Sep 192019
 

Police raid IPTV streaming service platforms across Europe

Yesterday (18/09/19) Police in Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Bulgaria raided multiple locations in an effort to shut down what they say is the back end of many illegal IPTV services.

Xstream-codes.com is reportedly the company behind the software systems that run many IPTV services according to TorrentFreak.

“A multi-country action day coordinated by Eurojust in The Hague led to the dismantling of an international criminal network committing massive fraud with pay-TV, which shows organized crime expanding its illegal activities to large-scale violations of audiovisual copyright,” a statement from EU Eurojust said. “The damage caused by the criminal gang amounts to approximately €6.5 million, jeopardizing the existence of many legal providers of pay-TV on the market. More than 200 servers were taken offline in Germany, France and the Netherlands, and over 150 PayPal accounts of the criminals were blocked.”

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Sep 172019
 

F1 on C4 for more years as C4 and Sky extend partnership

Sky and Channel 4 have announced an extension to their live sport, advertising and on-demand content partnership

Following a successful 2019 season, highlights of Formula 1® and live coverage of the British Grand Prix will continue to be broadcast on Channel 4 as part of a wider, multi-year content deal (note it does not say for how many years!)
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Sep 162019
 

BBC to switch off Red Button text service in 2020
The BBC is to switch off the news and sport text services on the TV red button early next year.

The decision spells the end of reading headlines, football scores, weather, travel news and more on TV sets, 45 years after the launch of Ceefax.

Red button text launched in 1999, taking over as Ceefax was phased out.

TVs will still be able to access other red button services, like picking a stage to watch at Glastonbury or a court to watch at Wimbledon.

“From early 2020, viewers will no longer be able to access text-based BBC News and BBC Sport content by pressing red,” a BBC spokesperson said.

“It’s always a difficult decision to reduce services, and we don’t take decisions like this lightly, but we have taken it because we have to balance the resources needed to maintain and develop this service with the need to update our systems to give people even better internet-based services.

“Viewers can still access this information on the BBC website, BBC News and Sport mobile apps – as well as 24-hour news on the BBC News Channel.”

However, it’s not a complete end to use of the red button as connected TVs will still be able to access other red button services.

There will still be the option to pick different streams to watch, such as choosing a stage at Glastonbury to see or which tennis court to view at Wimbledon.

With the red button gone, the BBC are encouraging users to head to the individual websites for their specific content.

The decision spells the end of text-based BBC News and BBC Sport content on the box, 45 years after the launch of Ceefax.

Red button was first available in September 1999 under the name of BBC Text but was relaunched in November 2001 as BBCi.

It faced another change of name in late 2008 to BBC Red Button and update again to BBC Red Button+ in 2015.

The BBC Red Button Twitter account is now closed and has not been tweeting since March this year.

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Sep 102019
 

La Liga UK TV rights announced

Premier Sports and LaLiga have today announced a historic agreement that will see every game from Spanish top-flight LaLiga Santander broadcast in the UK and Ireland via multiple platforms through the conclusion of the 2021/22 season.

Coverage will be found on La Liga TV, which will appear on the Premier Player streaming service from October, to followed by a launch on Sky in January 2020, making the service available to current and new subscribers to Premier Sports via satellite.

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Sep 052019
 

New UK La Liga rights announcement expected soon

Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, Spain’s top-flight soccer body, has confirmed a new TV rights deal for the UK and Ireland will be signed before the next round of fixtures, which starts 13th September.

Having failed to agree a long-term media rights deal before the start of the 2019/20 season, the Spanish top-flight reached an agreement with ITV, which saw the commercial broadcaster air one match for the first three rounds of fixtures up to the current international break.

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Sep 052019
 

Good Food channel to close soon

The Good Food channel is closing down on the 13th September 2019, according to new owners Discovery.

Good Food programmes will moved to The Food Network, also owned by Discovery.
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Aug 302019
 

Viacom threatening to pull its channels from Virgin Media in Carriage fee dispute

Viacom, which owns Channel 5, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV and VH-1 were threatened with a blackout on Virgin Media over the weekend, due to a carriage fee dispute

An on-screen messages appearing to Virgin Media UK customers on numerous channels overnight said the channels were due to be axed at midnight on 31st August 2019.

Channel 5 itself will not be affected, as a commercial public service channel

Channels affected and under threat of removal from Virgin Media are :
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Aug 212019
 

Sky to launch two new channels – Crime and Comedy

Sky has announced plans for two new channels, Sky Crime and Sky Comedy

These will be added to the Sky Entertainment package.

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Aug 192019
 

I am still getting one or two calls about Freesat boxes not receiving the BBC HD channels, when they used to.

I did mention this back in December – https://www.satandpcguy.com/2018/12/09/recently-lost-bbc-hd-channels-on-freesat-then-read-this/

This issue was down to changes made to the BBC HD channels by the BBC back in December 2018, but some Freesat HD boxes have not updated to the new frequency settings.

This means that when people try to watch a BBC HD channel, they are getting a “no signal” message.

But only for BBC HD channels.

The solution is very simple.
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Aug 162019
 

La Liga UK TV Rights…deal done, for the first three weeks only

The continuing saga of La Liga rights in the UK continues.

Broadcast rights for La Liga for the next three seasons had failed to sell, threatening a television blackout of this season’s La Liga matches, despite the lure of major clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona.

But a last minute deal has been done for live La Liga coverage on UK TV.

However, it only covers the first three “match days”.

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