We've taken a shine to Blip (www.fuzz.com/blip), a recently launched music-sharing service with social networking elements. Basically, it allows you to download any track you're listening to and share it with the Blip audience. They can listen to it for free or pay for an MP3 version. It's an easy way for friends to instantaneously share songs, but it also works as an online jukebox, collecting together some weird and wonderful artefacts from across the world alongside the more obvious tunes.
THE RETURN OF GLADIATORS
Sky One is the perfect home for the camp and tacky Gladiators, which makes a welcome return after eight years. The first episode went with a bang, with plenty of new gladiators making their presence felt. "Ice" is the new "Jet", in terms of bringing some female glamour to the show, while "Oblivion" (aka "The Big O") has already achieved the pantomime villain status previously accorded to "Wolf". The first show attracted 1.5 million viewers, a good start for Sky, and we'll be hooked for the next few Sunday evenings.
It's been around for a while now, but the digital station is a great listen for rock music fans. The station deservedly triumphed at this week's Sony Radio Academy Awards, picking up the gong for best digital station of the year (part of a good night for commercial radio, which saw it win four out of five station of the year awards). Let's hope Planet Rock is here for years to come, with GCap's plans to close it under review by its new owner Global Radio.
THE NEW THINKBOX WEBSITE
The TV marketing body Thinkbox has revamped its website, thinkbox.tv, in order to better reflect the changing TV landscape. The overhauled site, which went live last week, features more content to showcase new TV technologies, such as on-demand and IPTV. The new content includes a TV Technology Zone, which has been built in collaboration with the TV technology consultant Decipher and the agency Weapon7. The site will also feature sections focusing on TV effectiveness, media planning and hot topics, along with presentations in an expanded "nickable stuff" area.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
THE LATEST PHONE-IN COMPETITIONS
Despite a number of scandals last year, TV companies have crept back into the habit of running low-brow phone-in "competitions". Take five's I Own Britain's Best Home, where the disclaimers rattle on and on and leave you wondering why on earth you'd bother phoning in. The shows attached to the phone-ins are hardly much better in quality, though it has to be said that five's property spoiler has proven slightly less terrible than Channel 4's Grand Designs Live, which included a similar phone-in to decide the UK's best home.