There has been a fair amount of coverage in the news recently about the closing of what’s been called the ‘iPlayer loophole.’ This was a gap in the rules for the TV licence that said that you only needed to pay for one if you received live television, including over the internet. So, if you… Read More TV makers cause trouble for Auntie’s iPlayer loophole
Don’t panic! Skype’s not going away. But it is transitioning to a new future. Where once it was based around a peer to peer architecture, for various reasons – explained in this article on Ars Technica – that’s not entirely practical in future. When it first appeared, one of the great benefits of Skype was… Read More A farewell to Skype
Good news from Geneva – the future of terrestrial broadcasting in Europe is safe for now, thanks to the decision at WRC-15 to keep the UHF band exclusively for DTT services. As the EBU reports, this means that terrestrial broadcasting – which means Freeview in the UK – will be safe, with a review of… Read More Freeview wins in the battle of Geneva
I’ve mentioned WRC here before, and today the meeting has opened in Geneva, with 3,800 delegates from over 160 member states and more than 130 organisations represented. But what is it, and why should you care? To help explain, I thought I’d provide a summary, together with some useful links. The quick summary is that… Read More WRC – The story so far
The news today has been full of the attack on TalkTalk and the potential security breach, which may yet cause havoc for a lot of people. We don’t entirely know yet, but the list of information that may have been stolen is enough to allow people to impersonate some users, or perhaps even reset passwords… Read More TalkTalk hack doesn’t affect Blinkbox, they say very quietly
If you’ve read some of my recent pieces about the BBC, you’ll probably be aware that there’s a consultation going on, and a Charter Review is due soon. The deadline for responding to the government’s consultation is TODAY, 8th October. If you haven’t responded, please do so as soon as you can, by following this… Read More Time to have your say on the BBC
My recent post on the new rules for Freeview has prompted some questions about how much longer people will be able to carry on using their first generation Freeview kit. To recap, from January 2017 all Freeview kit that’s sold will have to support HD. The first thing to say is “Don’t panic.” That absolutely… Read More When will your Freeview box stop working?