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Ofcom highlights changing pattern of online piracy

About 18% of UK internet users over the age of 12 who accessed digital entertainment content online used an illegal service in the three months to the end of January, up from 16% for the previous quarter, according to the latest copyright infringement tracker report provided by media regulator Ofcom. However, the number of people […]

UK local TV operator Comux heads for Birmingham

Comux UK, the company responsible for operating the UK’s local digital-terrestrial TV infrastructure, is setting up base at Birmingham Science Park Aston’s Innovation Birmingham Campus. Comux will occupy three suites: one dedicated to broadcast operations; one that will house the operations team; and another that will contain the servers required to power the local TV stations. […]

Second screen and VOD use on the rise, says Ofcom survey

A majority of viewers use a ‘second screen’ devices while watching TV, while about three UK viewers in ten are using video-on-demand services from the likes of Virgin Media, BSkyB and BT, according to the latest survey of viewing habits by regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s survey of UK audience attitudes to the broadcast media […]

Ofcom to pilot white space technology in autumn

UK regulator Ofcom has unveiled plans for a trial of ‘white space’ technology has invited industry players to participate in the pilot. Ofcom plans to trial the use of gaps between radio spectrum bands allocated to digital terrestrial broadcasters for applications including broadband access in rural areas, WiFi-type services and machine-to-machine transmission and reception. The […]

UK Government proposes Ofcom cost-cutting efforts

The UK Government has launched a consultation, proposing seven changes to the duties of communications regulator Ofcom, in a bid to “save money and increase efficiency.” The proposed changes include removing Ofcom’s obligation to review the public service broadcasting landscape every five years, instead allowing the Culture Secretary to request a review when deemed necessary. […]

UK local TV deadline looms

Parties looking to start up a local TV station in 30 UK areas, including Cambridge, Aberdeen, Bangor and York have until tomorrow to register their interest with communications regulator Ofcom. The deadline relates to a second wave of local channels, in localities that also include Basingstoke, Guildford, Inverness, Luton, Maidstone, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Reading, Stoke on […]

Next wave of UK local TV licences opened up

Another 30 local TV licences will be offered in the UK after communications regulator Ofcom asked for expressions of interest in stations across a raft of new locations. Ofcom has already awarded 19 licences in a first phase of the roll out of local TV in the UK and the first of these should be […]

YourTV wins Preston licence as Ofcom completes local TV process

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded the last of its currently planned local digital-terrestrial TV licences to YourTV to operate a service in Preston and Blackpool. The award is the second to be granted to YourTV, which had earlier won the licence to run a local TV service for Manchester. The company is backed by former […]

Ofcom awards local TV licence for Liverpool

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded the new local TV licence for Liverpool to Bay TV Liverpool. Under its 12-year licence, Bay TV Liverpool, which is chaired by former Liverpool Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jack Stopforth, is expected to cover about 890,000 homes, although total coverage number have yet to be finalised. Ofcom said it […]

Five take UK 4G spectrum

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded 4G mobile spectrum to five companies – Everything Everywhere, Hutchison 3G, BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures, Telefónica UK and Vodafone – raising a less-than-expected £2.3 billion (€2.7 billion) for the Treasury. According to Ofcom, almost the whole UK population will be able to receive 4G mobile services by the end […]

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