Advanced Television


EC: ISPs compelled to combat users’ IP infringement?

A report from the European Commission (EC) has suggested that rates of intellectual property infringement in the EU are “alarming”, and accepts that while an EU law on IP rights has had some effect, the legal measure was not designed to deal with online piracy. According to the EC, current laws are not strong enough […]

January 7, 2011by Colin Mann

Technology and device partnerships for MCV

Mobile Content Venture (MCV), a joint-venture comprising 12 major US broadcast groups dedicated to developing a national mobile content service that delivers live television and on-demand video content, has revealed technology agreements in the mobile TV space with MobiTV and Nagra-Kudelski, as well as commitments from several manufacturers to create MCV-compatible devices. Value-added content protection […]

January 6, 2011by Colin Mann

Sony, Discovery and IMAX form 3Net

The joint venture of Sony, Discovery Communications and IMAX has unveiled the official brand and logo for the first 24/7 fully programmed, general entertainment 3D television network in the US. Known as 3net, the channel will feature a library of native 3D television content and is expected to launch in the US early this year. […]

January 6, 2011

Telstra and Foxtel close to TV deal

Foxtel is close to finalising a deal to supply Internet television channels to Telstra’s T-Box digital recorder in Australia. This is seen as a significant move for the pay-TV company and its largest shareholder, according to reports in the Australian press. The deal, which would allow Telstra to show selected Foxtel channels to T-Box customers, […]

January 6, 2011

LOVEFiLM and Icon sign exclusive pact

Icon Film Distribution has inked an exclusive distribution pact with European online film and TV subscription service LOVEFiLM. LOVEFiLM will offer a selection of Icon’s movies, exclusive to the site for a year, including ‘The Road‘,‘Edge of Darkness‘ and ‘A Single Man‘. Dozens of titles from Icon’s back catalogue will also be added to the […]

January 6, 2011

Sky Atlantic HD launching Feb 1st

Sky has confirmed the eagerly awaited launch of Sky Atlantic HD – a new entertainment channel – to Sky customers across the UK and Ireland. Bringing together original productions from home and abroad, Sky Atlantic will be free and exclusive to all 10 million Sky customers from its launch on February 1st 2011. Following Sky’s […]

January 5, 2011

Italy: Video sharing sites subject to broadcast TV rules

Video-sharing sites such as YouTube could be subject to the same regulations as traditional broadcast television, according to controversial rulings by the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM). Two rulings published by the Communications Authority state that some streaming and on-demand video sites would require a government licence to operate and be subject to similar editorial controls […]

January 5, 2011

MGM to handle national distribution of Me-TV

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Weigel Broadcasting have unveiled plans for the national launch of Me-TV, a television network offering classic television sitcoms, dramas and classic commercials and targeted for digital broadcast stations. Me-TV (Memorable Entertainment Television) is already a proven commodity on the local level with its daily dose of classic shows. A local version […]

January 5, 2011

Intel DRM chips

  At CES this week Intel will debut the second generation of its Core processors for personal computers, that include content-protection features aimed at reassuring content owners on piracy. The chip architecture, code-named Sandy Bridge, has been developed in partnership with studios and retailers including Best Buy’s CinemaNow, Sonic Solutions and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution […]

January 4, 2011

Sony adds music to Qriocity

 Sony announced it would add music to its cloud-based entertainment service Qriocity, to be available on a variety of connected Sony devices, from Bravia TVs to Android-based handsets. Qriocity launched earlier this year with video and movie-based content, in April in the U.S. and then extending that to Europe in November. This new music service […]

December 24, 2010