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  • BBC adding 1m more people to UK DAB signal
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    BBC adding 1m more people to UK DAB signal

    By 23 March 2010

    It might be in the process of canning 6 Music, but that hasn't stopped the BBC continuing to roll out more digital transmitters in the UK to improve digital radio across the country. "More than a million additional people will soon be able to receive...

  • BBC iPlayer to get Facebook and Twitter action
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    BBC iPlayer to get Facebook and Twitter action

    By 19 March 2010

    Erik Huggers, the BBC's director of Future Media and Technology has said that it is planning to integrate Facebook, Twitter, Bebo and other social networking platforms into a new version of the company's BBC iPlayer; version 3.0 “We are close to launching...

  • Sky attacks Project Canvas
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    Sky attacks Project Canvas

    By 18 March 2010

    Sky has openly criticized Project Canvas, the on demand over the internet TV service supported by the BBC in an open letter in the Guardian. Mike Darcey, BSkyB's chief operating officer, used the paper to criticize the need for the service that won't...

  • BBC iPlayer now available to all Humax Freesat boxes
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    BBC iPlayer now available to all Humax Freesat boxes

    By 10 March 2010

    Freesat viewers with Humax Foxsat-HD Freesat receiver and Humax Freesat+ Foxsat-HDR recorder boxes can now access the BBC iPlayer on their Freesat service directly through the red button, the company has confirmed. The move, which follows beta testing...

  • Internet access is a right, poll claims
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    Internet access is a right, poll claims

    By 8 March 2010

    A poll of more than 27,000 people across 26 countries has revealed that 79% of people consider internet access to be a "fundamental right". The survey, conducted by GlobeScan on behalf of the BBC, found agreement with the UN's mission for universal web...

  • iPlayer comes to BlackBerry handsets
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    iPlayer comes to BlackBerry handsets

    By 1 March 2010

    The BBC has expanded its range of mobile applications to include an official BlackBerry iPlayer client. Owners of the BlackBerry Bold 2 (9700) and Storm 2 (9520/9550) are now able to access the Beeb's television catch-up service from their handset. It'll...

  • BBC could shut 6Music, halve web output
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    BBC could shut 6Music, halve web output

    By 26 February 2010

    It's being reported that the BBC's Director General, Mark Thompson, will soon announce a drastic cutback of the corporation's public offerings. It's set to include the closure of DAB stations 6music and Asian Network, a halving of web output, a cap on...

  • BBC iPlayer use continues to grow, Top Gear still most popular show
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    BBC iPlayer use continues to grow, Top Gear still most popular show

    By 22 February 2010

    The BBC iPlayer has seen yet another record breaking month as the nation continues to "catch-up" with programmes they've missed on-line. According to the latest figures from BBC iStats, the department that tracks these things, the UK requested over 120.3...

  • Newspapers protest BBC iPhone news apps
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    Newspapers protest BBC iPhone news apps

    By 18 February 2010

    A trade group representing the newspaper industry is kicking up over the news that the BBC is to expand its iPhone app offerings to include a dedicated BBC News application for Apple's mobile platform. The Newspaper Publishers Association, or NPA, has...

  • The best of MWC 2010
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    The best of MWC 2010

    By 18 February 2010

    Mobile World Congress is almost over, but what were the best bits of the show in Barcelona this year? Which phones or apps should you be looking out for, and is there anything that you'll need to start saving for straight away?  The first show after...

  • BBC favours iPhone with new Sports and News apps
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    BBC favours iPhone with new Sports and News apps

    By 17 February 2010

    Out at the Mobile World Congress event, the BBC has announced it is to offer a new range of free applications that will deliver BBC services to a range of smartphones including iPhones, BlackBerry and Android handsets. BBC director of future media and...

  • Online TV streaming service Seesaw goes live for all
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    Online TV streaming service Seesaw goes live for all

    By 17 February 2010

    The Seesaw online TV service has now launched into open beta after a successful closed beta has seen testing with around 20,000 users. Like an ad-funded version of the BBC's iPlayer service, Seesaw offers programming from the Beeb, Channel 4 and Five...

  • Freesat to broadcast 6 Nations in HD
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    Freesat to broadcast 6 Nations in HD

    By 5 February 2010

    Freesat has announced that it'll be broadcasting the 6 Nations rugby tournament in high definition starting from 6 February. It'll be found on the BBC HD channel, which can be accessed by grabbing a Freesat box or compatible TV. The tournament, sponsored...

  • First Look: SeeSaw review
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    First Look: SeeSaw review

    By 27 January 2010

    You know iPlayer? It's good isn't it? The trouble is  that you can only get BBC programmes on it, which is okay if you like BBC programmes, but what if you don't? What if you want to watch Channel 4 or Five shows? In steps SeeSaw. SeeSaw has been born...

  • BBC to get back into games
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    BBC to get back into games

    By 22 January 2010

    The BBC's commercial arm is to make a return to the world of games "in a big way" following the closure of its multimedia division in 2005, reports industry news source MCV. BBC Worldwide is looking for publishers and developers who can turn suitable...

  • Freesat viewers to get Winter Olympics in HD
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    Freesat viewers to get Winter Olympics in HD

    By 18 January 2010

    Freesat is highlighting the fact it will be showing the 2010 Winter Olympics in high definition, nudging consumers towards Argos, Currys, Comet, John Lewis and Maplin, where Freesat boxes can be purchased. The coverage is due to kick off with the grand...

  • iPlayer hits 100 million monthly requests
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    iPlayer hits 100 million monthly requests

    By 15 January 2010

    The BBC iPlayer has revealed its 2-year anniversary was marked by breaking the 100 million requests for programmes in a month for the first time. While audience figures have been steadily growing since the service launched, it seems the Christmas and...

  • Samsung's Internet@TV tellies to offer BBC iPlayer
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    Samsung's Internet@TV tellies to offer BBC iPlayer

    By 12 January 2010

    Samsung has announced a major update to its Internet@TV platform that will see owners of such a TV able to store around 70 to 100 applications on the new platform including the likes of the BBC's iPlayer service, LOVFiLM movie streaming and Muzu.TV for...

  • BBC iPlayer trial on Freesat now open to those with Humax kit
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    BBC iPlayer trial on Freesat now open to those with Humax kit

    By 11 January 2010

    Freesat's beta trial of the BBC iPlayer service has been expanded to those with a Humax-made Freesat HD or Freesat+ digital box and broadband speeds of over 1Mbps. The trial is the first time the iPlayer has been delivered on a subscription-free TV service...

  • BBC launches Good Food Healthy Recipes app
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    BBC launches Good Food Healthy Recipes app

    By 5 January 2010

    The BBC has announced that it's launching a new app for the iPhone and iPod which caters for all you foodies. Called the BBC Good Food Healthy Recipes App and available from the Apple App store now, it aims to help users of the Apple devices stick to...

  • Radio 1 to reveal best-selling songs of the Noughties
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    Radio 1 to reveal best-selling songs of the Noughties

    By 28 December 2009

    As the Noughties draw to a close, BBC Radio 1 is set to unveil the charts of the decade – revealing which singles and albums have sold the most in the UK in the last 10 years. Radio 1 will count down the Top 100 best-selling singles and albums of the...

  • BBC iPlayer stats revealed on service's second birthday
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    BBC iPlayer stats revealed on service's second birthday

    By 23 December 2009

    As the BBC's iPlayer service heads towards its second birthday on Christmas Day, the BBC has released new stats that reveal 2009 to be the most successful year to date, with Top Gear again bagging the top spot as the most watched programme of the year....

  • Freesat clarifies confusing iPlayer roll-out for customers
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    Freesat clarifies confusing iPlayer roll-out for customers

    By 23 December 2009

    Freesat has issued a brief statement "clarifying" the availability of the BBC's iPlayer service on its platform. The launch of the on-demand service has been a little confusing to consumers, with the roll-out delayed, and the fact that the service would...

  • BBC Trust approves Project Canvas...
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    BBC Trust approves Project Canvas...

    By 22 December 2009

    Although its final decision is not due until spring 2010, the BBC Trust has given its provisional approval to the BBC's involvement in Project Canvas, published in a lengthy document available for the public to view. The Trust has decided that "the likely...

  • 11 million use Red Button every week
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    11 million use Red Button every week

    By 18 December 2009

    The BBC has released a few stats about the Red Button service which it's been running for the last twelve years or so. A full 11 million people press the red button each week, and the BBC has pushed more content to it this year than it ever has before....