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European industry bodies call for Open Internet

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A coalition of European communications industry trade bodies has stressed the importance for the sector of promoting real choice and quality for all customers, nurturing innovation and fostering network investment. In a joint statement, they suggest these “ambitious, yet indispensable” goals can only be achieved in the context of an approach based on future-proof principles, which should be applied consistently […]

France opens 700MHz consultation

France’s broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has opened a public consultation on the transfer in urban areas of frequencies in the 700MHz to services other than broadcast and the evolution of the terrestrial broadcaster landscape in such areas. The move follows the announcement on December 10 2014 by France’s Prime Minister of the government’s decision to transfer, […]

Industry majors form UHD Alliance

Leading Hollywood studios, consumer electronics brands, content distributors, post-production and technology companies have combined to launch the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance – a new coalition of companies united to set the bar for next generation video entertainment by establishing new standards to support innovation in video technologies including 4K and higher resolutions, high dynamic range, wider colour gamut and […]

‘Netflix-approved’ Smart TVs

Online entertainment streaming service Netflix has initiated a ‘Netflix Recommended TV’ programme, an independent Smart TV evaluation scheme to help consumers identify televisions built for a superior Internet TV experience. “We’ve created the Netflix Recommended TV programme to help consumers identify Smart TVs that offer better performance, easier menu navigation and new features that improve the experience for Internet TV […]

ATSC3.0 demo at CES

Samsung Electronics, Comark and TeamCast will demonstrate the world’s first terrestrial broadcast of full ATSC3.0 technology at International CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The demonstration will show a live transmission of MPEG-H HEVC Ultra HD video and MPEG-H 3D audio content. The transmission signal is received from a Comark 600 W UHF transmitter, located in the Black Mountain, Las Vegas […]

Italy postpones DVB-T2 obligation

Italy’s Council of Ministers has passed a decree postponing the obligation of the compulsory sale of DVB-T2 compatible TV sets, originally scheduled for January 1st 2015, and specifying the use of the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding or H.265) codec. Under existing law, from next week, TV manufacturers would not have been able to market TV sets without DVB-T2 tuners, […]

Homes set for Multi-Gigabit cable broadband

A successful first interoperability test for new cable DOCSIS 3.1 equipment means that the industry is on schedule to deliver multi-Gbps connections to the home. CableLabs – the non-profit research and development consortium for the cable industry – has confirmed that six technology companies have completed the first successful interoperability test of DOCSIS 3.1 products for a new generation of […]

ITU approves G.fast standard

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ITU members have confirmed final approval of G.fast, the new ITU broadband standard designed to deliver access speeds of up to 1Gbit/s over existing telephone wires. The ITU suggests the standard answers service providers’ need for a complement to fibre to the home (FTTH) technologies in scenarios where G.fast proves the more cost-efficient strategy. According to the ITU, G.fast, within […]

Fransat switching to MPEG-4, adds 4K

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French FTA broadcasts under its Fransat system will switch from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 in 15-16 months from now, around Spring 2016”. The decision means that viewers will have to buy a new Fransat HD compatible MPEG-4 receiver from around 40 available on the market. Boxes will shortly start appearing with MPEG-4 and a logo (“Fransat Connect”) which will mean that […]

Pace DOCSIS 3 gets ENERGY STAR

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Pace has announced that its D5001 ‘Ultra’ DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Gateway has earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR. The device is the first DOCSIS 3.0 modem to receive an ENERGY STAR certification in the category for Small Network Equipment (SNE). The Pace D5001 Ultra Gateway uses 24 bonded DOCSIS channels to deliver a new generation of high-speed […]

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