Google's new dongles, C4 common ownership proposal, first UK 4k demo channel, and BT wants easier TV switching: DTG daily news, September 30th, 2015

Google dangles new Chromecasts

Google has updated its £35 Chromecast TV gateway dongle and launched a an audio Chromecast for streaming music to speakers and hi-fis.

The new, disc-shaped Chromecast has faster 802.11ac WiFi, a trailing HDMI connector and can support multiplayer gaming—it also comes in three colours.

Ousted C4 chairman recommends 'mutualisation'

Channel 4's chairman has proposed an alternative to privatisation: putting the broadcaster into comon ownership by staff, representatives of viewers and, most crucially, the production community.

Lord Burns had been recommended by Ofcom to serve an extra year as chairman of Channel 4, but the DCMS has rejected the suggestion and is seeking a new candidate.

UK gets its first 4k demo channel

Satellite operator SES has added its Ultra HD demo channel to the 28.2 degrees satellite slot used by Freesat and Sky—for viewers with suitable TVs.

The channel, which shows a 4k showreel around the clock, can only be picked up on 4k TVs with a built-in DVB-S2 satellite tuner and HEVC decoder.

BT calls for 'frictionless' TV provider switching

New rules making it easier for consumers to switch broadband and phone providers should also apply to TV services, says BT CEO Gavin Patterson.

The 'gaining provide-led' rules put the responsibility of switching with your new provider, but don't include TV, which Patterson said is now bundled in with many people's other communications services but has to be changed independently.

DTG Staff  |  30.09.2015

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