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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. ——— 7 comments

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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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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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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Would the BBC work better as a company, charity, instead of a new Royal charter?

BBC Charter 2017: The BBC exists because, every ten years, the monarch has granted another Charter. Given the changes in the media landscape in the last decades, should the BBC move to another status?

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Been missing the Digital Switchover? Good news! There is going to be another

Freeview news: Ofcom have come down - as I rather thought they would - on the side of mobile broadband. So, if you have been missing all the retuning and occasional fitting of a new aerial, it looks like another round a Freeview changes is ahead.

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Capture the flag: the very British problem for the BBC

BBC Charter 2017: What follows is not an attack on the BBC and I would be very disappointed if anyone took it that way.

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The best of times for the BBC?

BBC Charter 2017: As part of the ongoing democratic process, the BBC founding Royal Charter is renewed for another decade. With the proliferation of other media, does this mean that the BBC needs to change?

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Having problems with TV background music?

Sound: The vast majority of people really enjoy the full auto-visual experience that is television. However if you are one of those who find background music hard to separate from voices, there are steps you can take.

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Must industry rethink what training and development looks like?

Connected TV: RDI Director Steve Cannon asks if more consumers are becoming aware of the technologies that are available for them in their homes and will they likely spend money within this decade to upgrade their systems to become a Connected Home?

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The lower the channel number in the guide, the more viewers it gets ... Right?

TV channels: One of the reasons that Freeview does not reshuffle the channel numbers is because there is a lot of value in the lower numbered slots in the electronic guide. I thought it would be interesting to take a look.

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The next 50 things on UK FREE TV. What would you like to see?

Site development: Now that I have finished updating the code that runs UK FREE TV, I now have time to write some articles. I would be very interested to hear what you would like me to write about next.

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UK Free TV now uses friendly web addresses

Site development: I have updated UK Free TV to use modern-style web addresses, which means goodbye to ".php?" in the site web links. If this has stopped anything working for you, please tell me!

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Best ever emails and improved menus on UK FREE TV

Site development: I really trust that you will find the new email format useful, and that UK FREE TV is more attractive to use.

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Use the Knowledge base to find answers to your technical problems

Site development: From today a new UK Free TV service helps you locate an answer to a technical TV problem.

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Freeview gains ITV Be, Motors TV channels this week - and Spike next year

Freeview news: We have not reached the top with the Freeview line-up as ITV brings a custom channel to the place the UK loves to watch TV.

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Being responsive: a better layout

Site development: This week I have started a programme of upgrades to UK Free TV, and now I have changes that you will see if you use a mobile device.

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