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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 […]

Italy to adopt HbbTV 2.0

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Italy’s Confindustria Radio Televisioni has issued a statement declaring the intention of the country’s broadcasters to move from DVB-MHP to the HTML-5 based HbbTV 2.0 when the specification is released later this year. Italy’s HD-Book 3.0 (due to be published in October) will retain MHP, but the plan is to endorse HbbTV 2.0 as the standard middleware in HD-Book 4.0. […]

Discovery hit with £100k Ofcom fine

Investigation Discovery – a channel dedicated to documentary programming about crime and criminal investigations – has been fined £100,000 (€126,000) by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom for what are described as “serious” breaches of its broadcasting Code. The sanction relates to eight episodes of the series Deadly Women which the channel broadcast at various times during the day on 16, 18 […]

Broadcasting Unions unite against TV spectrum release

The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) – the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcaster networks across the globe – has released an official joint position on radio spectrum allocation, stating their support to maintain the allocation of UHF frequencies (470 to 694 MHz) currently used for terrestrial TV broadcasting. The WBU says that broadcasters from all over the world […]

EBU debunks spectrum debate ‘myths’

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has made available a new fact sheet on spectrum that tackles what it says are common misperceptions about consumers’ TV and mobile usage. Recommendations about the allocation of spectrum in Europe (set to be decided in 2015) are being discussed right now, and will have repercussions for broadcast quality and the way in which over […]

EBU sets out UHDTV positioning

The European Broadcasting Union’s Technical Committee has released a positioning statement – TR028 – on Ultra HD intended to guide strategic decisions in regard to UHDTV and future TV services. It is addressed at Senior Management of EBU Members and other broadcasters and at anyone who is a stakeholder in the audiovisual content industries. In accordance with the wishes of […]

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 […]

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