28 July 2004

Changes to BBCi

The BBC has made some major changes to its text service on Freeview. As well as a brand new look for the main content sections there is now a hide/reveal function available by pressing "0". The quarter-screen video has been moved to the left-hand side and each section now has new graphics. The shortcuts menu now has more options: TV Now/Next, News Headlines, Regional News, Sports Headlines, Football and Lottery. The overlay screen (also known as the bridge) that appears when you first enter BBCi has not been changed.
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26 July 2004

7-day EPG rollout begins

The seven-day listings service has now started being rolled out on DTT transmitters across the UK. Most transmitters in the south of England now have at least a four-day EPG and some have the full seven-day service. The process should be completed this week when every transmitter will broadcast a full seven day service. Compatible receivers are required to take full advantage of the data.
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22 July 2004

Digital switchover delayed

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell today announced that the analogue TV signal would not be switched off before 2012. The Government has previously said that full conversion to digital would happen between 2006 and 2010, but after warnings from the BBC that this would leave many people without a TV service this has now put back. Jowell insisted that analogue switch-off could start in some regions by 2007. An initiative was also announced to require all new analogue-only televisions to display a sticker with a sell-by date warning that after that point it will no longer be usable without a set-top box. Help will be provided for those people that are unable or unwilling to convert to digital.
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09 July 2004

7-day EPG to go nationwide in July

dtt-tx-info.org has been advised that the extended seven-day 'EIT' data used to provide a full EPG service on compatible receivers is expected to commence broadcasting nationwide shortly after July 20. It is currently being tested from transmitters in south Wales and London.
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Teachers' TV to launch on Freeview

The Government has announced it will launch a new television channel for teachers next year, to be called Teachers' TV. It will be available on Freeview, cable and Sky.
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05 July 2004

Ten O'Clock News to go interactive

The BBC has revealed details of a new interactive service for the Ten O'Clock News, expected to start in the autumn. The service, "Ten O'Clock News Extra", will provide more background information on the days top stories and will be available to all digital viewers.
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01 July 2004

Sky Travel goes 24 hours

Sky Travel has now started broadcasting 24 hours a day. The channel previously closed for the night from 01:00 to 06:00
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