Advanced Television


Italy switch-off timetable by September

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Italy's Ministry for Economic Development, will present the timetable for the definite switchover to digital terrestrial by 9th September 2008. According to the Association for the Promotion of Digital Terrestrial Television (DGTVi), the timetable will indicate areas (between 15 and 20) and the deadlines in view of the complete analogue […]

June 24, 2008

FCC cracks down on placement

Federal regulators are beginning an effort to crack down on stealth advertising in television shows, a move aimed at letting consumers know when companies have paid to use their products as props. The FCC is expected to open a formal proceeding about new rules requiring more disclosure of product placement. Regulators say they’ve become more […]

June 24, 2008

BBC offers expertise

Trying to avoid top-slicing the licence fee, the BBC has expanded on a “practical partnerships” proposal focusing on areas such as digital production, regional and local news, and distribution partnerships with commercial arm BBC Worldwide. In its submission to Ofcom’s second public service broadcasting review, the BBC has questioned whether there is case for intervention […]

June 24, 2008

O2 TV nears 100,000 subs

O2 TV, the Czech IPTV service, will exceed 100,000 subscribers imminently according to owner Telefónica O2, and is offering a top of the range LG LCD television as a prize to the 100,000th customer. The company added around 14,000 subscribers in the first quarter of the year to reach 87,173 by the end of last […]

June 24, 2008 closes?

A leading Chinese online-video site backed by several high-profile foreign investors has been closed, raising questions about the future of the once-promising industry in China. suspended operations more than two weeks ago, replacing its user-generated YouTube-like video offerings with a message saying that a server upgrade was to blame for the disruption. Such operations […]

June 23, 2008

UK iPod tax call

Former singer Feargal Sharkey used the London Calling music conference to demand a levy on gadgets that allow music to be copied. “To legislate for the copying of a CD on to an iPod might, at this point in the development of humanity, seem like a technical irrelevance, even bizarre. But if successful, this would […]

June 23, 2008

Tele 5 sues YouTube for copyright damages

Mediaset-controlled Tele 5 has filed a lawsuit against YouTube accusing the video sharing service of violating intellectual property rights by posting video clips without permission. The TV network has urged YouTube to cease distributing its content on several occasions, according to the channel, but the company has ignored its claims arguing that it is only […]

June 23, 2008

ASEAN agrees on common STB for DTV

The Southeast Asian nations have agreed on a common set of specifications for Digital TV Standard and High Definition set-top boxes. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reached the agreement at the end of the ASEAN Digital Broadcasting meeting in Singapore, said a statement by Singapore’s Media Development Authority. This will create economies of […]

June 23, 2008

XM and Sirius sink on forecasts

Without or without merger XM and Sirius face a bleak future says Wall St. Goldman Sachs, citing a dramatic slowdown in subscriber growth, high debt costs, refinancing pressure and a shrinking trend in revenue per customer cut its XM price target to $6.50 from $11.50 and reduced Sirius to $1.75 from $2.25. After a rapid […]

June 23, 2008

Tech Mahindra aligns with Microsoft for Mediaroom IPTV

Tech Mahindra, a solution provider in India focused on the global telecom industry, has entered into a strategic alliance with Microsoft to address its System Integration (SI) requirements for deployments of the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV and multimedia software platform. Through the alliance, Tech Mahindra will provide deployment and integration services for new and existing Microsoft […]

June 23, 2008