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Cost of Sky TV package rises twice as fast as rail fares in seven years

Posted by on February 3, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Last week, there were demonstrations against New Year rail fare hikes, following news of the 2.3% price rise. However since 2010, while average UK rail fares have risen by 23%[2], the cost of Sky TV’s popular bundles has soared by 50% on average.In 2010, a basic Sky package topped up with sports channels cost £35 […]

No satellite signal? Check your dish for snow!

Posted by on January 10, 2017 at 4:34 pm

No satellite signal? Check your dish for snow! Normally, if you get ‘No Signal’ or ‘Technical fault’ on your Sky or Freesat box there is a solution: What can I do when my Sky Digibox says ‘No Signal’ or ‘Technical fault’? However, if it has snowed you will also find the same message. And there […]

DVB standardises new UHDTV features

Posted by on January 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm
DVB UHD logo.

DVB standardises new UHDTV features   The DVB consortium has approved the latest specification for ultra-high-definition television, UHD-1 Phase 2. It includes features to provide high dynamic range and higher frame rates, as well as next generation audio schemes. These features can also be combined with high-definition resolutions. The first services compatible with the new […]

BT to introduce ‘next generation’ YouView service

Posted by on December 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

BT to introduce ‘next generation’ YouView service November 14, 2016 BT is due to introduce a ‘next generation’ YouView service in the coming months, while a refreshed BT TV App is due out next year. The updates are designed to make it easier for users to manage their recordings and stream live and on-demand programmes […]

Freeview Play is coming to Blaupunkt, Hisense, Sharp and Toshiba TVs next year

Posted by on November 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

  Freeview Play is coming to Blaupunkt, Hisense, Sharp and Toshiba TVs next year Making it the most widely-adopted catch-up TV platform in the UK.   The Freeview Play platform is expanding. From next year, it will come preinstalled on TVs made by Blaupunkt, Hisense, Sharp and Toshiba. This makes it the most widely-adopted catch-up […]

What is 700MHz clearance?

Posted by on October 29, 2016 at 9:19 am
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700MHz clearance What is 700MHz clearance? In November 2014 Ofcom announced its decision to reallocate some of the airwaves used by Freeview to mobile services. A similar process is being carried out across Europe, as spectrum is reassigned to meet a predicted increase in demand for mobile data. As a result, some Freeview channels will […]

United Kingdom leads channels in Europe

Posted by on October 14, 2016 at 1:57 pm
Broadcasters established in 11 sample EU countries, 2015. Source: European Audiovisual Observatory MAVISE / informitv analysis.

United Kingdom leads channels in Europe Research carried out by informitv for a European Commission report shows how important the United Kingdom is to the international distribution of television channels across the European Union. Of 912 distinct broadcasters in 11 sample countries, 279 were established in the United Kingdom, 198 of which also targeted other […]

Sky Q Review: An Installation Story & Real World Impressions

Posted by on September 30, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Sky Q Review: An Installation Story & Real World Impressions   Right from its launch we reckoned the new Sky Q system sounded like just what we needed at the Automated Home so we placed our order the first day it became available. It’s been 10 days since it was installed, so is this the 21st Century TV experience we were […]

When will I get a new Freeview aerial because of even more mobile broadband?

Posted by on September 19, 2016 at 1:38 pm

When will I get a new Freeview aerial because of even more mobile broadband?   What is going to happen during the 700MHz clearance? To make way for more mobile broadband in 2020, millions of Freeview viewers are going to need to act. A very few will need a new aerial. Will that be you? […]

BT has added two more channels to its HD package

Posted by on September 10, 2016 at 8:46 am

  BT has added two more channels to its HD package – Universal Channel and E! The former is home to ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and ‘Mr Robot’, which is also available on Amazon Prime Video. Crime series ‘NCIS’, ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’, and ‘Motive’ also air on the channel, as […]