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Did you know that most of the TV viewing in the UK is to free-to-air channels? According to BARB, last week's** figures show:
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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?

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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Better tweeting

Site development: As part of a programme of upgrades to UK Free TV, I have improved the Twitter interface.

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Being responsive: a better menu

Site development: I have started a programme of upgrades to UK Free TV. Today, better menus.

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Satellite TV operators FRANSAT, TIVUSAT and our Freesat launch FreeTV Alliance

Freesat: Three leading European free-to-air satellite TV operators - Fransat (France), Freesat (UK), and Tivùsat (Italy) - have come together to form the FreeTV Alliance.

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If Scotland votes Yes, what would happen to Free TV in the rest of the UK?

I had a look at what a Yes vote could mean for viewers in Scotland, but as the first ever opinion poll to show a yes vote sends the media into a frenzy of overuse of the word "shockwaves" let us see what might happen for the rest of the UK.

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2050 Tube Map

Affiliated (blog): To start a new "Affiliated" blog section on UK Free TV, I know you would love to see this map of the Underground as it will look in 2050 according to the London 2050 Transport Plan. I have spent much more time on this project than I had anticipated. A lot of thanks goes to the posters on the London Reconnection site for nit-picking every possible error from this map.

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A bakers dozen of changes: Freeview channel number changes from 3 September 2014

Freeview news: Because of the increase in the number of General Entertainment channels, Digital UK will change the numbers on Freeview for those channels in the Children's and the 24 hour News sections.

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BBC Productions: will it be Arqiva mark two in 2017?

BBC Charter 2017: BBC Director General Tony Hall has finally made his mark on the future of the BBC. If Greg Dyke launched Freeview, Mark Thompson takes credit for the iPlayer, how will the Tony Hall plan fare for Auntie?

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12th birthday: six improvements to UK Free TV

Site development: I have taken the opportunity of the twelfth birthday of UK Free TV to make a few changes.

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50th birthday: guest RDI blog

About us: On the occasion of 12 years of UK Free TV: I realised the other day that I am getting old!

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Around the Bend?

Rigger's zone: Bent televisions screens is what I am on about this month; that is right curved screens - another 3D fad or something with more lasting appeal?

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DTG Summit: Freeview 700 MHz band for 4G very likely, BBC pay-Freeview not

Site development: I was fortunate to win some tickets to the annual meeting of the Digital Television Group at the DTG Summit today. The theme of the day was "co-allocation", a rather innocuous term for handing over the Freeview transmission bandwidth to mobile phone operators. We also learnt how advanced the plans are for Freeview to be equipped for a conditional-access to replace the TV Licence and saw the latest Freesat and YouView equipment.

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New Freeview and Freesat channel TruTV to start soon

TV channels: Turner broadcasting, who provide the subscription channels Cartoon Network and TCM (Turner Classic Movies) are bringing a version of their popular "unscripted programming" channel TruTV to UK homes very soon.

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Connected Home refrigerator used by hackers in cyber attack

Connected TV: I suppose that it raises an interesting question; why do we want a smart refrigerator and why do we want it to be connected to the internet?

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More digital radio stations. Ofcom - finally - proposes DAB+

Digital radio: You can almost hear the sound of "beep, beep, vehicle reversing". After many years of dismissing DAB+ as a UK broadcasting standard, Ofcom have announced that the time of DAB+ is approaching.

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BBC 2017: The problem with turning Freeview into Payview to keep the 3% happy

BBC Charter 2017: Today I am going to game another BBC scenario: I am looking into how the BBC might become an encrypted service, but without turning the BBC into BBC plc.

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Various corrections and updates for Freeview HD, local TV and so on

Site development: I have been somewhat distracted from the rather necessary job of checking the UK Free TV database recently. I am pleased to say that, despite it being 22 degrees C outside, I found the time to fix a whole heap, as they say, of small issues.

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The Evolution of the Connected Home

Site development: There is an awful lot of talk at the moment regarding The Connected Home and, specifically, its current impact on consumer electronics installation and connectivity and how it is likely to evolve further.

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BBC 2017: Tell me about the 16 options to collect the BBC 4 billion quid a year?

BBC Charter 2017: This is a look at sixteen options to fund the BBC in the coming decade. I know you will be surprised by how the options have stacked up: the question is do we change the Licence Fee to one of these smart ideas?

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BBC 2017: Which of these 14 options is best to collect 4 billion quid a year?

BBC Charter 2017: There are loads of options for BBC funding, if you think about it. I have come up with ten criteria and fourteen funding systems. Which one comes out on top?

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BBC plc, 2017: Rest in peace, Auntie (from 2019)

BBC Charter 2017: It never went right for the BBC after it was sold off when the new government decided to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector". In less than three years, after compounded mistakes, the old broadcaster is assigned to the recycling bin of history to make way for better mobile broadband.

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TV Licence decriminalization: just how much is it going to cost you?

BBC Charter 2017: As there is the potential for the BBC funding method to be changed by Parliament today, I thought it might be helpful to look at how much extra it would cost - or what services would be cut - if the BBC moved from the Licence Fee to subscription or adverts.

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BBC plc 2017. June: Media Talk discusses the ad-funded Auntie.

BBC Charter 2017: Once again we are looking at what happens when in 2015 the new government decided to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector". Curiously enough, an edition of Media Talk that had the good fortune to fall through a time warp from three years in the future defined the marketing division of the British Broadcasting Corporation as "a bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came". Or did they?

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BBC, plc 2017: BBC announcement

BBC Charter 2017: The manifesto promised to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector", with just a month to go before the shares in BBC plc are allocated, the BBC issues a statement to clarify the services that will be provided in their subscription offer.

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BBC plc, 2017. Radio 4, the last voice.

BBC Charter 2017: The manifesto promised to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector", millions tune into their radios for the moment that the Royal Charter expires on the 31st December 2016.

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BBC plc, 2017. The new CEO decides between ITV and HBO

BBC Charter 2017: Following a manifesto commitment to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector", the incoming government decides to sell off the BBC when the Royal Charter expires on the 31st December 2016.

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Why the BBC should abandon 700+m "regional news" to fund local radio, BBC three,

BBC Charter 2017: In summary: the more I think about this, the more it makes sense for the BBC to withdraw from so-called regional news and plough the extensive savings - 715 million pounds a year - into an improved local radio network, keeping BBC three on the television, expanding BBC FOUR and creating a new daily tea-time family comedy spot. Part of the savings would be used for a Scottish Six news programme, plus NI Six.

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If the Licence Fee is frozen for 5 more years how could the BBC reshape itself?

BBC Charter 2017: I have been looking at the figures for the existing BBC services and considering what the BBC should have been doing to "cut its coat".

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BBC three to be taken online and replaced on Freeview and satellite with BBC 1+1

BBC Charter 2017: This will be subject to the approval of the BBC Trust: however it seems that the BBC will save 50 million pounds a year moving BBC three online. 30 million of the savings will boost drama on BBC One. The Freeview, satellite and cable capacity will be used to repeat BBC One shows an hour later from 8pm to 4am. The CBBC channel will remain on air until 8pm.

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Speculation: is BBC three going to be replaced by BBC One +1?

Site development: There is a large amount of speculation in the papers today that BBC three will be made into an online-only service in an upgraded BBC iPlayer. Does that mean that BBC One +1 will replace it on Freeview?

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An Independent Scot would still be able to watch the BBC on satellite, surely?

Freesat: As I am sure you know the 8% of the British population that live in the northern part of our Great isle are having a debate over how they wish to be governed. A small part of that debate concerns the British Broadcasting Corporation and the extent to which it will continue in Scotland.

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Are we going to get BBC local radio on Freeview in England?

Freeview news: If you have Freeview in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you have always had two extra BBC radio stations. Do tests in the West Midlands perhaps mean that we will we soon get local radio in England? I hope so.

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Sky drops BBC EPG listing fees

Sky No Card: Not before time, British Sky Broadcasting has agreed to stop charging the UK public service broadcasters the - frankly outrageous - fees they were charging to have access to the programme listing information for all of the BBC (with ITV, Channel 4 and 5 to follow) channels. Well done, Sky.

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