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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 of India's digital broadband and television industries. The CASBAA Digital Vision report also provides an assessment of India's pay-TV environment, along with recommendations for senior […]

March 20, 2008

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 preferred European Union standard would give the industry a boost. “For mobile TV to take off in Europe, there must first be certainty about the […]

March 20, 2008

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 to offer its new DTH service to 40 million homes in southern India by providing an end-to-end solution encompassing the latest generation DiviCom Electra encoders, […]

March 20, 2008

Netplay buys Bingo

Netplay TV beefed up its position in the online bingo market by buying Bingos.com, a pan-European online operator with 1m registered players. The UK Aim-listed interactive gaming company paid £6.25m (E8.6m) in cash for a business that includes a suite of other games, including slots, table poker, keno and blackjack, which NetPlay will offer to […]

March 19, 2008

Mediaset's DTT 2.4 million subs

From Branislav Pekic from Rome Mediaset's digital terrestrial PPV service, Mediaset Premium, had 2.42m active subscribers on March 5, a net addition of 353.00 new clients compared to the 2.067m subscribers at the end of December 2007. The strong growth of active smart cards was mainly due to the launch of the Premium Gallery offer, […]

March 18, 2008

Cable must get interactive act together

Interactive television won’t succeed until cable companies reach agreement on measurement standards, according to Starcom MediaVest executives. The initiative undertaken by six major cable companies, called Canoe, is a step in the right direction, said Jen Soch, MediaVest USA’s VP and director of advanced TV. Tracey L. Scheppach, vice president/video innovation director at Starcom USA, […]

March 17, 2008

Neuf Cegetel VOD

Neuf Cegetel is building on its successful experience and acquiring direct broadcasting rights to become a publisher of its own video-on-demand service, Neuf VOD. Neuf Cegetel signed with the main French cinema studios to offer some of the biggest box-office hits of the year, along with cartoons, documentaries, concerts, comedy shows and TV series. The […]

March 17, 2008

BBC plugs iPlayer hole

The BBC says it has plugged a loophole that let viewers download shows from its iPlayer without any copy protection. The web-based iPhone edition of the TV catch-up service downloads shows in the handset's preferred, QuickTime-friendly H.264 video format, minus the Windows DRM layer. Some users spoofed the site by getting their desktop browser to […]

March 14, 2008

Inuk chooses Edgeware platform

From Colin Mann at the IPTV World Forum in London Edgeware, supplier of server systems for on-demand TV, has revealed that triple-play service provider Inuk Networks has selected the Orbit 2x streaming platform to add video on-demand (VOD) functionality to its Freewire IPTV service in the UK, Ireland and Canada. Edgeware’s server solution enables Inuk […]

March 14, 2008

Thomson launches push VOD

From Colin Mann at the IPTV World Forum in London Media, entertainment and communications technologist Thomson has launched new modules to its Smartvision video service platform designed to deliver video on demand over hybrid broadcast networks (Digital Terrestrial Television and IP or Satellite and IP). The platform now comprises a push video mechanism which allows […]

March 14, 2008