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VoD in the UK commits to child protection, Multimillion pound media study opens at London South Bank University, and Next gen Sky Q now available
10 February 2016
VoD in the UK commits to child protection
The Commercial Broadcaster Association (COBA) – the UK industry body for digital, cable and satellite broadcasters and on-demand services – have defined and signed a Statement of Practice for Video-on-Demand services, with child protection a priority.
The signatories to the statement are A+E Networks, Comedy Central, Discovery Networks, Fox International Channels, MTV, NBCUniversal, Nickelodeon, Sky, Sony Pictures Television Networks, The Walt Disney Company, and Turner.
The statement pledges to ensure on-demand viewers have access to whatever protections they need, plus make on-demand programming align with child protection tools. The statement covers on demand services that are accessed via a TV set.
Some of the types of commitment covered in the statement include pin control mechanisms and providing information on what constitutes suitable content for different age groups. This will ensure parents and guardians can decide what is appropriate for their children to watch and lock away what isn’t.
“Broadcasters play a vital role in ensuring parents have clear information, along with the tools and controls they need to manage their children’s access to TV programmes. Ofcom will continue to work closely with industry, Government and other bodies to help protect child audiences.” Said Tony Close, Ofcom Director of Content Standards.
Multimillion pound media study opens at London South Bank University
A new multimillion-pound studio has opened at London South Bank University (LSBU), and will provide cutting-edge facilities to creative industries students and media professionals alike.
Named ‘Elephant Studios at LBSU’, the space cost £4 Million to create and will provide top of the range digital technologies. It will be available for external hire from mid-2016.
The new studio complex arrives at a time when traditional studio spaces in London’s media capital Soho are being pushed out thanks to out of control rent prices. The new facilities will bring the latest media technology south of the river.
“The School of Arts and Creative Industries has a strong and deep heritage in media, design, performance and the visual arts,” said Janet Jones, Dean of the School of Arts and Creative Industries. “Now our students will have access to the most advanced production technology available ensuring they have the best possible experience and employment outcomes. SE1 is quickly becoming a vibrant, creative hub. Move over Soho, it’s Southwark that will host the next generation of creative talent!”
Next gen Sky Q now available
Sky has confirmed that Sky Q is now available for consumers to buy. Sky Q is a next generation home entertainment system and is available for both new and existing Sky customers.
In addition, to this, all Sky broadband customers will also receive the new Sky Q Hub, which turns all Sky Q boxes into wifi hotspots. This will provide customers with a stronger broadband experience with better coverage.
DTG Television Innovation Award winners Motive Television releases its TabletTV Internet Television App for iPhones.
Motive is pleased to announce that it has received approval from Apple for its TabletTV Internet App that is available to any iPhone user globally. The new App is available from today on all Apple App Stores in the world for a cost of $4.99 or £2.99.
Talking Pictures TV launches on Freesat
Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, has confirmed the launch of independent archive film and TV channel Talking Pictures TV on channel 306. Free to view, the channel brings the best of time-honoured British cinema to Freesat viewers.
Digital UK strengthens top team with new technology and spectrum roles
Digital UK has today announced two senior appointments as the company responds to the opportunities of an increasingly connected TV world.
James Jackson has been promoted to Technology Director. Previously Delivery Director for Connected TV at Digital UK, James has been responsible for programme management of Freeview Play and will now lead technical development of the new hybrid TV service, while also overseeing wider technical management of the DTT platform.
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