Advanced Television

DTT/DSO

Italy ends 2021 with 421 TV channels

After a persistent drop in recent years, the number of TV channels in Italy started growing again in 2021, mainly on the free-to-air DTT platform, according to the annual report of sector organisation Confindustria Radio TV. At the same time, as a result of closures of third party channels (Disney, AXN, Fox, Discovery, RCS) due […]

April 22, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

NEXTGEN TV: Programme, platform initiatives

Pearl TV, the coalition of US broadcast companies transitioning to broadcast technology standard NEXTGEN TV, otherwise known as ATSC 3.0, and fabless semiconductor company MediaTek have launched ‘FastTrack to NEXTGEN TV’, a programme that accelerates and streamlines the path for adoption of NEXTGEN TV technology by consumer electronic makers producing smart TVs and related devices […]

April 20, 2022By Colin Mann

Warr new Digital UK CTO

Digital UK, the organisation behind Freeview and Freesat, has appointed Orpheus Warr as its Chief Technology Officer. Reporting to CEO Jonathan Thompson, the newly-created role will see Warr take on responsibility for shaping and delivering the technology strategy for the UK’s leading free-to-view platforms. Warr was formerly Channel 4’s Chief Technology Officer where he was […]

April 11, 2022

Research: NEXTGEN TV generating interest

New NEXTGEN TV advertising, including Dolby commercials from its first consumer-facing marketing campaign which debuted on local television stations across the US, is resonating strongly with consumers, according to research conducted by Magid, in conjunction with Dolby Laboratories and the Pearl TV business group, the broadcaster coalition managing the rollout of broadcast technology standard NEXTGEN […]

March 31, 2022

UKTV’s W goes FTA

Multichannel commercial broadcaster UKTV is taking its premium entertainment channel ‘W’ free-to-air and making it available on its direct-to-consumer VoD service UKTV Play. Launching on March 28th in Freeview slot 25, viewers will have access to a number of popular UKTV Originals for free, including new upcoming shows Alex Jones: Making Babies, Rochelle Humes: Interior […]

March 21, 2022By Colin Mann

M6, Altice discuss 6ter sale

French commercial broadcaster M6 Group has confirmed that it has received a put option for the 6ter channel from Altice Media, and that it has granted it exclusive negotiation rights. The sale of 6ter would be part of the proposed merger of the M6 and TF1 Groups, announced on May 17th, 2021. Following this merger, […]

March 1, 2022By Colin Mann

Study: Diverse content drives antenna use

As cord-cutters look for ways to stay connected to live and local programming, multicultural audiences are embracing over-the-air (OTA) antennas, according to Horowitz Research’s State of OTA 2021 study. Two in ten (21 per cent) Black and 33 per cent of Latinx and Asian cord-cutters (TV content viewers who do not subscribe to MVPD—cable or […]

February 18, 2022

Spain: 5G has 3 days to solve DTT interference

The Spanish government has published the Draft Order to deal with possible 5G interferences in DTT, making operators responsible for any interference – including the costs for reparation. Operators will have a three-day deadline to solve 90 per cent of all incidents affecting the 700 MHz band. Telcos will be able to extend the deadline […]

February 16, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: CNMC wants 5G DTT interference action

Spanish regulator CNMC has urged approval of a resolution that mandates the measures 5G operators should implement to avoid 5G interference in DTT. For CNMC it is “urgent” to have a Draft Order for the 5G operators to develop their 700 MHz-based band network without interfering in DTT transmissions. Currently, after the DTT migration, TV […]

February 14, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Brazil selects key ATSC 3.0 technologies

Standards body the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has confirmed that the Fórum Sistema Brasileiro TV Digital Terrestre (SBTVD Forum) has recommended to the Brazilian government the selection of several technologies proposed by ATSC for Brazil’s next-generation terrestrial digital television standard. The ATSC 3.0 elements selected by the SBTVD Forum, and others still under consideration, […]

January 19, 2022By Colin Mann