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Telestream announces availability of HEVC transcoding

Telestream, a provider of video transcoding and workflow solutions, is now shipping HEVC encoding within its Vantage Transcode Multiscreen product. This is the first commercial product to leverage the x265 encoding technology which was developed by an open source community to create a highly optimized HEVC H.265 codec. HEVC offers the promise of higher frame rates and lower bit rates, [...]

DTG: 2014 year Ultra-HD gets defined


Taking what it describes as a “measured and cautious” approach, the DTG, the industry association for digital television in the UK, has suggested that it has the time in the next six to twelve months to define clearly what Ultra-high definition television actually means and what it really means for the UK broadcast industry. Describing Ultra-HD one of the most [...]

Study refutes TV broadcasters got free spectrum

The argument that broadcast television stations received spectrum licences “for free” is grossly misleading, said a new study by Navigant Economics Managing Director and Principal Jeffrey Eisenach. The study found nearly all TV station owners paid market value for their spectrum licences through private transactions, and noted other spectrum holders including wireless carriers and satellite television providers DirecTV and DISH [...]

MPEG LA licence terms for HEVC

MPEG LA has revealed that a group of 25 companies have agreed on HEVC licence terms expected to be issued as part of an HEVC Patent Portfolio License in early 2014. High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2) is a standard designed to improve video coding efficiency for the benefit of Internet and mobile [...]

Portugal invention extends cable TV coverage

Portugal Telecom, through its R&D unit PT Inovação, and the University of Aveiro are developing a solution that could substantially reduce the cost of cable TV services and extend their coverage to hundreds or thousands of kilometres. The system, which is “simple, effective and ideal for large countries”, has been developed within the framework of the project “Digital RF Overlay”. [...]

ATSC invites watermarking proposals

US broadcast TV standards body the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has announced a Call for Proposals regarding audio and/or video watermarking technologies for Automatic Content Recognition to help enable interactive applications and other features of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast TV standard. With ATSC 3.0, interactive applications and other features enhancing audio and video can be made be available by [...]

NAB refutes must-carry capacity claims

No current technological barriers exist that would prevent cable and satellite television providers from adding programme-carrying capacity to their systems in the near future, according to a study commissioned by the National Association of Broadcasters, National Religious Broadcasters and the National Black Religious Broadcasters. The study counters pay-TV providers’ claims that continuing to provide broadcast television channels that elect must-carry [...]

India’s Doordarshan selects Harris for DSO

Harris Broadcast, an expert in content management and network infrastructure solutions, has been selected by Indian national broadcaster Doordarshan to deploy a new DVB-T2 transmission infrastructure across the country. The government of India is pushing ahead with plans to complete the move from analogue to digital television transmission by 2017. As the leading public service broadcaster in India, Doordarshan has [...]

Ex-WTO chief to head EU spectrum enquiry

Pascal Lamy, the former head of the World Trade Organisation, is to head a new advisory group on future use of UHF spectrum for TV and wireless broadband. Lamy and senior executives from Europe’s broadcasters, network operators, mobile companies and tech associations have been given six months to make proposals to the European Commission on how to use the UHF [...]

Mediaset to convert DVB-H multiplex to DVB-T


Italy’s Communications Authority (AgCom) has authorised commercial broadcaster Mediaset to transform a DVB-H multiplex into DVB-T technology. The MDS3 multiplex, originally allocated for mobile TV broadcasting, was acquired by Mediaset Group in 2006 from Europa TV. To date it was not used for the transmission of DTT channels. As a result of this decision, Mediaset now disposes of five DTT [...]

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