Advanced Television


News Corp’s MundoFox US Spanish network

News Corp is making a play for the 50 million-strong Hispanic market in the US with plans to launch a free-to-air Spanish-language television network this autumn in partnership with RCN Television Group, the Colombian broadcaster. Branded ‘MundoFox’, it will go up against Univision, the private equity-owned market leader in Spanish language television in the US, […]

January 24, 2012

CCTV on FreeviewHD

Vision IPTV has confirmed the launch of the first dedicated Chinese language channels to use the company’s Internet broadcast playout services, delivering entertainment via FreeviewHD. Through this service, China Central Television (CCTV), the largest TV network in China, is able to use the FreeviewHD electronic programme guide (EPG) to deliver new channels to the Chinese […]

January 5, 2012

No entertainment for Chinese viewers

A January 3rd report covered by BBC Monitoring says that recent Chinese clamp downs on entertainment and variety shows enforced by the Chinese media regulator (SARFT) has seen two-thirds of the shows vanish from viewer’s screens. Some 34 satellite channels are affected according to the country’s top broadcasting watchdog. Out have gone talent contents, talk […]

January 4, 2012By Chris Forrester

BBC examines Holographic TV

The BBC’s R&D department has summarised work that broadcasters are doing across Europe in Holographic TV. The engineers are also researching 3D holoscopy for the Internet as well as ‘next generation’ 3D applications. A technical ‘White Paper’ from the BBC brings readers up to date in the latest thinking in advanced television applications which also […]

December 15, 2011By Chris Forrester

Ofcom reveals Local TV locations

UK comms regulator Ofcom has proposed a list of 20 Local TV sites across the UK. These have been selected from the sites where local TV is technically possible and where there is interest in providing a service. They were selected to achieve a range of locations across the UK, and a range of scales […]

December 13, 2011By Colin Mann

Canal+ scores first-pick Champions League rights

Canal+ will continue its long-standing role as a UEFA content partner after being awarded the final, so-called ‘first-pick’ media rights package for the 2012–15 UEFA Champions League in France. The news follows the earlier revelation that Canal+ had lost the majority of its broadcast rights to the UEFA Champions League football matches to Al Jazeera’s […]

December 12, 2011By Colin Mann

Freesat adds 5 channels from Channel 5

Freesat is adding a range of channels from Channel 5 to the platform, effective immediately: Channel 5+1 , 5 USA , 5 USA+1 , 5* and 5*+1 . Freesat viewers will be able to watch comedy, sport, classic American action movies and popular dramas on 5 USA, whilst the addition of 5* to the service […]

December 6, 2011

BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing” in 3D

In what is being seen as a major boost to pre-Christmas buyers of 3D sets, the BBC has confirmed that the final of Strictly Come Dancing will be shown in 3D to terrestrial and satellite viewers. The Dec 17th final, broadcast live from Blackpool’s iconic Tower Ballroom, will be transmitted in 3D on the BBC’s […]

December 5, 2011By Chris Forrester

NZ Freeview hits 1m viewers

Free to air digital TV platform Freeview is now being watched by more than a million New Zealanders. Freeview’s latest sales figures show more than half a million of New Zealand‚s 1.6 million households were receiving Freeview free to air digital TV. As at the end of October 536,350 homes using Freeview for their television […]

November 29, 2011

Pay-DTT from Sky and TVNZ

Sky Television and Television New Zealand (TVNZ) have formed a partnership to launch a new digital pay television service, delivering pay channels over Sky’s digital terrestrial spectrum. Sky has a 51 per cent shareholding and TVNZ a 49 per cent shareholding in the joint venture. The new service will provide paid-for and free content, including […]

November 24, 2011By Colin Mann