Feeds

Brown may tax TV quiz channels

Bell tolls for ring-in quizzes

Security for virtualized datacentres

Gordon Brown may put extra tax or regulations on TV quiz channels - bringing them into line with other forms of gambling.

This follows "concerns" from the Gambling Commission. Today sees the launch of ITV Play - replacing Men and Motors on Freeview. The channel, like various others on Freeview, gives viewers the chance to win prizes if they ring a premium rate phone line and answer an absurdly easy question.

ITV already runs Quizmania which airs on ITV2 after 1am when normal programming ends. This will be replaced with ITV Play branded programmes. The broadcaster is also working on mobile versions of ITV Play. More from the BBC here.

Icstis, which regulates premium rate services, is on a high at the moment - in March it announced a 66 per cent fall in complaints - perhaps connected to fining the Crazy Frog £40,000 back in December.

A spokesman for Icstis told us they are pretty happy with how the industry is shaping up. He said: "These services launched last summer and we had a flurry of complaints - 269 in 2005. We issued a consultation and issued a statement in January. We've had 15 complaints since then - ten in January, five in February and none since then." ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.