Natalie Dormer to produce and develop Vivien Leigh drama

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Picnic at Hanging Rock’s Natalie Dormer is teaming with UK prodco Mainstreet Pictures and Fremantlemedia to produce and develop a drama based on the life of British actress Vivien Leigh.

BBC One’s Casualty to tackle rape storyline

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Doctor Alicia Munroe (Chelsea Halfpenny) will face the most traumatic time of her life when she is raped by fellow Doctor Eddie McAllister.

Roku users able to theme home screens

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Users of Roku set-top boxes can now personalise their home screens with themes from their favourites films and TV shows, including Star Trek and Fast & Furious.

Themes, control the background image and style of the main home screen. However, themes aren't free with prices ranging from 69p through to £1.99 each.

Currently, there are ten themes to choose from but Roku has confirmed that additional themes will be made available in the future.

Roku players offer access to streaming entertainment from top channels like BBC iPlayer, Netflix®, NOW TV, Sky Sports, ITV Player, Demand 5, YouTube, BBC Sport, and more.

That's Solent

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That's Solent, one of the new local television stations springing up around the UK, has now been broadcasting for just over six months. Backed by Esther Rantzen, who becomes the vice-president of programming on the channel, That’s TV seeks to provide a voice to local people to tell their stories and have their say on issues which matter to them.

The service is broadcast on Freeview and YouView channel 8 from the Rowridge transmitter on the Isle of Wight - map below.

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That's Solent reception map

Television News vs Internet News

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Interesting independent article from Melissa Anderson that compares television news with Internet news and the impact of trustworthiness and quality.

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85% of UK TV viewers unaware of product placement on TV

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Less than 15% of the viewing public understand that the 'P' symbol displayed at the beginning, the end, or either side of a advertising break, is intended to advise people that the TV programme itself contains product placement, an Ofcom survey of UK audience attitudes has revealed.

In fact, two thirds of adult viewers who took part in the research, told Ofcom they were unaware of the symbol at altogether. The regulator also discovered that the lack of awareness was greatest with older viewers. Of viewers aged between 55 to 64, 74% of were unaware of the product placement alert, increasing to 79% for those aged 65 and over. The levels of awareness were found not to be influenced by either gender or socio-economic factors.

The 'P' symbol was introduced to advise viewers that a brand had paid to have its product, or products, included in a programme. Product placement has been a feature of movies for some while, but first appeared in a British television programme in 2011 when a Nescafe Dulce Gusto appeared in cookery slot on ITV's "Good Morning" show.

Other interesting details to emerge from the survey included:

  • 19% of adult viewers said they had spotted the symbol on television, but were unable to correctly identify exactly what it represented;
  • Currently, product placement is allowed in films, TV series, entertainment and sports programmes;
  • Product placement is not allowed in news or children's programmes or in those with a religious, current affairs or consumer focus;
  • Greater recall of mainstream TV regulation than that of product placement
  • 82% of UK adults correctly stated that TV programmes are regulated, and aware of rules and guidelines about what could and couldn’t be shown;
  • Greatest awareness of TV regulation was found in adults aged 35 and over, with 85% of those sampled correctly answering questions on the subject.
  • 16 to 34 year olds were marginally less aware, with 76% knowing about TV regulation;
  • 65% of UK adults were unaware of how programmes are regulated and who is responsible for the regulation.

The survey was conducted for Ofcom by research agency Saville Rossiter-Base. Respondents were interviewed face-to-face in their homes.

The survey took place in May, June, August and November 2014, with a total sampling of 2,074 UK adults aged 16 and over participating in the research.

First DVB broadcast of HDR UHD TV

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Earlier this month, SES, Samsung and the BBC collaborated to demonstrate the first Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) transmission of High Dynamic Range UHD TV at the annual SES Industry Days in Luxembourg. Content was sent via a SES satellite, straight to a Samsung SUHD TV, using the BBC Research & Development’s Hybrid Gamma (HDR) technology.

This collaboration allowed the partners to evaluate the feasibility of an end-to-end broadcast utilising a simultaneous delivery of standard dynamic range that could be decoded on both HDR receivers and legacy non-HDR receivers.

The event marked a significant development for the Ultra HD broadcast chain. Indeed, it showed how industry could launch new HDR UHD TV Services over DVB Broadcast Networks, that were able to fully exploit the potential of the next generation of consumer displays, whilst at the same time, providing high quality UHD TV Service to UHD Phase 1 Receivers already in the marketplace.

"High Dynamic Range (HDR) will significantly enhance how consumers will experience television in the future," said Thomas Wrede, Vice President, Reception Systems at SES. "An introduction of any HDR technology must be backwards compatible with existing DVB UHD 1 Phase 1 TVs that are already in consumers' homes. SES and Samsung, with this transmission over the ASTRA satellite system, are demonstrating that this backwards compatibility is possible today."

"Samsung is delighted to participate in this demonstration of a monumental step forward for the broadcast industry," said John Adam, head of business development and industrial affairs at Samsung Research UK. "By delivering UHD TV services that can address the growing market of UHD Phase 1 TVs, while also providing the best experience to consumers who are investing in the next generation of TV, Samsung is ready to fully endorse the BBC Research & Development's HDR technology as part of our overall drive towards the best consumer experience in UHD TV."

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