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Sky Movies Star Wars showcase

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To mark Star Wars Day on May 4th, an annual celebration of all things Jedi, Sky is showing all six Star Wars movies, back-to-back. Then, on May 5th, it’s the Revenge of the Fifth: celebrating the dark side with another movie marathon. All six movies in the saga – A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, […]

Reuters-TIMA provides Location Services to over 25 broadcasters

Since launching in February this year, Reuters-TIMA has provided global Location Services to over 25 clients across four continents. CNN, Nippon TV, Euronews and Seven Network are among the first broadcasters to have used the new service. Reuters-TIMA Location Services provides every aspect of newsgathering facilities and support services on the ground during breaking news stories. Reuters-TIMA Location Services was […]

Cord-cutting minimal in Western Europe

Despite signs of market maturity, cord-cutting is not expected to make much of an impact in Western Europe, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The Digital TV Western Europe Forecasts report (which covers 18 countries) states that pay TV penetration is expected to grow from 56.7 per cent at end-2014 to 60.4 per cent in 2020. In fact, […]

8K TV will be the limit

One event largely unreported at the recent NAB show was a presentation by Japan’s NHK public broadcaster that referred to NHK’s ‘road map’ for the deployment of its 8K Super HiVision technology. NHK Executive Research Engineer Masayuki Sugawara, from NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories, was explaining that NHK would start experimental transmissions of 8K/Super HiVision (7680 x 4320 pixels) […]

Samsung leads 4K market

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Samsung’s curved screens have helped it take the World No 1 position in terms of flat-panel 4K/Ultra HDTV displays, according to market research from Display Search. Sales y-o-y are up a massive 350 per cent on Q1 2014. In the first three months of the year, Samsung supplied 28.8 per cent of all Ultra-HD panels sold globally, up 8.9 percentage […]

Middle-East pay-TV boom

IHS, the market analysis specialist, has published key findings from its annual Middle East & North Africa Pay TV Market Monitor report. The report found that 2014 was another year of substantial growth for the pay-TV market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with pay-TV revenues jumping from €702 million in 2013 to €873 million in 2014. […]

Atresmedia, Mediaset break ad laws

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The Spanish Competition watchdog, CNMC, has imposed fines of €150,000 each on the country’s two largest TV groups, Atresmedia and Mediaset, for breaking the law for commercial breaks. Both companies have been fined for inserting adverts in the middle of shows interrupting them and not respecting “the integrity of programmes”. These unlawful practices were made in several channels such as […]

Serbia on schedule to complete DSO by June 15

Serbia has started the digital TV switchover process, with the switching off of the first analogue transmitter at the location Vrsacki Breg. The process will continue throughout the month of May and the entire country should be digital-only from June 15th. The whole project is worth €37.5 million, a figure that includes a €10 million donation from the European Union. […]

Success for Thor-7

After an unexpected 20 minute delay, which was not related to either the rocket or its precious cargo, the Arianespace rocket lifted off flawlessly on a text-book launch from the Kourou rocket site in French Guiana. The Ariane 5 rocket released Thor-7 for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) just 28 minutes after lift-off. Thor-7 will now progress steadily towards its 1 […]

Broadband policy could decide vote for 1 in 5 UK residents

Broadband policy is a key issue for the UK electorate in the upcoming election, with nearly one fifth (18 per cent) saying it will affect the way they vote, according to a survey of 2,500 UK residents by broadband, TV and mobile comparison site Cable.co.uk. With as little as 1 per cent (according to current BBC and YouGov polls) dividing […]

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