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Airtel DTH debut

Bharti Airtel Limited has announced the launch of Airtel digital TV, its Direct To Home (DTH) Satellite TV service. The service will be available to customers through 21,000 retail points including Airtel Relationship Centres in 62 cities across the country. Manoj Kohli, CEO, said, "Today we are starting a new chapter in our journey, one […]

October 10, 2008

Spain passes 12 million DTT devices

From David Del Valle in Madrid 12.4 million DTT devices have been sold in Spain, of which 88% are IDTVs, according to the latest report from Impulsa TDT. Every day 7.7 million people watch DTT, representing an average share of 17.4%, with more than 6 million homes having access to DTT, with a penetration of […]

October 10, 2008

Web ad-spend to surpass TV?

Internet advertising spend is providing buoyancy for traditional media, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, surging 21 per cent year on year to £1.68 billion (E2.14bn) in the first six months of 2008. The resilience of internet ad spend in the downturn turned what would have been a 4.6 per cent year-on-year decline in UK advertising […]

October 8, 2008

News pushes for end to DIRECTV conditions

News Corp is pushing for an end to conditions placed on the media giant after its acquisition of a controlling stake in DIRECTV, asking the Federal Communications Commission to move on its petition on the matter.News Corp. acquired the DIRECTV stake in 2003, but sold its ownership in the DBS platform to Liberty Media in […]

October 6, 2008

Spain prefers analogue TV

From David Del Valle in Madrid One and a half years before the analogue switch-off, scheduled for April 2010, Spaniards seem to be not very keen on DTT as most of them, 61.4 per cent, still prefer to watch analogue TV, according to the latest viewing figures. DTT got an average share of 17.4 per […]

October 6, 2008

Free satellite in 900,000 UK homes

The latest figures from Ofcom reveal that there are over 900,000 households with a free satellite service in the UK. The Communications Market: Digital Progress Report for the second quarter of 2008 shows around 840,000 homes were using free satellite – from BSkyB, BBC/ITV or other retailers – on their main television set. This was […]

October 6, 2008

VUDU launches HDX

VUDU, provider of digital technologies and services that deliver Internet entertainment to consumers’ HDTVs and Home Theatres, has unveiled HDX, a video format that enables the viewing of Internet-delivered movie content in full HD 1080p format optimised for 40 inch and larger HDTVs and Home Theatres.HDX delivers the highest quality available from any Internet, broadcast, […]

October 6, 2008

Now Sky Italia on regulation rack

BSkyB is beset by competition enquiries and now Sky Italia is facing an investigation by the competition authority AGCOM into whether the pay-TV platform is abusing a dominant position.The probe, lead by the financial police, the Guardia di Finanza, was launched after a complaint from Conto TV, a third party channel carried on the Sky […]

October 6, 2008

Sky Italia cannot impose decoders

From Branislav Pekic in RomeA Magistrate in Naples has ruled that DTH operator Sky Italia cannot impose on its subscribers the use of its own digital box.In its ruling, the justice condemned Sky Italia for “breach of contract and contractual and personal damage” towards one of its clients, identified as Mr. V.D.P., defended by the […]

October 6, 2008

BT ads mock packaged pay-TV

BT's new ads for its BT Vision service poke fun at subscription-heavy pay-TV rivals seeing a man flicking through a friend's fictional pay TV service and joking with him about the number of channels he pays for but never watches. The new ads, part of a £11 million (E14m) TV campaign, focus on how BT […]

October 6, 2008