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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer Debuts

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer Debuts

It's difficult for many TV shows make it through a few episodes these days. Television networks in the US are always keen on ensuring significant viewership or they'll axe a new show before it even has a chance to gain a following. It's rare for a show to make it 15 or 20 years. It's even rarer still for a television show to last 50 years.

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Doctor Who missing episodes to appear restored on BBC

Doctor Who missing episodes to appear restored on BBC

One of the most fanatically followed television series of all time, Doctor Who, will be given a jolt of nostalgia soon as the BBC can confirm the recovery of a mass of episodes previously thought lost to the vaults of time. This suggestion comes from the BBC itself, suggesting that a total of 106 episodes featuring the first two doctors, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, will be mined. Though the BBC did apparently - for whatever reason - destroy many of the television show's original transmission tapes through the 1960s and 70s, tapes transferred onto film for overseas broadcast are being recovered now.

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3D failure: BBC abandoning 3D after broadcast trial meets viewer apathy

3D failure: BBC abandoning 3D after broadcast trial meets viewer apathy

3D television has effectively been a failure, the BBC has conceded, revealing that it plans to take at least a three year break from creating 3D content after a current two-year pilot finishes at the end of 2013. "I have never seen a very big appetite for 3D television in the UK" Kim Shillinglaw, the BBC's 3D chief, confirmed to the Radio Times, despite the UK broadcaster experimenting with various types of entertainment, sport, natural history, and more in 3D.

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BBC brings iPlayer to Windows Phone 8

BBC brings iPlayer to Windows Phone 8

If you're a fan of BBC programming and use a Windows Phone 8 smartphone, BBC has announced that its iPlayer is now available for you to enjoy. While you may be thinking, cool a new app, this offering isn't an app as you might expect. BBC calls it an application, but it's a shortcut to the mobile optimized website, live tile, and media player.

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BBC reveals IllumiRoom style immersive video tech

BBC reveals IllumiRoom style immersive video tech

The BBC has been working on its own version of Microsoft's IllumiRoom technology, a seven year project that creates immersive viewing by projecting wide-angle content around a central display. The technology, which the BBC describes as "surround video", has been simmering in the broadcaster's R&D labs since 2006, division director Alia Sheikh says, and in fact has already been used to film a live-action movie.

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BBC fans the fanboy flames with streaming snark

BBC fans the fanboy flames with streaming snark

It took the BBC six months to bring its iPlayer Radio app over from iOS to Android, but the results are even better than on the iPhone, at least according to the corporation's executive producer for mobile. Stoking the never-ending Android/iOS fanboy arguments, the BBC's James Simcock says the app - which brings streaming radio both live and on-demand, as well as behind-the-scenes videos - features improvements that "make it even better" than the first-gen software for iPhone released back in October.

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Apple’s Jony Ive nabs legendary gold Blue Peter badge

Apple’s Jony Ive nabs legendary gold Blue Peter badge

The CBBC's Blue Peter program is the world's longest running television program made specifically for children, run after 54 years as a magazine / entertainment show for learning and engaging with kids. This show has this week prepared an award for none other than Apple's Sir Johnathan Ive, here sending the designer off with the show's "highest accolade." Though those of you outside the UK may never have heard of this show (thumbs down to you), this award has stricken Ive (born in Chingford, London) as "absolutely incredible."

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BBC launches improved iPlayer for Android, will steadily increase quality in 2013

BBC launches improved iPlayer for Android, will steadily increase quality in 2013

The BBC has been fairly regularly updating its iPlayer for Android app, with a release having come out in October, and now another update having just been rolled out that adds new support and better image quality. Rather than just push out a new update and call it a day, however, BBC went on to state in the announcement that Android is "extremely important," and that it will be rolling out a series of regular updates to improve the player's quality and performance.

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BBC Connected Red Button blurs line between TV and web content

BBC Connected Red Button blurs line between TV and web content

UK broadcaster the BBC has launched Connected Red Button, further blending web TV with live broadcasting, and kicking things off with an appearance on Virgin Media TiVo boxes. The new service redresses existing BBC internet TV features like iPlayer, BBC News, Sport, Weather, and other content including local, into a new interface suited for big-screen browsing, and in a curated fashion which the BBC claims will cut down on choice-overload.

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