Advanced Television


Malaysia goes all-digital

Malaysia is to switch to all-digital transmission by October 31st. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said the nation’s transition from analogue TV to its digital service (myFreeview Digital TV) will start in the central and southern regions on September 30th, northern and eastern regions on October 14th while Sabah and Sarawak will make […]

September 26, 2019By Chris Forrester

Spain: DTT new frequencies July 24 start

The first DTT switch-on for the new frequencies will start on July 24th in Baleares Islands and Cáceres in the western part of Spain. The General Director of Telecommunications, Roberto Sánchez, said that around 36,000 buildings in those areas will have to readjust their antennas. In September, other provinces will commence the DTT migration, such […]

July 19, 2019From David Del Valle in Madrid

South Africa vows fast action on digital TV

South Africa’s communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is promising faster progress on the country’s adoption of digital TV from analogue transmission. However, this is not the first time a minister has promised rapid change only for progress to be stymied. Addressing South Africa’s parliament, Ndabeni-Abrahams told MPs that a renewed broadcasting digital migration plan would be presented […]

July 12, 2019By Chris Forrester

Italy: €50 subsidy for DVB-T2 compatibility

Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development has established guidelines for the provision of subsidies to buy TV sets and decoders compatible with the DVB-T2 HEVC/MPEG-4 standards. The total budget is €151 million and the pay-out should start from November 2019, after the end of an ongoing public consultation process. The guidelines propose that the €50 contribution […]

June 20, 2019From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Malaysia DSO by September

Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) says that it will cease broadcasting in analogue by September. MCMC’s chief digital officer Gerard Lim Kim Meng said the digital television project would close the gap of the urban-rural divide by giving local viewers new improved broadcast services for free. The new all-digital bouquet, ‘myFreeview’ has already reached […]

May 28, 2019By Chris Forrester

Ivory Coast accelerates digital migration with SES

Ivory Coast’s public broadcasting company, the Société Ivoirienne de Télédiffusion (SIDT) has selected SES as its digital partner in a major move to meet the country’s 2020 deadline for switching over from analogue to digital broadcasting. Under this multi-year agreement, 60 analogue turned digital channels will be broadcast via the SES-4 satellite at 22 degrees […]

May 28, 2019

US: 40-market Next-Gen TV build-out

At the 2019 NAB Show, a broad coalition of broadcast television station groups – including both network owned-and-operated stations and affiliates, as well as public broadcasters – have announced plans to deploy Next-Gen TV in the 40 largest US TV markets by the end of 2020. The announcement includes Fox Television Stations, NBCUniversal Owned Television […]

April 9, 2019By Colin Mann

FCC’s Carr: ‘ATSC 3.0, a new broadband pipe’

With a broad coalition of US broadcast television station groups announcing plans to deploy Next-Gen TV in the 40 largest US TV markets by the end of 2020, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has described the ATSC 3.0 digital television standard as “a pretty exciting technology that can bring new and creative services to market”. Delivering […]

April 9, 2019

US proposes ATSC 3.0 as digital standard

The United States of America has proposed to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) adoption of the ATSC 3.0 digital broadcast standard for use by all countries in the world. The proposal is the first major step in the evaluation process for worldwide acceptance of the standard. The US delegation proposed ATSC 3.0 – the world’s […]

April 8, 2019By Colin Mann

Study: Growing US interest in next-gen TV

In an update to a 2017 national research study, consumers continue to show exceptionally strong interest in the US Next-Gen Television service (also known as ATSC 3.0) that will offer the programming of free live over-the-air TV (such as local news, live sports, programming from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and other broadcast networks) and adds […]

October 17, 2018