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ITVBe launches in October

ITV's latest free-to-air service arriving on all major digital TV platforms.

Sky offers pay TV viewers a Sports Freebie

Sky Sports, including the new Sky Sports 5 free for a day on Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk, UPC.

CBBC HD temporarily removed from Freeview

As BBC Three HD extends hours during the Commonwealth Games.

Monday, 28 July 2014

FAQ: TruTV UK launch

TruTV reaches 93 million US homes. Now it's launching a new UK version of the channel on the 4th August.

Find out more about the UK version of the channel here:

Friday, 25 July 2014

London Live seeks to reduce local programming

Struggling local TV licence holder London Live has made a request to Ofcom to reduce its local programming obligations. 

The request, made by the channel's owner ESTV Limited and published on Ofcom's website today, includes the line that London Live will now only "endeavour" to be an interactive news and entertainment service.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

NOW TV adds more children's TV

Sky has added two new children's channels to its internet TV service NOW TV, coinciding with the first week of the school summer holidays in many parts of England and Wales.

Nickleodeon and Nick Jr are available on NOW TV's entertainment monthly pass, available for £4.99 a month, with no contract. Catch-up options are also available.

Zing and Lamhe join TVPlayer service

South Asian channels Lamhe and Zing from ZEE are to launch on mobile and internet streaming service TVPlayer.

The deal also includes catch-up and network PVR rights for the channels ahead of a major update to the TVPlayer platform scheduled for later in the year.

Lamhe and Zing will belong to the TVPlayer's DESI pack of channels.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Fine weather brings localised interference to terrestrial TV and radio

There is an increased likelihood of TV and radio interference during the next few days, as high pressure remains close to the UK.

Very little can be done about any interference for those currently affected, until weather / atmospheric conditions return to normal. Retuning Freeview may result in the loss of groups of channels, they may not reappear until conditions change, forcing another retune.

Sky and TalkTalk extend Sports and Movie carriage agreement

Sky has extended its agreement with TalkTalk, which will enable TalkTalk YouView customers to continue accessing Sky Sports and Movies for a further two years.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Technical 'Double Whammy' caused BBC online to fold over the weekend

The BBC's flagship service was down over the weekend
The BBC has provided insight into what happened to its online services over the weekend: two problems occured on Saturday morning which resulted in users unable to access different parts of the BBC's website, including the BBC homepage and iPlayer for up to 48 hours.

Richard Cooper, the BBC's Controller of Digital Distribution for BBC Future Media told blog readers that the exact "root causes" of the  fault is still being investigated, so that measures can be put in place "to minimise the chances of such interruptions in the future".

Local TV gears up for autumn launch in Belfast, Leeds and Newcastle

Three more local TV stations have been given the necessary paperwork to launch a service on Freeview channel 8 in the coming months.

Local TV stations serving Belfast, Leeds plus Tyne and Wear will launch this autumn on the digital terrestrial television service after receiving their official licences from Ofcom, with Made in Leeds and Made in Tyne and Wear also launching on Sky.
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