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
I’ve written before about binaural stereo – the technique that gives a surround sound experience through an ordinary pair of headphones. I must admit that when I’ve tried to explain this to people in the past, I’ve been met with a certain degree of incredulity at how this can work, but it does, and it’s… Read More Surrounded by terror
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
Democracy, according to Winston Churchill, was “the worst form of government, except for all the others.” To a degree, I think, the same might be said about the UK’s television licence fee. The BBC’s charter – the legal framework that establishes it – is up for renewal, and so once again there are many discussions… Read More The TV licence – the worst option except all the others?
Amongst all the talk about the shift of BBC3 to online, and the launch of the BBC 1 + 1 channel, one of the things that’s not received much notice is the extra hour of kids TV. On the face of it, this is a nice gift from Auntie, and means that instead of the… Read More With this extra hour of kids’ TV, you’re spoiling us
A couple of times recently when I’ve written about object audio and binaural systems, people have expressed disbelief that you can get a surround sound effect through ordinary headphones. But that’s exactly what binaural sound does. If you’re a sceptic, dig out a pair of headphones and head along to the BBC RD trial page.… Read More Binaural stereo from the BBC – Under Milk Wood
Some of you may already know this, but it’s worth remarking on the passing of one of the quirks of the Wireless Telegraphy Act (1967). This was the Act of Parliament that required anyone renting or selling TV receivers to collect name and address details, and pass them on to the TV licensing authorities. As… Read More Buying a TV in the UK? No need to give your address any more