Advanced Television


Freeview reach falling short

A quarter of Freeview households in Wales and Northern Ireland – and a fifth in the Meridian and Anglia regions of England – will not have full access to the digital terrestrial TV channels after analogue switchoff, according to media regulator Ofcom. Freeview will reach just 73 per cent of Wales and 75 per cent […]

March 27, 2008

Broadcom and Coship STB collaboration

Broadcom has revealed the first high definition, personal video recording, set-top box, system-on-a-chip solution for China. The result of the collaboration between Broadcom and Coship, the first commercial high definition STB in China will provide advanced HD viewing, full 1080p support, improved picture quality, PVR functionality and interactive services all in anticipation of the 2008 […]

March 26, 2008

Mobile TV subscribers in Korea top 11m

As of February 2008, the number of subscribers to mobile TV service in Korea is 11 million including 9.69 million to terrestrial DMB and 1.31 million to satellite DMB. If the growth continues at this rate, terrestrial DMB users will pass the 10 million mark in March. According to the Broadcasting and Communications Commission and […]

March 26, 2008

Time-Stanton JV IPTV on mobile

Time Broadband Services and joint venture partner Stanton Technologies have launched their IPTV service over 2.5G mobile platform. The JV also announced the signing of contracts with DiGi in Malaysia and China Mobile and China Unicom in China. “Through an exclusive deal with the Chinese government owned entity, the Time-Stanton JV will have access to […]

March 26, 2008

Google seeks ‘white space’ wi-fi

Google is pressing the US government to allow the unlicensed frequencies of TV “white space” to be used for wi-fi. The Internet giant has written an open letter to regulators saying the US spectrum was a “once in a lifetime opportunity”. “The vast majority of viable spectrum in this country simply goes unused, or else […]

March 26, 2008

BT appoints BBC strategist

BT has appointed a former BBC policy adviser as its first head of media and convergence policy as it moves further into the media sector. The appointment of Simon Milner comes as BT is pulled into regulatory arguments about so-called converged services, which pull together online and broadcast offerings. Take-up of BT Vision has been […]

March 26, 2008

blinkx for iPlayer?

The creators of video search engine blinkx are reportedly in talks with the BBC about a deal to supply it with technology for the corporation’s iPlayer, which allows viewers to download programmes over the Internet. The BBC wants the company to provide it with a search facility that will enable users of the service to […]

March 26, 2008

Irdeto selected by Shanxi

Irdeto has announced that Shanxi Cable Broadcasting Network has chosen the Irdeto Digital TV conditional access solution to accelerate their digital migration process. Under the agreement, Irdeto will deliver one million smart cards over the next 24 months. Shanxi province in China has nearly four million cable TV subscribers.

March 26, 2008

Czech Telefónica O2 seeking Internet TV users

Telefónica O2 Czech Republic plans to raise the number of clients using its Internet TV services to 140,000 by the end of 2008 from the current 80,000 users, Czech Telefónica’s CEO said. Salvador Anglada also said he expects the number of its high speed Internet connection users to reach one million in five years, versus […]

March 26, 2008

JoD OK's Sirius, XM merger

The US Justice Department has approved the merger of satellite-radio companies Sirius and XM Satellite Radio leaving one more major regulatory hurdle — the Federal Communications Commission — before a deal that was given little chance of success can be completed. The companies proposed their merger in February 2007 as a way to bolster satellite […]

March 26, 2008