PLEASE BE AWARE Postal Scam: Can you circulate this around especially as Xmas is fast approaching - it has been confirmed by Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam: A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655. For more information, see the Crime Stoppers website: http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/crime-prevention/helping-prevent-crime/scams/postal-delivery-scam
22 Sept 2010
DIGITAL UK TODAY RELEASED THE FOLLOWING DIGITAL SWITCHOVER DATES TO THE PUBLIC:
Dates revealed for east of England digital TV switchover
Tuesday, April 13th 2010
Homeowners in the east of England have been urged to prepare for the switch to digital TV
Mendip transmitter group: Relay switching times
Switchover for the Mendip transmitter group is a two stage process taking place on Wednesday 24 March and Wednesday 7 April. Engineering work is carried out at the Mendip transmitter and each of its 61 relay transmitters. At each stage, services will be restored at different times depending on where you live.
Please note:Once this happens, if you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top UP TV, you will need to re-tune your equipment at each stage.
Digital UK, the body responsible for the changes, has revealed that work to switch Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire to the signals will begin in March 2011 and be completed in around two weeks.
Dates for when Suffolk and Norfolk can expect the changes have not yet been confirmed by the organisation.
Peter Monteith, Digital UK's regional manager for the Anglia region, said the switchover would create "a new era in broadcasting" in the area.
"We are preparing for the end of the analogue TV era and the dawn of a fully digital age in which everyone can enjoy extra choice and easier recording," he added.
Last week, the West TV region, which covers major areas including Bristol, Bath and Swindon, completed its switchover to digital signals.
More Brits watching catch-up TV on BBC iPlayer
Tuesday 23 February, 2010
By Becca Talbot
Brits watched more than 120 million programmes on the BBC iPlayer in January - spearheaded by hits such as Top Gear, Gavin and Stacey and EastEnders.
The online on-demand TV service from the BBC is continuing to grow, as more and more Brits are using the free service to catch-up on their favourite programmes.
Programme requests on the BBC iPlayer rose to 120 million in January, up from 115 million in December, and double the number in January 2009, according to data from BBC iStats.
Top Gear remains the most watched show on the BBC iPlayer...
Jon Ingram, operations director at Digitalchoices.co.uk, said: “Unsurprisingly, Top Gear remains the most watched show on the BBC iPlayer. Over one million people watched episode seven of the current series on the iPlayer.”
While the iPlayer is still being predominantly watched online, Virgin Media customers are also watching more BBC catch-up via their set-top box.
And Nintendo Wii gamers and Sony PS3 gamers are also watching more programmes on-demand using their games consoles.
Ingram added: “Following the launch of free, online catch-up service SeeSaw last week, it will be interesting to see what the iPlayer’s usage figures are for February.”
SeeSaw is a new on-demand TV service, showing over 3,000 hours of programmes from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Unlike the iPlayer, it is only available online.
TV viewing on the increase
Feb 12th 2010
Perhaps it's a knock on effect of the global rescession, but the latest report by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising has found that TV viewing is at the highest it has been in 18 years.
Viewers watched an average of 3.75 hours of TV a day last year, the highest figure since 1992, according to IPA research.
As one would expect to find, the first and last quarters of the year, with less daylight and fewer people away on holiday, tended to show the highest television viewing figures.
Interestingly, the IPA revealed that only 8.2 % of UK households relied on an analogue signal to catch their favourite shows, showing that the digital switch-over is almost complete.
While ITV and GMTV gathered 19% of the total television audience in the last three months of 2009, likely thanks to the popularity of the X-Factor, BBC1 continued to achieve the highest share of all the terrestrial channels, at 21%. All five analogue channels continue to lose ground however, as multi-channel satellite options grow in prominence.
West and Central Wales switchover underway
10 Febuary 2010
Shortly after midnight on 10 February, analogue BBC Two was turned off permanently in the region and engineers started switching on digital signals at twelve relay transmitters serving more than 8,000 homes.
Viewers in these areas will be able to receive Freeview digital channels for the first time, according to Digital UK.
The changes also affect existing Freeview viewers whose BBC channels have moved to new frequencies. Missing channels can be restored by retuning Freeview TVs and boxes.
The second and final stage of switchover at the Blaenplwyf transmitter group takes place on 10 March, when the remaining analogue channels will be switched off permanently. On this date, further Freeview channels from ITV, S4C, Channel 4 and Five will also become available from relay transmitters for the first time.
COUNTDOWN BEGINS TO END OF ANALOGUE ERA
07:00, January 13, 2010
1 Digital UK and the Switchover Help Scheme are preparing to launch a public information campaign
2 Bill Taylor, Digital UK’s South West Regional Manager, said: “Today’s announcement paves the
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