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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.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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.

ITVBe sets October launch date

ITV has confirmed its new free-to-air channel ITVBe will launch on 8th October 2014. 

The new channel, which will be distributed on Freeview, YouView, Sky, Freesat and cable, will be dedicated to lifestyle and entertainment programming, "celebrating real life and real people".

Cornwall's Pirate to launch DAB spin-off on 4th August

Cornish local commercial radio station Pirate FM is making final preparations for the launch of a new spin-off service on local DAB digital radio and online.

Pirate 2 will launch on 4th August, and is understood to be taking over the DAB slot currently used to simulcast the main FM station across Cornwall.

Quest to show Pre-Season Football Friendly

Discovery's Freeview channel Quest is branching out into live football this August, with coverage of a pre-season friendly tournament in Germany.

Quest is providing coverage of the 2014 Schalke 04 Cup, featuring Premier League sides West Ham United and Newcastle United, plus La Liga's Malaga and hosts FC Schalke 04 from the Bundesliga.

Monday, 21 July 2014

BBC Red Button Commonwealth Games service ready to go

The BBC's Commonwealth Games Red Button service has been configured on all digital TV platforms.

The Red Button streams are available either by pressing red on BBC TV channels or by going direct to them in the channel list. The second option facilitates the ability to record the sporting events carried on BBC Red Button.

Here's how the service can be found:

More drama and children's TV added to Freesat

  • But two music channels removed
Freesat has announced the addition of two new services on the free-to-air satellite service from today.

True Drama, which originally launched last year as a free-to-air channel on Sky, can now be viewed on channel 153. Children's timeshift channel Tiny POP+1 has launched on Freesat channel 609.
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