Advanced Television


China digital ad spend boom

The Chinese love affair with the Internet will see digital ad spend increase 40 per cent to $5.2 billion next year, making the booming Asian online economy roughly the same size as the current UK market, according to a report. The study by KPMG estimates that the total ad spend on all media in the […]

October 23, 2008

Flemish DTT tender

The Flemish Government is to open a tender for seven DVB multiplexes and one DAB multiplex. The licence will be issued following a tender process. Flanders has a total of eight multiplexes for television (DVB), and three for digital radio (DAB). The government has already issued one DVB and one DAB multiplex to the public […]

October 21, 2008

Pay TV will feel squeeze

Almost a quarter of UK pay-TV customers are considering cutting back or dropping their subscription packages as the credit crunch takes hold. A report by Continental Research found 24 per cent of pay-TV customers surveyed planned to reduce the amount they spent on services such as movie and sports channels over the next year. The […]

October 21, 2008

Virgin Media criticised by ASA

Virgin has been reprimanded by regulators for misleading consumers about its broadband speeds in a recent advertising campaign. In response to a complaint by Virgin's rival BSkyB, the Advertising Standards Authority ruled Virgin's print and poster advertisements did not make sufficiently clear that customers could experience connections below the advertised 20 megabits per second. Meanwhile, […]

October 16, 2008

Eurosport VOD

Eurosport is launching a new VOD service including a catch-up TV offer that will include the best of Eurosport and Eurosport 2. The TF1-owned network is making available up to 4,000 hours of programming including premium events such as the Australian Open and US Open. The catch-up TV service will be available for up to […]

October 15, 2008

Virgin targeted ads

Virgin Media is launching its first targeted advertising trial on its VOD platform featuring advertisers such as Kelloggs and Royal Mail. Using ad insertion technology from SeaChange, ads will be inserted before and after on demand content in real time. Virgin Media’s trial, in its north London cable franchise, will match ads to programme genres, […]

October 14, 2008

PPV slump in Spain

From David Del Valle in Madrid The battle over football TV rights between Sogecable, owner of Digital Plus, and Mediapro, shareholder in La Sexta, and the financial crisis are the main reasons behind a sharp drop of 45% in the number of ppv sales in the second quarter of the year. According to the CMT, […]

October 14, 2008


On Demand Deutschland (ODD), the joint venture between On Demand Group (ODG) and Tele München Gruppe (TMG), has concluded a multiyear licensing agreement with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to launch Warner TV, a new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) branded service which will provide theatrical motion pictures and TV content from Warner Bros. to viewers in […]

October 14, 2008

EC still not happy with Phorm

The European Commission has again written to the government for an explanation of UK authorities’ response to BT’s allegedly illegal secret trials of Phorm’s ISP adware system. Brussels still wants answers after a September letter from the UK goverment failed to address legal issues surrounding past deployments of the technology, and didn’t provide details about […]

October 13, 2008

Freeview channel for sale

A Freeview channel is to go up for auction. Arqiva, which holds the licence for two of the six multiplexes that make up the UK’s digital terrestrial TV platform, is calling for bidders by October 22, with the channel available from January.In 2005 Channel 4 paid about £10m (E12.8m) a year for its sixth slot […]

October 10, 2008