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Sky Q customers who have complained about a blue light on their box have been advised of an effective workaround.
Many users believe the blue light that shows when they are playing back recordings is far too bright, with one person stating on the Sky forum that it is like having a laser pen shining at them.
While some have considered sticking tape or light dimming stickers over the light, others have found a more high-tech but still simple solution.
Users can switch the light off by swiping right on their remote touchpad or pressing right on their normal remote. They must then press the BACK (or DISMISS) button on their remote.
While this does not permanently disable the light, it could offer some relief to those who have been dazzled or frustrated by it since switching to Sky Q.

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TalkTalk is to scrap separate line rental charges and offer broadband users a combined monthly price instead.
The company is concerned that broadband deals can sometimes appear "misleadingly cheap", as providers often use attention-grabbing broadband prices and list more costly landline charges less prominently.
TalkTalk is therefore keen to lead the way and end the practice of separate pricing, in an effort to make broadband pricing simpler and more transparent.
It is the first time a major broadband provider in the UK has adopted this approach and opted to offer a single monthly cost. This will come into effect in autumn and be known as all-in pricing.
Tristia Harrison, Consumer Managing Director at TalkTalk, commented: "We want to make things simpler and fairer for customers. 
"People deserve to know they are getting value for money and, as the value for money provider, TalkTalk is going to fight hard to ensure customers get the transparency they deserve."
However, Ms Harrison stressed that TalkTalk cannot accomplish this alone and has called on other providers to follow its lead. This, she stated, is the only way to ensure households are not at risk of being misled by "seemingly good deals that all too often mask extra charges".
Ms Harrison warned that for as long as broadband and line rental are priced separately, the temptation to advertise deals in this way will always remain. "But it’s time for providers be honest about this - it's a bad habit we have all been guilty of, it doesn’t serve customers well and it’s time it stopped," she insisted.
Single monthly prices will be available both to existing customers who are re-contracting and to people who are purchasing a new package.  Bills will continue to be itemised in order to provide the greatest clarity to customers and allow them to track their spending and usage.
 

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BT has announced a series of price rises, but has promised a range of enhancements to justify the new charges.
From July 3rd, line rental costs are to go up by £1, as will the cost of subscribing to BT Sport. Meanwhile, Infinity1 subscribers will have to pay £2.05 extra on average.
However, BT has promised to balance this with an improved service, as broadband customers will get a free speed boost to 52Mbps from 38Mbps. 
In addition, it has pledged to repair line faults faster for all of its voice and broadband customers by upgrading them to a higher level of service, which means an engineer will be sent 24 hours faster than before, if a home visit is required.
Furthermore, BT Sport will show a greater number of Barclays Premier League games next season, with the number rising from 38 to 42 and being shown at a better kick-off time of 17:30 on a Saturday. Broadband customers will also receive free Net Protect security, worth £36 a year.
John Petter, Chief Executive of BT Consumer, commented: "It is clear that customers want better service and that is what we are going to give them. We have also done our best to ensure that all of our customers will get more value if their price is going up, and we know they want faster speeds and better online security from their broadband. So, most of our Infinity 1 customers will enjoy much faster speeds for a little extra, while all of our customers will receive a quicker response if they have a fault and free BT Net Protect security."
BT went on to stress that its price hikes are lower than those recently announced by rival providers Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk in recent weeks.
 

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BT is planning to offer broadband services without the need to take a traditional fixed telephone line.
According to the organisation, internet-based communications services such as FaceTime and Skype have become "increasingly popular" over the last ten years. As a result, it believes all-internet protocol services will be the norm for the whole of the UK by 2025.
BT is therefore planning to trial a fibre broadband service that is not coupled with a traditional voice service.
According to the Financial Times, BT will limit its trials to a series of small-scale tests during 2016, before expanding their scope by opening them to the public next year.
A spokesman commented: "This would use the same underlying infrastructure from Openreach, so it would need similar levels of investment to build and maintain, but it would offer service providers a simpler option for their customers who only use their landline to connect to the internet."
The shift towards all-internet protocol services could potentially cut costs for customers further down the line, as they would not have to pay for home voice call services.
Broadband providers have already come under pressure recently to stop charging households for services that they do not use.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said households are having to pay rental charges for landline connections even if they do not actually make fixed line calls, adding that many "want to get rid of their landline entirely and pay for their broadband".

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Many media organisations already allow viewers to download and watch their content offline.
BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and Amazon users are all able to view content on mobile devices without a data connection. Until now Netflix has resisted allowing subscribers to watch its shows offline but that may be about to change.
When asked about it during the company's earnings call, CEO Reed Hastings said the company was thinking about it.
He said: "We should keep an open mind on all this.
The BBC allows anyone with a TV licence to download content from iPlayer for 30 days. Sky Go lets users watch shows on up to four devices or on a games console for up to a month but you have to watch it within 48 hours once you press play.
Amazon Prime, which launched a new monthly subscription for its video-streaming service this week, also allows people to keep downloaded shows for up to 30 days.
Last year, Netflix's chief product officer Neil Hunt told Gizmodo that he thought offline content offered consumers too much choice.
"It adds considerable complexity to your life with Amazon Prime - you have to remember that you want to download this thing. It's not going to be instant, you have to have the right storage on your device, you have to manage it. I'm just not sure people are actually that compelled to do that, and that it's worth providing that level of complexity."

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BT as announced that a targeted network-based trial of its Long Reach VDSL (FTTC) broadband technology is to take place.
While details of the dates and locations are yet to be confirmed, BT has said it is very excited about the potential of this new technology.
Indeed, a spokesperson for Openreach said Long Reach VDSL operates at higher power levels and utilises additional frequencies in order to increase broadband speeds and the distance over which they can be delivered. 
This means it has the potential to boost broadband speeds "significantly" over long copper lines, such as those that are often found in remote parts of the UK.
"Long-reach VDSL could potentially double the length of copper line over which 10Mbps broadband speeds are available; it could be key to delivering a 10Mbps universal service," the spokesperson said.
However, Openreach acknowledged rolling out the technology will present certain challenges. 
 
For instance, it said the innovations involved will require talks with the regulator and the wider industry on coexistence with legacy products, as potential interference issues will need to be managed.
 
"Nevertheless, to be clear, the laboratory work proves that we can deliver technology to increase speeds significantly for many customers on very long copper lines," the spokesperson added.

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Existing BT broadband customers signed up to its Infinity 1 service will have to renew their contract to qualify for a speed boost to 52Mbps, BT has confirmed.
Earlier this week, BT announced that new broadband customers who sign up now for Infinity 1 would get a faster service with a headline speed of 52Mbps.
Previously, the maximum connection speed Infinity 1 customers could expect was 38Mbps.
What was less clear was how existing customers qualified for the speed boost, or whether they could expect an automatic upgrade to 52Mbps.
However, we can now confirm that existing BT Infinity customers are indeed in line for a speed boost, but will need to contact BT and renew their contract in full to get it.
According to BT, which is touting the improved Infinity 1 product as the UK’s 'fastest standard fibre broadband' product, subscribers with 52Mbps speeds will be able download an HD film up to 32% faster than they could with the 38Mbps service.
BT recently announced it is committing to communications regulator Ofcom's new code of practice to make it easier for customers to exit contracts.

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The way broadband speeds are advertised is misleading and should be changed, a cross-party group of 50 MPs has said.
 
Internet providers are not in breach of current guidelines, even if only 10% of customers can obtain their fastest advertised speed, the group said.
 
The British Infrastructure Group is calling for greater powers to enable consumers to hold providers to account. The Advertising Standards Authority said it was aware of concerns about speeds and would consider further work.
 
"Our position on broadband speed claims in ads is based on extensive work undertaken in recent years, including a full public consultation on new guidance," it said in a statement.
 
The report from the infrastructure group, which was set up by former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps, said consumers had "very few rights and protections" they can turn to if they are "poorly treated" by their internet service provider.
"Consumers must be given the power to hold their internet service provider to account when they let them down or outright mislead them into signing a contract that makes promises that bear no resemblance to the later reality," its report said.
 
"BIG will therefore be campaigning for mandatory refunds for anyone who has been mis-sold a broadband contract. Consumers also need the power to leave contracts if they are found to have been misled."
 
The group highlighted that there was no minimum level of compensation if customers received a poor service.
"Other industries, such as airlines and banks, are forced to compensate customers for errors, delays and poor practice, so why not broadband?" the report said.
 
Mr Shapps said: "You might sign up for 24 megabits of download speed, find that you don't get anywhere near that, you can't get any compensation, you can't get out of the contract, and it seems to us this is completely the wrong way round."
 
Ofcom has asked fixed-line internet service providers to sign up to a voluntary code of practice, which requires them to provide consumers with more information and advice on maximum broadband speeds.
 
But the infrastructure group said regulators needed greater powers to step in and "take real robust action" against providers found to be misleading customers.
 

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Good news on broadband - the UK has hit the target of making a superfast connection available to 90% of homes, as promised back in 2010. But the bad news is that the world has moved on since then, and this achievement won't have anyone cracking open the champagne.
 
The target was set in 2010 in the early months of the coalition government and came with a pledge that the UK would have "the best superfast broadband in Europe" by 2015. Both aims were later modified as the process of handing over subsidies to BT for rolling out fibre connections in rural areas took longer than expected - 90% by 2015 turned into 95% by 2017 and "best in Europe" turned out to involve a scorecard comparing us on various measures with the larger European countries.
 
But now Thinkbroadband - which uses a range of data including speed tests to work out coverage - says the 90% target has been hit just a little later than originally planned and we are well on the way to the 95% coverage promised for next year.
 
There are however two problems. First, the 10% of householders who are still waiting for a decent connection are getting ever more frustrated - just ask any MP with a rural constituency what's in his postbag. Then there is the issue of what constitutes superfast broadband.
 
Thinkbroadband and Ofcom both go with something above 24Mbps which looked quite fast back in 2010. Those kinds of speeds can be achieved pretty easily via the kind of fibre to the cabinet rollout which has been BT's preferred method. And when you look at how the UK compares with other big European countries, then this level of "superfast" broadband availability does mean we top the league, according to Ofcom.
 
But broadband campaigners - who are prone to call the current strategy "superfarce" - say this strategy means the UK is in danger of being saddled with a network that just isn't fit for the high-speed future. They advocate the more expensive option of much faster fibre to the home (FTTH) connections and point out that other European countries are far ahead in this.
 
Indeed, the Thinkbroadband figures show that FTTH is still only available to 1.56% of British homes, whereas on the continent it's becoming the standard option in many countries. Mind you, for the downside to this different strategy just look at the figures for Hull. It's got one of the lowest levels of superfast broadband availability, just 37.6%. But it also scores highest for fibre to the home - again the rate is 37.6%.
 
That is because Hull's independent telecoms supplier KCOM - formerly Kingston Communications - has opted for what you might call a "continental" approach, building a network which puts a fast-fibre connection in every home. That is taking longer to roll out than BT's fibre to the cabinet, leaving many residents impatient, though in the end they will have something much faster than is available in many other UK cities.
 
The government may look at today's figures and think that, for a relatively modest outlay from taxpayers, the UK is on track to deliver pretty good broadband to pretty well everyone. But for the fast fibre campaigners "pretty good" is not good enough and they will continue to demand more.
 

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