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French TV advertising collapsing

Investment banker Morgan Stanley says French TV advertising is under extreme pressure, with one major broadcaster predicting a “severe downturn” in the period May to September, and that government help in the form of emergency measures might be needed. French commercial network TF1 will give firmer numbers when it declares its half-year results on July […]

July 12, 2012By Chris Forrester

Judge clears Aereo for live TV broadcasts

Aereo, the start-up that takes live TV programming and sends it to mobile devices in New York, can continue with its service, despite objections from major broadcasters who argue that expansion can threaten the free broadcasting of events such as the Super Bowl, a judge ruled Wednesday. US District Judge Alison Nathan said she understood […]

July 12, 2012By Colin Mann

DTG welcomes Intellect HbbTV consultation

The Digital TV Group (DTG), the industry association for digital television in the UK and an active member of the HbbTV hybrid TV standard, has said it welcomes the decision by Intellect, the UK’s trade body for the high technology sector, to consult with broadcasters regarding its preferred way for aligning the UK with HbbTV. […]

July 11, 2012By Colin Mann

Intellect trial HbbTV spec for UK

Effectively snubbing the high-profile public broadcaster and ISP-backed launch of open IPTV platform YouView, Intellect, the UK’s trade body for the high technology sector, has revealed its preferred way for aligning the UK with HbbTV, the hybrid TV standard emerging dominant in Europe, for consultation with broadcasters. Intellect suggests that in this way, hybrid television […]

July 10, 2012By Colin Mann

Telecom Italia ad revenue up 16% as sale prepped

Advertising revenue for Telecom Italia Media’s free-to-air TV channels La7 and La7d in the first half of 2012 increased by 16 per cent on the same period in 2011, according to CEO Giovanni Stella. Stella pointed out that these are exceptional results, as ad revenue is down by 18 to 20 per cent at public […]

July 6, 2012From Branislav Pekic in Rome

BBC chooses Entwistle

The BBC has gone for the ‘safe option’ of appointing from within and named George Entwistle as the next Director-General. Entwistle is currently head of Vision (TV services). He will take over from Mark Thompson after the Olympics and will be paid £450,000 a year, a little over half his predecessor’s package. Announcing the appointment, […]

July 4, 2012

RESEARCH: 1.3bn digital TV households by 2017

Based on forecasts for 80 countries, the number of digital TV homes will double between 2011 and 2017 to 1.323 billion, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The Digital TV World Household Forecasts report estimates that global digital penetration will climb from 48.6 per cent at end-2011 to 86.7 per cent by […]

July 3, 2012

DTG confirms DTT safeguards

Richard Lindsay-Davies, Director General, of the UK’s Digital TV Group (DTG) the not-for-profit trade body formed to ensure the successful delivery and evolution of digital TV and associated technologies, has confirmed that the organisation will continue to safeguard the consumer experience of digital terrestrial television and connected TV. Addressing delegates at the Westminster eForum seminar […]

June 27, 2012By Colin Mann

Howling: Freeview at risk from spectrum policy

Ilse Howling, Managing Director of UK digital terrestrial TV platform Freeview, has suggested that the future of the service is at risk should unfavourable decisions be made in terms of the reuse of UHF spectrum. Advising delegates at the Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar on ‘The future of free-to-air TV’ that the platform had reached 2.6 […]

June 26, 2012By Colin Mann

Real Madrid TV goes FTA DTT

Real Madrid TV channel is to make its debut on the FTA DTT in August following the agreement between Real Madrid football team and the Spanish production company Mediapro, shareholder in the commercial TV channel La Sexta. Real Madrid TV will take the place in the DTT line-up of the current Marca TV channel, a […]

June 12, 2012From David Del Valle in Madrid