Advanced Television


Zune ’3 screen’ goes international

Microsoft is taking its Zune service international to offer a “three-screen” music and movie service, across its games console, PCs and mobile phones. Consumers will be able to buy and rent movies, download tracks as MP3s or access an “unlimited” music streaming service, all under Microsoft’s Zune entertainment brand. Microsoft believes its Windows Phone 7 […]

September 21, 2010

Sky Deutschland: HD on iPad

Sky Deutschland plans to launch its Sky Sports HD 1 and Sky Sports HD 2 channels on the Apple iPad at the end of October. Meanwhile, ESPN America HD is to launch in Germany and Austria after striking a deal with Sky Deutschland. The iPad app will be free of charge to Sky subscribers until […]

September 20, 2010

Disney, Nielsen TV companion iPad app

Disney and Nielsen have partnered to launch a free iPad app that can turn the device into a companion screen for content and social media synchronised to a TV programme. The My Generation Sync iPad App will be available a week ahead of the premiere of the new ABC series it will supplement, ‘My Generation’. […]

September 17, 2010

South Africa DVB-T2 trial

South African broadcasters and M-Net plan to launch a trial of the upgraded European digital television standard, DVB-T2, in response the news that a pilot of the rival Brazilian and Japanese standard will soon get underway. The local broadcasters’ pilot will take place in Soweto. State-owned signal distributor, Sentech, is establishing test transmission sites […]

September 17, 2010

Bitbop on smartphones

  Bitbop, Fox Mobile Group’s on-demand mobile TV subscription service, is now available to millions of smartphone users on the Android platform. Bitbop’s wireless entertainment subscription service will be accessible across a variety of carriers on a number of smartphones including Droid by Motorola, Droid 2 by Motorola, Droid X by Motorola, HTC EVO 4G, […]

September 14, 2010

Mobile500 Alliance pushes US mobile TV

  A coalition of leading US television broadcasters have announced the formation of the Mobile500 Alliance to accelerate the availability of mobile digital television, or Mobile DTV, service to consumers nationwide. The Mobile500 Alliance currently consists of 30 broadcast television companies, which collectively own 346 full-power television stations broadcasting in 167 markets. The markets represent […]

September 10, 2010

Microsoft man for top Nokia job

  Nokia has appointed Microsoft business manager Stephen Elop as its new chief executive. The appointment may mark a sea-change in strategy at the top of the mobile phone giant. In July, Nokia reported a 40% slump in second quarter profits, as it struggled to break into the smartphone market. Nokia is still by far […]

September 10, 2010

Industry majors team for multi-screen delivery

Dutch telco KPN is teaming up with telecoms specialist firms Alcatel-Lucent, KPN, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Sofia Digital under the auspices of industry body the bmcoforum to allow seamless consumption of TV and video either from mobile device, TV or computer. Member companies are identifying necessary standard enablers and profiling them for common industry […]

September 9, 2010From Colin Mann in Amsterdam

Sky Deutschland iPad app powered by Irdeto

Irdeto’s Broadband solution for content management and distribution is at the core of the newly launched Sky Deutschland VOD iPad application.  The VoD iPad application, which enables consumers to access live streaming of sport events as well as access to news and sports clips, was developed by reply/syskoplan in partnership with bitmama, Irdeto (VoD), Plazamedia […]

September 9, 2010

Flo TV vulnerable in Japan?

Qualcomm’s TV-onto-cellular devices operation Flo TV (AKA MediaFlo) has a foothold in Japan via a joint-venture with KDDI. The technology looks increasingly at risk if Japan selects a system developed by NTT’s DoCoMo division, which already has a massive head start in terms of deployed handsets. A decision could be reached this week when Japan’s […]

September 9, 2010By Chris Forrester