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FrequencyCast UK - Show #41

The show notes to go with Show 41 of our online technology radio show.

Listen to, or download, FrequencyCast Show 41 (31 mins)

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Show 41: NEWS

This show's news section covered the following stories:

  • Setanta SportsThe End of Setanta: We reported in our June update that Setanta was doomed. Well, the sporting service finally went into administration on 23rd June 2009, leaving 1.2 million UK subscribers without service. Sports channel ESPN has been quick to jump in and grab the rights to the Premier League, and looks set be showing 46 matches on Sky, Virgin, BT Vision and Top Up TV from August. Former Setanta subscribers using Freeview will find that channel 34 is currently carrying ESPN America ahead of the launch of a special ESPN Premier League service.

  • Digital BritainDigital Britain: On the 16th of June, Lord Carter's long-awaited report into plans for our digital future were revealed. The top three headlines:

    1. Analogue Radio off by 2015: The plan is to get national and local FM services over to Digital by 2015, freeing up space for what's being called "ultra local stations" on FM. AM station also need to switch to digital. There are also targets proposed to get digital radio listening up to 50% by 2013, a somewhat ambitious target, and a target of DAB-only car radios in new cars by 2013. FM Radio Switch-off.

    2. Broadband tax: To help achieve the Government's "every home must have at least 2Meg broadband by 2012? pledge, a stealth tax of 50p per month on all landlines is proposed to improve the infrastructure.

    3. Internet piracy: The target is for UK ISPs to reduce online file-sharing and piracy by 70% within a year, with measures ranging from warning letters, speed throttling, to details being passed to copyright owners. Ofcom will be given the power to enforce this.

      Nothing's set in stone re. Digital Britain yet, and if we see a change in Government, the report may be ignored.

  • Digital Switchover: Rather than the four year staggered switchover that we're doing in the UK, the US did it all on one day - Friday the 12th of June, and 900 TV stations turned off analogue. At switch, just 2.5% of homes hadn't switched. Here's hoping the UK Digital Switchover goes as well.

  • HD LogoFreeview HD: It seems we have a date for Freeview HD - the 2nd of December, according to the BBC. Initially this will only be in the Granada area, including Manchester and Liverpool. Also, the fourth HD licence has been awarded - to Five, meaning that parts of the UK will have BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five HD by the end of 2010.

  • DAB news: A new national digital radio station is on air - Fun Kids started broadcasting on 27th June and will be broadcasting 'til 3 October 2009.

  • iPhoneiPhone 3GS launch: The Apple iPhone 3GS (the "S" standing for Speed) launched on 19th June with a faster processor, improved battery life, video recording, an uninspiring 3 Meg camera and a compass. The 32Gig variant is nearly £900 on contract. Got a 3GS? It is worth the cash? Let us know.

  • And Finally:. Kodachrome, the massively popular film type has been around for the last 74 years, and in June 2009, Eastman Kodak Ltd announced that sales of Kodachrome stock now only accounts for one percent of total sales. Accordingly, production is about to cease. We've lots audio cassettes, videotape, vinyl, and now the end is nigh for analogue film...

FOCUS: Broadband Speeds

In Show 41, we took a look at what's new with Broadband and some ways to improve your connection speed. Here's a summary:

  • New Broadband: BT is now rolling out ADSL 2+ - Being rolled out in mid-2009 for free, offering speeds of up to 20Mbps for around 20% of homes

  • Faster than BT? Consider Virgin Media if you're in a cable area - get up to 50Mbps. Alternatively, get up to 24Mbps from

  • Speed checker: Test your broadband upload and download speed with the BT Speed Tester.

  • Bell wire? Making a minor change to your wiring may give you a speed boost. Details on how to remove the bellwire: Improve Broadband Speed.

  • Details of the BT iPlate: If you're with BT Broadband, you may be able to get a faster connection with a BT iPlate (also known as a Broadband Accelerator). This is available from the BT Shop: i-Plate at BT Shop. You may be able to get a free BT i-Plate (you just pay the P and P) - see BT Broadband Accelerator page

BT iPlate

More details on our UK Broadband page


Transcript now available: Transcript of Show 41's Broadband Feature


HANDS-ON: o2 Joggler

We got hands-on with the o2 Joggler. According to o2, this is the device set to replace your fridge door - but we like to think of it as a turbo-charged digital picture frame.

o2 Joggler

The o2 Joggler allows each member of the family to have their own diary and share family events for all to see. The Joggler also has a news reader, storage for photos, MP3 files, video clips and more. There are also tools such as a notepad, calculator and an SMS service.

There's a decent online review and some screenshots at

The o2 Joggler is available direct from o2 at:

Transcript now available: Transcript of Show 41's o2 Joggler Hands-on Review



HANDS-ON: Walk With Me

In Show 41, we got hands-on with the Nintendo Walk With Me. The kit comes with two dongles that count your steps, and software for your Nintendo DSi. A great way to track your activities, and the software's quite fun too.

The Nintendo "Walk with me" is available with free post/packing from

Nintendo Walk With Me Box

Transcript now available: Transcript of Show 41's Nintendo Walk With Me Review


Cast 41: Interactive

Thanks to everyone who got in touch. In this show, we respond to the following mails and calls:

  • Setanta SportsDemise of Setanta: First off, Matthew Cooper contacted us about Setanta Sports, which at the time the email was received, was struggling to stay on air. Matt asks "If Setanta does go off air, does this mean that we will have more programming on Sky Sports? Also, does this mean that ESPN America will go off air?"

    As we covered in News, Setanta's now gone. Its shutdown doesn't affect Sky's sports content, and as we've seen recently, ESPN's taken the opportunity to snap up some of Setanta's content. ESPN's owned by Disney and not linked to Setanta.

    Matthew also let us know about some radio stations vanishing from Sky and Virgin. The Bauer Group dropped their relay of Heat, Q, Kerrang, The Hits and Smash Hits.

  • Google Wave: Andrew Wilkin asked us what we thought of Google Wave, and whether we thought it'll replace email. Google Wave is essentially a collaboration tool, allowing people to work together on text, photos, videos and map projects - a mix of IM conversation and documents. Waves have a timeline, so you can rewind to see what your document looked like along the way, and check on what was being said. From what we've seen, looks like it has a lot of potential to help get groups of people working well together online, but our Pete can't see it overtaking email any time soon. It's due out later this year.

  • Recording Radio: We took a podline call from Ray looking to find a way of recording radio on a PVR: Some Freeview hard-disc recorders support radio recording, and some don't. To record radio, we recommend the Humax PVR3000 or the Topfield 5800. You can also record radio onto a PC with many of the digital TV receivers on the market (great for transferring to an MP3 player), and some DAB radios let you record radio onto an SD card.

  • ITV LogoITV HD on Sky: Paul Stone got in touch with a handy tip... "Are Sky HD subscribers aware that if they have the new EPG from Sky you can programme the box to receive ITV HD? It's a little fiddly to do but once programmed its available in the OTHER CHANNELS listing. Unfortunately it doesn't appear in the programme guide and there's no easy short cut channel number, but it can be done and it worked a treat for the World Cup."

    We've added details of how to get this working on our HD FAQ page.
  • TAO Photo KeyringDigital Keyrings: We heard from Andrew Wilkin, asking: "My wife wants a digital photo keyring for her birthday in August". Any suggestions?"

    We quite like the look of the budget "August" range from, but if the budget stretches to it, try the Tao (Pictured) with 8 Meg onboard - enough for 100 photos - from I want one of those.

  • Using an old Sky+ box: Regular listener Adam Child asks: "I have an old Sky+ box. - Is there any way (without paying an ongoing subscription) that I can capitalise on the Sky+ boxes recording capability?"

    Using Sky+ is free if you're a Sky subscriber - otherwise if you want the recording features, you need to pay the Sky+ fee of £10 a month. The other option is to look at hooking up your Sky box to a PC and using that as a HDD - or go for a Freesat or Freeview PVR.

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