Advanced Television


Gracenote, Philips fingerprinting combine

Gracenote and Philips announced they have deepened their existing relationship by combining their respective content fingerprinting technologies to provide advanced solutions for video and audio content filtering and monetisation. The technology partnership combines Philips video fingerprinting and Gracenote's audio fingerprinting technologies, and results in a viable system for content owners and service providers looking to […]

January 7, 2008

Motorola media player

Motorola has unveiled a mobile media player that shows live television, on-demand video clips and programming saved on digital video recorders. Motorola, which has lost share in the mobile phone market, said it would showcase its Mobile TV DVBH compatible DHO1 device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. The device will […]

January 4, 2008

CCTV launches HD

China’s Central Television (CCTV) has commenced the launch of its high definition TV services. The service rolled out on 1st January, will first broadcast in Beijing, and then throughout the country over the next few years. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has unveiled the technical standards to receive the HD channels signals. […]

January 4, 2008

Discovery joins the Picnic

Discovery Networks UK is to offer a factual channel on Picnic TV, the new pay-TV service that Sky proposes to launch on UK digital terrestrial television. Discovery becomes the second third-party broadcaster to join the proposed service following confirmation that Disney would become the channel provider for children's entertainment. The Discovery Channel will be available […]

January 4, 2008

UAE licence for mobile TV by mid 2008

The telecom watchdog of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will issue a licence for the mobile digital TV service in the country by the middle of 2008. The UAE Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) have appointed a consultant to advise it on licensing issues and procedures, according to local newspapers. TRA is to issue the licence […]

January 4, 2008

Guangdong Telecom invests RMB5bn in IPTV

Guangdong Telecom says it will invest another RMB5 billion (E0.46bn) to expand IPTV services. Guangdong began to deploy IPTV in the second half of 2004. It later tested the IPTV system of mainstream manufacturers in early 2005 and arranged a bidding for the IPTV programme at the end of 2005, which benefited about 100,000 users. […]

January 4, 2008

Turner brands for Mobix

Turner Broadcasting System and Mobix have launched three of Turner's most popular brands as on-portal video-on-demand propositions and via Sky's mobile TV pack. Following on from the successful broadcast launch of the country's leading lad's mag on Freeview, Nuts TV is now available to all operators as a mobile TV channel. Also available as an […]

January 4, 2008

LG and Netflix to stream movies to the TV

Netflix, the world’s largest online movie rental service, and LG Electronics, are joining forces to develop a set-top box for consumers to stream movies and other programming from the Internet to HDTVs – bypassing the need to use a personal computer. The collaboration is expected to deliver a new online home entertainment service via technology […]

January 4, 2008

TRAI: India should auction mobile TV licences

India’s telecoms regulator has recommended auctioning licences for broadcasting mobile television services. Foreign investment in a provider will be allowed up to 74 per cent, but no more than 20 percent must be owned by broadcasting companies, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in its draft recommendations. Operators that win licences will automatically be […]

January 4, 2008

FCC digital transition

The Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules giving broadcasters more flexibility in making the switch to digital television from traditional analogue signals. The rules will even allow some stations to make a “phased transition” to digital broadcasting; stations will be allowed to reduce or terminate their analogue service before the February 17th, 2009 deadline […]

January 3, 2008