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  • BBC remaking sci-fi classic The Day of the Triffids this Christmas
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    BBC remaking sci-fi classic The Day of the Triffids this Christmas

    By 10 December 2009

    In case you don't fancy the third rate celebs in posh frocks or seeing Clarkson's mug in glorious high def this Christmas, we've news of more exciting HD programming from the BBC - a new version of sci-fi classic "The Day of the Triffids". John Wyndham's...

  • Radio 1 listeners get free picture messaging day
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    Radio 1 listeners get free picture messaging day

    By 10 December 2009

    On Friday 11 December 2009, listeners in the United Kingdom can send free picture messages to the Radio 1 messaging number for a chance to see their images featured on the Radio 1 website. "Picture Messaging Day" is said to be designed to help young listeners...

  • Freesat reveals high def highlights for Christmas
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    Freesat reveals high def highlights for Christmas

    By 4 December 2009

    The seasonal smorgasbord of high definition entertainment has gotten ever larger with a whole host of HD content due to aired on satellite provider Freesat. With high def programmes and films from both the BBC and ITV this year, Freesat is making the...

  • BBC presenter reads news off mobile phone
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    BBC presenter reads news off mobile phone

    By 30 November 2009

    A BBC Radio 3 newsreader was forced to read the headlines from her mobile phone after the in-house computer and telephone systems collapsed just as she was about to go on air. Alison Roper, who often presents Radio 4's Today programme and the World Service,...

  • BBC iPlayer iPhone app leaks
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    BBC iPlayer iPhone app leaks

    By 30 November 2009

    The BBC has released its monthly press pack, which usually provides viewing figures and usage statistics for the iPlayer video on demand service in the UK. However this month there was an extra surprise - an screenshot showing an iPlayer application...

  • iPlayer for Xbox 360 hits pay delay
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    iPlayer for Xbox 360 hits pay delay

    By 30 November 2009

    Xbox 360 users are being denied the BBC iPlayer service via their consoles as Microsoft is refusing to budge on a payment point. While the BBC wants the service to be available to as many licence fee payers as possible, it seems Microsoft only wants the...

  • iPlayer's launch on Freesat is delayed
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    iPlayer's launch on Freesat is delayed

    By 25 November 2009

    While it was due to go live towards the end of November, Freesat has announced that the BBC's iPlayer catch up service will now launch in closed beta on the satellite platform on 7 December. This beta version of iPlayer for Freesat will only be available...

  • Online UK Radioplayer plans revealed
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    Online UK Radioplayer plans revealed

    By 19 November 2009

    The BBC and commercial radio companies have unveiled the new online radio player we brought you news of recently, that "aims to offer the output of every licensed UK radio station and to let users search this content by subject, musical style, or even...

  • BBC reveals Freeview HD roll-out plans
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    BBC reveals Freeview HD roll-out plans

    By 17 November 2009

    The BBC has revealed the Freeview HD roll-out plans with a look at the timetable that will make the DVB-T2 high-def service available across the UK.   Apparently 50% of the population will see the HD upgrade in time for next June's World Cup while 98.5%...

  • Nintendo Wii gets BBC iPlayer channel
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    Nintendo Wii gets BBC iPlayer channel

    By 13 November 2009

    The BBC has announced that its catch-up iPlayer service will shortly be available as a native channel on the Wii. The service has been available through the Wii's internet browser since April 2008, but the addition of a native channel should improve the...

  • 28,000 still using black and white televisions
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    28,000 still using black and white televisions

    By 12 November 2009

    Think about your shiny flatscreen TV - its surround sound, its HD capability, its sheer undiluted beauty. Now think about the 28,000 people in Britain, including 1950 in Scotland, that still watch television in black & white. The TV licensing agency has...

  • iPlayer coming to Freesat HD in late Nov
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    iPlayer coming to Freesat HD in late Nov

    By 3 November 2009

    Freesat has announced that it'll be playing host to the BBC iPlayer on its HD service "towards the end of the month". The provider says it'll be the first subscription-free television platform that has a full version of iPlayer, without requiring any...

  • BBC World Service content available on Stitcher app
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    BBC World Service content available on Stitcher app

    By 29 October 2009

    The BBC has announced it has made a deal with Stitcher.com to make its BBC World Service content available to users of the mobile phone-based application across the globe. As many of you will know, Stitcher is a free mobile phone "Smart Radio" app, available...

  • Internet radio portal planned for the UK
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    Internet radio portal planned for the UK

    By 26 October 2009

    An online portal that will offer the entire output of the British radio industry could go live in the first half of next year. While only 2% of radio listening in the UK is currently done online, the plan is hoped to offer a boost to the radio industry...

  • EastEnders going online with E20 spin-off series
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    EastEnders going online with E20 spin-off series

    By 22 October 2009

    TV soap EastEnders has always done well on the BBC's catch-up service, the iPlayer, so the corporation is likely confident an online spin-off series will go down well with fans. The miserable real-life series is set to venture beyond the television screen...

  • BBC to consider "bespoke" iPlayer for devices with half a million users
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    BBC to consider "bespoke" iPlayer for devices with half a million users

    By 22 October 2009

    The BBC's iPlayer catch-up on demand service might well be heading to many more hand-held gadgets soon, thanks to new guidelines published by the Beeb regarding "bespoke development" of the platform for devices with a certain amount of users. Although...

  • iPlayer will not get ITV and Channel 4 content
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    iPlayer will not get ITV and Channel 4 content

    By 21 October 2009

    The BBC has had its proposals to integrate ITV and Channel 4 content with its popular iPlayer denied by its regulator, the BBC Trust. The corporation wanted to allow its commercial rivals access to the platform to avoid criticism from those who say it...

  • A fifth of UK adults "digitally excluded"
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    A fifth of UK adults "digitally excluded"

    By 19 October 2009

    21% of all adults in the UK don't use the internet at home, or anywhere else, reports the BBC on the back of new research commissioned to look at Britain's "digital divide" in conjunction with the government's new "Digital Britain" plans. That equates...

  • VIDEO: Micro Men on BBC Four tonight
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    VIDEO: Micro Men on BBC Four tonight

    By 8 October 2009

    The BBC's "Micro Men" debuts on British television tonight. Announced under the title "Syntax Era", it's described by the Beeb as an "affectionately comic drama about the British home computer boom of the early 1980s". It follows the rivalry between Sir...

  • Pay-per-view iPlayer to launch in the States
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    Pay-per-view iPlayer to launch in the States

    By 7 October 2009

    The commercial arm of the BBC, BBC Worldwide, is planning to launch a pay-per-view iPlayer-esque service in the States where 20 million of BBC.com's 50 million users are. The online video portal might offer some catch-up US content for free, but would...

  • VIDEO: See the new Doctor Who logo
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    VIDEO: See the new Doctor Who logo

    By 7 October 2009

    The new Doctor Who logo, which will accompany Matt Smith's on-screen debut as The Doctor in spring 2010, has been revealed. The BBC says the logo is the 11th to have been used on screen in the show's history. "A new logo. The 11th logo for the 11th Doctor...

  • Children in Need Wrappz available
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    Children in Need Wrappz available

    By 7 October 2009

    It's a little way off yet, due on 20 November this year, but if you want to show your support for the Children in Need appeal, then skins company Wrappz has you covered. It is currently offering a variety of polka-dot decorated skins for a range of popular...

  • Businesses get TV licence warning
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    Businesses get TV licence warning

    By 2 October 2009

    As more live online television becomes available, employees who use such services at their workplace could be putting their employers at risk of a big fine. The BBC reports that businesses are being warned they could be breaking the law if staff watch...

  • BBC launches new CBeebies red button bits
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    BBC launches new CBeebies red button bits

    By 25 September 2009

    The BBC is launching a new red button interactive service for CBeebies, following the launch of the CBeebies iPlayer earlier in the year. Pressing the red button on the CBeebies channel will take viewers into a "new and enhanced" interactive area. There...

  • Top Gear going high def from November
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    Top Gear going high def from November

    By 22 September 2009

    Although the thought of seeing Jeremy Clarkson's mug in 1080p is not that appealing, we're happy to be able to inform Top Gear fans the show is going high def. From 15 November, the motoring programme will be simulcast on BBC's HD channels - as well as...