Advanced Television


University creates mobile HD platform

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Watching television TV in high definition at 200 kilometers an hour may soon be possible thanks to a mobile telecommunications platform for terminals on the move being developed by Portugal's University of Aveiro. Ten international partners, among institutions, universities and manufacturers, from Belgium, Spain, France, the UK, Portugal, Germany and […]

December 31, 2007

NDS strong Q2

CA and DRM specialist NDS has released its operating results for the quarter ended December 2007. Total revenue for the three-month period was $214.9 million, an increase of 30 per cent over the corresponding period of the previous year. For the six-month period ended December, 2007, revenue was $419.8 million, an increase of 28 per […]

December 30, 2007

Gore's Current files IPO to fund growth

Gore's Current files IPO to fund growth Al Gore's Current Media, the online media company, plans an initial public offering that could see it raise up to $100 million. Current's planned IPO comes at an uncertain time for equity markets worldwide. The planned flotation comes as Current attempts to capitalise on growing interest in its […]

December 30, 2007

Verizon one million

Verizon has announced it has now over one million subscribers to its fibre FiOS IPTV service. In Q4 2007, the service gained 226,000 customers, for a year-end total of 943,000. The company is now the tenth largest provider of television services in the US. Launched in September 2005, FiOS TV offers hundreds of digital video […]

December 30, 2007

Ofcom warns over content

UK media regulator Ofcom has issued a warning to broadcasters over user-generated content after ruling against two clips screened by Sumo TV. Ofcom said it was concerned that some TV channels were putting too much responsibility for complying with its broadcasting code on the creators of user-generated clips rather than performing sufficient checks themselves. The […]

December 30, 2007

Views sought on Hong Kong mobile TV

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority has launched its second consultation on the development of mobile television services in Hong Kong. It proposes to allocate one multiplex in the UHF Band and two multiplexes in Band III for deployment of broadcast-type mobile TV services. For the allocation of the multiplexes in UHF Band and Band […]

December 30, 2007

BSkyB ordered to reduce ITV stake

From Colin Mann in London UK Business and Enterprise Secretary John Hutton has ordered BSkyB to reduce its 17.9 per cent holding in ITV to a level below 7.5 per cent, having concurred with the Competition Commission’s decision that the transaction resulted in a substantial lessening of competition within the UK market for all television. […]

December 30, 2007

Pace profits

UK STB maker Pace Micro posted strong profits for the second half of 2007, and said it was confident of meeting full-year 2008 expectations. The company, currently in the process of buying Philips Electronics set-top box business for a reported E95 million, reported a net profit of £14.4 million (E19.3m) for the seven months, compared […]

December 30, 2007

US awareness of switchover grows, education still needed

According to a survey by Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), there is growing awareness of the nation's February 2009 transition to digital television by US TV broadcasters. However, the group of Americans with the lowest level of awareness about the transition includes those that are most deeply affected – households that receive television […]

December 24, 2007

Convergence Think Tank established

From Colin Mann in London UK Culture Secretary James Purnell and Business Secretary John Hutton have confirmed that an expert think tank looking at the opportunities and challenges posed by the merging of broadcasting and communications services will begin work early in the new year. The Convergence Think Tank (CTT) will examine the implications of […]

December 24, 2007