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HD falters in Europe

The recent closure of two of Germany’s HDTV channels has cast a shadow over European hopes for a rapid transition to high definition, according to Strategy Analytics. The report concludes…

RAI, BBC and NHK to develop Ultra-HDTV

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Italian public broadcaster RAI has signed an agreement with its counterparts from the UK (BBC) and Japan (NHK) for joint research towards the development of…

Sky expands HD line-up

Sky UK will offer more high definition programmes on its service by increasing the range of channels available via its HD service. Over the next couple of months, Sky Sports…

Comstar-Direct HDTV service

Comstar-Direct's Stream service, the largest broadband operator in Moscow, has launched a high-definition TV offering. The soft-launch of Stream's HDTV offering will run till June 1. It currently offers four…

Eutelsat W3B satellite

Eutelsat has confirmed that Thales Alenia Space has been commissioned to build the W3B satellite which will provide Eutelsat with significant new capacity for broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband services. These…

NDS upgrade for HD

NDS has announced the deployment of a new version of MediaHighway middleware that allows subscribers to upgrade standard HD boxes into digital video recorders. Subscribers to Canal+ and CanalSat in…

SISLink and Intelsat to Launch HD for SNG

Intelsat and SISLink, t provider of satellite uplink services in Europe, have formed a strategic alliance to launch an HD-ready automated video delivery service for satellite newsgathering (SNG) users in…

Blu-ray wins HD-DVD war

Sony’s Blu-ray looks set to become the standard for high-definition DVDs after Toshiba signalled it will give up in a long-running format battle, to the relief of investors. Toshiba is…

ProSiebenSat aborts HD

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has opted to halt simulcasting the HD versions of its two main channels, ProSieben and Sat.1, on Astra. No official reason has been given for the…

HD gives digital pay TV a boost

The Direct-to-Home (DTH) pay-TV market is expected to continue growing at about 7.6 per cent annually in subscribers from 2006 to 2011, and new services such as HD TV will…