Advanced Television


BBC Future shuffle

BBC Future Media & Technology director Erik Huggers and chief operating officer Kerstin Mogull are shuffling personell, in what looks like further multimedia integration and a response to overspending. Anthony Rose, who was brought in from KaZaA last year as head of media technology, becomes controller of the Vision & Online Media Group. User […]

November 13, 2008

Dish Network sees drops

Dish Network has seen its third-quarter profits shrink 54% and its subscriber numbers decline for the second quarter in a row. Dish, the second largest satellite operator in the US, generated $92 million profit on $2.9 billion in third-quarter sales. That compares to $199.7 million profit on $2.7 billion revenue in the third quarter of […]

November 12, 2008

Blockbuster VOD STB

Video rental giant Blockbuster plans to rollout a consumer set-top box in time for the Christmas shopping season in the US that will deliver movies over the Internet to via its Movielink service. Blockbuster acquired Movielink, a video-on-demand service initially launched with backing from the Hollywood studios, in 2007. …

November 12, 2008

C4 shuts red button and mobile ad depts

Channel 4 is to shut down its red button and mobile ad departments as part of its plans to save £100m (E127m) over the next two years. Channel 4 will stop serving interactive TV and mobile ads from 31 December 2008. Channel 4 has already closed 4DS, its online ad sales house, as part of […]

November 11, 2008

Sky online TV service

BSkyB is to launch an online subscription service allowing consumers to watch channels including Sky Sports via the Internet for the first time. Mike Darcey, BSkyB chief operating officer, said the new service would be launched “in the next few months”. The online channels will be made available on the Sky Player and viewers will […]

November 11, 2008

BitTorrent lay-offs

As an open-source technology protocol, the file-sharing system BitTorrent represents about half the world's Internet traffic by some measures. But the San Francisco company, BitTorrent, is showing signs of serious trouble while it tries to commercialize the technology. BitTorrent has informed about half its employees, or 18 people, that they were being let go, according […]

November 11, 2008

Spain TV bankrupt?

From David Del Valle in Madrid UTECA, Spain’s private TV Association, has urged the Government to take the necessary measures to revamp the TV market as “the system is heading for bankruptcy”, according to Maurizio Carlotti, Vice president of Antena 3 TV, member of the Association along with Tele 5, Sogecable, Net TV and Veo […]

November 11, 2008

blinkx Partners with ExitReality

Video search engine blinkx has formed a partnership with ExitReality, the company 'that converts the Web into three dimensions.' Users of ExitReality will now have access to millions of hours of Internet video to view and share in 3D spaces, courtesy of blinkx. Gartner analysts have predicted that 80 per cent of all active Internet […]

November 7, 2008

Road map for France switchover

France's minister for the digital economy Eric Besson, has set out the roadmap for analogue digital switchover. The aim is to achieve switch off by the end of November 2011. The first switch-off is scheduled for November 8, with a pilot switch off in city of Coulommiers, a town of 20,000 inhabitants south-east of Paris. […]

November 7, 2008

DirecTV 3Q earnings rise 14%

DirecTV Group, America’s largest DTH operator with over 17 million customers, has reported that Q3 earnings rose 14 per cent, fuelled by growth in subscribers, higher prices and lower capital expenses. “We are in a tough economy and a competitive environment,” Chief Executive Chase Carey said in a conference call with analysts. But business has […]

November 7, 2008