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DVB approves UHDTV HEVC delivery profile

A significant step in the road to Ultra High Definition TV services has been taken with the approval of the DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification at the 77th meeting of the DVB Steering Board. The specification includes an HEVC Profile for DVB broadcasting services that draws, from the options available with HEVC, those that will match the requirements for delivery of […]

SMC launches EuroDOCSIS 3.0 and EuroPacketCable 1.5

SMC Networks, a global provider of customer premises equipment (CPE) for the complete digital home, has unveiled its E3G1604WV, a 16×4 EuroDOCSIS Voice Gateway, received both EuroDOCSIS 3.0 and EuroPacketCable 1.5 certifications. SMC started to launch the Veloxite family in 2013 to provide cable operators with a complete portfolio of downstream/upstream channel configurations including 8×4, 16×4 and 24×8 for their […]

CEA updates Ultra-HD display characteristics

Technology trade association the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced updated core characteristics for Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TVs, monitors and projectors for the home. As devised and approved by CEA’s Video Division Board, these characteristics build on the first-generation UHD characteristics released by the CEA in October 2012. These expanded display characteristics (CEA’s Ultra High-Definition Display Characteristics V2) – voluntary […]

NCTA disputes STB power claims

US cable industry trade body the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has reacted to a report in the LA Times which suggested that cable TV boxes have become second-biggest energy users in many homes, describing them as hogs that feed in the sleep. In a blog post, the NCTA notes that in March 2014, it reported that the new […]

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance lauds Singapore White Space regulation

Spectrum allocation advocacy group the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance has welcomed the announcement from Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) regarding its regulatory framework for unlicensed access to unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands – the so-called TV White Spaces. This comes as the Alliance celebrates its first Anniversary and reflects upon its launch in Singapore in June 2013 […]

Open IPTV Forum, HbbTV Association merge

Trade bodies the Open IPTV Forum and the HbbTV Association have merged their future activities into a single organisation within the legal structure of the HbbTV Association. They say the decision is based on the recognition that the markets of OTT, HBB, and IPTV are coming closer together, and barriers between the models are becoming smaller. With the initiative, both […]

DVB-T2 delivers HEVC encoded UHD and mobile TV

This year at Broadcast Asia, visitors to the DVB stand can witness the power and flexibility of DVB-T2.  In a groundbreaking demo, DVB-T2 is used to deliver a wide range of resolutions from Ultra-HD down to the smaller screen resolutions for mobile devices including smartphones. Using the second-generation terrestrial transmission standard, an HEVC encoded UHD service and a mobile service […]

RDK support DVB for global operators

At the Connected TV Summit 2014 in London, RDK Management has announced that the Reference Design Kit (RDK) now provides key components for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard that is widely used throughout Europe and other parts of the world. The advancement was made possible thanks to significant contributions of software components by SeaChange International, that will extend the […]

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 […]

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