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About us: I am taking the opportunity of being bed-ridden for at least six weeks to sort out some upgrades, updates and bug fixes for this our 13 year old website. Here is what I have done. ——— 6 comments

Go for it! What do you do on cutting the cord day?

Cord Cutting UK: So, you have your fast broadband, your wireless connections, prepared your devices and checked out what to watch online. Are you ready to take the final step?

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Which 29 stars wrote Prime Minister Cameron to ask him to protect the BBC?

BBC Charter 2017: We are writing to place on record at the very start of the process our concern that nothing should be done to diminish the BBC or turn it into a narrowly focused market-failure broadcaster....

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Prepare yourself for Cord Cutting: Where do I watch TV now?

Cord Cutting UK: You've got yourself an uncapped high speed broadband service with a wireless router, and like the idea of saving between 150 and 780 pounds every year. What is the next step?

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Chancellor George 18% BBC fee cut to lowest level of BBC TV since B&W 1978

BBC Charter 2017: Yes, it's back to when most homes had black and white televisions and there was only two TV channels on air because cutting the BBC income by 18% is what is going to be done tomorrow.

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How much money can you save by Cord Cutting?

Cord Cutting UK: If you are prepared to stop watching live TV and enjoy content only when you want to watch, how much actual money can you save?

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Cord Cutting UK Checklist: keeping it legal

Cord Cutting UK: The starting point for us here is doing things by the book. Some of the things you need to do to be a Cord Cutter UK can result in a proper criminal conviction if not done properly.

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New section on UK Free TV dedicated to cutting the cord

Cord Cutting UK: New section on UK Free TV dedicated to cutting the cord.

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BBC Trust say no to BBC One +1, yes to close BBC 3 on TV and extend CBBC to 9pm

BBC Charter 2017: The current regulatory body for the nation's premier public service broadcaster has agreed to make BBC Three and online only service, but has rejected plans for BBC One+1 to replace it.

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What is the BBC going to cut to fund free TV licences for 4m homes with over 75s

BBC Charter 2017: Just before the turn of the century, popular - with 43.2% of voters - New Labour Chancellor Gordon Brown found 300 million quid to pay the TV Licences for households with pensioners aged 75 or over. The dilemma for Tory Chancellor George Osborne, with 36.9% of the population behind him and cuts to make, is how to live up to a recent manifesto commitment to keep the pensioner benefits?

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Want to see 24 weird flags of the world that BBC World News invented?

BBC Charter 2017: The BBC World news channel back in 1997 - before it became all serious red and cream - used fluttering flags of countries that mostly never existed. Can you spot which is which?

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BBC Charter renewal: what of TV news for the UK?

BBC Charter 2017: Who still watches rolling news channel or half-hour news shows? Lots of people it seems!

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Show me the 55 TV channels have moved to the new Astra 2G satellite

General satellite: There have been a large number of changes to the channels broadcast from the satellites that provide services to about half of the homes in the UK. What do you need to do?

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I would like you to know why Briantist has not been posting on UK Free TV

About us: During the 13 years I have been providing the UK Free TV web site, I always endeavoured to keep my personal life separate from goings on in the world of free-to-air television and radio.

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Should Ofcom regulate the BBC?

BBC Charter 2017: The BBC Trust seems to be not really living up to expectations. Would Ofcom be a suitable body to regulate the BBC?

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BBC Licence fee and new Charter: the political reality

BBC Charter 2017: Let's have an honest look at the current political situation and what it means for the BBC Charter renewal.

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Licence fee replacements: All-homes broadcast contribution?

BBC Charter 2017: Having looked at the Finnish income-based model, and the French council-tax add-on, the version preferred by the Select Committee Report is the German Model. Let us have a closer look.

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Licence fee replacements: broadcasting contribution via the Council tax?

BBC Charter 2017: Looking at the top three European replacements for the TV Licence, today we have a closer look at the French system.

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Income-based broadcast support tax

BBC Charter 2017: Let us look in more detail at the income-based broadcasting tax that could, as had happened in Finland, replace the TV Licence.

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TV Licence replacement: is going to be French, Finnish or German?

BBC Charter 2017: Back in February 2015, the Culture Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons published their Future of the BBC report. It looked at three other systems in use to collect money for the public service broadcaster. Which do you like?

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New! 1000s of new DAB and FM radio coverage maps

Digital radio: One of the most requested feature upgrades here on UK Free TV is for the radio maps to show the transmitter coverage areas, as the Freeview pages do. So, please take a look at the upgrade.

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We ARE going to get BBC Local Radio on Freeview ... today!

Digital radio: OK, only a year after I speculated about it, the service has now started. You can now enjoy 10 BBC Local Radio stations.

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Moores Law: Infographic

BBC Charter 2017: I detect the odd bit of disbelief in the changes that are expected to digital TV in the coming decade. So I thought it would be interesting to show you the last 40 years and how we have moved from kilobytes, to megabytes to gigabytes in that time.

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Freeview Play manufacturers announced

Connected TV: Digital UK and Freeview have today announced that Panasonic will be the first manufacturer to launch TVs featuring the Freeview Play connected TV service.

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New Freeview logo for a connected future.

Connected TV: Freeview Play will supply catch-up TV, on-demand and even live TV channels .

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How do the two new national DAB radio bids compare?

Digital radio: We could have another dozen national DAB radio stations transmitting in the next two years. How do the bids from Listen2Digital and Sound Digital stack up?

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BBC Three: Online only is right - if and only if -

BBC Charter 2017: The difference between traditional TV and the internet can be boiled down to one fundamental issue: the internet is forever, and the BBC is ephemeral. The only way BBC Three will work online is if the library of programmes builds over then years. Look.....

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BBC Three week: what does TV look like in 2025?

BBC Charter 2017: What is television is going to look like in 2025. Will there still be channels? Will people still be watching live TV? Will personal video recorders be a thing of the past? Will channels like "Dave" be something to our grandchildren, with faint nostalgia?

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BBC Three week: the creative challenge to TV

BBC Charter 2017: The creative challenges of the coming decade and funding for new creative works and how this impacts on the licence fee, advertising, and subscription services.

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BBC three week: the technical challenge

BBC Charter 2017: In the second article I look at the technical challenges to TV in the coming decade: in particular the competition between television broadcasters and phone companies for the use of "the airwaves"

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BBC Three week: the history of BBC Three

BBC Charter 2017: Before looking to the future of the channel, first lets look back 22 years and see how we got here.

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BBC Three Week

BBC Charter 2017: This week: a set of articles is about BBC Three.

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2014 Christmas Quiz - answers

Quiz: Here are the answers to the 20-question Christmas quiz. Now the winner has been notified by email, you can find out the answers.

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UK Free TV 2014 annual Christmas Quiz

Quiz: Do know everything there is to know about free to air television in the United Kingdom in 2014? Find out!

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What is in store for the next round of BBC regional TV cuts?

BBC Charter 2017: Taking out 25% - 250 million pounds - from the BBC television budget next year is going to be a challenge. Today I look at how the BBC regional news services in England might be "reshaped" to the smaller budget.

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What is in store for the next round of BBC Radio cuts?

BBC Charter 2017: How on earth can you cut nearly a quarter (22%) from the BBC Radio budget? What does taking 35 million pounds a year away look like?

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What is in store for the next round of BBC cuts?

BBC Charter 2017: The BBC have asked their Anne Bulford to produce a report, "Driving efficiency at the BBC" that shows where the next lot of cuts are going to happen. What does it mean for you?

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Connected Freeview comes a step closer today

Freeview news: For several reasons, YouView has not set the UK on fire in the way that Freeview has. So, Freeview have a new idea, current called "Freeview connected TV" that provides just what the customer wants: straightforward access to on demand Freeview, and low cost by using international standard HbbTV.

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TV and radio demographics: a BBC time bomb?

BBC Charter 2017: Teenagers and young adults have always founds more interesting things to do other than watch the TV, but will the next decade see them not return? Is television, like radio, destined to become a ghetto for oldies?

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Seeing something different? We are doing A/B testing on a new Material Design

Site development: The recent survey pointed out that mobile users were unhappy with some of the aspects of the UK Free design. To address these issues, I have created a new mobile-first design to the site. This is being shown to half of the people using the site to find out how effective the changes are.

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