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Warner picks Blu-Ray

Warner Bros will release movie discs only in the Blu-ray format, becoming the latest studio to reject the rival HD DVD technology and further complicating the high-definition landscape for consumers. Warner Bros, owned by Time Warner, was the only remaining studio releasing high-definition DVDs in both formats. It is the fifth studio to back Blu-ray, […]

January 8, 2008

LG enhance mobile TV

Woo Paik, LG’s chief technology officer, has announced the firm’s new mobile TV vision at CES 2008. MPH – or Mobile Pedestrian Handheld – is due to revolutionise US mobile TV, Paik said, bringing live digital broadcasts to mobile phones, notebook computers, personal media players, GPS units, and in-car TV sets. Developed with Zenith and […]

January 8, 2008

CBS to feed Sony Bravia TVs

Sony has secured a content partnership with CBS Interactive for its Bravia Internet Video Link Module. The US network’s digital division will provide primetime and daytime programming, news and sports content to Sony from later this month. The module streams Internet video content directly to Sony’s compatible Bravia HDTV flat-screen sets without the need for […]

January 8, 2008

U targets single market for online content

The European Commission wants to give a boost to Europe’s online content sector. The Commission is encouraging the content industry, telecoms companies and ISPs to work together to make available more content online, while at the same time ensuring a robust protection of intellectual property rights. The Commission published “Creative Content Online in Europe’s Single […]

January 8, 2008

Cable's portable DVR

Comcast and Panasonic will launch a co-branded portable digital video player that can show videos like Apple's iPod and record shows from any US cable operator’s system. The AnyPlay device is the first of a range of new electronic devices based on technology developed jointly by the cable industry and consumer electronics makers intended to […]

January 8, 2008

CE makers form dotTV

A group of major Korean consumer electronics, technology and broadcast companies announced the formation of dotTV, an industry consortium whose mission is to build a next-generation interactive TV viewing experience leveraging social networking and online video to engage viewers. As viewers increasingly demand an anytime, anywhere, any-device viewing experience, dotTV seeks to bring the interactivity […]

January 8, 2008

Gracenote, Philips fingerprinting combine

Gracenote and Philips announced they have deepened their existing relationship by combining their respective content fingerprinting technologies to provide advanced solutions for video and audio content filtering and monetisation. The technology partnership combines Philips video fingerprinting and Gracenote's audio fingerprinting technologies, and results in a viable system for content owners and service providers looking to […]

January 7, 2008

STMicroelectronics HD STB decoder

STMicroelectronics, supplier of integrated circuits for digital set-top boxes (STBs), has released a new single-chip high-definition STBbox decoder combining both the demodulation and decoding functions on a single device. The STi7111, which has been designed to meet the requirements of major satellite operators worldwide, including DirecTV, will allow OEMs to target the high-volume market for […]

January 7, 2008

Weather Channel for sale

Landmark Communications, the privately owned US media company that owns The Weather Channel, said it was considering a sale. According to US reports the company could be worth more than $5 billion (E3.4bn), although moves are under way to split the business in two. “Landmark's weather, publishing, broadcasting, interactive and information businesses all have leading […]

January 7, 2008

US cable operators continue investing

The increasing competitiveness of the US pay-TV market continues to drive cable TV operators in the US to invest in their networks and roll out new services, reports In-Stat. For example, 90 per cent of US cable TV systems now offer HD video service, the research firm says. This is one of the findings of […]

January 7, 2008