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MStar licenses CryptoFirewall

MStar Semiconductor, a semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, has licensed the Cryptography Research CryptoFirewall security core for integration into its connected TV solution chips. The CryptoFirewall core will provide operators and OTT distributors utilising MStar-based connected TVs with strong hardware security to protect content and services against piracy. “Increasingly, consumers want the convenience of viewing all their […]

Smart card shipments to rise by 2.1bn units by 2019

Global unit shipments of smart cards are expected to rise by 2.1 billion from 2014 through 2019 – about equal to the combined populations of China, the US, Indonesia and Brazil, according to IHS Technology. Smart card shipments in 2019 will rise to 10.9 billion units, up from 8.8 billion in 2014. To put this in perspective, the number of […]

Update expands Freeview TV guide

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Freeview, the UK FTA TV service, is expanding its on-screen programme guide to allow for even more great free entertainment. Children’s and News services will move to new numbers on September 3rd, increasing capacity for up to 99 general entertainment channels. Channels 70-76 in the Children’s genre will move to 120-126, and News channels 80-85 will move to 130-135 on […]

Sky enhances EPG

UK digital satellite platform Sky is updating its TV Guide with a new recommendations feature and launching a ‘Smart Series Link’. Sky customers will start to see a raft of new features from Sky+ which will be rolled out to its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). With this latest update, Sky says it will be easier than ever for its customers […]

Emmys for TiVo

TiVo has announced that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has awarded both TiVo and subsidiary Digitalsmiths an Emmy Award for their role in shaping the next generation of home entertainment. TiVo was recognised for Television Enhancement Devices and Digitalsmiths for Personalised Recommendation Engines for Video Discovery for Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs). The 2014 honours mark […]

Dolby readies ‘Atmos’ for the home

Noise-reduction specialists Dolby Labs is about to debut its latest immersive surround sound system, Atmos, onto home entertainment systems. More than 100 Hollywood titles are already mastered in Atmos and Dolby says it has created the authoring tools that would permit studios to create an Atmos audio version for the home. Initially, Dolby expects the first releases to appear on […]

ACCESS launches Twine platform

ACCESS, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, has confirmed the launch of ACCESS Twine. The new software solution enables multiscreen operators to bridge the growing gap between technology fragmentation and consumer demand for simplicity and universal content access on all devices. “Fragmentation is the largest technological hurdle operators face when looking […]

DISH launches updated Anywhere UI

DISH has rolled out the latest update for its DISH Anywhere app on iPad, Android and Kindle tablets. DISH Anywhere gives Hopper with Sling customers in the US the ability to view live, recorded and VoD content at home or on-the-go from their mobile devices. The update delivers a modernised user interface and new capabilities that enhance the way customers […]

Update expands Freeview TV guide

Freeview UK is expanding its on-screen programme guide to allow for even more free entertainment. Children’s and News services will move to new numbers on September 3rd, increasing capacity for up to 99 general entertainment channels. Channels 70-76 in the Children’s genre will move to 120-126, and News channels 80-85 will move to 130-135 on the Freeview TV guide. Changes […]

Italy to adopt HbbTV 2.0

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Italy’s Confindustria Radio Televisioni has issued a statement declaring the intention of the country’s broadcasters to move from DVB-MHP to the HTML-5 based HbbTV 2.0 when the specification is released later this year. Italy’s HD-Book 3.0 (due to be published in October) will retain MHP, but the plan is to endorse HbbTV 2.0 as the standard middleware in HD-Book 4.0. […]

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