Advanced Television


First service for BBC Wimbledon 3D

The BBC is to broadcast live 3D coverage to homes across the UK for the first time, when it broadcasts the Men’s and Ladies’ Finals of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships via the BBC’s HD Channel. The initiative marks the BBC’s first ever 3D broadcast. The free-to-air broadcast of the Championships in 3D will be available […]

June 8, 2011By Colin Mann

Hunt abandons ‘spine’ for local TV

UK culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has confirmed the major policy shift in his plan for a new generation local TV services, virtually scrapping plans for a national network spine in favour of “more financially secure” individual stations. Hunt admitted that “a series of individual stations could be more feasible and faster to deliver” than launching […]

June 2, 2011

CEA: 10% will cord cut

New research from trade group the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) suggests consumers are relying less and less on over-the-air TV signals and few US households have interest in cancelling their pay-TV service, leading to a call for incentive auctions for broadcast spectrum. In a phone survey of 1,256 adults conducted in December 2010, CEA found […]

June 1, 2011By Colin Mann

Research: Rapid MEA digital conversion, but hands stay in pockets

Despite the recent social and political turmoil, rapid conversion to digital TV continues in the Middle East and Africa, according to a new report from Digital TV Research (DTVR). Digital TV penetration for the 18 countries covered in the research firm’s Digital TV Middle East & Africa report is already approaching two-thirds of the total. […]

May 30, 2011

YouTube: TV content boosts views 50%

YouTube has reported a 50 per cent jump in video views, taking the total to 3 billion views a day and it has revealed more than 48 hours of video are uploaded to the site each minute, a 37 per cent rise over the last six months. YouTube attributes the increase in viewing to its […]

May 26, 2011

More foreign investment for Indian FTH and IPTV

The recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to raise FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) ceiling for DTH, IPTV from 49 per cent to 74 per cent have been “accepted” by the I&B Ministry. The recommendations have been accepted to bring parity between DTH and IPTV operators with other service providers said a Ministry […]

May 25, 2011

Western European pay-TV revenues to plateau

Pay-TV revenues in Western Europe will not grow between 2011 and 2016 ($36 billion) according to a new report from Digital TV Research Ltd. Report author Simon Murray described the findings as “extraordinary at first glance considering that nine million pay-TV households with be added over the same period,” reaching 107 million by 2016 and […]

May 23, 2011

Research: ABC tops ‘Must Keep’ TV brands

ABC is back on top as the leading ‘must keep’ TV brand in the US and even potential cord-cutters have their list of networks and cable channels they can’t do without, according to the latest edition of  Solutions Research Group’s ‘Must Keep TV’ report. The fourth edition of the independent tracking survey is based on […]

May 16, 2011

Murdoch exercises Rotana option

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has boosted its stake in Arabic music-to-films broadcaster Rotana Media Group. A year ago, News Corp bought nine per cent of Rotana, which is owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed, and with that purchase struck a deal which gave News Corp an option to double its stake within 18 months. News […]

May 16, 2011By Chris Forrester

Ads power ITV upwards, player goes mobile

An interim statement from ITV reveals revenues up 11 per cent in Q1 to £500 million (€569m) driven by the strong advertising market with its take up 12 per cent, ahead of the market growth of 10 per cent. Viewing figures were also up, 3 per cent on ITV 1 and 11 per cent across […]

May 11, 2011