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Industry majors form Streaming Video Alliance

A number of leading companies from the online video ecosystem are jointly to form the Streaming Video Alliance with the aim of facilitating the creation of architecture, standards and best practices that will scale the infrastructure for online video and improve efficiency for all providers in the ecosystem while preserving a high quality experience for consumers. The Alliance members, comprised […]

Russia Today slammed by Ofcom

RT, the former Russia Today news channel, managed to breach Ofcom regulations four times in a single week back in early March over its allegedly biased coverage of the Ukrainian crisis. Ofcom considered that as news programming, the content in question raised issues warranting investigation under its key rule that: “News, in whatever form, must be reported with due accuracy […]

Study supports EBU spectrum stance

A study into the future use of radio spectrum – the finite resource essential to free-to-air TV access – concludes that its most valuable use for at least the next 15 years is digital terrestrial broadcasting (DTT). The investigation by the strategic telecommunications consultancy Aetha of the ultra high frequency (UHF) spectrum band within the EU was commissioned by leading […]

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 – […]

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