Advanced Television

UHD

Sirius 4 satellite now operational

SES Sirius has confirmed that the Sirius 4 communications satellite is now in operation and has taken over all transmissions from Sirius 2 and Sirius 3. Sirius 4 is intended to meet the increased demand for HDTV broadcasts in the Nordic countries, and the needs arising from the large increase in new television channels within […]

December 31, 2007

HD/Blu-Ray price slash

Manufacturers of high-definition DVD players are slashing prices in the US in an urgent pre-Christmas attempt to break the deadlock between two rival formats. The cost of key manufacturing components for the Sony-supported Blu-ray players and Toshiba's rival HD-DVD hardware will fall below $150 early in 2008, according to analysts at Understanding & Solutions entertainment […]

December 21, 2007

Portugal's RTP starts mobile HD

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Portuguese public broadcaster RTP has started transmitting its first TV channel in high definition for mobile phones. According to the head of the project, Carlos Vargas, this is the first HD mobile project in Portugal and is being conducted in partnership with mobile operator Optimus and Nokia, with the technological […]

December 14, 2007

GlobeCast for HD launch of LUXE.TV

LUXE.TV, the first channel entirely dedicated to the world of luxury, called on GlobeCast for its launch on Sky in the United Kingdom. Produced and distributed in HD, LUXE.TV's signal will be uplinked to Sky's bouquet on Eurobird.

December 14, 2007

HDTV intenders to decide HD-DVD battle

According to research from The Diffusion Group, close to one-third of non-HDTV households are interested in purchasing a new HDTV in the next six months – a very encouraging sign for HDTV manufacturers and HD DVD manufacturers. The same research found that the characteristics of these 'HDTV Intenders' vary widely from that of current HDTV […]

December 12, 2007

Channel 4 goes HD

Channel 4 has launched a high-definition version of its primary channel on Sky HD. Channel 4 HD will carry the same programmes as Channel 4, but will show the high-definition versions wherever they are available.

December 11, 2007

BBC HD launches

BBC HD, the UK’s first free-to-air high definition television channel, has launched on satellite and cable. Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision said: “I am delighted that BBC HD, the UK’s first public service HD channel…HD is the next generation of television and a real opportunity for programme makers to reach out to the audience […]

December 4, 2007

UK shoppers misled over HD TVs

UK shoppers are being misinformed when buying high-definition TV sets, regulators have warned. A study by Ofcom found that large numbers of people are given incorrect information when buying expensive HD TV sets. According to the survey, however, there were significant errors in the information given to customers by many retailers. Four in 10 people […]

November 29, 2007

Sogecable launches Canal Plus HD

From David Del Valle in Madrid Sogecable, owner of Digital Plus, is breaking into the HDTV launching a High Definition version of its premium pay-TV Canal Plus service. Test trials of Canal Plus Alta Definicion will start in January, with the channel fully operational later on in the year. It is the second company to […]

November 23, 2007

UK broadcasters MoU on Freeview HD

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five announced that they have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding that, if agreed, would deliver High Definition (HD) channels on Freeview by the projected completion of Digital Switchover in 2012. Potentially from late-2009/2010, BBC HD (see below), ITV HD and Channel 4 HD could all be available on […]

November 22, 2007