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Portugal to launch tender for 5th TV channel

From Branislav Pekic in Rome The tender for Portugal's fifth national free-to-air TV channel will be launched in October or 180 days after the submitting of the bids on the…

US next-generation TV habits

ABI research says 66 per cent of respondents to its TV habits survey subscribe to some form of pay-TV service, and of those, 60 per cent receive at least one…

Telefonica and Televisa in a pay-TV deal?

From David Del Valle in Madrid Mexico’s largest TV group Televisa is approaching Spain’s largest telco operator Telefonica in an attempt to enter into a pay-TV alliance in the Mexican…

Envivio AVS video encoding in Shanghai

Envivio, technology provider of IP video convergence encoding solutions from mobile to HD, has revealed that its 4Caster C4 encoders are being used in extensive broadcast trials in Shanghai that,…

blinkx for iPlayer?

The creators of video search engine blinkx are reportedly in talks with the BBC about a deal to supply it with technology for the corporation’s iPlayer, which allows viewers to…

50%+ prefer free broadcast TV after DTV transition

More than half of over-the-air consumers who are aware of the US digital transition prefer to receive free digital television by buying a converter box or digital TV set instead…

More ad breaks for UK TV?

Media regulator Ofcom has proposed increasing the number of advertising breaks allowed on UK television. Ofcom has suggested scrapping a rule that requires 20 minutes of programming between advertising breaks…

Canal+ probed over TV channel contracts

France’s competition council has launched an investigation into exclusive broadcasting contracts between pay-TV operator Canal+ and certain specialist channels. The inquiry stems from a complaint lodged last year from French…

Verizon’s FiOS TV expands content

FiOS TV customers now enjoy even more home entertainment choices as Verizon has expanded its video-on-demand offer with programmes from CBS, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Ovation TV and more. Verizon…

Comcast On Demand booming

US telco Comcast has revealed that its Signature On Demand service claims more than seven billion VOD views and one billion hours watched since launching in 2003. Each month a…

FCC ruling opens door for satellite

DBS operators have a significant opportunity to gain market share in the pay-TV space thanks to a recently upheld FCC ruling on multiple dwelling units according to the Satellite Broadcasting…

BBC wins F1 title

From Colin Mann in London In a surprise move, the BBC has secured the television rights to show Formula One in the UK from the 2009 season. The five-year deal…

Local TV for Freeview?

Over 120 MPs have shown their support for plans to introduce a UK wide local channel on Freeview, by joining the United for Local Television coalition. The designated local television…

CASBAA urges digital transformation

The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) has released its “Digital Vision: India in 2012” report in New Delhi, providing an overview of the opportunities for rapid development…

EU 'requires DVB-H promotion'

The European Commission has formalised its adoption of DVB-H and says EU countries will 'be required' to promote it. The Commission said setting the Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld as the…

Sun Direct deploys Harmonic solutions

Harmonic has confirmed that that Sun Direct TV has deployed Harmonic’s digital video solutions for India’s first MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast service. Harmonic has enabled Sun Direct TV…