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BBC National DAB coverage boost

Coverage gaps filled in across parts of S, SW England, Powys and Scotland.

Amazon Fire TV launches

From BBC iPlayer to YouTube via Netflix, TVPlayer, Sky News, STV, Vevo and more...

ITVBe is here

Find out more about the new channel.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

YouView adds BBC's Connected Red Button on some boxes

Now added to some YouView boxes
Some YouView users will be able to make use of the BBC's Connected Red Button and revised BBC iPlayer following the release of a new automatic software update. 

But the update does mean the end of the line for radio via the TV iPlayer, following similar developments on other platforms and smart TV services earlier in the year.

Pre-school children's channel Tiny POP launches on Freeview

Pre-school children's channel Tiny POP has joined Freeview and YouView, offering an commercial alternative to CBeebies every afternoon.

The service is on-air between 3:00 and 7:00pm every day and replaces POP+1 on channel 126. Tiny POP has been on-air via satellite since 2004, Virgin Media since 2007, and is now owned by Sony Pictures Television.

Freeview Channel Updates: October 2014

Seven months after sister channel CBS Reality appeared on Freeview, CBS Action arrived on Freeview 1st October 2014.

ITVBe was the second major channel launch scheduled for this month. Motors TV launched on the 9th on channel 71 in parts of the UK for viewers with Freeview HD certified receivers and YouView boxes. Then on 23rd October, Tiny POP took over channel 126.

DAB update: Kiss to be removed from local DAB in most of Devon

A duplicated version of Kiss on DAB digital radio in Exeter, Torbay and North Devon is to be removed following a request to Ofcom.

Amazon enters the TV marketplace with Fire TV

Amazon’s Fire TV has launched in the UK today. It's another way for viewers to get smart and connected TV functions including catch-up TV.

The small Amazon Fire TV box plugs into HD TVs, relying on a fast internet connection to offer access to popular UK apps including BBC iPlayer, BBC News, BBC Sport, Demand 5, Sky News and Curzon Home Cinema, as well as Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Amazon Instant Video, Spotify, YouTube, and many more.

6 Music and Absolute 80s lead digital-only radio listener surge

Digital-only radio stations are celebrating large increases in listeners today, with BBC 6 Music top of the pack with a 15% boost in listeners and Absolute 80's seeing an 18% rise.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Share Radio gets Ofcom approval to launch on London 3 DAB multiplex

Ofcom has published details of forthcoming new radio station Share Radio, which has the regulator's permission to go live on DAB in London from 4th November 2014.

ITV3 at 10: The launch drama

ITV3 is marking 10 years on air as the channel celebrates being one of the the UK's most-watched channels with its popular blend of classic dramas. 

For Freeview and Sky viewers, the channel's launch was a drama as well: with ITV3 only just arriving in time for launch on Sky, killing off a channel in the process and the newcomer becoming a guilty party to the ITV News Channel's demise a year later by stealing its Freeview slot.

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