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EBU: 3D TV won’t catch on

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3D television will never catch on for regular TV programmes claims Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of the European Broadcasting Union. Speaking to the Swiss press, Deltenre declared: “Members of the EBU, and programme producers are still in the phase of migration to high definition, they are not going to add 3D to their troubles.” She agreed that niche uses would [...]

Ergen’s DISH bids top for Hulu

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DISH Network, the number two US DTH platform, has bid for Hulu to add it to a growing portfolio of content delivery platforms that includes Blockbuster. Headed by Charlie Ergen, DISH has reportedly offered more than Yahoo or Amazon with a figure said to top $1.9 billion. However, such is the frenzy for the $500 million revenue OTT service, some [...]

Google: Less regulation = faster net

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Although governments are keen to reap the benefits of high-speed Internet access, they need to reform regulations to help those building networks to provide it, according to a senior Google executive. Delivering a keynote address at the Broadband World Forum in Paris, Kevin Lo, Google’s general manager of access, told delegates: “Regulation can get in the way of innovation. Regulations [...]

Canal Plus/TPS merger authorisation reversed

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France’s Autorité de la concurrence (Competition Authority) has declared that the Canal Plus Group has not complied with a number of commitments – some deemed essential – made at the acquisition of rival pay-TV platform TPS in 2006. It has withdrawn the decision to authorise the transaction, obliging the parties to notify the operation again within a month. It also [...]

Google: ‘We can’t block sites’

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Getting its defence in early, Google has said it would be unworkable for it to block entire sites. In a speech to the Royal Television Society on Wednesday it has been widely trailed that UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt will call on search engines, ISPs and transaction companies to play a more active role in blocking pirate sites. See previous [...]

Everything Everywhere tries again with mobile TV

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Everything Everywhere, the UK mobile joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile, has revealed the first in a series of significant changes planned for its mobile TV service over the next 12 months. The changes are designed to improve the mobile TV experience it provides its customers and it predicts a six-fold increase in subscribers over the next three years as [...]

Google TV to launch in UK

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Google is to launch its web-TV service in the UK within the next six months, according to reports. The launch was confirmed by CEO Eric Schmidt speaking at the Edinburgh International TV Festival. Schmidt said Google TV did not threaten broadcasters and would enable them to experiment with new formats online. He defended the company’s contribution to the TV industry, [...]

Sky Italia first 3D movies, sports

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Sky Italia is launching an ad-hoc 3D channel on September 6, with movies, entertainment and sports featuring heavily. The hope is that the channel will become a driving force for sales of 3D TV devices, which are still rare in Italy. Subscribers equipped with an HD set-top box and special glasses, will be able to watch movie premieres in 3D, [...]

Fox’s Hulu delay doubles illegal downloads

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If you restrict legal access to your content does that increase piracy? Yes, says TorrentFreak revealing that since Fox Network restricted its shows to an eight-day catch up on Hulu and Fox.com, illegal downloads of those shows has more than doubled. The torrent news Web site tracked several popular Fox shows–including Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef–on BitTorrent for a last week [...]

Google: “We need TV”

Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt will tell the audience at the Edinburgh TV Festival this week that “Google needs you” according to The Guardian. In the annual MacTaggart lecture Schmidt is expected to say Google wants to help the industry and draw a line under a history of fraught legal actions with studios and broadcasters over breach of copyright by Google’s [...]

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