CUTTING-EDGE television technology is to be free to the public from the end of next year, it was announced yesterday.
THE demise of traditional television viewing, in which families gather to watch a show and workmates discuss it the next day, moved a step closer yesterday.
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WITH less than 12 months before Scotland begins the switchover to digital television, it has emerged that just one person in the country is officially registered to install the new technology.
A COMMUNITY yesterday became the first in the UK to switch over completely to digital television when 25,000 households in Whitehaven and the surrounding area in Cumbria had all analogue channels switched off at 3:27am.
BSKYB, the satellite broadcaster and media group, said today it added 83,000 net new customers to its pay-TV service in the first quarter.
UP TO a quarter of a million residents in southern Scotland will today discover how many weeks they have left in which to convert their televisions to receive a digital signal.
TELEVISION and football chiefs have launched a crackdown on hundreds of Scottish pubs and clubs who draw in huge crowds by showing major games without paying a penny to the broadcasters.
THE Government is being challenged to make sure the switch-over to digital television does not mean a surge in energy use.
SIR Richard Branson has revealed he is willing to discuss buying Virgin Radio and accused BSkyB's James Murdoch of "using the might of his empire to make smaller competitors kowtow to his decisions".
FOUR out of five UK homes now have digital TV. Ofcom said 870,000 households made the switch in the first three months of the year, taking the total to just over 20 million.
IT IS not a part of the world which pays close attention to the passage of time. But the clock is ticking in the Scottish Borders, which will be one of the first parts of Britain to switchover to digital television.
I'M seated in the canteen of one of Sky's call centres when James Murdoch, scion of the famous media family and head of BSkyB, comes over. "Hi, I recognise you from your photo in the paper", he opens flatteringly.
BSKYB and Virgin Media (formerly ntl: Telewest) are probably the leading names associated with pay TV channels in the UK - Sky's customer base extends to 70 per cent of all pay TV subscribers in the UK.
BSKYB came under further regulatory pressure yesterday after Ofcom, the media watchdog, announced plans to investigate the pay-TV market.
MEDIA regulator Ofcom is to launch an investigation into the pay-TV market after complaints from a number of smaller rivals.
NEARLY 50,000 homes across the Capital will get free access to digital TV as the city gears up for the switchover from the existing analogue service.
SATELLITE broadcaster BSkyB today revealed its revenues had risen ten per cent to £2.2 billion over the six months to the end of December.
A CITY MP is set to quiz Culture Minister Tessa Jowell today on thousands of Edinburgh residents entitled to help with the switch from analogue to digital television.
BT YESTERDAY unveiled a £100 million foray into the pay TV market with a set top box that bundles more than 40 digital channels with films and television shows on demand together with the ability to record 80 hours of viewing on to a hard drive.
THE best television soap these days isn't actually on television. It's the amazing slug-fest between the giants of the broadcasting world to buy ITV, Britain's main commercial free-to-air channel.