The South East European DTH platform Total TV is likely to expand to new markets, according to Apostolos Triantafyllou, regional VP sales, CE Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, Commercial Department, Eutelsat. via Total TV set to grow.
Welcome to Australia’s digital-only television era Today Australia achieves an historic switchover from analog to digital-only television. This is the biggest change in Australian broadcasting since the introduction of colour television almost 40 years ago via Australia switches off final … Continue reading →
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Spanish group Telefónica, which has leveraged its Latin American operations in recent years to help compensate for poor performance in its economically-troubled domestic market, is struggling to keep up with the growth rates of rival operators … Continue reading →
In a sign of how profoundly Internet-based media is revolutionising the way consumers access video entertainment content, more than 1.7 billion devices capable of accessing over-the-top OTT broadband content such as Netflix and Hulu are set to ship by the … Continue reading →
Rob Marcus, who will become CEO of Time Warner Cable in January, says his company is open to the possibility of adding Netflix to its set-top boxes. via Time Warner Cable ‘certainly open’ to including Netflix on its set-top boxes … Continue reading →
Denver-based ad-insertion technology vendor This Technology said it has signed a multi-year deal with Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) that could help the MSO deliver targeted advertising on IP-connected devices, including set-tops, gaming consoles, mobile devices and connected TVs. via This Technology … Continue reading →
It was rather clear that Google TV landed with a bit of a thud, though it was made clearer when Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca in 2012 stated their launch of the Google TV powered Revue was \”a mistake of … Continue reading →
In a move designed to deepen and enhance its video delivery and web services capabilities, US Verizon has revealed it is to acquire content delivery network specialist EdgeCast. via Verizon to acquire EdgeCast Networks | Advanced Television.
Google may attempt to re-enter the TV space next year with a new Android-based set-top box called Nexus TV, according to US reports. via Google may use Nexus brand for new TV venture » Digital TV Europe.
Ex-Blazhoffski CEO Taco Ketelaar and RTL Croatia programming chief Kaspar Pflueger are joining German channel Sat.1 as part of a top level restructuring. via Top-level management changes at Sat.1 » Digital TV Europe.
Samsung Electronics has announced the opening of its Samsung European Innovation Centre at Fleet Place in London\’s financial and business district, situated among the world\’s leading enterprises. The opening was attended by the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of … Continue reading →
ntel aspired to revolutionize cable and satellite with Web TV. Just because it failed doesn\’t mean Apple, Google, and the rest will too — but they\’re no closer to a happy ending. via How Intel TV failed — pay attention, … Continue reading →
Video technology provider SeaChange International has posted non-GAAP operating income of US$2.9 million (€2.1 million) for its fiscal third quarter, flat year-on-year, and revenues of US$37.8 million for the quarter, compared with US$39.2 million for the prior year. via Mixed … Continue reading →
UK cable operator Virgin Media is using geo-location technology from Digital Element to manage the geographic rights to content available on its Virgin TV Anywhere service. via Virgin Media taps Digital Element for content geo-location » Digital TV Europe.
Despite having “the wow factor” Ultra High Definition take-up faces a number of challenges, including a slow TV replacement cycle among consumers, according to LG Electronics’ director of EU innovation R&D, Stuart Savage. via Ultra HD uptake still a long … Continue reading →
Sky is likely to adopt ultra high definition 4K technology quicker than the BBC, with the UK public service broadcaster currently more focused on improving existing HD technologies, according to BBC executive Mark Harrison. via Sky to beat BBC to … Continue reading →
South Africa’s Cabinet has approved a number of amendments to the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy relating mainly to whether the set-top boxes required to achieve the migration should have a control system or not. via South Africa: STB Conditional Access … Continue reading →
A new report has attempted to calculate the costs of breaking up pay-TV bundles, finding that such a move would not only undermine the business model for media companies, it could also lead to higher prices for customers. via Analyst: … Continue reading →
Some Chromecast users are starting to report that they have received the latest firmware update for Google’s TV dongle, and the most prominent change seems to be an even more subdued home screen. via Chromecast update brings more minimalism to … Continue reading →
What did two days at Future TV Advertising Forum teach us? The most obvious take-away, if not a revelation, is that advanced advertising is happening. This conference provided important examples of how Dynamic Advertising Insertion is being used in the … Continue reading →
A south of England man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting possession of one of the largest ever hauls of hi-tech equipment for use in copyright theft ever found in the UK. via Hi-tech copyright criminal … Continue reading →
Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has called a meeting for December 10 to discuss the vacating of the first DTT multiplex (MUX1) by the public broadcaster TVP. via Poland calls DTT summit.
Entertainment navigation specialist TMS and semantic discovery engine for video Jinni have agreed a deal that will see Jinni use TMS’s OnEntertainment metadata to provide availability information for linear TV and OTT content on its new ‘My TV & Movie … Continue reading →
Media center app Plex could be coming to Chromecast soon: A recent version of Plex’s server software already includes a Chromecast configuration file. via Plex for Chromecast: new clues hint at imminent launch — Tech News and Analysis.
Members of the Advanced Television Systems Committee have elected three industry executives to serve on the ATSC Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning January 2014. via TVTechnology: ATSC Board Members Elected.
Less than three weeks after naming Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) veteran Steve Reynolds CTO, Harris Broadcast said it struck a deal to acquire IP video tech firm Imagine Communications. via Harris gears for over-the-top expansion with deal to acquire Imagine Communications … Continue reading →
Continuing its leadership in the Smart Home ecosystems powered by Android, Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) today announced a much-anticipated Full HD media processor, the ARMADA® 1500 Plus (88DE3108) system-on-chip (SoC) platform, designed for a vast array of smart video products based … Continue reading →
Netflix has reportedly met with the French president’s staff to discuss a possible launch of its service in Europe’s third-largest market, in what would be a blow to traditional television companies via Netflix France? | Advanced Television.
A collaborative effort between the Dutch Police, the Public Prosecution Service, Dutch TV providers and media protection, revenue assurance specialist Irdeto, has seen a police raid of five homes in Apeldoorn, Enschede, Vlagtwedde and the Hague arresting several people suspected … Continue reading →
Sky Store, the movie rental service from Sky, has opened its doors to everyone in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The initiative means that millions more movie fans can now use the service to rent the latest films … Continue reading →
LG Electronics (LG) will be the first company to incorporate the AllJoyn open source software framework into its Smart TV platform, giving users a new level of interoperability between devices. AllJoyn, developed by Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc., is designed to … Continue reading →
Amid all the talk about hosting functions such as storage and the UI in the cloud, it is easily forgotten that the network can also act as the glue binding together multiple homes into private or virtual communities that can … Continue reading →
Channel 4, the UK commercial broadcaster, is starting to offer demographic targeting to advertising clients on its 4oD on-demand platform, having seen some impressive results from the demographically targeted campaigns it has performed already with a number of brand partners. … Continue reading →
The leading Russian premium on demand service Play will start 4K tests next year. However, according to Leonid Belyaev, the company’s CEO, it will introduce more innovations much sooner, with full HD, multi-audio and subtitles all due to be added … Continue reading →
Having a ‘digital first’ strategy where leading content is made available for online/multiscreen platforms before it is broadcast does not cannibalize the eventual linear TV audience. That was the discovery at ProSiebenSat.1 Group, Germany’s largest TV group that owns five … Continue reading →
Television is evolving. 4K Ultra High Definition is rewriting the rulebook when it comes to image quality, and in the process is beginning to fundamentally change everything from programme production to distribution technology. via Ultra HD and 4K TV: Everything … Continue reading →
Just 9% of Internet consumers would pay to rent a select movie or episodic program on a connected TV Consumer demand for renting movies and TV shows on connected devices, including television, remains low despite home entertainment’s transition to digital … Continue reading →
RTL Deutschland has partnered with domestic cable operator Kabel Deutschland to deliver targeted video-on-demand (VoD) advertising to TV viewers. via RTL partners with Kabel Deutschland on targeted VoD advertising » Digital TV Europe.
OTT can benefit rather than threaten pay TV by enabling operators to extend their reach to multiscreen devices, with a business model that charges for content bundles rather than access via a specific technology making most sense, according to Oliver … Continue reading →
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) confirmed that it is beginning to offer subscribers a $29.99 monthly subscription bundle that includes local broadcast channels and HBO. via Time Warner Cable targets ‘cord nevers’ with $30 basic HBO bundle – FierceCable.
The UK TV industry’s failure to adopt more sophisticated ad targeting methods is exposing the industry to the risk of being overtaken by the tech giants, according to a new report published by London-based Decipher Research. The report says that … Continue reading →
Ziggo, a cable operator in the Netherlands, and SMiT, the leading CAM (Conditional Access Module) provider, have teamed-up to accomplish the on-demand and catch-up TV services without separated digital receivers as is normally required, which has launched into the Netherlands … Continue reading →
The BBC puts essentially all of its content online for free in the UK. It\’s on every device, at every time, on every network, for anything from a week to a month after transmission. In effect, this is the nirvana … Continue reading →
Orange has announces the results of Orange Exposure 2013/2014—an annual independent study by TNS into media habits across UK, France and Spain. This year\’s study takes an early look at the impact of 4G networks on consumer behaviour; exploring how … Continue reading →
Portugal had 3.16 million pay-TV subscribers at the end of the Q3 2013, up 0.4 per cent on the previous quarter and by 1.6 per cent year-on-year, according to figures published by regulator Anacom. The pay-TV penetration amounted to 53.4 … Continue reading →
Residents of Selling, a small rural village in Kent (England), have called a public meeting in the hope of being able to solve the areas four year spat over the failure of Internal Communication Systems (ISC) to complete the £50k … Continue reading →
RTL Netherlands reported a 13% year-on-year increase in combined audience share among its core target group of 20 to 49 year-olds last month, reaching 38.2% of viewers. via RTL Netherlands reports viewer bounce » Digital TV Europe.
Service providers and enterprises are continually being challenged to transport more data while at the same time reduce costs. After all, it is in the metro that optical networking’s most critical, bandwidth-intensive applications – residential broadband, business Ethernet, mobile backhaul … Continue reading →
The BBC have announced that iPlayer has seen 261m requests this October—up +23% on October last year, with 199m TV requests—the third highest figure ever recorded. via DTG :: News :: BBC iPlayer gets 261m requests.
The cable industry has historically found itself at the very bottom of customer satisfaction rankings across nearly all industries, in large part because of the constant rate hikes, but also because quality customer support never scaled with their merger and … Continue reading →
Gigabit-class broadband is capturing the imagination of Internet users throughout the country. With Google and other companies bringing fiber-based services that deliver a gigabit of data each second to the home, communities are accelerating their push to get the highest … Continue reading →
Smart TV Market report categorizes the global market on the basis of various applications, technology, middleware provider, operating system and smart TV application Key Players – Samsung (South Korea), Sony (Japan), LG Electronics (South Korea), Google (U.S.), Panasonic (Japan), and … Continue reading →
UK telco BT has struck a deal with Universal Music that will enable its BT TV customers to play albums from top current artists as part of their TV subscription. via BT tunes into Universal Music streaming | Advanced Television.
Internet television network Netflix and NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution have agreed a licensing deal allowing Netflix members in Canada instantly to watch feature films and previous seasons of some of the current most popular TV shows from NBCUniversal … Continue reading →
Australian pay-TV Foxtel is launching its first Triple Play offering of broadband Internet and fixed-line telephony services bundled with its television product. The initiative follows approval by Foxtel’s shareholders Telstra and News Australia, and the execution of a wholesale agreement … Continue reading →
While nearly all households in Europe can access basic broadband services, significant challenges still remain in delivering higher speed broadband to all. The aim is to offer speeds of at least 30 megabits per second for all by 2020. The … Continue reading →
Bundled subscriptions, including pay television, broadband and fixed-line telephony on a single bill, will reach a third of a billion homes by 2018, an increase of nearly 210 million on the 2013 total. That is the latest forecast from Digital … Continue reading →
Minister switches off analogue TV signal New Zealand television is now a digital-only zone after the analogue signal was switched off by Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss. Mr Foss switched off the Waiatarua TV Tower analogue transmitter at 2am this morning, … Continue reading →
SpaceCom and the Bulgarian telco Neterra Communications have entered into a strategic partnership for the provision of satellite TV services, video distribution to cable headends, VSAT communications and broadband internet services. via Neterra finds new DTH partner.
The cable TV industry may be looking at a big change in the future, according to Cablevision’s CEO Jim Dolan. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Dolan stated “there could come a day’ when his company stops offering … Continue reading →
BVE (Broadcast Video Expo) 2014, the UK\’s largest trade event showcasing the latest technology and trends for consumer consumption of content on any platform (25-27 February, ExCEL, London) will focus on content delivery, new platforms and explain to content owners how to … Continue reading →
Almost half of all mobile devices in France, Spain and the UK are now Android-based, according to a study conducted across the three countries by Orange. via Android share of mobile and tablet market grows to half » Digital TV … Continue reading →
Swedish cable operator Com Hem saw a slight decrease in overall revenue in the third quarter, while posting an increase in homes connected. via Com Hem hit by competition, but grows number of homes » Digital TV Europe.
TV sales in Germany are likely to fall below expectations this year, ending 18% down on the 2012 figure at 7.7 million units, according to consumer electronics trade associations GFU. via TV sales in Germany underperform CE market » Digital … Continue reading →
The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination has again demonstrated the importance of the news anchor. CBS newsman Walter Cronkite and his words, “the flash, apparently official…” more familiar even to a UK audience than whoever was presenting the BBC … Continue reading →
A report in the Romanian press claims Discovery Communications’s spending spree could be set to continue with the acquisition of free-TV broadcaster Prima TV. via Discovery ‘interested in Prima TV takeover’ » Digital TV Europe.
VOD apps from broadcasters including the BBC, NOS and Viasat have been made available to coincide with the launch of Playstation 4 in 20 countries across Europe. via Broadcasters flock to Playstation 4.
Long gone are the days where we only had a choice of a handful of TV channels and this expanded content can be enjoyed almost anywhere away from the home TV, and now the Virgin TV Anywhere app has been … Continue reading →
Major developments in Russia’s DTH market may be on the horizon. Raduga TV, the country’s fourth largest platform, has suddenly found itself in the spotlight following an announcement from the regulator Roskomnadzor that it faces criminal proceedings for allegedly operating … Continue reading →
UKTV has made its full network of channels available to Virgin TV Anywhere users for the first time, building on the network’s strategy to offer viewers even more ways to watch its channels. via UKTV channels on Virgin TV Anywhere … Continue reading →
A new subscription streaming service is bringing channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and History to Freeview viewers in the UK. via New UK streaming service launches on Freeview HD connected boxes » Digital TV Europe.
UK connected TV service YouView has enabled BT customers to record internet channels on their Humax boxes. The phased rollout was launched a week ago, with BT YouView customers progressively having their software updated to enable the function. via YouView … Continue reading →
One of the biggest challenges for advertisers trying to reach consumers on their mobile devices is the size of the mobile screens themselves. via Video Consumption: Mobile v. Tablets v. TVs – Business Insider.
YouTube’s most recent Android app contains a number of references to premium music features, suggesting that the site’s music subscription service could launch soon. via YouTube may be getting ready to launch its music subscription — Tech News and Analysis.
People with YouView will soon be able to use a USB keyboard to control their set-top boxes, with a raft of accessibility updates also bringing extra functionality for all. via Keyboard control for YouView boxes is rolling out | News … Continue reading →
PVR manufacturer TiVo reported Q3 sales of $81.7 million (up from $61 million in the same period last year) and is anticipating Q4 sales revenues of about $84 million – which would be around 30 per cent ahead of last … Continue reading →
4oD is the latest terrestrial catch-up TV service to launch on the Now TV Box. The Channel 4 platform has also been added to the Roku TV box in which Sky has a strategic investment. via 4oD launches on the … Continue reading →
Astra Deutschland’s HD+ satellite DTH platform has extended its current contract with broadcasters, but the free viewing window is being reduced to six months. via HD+ extends contract with broadcasters.
Consumers now expect all their devices to be able to discover the home network, talk to each other and share content and they’re no longer prepared to put up with the old boundaries that handicapped their freedom to access content … Continue reading →
Modern Times Group (MTG)-backed Russian DTH platform Raduga TV is facing the prospect of criminal proceedings initiated by the federal executive authority Roskomanadzor. via MTG platform faces legal action.