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DVB-T2 platform for RTL


Broadcast network operator Media Broadcast entered into a new agreement for terrestrial TV distribution with RTL Deutschland. Media Broadcast plans to develop a digital terrestrial TV platform using the DVB-T2 standard, allowing broadcasters to distribute more channels and to broadcast in HD quality. Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland is seeking to distribute its HD programmes via this platform using the DVB-T2 standard. […]

UK first for silicon decoding of 4K using HEVC

The DTG UK UHD Forum has demonstrated the live decoding and display of 10-bit 50Hz 2160p content compressed with HEVC at the DTG Summit in London. The successful display using HEVC, which is expected to be the new compression system for Ultra-HD content, was also the first example of decoding using silicon in real time. “I couldn’t think of a […]

Mobile Video Alliance launched by Vaizey

Equinix, the global interconnection and data centre company, has announced that the Mobile Video Alliance [MVA], established in 2013 by Equinix and mobile operator EE, has been officially launched under the auspices of the DTG by Ed Vaizey MP, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries at the DTG Summit. The MVA will tackle video quality over wireless and […]

4K, DVB-S2X on ANGA COM agenda

ANGA COM – the exhibition for broadband, cable and satellite – has put together a panel of experts to discuss 4K UHDTV and how to make it a commercial reality. The panel will be an important part of the UHDTV debate at the event (May 20-22 in Cologne). The main focus of the panel will be the introduction of the […]

HGI spec moves Smart Homes closer to reality

HGI, an organisation responsible for setting requirements for the smart home, has published a landmark document which brings service providers a step closer to making the smart home a reality. HGI-RD048, titled HG Requirements for HGI Open Platform 2.0, sets out updated guidelines for modular software deployments onto the Home Gateway. It updates RD008-R3, published in 2011. The publication is […]

BBC Chairman Patten to stand down


BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten is standing down with immediate effect on health grounds following major heart surgery. Vice Chairman Diane Coyle will take over as Acting Chairman until a successor is appointed. Patten, who took up the post in May 2011 and had been meant to serve until April 2015, said that on the advice of his doctors, and […]

Ofcom spectrum blueprint for next decade

A plan to enable the UK to meet the growing demands placed on its wireless infrastructure over the next decade has been published by Ofcom. The Spectrum Management Strategy sets Ofcom’s strategic approach and priorities for managing radio spectrum, which underpins all wireless services. Applications that use this invisible but valuable resource include: mobile phones and tablets, TV and radio […]

RVU Alliance certification for 4K devices

The RVU Alliance, which develops and promotes the RVU Remote User Interface (RUI) standard, has announced a major feature expansion with the launch of the RVU Certification program for Ultra HDdevices, along with a significant expansion of the RVU membership roster. RVU is a client/server protocol which allows a central server to provide a consistent User Interface and features to […]

ATIS standard boost for mobile multicast content delivery

Technology and solutions development organisation, the Alliance for Telecommunications Solutions (ATIS) ATIS has released a new standard, Multicast Delivery of Content to Mobile End User Devices (ATIS-0200011), which provides a key protocol by which content from multicast streams can be delivered to mobile end-user devices. The standard extends previous ATIS work on multicast-based content delivery methods. It features three use […]

Entropic and other STBs hit by patent claim

DirecTV, Entropic, CyberTan and other set-top box suppliers have been named in a patent action by Canadian semiconductor company ViXS Systems and its US subsidiary, ViXS USA. ViXS is alleging that the technology companies are importing set-top boxes and other components that infringe four of its patents. The action seems to be a ‘tit for tat’ response to an action […]

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