Ofcom to audit quality of subtitles

UK regulator Ofcom is to begin a regular audit of the quality of TV broadcasters’ subtitles from next year, to help improve the service for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers. Under new measures introduced today, broadcasters will be required to measure the quality of their subtitling on live TV programmes every six months, for two years. […]

TTP wins Ofcom contract to study future of DTT and white space

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has awarded a contract to Cambridge-based technology company TTP to assess the potential for future improvements in the performance of radio receivers, in particular for TV, and to to look at how mobile broadband and White Space will operate alongside broadcast TV. TTP’s research will assess the potential for […]

Tablet use up among children as TV ownership dips

Tablet use among children in the UK has more than tripled in the last year, as the proportion of those with a TV in their bedroom has fallen, according to a new Ofcom study.  The Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report claims that the use of tablets among five to 15 year-olds now […]

BT and Microsoft to participate in Ofcom white space trial

BT and Microsoft are among the firms that are due to take part Ofcom’s ‘white space’ trial, in what will be Europe’s first major pilot of the new wireless technology. The UK broadcast regulator said that over the next six months, around 20 public and private organisations will participate in the trial, testing a range […]

Playboy TV wins appeal on UK on-demand services

Playboy TV UK/Benelux has won an appeal to regulator Ofcom against a fine levied by UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD after providing that key parts of its operation where being run from Canada, after control of the operation was passed on to Playboy Plus.  The move of key operations to Canada placed the service outside ATVOD’s […]

Ofcom names new spectrum chief

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has named Philip Marnick as group director in charge of spectrum.  Marnick joins the regulator from UK Broadband where he was chief technology officer. He has also worked for O2, BT, Orange, J-Phone/Softbank Mobile, Extreme Mobile and SpinVox/Nuance. He is also a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. […]

UK pay TV and telecom complaints see sharpest fall for a year

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom received fewer complaints about pay TV and telecom services in the second quarter, with the quarter-on-quarter decrease in complaints the largest for a year. In the pay TV sector, BT Vision was the most complained about service, with 0.25 complaints per 1,000 customers, six times the industry average despite […]

Ofcom opens new round of local TV licence applications

UK communications and media regulator Ofcom has invited applications to operate 11 further local TV services across the country. The new licences are for Barnstaple, Basingstoke, Derry/Londonderry, Gloucester, Guildford, Limavady, Luton, Maidstone, Plymouth, Reading and Salisbury. Ofcom has received 10 applications for its earlier call to operate licences for Bangor, Cambridge, Middlesbrough, Mold, Scarborough, Swansea […]

Ofcom appoints former Lovefilm exec to content board

UK regulator Ofcom has appointed Lesley McKenzie, the former group digital officer at subscription video-on-demand and DVD rental service Lovefilm to its content board. McKenzie, who is currently chief operating officer for digital production studio Engage Sports Media, left Lovefilm in early 2012 following the departure of former CEO Simon Calver, a year after Amazon […]

Ofcom reveals ethnic minority TV trends

Ethnic minority groups in Britain are more likely to have home broadband and a mobile phone than the UK average but are less inclined to watch TV, according to a new Ofcom report.  The Ethnic Minority Groups and Communication Services report found that, across all ethnic minority groups included in the research, 90% said they have […]

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