Advanced Television


Comcast On Demand booming

US telco Comcast has revealed that its Signature On Demand service claims more than seven billion VOD views and one billion hours watched since launching in 2003. Each month a total of 130 million hours of content is watched through the service.

March 21, 2008

More ad breaks for UK TV?

Media regulator Ofcom has proposed increasing the number of advertising breaks allowed on UK television. Ofcom has suggested scrapping a rule that requires 20 minutes of programming between advertising breaks on commercial channels. The regulator is also considering giving channels the right to decide how often they want to show ads, the newspaper said. Ofcom […]

March 21, 2008

Canal+ probed over TV channel contracts

France’s competition council has launched an investigation into exclusive broadcasting contracts between pay-TV operator Canal+ and certain specialist channels. The inquiry stems from a complaint lodged last year from French group AB claiming Canal+ has blocked its channels from being broadcast on certain broadband Internet services. Canal+ a unit of Vivendi, has exclusive contracts with […]

March 21, 2008

EU 'requires DVB-H promotion'

The European Commission has formalised its adoption of DVB-H and says EU countries will 'be required' to promote it. The Commission said setting the Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld as the preferred European Union standard would give the industry a boost. “For mobile TV to take off in Europe, there must first be certainty about the […]

March 20, 2008

Sun Direct deploys Harmonic solutions

Harmonic has confirmed that that Sun Direct TV has deployed Harmonic’s digital video solutions for India’s first MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast service. Harmonic has enabled Sun Direct TV to offer its new DTH service to 40 million homes in southern India by providing an end-to-end solution encompassing the latest generation DiviCom Electra encoders, […]

March 20, 2008

Local TV for Freeview?

Over 120 MPs have shown their support for plans to introduce a UK wide local channel on Freeview, by joining the United for Local Television coalition. The designated local television network on the Freeview platform, Channel 6, could carry local news, programming, advertising and networked public service content. United for Local Television put forward that […]

March 20, 2008

CASBAA urges digital transformation

The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) has released its “Digital Vision: India in 2012” report in New Delhi, providing an overview of the opportunities for rapid development of India's digital broadband and television industries. The CASBAA Digital Vision report also provides an assessment of India's pay-TV environment, along with recommendations for senior […]

March 20, 2008

Netplay buys Bingo

Netplay TV beefed up its position in the online bingo market by buying, a pan-European online operator with 1m registered players. The UK Aim-listed interactive gaming company paid £6.25m (E8.6m) in cash for a business that includes a suite of other games, including slots, table poker, keno and blackjack, which NetPlay will offer to […]

March 19, 2008

Mediaset's DTT 2.4 million subs

From Branislav Pekic from Rome Mediaset's digital terrestrial PPV service, Mediaset Premium, had 2.42m active subscribers on March 5, a net addition of 353.00 new clients compared to the 2.067m subscribers at the end of December 2007. The strong growth of active smart cards was mainly due to the launch of the Premium Gallery offer, […]

March 18, 2008

Neuf Cegetel VOD

Neuf Cegetel is building on its successful experience and acquiring direct broadcasting rights to become a publisher of its own video-on-demand service, Neuf VOD. Neuf Cegetel signed with the main French cinema studios to offer some of the biggest box-office hits of the year, along with cartoons, documentaries, concerts, comedy shows and TV series. The […]

March 17, 2008