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TV rivals band together for on-demand service

From Colin Mann in London The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are to launch a joint on-demand service, which will bring together hundreds of hours of television programmes in one place. The service is set to go live in 2008 and will offer viewers access to current shows and archive material. Plans will have to […]

November 28, 2007

Top Up TV tops up channels

Top Up TV, which provides premium TV content on UK DTT platform Freeview is to offer subscribers programmes from National Geographic Channel and The SCI FI channel. The channels join recently announced additions The History Channel and Crime & Investigation Network. This will be the first time that all four channels will be available to […]

November 28, 2007

Hong Kong DTT: 2008

Hong Kong’s two domestic free television stations, Asia Television Limited and Television Broadcasts Limited, will phase in digital terrestrial television (DTT) services from December 31st. Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Frederick Ma said Hong Kong will be the first to adopt the national DTT transmission standard developed by the Mainland. The initial launch will […]

November 27, 2007

Digital TV growth forecast

Research published by Informa shows that nearly 54 million digital TV households will be added in 2007, bringing the global total to 239 million. The report forecasts that digital penetration of TV households will reach 22 per cent by year-end. The North American penetration rate will exceed 68 per cent, with Western Europe at 52 […]

November 27, 2007

EU will regulate behavioural ads

The European Union expects to regulate online behavioral targeting next year, as protests over privacy concerns are stirring a potential backlash against recent marketing enhancements by social networks like Facebook. Reuters reported that the EU's data protection commission, known as the Article 29 Working Party, is preparing to devote time to the kinds of information […]

November 27, 2007

CASBAA applauds C-band ruling

The Asia Pacific pay-TV industry has hailed an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) decision on the preservation of C-band spectrum for satellite TV services in Asia as “a long-awaited positive outcome on a contentious issue”. According to the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), the decision taken by the United Nations-led ITU World Radio […]

November 27, 2007

Warner channels go global

Warner Bros has announced it will be launching a number of branded, video-on-demand, non-linear channels on a subscription- and advertiser-supported basis over a variety of global delivery platforms. The on-demand and broadband models make financial sense, says Jeffrey Schlesinger, Warner Bros International's president. “The costs here are much lower than creating a linear channel. You […]

November 27, 2007

RTL Group to expand TV in Russia

RTL Group has signed an agreement with Luxembourg-based Continental Finance Group (CFG) to build up a joint venture for the production, operation and distribution of thematic, non-terrestrial TV channels in Russia and in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). According to the agreement, RTL Group will purchase 50 per cent of the shares of Content […]

November 26, 2007

Broadcast value chain $8.7bn by 2012

The broadcast value chain is undergoing a significant transformation as digital workflows, HD and traditional IT infrastructure revolutionise the TV industry. The movement is creating immense challenges and opportunities for broadcasters as they fight to adapt to multi channel and multi platform distribution. In a new report, 'The Evolving Broadcast Value Chain', Datamonitor, independent market […]

November 23, 2007

Mediaset to launch two free DTT channels

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Mediaset has announced the launch of two new free-to-air digital terrestrial TV channels. Launching on November 30, Iris will be dedicated to cinema, theatre and opera. It will be able to count on a movie archive with more than 1,000 titles, but the schedule will also include sitcoms, TV series, […]

November 23, 2007