Advanced Television


UKTV to expand VOD

UKTV is aiming to launch so-called ‘pull-on-demand’ services on Virgin Media and BSkyB’s pay-TV platforms by the end of the year and is in talks with Project Canvas, according to commercial chief Julia Jordan. Earlier this month, UKTV signed a 10-year, billion-pound ad deal for Channel 4 to handle all its ad sales, including VOD […]

July 30, 2010

BSkyB considers Arabic news service

BSkyB is in talks to broadcast a 24-hour rolling news service in Arabic, based in Abu Dhabi, as part of a joint venture with a local private investor, according to reports. Entering a highly competitive market, the satellite channel would launch under the Sky News name and be the UK broadcaster’s first venture into a […]

July 14, 2010

LG wary of connecting Google TV

  TV maker LG is hesitating to commit itself to support the Google TV initiative. CEO of the display division Simon Kang said it was wary Google could come to dominate the TV software market, leaving CE vendors as hardware-only providers. Kang told Dow Jones: “Google TV could spark strong interest in the market, but […]

July 14, 2010

BBC Worldwide pay-for-play gaming

BBC Worldwide is to make its first foray into pay-to-play gaming linked to TV programming with an online version of The Weakest Link. It already offers a free version of the Anne Robinson-fronted BBC knockout quiz, and will now charge players a variety of amounts from £1 (E1.2) to play. BBC Worldwide has teamed up […]

June 22, 2010

Sky Sports on DTT as TopUp joins appeals

Ofcom has approved the use of DTT spectrum freed up by DSO for Sky Sports 1 and 2 paving the way for BT to offer the channels as part of BT Vision. Like Virgin, BT will a (more) aggressively priced package reflecting the regulated wholesale prices imposed on Sky in March. Both Virgin and BT […]

June 21, 2010

OnLive launches cloud gaming

OnLive, a potentially revolutionary online gaming service, has been launched at the annual E3 video game trade show to cautious support from the industry. The first large “cloud gaming” service aims to stream console versions of games over the Internet to tens of thousands of players at once, removing the need for the console or […]

June 21, 2010

Sky Sports News becomes pay channel

Sky has revealed plans to develop its Sky Sports News channel through increased editorial investment and the launch of Europe's first HD sports news service. The investment plans will be supported by a move later this year for Sky Sports News to become exclusively a pay-TV channel. From that point, Sky Sports News will be […]

June 18, 2010

IP Vision inks deal with Betfair TV

UK IPTV innovator IP Vision has signed a deal with Betfair TV to bring a live betting application to its FetchTV platform. The application will launch in time for the start of the English Premier League in August 2010. When launched FetchTV customers will be able to use the Betfair TV application on screen to […]

June 18, 2010

Unitymedia to close down DTH platform

Germany's second largest cable operator Unitymedia has confirmed it will close down its DTH satellite platform arenaSAT on September 30th. The company said it wants to focus on its core business of triple play services for cable households. Since Sky Deutschland became the exclusive rights holder for Bundesliga football, subscriber numbers have dropped considerably. At […]

June 17, 2010

Sony shows off PlayStation 3D and its motion controller

Sony has lifted the lid on the games it hopes to release over the next 12 months, with 3D a key aspect of the new range. At a press briefing at the E3 games expo, Sony outlined its plans for PlayStation 3 and its PSP handheld. Sony said a recent software update had made all […]

June 16, 2010