Oct 192014

Radio 2 in Concert – Status Quo
Get your double denim out of the wardrobe as Status Quo mark their 50th anniversary with a special concert for Radio 2.
Wed 22 Oct, 7.55pm-6am
Thu 23 Oct, 6am-2pm, 3.30pm-6am
Fri 24 Oct, 6am-7pm, 10pm-6am

Radio 1 Teen Awards
BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards returns this October to honour the nation’s inspirational teenagers with performances from Ariana Grande, Rixton, The Vamps and Ella Henderson.
Sun 19 Oct, 1.50am-5.15pm

Sounds of the 80s
Martin and Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet join Sara Cox to revisit their years at the top of the pop charts.
Sat 18 Oct, 10.30pm-1.15am
Sun 19 Oct, 9am-10.20am, 11.40am-1.50pm, 9pm-6am
Mon 20 Oct, 6am-7.25pm
Tue 21 Oct, 12am-7:00pm

Doctor Who Extra
See the universe from another dimension as Clara ‘becomes’ the Doctor – and find out what Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman thought about that. Plus showrunner Steven Moffat and writer Jamie Mathieson reveal the origins of this week’s episode.
Fri 17 Oct, 2pm-6pm
Sat 18 Oct, 6am-2.30pm, 9.05pm-10.30pm
Sun 19 Oct, 5.15pm-7.55pm
Mon 20 Oct, 7.25pm-12am
Tue 21 Oct, 10.30pm-6am
Wed 22 Oct, 6am-7.55pm

6Music Live
Your last chance to catch James perform their exclusive set for 6Music at BBC Maida Vale.
Fri 17 Oct, 6am-2pm, 6pm-12am
Sat 18 Oct, 6pm-9.05pm

BBC Music: God Only Knows
See how many stars you can spot in this year’s video for BBC Children in Need, a reworking of a Beach Boys classic.
Sat 18 Oct, 12am-6am

Antiques Roadshow Play-along Quiz
See if you can match the valuations from the experts for two paintings of the Titanic, an intricate bamboo pot and a highly valuable piece of Star Wars memorabilia.
Sun 19 Oct, 7.55pm-9pm

Sport Highlights
Watch coverage of the men’s and women’s categories at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix, plus Final Score returns to our screens.

BBC Red Button:
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Jul 302014

According to the Director General of the BBC Tony Hall, BBC iPlayer is not on the road to becoming a subscription-only service. Some feared this may have been where the service was headed following a recent decision to introduce encryption.

The encryption in question is designed to prevent BBC programmes from being accessed online by those who do not have a TV licence. According to Hall, the licence fee system “isn’t broken” but it is out of date. In its current form, it leaves a loophole open for viewers to watch television programmes without paying by accessing them online shortly after broadcast. “We are saying we believe in the licence fee,” Hal said, “but also saying it needs to change and modernise.”

The upcoming encryption of the BBC’s online catch-up service, Hall maintains, is designed simply to plug this gap and return to a situation where viewers must pay their licence fee in order to watch television. It is not, as some suspected, a first step in limiting the service on the way to introducing subscription fees.

In particular, the idea that this may indicate an upcoming move towards a subscription model was suggested by Lord Burns, chairman of Channel 4. In response to the accusation, Hall said that “if you get away from the licence fee and go down the subscription model … you will change the nature of what the BBC is about.”

Hall went on to say that “the BBC is about brilliant programs for everyone” along democratic lines. “As soon as you start building paywalls,” he claimed, “you begin to diminish that democratic process.”

According to James Purnell, who is director of strategy and digital at the BBC, the fact the rules surrounding the licence fee have not previously been updated is “odd.” Purnell said that “there is a question of how the licence fee works in practice” regarding new technology and the availability of online catch-up. He suggested that this is an issue that could be sorted out through a parliamentary process, with the licence fee rules being amended to make payment mandatory for those who use catch-up services rather than live broadcasts to view TV programmes.

This is not the first time subscriptions for the BBC has been discussed, and Purnell made a particular effort to dismiss one subscription model that has previously been suggested. The idea in question would see a licence fee paid in order to receive “core” services from the BBC, with an optional “top up” subscription required for additional services. According to Purnell, this model has two fatal flaws. Firstly, it would be very difficult to decide what was and was not a “core” service. Secondly, people would either lose several services and save an estimated £1.40 per month, or receive all services but pay double the licence fee.

Ultimately, Purnell said of the licence fee: “we believe everyone wins because everyone pays. We believe the licence fee is the right system for the future.”

Mar 232014

On 24th March, the BBC will be performing some channel number changes for their HD channels on Sky HD and Freesat HD.

These are the details for Sky HD users (non subscriber and subscribers)

EPG No.EnglandScotlandNorthern IrelandWalesSKY Boxes (No HD subscription or viewing Card)
101BBC One England HDBBC One Scotland HDBBC One Northern Ireland HDBBC One Wales HDBBC One (nations/regions variant)
102BBC Two HDBBC Two SDBBC Two SDBBC Two SDBBC Two (nations variant)
141BBC One England SDBBC One Scotland SDBBC One Northern Ireland SDBBC One Wales SDBBC One HD (English version)
977BBC One Scotland HDN/ABBC One Scotland HDBBC One Scotland HDBBC One Scotland HD
978BBC One Wales HDBBC One Wales HDBBC One Wales HDN/ABBC One Wales HD
979BBC One Northern Ireland HDBBC One Northern Ireland HDN/ABBC One Northern Ireland HDBBC One Northern Ireland HD