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Astra claims 9m+ German DTH

Astra says it has added 1.72 million households in Germany to bring the total number of DTH homes reached to 9.75 million. In total, Germany had 36.98 million analogue and digital TV homes last year. The number of satellite households remains stable at 16.7 million or 45 per cent of all TV households while cable […]

March 13, 2008

Internet beating TV for kids’ attention

TV, loses to the internet as a kids media, according to a study on social networking by Grunwald Associates, an independent research firm that specialises in new media market intelligence. Sixty-four per cent of kids go online while watching television, and nearly half of US teens (49 per cent) report that they do so frequently […]

March 12, 2008

Canal+ Catch Up

French pay TV group Canal Plus has launched its On Demand service. Subscribers to the group’s basic Canal Plus le Bouquet package will now have access to every show aired on Canal Plus and its thematic channels immediately after broadcast until one month after the original air date.

March 12, 2008

DTT in 30% of Spanish homes

From David Del Valle in Madrid According to the latest report from Pro DTT Association Impulsa TDT 29.2 per cent Spanish homes (there are 15 million TV households in the country) already have access to DTT, following the sale of 1.37 million DTT tuners last Christmas, up 48 per cent, reaching a total of 8.81 […]

March 12, 2008

Freeview sales hit all-time high

Freeview has confirmed that sales for 2007 hit an all-time high with 9.7 million Freeview branded products sold, up 64 per cent year-on-year. The Q4 figures also reflect the success of Christmas sales with 3.8 million purchases, Freeview's best quarterly figures to date. Freeview Playback, which now accounts for half of the total DTR market […]

March 12, 2008

Tandberg powers VOD for Multimedia Polska

Tandberg Television has confirmed that its OpenStream Digital Services platform has been fully deployed by Multimedia Polska to power its entire on-demand (VOD) services. Multimedia Polska has over 600,000 customers and is one of the leading Polish providers of triple-play. The VOD service is a critical part of the Polish operator's deployment of a major, […]

March 11, 2008

TVB Selects Thomson

Thomson has revealed that leading Hong Kong-based broadcaster, Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), has selected Thomson's Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) solutions for its deployment in Hong Kong for the MFN and SFN networks.

March 11, 2008

Intel, SMG Cooperate on DTT

Intel and the Shanghai Media Group (SMG) have announced that the two companies would join forces to promote wireless DTV. The transmission network for the solution promoted by the two companies would be a blend of DMB-TH (for the wireless HDTV signal) and Wi-Fi hotspot networks (for interactivity relating to television programmes). Wireless broadcasting for […]

March 11, 2008

ITV2 going 24/7

Later this month digital channel ITV2 is set to become a 24-hour operation, replacing its current 6am to 1.30am broadcasting hours. ITV channels’ director of operations Jonathan Rogers commented: “ITV2 is the number one digital channel in the UK and is more than ready to broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These […]

March 10, 2008

Edgeware for TeliaSonera

Edgeware announced that TeliaSonera has deployed the Orbit 2x server system to deliver on-demand TV and video services to its rapidly growing IPTV subscriber base in Sweden. Edgeware says its distributed server architecture enabled TeliaSonera to cost-effectively integrate on-demand capabilities into its existing network, and to deliver new services to its 300,000 subscribers in record […]

March 10, 2008