Sky drops 3D channel

Sky UK is closing its dedicated 3D channel from June 9th, leaving viewers wanting 3D content having to download movies and programming via Sky’s on-demand service. Closing the channel is expected to help create extra satellite bandwidth for Sky’s planned 4K service. Sky’s brand director of TV Products, Luke Bradley-Jones explained: “From June, Sky 3D is going fully on demand. […]

Cord-cutting minimal in Western Europe

Despite signs of market maturity, cord-cutting is not expected to make much of an impact in Western Europe, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The Digital TV Western Europe Forecasts report (which covers 18 countries) states that pay TV penetration is expected to grow from 56.7 per cent at end-2014 to 60.4 per cent in 2020. In fact, […]

8K TV will be the limit

One event largely unreported at the recent NAB show was a presentation by Japan’s NHK public broadcaster that referred to NHK’s ‘road map’ for the deployment of its 8K Super HiVision technology. NHK Executive Research Engineer Masayuki Sugawara, from NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories, was explaining that NHK would start experimental transmissions of 8K/Super HiVision (7680 x 4320 pixels) […]

Success for Thor-7

After an unexpected 20 minute delay, which was not related to either the rocket or its precious cargo, the Arianespace rocket lifted off flawlessly on a text-book launch from the Kourou rocket site in French Guiana. The Ariane 5 rocket released Thor-7 for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) just 28 minutes after lift-off. Thor-7 will now progress steadily towards its 1 […]

Middle-East pay-TV boom

IHS, the market analysis specialist, has published key findings from its annual Middle East & North Africa Pay TV Market Monitor report. The report found that 2014 was another year of substantial growth for the pay-TV market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with pay-TV revenues jumping from €702 million in 2013 to €873 million in 2014. […]