Advanced Television

Broadcast

More hertz sells more TVs

Over the next four years, shipments of televisions that offer a superior picture by using 100Hz/120Hz and faster refresh rates will rise from negligible levels to nearly 90 million in 2012, according to iSuppli Corp. Paul Semenza, vice president of iSuppli, forecast that 120Hz refresh technology would be found in 46.2 per cent of LCD-TVs […]

May 22, 2008

DirecTV rates No. 1 in Pay TV

For the eighth year running, DirecTV has scored higher for customer satisfaction than all major cable TV companies in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). In this year’s ACSI survey, DirecTV posted an index score of 68, reflecting customers’ overall satisfaction with the service, compared to the cable and satellite TV category, which scored a […]

May 22, 2008

Oz/NZ broadband pushes out TV

People living in Australia and New Zealand with broadband spend more time on the net than they do watching television, a survey has found. The survey of 864 Australians and 219 New Zealanders, conducted for networking company Cisco, has found each person spends an average of 22 hours a week on the internet and 14 […]

May 22, 2008

Sogecable and Orange launch Yacom +

From David Del Valle in Madrid Sogecable, owner of Digital + and Canal +, and telco Yacom, controlled by Orange, is launching Yacom +, a joint triple play offer with broadband Internet access, phone calls and satellite pay-TV. The service, similar to Trio Plus launched last November by Sogecable and Telefonica, will be available in […]

May 21, 2008

DTH subs 'happier' than cable

US Satellite customers are still happier with their service than cable, but the wired medium's customer-service-satisfaction numbers are on the rise, driven by smaller operators. The customer-satisfaction scores for most cable and satellite companies were up in the most recent (2008) American Customer Satisfaction Index, with satellite still leading the way. DirecTV was up 1.5 […]

May 21, 2008

Dailymotion ad profits

YouTube rival Dailymotion said it expected to make more than E10 million in revenue this year, despite only selling ads since July 2007. Dailymotion CEO Mark Zaleski said. “We are in growth mode. We are past the start-up phase and now in the consolidation and monetisation phase.” Dailymotion's three founders own 21-22 per cent of […]

May 21, 2008

Netflix streams to TV

Netflix the world's largest online movie rental service, and Roku, an innovator in digital media streaming technology announced the introduction of The Netflix Player by Roku, a device that enables Netflix subscribers to instantly stream a growing library of movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly to the TV. Priced at just $99.99, the player […]

May 21, 2008

Netflix streams to TV

Netflix the world's largest online movie rental service, and Roku, an innovator in digital media streaming technology announced the introduction of The Netflix Player by Roku, a device that enables Netflix subscribers to instantly stream a growing library of movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly to the TV. Priced at just $99.99, the player […]

May 21, 2008

TV Numeric planning VOD via DTT

From Sotires Eleftheriou in Paris Presenting its new launch campaign to the press, the French pay DTT operator DTT Numeric outlined its strategy and future plans. The service was “soft launched” last September as a “low cost” pay TV DTT service, with a subscription of E8 a month plus E5 for the rental of a […]

May 20, 2008

iPlayer take-up slowing

UK broadband firm PlusNet has claimed that take-up of the BBC’s iPlayer broadband TV service has slowed significantly after meteoric traffic growth in the early months of 2008. The BBC iPlayer typically accounts for 50 per cent of all streaming traffic on PlusNet’s network, according to products and development director Neil Armstrong. However, Armstrong described […]

May 20, 2008