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Digital UK becomes Everyone TV

Everyone TV is the new name for Digital UK, the organisation that brings free British television to UK viewers and the platform operator of Freeview, and of its satellite twin, Freesat. Owned by the UK’s leading public service broadcasters, the change in name is designed to reflect a revised mandate for the organisation: To lead […]

January 26, 2023Colin Mann @ Outside the Box 2023

Everyone TV CEO: ‘Embrace the streaming age’

Jonathan Thompson, CEO of Everyone TV, the freshly rebranded body that brings free British television to UK viewers, has suggested that, going forward, it will seek to evolve the services it offers to viewers, building on the strengths of broadcast TV, and embracing the potential of the streaming age. Delivering a keynote address at the […]

January 26, 2023Colin Mann @ Outside the Box 2023

Niel wants TF1/M6 DTT frequencies

French media entrepreneur Xavier Niel, owner of telecom group Iliad (Free) and several publications including Le Monde, has told broadcast regulator Arcom he is interested in acquiring TF1 and M6 DTT frequencies. Arcom is currently handling the renewal of both channels’ FTA DTT authorisations, which expire on May 5th. Three bids have been filed, those […]

January 24, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Forecast: MENA to add 2m pay-TV subs by 2028

The number of pay-TV subscribers in 20 MENA countries will increase from 17.32 million in 2022 to 19.20 million in 2028, according to the Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. Legitimate pay-TV penetration will remain at only 19 per cent. IPTV subscribers overtook pay satellite TV […]

January 23, 2023

Spain postpones HD DTT migration to 2024

The Spanish government has postponed the migration of all standard definition (SD) DTT channels to HD until February 14th 2024. The Economy Vice president, Nadia Calviño, says that the delay is due to the lack of HD-equipped TV sets in the market as a result of the pandemic. She adds that delaying the migration will […]

January 18, 2023From David Del Valle in Madrid

Tony Blackburn to launch That’s 60s channel

Legendary TV and radio personality Tony Blackburn – who was the first ever Radio 1 DJ back in 1967 – will become the first presenter on That’s 60s, a new TV channel dedicated to the 1960s. Blackburn when present the first show on That’s 60s when it launches tonight (January 6th) at 6pm. Blackburn has […]

January 6, 2023By Nik Roseveare

NextGen in-vehicle demo success

Media company Sinclair Broadcast Group has confirmed the successful completion of a live, in-vehicle, demonstration of the practical application of NextGen Broadcast (ATSC 3.0) automotive services. The demonstration was a shared effort between Sinclair/ONE Media 3.0, automotive parts and services company Hyundai Mobis and CAST.ERA, a joint venture between Sinclair and Korean mobile operator SK […]

January 4, 2023By Colin Mann

Italy completes MPEG-4 switchover

Italy will complete the switchover from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 with AVC encoding for DTT broadcasting on December 21st. Most of the national TV channels had already switched to MPEG-4 AVC encoding since March 8th, but smaller broadcasters were given more time to adjust to the new regime. The switch was necessary in order to free […]

December 20, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal considering alternatives to Meo

João Cadete de Matos, the  president of Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Anacom) has acknowledged that Meo (Altice Portugal) has requested the renewal of the DTT network licences. During a meeting with journalists, Cadete de Matos said that the regulator has six months to make an assessment, including financial issues, as ‘DTT has to be cost-orientated.’ […]

December 16, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

NEXTGEN TV ecosystem hits milestones

Pearl TV, the coalition of US broadcast companies transitioning to digital television standard NEXTGEN TV, is claiming major milestones in the rollout of NEXTGEN TV to US households and the broader ecosystem of partners that enable the deployment of devices and the broadcaster application platform, RUN3TV. These latest developments focus on consumer and innovation options […]

December 16, 2022By Colin Mann