozier has a further 12 months to draw up his second five-year plan. - link icon  Ariel - Tony Hall says BBC must make tough choices
He also pointed out that, in 2006, the corporation employed 635 people in the core finance team but, by 2016, that figure would fall to around 280. Licence fee Hall also used his platform to champion the licence fee ahead of Charter Renewal in 2017, saying that public support for it stands at 53. He spoke of shrinking margins, explaining that the BBC receives about 25 of broadcasting revenues. - link icon  BBC could axe frontline channel or service as it seeks extra £100m in cuts - Media - th…
So, we are in the final stages of a budget process to find an extra 100m of savings. 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. -

Wednesday 26 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC faces 'tough choices' over cost cutting, says Tony Hall - Media -
Tony Hall will say that the BBC should be run more like John Lewis. He will say the BBC, much criticised for its multimillion-pound payoffs to former senior staff, should be run more like John Lewis, which is owned by its 85,000 partners, than a big bank or financial institution. The BBC is an essential part of that. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Director-General Tony Hall speaks at the Oxford Media Conven…
I dont want anyone to think that my confidence in the case for the BBC leads me to ignore this. It is part of my mandate to reflect upon these mistakes and to deal with them. A central part of my argument is that the BBC is just one part of one of the strongest media sectors in the world. - link icon  ITV's pre-tax profits soar 30% as it rules out Channel 5 bid - Media -
ITV Studios, which makes shows including Mr Selfridge , reported a 20 increase in profits. Bids for Channel 5 are due by Thursday morning. ITV reported adjusted profits up 27 to 581m while overall revenues were up 8 to 2.7bn in the 12 months to 31 December 2013. - link icon  Maria Miller says independent Scotland would lose the BBC - Media -
Maria Miller has said that if Scotland voted for independence, it would mean the country losing the BBC. The Scottish government has argued that in 2016 the BBC will raise 320m through the licence fee in Scotland, but it will spend only 175m on services for Scottish viewers and listeners. Asked about proposals put forward by former BBC chairman Lord Grade and others that the licence fee should be further top-sliced for other public service broadcasters, Miller said the corporation was part of the nation's crown jewels. - link icon  BBC News - Are most new technology products just fashion items?
My encounter with Glass was not a showcase event, but real life. You put on the glasses, adjust them a bit - which is fiddly because you can't quite see what you're doing - and then marvel at the clarity of the tiny screen picture in front of you. The Apple Newton palmtop computer was a miserable bust 20 years ago, but it turns out to have been a very significant advance in the way people use computers, long before the smartphone, which it kind of heralded. - link icon  A look behind the curtain: how Netflix redesigned and rebuilt its television experience …
The Onion joked recently that Netflix was going to introduce a new Browse Endlessly plan. For 5, it would offer consumers a way to scroll through its entire library without ever deciding on a single title. Like every good joke, it was funny because there was some truth to it At one point or another, many Netflix subscribers have found themselves overwhelmed by the 50,000 or so movies and TV show episodes available on the service. - link icon  It s official: TiVo s co-founders start selling $49 Qplay TV streamer Tech News and Anal…
The duo unveiled their new Qplay device and service Tuesday, and launched an early adopter program during which the Qplay device is available for 49. Ramsay told me during an interview Monday that the company has ambitious plans to eventually unite video clips from sites like YouTube, premium videos from services like Netflix and Hulu Plus and even live television, but that it decided to start with a more modest offering. Qplay is a video streaming device that is about the size of an external hard drive. -

Wednesday 26 February 2014, AM link icon  BT launches next generation YouView set top box -
Broadband-to-TV giant BT has unveiled a new next generation version of its YouView set top box. Built by Humax, the updated box boasts a new processor to deliver better performance and will be supplied to all new BT TV customers signing up to the service from today. At just 24cm wide the box is two-thirds the size of the original model and is approximately the same width as BTs latest HomeHub routers which its styled to match. - link icon  When can I get BBC Four, BBC News, or CBeebies HD in my area? - BBC - FAQs - Home
We hope to expand this to 70 by June 2014. However, all of these channels are available on Cable, Freesat and Sky. - link icon  London s future 4G is as stupidly fast as Korea s (Wired UK)
The fastest consumer broadband in the UK hovers around the 120Mbps mark for downloads. This is significant because the technology Qualcomm is showing off will be built into an update of the company's Snapdragon 805 processor, slated to be used in the next generation of high-end Android tablets. However, real-world speeds from a connection theoretically peaking at 300Mbps would offer a huge increase over current maximums -- presently 4G speeds in the UK peak at around 60Mbps, theoretically. -

Tuesday 25 February 2014, PM link icon  Ofcom set for third major PSB review - 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  BBC News - Rural broadband: How the money will be spent
The money will be divided between local councils and each will have a month to work out how they will spend it to ensure superfast broadband is available to the majority of homes. Critics have urged councils to consider providers other than BT, which has so far won all rural broadband contracts. The government has been criticised for how it has handled the rollout so far. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Vodafone Germany delivers Europe's first live trial of LTE Broadcast
The trial took place at Borussia Mnchengladbach's stadium on Saturday 22 February, when they played 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. LTE Broadcast will soon be delivering unlimited TV or video content to people in device dense places such as stadiums, public viewing areas or shopping centers. DTG Staff 25.02.2014 Links open in a new window. - link icon  Thompson nearly resigned over 2010 licence fee deal - 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 25 February 2014, AM link icon  Ariel - The BBC’s bestselling shows abroad
The company recently exported more than 670 hours of British drama. Alongside Top Gear, Luther and natural history documentary Polar Bear, they have each been watched in more than 200 territories. A memorable giraffe battle has also led to natural history series Africa gripping audiences in approximately 200 territories. - link icon  Give staff who make hit shows a bonus round, says BBC boss - TV Radio - Media - The Indepe…
Mr Cohens comments come as the BBC, which is preparing its case for the renewal of its Royal Charter and licence fee funding, needs to show it can make shows which are not provided by the commercial television sector. Lord Hall is due to make a speech tomorrow at the Oxford Media Convention in which he will defend the licence fee model. I think we need to keep looking at how we incentivise people, and how we use Worldwide the BBCs commercial arm. - link icon  BBC head defends licence fee as critical for quality - Reuters
Hall, who took over as director general at the BBC last April, will use a speech in Oxford on Wednesday to dismiss calls by some critics for the 3.7 billion pound 6 billion a year licence fee to be shared with other broadcasters. Every UK household with a television pays 145.50 pounds a year to the BBC but this agreement ends late in 2016 and the government has to negotiate a new 10-year deal with the corporation in a climate of austerity as Britain seeks to rein in its budget deficit. With the BBC's reputation battered over the past 18 months, critics including some ex-senior BBC executives have suggested alternative funding, such as sharing the licence fee with other broadcasters, advertising, or outsourcing to the private sector. -

Monday 24 February 2014, PM link icon  Radio: Who needs pictures in a digital world? The medium is still remarkably resilient - F…
Somehow, even though this is a generation that has always had radio, its climbing popularity feels counterintuitive we exist in an age in which new technology is fiercely competing, and consistently evolving, to allow individuals to be as powerful in their personal listening habits as possible. That translates as 48.38 million people 36.22 million of whom are listening to the BBC a corporation founded in 1922, in an era when radio itself was still considered somewhat magical. We have had radio for so long that it has implanted itself in our consciousness. - link icon  A new era for local broadcasting on its way as Norfolk’s Mustard TV set for take-of…
Mustard facts Mustard TV was awarded a local TV licence in September 2012. Its dedicated web TV station was launched in January 2013. The antenna, which is more than 100 metres high, was put up at Tacolneston in August 2013. -

Monday 24 February 2014, AM link icon  Government drops plans to reduce television powers of media regulator Ofcom - Media - News…
The Government has decided to withdraw the current draft order that amends the functions and obligations of Ofcom, a DCMS spokesperson said. We consulted on the proposed changes and have listened to the concerns that have continued to be raised. The order was designed to improve the efficiency of Ofcom and the DCMS said it would now look at other ways of reforming the regulator. We believe the order can be improved and we will continue to speak to interested parties about the proposed changes. - link icon  BBC - Media Centre - Radio 4 Extra presents The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Ga…
Both will launch on Saturday 8 March 2014, 36 years to the day since Hitchhikers first-ever radio broadcast and 30 years since the invention of the award-winning game. The global multi-media success story that is Hitchhiker's started life as a BBC Radio 4 series in March 1978. The original scripts by the late Douglas Adams went on to spawn a series of novels, a feature film, at least three stage shows, a TV series, a collection of comic books and various towels. -

Sunday 23 February 2014, PM link icon  BBCs Director General to respond to license fee criticism - TV Radio - Media - The Indepen…
Lord Hall will argue that the idea of contestable licence fee funding would be destabilising and damaging to the British television industry as a whole. But, most importantly, the fragmentation of the licence fee risks de-stabilising a broadcasting model that works. A model that is based on competition for quality but not funding between public and private broadcasters. In his speech, Lord Hall will note that his battle to protect the BBCs licence fee funding beyond 2016 is no longer simply threatened by critics who argue it should be scrapped. - link icon  BBC takes issue with study criticising its Scottish independence coverage - Media - thegua…
The research, which dealt with referendum campaign reporting in the period from September 2012 to September 2013, was headed by John Robertson of the West of Scotland university. It is our view that the report consistently fails to support its contentions with factually accurate evidence for example there are several substantive factual inaccuracies within the references it makes to Reporting Scotland news output. We are also concerned, for example, with the inclusion of a number of non-referendum stories within the data outlined in the report. - link icon  Discovery and BSkyB may make joint bid for Richard Desmond's Channel 5 - Media - theguardi…
And, according to the Financial Times, Discovery is in talks with BSkyB to join in the bid. However, bids for the channel, which are due next Thursday, may not meet Desmond's 700m valuation. To Murdoch's chagrin, Malone built up an 18 holding in News Corp in 2006. -

Saturday 22 February 2014, PM link icon  Richard Desmond sets deadline for Channel 5 bids - Media -
CSI Crime Scene Investigation questions remain over Channel 5's deals for key franchises. BT and one other potential bidder are understood to have held private discussions with Desmond last year, with a public sale process pursued after talks petered out. The document, which runs to well over 100 pages, has left some recipients with more questions than answers. -

Saturday 22 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC2 gets boost from Winter Olympics but faces testing times ahead - Media - The Guardian
The outgoing controller also commissioned the show that no other broadcaster wanted, The Great British Bake Off, which became the biggest breakout hit of the decade. Such was the show's success, finishing last year with more than 8 million viewers, that the next series will be broadcast on BBC1. The next controller - the BBC's current commissioning editor for science and natural history, Kim Shillinglaw, is making the early running - had better get their thesaurus out. - link icon  TV antenna maker Mohu targets cord cutters with new Channels device Tech News and Analys…
Mohu, best known for its Mohu Leaf TV antenna, is introducing a new device that combines over-the-air TV with online video services. The company will launch a Kickstarter campaign for its new Mohu Channels product early next week, offering early adopters a chance to get the device for as little as 79. It has 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi on board, but also features an Ethernet port a good thing for folks that dont have good Wi-Fi reception near their TV. - link icon  Discovery in talks with BSkyB over possible Channel 5 bid - FT - Reuters
Channel 5, which broadcasts Big Brother, was bought by British media baron Richard Desmond in 2010 for 103.5 million pounds. Media reports last month said Desmond had hired Barclays to look for buyers for the television network and was expecting to raise about 700 million pounds through the sale. The Financial Times report said it was unclear if bidders would meet the valuation for the broadcaster. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - What's on BBC Red Button, 22 February to 1 March
If you can't bear to say farewell after Sunday's closing ceremony, we've got continued highlights of the games playing on Monday and Tuesday. -

Friday 21 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC is too political when it comes to reporting politics - Media - Business - London Eveni…
These perceptions are the result of any number of assumptions, most obviously about the media organisation, its ownership, declared political stance and, less obviously, the way it is reported by rival media. It is in the nature of competitive media outlets that they seek to create negative images of their rivals while presenting themselves in the best possible light. No organisation knows that better than the BBC. - link icon  Amazon Gets Its TV Box Ready, Again - Re/code
Amazon is gearing up to take on Apple and Roku, again. People Ive talked to who are partnering with Amazon believe the company is aiming for a March rollout. That wont be a huge shock, since Amazon has been working on a box for much of last year. -

Friday 21 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC News - Mac and the Micro - memories of Ian McNaught-Davis
21 February 2014 Last updated at 0425 ET How do you make the subject of computing accessible to a wide audience I'm talking about Ian McNaught-Davis, the computing expert, broadcaster, and mountaineer whose death was announced this week. For many who first got to grips with computers in the 1980s it was the BBC's The Computer Programme which was the inspiration. - link icon  Motors TV destined for Freeview via Arqiva s Connect TV Digital TV Europe
Motors TV is already available in the UK on Sky and Virgin platforms and has been broadcasting since 2002. The channel will launch on the Arqivia Connect TV platform on February 27. Were delighted to be joining the Freeview family through Arqivas Connect TV. - link icon  Who ll Come Out On Top: BT Group plc or British Sky Broadcasting Group plc? - The Motley F…
It turns out that theres still some life left to be wrung from your flat-screen TV yet. some 98.5 of people watched television on the television in 2013. The UK television industry generated 12.3bn in 2012 and the largest chunk of this was from subscription revenue. - link icon  Radio on the TV: Radio 1 comes to iPlayer for the first time in 47 years of being audio-on…
Ben Cooper, the Radio 1 Controller, described the moment as historic and said the transition was essential if the station was to remain relevant to coming generations. He admitted that, two years into his tenure as Controller, the average age of the Radio 1 listener remains static at 32 outside its 15-29 year old remit despite drastic changes to the stations presenting line up and music policy. Cooper, 44, said that average listening hours per week of a Radio 1 listener had fallen from 10 hours 30 minutes to six hours 20 minutes in the past decade as the Internet has placed new demands on the attention of young people. -

Thursday 20 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Handling complaints effectively
Audiences and being accountable to them are at the heart of what the BBC does. BBC producers and managers regularly read audience comments and complaints submitted to the BBC's audience feedback service and find the information provided invaluable. In 2005 the BBC launched its three-stage complaints process. -

Thursday 20 February 2014, AM link icon  The joys of jostling for position - Comment - Broadcast
Netflixs model is marvellous, but conventional slots are still crucial The Broadcast team had busy Valentines Day weekends by all accounts but there wasnt a trip to Paris or a bunch of garage-bought flowers in sight. Either way, its easy to think that binge viewing has become the default for my colleagues, and that Netflixs strategy of delivering an entire series in one go has delivered a terminal Frank Underwood FU to linear broadcasting as we know it. Thinkboxs figures this week on consumption of VoD content versus linear viewing can be cut in different ways, but overall the picture is of traditional viewing proving remarkably robust. - link icon  Ofcom - Ofcom renews ITV, STV, UTV and Channel 5 licences
Earlier this month, Ofcom confirmed that it would renew the licences and set out the terms for renewal, which all the licensees have now accepted. The Channel 5 licence covers all of the UK. Ofcom consulted on the programming obligations for the Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences, proposals to change the areas covered by two licences held by ITV, and the methodology for determining the financial terms for the licences in February 2013. - link icon  Richard Desmond sets deadline for Channel 5 bids - Media -
CSI Crime Scene Investigation questions remain over Channel 5's deals for key franchises. BT and one other potential bidder are understood to have held private discussions with Desmond last year, with a public sale process pursued after talks petered out. The document, which runs to well over 100 pages, has left some recipients with more questions than answers. - link icon  Utah Federal Court Halts Aereo in Salt Lake City - Variety
A federal judge in Utah has imposed a preliminary injunction on Aereos operations, a win for broadcasters as they seek to halt the startup streaming service in Salt Lake City and Denver. Despite its attempt to design a device or process outside the scope of the 1976 Copyright Act,Aereos device or process transmits Plaintiffs copyrighted programs to the public. The scope of the injunction is the 10th Circuit, which covers six western states. We are very pleased that the U.S. District Court in Utah has granted our request for a preliminary injunction. -

Wednesday 19 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC World Service to reduce shortwave transmissions as part of savings drive - Media - the…
BBC director of global news, Peter Horrocks, has said it would be a real stretch to find 15m in savings across the World Service. The money will be used to invest in new TV and digital services, part of a programme called Invest to Innovate. An extra 6.5m is being pumped into the World Service's budget this year, alongside an extra 1.5m of savings, helping to create 130 jobs. -

Wednesday 19 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC - Media Centre - BBC iPlayer Performance Pack - January 2014
January saw an average of 10.2m daily requests, the highest ever seen. The Voice has also had a strong start, along with the new series of Outnumbered. With so many tablets and mobiles being gifted at Christmas, the number of requests via mobiles and tablets accounted for 40 per cent of all requests, a total of 127 million overall another record high. -

Tuesday 18 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC - Media Centre - Peter Horrocks announces £8m investment plan for BBC World Service…
World Service TV programmes and responsive mobile sites will play an increasingly important part in the World Service, but radio will remain its bedrock. He said the World Service had weathered the deep cuts it was subjected to and used them as a spur to innovation. He said commercial top-up funding will enable more investment in content and services without increasing costs to licence fee payers. - link icon  BBC and ITV satellite moves cut off expat viewers - Recombu
For instance, the official footprint of the two satellites doesnt include the hotspot which seems to have emerged again over the Costa Brava, although even large dishes seem out of luck further south and west. Ross Lockley, aka Analoguesat on the forum, has mapped members reports onto Google Maps, creating a guide of dish sizes which might work. In January, the satellite operators ended their dispute, which had run since both launched satellites to the 28 degrees East orbital position in the late 1990s. -

Tuesday 18 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC News - Viewers prefer TV sets to mobile devices
The traditional television set is still at the heart of UK viewing, with only 1.5 of total viewing in 2013 watched via mobile platforms, figures suggest. The average viewer watched three hours and 55 minutes of TV a day last year, according to commercial TV marketing body, Thinkbox. - link icon  BT needs to have confidence in itself and stop chasing Sky’s channels -…
The pay-TV landscape has changed a lot since the satellite broadcasters rivals first grumbled that they couldnt secure what they saw as fair access to the channels which Sky risked billions of their shareholders pounds into establishing and growing. Much that change has been driven by BT which has finally provided Sky with a rival which can take away key rights and, even where its unsuccessful, force up costs. I single out BT because its the last of the complainants and the force behind todays appeal which hasnt agreed to carry Sky Sports on terms theyre happy with. - link icon  BBC's great meetings of mindlessness - Media Monkey - Media -
Where the idea for that next great programme comes from Eddie Mair has revealed the BBCs policy on meetings. Well, according to Eddie Mair, it's have meetings. - link icon  CBS Admits Aereo Supreme Court Win Wouldn t Hurt CBS, Might Make Things Better For Everybo…
It's part of a long, long history of broadcasters pretending that if things don't go just they way they want them to, they'll surely go out of business. The threat to pull broadcasts was aimed at scaring Congress into passing protectionist legislation, and as we noted at the time it's something CBS should just shut up and do -- given the public could probably come up for better uses for their spectrum. However, if that should happen, if the worst should happen, there are so many other alternatives that will not so this will not affect our bottom line. - link icon  Sky to be accused of ripping off X Factor rival show idea - TV Radio - Media - The Indepen…
After what they describe as eight months of negotiations with Skys commissioning team, the couple claim they were told the satellite broadcaster did not wish to proceed with their proposal. Wade and Perry allege that the shows use of a judging panel of celebrity singer-songwriters rather than music executives was another of their ideas. The show was made by Princess Productions, which is a subsidiary of Shine, the super-indie production company which Ms Murdoch founded in 2001. - link icon  Court Favors BT in Sports-Channel Dispute With BSkyB - MarketWatch
Former telecom monopoly BT challenged the tribunal's decision, leading to Monday's ruling from the Court of Appeal. The court also dismissed a challenge brought by BSkyB to Ofcom's jurisdiction, and said the tribunal must reconsider the case. The outcome of the dispute could lead to cheaper packages of premium sports coverage for U.K. viewers, analysts said. -

Monday 17 February 2014, PM link icon  BT wins court battle forcing review of Sky wholesale pricing decision - Media - theguardia…
BT challenged this decision and on Monday the court of appeal handed down a judgment forcing the CAT to reopen the issue. A spokesman for Ofcom, which had its reputation battered by the CAT's original decision, said that it welcomed the decision. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link icon  Parks Associates mobile research: TV apps gaining popularity, with 61% of tablet owners, 5…
The number of global TV app users on smartphones will reach 1.29 billion by 2018. For more information, contact, call 972-490-1113, visit -

Monday 17 February 2014, AM link icon  TV viewing figures show Brits prefer traditional sets over smartphones - Media - The Guard…
Predictions of the death of living room TVs continue to be wide of the mark with 98.5 of average daily viewing done via traditional sets. The average UK viewer watched a total of three hours and 55 minutes of TV a day last year. This was a nine minute year-on-year drop, due in part to a comparison with the hugely popular London 2012 Olympics the previous year. - link icon  UKTV creates “built for innovation” new HQ - Rapid TV News
Editor 17-02-2014 Weeks after revealing record annual ratings for 2013, UKTV has announced its intention to create a new headquarters for its 250 staff. Technology will be at the heart of our progressive new workspace, and it will give everyone at UKTV the freedom to work creatively and collaboratively. - link icon  Ad of the Day: Freeview - Cat and Budgie - The Drum
Freeview has been teasing us all week with its catandbudgie What happens next trailer, and we certainly didnt see this coming. The trail ominously cut off with the cat managing to open the poor budgies cage and to be honest we thought the little bird would either be lunch, or about to star in its own version of Sylvester and Tweety Piehow wrong we were. - link icon  Clover s Week: A change of view
When Canvas was making its regulatory progress it was suggested that outside partners be brought in. The Adshel posters dont dispel the image either. The men in suits were sniffy about Skys involvement in YouView, but as it turned out the platform has given a home to its Now TV service. - link icon  Despite rise of the tablet, TV set viewings are still strong - TV Radio - Media - The Inde…
Just 1.5 of television viewing was on other screens such as tablets, laptops and mobiles, according to the figures released by television marketing body, Thinkbox. The average viewer watched just over three hours, 55 minutes of TV a day during 2013. Of that figure, just three minutes, 30 seconds a day of live stream viewing was conducted via PCs and mobile devices. -

Sunday 16 February 2014, PM link icon  BT needs to up its game in the pay-TV market - Business - The Observer
BT needs to find its own Game of Thrones if it is not to be dwarfed by Sky. Industry observers suggest that BT may well look to follow Sky into film and entertainment next, adding another pillar of must-watch programming to its offering. Netflix has shown the power of a well-marketed TV property. - link icon  Alan Yentob: 'The BBC can't compete with its hands tied behind its back' - Media - The Gua…
They ask us to move as flashes from the camera can be seen on-screen on the BBC News Channel illustrating the perils of having a newsroom as a backdrop for live bulletins. Yentob apologises and we retire to his office a former radio drama kitchen that sits between Old and New Broadcasting House. His office is narrow but cosy desk stacked with books and an Alan Yentob mask someone sent him. - link icon  As the waters rise, the sands run out for BBC funding - Media - The Observer
Tony Hall, keeper of the flame, was doing his valiant best last week. Come April, the Foreign Office grant that sustains the service all 245m of it per year stops short. The BBC and Lord Hall will have to find that money from licence-fee payers with 700m in wider cuts looming. -

Friday 14 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - What's on BBC Red Button, 15-21 February
- link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - BBC iPlayer Radio: your feedback
Im the senior product manager for BBC iPlayer Radio. A lot of these pages were being duplicated in BBC iPlayer. We appreciate that this is inconvenient and we looked really carefully at whether there was a way of transferring those favourites across, but unfortunately we couldnt find a simple way to do it. - link icon  Can we save AM radio? - The Verge
In its first 50 years, AM was a large enough player in the media landscape that it required lots of technical regulations to keep stations from interfering with one anothers signals while simultaneously serving their communities with adequate signals. Now that its audience is relatively microscopic and competition is low, those regulations need to be relaxed to make AM a viable medium, especially for minority and rural read small-budget broadcasters to be able to effectively serve their communities. If the FCC doesnt adopt these rules, or something like them, the AM band may simply be too big of a hassle for Americans to both produce for and listen to. - link icon  Virgin Media falls behind as rivals BT and BSkyb sign up more customers - Media - theguard…
Virgin Media chief Tom Mockridge has said the companys cable business is improving in the face of more competition. The cable TV and telecoms operator added 18,600 pay-TV customers and 39,100 broadband customers in the three months to the end of December. BT's multi-billion pound drive into top-flight sports rights, including Premier League football, helped it add 70,000 TV customers and 150,000 broadband customers. -

Friday 14 February 2014, AM link icon  DTG :: News :: Report: 6 Billion new internet-enabled devices to be produced in 2014
The global market for connected devices that allow users to access the Internet is set to surpass 6 billion units this year, as new products including mobile phones, tablets and computers enter the electronics ecosystem, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Worldwide production of connected equipment will amount to 6.18 billion units in 2014, up a solid 6 percent from 5.82 billion in 2013, so the report. This will be the largest increase for the market in four years, surpassed only by the 10 percent hike in production during 2010, a year after the global economic recession ended. - link icon  Ready to break the internet? Netflix s House of Cards premiere is a big test of how video …
The buffering in Wheelers bedroom is familiar to any American who has tried to stream video over the internet at night, when their neighbors are doing the same thing. Look at the dip in average download speed between 8pm in the chart below where each datapoint spans the following two hours During that primetime, about a thirdpdf of all internet traffic heading into North American homes is carrying data-heavy movies and TV showsfrom Netflix. Transmitting all those bitswill become an increasingly severe challenge as more people opt for streaming video over traditional television. -

Thursday 13 February 2014, PM link icon  DEBATE: ITV - to Be or not to Be - Comment - Broadcast
Is ITVs decision to launch a new female-focussed channel on the money Meanwhile, ITV2 will feature scripted and entertainment content for 16-34 year-olds, such as Plebs and Celebrity Juice. - link icon  BBC World Service's sponsored content plan will 'threaten impartiality' - Media - theguard…
Peter Horrocks, BBC director of global news, said sponsored content on the World Service would enable them to make new investments. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link icon  Linking to a website doesn't infringe copyright, Europe's Court of Justice says - PCWorld
Retriever provided its customers with hyperlinks to articles written by the journalists that were published and freely accessible on the website of the Gteborgs-Posten. Retriever did not however ask the journalists for permission to link to the articles. Retriever presented the linked articles in such a way that gave the impression that they appeared on Retrievers site. - link icon  Apple in Talks to Revamp Set-Top Box -
Apple might consider seeking some rights directly in the future, one of the people said. One of the people said Apple was aiming to release the new set-top box as early as June, though another cautioned the device might not be ready for several months after that. Apple TV, a digital media player introduced in 2007, offers users access to iTunes movies on the larger screen of a television as well as streaming video from Netflix, Hulu and other online services. - link icon  Accenture tries to find material gains from the BBC's DMI debacle - Media Monkey - Media -…
Accenture's report on the BBC's DMI debacle contains a fascinating glossary of terms. DMI, of course, turned out not to be FitNesse for purpose. Now the BBC, having to spend 3m a year on a database system that previously cost less than 1m, has had to cut its cloth rather differently. -

Thursday 13 February 2014, AM link icon  ITV's 'channel for women' isn't necessarily a disaster for feminism - Daisy Buchanan - Com…
Gemma from The Only Way Is Essex, series 4. Photograph ITV ITV reckons it knows what women want. Let's spoil ourselves with a scrape of low-fat cheese spread on a dark rye cracker -

Wednesday 12 February 2014, PM link icon  ITV to launch 'The Only Way is Essex' channel - Telegraph
When it launches later this year, ITV Encore will target households with premium Sky subscriptions and an appetite for quality and original drama. The Only Way is Essex, known as Towie to its fans, was first broadcast in 2010 and is due to return for an 11th series this year. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Virgin Media announces two millionth TiVo customer
Virgin Media has announced that it has sold its two millionth TiVo receiver to the Lynch family from Manchester. The family had the device installed at their home alongside a surprise visit from Dancing on Ice and Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe. TiVo brings your favourite TV right to you, so we thought we'd go even further for Chris and Leigh by surprising them with a visit from their favourite television celebrity. - link icon  At last: an in-car DAB radio that looks quite good
Regularly, I'll moan and grump about the user experience for radios. Mostly designed by engineers, the user experience for most radio receivers that I've ever played with is woeful. Nowhere is this more the case than in-car. -

Wednesday 12 February 2014, AM link icon  Ariel - WS future funding not yet clear
12 February 2014 Last updated at 1030 Peter Horrocks admits there are no guarantees over future funding levels for the World Service. 'It would be preferable to have a longer term commitment,' conceded Horrocks, who pointed out that the Foreign Office had reduced World Service funding over the last three or four years. 'If that's not the case, we'll work within the circumstances.' Sponsorship It is likely, however, that it will be able to top up its licence fee funding with income from 'a limited amount of advertising and sponsored content that is not news and current affairs'. - link icon  ITV to launch ITVBe - presscentre
ITVBe, which will launch towards the end of the year, will be wholly funded by advertising and sponsorship, and will be available free on all the major broadcasting platforms, including Freeview, Sky and Virgin. ITVBe will complement ITV2 which will continue to strengthen its position as the home of unashamed entertainment for 16-34 year olds, focusing on scripted series, irreverent panel shows and formats, and youth skewing commissions and acquisitions with bold humour at their heart. We identified an opportunity to develop what is currently part of the ITV2 schedule - reality and non-scripted shows, which are very popular with young women and housewives with kids - into a distinct channel proposition, aimed more squarely at that audience. - link icon  Michael Grade: My blueprint for the BBC - Media - News - The Independent
How can the BBC argue its case to survive against such odds Intellectual logic, both economic and social how better could we spend 3.5bn is against it. On the other hand, political sentiment will usually follow the public mood and this is where the BBC scores heaviest. - link icon  Have a look at community television Estuary TV on Freeview Channel 8. - HU12 Online
The channel, broadcasting from Grimsby, is bringing a daily diet of local community news stories and has an ethos of aiming to involve local people in creating local television. As a website aimed at bringing local news to a very local audience, HU12 Online is extremely interested and very supportive of the Estuary TV project. We urge our readers to have a look at Estuary TV and let us know what you think you may have to re-tune your digital TV receiver first. -

Tuesday 11 February 2014, PM link icon  Greg Dyke criticises Lord Patten after 'dismal' year for BBC - Media -
One shouldn't confuse what the Daily Mail thinks with what Daily Mail readers think. - link icon  Michael Grade calls for smaller BBC - Media -
Michael Grade told the Commons culture select committee that Channel 4 should be turned into a publicly funded broadcaster. 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  RadioToday - Financial Times sponsors new UK wide LBC
Global has secured a partnership with the Financial Times for LBCs national launch today. The station is now Leading Britains Conversation and is available nationwide on DAB. The station also has a revamped logo which swaps rugged edges for straight lines. -

Tuesday 11 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - The BBC World Service's funding may change – standard…
Everyone in the city knows that at any minute they might be dead. When the World Service started broadcasting in 1932, John Reith warned listeners to keep their expectations low. The World Service is the BBC our reputation is founded on it. From April, the World Service budget of 245m will be paid by the licence fee, not by Foreign Office grant-in-aid as it has been for decades. - link icon  BBC - Media Centre - Janice Hadlow to step down as Controller of BBC Two
In her new role as Controller, Special Projects and Seasons, she will develop and originate high impact cross-platform series, seasons and other major television events. Janice will also advise Danny Cohen and the Channel Controllers on broadcast strategy. Janices new role will involve identifying ideas of scale and ambition which will work across BBC output to maximise quality and distinctiveness. - link icon  BBC News - Pirated Sky TV sold for £10 a month
Criminal gangs are selling hacked pay television services at a fraction of their true cost, a BBC investigation has revealed. Subscribers to satellite or cable TV can pay more than 80 a month to legitimately receive premium packages. Ahmed did not respond to a request for a comment. -