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‘By matching email addresses we may be able to identify someone who has told us they don’t need a TV licence while at the same time having signed in and watched’
From 1st September, all users of the BBC’s iPlayer will be forced to hold a valid TV Licence before catch-up and live tv can be viewed, following a change in the law. The new rules apply to all devices used to access iPlayer, including laptops, smartphones, tablets, TV streaming devices and games consoles, as well as through third-party services such as Sky, Virgin or BT.
The group most affected will be students away from home, who typically view the BBC on a laptop or tablet. Up to now, the law allowed free viewing of catch-up content, with a licence only being required for live TV. The change was set in motion by the former Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, who lost his job in the recent cabinet reshuffle.
Services from Sky, ITV, Channel Four, My5 and Netflix will be unaffected.
As I guessed two weeks ago 🙂
Here is the proof that the BBC have broken the radios. Still waiting for them to stop changing things so I can sort out what new links to put back into the radios to make them work.
Listeners have expressed anger about the BBC’s radio streaming service as the broadcaster continues to change its audio streaming formats.
It has left some internet radio devices, including some models aimed at blind and partially sighted listeners, unable to receive BBC radio at all.
Others have complained that BBC Radio Sport audio coverage has disappeared.
The broadcaster said it was streamlining its digital radio service as part of its Audio Factory project.
The problem is that there are many different formats, known as standards, used for streaming radio and not all devices can receive them all.
The BBC said it will continue to work with the manufacturers of those currently affected by the changes to minimise disruption.
The BBC Radio is also working with the radio industry and manufacturers towards using just one standard, known as Mpeg Dash, which will be industry-wide and open source, said Andrew Scott, the BBC’s head of radio music product.
“The goal we are working to is to have it ready this calendar year but there is some risk in that,” he said.
Currently the Windows Media Audio format is estimated to be used by devices belonging to up to 5% of the BBC’s internet radio listeners – but it has now been switched off because it was becoming too expensive to operate, Mr Scott said.
“The challenge we face is the equipment we are having to decommission is actually something that we have contractual obligations which require us to stop using it or renew it for a long period of time – and the renewal would be prohibitively expensive,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Feedback programme.
“We are dealing with a relatively small number of people (affected by the changes) but for them it is the only way they can access a high quality stream at home,” said Roux Joubert, general manager of platforms in the BBC’s Future Media division.
“The overall success of rolling out Audio Factory is huge – the vast majority of people consuming new radio feeds are very happy with it.”
Changes to the Shoutcast stream have left the owners of devices receiving it unable to hear BBC Sport content, wrote Henry Webster, the BBC’s head of media services, on the BBC Internet Blog.
This is because the new stream is available globally and the BBC RADIO does not have international rights for certain sporting events.
The change also means that BBC Radio 3 HD is no longer available to those listeners.
Logitech Squeezebox owners should soon be able to access these services fully again, added Mr Webster.
“Most manufacturers are in the process of adopting the new format,” said Mr Joubert.
“I think in the majority of cases [listeners] won’t need to buy new devices.
“If the devices are very old they may have to be replaced but that is the natural order of the internet world.”
The blog has attracted more than 100 comments from disgruntled listeners.
“This experience has killed off internet radio for me,” wrote a poster called Nothung.
“At the age of 70 I wouldn’t be investing in any new equipment to have it made obsolete overnight.
“I dragged my old FM tuner out to the loft and it works well and there is no sign of rust.”
Reports have been arriving of significant problems with internet speeds following Telfónica’s relaunch of its Movistar Fusión product on 6th. March. Fusión packages include mobile, fixed line rental, ADSL or fibre internet and television services over the internet, including Canal+ channels.
Telefónica was reported as being close to acquiring a controlling stake in loss-making Canal+, but decided to remain a minority shareholder. There had been calls for the purchase to be investigated by the European Commission.
Canal+ losses have increased in the past year to EUR 648.7 million.
In the cities, Movistar has a fast fibre optic network, but in other areas relies on regular copper wires. Increased demand for internet TV following the BBC switch, combined with extra numbers of Fusión subscribers has led to near-collapse of internet speeds in large urbanisations and rural populations, which rely on ageing copper ADSL infrastructure.
It’s not just Telefónica’s subscribers who have been suffering slower internet, companies which share the same trunk cables and cabinets, such as Orange, Telitec aand Jazztel have also been affected.
In a word, ‘NO’. The only satellite that will give you Sky UK channels is 28.2 Astra. On this platform you will receive all of your Sky (pay) channels also (ITV 2/ITV 3/ITV 4) HD channels, also CH 5 HD. You will not receive any of the BBC’s, ITV 1, CH 4 or any of the associated programs (BBC 3/4 more 4, E4, 4 7’s or any BBC radio stations.
We have had reports that some companies have been installing the Intelsat 907 satellite as a replacement for losing the Freesat channels. This satellite does carry BBC 1/BBC 2/ITV 1 and CH 4 HD plus a few other channels. This cannot be installed and unscrupulous companies installing it for their clients will either disappear very quickly or have to refund them as this is a completely unstable platform.
Intelsat 907 is located at 27.5 west and it is used as a relay satellite in the event of the UK free view channels having issues. It uses an encryption system called BISS keys that can be gained by hacking codes. It is operated by Arqiva who can at any given time can change the BISS keys as and when they wish, leaving unsuspecting customers without Freesat channels for days/weeks/months.
We at The Sky Doctor’s put this to the test a year ago. We installed an Intelsat 907 system, it worked for 3 days, no problem then the BISS keys changed and it took 3 months to get new keys for the satellite decoder. This means that there were NO viewable channels for 3 months. If you were thinking about having such a system installed, then DONT.
The BBC’s services to Sky and Freesat homes are carried on six transponders on satellites operated by SES Astra located at 28.2°East.
In February 2012, one of these satellites (Astra 2D) was retired and BBC services moved to a new temporary home on Astra 1N. Astra 1N is shortly to be moved to its permanent position at 19°East, so the affected BBC services will be transferring to a new permanent home on Astra 2E (28.2°East).
This will take place in the early hours of Thursday 6th February 2014. Care has been taken to ensure the minimum of impact to UK viewers both during and after the change, such that no viewer actions should be required.
A small number of channels are unaffected by the change. These are on the multiplex “DSAT 8” which is carried on Astra 2F (also at 28.2°East). These are BBC ONE Scotland HD, BBC ONE Wales HD, BBC FOUR HD, BBC NEWS HD, CBeebies HD.
Generally the new transponder will improve reception in the South East of England, the north eastern coast of East Anglia, the North East of Scotland and the Shetland Isles.
New satellite coverage Astra 2E
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