Advanced Television


Competition heats up in Spain’s pay-TV market

Competition in the Spanish pay-TV market is intensifying with the launch on Tuesday of a new pay-TV platform, Starmax HD, the first pay-as-you-go DTH service in the country. The new platform, distributed via satellite Hispasat 1E, will compete head-to-head with Digital Plus, with 1.8 million subscribers; pay-TV cable companies such as ONO, with 953,000 clients; […]

March 29, 2011From David Del Valle in Madrid

Netflix curtails data stream in Canada

Netflix has made adjustments to its Canadian video streaming service to cut down on the amount of data it uses in a country where Internet usage is typically metered. Netflix said its streaming service in Canada will now use two-thirds less data on average, with only a minimal impact to video quality. Thirty hours of […]

March 29, 2011

3D VOD on Kabel BW

German cable operator Kabel BW is to add 3D films to its VOD library. The films will be available across the operator’s entire network. Users will require a HD receiver and 3D TV to view the films, and a broadband connection to view the library and use trick-play functions. “The launch of 3D content in […]

March 29, 2011

Collective buys WebTV ad network

Display ad specialist Collective has bought video ad network WebTV Enterprise. The deal will give Collective, which partnered with Adobe and Omniture earlier this month to bolster its web analytics offering, access to WebTV’s 25 million-strong premium network, with revenues coming primarily from broadcast. Joe Apprendi, CEO of Collective, said, “Unlike most video networks, WebTV’s […]

March 29, 2011

Games on-demand won’t outplay VOD anytime soon

IMS Research estimates that at the end of 2010, 13.2 per cent of the world’s digital pay-TV subscribers were requesting VOD content via their set-top box. The number of pay-TV households using VOD services is forecast to triple over the next five years, from 53.9 million at the end of 2010 to 157.3 million at […]

March 29, 2011

Targeted ads won’t mean more budget

The more things change the more they stay the same? Is this the lesson of the last few years and the TV advertising market? For many years now niche channels have tried to deliver specialist audiences that have a higher value to advertisers than a mixed, mass audience. The results have been decidedly mixed. The […]

March 29, 2011

European digital TV market still dynamic

According to the MAVISE database of the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, at the end of 2010 there were approximately 414 HD channels available in the EU, an increase from 274 at the end of 2009. This figure includes both HD specific channels and simulcasts of standard definition channels. […]

March 28, 2011

More movies on Facebook

Warner Brothers will offer five additional movies for rent on social networking website Facebook. Warner Bros said the films on offer would be “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Inception,” “Life as We Know It” and “Yogi Bear.” Earlier this month, Warner Bros said it would make some […]

March 28, 2011

YouTube offers Hollywood advances on ad revenue for stars

Google is enlisting Hollywood stars to supply original content for YouTube. It has been making the rounds of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies, outlining plans to create a network of channels based around specific themes or niches, such as fashion, food and video games. It is offering stars cash advances against future advertising revenues in return […]

March 28, 2011

Phoenix TV launches Cantonese channel on AsiaSat 3S

Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) has revealed that Phoenix TV has signed a contract to distribute a new free to air Cantonese language channel ‘Phoenix Hong Kong’ through its MCPC (Multiple Channels per Carrier) platform on AsiaSat 3S. Utilising C-band capacity on AsiaSat 3S, located at 105.5oE, and the MCPC and uplinking […]

March 28, 2011