BBC cuts backlash, Sky Arts slims down and BBC content distribution consultation in the DTG daily news round-up

'Raise the licence fee' says former C4 CEO

Michael Jackson, formerly controller of BBC One and Channel 4 boss, wants the BBC to fight back against the threat of cuts with a proposal to increase the TV Licence fee.

Jackson said the BBC could be forced to dismember itself if it faces further cuts, damaging the entire broadcasting industry, Broadcast reports.

Netgem updates EE TV box

EE's TV customers will soon be able to save TV shows from the six Freeview channels they've earmarked for continual recording so they're available for more than 24 hours.

Box-maker Netgem has also expanded the rolling Replay feature to include high definition channels, according to Broadband TV News.

BBC Trust consults on content distribution

The BBC Trust is looking for responses to a new framework for the BBC's £217m content distribution systems that will bring together its broadcast and connected networks.

Broadcast says the new framework is based on four principles that require both linear and on-demand content to be universal, provide value for money, be open and transparent and easy to find.

Uno gives reference platform for Freeview Play

S&T, ACCESS and Pixsan have launched a universal reference platform for hybrid TV projects, with the first profile aimed at Freeview Play.

Broadband TV News reports that Project Uno is a Universal Television Kit (UTK) Shared Source base using the UTK framework, S&T’s Redkey MHEG5 engine and the ACCESS NetFront Browser NX HbbTV Profile.

Sky Arts to slim down in reshuffle

Sky will condense its arts channels into a single brand with an on-demand platform built around libraries of genres from opera to heavy metal.

The single 'super-channel' will move up the Sky Guide EPG and hopes to gain up to a third more viewers overall, said The Guardian.

DTG Staff  |  29.04.2015

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