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HD+ joins FreeTV Alliance

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HD+, a provider of high-definition, free-to-air satellite channels to the German market, has joined the FreeTV Alliance, the broadcast industry association that was revealed at IBC by Fransat, Freesat and Tivùsat to promote the harmonisation of free-to-view satellite TV services and technology across Europe. HD+ had been expected to join the Alliance at launch, but was not in a position […]

Portugal starts migration to MFN for DTT

Portugal has started using Multi Frequency Network (MFN) in an attempt to resolve DTT reception problems in parts of the country. The move follows the request of DTT network operator, PT Comunicações, (PTC) for licensing four transmitters (Marofa, Mendro, Palmela and São Mamede) on alternative frequencies to those operating in mainland Portugal, subsequently approved by the National Communications Authority (Anacom). […]

FCC postpones spectrum auction

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The FCC’s plan to auction off 600 MHz spectrum licences returned by broadcasters has been deferred until at least 2016, following what the Commission describes as a recalibration of its proposed timing. It was seeking to hold the auction in mid-2015. In a blog post, Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, suggested that now was a […]

Cinema’s audio changes to “impact TV”

The influential Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) has been holding its annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood this past week. One of the topics discussed was how – and which – new immersive cinema audio technology might be adopted as the next movie ‘standard’. Two contenders are already being talked about, Dolby’s Atmos, and the rival […]

Media Broadcast tests DVB-T2 standard

Media Broadcast, an operator of digital terrestrial TV and radio networks in Germany, has launched a pilot project in Berlin to test the new DVB-T2 standard. All leading TV broadcasters, relevant industry associations and many companies in the CE industry are involved as project partners. This trial is an important step on the way to implementing a DVB-T2 platform for […]

France’s 700 MHz auction set for 2015

French President François Hollande has announced that the process of auctioning frequencies in the 700 MHz band for use by telcos will get under way in 2015. Any resultant frequency auction could help rebalance the public accounts. An auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz band in 2011 saw the Government earn €2.6 billion. He revealed the initiative in a […]

Zamora first 4G city in Spain

The northern city of Zamora will be the first city in Spain to complete DTT migration and use the 800 MHz band frequencies to deploy 4G services. Over the last two years, Zamora and the nearby village of Fuentesauco have been testing 4G services led by the Ministry of Industry with the cooperation of telcos Telefónica, Orange and Vodafone – […]

Linked Content Coalition sets Digital Future targets

The Linked Content Coalition (LCC), the media project that has developed a technical framework to improve the management and communication of and access to online rights information, has been re-constituted as a permanent organisation. The new LCC is a not-for-profit global consortium of standards bodies and registries with a remit to facilitate and expand the legitimate use of content in […]

CEA unveils new logos for 4K UHD displays

US trade body the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has unveiled new logos to designate 4K Ultra High-Definition TVs, monitors and projectors for the home that meet CEA’s voluntary core characteristics for 4K Ultra HD display products announced earlier this year. As devised by CEA’s Ultra HD Communications Working Group and approved without any objections by CEA’s Video Division Board, the […]

DLNA intros VidiPath

The Digital Living Network Alliance has launched the VidiPath Certification program for retail CE products supporting the organization’s subscription TV content-viewing Guidelines. Guidelines have been given the new consumer-friendly VidiPath brand name, which was chosen so that subscription TV customers can more easily find products that best suit their needs for seamlessly enjoying their providers’ content on multiple device platforms […]

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