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4,000 developers download Smart TV Alliance SDK

More than 4,000 smart TV application developers are working with the Smart TV Alliance Common Developer Portal, which launched in June, to build smart TV apps in a single, integrated process for multi-manufacturer publication. The portal simplifies the development and testing process and triggers publication across multiple TV manufacturers, allowing smart TV apps to reach more devices and users faster. […]

SMPTE backs “dazzling” HDR spec

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) on September 10 is to release a technical standard covering High Dynamic Range (HDR) images that will – in essence – match the Dolby Vision proposals from Dolby Labs. The concept could allow viewers to see what has been described as “dazzling” in its treatment of whiter whites and permitting much […]

MStar DivX HEVC UHD chip

DivX, a provider of next-generation digital video solutions, and MStar Semiconductor, a global expert in semiconductor solutions, has announced that MStar HEVC TV SoC will be the first digital television chip to receive DivX HEVC Certification, enabling the playback of highly efficient DivX HEVC Ultra-HD video. “By delivering the first digital television chip that is DivX Certified for HEVC Ultra […]

DASH Industry Forum gaining momentum

DASH Industry Forum (DASH-IF), the major advocacy body catalysing the adoption of DASH as the new standard OTT adaptive bit rate delivery of media to any device, announced today that their membership has grown to 74 member companies, now including Google, from the original six founding charter members in 2012. “The adoption of DASH has accelerated even higher this year […]

GSMA calls for early broadcast spectrum release

Trade body the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has called on the European Commission to accelerate the repurposing of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz) better to respond to the changing ways content is being accessed. The move puts the GSMA in direct opposition to the European Broadcasting Union, which argues that an early release date is […]

EBU expresses 700 MHz DTT concerns

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed the European Commission’s High Level Group report recommending that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700 MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. However, it is concerned about the early release of the 700 MHz frequencies. The group, chaired by former European Commissioner and WTO Director General Pascal Lamy looked at future […]

Philippines set for ISDB-T deployment

The Philippines has moved one step closer to deployment of Japanese digital terrestrial broadcasting standard Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) following the release of a draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the transmission switchover by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba has invited all affected and interested parties to a public hearing for the proposed […]

Green STBs saving $100s of millions

Findings from a report looking at the energy efficiency of set-top boxes show that the voluntary STB energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy bills. According to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report, the […]

Japan commits to Ultra-HD

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Japan is about to announce a major commitment towards 4K broadcasting. It already has a 4K ‘best of 4K’ channel on air (which went live on June 2nd) under the auspices of Japan’s ‘NexTV-Forum’ and representing all of Japan’s broadcasters both public and private. Next week will see Japan’s broadcasting authorities announce their latest roadmap towards full 8K broadcasting, which […]

DTG next-gen FTA spec for Freeview Connected

DTG members are about to begin work on the evolution of the technical specification for digital terrestrial television (D-Book 8) to introduce support for Freeview Connected and much more, with Working Group meetings due to begin after the summer break. Simon Gauntlett, the DTG’s Chief Technology Officer, has circulated a plan of activity to the relevant expert Working Groups which […]

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