Advanced Television


Lulu hates Hulu

Media giants NBC Universal and News Corp have revealed that they were going to call their online video joint venture Hulu, but Lulu the online custom book publisher is filing a trademark infringement lawsuit against Hulu in a US District Court. In a statement, Lulu said that Hulu “as a result of their recent name […]

September 10, 2007

Apple gives back $100

A furious response from early adopters to the $200 (E146) cut in iPhone prices has seen Apple give $100 credit notes to all early purchasers. The company posted an open letter from CEO Steve Jobs on its Web site defending the decision to cut the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, but […]

September 10, 2007

Interactive local DTT tests under way in Spain

From David Del Valle in Madrid Spain is to make interactive MHP-based DTT tests in two towns in San Juan de Aznalfarache and Castilleja de la Cuesta, in the province of Seville, in the south of Spain. Aljarafe Television will be launching next week its digital TV channel covering all the Seville demarcation with around […]

September 10, 2007

US Cable and NAB explain digital

The US cable television industry has launched a $200 million (E146m) advertising campaign to assure customers they will still be able programmes after the transition to digital broadcasting. Ad spots open with a graphic that reads: “By law TV stations will end analogue broadcasts on February 17, 2009, and broadcast exclusively in digital.” That will […]

September 10, 2007

Virgin news channel?

Virgin Media is exploring the possibility of launching a dedicated news channel with ITN as content supplier. The mooted Virgin News, which would likely broadcast on a 24-hour rolling format, would effectively complete the replacement of Sky's basic channels package, which was removed from the cable broadcaster's platform, following confirmed plans for general entertainment channel […]

September 10, 2007

Motorola ships 2m IP STBs

Motorola has shipped its two millionth Internet Protocol (IP) set-top box. The milestone was reached just five months after the shipment of its one millionth IP set-top box. The landmark demonstrates the rapid expansion of the IPTV market. The two millionth set-top – a VIP1510 – was shipped as part of the provision of 150,000 […]

September 10, 2007

Qualcomm and TeamCast expand MediaFLO

Qualcomm, developer of advanced wireless technologies and mobile data solutions, has licensed its FLO modulator software to France-based TeamCast, a company that develops equipment for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) serving the mobile TV transmission industry. The agreement enables TeamCast to accelerate development of FLO-compliant modulators for mobile TV transmissions, which can then be integrated into […]

September 10, 2007

Babelgum looks East

Babelgum, the Ireland-based online TV outfit, aims to open in the Chinese market early in 2008. The company plans to add Chinese-language original content in the first quarter of next year”.

September 10, 2007

Irdeto, Amino and Anevia hatch DVB over IP solution

From Colin Mann in Amsterdam Irdeto, provider of content security for digital TV, IPTV and mobile networks; together with Amino, IPTV platform supplier, and Anevia, supplier of IPTV and VOD servers have revealed a joint IPTV solution that enables telcos to provide existing DVB services to their customers via their IP networks. In addition, CATV […]

September 10, 2007

Publishers agree YouTube deal

UK music publishers have agreed a deal with YouTube granting them royalty payments when their music is used on the site. Earlier this year YouTube reached revenue-share arrangements with each of the four majors record labels following its acquisition by Google. Now the MCPRS-PRS Alliance, which collects royalties on behalf of composers, song writers and […]

August 31, 2007