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Monday 28 June 2010, AM link icon  Is this the end of daytime TV? | Stephen Armstrong | Media | The Guardian
Yet at least his most high-profile work was late-night rather than a slot daytime TV that has been written off by commentators. In part, it's because daytime is undergoing something close to a revolution. Meanwhile there has been speculation the BBC will have to review its daytime programming, given concern over cost-cutting in areas not seen as core public service output. - link icon  BSkyB, BT Group sign sports channel deal - MarketWatch
BT said that it will disclose pricing terms shortly. BSkyB is roughly 39-owned by News Corp., the parent of MarketWatch. - link icon  Channel 4 News to be revamped as part of post-Big Brother shake-up | Media | The Guardian
Channel 4 has said that it will not be replacing its main news presenter, Jon Snow Channel 4 is to overhaul its news and current affairs output as part of a creative revamp partly prompted by the axing of Big Brother. An integrated news website to mesh with Channel 4 News is being built in a 500,000 upgrade, and will include a new fact-check facility, plus special reports and a distinctive take on the day's news. Stories about culture and arts will have greater prominence, with a new culture editor to be named this week. - link icon  GAMETANK TAKES OVER TV NEWS FREEVIEW CHANNELS 89 90
Fans of the latter game will also be delighted to see an exclusive interview with Charles Martinet the voice of Mario himself at the recent midnight launch of the game. You can also check out the YouTube channel at, where you can view all previous shows. -

Friday 25 June 2010, PM link icon  You cant beat the sports TV pirates, so join them | Seth Freedman | Comment is free | guar…
The epic Wimbledon match between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner was widely available on pirated live internet streams. Photograph Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters As millions sat glued to their television screens watching the epic Isner-Mahut tennis battle this week, countless others took the opportunity to watch the match illegally over the internet. Thanks to the proliferation of illicit websites offering live streaming of every major sporting event, huge amounts of broadcast revenue are being siphoned out of the world of sports threatening the industry in the same way that Napster and Limewire decimated the music business. - link icon  BBC Trust approves Project Canvas
Please visit the BBC Trust homepage to find the information you want. you may have typed the web address incorrectly - please check the spelling, or that there are no spaces or capital letters. Alternatively, please try the other links and search box on this page. - link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Round up: Friday 25 June 2010
Briantist, aka Brian Butterworth or should that be Brian Butterworth aka Briantist, has put together the excellent little icon iPlayer image featured at the top of this round up. I've made 5,000 of the programme images into a single relevant image. The Archive team have put up a World Cup collection, starting with interviews with the 1966 World Cup winning squad but over the next couple of weeks they'll be adding to it. - link icon  BBC Trust approves Project Canvas | Media |
BskyB has questioned whether the BBC should be involved in such a commercial service. These include a guarantee to properly engage with industry, a thorny issue that has led to criticism from industry trade body the Digital Television Group. The trust has said that the cost of Project Canvas, including development, launch, and to the end of the first four years it is running, will be 115.6m. - link icon  BBC Trust approves Project Canvas - TV news -

Thursday 24 June 2010, PM link icon  Arqiva plans terrestrial 3D tests | Broadband TV News
UK transmission company Arqiva is working on a terrestrial 3D test using the Service Compatible format favoured by public service broadcasters. Initial transmissions would be conducted outside of London to a closed user group. Arqiva has confirmed to Broadband TV News that following a series of internal tests, it was currently seeking rights clearance for some selected 3D content, though an initial licence application was already with Ofcom. - link icon  Roku and Clearleap present complete solution to cable companies for over the top video on …
Entertainment hardware company Roku and Web-based TV platform maker Clearleap today announced an interesting partnership which could result in cable companies offering their own video on demand station on Roku's popular streaming set top box. Except, of course, it would be available over IP, and would only require an over-the-top solution like the Roku box. - link icon  MediaTel: Newsline: Television Viewing Round-Up: May 2010
May 2010 television viewing figures show that BBC One was the only terrestrial channel to see a rise in its share of viewing. ITV1 suffered a 3.4 percentage point fall, despite the continued success of hit show Britain's Got Talent, leaving its viewing share at 15.9. Channel 4 and BBC Two were down by 0.6 and 0.7 percentage points respectively. - link icon  Ofcom opens debate on net neutrality | Ofcom
Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. 4G auction bidders announced December 20, 2012 Ofcom has today announced the bidders in the forthcoming 4G mobile spectrum auction the largest ever sale of mobile airwaves in the UK. npower fined for making abandoned calls December 6, 2012 The conclusion of an Ofcom investigation has today found npower, the gas and electricity supplier, to be in breach of rules on abandoned calls. -

Thursday 24 June 2010, AM link icon  Virgin Media To Release 400Mbps Broadband -
Virgin Media is all set to release a revolutionary new modem and router with the ability to handle speeds of up to 400Mbps. The network upgrades will be officially launched by the end of this year. Virgin Media has around 70,000 subscribers for its current network, providing speeds of up to 50Mbps. - link icon  Two in running to head Project Canvas | Media |
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  TV labelling - Technology labelling - Which? Advice
The reality The TV may be capable of displaying a huge colour spectrum, but the number of colours that can be broadcast or perceived by the viewer is far fewer. This can be an indication of faster processing software, which could mean improved picture performance. 100Hz and 200Hz The label says 100Hz TVs double the number of frames per second that make up a picture, creating the illusion of smoother motion. The reality Pictures do appear smoother, but it can make the picture look so unnatural that our viewing experts quickly switched it off. -

Wednesday 23 June 2010, PM link icon  YouTube Blog: YouTube wins case against Viacom
Today, the court granted our motion for summary judgment in Viacoms lawsuit with YouTube. The decision follows established judicial consensus that online services like YouTube are protected when they work cooperatively with copyright holders to help them manage their rights online. This is an important victory not just for us, but also for the billions of people around the world who use the web to communicate and share experiences with each other. - link icon  Live IP streaming hits a new UK record - James Cridland
800,000 concurrent viewers is a pretty massive figure for online streaming. No. Back in 2008, Google used Akamai to stream a live concert for them, which got a peak of 893,000 live concurrents, according to TechCrunch. This match was on a Saturday night, when most people were at home or in the pub 2. - link icon  More BBC iPlayer Encryption FOI Materials Paul Jakmas Blog
I received some further materials from the BBC about the iPlayer encryption issues. My request is covered in theBBCs Final Response. It is very much a goal of mine in all this to seek to provoke useful, productive dialogue. - link icon  Channel 4: Tough, smaller, focused, independent, but stressed | Media |
Tough, smaller, focused, independent, but stressed and facing the fight of its life. That's the impression left by Channel 4's 2009 annual report, accompanying press briefing today, and performance so far this year. The slimmed down workforce of 692, nervously enjoying the recent recovery in advertising, are basically gearing up to trial loads of new programmes after the current and last series of Big Brother ends, taking away their decade-long commercial comfort blanket. - link icon  Lord Burns: Channel 4 does not need public subsidy | Media |
Lord Terry Burns 'We have to make our way in the market'. Burns also said the channel was not in talks to buy Channel Five. Ruling out any future attempt to seek a public subsidy, the strategy pursued by Channel 4's former chief executive Andy Duncan, Burns instead outlined a strategy of self-reliance. - link icon  BBC iPlayer on mobile: a new version and Adobe Flash 10.1 streaming on all Android 2.2 pho…
Last week we launched the mobile version of the new BBC iPlayer website which Anthony Rose announced a few weeks ago. If you add a series to favourites, BBC iPlayer will automatically add all new episodes in that series as soon as they are available in iPlayer so you will never miss your favourite programmes. We are always looking to deliver the best BBC iPlayer experience on mobile. - link icon  Digital TV helps Channel 4 weather the recession | Media |
Channel 4 made a small profit of 300,000 in 2009 as a strong performance from digital TV and costcutting helped offset a 61.6m loss on its main network. Last year's recession, described by Channel 4 as the worst in its 28-year history, led to a 14 year-on-year decline in advertising revenues for the broadcaster's main terrestrial network, from 668.7m to 575.1m. The main channel's loss widened from 9.9m in 2008 to 61.6m last year, according to Channel 4's annual report for 2009, published today. -

Wednesday 23 June 2010, AM link icon  Budget 2010: broadband tax on telephone lines scrapped | UK news |
Private broadband coverage has been encouraged in George Osborne's debut budget. Photograph Corbis The coalition government has dropped Labour plans to introduce a controversial 50p-a-month levy on phone lines to pay for the rollout of superfast broadband, opting instead to use TV licence fee money to improve coverage in rural areas. As widely expected, chancellor George Osborne announced that the previous administration's plans for a telephone tax, designed to raise up to 175m a year, will be scrapped. - link icon  BT helps million of Freeview viewers enjoy World Cup fever in high definition
By the time the switchover is complete, the vast majority of TV viewers will be able to view high definition HD services. This provides the delivery of all the digital terrestrial TV programmes to people's homes via their aerial and Freeview set top box or decoder. BT has already migrated one third of the transmitters - covering approximately 8.5 million homes - to its UK media network. -

Tuesday 22 June 2010, PM link icon  A Cumulative Update is available for Windows Media Center in Windows 7
A Cumulative Update is available for Windows Media Center in Windows 7. You reference a backup database when the guide database in Windows Media Center is corrupted. If you set a manual recording on a channel that is not listed in the backup database, the Mcupdate.exe process crashes. - link icon  Mobile phone firms test TV broadcast service | Media |
Mobile TV suffers from congestion if more than a handful of customers use the service in the same place. The three companies, who control the bulk of the UK mobile phone market, are testing technology which would enable them to provide broadcast TV over their existing 3G mobile phone spectrum, without clogging up their networks, which are being used by smartphone users to access the web and send emails. All the UK mobile phone companies offer mobile TV services on their 3G networks but they suffer from congestion if more than a handful of customers use the service in the same place. - link icon  BBC defends staffing levels at key events -TV Radio, Media - The Independent
The corporation said that of the 292 staff sent to the event, covering sport television production, BBC interactive, Radio 5 Live, online and news, around 35 would go home early and numbers could reduce further, depending on England's progress. Nicky Campbell is hosting his Radio 5 Live show from South Africa. -

Tuesday 22 June 2010, AM link icon  ITV Live tops one million viewers
ITV Live, the new dual-screen initiative from has attracted more than one million users in its first week. Launching with the World Cup, ITV Live allows users to watch games on screen while interacting online. The service saw 90,000 unique users for England v USA and 121,000 unique users for England v Algeria. - link icon  Google targeted by BPI for linking to illegal downloads | Music |
Google asked to remove links to illegal songs. To bolster its case, the BPI even cites the search queries that bring up the offending links. Last October, Google removed links to the Pirate Bay one of the most notorious illegal BitTorrent trackers from their search index. - link icon  Freeview hands senior role to BBC marketer - Marketing news - Marketing magazine
Joining next month, she will report to managing director Ilse Howling, who also worked at the BBC, before moving to Freeview in 2005. Leach joined the BBC in 2002 and was most recently responsible for marketing activity for factual programming. Freeview is also facing competition in its bid to become the UKs premier HD TV service. - link icon  Mum hits out at TV switchover charges - The Star
Sheffield Homes is preparing 9,500 of its properties which have communal aerials for the digital switchover. Sheffield Council deputy leader Coun Bryan Lodge said a resident in his Birley ward had received a letter warning that her old aerial would be disconnected within 28 days - without offering work to connect her to a new communal aerial. Specialist engineers have identified where aerials must be replaced in order for everyone in the blocks affected to receive a high quality digital signal. -

Monday 21 June 2010, PM link icon  Channel 4 to cut a quarter of senior managers | Media |
David Abraham integrating commissioning and content teams Channel 4 is to cut 25 of its 48 senior managers and has appointed Julian Bellamy as acting chief creative officer, as new chief executive David Abraham completes his strategic review. Abraham is to halve the number of his direct reports from 13 to six, and is to reduce the senior management group by 12 posts before the end of the year. In addition Abraham said that there will be a new role of chief creative officer, who will oversee a new single content division bringing together all of digital and traditional TV commissioning and production. - link icon  Rupert Murdochs Sky bid marks a shift in the centre of gravity | Steve Hewlett | Media | T…
City reaction to the news that News Corp plans to buy the 61 of BSkyB it doesn't currently own focused on the numbers. Sky is about to become even more profitable than it already is costs of investments in broadband and HD are winding down as revenues rise. Profits are forecast to double by 2012 to as much as 1.2bn a year. - link icon  Buyers line up for Channel Five | Media |
RTL is exploring a range of options for Five, including a sale or commercial partnership with the loss-making broadcaster, with a deal expected by the end of the year but with no deadline yet set. It is not yet clear how many of the expressions of interest will yet turn into serious approaches, but it is understood that RTL has been contacted by companies outside the media industry. Desmond, who has appeared in the media frequently recently making it clear he has 1bn to spend on acquisitions, has also emerged as a potential bidder. - link icon  Tesco launches UKs first HD Freeview+ PVR | PC Retail Industry | PCR
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Monday 21 June 2010, AM link icon  Mapping News by Mapperz
Yellow is the area where the transmitter provides the best signal, green is where there is overlap and the selected transmitter is not the strongest signal. Example http// The green/yellow fades to white where the signal is weakest. By frequency this lists broadcast frequencies from C21 to C68, showing the services on each. -

Sunday 20 June 2010, AM link icon  Sky Sports News to go behind paywall in battle with Freeview broadcasters | Media | The Gu…
News Corporation is to put another of its services behind a paywall as it emerged yesterday that Sky Sports News is to be pulled from Freeview. Industry experts also believe that BSkyB could decide that its Sky News website, currently freely available on the internet, should go behind a paywall. With subscription charges about to start on the Times's website as Rupert Murdoch's media empire searches for new revenue streams, News Corp is undergoing a major restructuring of its business model. - link icon  US television gives us The Wire. We give them Piers Morgan | Nick Cohen | Comment is free …
So you check Clive James's television column, pour yourself a glass of one of the surprisingly good Australian wines which have just reached the off-licences and turn on a quality drama. Foreigners were meant to envy our monarchy, although, as a young republican, I couldn't help noticing that they were not rushing to replace their elected presidents with spare members of the House of Windsor. To put the case more starkly, once we gave the world The Jewel in the Crown now we give it Piers Morgan. -

Friday 18 June 2010, PM link icon  Introducing coloured subtitles on BBC iPlayer
One area of key importance in enabling access to BBC iPlayer content for our deaf and hard of hearing users is subtitles. In December 2008 we were able to upgrade the iPlayer subtitles technology to deliver well over 90 of iPlayer programmes with subtitles, and we've consistently achieved this level over the last 18 months. Having achieved the quantity of coverage that our deaf and hard of hearing users wanted, I mentioned at the time that we were next going to look at improvements to the quality of the subtitles experience. - link icon  Getting the most from your digital TV recorder - TV, music and radio - Which? Advice
Sometimes pages move or become out of date and are deleted, so older bookmarks may no longer work. It's possible that the page you were looking for has either changed name or is no longer available. To find what you are looking for, you might like to try one of the following You may like to view our latest videos - link icon  Whats On BBC Red Button: 19th June - 2nd July
More details on the artists and other special interactive features can be found on the BBC Glastonbury website. Viewers will also be able to enjoy a choice of BBC commentary or a court-side no-commentary option during the Finals. A digital text service will also be available with news, results and score updates. - link icon  ITV to offer childrens shows exclusively via digital TV
Friday, June 18th 2010 by Editorial A leading broadcaster has revealed it is to move its children's shows from its terrestrial services to digital TV channels. Only people with access to digital TV services will be able to access children's shows from ITV in the near future, it has been revealed. News of the plans has come after Sky confirmed that its leading sports news channel will only be available to those on digital TV subscriptions later this year. - link icon  BT wins approval to offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 on Freeview
BT will now be able to broadcast Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 on spare capacity which has been freed up on due to the digital switchover. This will be combined with Arqiva capacity to be offered for use for two new national terrestrial digital TV channels. ' else if google_ads.length gt 1 / For text ads, append each ad to the string. - link icon  The Value of Everything
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Friday 18 June 2010, AM link icon  First portable T2 analyser unveiled
Promax has launched a HD portable analyser incorporating DVB-T2 technology the first in the world to do so according to the company. DTG Staff 16.06.2010 Links open in a new window. -

Thursday 17 June 2010, PM link icon  Digital TV switchover running smoother than expected
Work to get households across the UK on to digital TV services appears to have gone smoothly, new reports have revealed. It has emerged that Digital UK, the body responsible for the changes, is set to finish its campaign of engineering with a 54 million surplus that will be handed back to the government. - link icon  Sky Sports News to be removed from Freeview - Press Gazette

Wednesday 16 June 2010, AM link icon  Nasa warns solar flares from 'huge space storm' will cause devastation
Attention seniors French scientists have developed a process that permanently dyes white hair without harmful chemicals. Philippe Walter and colleagues soaked white hairs in a solution containing fluorescent gold nanoparticles. The hairs turned pale yellow and then darkened to a deep brown. - link icon  Freeview viewers could not see ITV4s TT shows - Isle of Man Today
The situation means that viewers in the Island who rely on terrestrial digital television from Manx transmitters can't watch Sky News, Dave or some shopping channels. Reception from Winter Hill is best in hilly areas in the east of the Island while signals from Caldbeck in Cumbria are received by many viewers in the north. Many people in the west of the Island watch Freeview directly from Northern Ireland. - link icon  Broadcasters challenge TVCatchup - Digital Spy
Web-TV service TVCatchup has been hit with a joint legal challenge from three British broadcasters alleging infringement of their copyright. The two channels are already available on TVCatchup's website and mobile app, along with a near-live simulcast of Channel 4, E4 and Five. In response to the legal filing, TVCatchup told the Financial Times that it has already applied for court approval of its streaming service. - link icon  Intel, itv and lovefilm outline the future of web tv - The Inquirer
Last year only about two per cent of TVs sold in Europe had internet connectivity and 12 per cent this year, so obviously it's something that is growing incredibly rapidly. Intel, although it's mainly known for making chips, is one of the companies that has looked at this trend with great interest. It has put big resources and research into how it can take advantage of TVs, which vastly outnumber PCs and smartphones put together. - link icon  BSkyB: Going global | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
Type into your internet browser and you get an impressive news website that would make any newspaper proud. He could easily bump up the price of a Sky subscription and chuck in complimentary access to the Times or Sun online and hardly any of the nearly 10 million Sky subscribers would notice the extra cost direct debits have that strange power of semi-invisibility, after all. The business logic of this deal is partly why, one presumes, share markets are putting a high likelihood on the takeover coming off provided News Corp raises its offer for the 61 of Sky it does not own already. - link icon  Murdoch prepares to tighten his grip -Business Analysis Features, Business - The Independe…
News Corporation owns a near 40 per cent stake in the pay-TV provider and the Australian tycoon has decided the time is right for one of the company's founding shareholders to take full control. The target's independent directors also announced they had dismissed both, and the shares leapt 16 per cent, the most in a decade, on the belief a deal will be done at a full price. Insiders said this was the first time such an approach had been made. -

Tuesday 15 June 2010, AM link icon  Peston: Murdochs London-based global news hub
BSkyB's board and its advisers believe the business is worth around 1bn more, or greater than 800p per share. Well, News Corporation will press ahead with the process of trying to buy Sky by initiating the process of having the European competition regulator scrutinise the deal. One interesting question is whether British regulators, the Office of Fair Trading and Ofcom, and the British government will want to repatriate scrutiny of the deal, as they have the right to do. - link icon  News Corp courts BSkyB board with improved offer | Media |
News Corporation has increased its offer to take full control of BSkyB, which has again been rebuffed by the broadcaster, but the two companies have agreed to hold talks to find a mutually agreeable price and tackle regulatory issues. The offer was rejected by BSkyB's independent directors as undervaluing the company. BskyB's share price rose 21, up by 126p to 726.5p, in early trading. - link icon  Murdoch Said to Seek Full Control of BSkyB - DealBook Blog -
Rupert Murdoch appears to be on the prowl again, with British Sky Broadcasting as his target. The newspapers said Mr. Murdochs offer valued the entire company at 11.6 billion to 12 billion, or more than 17 billion a valuation that would represent a premium of more than 10 percent over BSkyBs market capitalization on Monday. The Financial Times quoted an unidentified person familiar with BSkyBs position as saying, This is not a price that can be considered. -

Monday 14 June 2010, PM link icon  Freeview Allowed To Use DRM To Curtail Online Piracy| paidContent:UK
We dont know how many Freeview receivers out there dont currently use DRM, which controls viewers what can do with the programmes. The impact of the BBC proposals on the supply of receivers to the mass market is negligible. The BBC proposals do not prohibit the use of open source software in receivers, but we recognise the proposal may introduce some restrictions on how it is used. - link icon  informitv - Sky buys Virgin Media channels and secures distribution
Some might question why the cable company would want to sell its channels to a satellite competitor, or indeed why Sky would want to buy them. The mainstream media has focussed on the facts of the deal at face value. Sky will pay 160 million in cash for the Virgin Media Television channels business, with 105 million up front and the remainder payable subject to regulatory clearance. - link icon  What is the BBC platform strategy?
Up until now, I could have believed that the BBCs iPlayer platform strategy was plausibly based on customer reach. The BBC did manage to make an iPad version before a single iPad had been sold in the country. The strategy isnt based on anything measurable. -

Monday 14 June 2010, AM link icon  Neil Berkett: why Virgin Media wants to work with Project Canvas | Media |
Neil Berkett says Project Canvas partners must change their approach. Virgin Media's opposition to Canvas has been widely but not always accurately reported we stand squarely behind the project's aims as they were originally presented we question whether, in practice, it's evolving in a way that matches the joint venture partners' rhetoric. Like its predecessor, Freeview, the Canvas joint venture will not make or sell set-top boxes. - link icon  World Cup 2010: viewers locked out of ITV watch and chat service | Media |
World Cup 2010 Siphiwe Tshabalala of South Africa scores. The initiative allows viewers with laptops to customise the live stream with a range of interactive elements from a chat service which can link to Facebook to polls, quizzes and statistics on teams and players. England's third and final qualifying game, against Slovenia, is on BBC1 at 3pm on Wednesday 23 June. - link icon  Jeremy Hunt: We have a media policy, not a BBC policy | Media | The Guardian
For a man determined not to talk about the BBC, the new culture secretary can't seem to help himself. At the very mention of BBC pay something he was more than happy to talk about during almost three years as shadow culture secretary he protests that he hasn't even met the director general, Mark Thompson, in the same tone most of us would use if we'd just been accused of sleeping with someone. It all seems a bit odd unless you think of the history, not just of the Conservatives but more recent clashes between Labour culture secretaries and Auntie. - link icon  Fears grow over funding for childrens television | Media | The Guardian
Peppa Pig, a homegrown television hit for children from Five. Photograph Five A funding crisis has gripped the production of children's programmes in the UK, threatening a long tradition that extends from the Clangers to the Teletubbies. Last week Ed Vaizey, the new culture minister, pledged to look afresh at a problem that has been debated for years, and which he was made aware of when he was an opposition spokesman. - link icon  BBC House style: news and web lingo as explained to an Iraqi
A new generation do not remember the Troubles Flag protests a question of context The peace process in Northern Ireland in 2013 is facing the twin challenge of dissident republican violence and loyalist street protests. - link icon  ITV apologises for clanger after 1.5m viewers miss England goal | Media |
England captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring his team's first goal against USA in Rustenburg. The audience peaked near the game's end at 9.15pm, attracting 20.1 million viewers, 73 of the total TV audience, on its two channels. As an investigation got under way, ITV blamed Technicolor, its transmission supplier. -

Sunday 13 June 2010, AM link icon  ITV HD viewers miss Englands first World Cup goal
Viewers did not see Steven Gerrard's early strike against the USA in the 1-1 match. The match was seen by an average audience of 13.2m, which equated to 56 of the total number of people watching television at that time. -

Saturday 12 June 2010, PM link icon  ITV1 HD massive world cup fail - James Cridland
Turns out I made the wrong choice ITV1 HD managed to go to an ad break at the worst possible time. Watch the video above to discover how badly they messed up. Adrian Chiles at half time apologised for some breaks if you were watching in HD hardly an honest apology and the channels been in SD since. -

Saturday 12 June 2010, AM link icon  Goodbye, radio via 3G we can t afford you - James Cridland
The typical refrain of poor journalists and sub-grade radio consultants is that broadcast radios days are numbered. Talk to them and theyll tell you not to bother with DAB, or HD, or whatever because the internet is the future of radio. In the US, 50 of total hours TSL is spent in a mobile situation, like in a car. - link icon  Radio Today.. with BIONICS: NME Radio to leave DAB

Thursday 10 June 2010, PM link icon  Project canvas could engage by september - The Inquirer
If it comes to fruition, Project Canvas should be available to all ISPs that want it, offering a range of on-demand services through broadband Internet and a television set. All content will be in one place without any subscription required, so in effect anybody with a broadband connection will be able to use it. Also speaking at the event was Bob Hannent, chief technologist at Humax, who said that Project Canvas is all about the seamless combination of broadcast and broadband, truly integrated with each other so that consumers don't have to worry about it. -

Thursday 10 June 2010, AM link icon  High definition brings fans closer to World Cup action Ofcom
It has been 40 years since the last major development in World Cup viewing technology, when in 1970, the Mexico World Cup was broadcast in colour for the first time. This year, fans will be hoping for a better result from HD. HD sales figures Up to five times more detailed than standard definition TV, every flick of the ball, every blade of grass, and every bead of sweat will be more visible than ever before in HD. - link icon  Which? Tech weekly podcast 10 June 2010 - TV, music and radio - Which? Advice
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Wednesday 09 June 2010, PM link icon  Dont mind your language: public relaxed over TV swearing | Media | The Guardian
More recently, 10 million ITV viewers saw John Lydon use the C-word and fewer than 100 complained. Ofcom, which is responsible for policing taste and decency on the airwaves, said the public were willing to tolerate mild swearing and offensive language at any time of the day. It is the first detailed research on attitudes towards offensive language on television and radio to be published by Ofcom in five years. - link icon  BBC The Media Show, 09/06/2010
At the same time, he has cancelled plans to pilot replacements for ITV's news in Wales, Scotland and the north east of England. The architect of the local tv plans, Roger Parry, explains how they could work and media analyst Claire Enders gives her view on whether they really are viable. Sue Ayton, who represented Adrian Chiles for 10 years, looks behind the speculation. - link icon  Two cheers for Jeremy Hunts plan for ultra-local TV services | Markets Analysis
In signalling his intention to sweep away cross-media ownership rules he hopes that the absence of restrictions will lead in turn to investment in local TV. Surely the capital is crying out for similar screen-based coverage of news, weather and traffic reports. English attempted to emulate NY1, adopting its main news-gathering operation, which involved a battalion of young video journalists running around London streets and in the days before digital transmission returning as fast a possible to base to edit and transmit their stories. - link icon  Welcome to Project Baird Project Baird
Project Baird is a collaborative effort to collate a set of open-ended specifications for delivering different kinds of content to digital TV devices across the Internet. The specifications are intended to be device, broadcaster and platformagnostic as much as possible. Project Baird is built upon, wherever possible, existing standards and projects. -

Wednesday 09 June 2010, AM link icon  BBC Trusts Sir Michael Lyons reaches out to Jeremy Hunt | Media |
Lyons and Hunt are said to have had a lengthy private meeting, without the presence of advisers, over the past few days. A BBC Trust spokeswoman declined to comment on Lyons's diary appointments. The pair disagreed publicly in the run up to last month's general election over the future of the BBC Trust. - link icon  Ofcom online copyright infringement consultation : | OfcomWatch |
- link icon  What Jeremy Hunt didnt say | Media |
Photograph Sarah Lee There were a number of big issues left untouched by the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in his first media policy speech yesterday. When pressed about why this institution was omitted from the coalition government's initial media plans, Hunt said that it was a subject for another day. Hunt said the device of top-slicing the licence fee may also have to be continued after 2012, should continued subsidy for broadband be needed. - link icon  Pace to add Wi-Fi technology to boxes
Pace has announced it has become a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance and is to incorporate Wi-Fi technology into selected upcoming set-top boxes. Darren Fawcett, Chief Technologist, Pace, said As we move towards a converged home entertainment environment, one of the biggest challenges is moving content around the home Pace is at the forefront of developing a whole range of technologies which allow operators to offer these kinds of capabilities. Our membership of the Wi-Fi Alliance will aid us in exploiting wireless technology to develop future generations of products with increased flexibility in connecting and sharing media content. -

Tuesday 08 June 2010, PM link icon  Sky News Briefly Falls Off Air on Freeview - News on News
Further viewing problems involving Sky's channels broadcast on Freeview were reported later in teh afternoon, however this time it is thought that a temporary transmitter fault in the north of the UK was at fault, and not connecting to this morning's outage. -

Monday 07 June 2010, PM link icon  Panasonic Blu-ray recorders with twin Freeview+HD tuners | Easier
Besides their ability to record two digital broadcasts at the same time, the twin HD tuners also allow users without a digital TV to watch a digital broadcast and record it simultaneously. 5.1-channel surround sound Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus signal and subtitles that are included in digital broadcasts can also be recorded, allowing users to enjoy surround sound and subtitles during playback. For standard definition DVDs as well as 1080i and less sources, the P4HD renders progressive images superbly, expresses motion smoothly, and draws crisp diagonal lines. - link icon  Going Social with the BBC iPlayer Beta
It's been a few days now since we launched the new BBC iPlayer Beta site, and the feedback has been fascinating. Lots of people have been commenting on the new social features, in fact it's been one of the dominant themes in the new media and press coverage so far. Now that's great, but when you're on Facebook or reading your email, you're not always in the mood to watch a 60 minute TV show or listen to a 3 hour Zane Lowe show. - link icon  Internet video traffic to increase massively
Global internet protocol traffic will increase by four times from 2009 to 2014. Cisco forecasts that the biggest single component of that will be internet video, overtaking peer-to-peer file sharing as the biggest single usage of bandwidth by the end of 2010. The combination of all forms of video will continue to exceed 90 of all global consumer internet traffic and by 2014 nearly half of it will be high-definition video. -

Monday 07 June 2010, AM link icon  Will the World Cup bring ITV a bonanza summer of advertising? | Media | The Guardian
It's across all media you can see it in the amount of poster ads. Since then, late bookings have reportedly nudged the figure up to 25, and a good England run could push it higher. This would offer a marked contrast to the network's fortunes when the 2006 World Cup was held in Germany, when a 5 boost in ad spend was expected as the tournament took place in Europe, there was no problem with the timing of games, as there had been in Japan and Korea in 2002. - link icon  Fru Hazlitts appointment brings another outsiders perspective to ITV | Media | The Guardia…
Fru Hazlitt is ITV's new managing director of commercial and online. It's not personal everyone likes her and wishes her well but they just can't see what someone with no commercial TV experience can bring to a company whose core business is, well, commercial TV. When Norman arrived at ITV, he found a culturally sick company, with different divisions not just failing to work together but actively working against each other. - link icon  Jonathan Dimbleby: BBCs culture of compliance is extremely damaging | Media | The Guardian…
As scions of the legendary war reporter and anchorman Richard Dimbleby, Jonathan and David are perhaps the closest thing to British broadcasting's royal family. His interview with Prince Charles in 1994 was a milestone for the royal family. His own life was much reported on after he left Bel Mooney, his wife of 35 years, and later married a woman 30 years his junior. - link icon  Grant Goddard : radio blog: The cost of upgrading DAB radio: why it will never happen
To get DAB up to FM standard, a huge amount of work needs to be done, which would cost a lot of money. What information is in the public domain about the costs of DAB transmission The BBC owns one of the two national DAB radio multiplexes, for which only a small amount of data about costs has been published. -

Sunday 06 June 2010, PM link icon  Points of View: 2009/2010: Episode 20
- link icon  Picture Quality on BBC HD: a Viewers Group Visit (part 3)
Part one and part two are already posted on the Internet blog. There is no doubt that the group's visit has given us a better understanding of all the issues. We can now see that there are, in fact, three important variables that can adversely affect the PQ of the channel, namely production decisions and programme quality assurance, encoder software and finally the bit-rate. -

Saturday 05 June 2010, AM link icon  Sky turns on set-top box internet connection - Telegraph
I would have loved to have done this sooner but we had to first focus on ensuring the software in our HD boxes was as up to date as possible so the integration of all of our services was seamless. Sky began showing press previews this week of its Sky Anytime service. It allows people to download programmes using a Sky broadband connection only and save it on their box for an indefinite amount of time. - link icon  BBC opens up about its lack of Dolby Freeview HD support | News | TechRadar UK
As for Dolby and its carrying of audio description, Layton is hoping that the Dolby EAC3 format will be able to deliver receiver mix audio description in the future. - link icon  Picture Quality on BBC HD: a Viewers Group Visit (part 2)
The method requires the assessment of two versions of each test clip. One of each pair of test clips is unimpaired while the other presentation may or may not contain impairment. In the series of tests, the position of the reference picture is changed in pseudo-random fashion. -

Friday 04 June 2010, PM link icon  Tech podcast: Stephen Fry, iPad World Cup TV - Which? News
Multi-talented technophile, Stephen Fry, was on-hand to give his opinions on the iPad launch, as were keen customers who had queued overnight to get their hands on Apple's tablet. We look at the statistics to see how consumers' attitudes to digital technology have changed in the last year, and focus on 3DTV. It's all in this week's Which tech podcast. - link icon  Picture Quality on BBC HD: a Viewers Group Visit (part 1)
The debate about picture quality had met an impasse and we thought this might be a way to move it on and, for me at least, be a way of discussing quality as a whole and not just as a bit rate issue. It took some time to arrange the meeting, mainly due to the move of all the test equipment from its old home in Surrey to a building in London W12. Have a look at the BBC RD web site for some of the history of the buildings. - link icon  Panasonic Freeview HD Blu-ray recorders announced - Which? News
The twin HD tuners give you the ability to record two digital broadcasts simultaneously or to watch one programme live while recording another. Blu-ray recorders These new models will also both feature Blu-ray recorders so you can also record onto a dual-layer Blu-ray disc. Each 50GB disc would give you around 7 hours of high-definition recording time. - link icon  Questions around surround sound on Freeview HD
Some people have asked why we don't currently use Dolby as the sound solution for Freeview HD. As always there's a quite complex reason behind this decision so I thought it would be a good idea to do a post on it. Typically there are two to three programmes everyday which are audio described. - link icon  Channel 4 barred by law from buying Five | Media |
Provisions in the Broadcasting Act 1990, and amended in subsequent acts, specifically prevent Channel 4 from taking control of Five's terrestrial licence. Senior industry sources said the law would have to be changed to enable Channel 4 to bid for Five. Channel 4 is aware of the clause but executives do not regard it as a significant obstacle to a potential deal, should they decide to pursue one. - link icon  BBC faces criticism in strategy review responses | Media |
BBC management's attempt to reposition itself before the next charter renewal has been dominated by reaction to one of its few pledges to cut services, 6 Music. The strategy, devised by BBC executives, selects five areas for redirected funds, while cutting 25 of its website content by 2013. The five targets, or aspirations, are the best journalism in the world inspiring knowledge, music and culture ambitious UK drama and comedy outstanding children's content and events that bring communities and the nation together. -