Category archives for: Standards

UHD Blu-ray standard agreed

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The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has agreed a batch of standards for ‘next generation’ players and disc media called ‘Ultra-HD Blu-ray’. The news, reported by trade magazine Large Display Monitor, says that the Ultra-HD players will support an open standard High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, using 10 bit HEVC MPEG video encoding and based on SMPTE HDR signalling. The format […]

HbbTV 2.0 specs published

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The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, has released the new HbbTV 2.0 specification. HbbTV 2.0 paves the way for a new wave of consumer TV services based on advances including companion device support, HTML5 user experiences and support for advanced […]

French Senate expresses 700MHz concerns

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Following the initiative of the President of the Committee on Culture, Education and Communication, Catherine Morin-Desailly, and the Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs, Jean -Claude Lenoir, the French Senate’s Culture and Economic Affairs Commissions have held hearings with Sébastien Soriano, President of telecoms regulator Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (ARCEP) and subsequently Olivier Schrameck, […]

DLNA certify ‘trick mode’ interoperability

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) has certified the first wave of products from its members that support advanced fast-forward, re-wind and frame-by-frame playback capabilities which are now a mandatory feature of DLNA Guidelines that enable networked devices to share pictures, music and videos. The “trick mode” specifications are also an integral feature of DLNA’s VidiPath Guidelines for viewing subscription TV content […]

Sckipio makes G.fast go twice as far

Sckipio Technologies, an expert in G.fast, has successfully demonstrated G.fast at speeds greater than 500Mbps for 200 metres – double the official ITU targets for this new broadband standard. In laboratory trials with multiple broadband access service providers globally, Sckipio also achieved more than 200Mbps at 400 metres, again doubling the target distance for the given rate. These important test […]

European industry bodies call for Open Internet

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A coalition of European communications industry trade bodies has stressed the importance for the sector of promoting real choice and quality for all customers, nurturing innovation and fostering network investment. In a joint statement, they suggest these “ambitious, yet indispensable” goals can only be achieved in the context of an approach based on future-proof principles, which should be applied consistently […]

France opens 700MHz consultation

France’s broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has opened a public consultation on the transfer in urban areas of frequencies in the 700MHz to services other than broadcast and the evolution of the terrestrial broadcaster landscape in such areas. The move follows the announcement on December 10 2014 by France’s Prime Minister of the government’s decision to transfer, […]

Industry majors form UHD Alliance

Leading Hollywood studios, consumer electronics brands, content distributors, post-production and technology companies have combined to launch the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance – a new coalition of companies united to set the bar for next generation video entertainment by establishing new standards to support innovation in video technologies including 4K and higher resolutions, high dynamic range, wider colour gamut and […]

‘Netflix-approved’ Smart TVs

Online entertainment streaming service Netflix has initiated a ‘Netflix Recommended TV’ programme, an independent Smart TV evaluation scheme to help consumers identify televisions built for a superior Internet TV experience. “We’ve created the Netflix Recommended TV programme to help consumers identify Smart TVs that offer better performance, easier menu navigation and new features that improve the experience for Internet TV […]

ATSC3.0 demo at CES

Samsung Electronics, Comark and TeamCast will demonstrate the world’s first terrestrial broadcast of full ATSC3.0 technology at International CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The demonstration will show a live transmission of MPEG-H HEVC Ultra HD video and MPEG-H 3D audio content. The transmission signal is received from a Comark 600 W UHF transmitter, located in the Black Mountain, Las Vegas […]

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