Archive Stories: May, 2011

Today is Towel Day

May 25th, 2011 in Radio

People Of Earth. Your Attention Please! Just a gentle reminder that today is, in fact, Towel Day. What’s Towel Day? A good question. It’s a day honoured by fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy to mark the passing of the Author, Douglas Adams, in 2001. All fans of the classic radio series are […]


BBC Sneaks in Full HD Content

May 24th, 2011 in High Definition

Sneaky Aunty Beeb has started broadcasting some of her content in the 1080p High Definition format (known as “Full HD”) Normal HD broadcasts are either in 720p (720 lines of progressive encoding) or 1080i (1080 lines interlaced), but it seems that the BBC has soft-launched broadcasting of some TV shows in the top quality 1080p […]


Something familiar in the new Sky TV ads

May 22nd, 2011 in Freeview, Sky Digital

Sky’s just launched a new advertising campaign – an extension of its “Believe in Better” catchphrase. Watching the ad several times today, the team at Radio and Telly HQ couldn’t help noticing something familiar in the logo at the end of the latest Sky TV ad. Here’s a screenshot from the end of the advert: […]


Kent and Sussex Switchover dates announced

May 13th, 2011 in Digital Switchover, Freeview

Dates have now been announced for much of Southern England’s digital TV switchover. Key dates for those in the Meridian TV region have been announced as follows: Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey – 8 Feb 2012 Parts of West Sussex – 29 Feb 2012 Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, parts of Dorset and West Sussex – […]


Radio Stations Smash Records, Despite Halifax

May 13th, 2011 in Digital Radio, Radio

The audience figures for the first three months of the year are out, and radio listening has hit an all-time high. According to research from RAJAR, 47.3 million people now listen to radio each week – that’s 91.6% of the population over the age of 14. Another way to look at the numbers – 1,058 […]


NHK World HD Launches on Sky and Freesat

May 9th, 2011 in FreeSat, High Definition, Sky Digital

NHK World has today launched in HD on the Sky Digital and Freesat platforms NHK World HD broadcasts 24 hours a day and is a service provided by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, fed live from Tokyo. This is an English-language TV service, and with recent events in Japan, provides people around the world with an […]


QVC Beauty added to Freeview

May 5th, 2011 in Freeview Channels

A new channel, QVC Beauty, has joined the Freeview lineup. The channel, a shopping channel, has appeared on Freeview channel 48, and broadcasts from 8am to 1pm daily, sharing the slot with Rocks & Co 1, Babestation, Al Jazeera English and TV News. QVC Beauty is not the mysterious “TBA channel” that continues to the […]


TView Movie Service Removed After 2 weeks

May 3rd, 2011 in Freeview Channels

A couple of weeks ago, a new service, TView, appeared on Freeview channel 32. The Tview service allowed Freeview viewers to watch a small selection of movies by paying for access using an SMS text message, and getting a viewing PIN in return. After just two weeks, the service has been removed. A message on […]