Advanced Television


C4 gadget to aid DAB take-up

Channel 4 Radio is hoping a new electronic device that enables mobile phone users to plug into digital radio will rescue digital audio broadcasting. The broadcaster, set to launch digital station E4 Radio this year, is in talks with electronics manufacturers to create a branded plug-in DAB device for iPods and mobile phones. The broadcaster […]

May 28, 2008

Viasat pay-TV packages for Telia

Viasat Broadcasting has signed a five year agreement with Swedish telco Telia to enable Viasat to market and sell its pay-TV channel packages to Telia's 300,000+ IPTV customers and broadband subscribers.. Viasat's free-TV channels TV3, TV6, TV8 and ZTV, which together account for a third of the commercial viewing in Sweden, will also be included […]

May 26, 2008

BBC online local news

The BBC has come up with new plans for local online video news in its 60 regional centres. The plan would see existing BBC Local websites augmented with up to 20 minutes worth of video each day produced by local teams of journalists.

May 26, 2008

Sogecable: Prisa takes control

From David del Valle in Madrid The Spanish media group Prisa, owner of the newspaper El País, is taking full control of the TV company Sogecable, owner of Digital Plus, Canal Plus and Cuatro, by acquiring the remainder 2.29 per ceny shares to reach 100 per cent for E75.5 million. The move paves the way […]

May 26, 2008

ABC upgrading online player is souping up its full-episode broadband player with new features this Autumn Among the new features for the broadcaster’s online destination are full-screen viewing, high definition, content recommendation technology, closed captioning and the ability to send video links that can be embedded on blogs and social networks. was the first full-episode player online […]

May 26, 2008

IPL web and mobile video deals

The Indian Premier Cricket League has reached an agreement to stream matches live on the Internet and to mobile phones in regions including India, Pakistan and the Middle East in a deal with Dubai-based company netlinkblue reported to be worth almost $50 million over 10 years. Netlinkblue is looking to target cricket fans with content […]

May 26, 2008

RAI initiates Freeview/Freesat project

From Branislav Pekic in Rome The Board of Directors of Italian state broadcaster RAI is examining a project to launch a joint digital terrestrial television package on a free-to-air satellite platform with other national broadcasters. The initiative also involves commercial broadcasters Mediaset and Telecom Italia Media (owner of the La7 TV channel) and aims to […]

May 26, 2008

Weather Channel bids in

Time Warner and a partnership between NBC Universal and Blackstone Group have emerged as front runners in the auction for the Weather Channel ahead of the deadline for second round bids. Offers are understood to value the business at $3 billion-$4 billion, well short of the $5 billion Landmark Communications said it hoped to attain.

May 26, 2008

Google's Page talks TV 'white space' plan

Google co-founder Larry Page has spoke in-depth concerning the company’s proposal for a new generation of wireless devices to operate on soon-to-be-vacant television airwaves. Page is hoping to convince lawmakers in Congress and officials at the Federal Communications Commission to allow the 'white space' between television channels to be accessed by low-power wireless devices. “I […]

May 26, 2008

GAO report probes US readiness for DTV transition

A US Government Accountability Office study is raising questions about how fully ready TV stations will be for next February's digital TV transition, even as it reports “substantial progress” since its last station survey. The study hints that for some smaller-city northern stations, the timing of the switch, at the height of winter, and the […]

May 26, 2008